Workshops from years past!
Class Descriptions from 2018
What Feels Right: Intuition & Pleasure In Magical Practice
with Haylin Belay
What is the role of pleasure in magical practice? With nearly a decade of experience as a holistic health professional, sex educator and eclectic witch Haylin Belay believes that "pleasure" and "intuition" are intimately connected—and sometimes interchangeable. The healthy pursuit of one can lead to healing integration in the other, especially for witches living with personal and/or intergenerational trauma. Sharing insights from the fields of mental health, physical therapy, social justice, and sexual well-being, Haylin will share how pleasure informs her witchcraft—and how the pursuit of pleasure can promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being for all witches.
Mind, Body, & Spirit: Bodywork for Healing Intuition
with Haylin Belay
What does physical health have to do with spiritual well-being? More than you might think. Many practitioners use spiritual practices to maintain their physical health, but maintaining our physical health is also a key element of maintaining our spiritual power. Severe or chronic physiological stress can have cataclysmic effects on physical, mental, and spiritual health—especially our ability to access intuition, insight, and our capacities for divination. This class will explore the science of the nervous system, focusing on bodywork and physical exercises designed to heal intuition. Join us for a truly holistic approach to health and well-being, and leave with skills that will help you explore your full spiritual potential.
Overworld, Underworld and Middleworld
with Colette Gardiner
Join me for a short lecture followed by a trance to visit and honor these realms. There are many ways humans make sense of the mysteries beyond us. Come explore what these places hold for you. Open to all levels of experience.
Spiritual Activation and Activism Using the Saints
with Letty Chichitonyolotli
Priority to QTBIPOC if this is not your experience and you wish to learn about this topic please come willing to step back and take up less space.
Devotion to numerous Saints dates back hundreds of years in many cultures. Rituals, myths, and beliefs by indigenous communities neo-colonization era remain a rich part of the people's practice. Reliance on various Saints is a part of a complex cultural fabric that holds a delicate balance between modern Catholicism and non Christian Spiritural practices. For me; growing up with the guidelines of Catholicism and Mexican culture comes with a specific flavor of spiritualism that is rooted in our indigenous beliefs, and devotion that is veiled in Christian faith. In this workshop we will discuss ways our collective spirituality has been influenced by colonization and how to reconcile, reclaim, and begin rebuilding our direct connection to our ancestors. Attendees will partake in a pop-ed style discussion and knowledge share. Anyone interested in learning about Saints from a de-colonizing framework is welcome to attend.
The Sacred Dog
with Letty Chichitonyolotli
This class is open to all who are interested in learning about building on animal magic using a decolonization framework and employing a social justice/ trauma informed lens. The human-dog relationship goes back centuries and through this time we have evolved together and formed undeniable bonds. In this class we will briefly delve into the mythology of dogs in the Mexica culture and learn how to build, improve and repair our personal relationships with our dog companions through spiritual and plant medicinal practice with the use of a social justice lens and through a trauma informed approach. Participants will gain skills on how to build a common language with the dogs in their lives and gain a social justice perspective in their connection to nature and plants in personal and professional magical practice. This class is co taught with my familiar Kimbo Chichiton.
Witch's Words: A Magical Poetry Workshop
with Stephanie Adams-Santos
For witches, brujas, and other magically-inclined sorts, poetry is a powerful craft to deepen one's connection to the "other side"—to open channels, work through spiritual blockages, enhance rituals, and sharpen intuition. In this workshop, we will create our own small trove of witch's words—exploring various exercises in poetry, including automatic writing, cross-writing, mantras, and spells. In ancient times, Romans used the same word—vates—for both poet and seer. Indeed, both poets and seers share a nonrational process that honors symbolism, creativity, and the imagination as tools for receiving wisdom, uncovering truth, and enacting change.
Inviting the Magic of the Fae Into our Lives
with Pomegranate Doyle
Join me as we welcome and learn to invite the sidhe, the cousins, and the fae into our lives. We will meet the fae and talk about how to cultivate relationships with them. This class is open to all levels of experience.
with Donella-Elizabeth Alston and Ruby Mathews
Join Donella-Elizabeth and Ruby in a fun incense making workshop! Using a "practical magic/kitchen witchery" approach, we will create our own magical incense from herbs we all have in our kitchens (plus a few extras just for giggles; Dragon's Blood anyone?) No materials are required, but if possible please bring any of the following: your own mortar and pestle, dried herbs from your kitchen. Create mixtures individually or as part of a group. Everyone will be given a sample to take home for themselves.
Earth Allies and Spheres of Influence
with Sage Goode
We are all influenced by the world around us. As witches we need to develop tools for managing the impact these influences have on us. One of these tools is working with Spheres of Influence: a practice where we identify the people, energies, and situations that we wish to have close to us and those that we wish to place at a greater distance. In this way we can better manage the intensity of our world and continue to be powerful, magical activists.
In this trance-based class you will have an opportunity to connect with the Spirit of nature and discover the Elemental Allies who offer to work with you as you establish your Spheres of Influence. The forces of the Earth Herself are committed to doing this work with you. Spirit Beings will step forward to hold each of the boundaries that separates one sphere from the next. Together with your Allies you will create a living and dynamic map of your most empowered Self.
Please bring a journal, or drawing paper with you to this class so that you can draw your personal map. This class is suitable for all levels of experience.
A Pool Fed by Many Springs:
Returning to Centre in times of Challenge and Change
with Sage Goode
This class begins with a deep relaxation meditation. This practice is simple, yet very effective, and helps to release the energetic contractions that are stored as tension in the body.
Next we will journey to the pool of consciousness which is at the heart of the mystery within. Life experiences emerge in this pool, some challenging, others beautiful and inspiring. As the Witness to this magic, you can receive the teachings, open to the healing possibilities, and release that which does not feed your Soul.
Both meditations can be used in your daily practise and called upon in difficult situations.
This class is suitable for all levels of experience.
The Bawdy Divine
with Irene McCalphin
Our sacred body contains the vibrations of manifestation. This workshop is part play, part vulnerability and all about harnessing and integrating the power of burlesque and erotic movement to raise energy, shield, cleanse space, manifest desires and heal thine own sacred self. Come see and be seen. Accessible to all bodies and abilities. Body Shaming will not be tolerated. Body Celebration will be magnified.
Strength Through Vulnerability
A Practical Discussion About Working With Our Guides and Magical Team
with Moe Bowstern
You’ve developed a relationship of sorts with some spirit beings and assembled a team. You’ve got some way to check in with your magic and with your team. But you still don’t quite know, really know, how to trust in this process. How do I ‘give it over?’ What is surrender? How do I work with my guides?
Is this you? Come to this class for a frank discussion about working with your guides as an everyday practice in mundane and magical decision making. Moe Bowstern will give a talk and lead a Q and A.
Bring your decision-making tool, questions large and small and your frustrations about spirit team work.
Class requirements: some personal knowledge of working with spirit guides or allies, some experience in dowsing and magical decision making. Bring: your magical self; a willingness to engage in asking questions; humility; honesty; humor.
Dreaming Our Desires: Exploring Queer Spirit
with Ebony Galluzzo and Larry Savides
How do we navigate to our own personal truth, to self-awareness? Our desires arise unbidden, challenging us out of cultural hypnosis and into exploring our own truths. Queer desire is as natural as the bud opening into the flower. Queerness is owning our desires, and choosing our actions. Using trance, lecture, and discussion we will evoke and invite the deep space from which our desires emanate. We will review and use the tools of the Queer Pentacle to reclaim and reaffirm the truth of our desires. All are welcome to this class!!!
Storytelling and Storylistening: A Spiritual Practice for Healing Trauma
with Melissa Bennett
This workshop explores the intimate relationship between storytelling and storylistening. We will explore writing as spiritual practice and participants will have the opportunity to write and share stories, practicing both the telling and the listening. Bring fast writing pens and your favorite notebook. This class is for BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) only.
Ancestral Recovery: Learning to Connect with your History to Better Shape your Future
with Melissa Bennett
This workshop will utilize story, genealogical resources, and meditation/prayer to teach participants how to connect with their own unique ancestral histories. We will then examine the art of futurism to turn the lessons of our ancestors into visions for the future. Bring fast writing pens, your favorite notebook, and photos or mementos of your ancestors for a community altar. Open to all.
The Earth Temple: Labyrinth Magic
with Pomegranate Doyle
In this workshop, we will work the sacred tool of the labyrinth through ritual magic. The labyrinth holds the power of the earth that was hidden away when magic was under attack. We will join in the effort to unfurl this sacred magic. All are welcome.
Singing to the Elements
with Iris Misciagna
In this basic magic class, learn about the elements and sing their praises. Through exercise, toning, and learning simple chants and songs, we will open to our relationship with the elements of our sacred living earth and our bodies. You do not need any singing experience to take this class! Each of us has a birthright to the power of the elements earth, air, fire, water, and center, and each of us has a voice that can sing their praises.
Many Realms of Place: Exploring Several Spirit Portlands
with Larry Savides
Every landscape has it's own deep complex natures as well as many spirit inhabitants. And like us the landscape-soul has layers and aspects and can form and express itself in many ways. We will discuss this topic as well as some ways to deepen our experience in the living landscape. Then we will take a trance journey into several layers of Magical Portland, using the cities' names and nicknames as inspiration. All levels of experience are invited to this class.
Moving with Spirit
with Sage Goode
Flowing movement, breathing and sounding. Soften into your spirit, and let the magic of your body guide you, as you integrate your experiences.
The Magic Conference is wonderful and stimulating. All of the amazing people and ideas and magical possibilities can be overwhelming. Let this class be a gift that you give to yourself.
This session is suitable for all levels of experience and all bodies and abilities.
Tracing Our Soul Origins Using Stone Magic
with Shayne Case
These days we can spit into a tube and send it off to a lab and a few weeks later receive a colorful pie chart in the mail telling us where our ancestors reigned from. But, how does that explain reoccurring dreams of belonging to a tribe on a continent you've never visited; the drive to study medicine from a culture not your own; or feeling like you landed on a foreign planet and cannot wait to get back to your own faraway star. Through storytelling, taking stone elixirs, and meditative journeying we will investigate our soul's origin story so that we can better understand our own cultural and spiritual magical roots. Please bring your journals.
The Medicine in my Grandmother's Chai: A Map to Building our Hearts into Homes and Restoring Reciprocity in our Bodies and World.
with Kirin Bhatti
In this session you will get the secret ingredients to my grandmother's chai, which also happens to be a map on how to construct a home out of our hearts. A home that's so fortified and soft that it can transform anything - loneliness, powerlessness, fatigue, scarcity - within us and in our world. We will remember how together - as we tell stories, play with crayons, laugh and meditate - sometimes all at once! Hope to see you there.
In The Face of Fear
with Irene McCalphin
Fear is something that has kept us alive and safe. But just like any Guardian Spirit it can turn to demon.
Join me for tools and rituals designed to turn Fear from the vast ocean that seeks to drown us back into the nourishing watery mirror we learn and grow from.
We defiantly exist, move, love and create in a time of tremendous horror that has us scrambling for anything that resembles "The Light"
Come remember that we are the light. We are the sacred hell and glorious terror to the things that go bump in the night.
Comedy Hour and Open Mic
with Melody Awesomazing, Pet Phychic to the Stars
Join Melody Awesomazing, Pet Psychic to the Stars as they answer your burning animal questions. They will dazzle with their magical abilities. This is 100% for entertainment purposes only. Comedy show will be immediately followed by an open mic hosted by Melody. Bring your talents! All welcome! Join us during lunch time on Sunday.
Panel: Social Justice and Queer Magic
with Haylin Belay, Irene McCalphin, Kirin Bhatti, and Dusty Dmitri Bloomingheart
Moderated by Ruby Garcia
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.