Workshops from years past!
Class Descriptions from 2017
The Journey is my Home: Keynote with Rhea Wolf
Using our magic to tackle serious subjects
In addition to being a witch and priestess, Rhea Wolf has spent her life immersed in story and theater. Her presentation will include examples of how racism is currently being addressed in our Pagan communities, and help us explore together how storytelling and poetry can inspire our magical work. Healing the wounds of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression in our spiritual communities can seem overwhelming. The intention of this keynote is to help us tackle these topics with less resistance and defensiveness, and to experience the deep connections that can be created when we are willing to stay present to this magical and mundane work.
Going Deep with Earth Magic
with Colette Gardiner
As witches we see the earth as alive and the primary source of our strength and magic. Through trance journey and a brief discussion we will explore the various elemental layers and realms of earth magic that are accessible to us, meet some beings from various parts of the earth's body, find where and how those magics resonate in us, and how we can work with them. This class is available to all levels of experience, no experience necessary.
Tuning In To Heart's Desire
with Miel Rose
Desire is one of the energies that fuels creativity, inspiration, magic and life itself. Desire is joyful and ecstatic; like sap running in the spring, a seed sprouting, laughing from your gut with loved ones. In this class, we will explore ways to tune into our authentic desires and identify the obstacles that stand in our way to embracing them. Through discussion, guided trance, and journaling, we will craft a vision of heart’s desire to help with personal growth and manifestation. Available to all levels, no experience necessary, just be willing to go on trance journey.
Working with the Red Dragon
with Rhea Wolf
Dragons are powerful energies and beings which guard, protect, and enliven our world. Working with them can accelerate the pace of healing and transformation available to us on a personal and collective level. Come explore how to work with one of the dragons, The Red Dragon, as an expression of our bloodlines and the survival instinct in order to heal ancestral, trans-generational trauma. The healing of the bloodlines in this way goes hand in hand with the healing of racism, misogyny, and oppression in many forms. A Red Dragon meditation connects you to the blood of your body, the blood of the Moon, the blood of the Sun, and the blood of the Earth to maximize resiliency and fluidity in the changes we so desperately need.
The Dark Keys: Understanding and Utilizing Chiron and Pluto in your birthchart for healing and self mastery
with Miss Renee
Pluto is the Destroyer. It rules transformation through crisis. Points to how we use, abuse, withhold, give away and share power. It helps us die to be reborn anew. Chiron is the Wounded Healer. It shows us how and where we are deepest wounded, and how that initial wounding can end up being where we are greatest gifted and greatest able to heal others.
Chiron and Pluto take us on an inner journey into the darkest Black. Black symbolizes the combination of all colors of the universe, and it is from Black that all colors originate and spring up to create the lively rainbow. Just like the color Black, understanding these dark keys can help us unlock our deepest, most secret, most wounded parts of ourselves and open a door to the our most vivid beauty.
I invite you to bring your courage, a notebook and the gift of your vulnerability as we create a space of honesty, learning and self empowerment. Please bring a print out of your birthchart to class or be ready to pull it up on astro.com
Word, Number, Image: Tarot Weaves the World
with Alexa Weinstein
What did the Phoenician alphabet ever do to you? What does Democritus have to do with the High Priestess? What can the Emperor learn from the DMV? How is the Hierophant like a see-saw? Is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle stored in the Hermit’s lamp? All these questions and many more will be explored in this workshop. Whether you have no idea what your tarot Birth Cards are or you’ve been working with them for decades, there will be plenty for you to learn, because the oceans of the cards can never be fathomed. After we use our magical minds to make our way through a story that braids together the histories of words, numbers, and images, we will sink below our minds and journey together through the tarot constellations, bringing back new information about who we are, what we’re doing here, and what these energies need from us now.
No experience or tarot knowledge necessary. I use the Rider-Waite (which I call the Pixie Smith) deck, but you are quite welcome to bring and use others. Our journeying will not involve deep trance.
Pentacle of the Goddess Brigid
with Sage Goode
Welcome to the Pentacle of Brigid: a walking meditation, a core teaching and a gift from the Divine. In this class we are invited to deepen into the alignment of our personal will with our soul’s purpose in this lifetime. We are called to a path of consciousness and we embark upon the Journey. Brigid offers us healing in Her Well. She awakens the Flame of inspiration and creativity within us. And we release and are transformed at the Forge. With clarity and purpose we step into the power of the Vow we make. And then we Journey onward. Although we will review the basics of the Pentacle as a tool, much of the class will focus on the magical work and empowerment of the qualities of Journey, Well, Flame, Forge and Vow. Please bring a large journal or drawing paper. Open to all.
The Powers of Magical Influence
with Sage Goode
We are all influenced by the world around us and as witches and shamans we develop tools and strategies for managing the impact those influences have on us. A great strength arises from our ability to step into our power and send energy, influence and vision into the world. In this class we will work with techniques that allow us to influence powerfully, remain conscious and informed, and feed our wholeness and well-being.
In this magic we work with the allies of spirit: the elemental beings and forces of the Earth Herself. Together with your allies, you recognize the spheres of influence in your life. The allies help to mark the boundaries of each of the spheres and to mediate the energies that flow to the centre. The allies are powerful helpers when you take action and send your influence into the world. The class includes discussion, visualization and magic! Please bring a journal. Appropriate for all levels of experience.
"What happens between the worlds affects all the worlds"
with Ebony Galluzzo and Iris Misciagna
This is the power of circle casting, essential when practicing magic and the first step in creating sacred space. When we cast a circle a protected space is created, a form is made for magic to inhabit and build. The ordinary is made sacred. In this class we will explore the steps and tools used to cast a circle, and the various ways circle casting can be used to bring protection and intention into your daily life. We will discuss personal circles, circles around your home, and creating temporary sacred space. This is a beginning level class and great for those new to magic.
Tarot, I Ching, Bibliomancy + more: Using Divination in your Writing or Visual Arts Practice
with Michelle Ruiz Keil
Come explore the relationship between divination and art in this hands-on workshop. At their best, both divination and artistic practice involve flow states where we access deep wisdom and creativity. Combining the two can have spectacular results! Doing a tarot reading on the subject of a painting or throwing the I Ching for a story plot point that has you stumped can throw open the door to synchronicity and flow, enriching your work in ways that are sure to surprise you.
In this workshop, we will discuss several techniques that combine divination and artistic practice, then open our notebooks and experiment with time before we close to discuss our experiences and, for those who desire, to share our work. This class is open to all levels of experience.
Toppling the Tower
with Irene McCalphin
Rituals and spells for Resistance, Revolution and Radical Self Care. We answer the call of Resistance! With money, mouth and magic directed against the tower and its dragon We answer the call of Resistance! With the ordered thoughts of a mind calm and cold as the river iced in winter We answer the call of Resistance! We hear the drum We hold the sword We see the field We answer the call of Resistance! This class is open to all.
Tarot for Truth
with Erin Aquarian
Unlike our government, tarot does not lie, and it challenges us to look at where we have accepted lies as truth within our own belief systems. Society's oppressive and repressive conditioning causes us to develop false beliefs, which reside within us and limit our sense of what is possible. I believe tarot is an excellent guide to challenge all kinds of lies, stay sane, and stay in our power. This class will present the tarot as a tool to resist all kinds of untruth, including the untruths we tell ourselves. As the truth frees our minds, we better access our own power and potential. This helps us create real, positive change within our own lives and the world.
Magical Tools for Dealing with Fear: Discussion and Skillshare
Whistling In the Dark
with Moe Bowstern
With hate crimes on the rise, massive and cruel budget cuts destabilizing social programs and racist, misogynist policy being proposed by a tiny ruling class of white supremacists, it can be tough to navigate internal and external fears. What are practical, magical actions we can take to boost resilience and restore our courage? How do we face our fears as witches? What do we gain when we do? Is it ok to be afraid? Join Moe Bowstern for a practical discussion of tools and skills for dealing with fear. Bring your own ideas to share. Open to all levels.
Exploring the Energy of the Green Vital Underworld
with Larry Savides
The living earth vibrates with energy and vitality. Peoples living in closer contact with the cycles of plants, animals, and landscapes often described fertility and abundance as coming to us from the Land Beneath the Land. We will discuss and explore ways to engage this process intellectually and energetically. All levels of experience are welcome.
The Fairy Tale Map: Using fairy tale to inform ritual, creative work and personal growth
with Michelle Ruiz Keil
While myths usually tell grand stories of political upheaval or epic adventure, fairy and folk tales unfold on a more personal scale where the drama centers around family, love, trauma and healing. We'll enter storytime together, shining a light into the dusty corners of two classic (and slightly disturbing) tales, The Handless Maiden and Little All Kinds of Fur.
We will explore the differences between myth and fairy tale, discover an alternative to the Hero's Journey story structure, and brainstorm ways fairy and folk tales might apply to our ritual work, personal healing and creative lives. No experience necessary.
Sex Magic Ritual
with Jeevan Singh + Shayne Case
In these times of political chaos, we have a choice: to join the reactionary conservatism of repression or step into our own conscious agency. What are our essential human rights? One is: we have a right to embodied pleasure. Historically, one of the most effective social tools of disempowerment has been creating shame and fear around our sexuality and bodies. In this collective healing ritual led by Shayne Case and Jeevan Singh, we will do the work of untangling sexuality from the threat of harassment, violence, isolation, institutional bullying and political agenda by using magic, the co-creative forces of the seen and unseen worlds, gem elixirs, sound, personal story, and deep meditation. This experiential work is appropriate for adults at all levels of learning.
Weaving the Webs of Protection
with Lou Lamotte
Charm magic is an old magic. A chanting under your breath, the words that have always been spoken by your people kind of magic. It's a passed down necklace that has always brought the wearer luck, or love. It's an intentional object outside your door to protect you, or pouch in your pocket filled with herbs and stones.
In this workshop we will make our own protection charms using the sticks and branches of well loved tree allies and gems. With our intuition guiding us, we will play with shapes and patterns to let the story of our protection charm weave together building a charm for you to use in your home, altar, or anywhere you need a little extra protection. You will leave with a finished charm and the knowledge of how to use it. All levels of experience welcome.
Plant and Stone – Voices of the Ancients
with Roberta Mackrill
Three years ago, I began a 3 month conversation with an ancient tree spirit, the outcome being a Very Old cedar tree growing outside my cabin, that was not previously there. Many have witnessed this-- or I would find it hard to believe, myself. This year has led me to Cornwall, Wales and Ireland, on the trail of the ancient yews. The questions and answers they will bring profoundly change our lives. For those who will listen, I will share their medicine. This class is open to all.