Mystic South Headliners
We are excited that the following presenters will be joining us at Mystic South Conference 2018. Be sure to register today so you can attend their presentations, workshops, and performances!
Each of these presenters brings their unique view of Southern Culture and Southern Magick to our conference. These headliners will offer presentations and performances throughout Mystic South. Be sure to check our Headliner Presentation page for topics!
John Beckett grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside his back door. Wandering through them gave him a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God.
John is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD), a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF), and a former Vice President of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. His blog “Under the Ancient Oaks” is part of the Pagan Channel of the multifaith website Patheos. John has been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals since 2003. His book The Path of Paganism: An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice was published by Llewellyn in May 2017.
John lives in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and earns his keep as an engineer.
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988.
Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Keys To Perception: A Practical Guide to Psychic Development, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins. there are several other books in the pipeline as well.
He is also one of the creative forces behind Awakening the Dream, A Dream Whose Time Is Coming, and Dreams Sung True three chant CDs that are fundraisers for the New Alexandrian Library Project. He has written over 90 chants and maintains an online pagan chant resource at www.ivodominguezjr.com.
YAYA NSASI VENCE GUERRA
Yaya Nsasi Vence Guerra comes from a family of seers. She is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman from Chicago. She is a radical educator, activist, and poet. She has been published in Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism (2012) and in Shade of Ritual (2014). Yaya Nsasi is initiated in various branches of African spirituality, including Ifa and Palo Mayombe. As a certified Reiki Master, Yaya Nsasi does integrative light work and intuitive divination. A major part of her work is providing womb care support and healing using traditional and integrative ancestral healing practice for women in trauma. She is accredited by the World Metaphysical Association and The Accreditation Council of Holistic Healers
Her work can be defined as decolonization therapy. It is a healing process. She creates a space where wounded spirits and souls from disenfranchised groups can work to recover from historical trauma, racism, and other collective social ills caused by the long-term negative effects of colonization. Yaya Nsasi provides a holistic approach to healing the mind, body, spirit, and soul with the use of sacred and divine energy.
Sangoma Oludoye is a wife of 28 years, mother of three daughters, 12 amazing Grandmasters and our first Great grand was born of January 23rd of this year. Sangoma is a traditional Yoruba priestess, Afin chief and member of the Egbe Moremi, National African Women’s Society in the Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village, located in Sheldon SC.
Oyotunji is North America’s oldest, authentic African village founded in 1970 by HRH Oba Oseijeiman Adefunmi whom Sangoma met at age 12. A graduate of Clark University, Worcester, Mass in 1977 with a BA in Theatre Arts. After a 20 year career in broadcast journalism , television, radio and cable…life presented the opportunity to explore shamanism, female rites of passage, pan africanism and Wise woman Traditions. Sangoma has taught at numerous summer camps and Earthskills gatherings throughout the southeast for the last three decades.
Sangoma is an artist, Sacred Activist, multicultural educator walking the path of the Peacemaker and building bridges of unity through diversity. She founded the Kindred of Sangoma in the late 90’s and was the event coordinator of 4 Tribes 4 Peace , Fall Equinox 2017, Cherokee Farms, Lafayette, Ga.
Mama Gina is a singer/songwriter, fearless storyteller, and wanderlust. With down-to-earth, bluesy vocals, a bit of humor, and straight-ahead, rhythmic, acoustic guitar, djembe and frame drum, she tells the true stories that fall into her head and heart. She speaks to the Gods and Goddesses and they speak back. Oh, boy, do they speak back! She sings of our responsibility to nurture both the mundane and the magical. Speaking of magical, meet Nine Toes the Bard, a 15th century Welsh lass who once dealt with a Dragon. She now travels the world, singing tales of love and battle, Pirates and Vikings, damsels and elves, trolls and that wicked Dragon that left her one digit shy. Come laugh, weep, laugh some more and sing along with Mama Gina and her alter-ego Nine Toes the Bard!
THE NIGHT TRAVELERS
The Night Travelers are a virtuosic, artistic, and charismatic musical duo with the acoustic impact and harmonic depth to please any audience.
Drawing on multiple genres (World, Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Dawg, Celtic, and Pop/Rock) and focusing on tone and presence by creating incredible virtuoso arrangements for each instrument, The Night Travelers create a sound which presents as if way more than two people were playing. As detailed melodic lines on both instruments weave and dance around each other, audiences often comment that they could swear they hear at least 4 instruments playing and are mesmerized by the sound and carried away.
Combining these special techniques and philosophies with Master level musicianship allows The Night Travelers to lift the simple combination of a banjo and bass above average expectations, radiating an orchestral quality which transcends genres in a distinctive voice all their own.
James McKinney, banjoist, vocalist, and band leader, is one of the most innovated and masterful players in the world today and will continually surprise and amaze you. James, 1982 National Banjo Champion, has performed, toured, or recorded with all the master bluegrass players and musical legends such as Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Barbara Mandrell, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, and also The Grateful Dead.
Niki Portmann, the group’s bassist and second vocalist, is an astounding and highly skilled player in her own right, producing soulful and wonderfully tuned bass lines which will hypnotize and have you moving to the music. An electrical engineer and physicist, Niki started her musicianship late in life and combined her love of music with her driving worth ethic and rapidly developed exceptional skills with her Bass and composition.
Together they create a blend of Americana, Folk, and World acoustic music that is truly unique and memorable. Learn more about The Night Travelers at http://www.nighttravelers.com