Teacher Bios for 2018
Colette Gardiner currently runs a four-year Mystery School in Portland, Oregon that focuses on ritual training. She is an activist with over 25 years of experience teaching about the green world. She has a background in clinical herbalism, horticulture, women’s health care, as well as an intense interest in all plants.
She started her magical practice twenty years ago in Southern Oregon women’s circles. She is a Reclaiming Initiate, and a Faeri initiate. She was a founding member of GoddessIs, a ritual theatre collective, was a member of Strand by Strand a Reclaiming group that facilitated public ritual, and is a member of Black Cross Health Collective. She has taught at Sappho Camp and taught ritual theater at a Reclaiming Witch Camp. Published writings include "Nourishing the Menstrual Cycle", featured writings in We’Moon Almanac and publication in several anthologies. She can be reached at (503) 238-5885.
Pomegranate Doyle, one of the greatest priestesses of our time, is an artist, witch and healer living in Portland, OR. She is a powerful psychic and empath who is busy saving the world through counseling, mind blowing tarot readings, and teaching others how to interpret their dreams and nurture their intuition.
She has a long history of priestessing witch camps and has been practicing and teaching magic for over 20 years. She currently teaches at the Blue Iris Mystery School with Colette Gardiner. She has a call-in podcast where she delves into the mysteries of life, death, and beyond. You can listen to her podcast here. You can learn more about Pom’s artistic life and check out her artwork at pomegranatedoyle.com
Sage Goode lives in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada with her wife, two cats and many magical beings. She is the founder of Crossroads Mystery School and has been teaching the Craft for 30 years. She teaches workshops around North America and through Telephone Ritual Workings — an amazing and powerful way to connect through space and time. She has also created a CD of guided visualizations and trance workings. "For us to follow the path of our Soul’s purpose we must be willing: to listen, to transform, to surrender to the Divine and to become who we were meant to be. This is essential. This is the Work. First, become willing … everything else flows from that."
Check out her website at www.sagegoode.com
Larry Savides has been practicing witch-naturalist for more than 25 years. He has taught at numerous venues including oregon magic camp, reclaiming magic camps, Earth Conclave, and occasional conferences. His personal slogan in 1997 when he developed the Queer Pentacle was " 'tis an ill wind that blows no minds". These days he says "Magic is all about relationships". Having spent most of his life working in Wisconsin and Illinois, Larry moves to Portland, OR in 2013 after a 14 year flirtation with its land spirits, faeries, and humans. Since arriving he works as a spiritual councilor and magical coach for all levels of experience.
Letty Chichitonyolotli was born in San Antonio Texas. They are first generation Mexicanx, Norteñé. Their family of origin come from the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas on the gulf coast. Many of the family traditions and much of the indigenous identity of their family has been lost as a result of colonization, death from disease and forced assimilation. letty chichitonyolotli, has been working for the past 15 years to recover family traditional healing arts and connection to nature after suffering a susto, while serving in the US armed forces. Today, letty chichitonyolotli works professionally as a pet care professional in training and behavior support and as a folk herbalist and consejerx (counselor). Their educational and experiential roots are based in social justice and public health work previous to and following time spent in the military.
Ebony Galluzzo has been practicing magic for 10 years and is an initiate of the Crossroads lineage, a Blue Iris Mystery School Graduate, and an apprentice to the fabulous Pomegranate Doyle. He brings enthusiasm, curiosity, and depth to the rituals they priestess and classes they teach. Ebony believes that magic is infused into every aspect of life, and with the power of intention even the simplest act can be made sacred. He uses his work as a parent, artist, teacher and priestess to change the world for the better.
Ecstatic Witch, Queer Fat Burlesque Dancer, Chanteuse, Model and Art Activist Irene McCalphin (Magnoliah Black) can be found all over the Bay Area creating and maintaining spaces for radical self-love and empowerment. Co-founder and resident Massage Therapist of A Sovereign Embodiment (ASE) Healing Collective she provides compassionate care to intersectional communities. This published author, storyteller and performer highlights the intersections of fat, race, feminism, kink, spirituality and human sexuality with ritual, vulnerability, rage and joy.
Sean Donahue is a highly neurodivergent wild forest creature who defies the seelie/unseelie binary. He lives on traditional Klickitat territory in Trout Lake, WA and has an herbal practice in Portland and Beaverton, OR. He is an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft, and carrier of the Green Wand. http://ww.seandonahueherbalist.com
Donella-Elizabeth Alston defines herself, (primarily), as a Dianic Witch. After making her way from Bergen County New Jersey to Eugene, Oregon 25 years ago, she counts among her accomplishments: being a member of the womyn’s ritual theatre group GoddessIs, being a Co-Founding Mother of Sophia Sanctuary Women’s Temple (sophiasanctuary.org), and a We’Moon Weaving Circle Hostess! “Because more than one spiritual river runs in my soul, I find myself to be on The Path of the Seeker. As a Daughter of Oya (Santería tradition), I honour my African Ancestors, and as an Ár nDraíocht Féin Dedicant, I seek to come to know my Celtic/Druidic spiritual roots. Huzzah! Ashe-O! Blessed Be!”
Ruby Mathews is a Feminist, Grandmother, Early Childhood Educator, Priestess, and Lover of the Mother. She was a founding member of GoddessIs, a Women's Ritual Theatre Collective, and has been practicing magical activism for nearly 30 years. Ruby is a founding Mother of Sophia Sanctuary, a Women's Temple Without Walls, located in Eugene.
Rhea Wolf is a feminist, witch, and astrologer whose life purpose is to help people awaken their inherent creativity, activate their authentic selves and deepen their connections to the larger world. A graduate of Colette Gardiner's Blue Iris Mystery School, Rhea is motivated by a vision of an emerging culture based on respect, beauty, justice and relatedness. She the co-creator of the Which is Witch zines (with Amanda Blix), and author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories and Time, and Children of Medusa, a chapbook of poems and stories. Her writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, hipMama, VoiceCatcher and We'Moon Datebooks. In addition to her client work, Rhea teaches at the Portland School of Astrology and facilitates the Pagan Gathering group at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Melissa Bennett, M.Div. is a descendant of the Umatilla, Nez Perce, and Sac & Fox peoples. She is a writer, poet, educator, storyteller, and storylistener with a private spiritual care practice. She uses intuitive storytelling and tarot to assist clients on their spiritual journeys. Melissa earned a Master of Divinity degree, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a graduate certificate in Theological Studies in 2012. Following graduation, she served as an interfaith mental health chaplain specializing in the spiritual care of indigenous people.
Iris Misciagna is an artist, tarot reader, teacher, and priestess. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and currently works there as a student teacher and ritual priestess. She has been practicing the craft for 15 years and teaching for 7. Using the language of symbols, she creates divination tools, magical essences, and altar art. Her artist’s heart, connection to faerie, and work with the animal council strongly influence her work as a priestess.
Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American writer, educator and bruja. She is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues and The Sundering (Winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship). Adams-Santos is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. She is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and her work has been featured for Poetry Press Week. Her work has appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion, and others. Adams-Santos currently teaches poetry in the certificate program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and is the founder of Tarot Obscuro.
Moe Bowstern is a 1989 alumnus of Northwestern University and studied for 5 years with Colette Gardiner and Pomegranate Doyle at the Blue Iris Mystery School, graduating in 2012.. She is an accomplished bard, writer and poet. Moe has since 1996 published Xtra Tuf, a zine about commercial fishing, in print and audio form. She is currently training in advanced priestessing with Pomegranate Doyle, Larry Savides, Nancy Conescu and Kevin Duell.
Moe fished commercially as an Alaskan deckhand from 1985-2007, facing many fears in her work on the ever-changing sea in a male-dominated environment far from the comforts of home. Moe currently works as a performer, a mundane housecleaner and practical utility witch, cleaning and clearing public and private spaces. Moe brings her legacy as a laborer to her witching, priestessing marriages, deaths, hospital stays, temple dedications and basic ghostbusting.
Shayne Case is healer with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works with spirit guides, flower essences, and gemstone therapies. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe where she actively works with native peoples and water protectors suffering from trauma of current and ancestral injustices. Shayne also runs a two year mentorship program focusing on supporting the emergent healer.
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