Workshop Listings: SATURDAY

Workshop Description
Important Note: Please be advised this workshop schedule may be subject to change.
7:30a-8:30a
Faery Breathwork
Presented by Canu
Come breathe with the Faeries!
Tai Chi
Presented by Byron Ballard
Start the day off right with some light tai chi.
9:00-10:45a
Compromises in Modern Heathenry: the dialectics of lore and UPG.

Presented by Eric Kenron

This presentation will use ritual structure and various Heathen holiday calendars (both historic and modern) as a way to talk about the tension between various branches of Heathen belief and the possibility of (and complications of) a hypothetical modern Heathen orthopraxy (similarity of practice), and whether such a thing is desirable or even possible. Multiple viewpoints will be considered, and comparisons will be drawn between Heathen practices and those of other Pagan belief systems.
Moon Signs and Planetary Hours

Presented by Sara Amis

Ever heard of “planting by the signs”? Did you ever wonder why old-fashioned bank calendars in the South told you what sign the moon was in? This ancient system, practiced widely for centuries and part of the distinct culture of Southern folk magic, is useful for a lot more than gardening. Planning to ask for a raise? Want to know when the best time to bring up a difficult subject is (and when to avoid)? How about painting your house? Learn how moon signs, along with the distinct system of planetary hours, can help you plan events and (yes) when to plant and harvest.
The Cauldron of the Dagda

Presented by Stephanie Woodfield and Edward Rickey

The Dagda was a warrior, a king, and the lover of the Morrigan. He is the Good God who teaches us the power of kinship, yet he reminds us to laugh at ourselves and enjoy life to its fullest. He was the keeper of one of the four great treasures of the Tuatha De Danna, Undry, the bottomless cauldron that sustains the tribe. Learn the myths and roles this dynamic figure played in Irish mythology and how to connect with him as the keeper of kinship and the cauldron.
11:00-12:15
*HEADLINER PRESENTATION*

MAGIC DOWN & DIRTY:  NO FLUFF, NO SPARKLE, JUST RESULTS

Presented by Dorothy Morrison

Have you done all you can do in the mundane realm to resolve a situation? Have you had “all you can stand and can’t stand no more?” Maybe it’s time to level the playing field a little, and Magic can be your equalizer. If you are prepared to “own your stuff,” then this is the workshop for you. Magic, down and dirty! [NOTE: The subtitle No Fluff, No Sparkle, Just Results is serious. This workshop may offend those who believe the world is all goodness and light.]
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Speaking of Magic: Language and Discrimination

Presented by Manny Tejada

This proposal reports qualitative data suggesting that it is specifically the element around the practice of spellwork and magic that mitigates the formation of negative opinions about Pagan practice. The evidence suggests that Wiccans, Witches and practitioners of African Traditional Religions were particularly at -risk of being viewed as dangerous- even Satanic- and thus more likely became targets of discrimination. Other practitioners were viewed as misguided or simply irrational. The proposal then explores why the disclosure of magical practice is specifically perceived as more immanently hazardous than other belief elements common in Pagan faiths.
Black Cat Bones and Beale Street: A Visual Tour of Hoodoo and Conjure in Memphis

Presented by Tony Kail

This facinating workshop looks at the survival of African American folk practices and religion buried in Memphis history. Learn about police raids on rootworkers, family disputes over mojo bags and a murder that shook Memphis history. Author Tony Kail shares his fieldwork and discoveries of Hoodoo and conjure culture through a virtual visual tour from the streets of Memphis to the plantations of the Mississippi Delta.
Blood Magic

Presented by Gina Grasso

A taboo magic rarely discussed or used because of misconceptions. This class is about the magic of using one’s on vital body fluid through meditation and visualization. We’ll review the misconceptions, concepts and practical uses of blood in magic. Note : no blood will be drawn or used during this class.
Praying in the Kitchen: Worship in your Spice Cabinet!

Presented by Theresa Hart

Finding time to honor the gods and spirits of our hearts and lands can be tricky in modern lives, so incorporate a little magic and spirituality into your daily life through small gestures, spices, and rituals while you bake, cook, and eat! In this presentation, I’ll be covering ways in which we can make honor our spiritual side in the kitchen through: A brief history of historic magical and spiritual practices surrounding the kitchen and home hearth, Repurposing common cooking tools as instruments of worship to celebrating the divine while cooking, Deliberate selection and use of recipes and herbs for food intended for sacrificial offerings, Recipes for various seasons and holidays, with research into the spiritual and cultural roots. Plus, I might share a batch or two of almond crescent cookies with attendees
12:30-1:45p
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Appalachian Folk Medicine

Presented by Byron Ballard

Folk techniques brought by immigrants of the British Isles melded with native herbal wisdom to create a vibrant healing tradition in the Southern Appalachian mountains. Explore the culture, heritage, remedies, herbs, and the twisty history of hoodoo and hillbilly medicine. Learn deep relaxation techniques & spend time with the Seven Sovereign Sisters of the Appalachian mountains.
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Power and Attachment: A Look at Conversion to the Wiccan Faith

Presented by Humberto Perez

Wicca has been one of the fastest growing religions in the United States over the last decade. Although the rate of individuals being born into the religion are increasing, the vast majority of adherents to the Wiccan faith are converts from other religions. What do these individuals find so appealing about Wicca that they shed their old religious beliefs and convert? The works of Pierre Bourdieu and attachment theory should provide a good basis for answering that question. This paper will look at the reasons given by converts to the Wiccan faith on their decision to convert to the faith and they will be analyzed using the Bourdieu’s theory of power dynamics along with the attachment theory to determine if there is a common theme to the reasons of why people convert to Wicca.
The Witches Guide to Wands

Presented by Gypsey Teague

One simply does not serve soup with a butterknife so why do we think one wand does it all. We will go over a variety of wands including the 3 wands used in Southern Magic.
Ordering Sweet Tea in the North – the Assumptions of Our Wider Culture and Their Impact on Contemporary Paganism

Presented by John Beckett

We all like to think we’re independent, sophisticated freethinkers. But like fish who aren’t aware of the water in which they swim, even the most mindful of us can’t see all the Christian and materialistic concepts that influence our thinking and our lives. If we simply begin studying Paganism in isolation, our new religion and new spirituality will be built on the foundations of our mainstream society. This presentation will look at some of the unquestioned assumptions of our wider culture and how Pagans, polytheists, and others can identify them, question them, and if we so choose, replace them with our own beliefs and values. It will look at some of the concepts supporting a Pagan foundation, including animism, ancestor veneration, and the sovereignty of all beings.
2:00-3:15pm
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Faery Magic and Re-Enchantment of the World: Tapping the Enduring Wisdom and Potent Power of the Ancestors of All Earth-Life

Presented by Orion Foxwood

Our ancestors felt strongly that the visible natural world is interpenetrated by an invisible (or intravisible) and co-existent realm populated by hosts of beings, some strange, some luminous and others beautiful beyond comprehension; and, all of them quite powerful. The beings were believed to have power over major weather, luck, pestilence, health, food, and the arcane arts of magic. They were feared and revered and known as the People of Peace, Seelie/ Un-seelie Court, or the “Faery”, and they were acknowledged as an important part of the spiritual landscape, and the destiny of humanity and our world. Now…more than ever we are being called back to their wisdom and an intimate understanding of the underside of life also known as the Underworld. These “Angels-in-the-Land” are calling us back to our familial bonds with the sacred powers that flow up from the land and our blood knows this call. This workshop include information I have never shared before including extending the ancestral stream and the hosting of the Faery queen where two horizon culminating in a re-consecration of the sacred underworld and the human/Faery alliance
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Pagans Navigating the Healthcare System

Presented by Amanda Lee Morris

The overall intention of this project is threefold: I hope to educate healthcare professionals in the basics of Paganism and related religions, as well as educating healthcare professionals on the needs of their Pagan patients and clients. I also hope to discuss the unique experiences and needs of Pagans as patients and clients as they navigate the healthcare system. Finally, I hope this research illuminates any gaps that may be occurring between Pagans and their healthcare professionals, in hopes to empower Pagan clients as they gain more access, autonomy, and authority over their own health.
So you want to be a Writer?

Presented by Heather Greene

Writing is more than just putting words down on paper. Whether non-fiction or fiction, the act of writing is one of art and spirit. Heather will take you through some techniques on crafting your own writing, including common mistakes, constructions to avoid, adding color, and writing with rhythm. All participants should bring a short piece of writing to the class, a tablet or pen and paper. Heather is a freelance writer and managing editor of The Wild Hunt.
A Ritual From the Witch­Cult

Presented by Jason & Ari Mankey

Margaret Murray’s “The Witch­Cult in Western in Western Europe” (1921) and “The God of the Witches” (1931) are two of the most influential books on Witchcraft ever written. Some have even called Murray “the Grandmother of Modern Witchcraft,” but what exactly did her witches do? Using Murray’s books as a guide we will recreate the witchcraft rites of the early modern period, the height of the witch­trials!
Searching for Support: Pagans in Recovery

Presented by Wendy “Nicki” Line-Robbins, LAPC, CST

There is a lack of support in the Pagan community concerning recovery from addiction. This presentation will cover concerns in the pagan community finding a safe space in their spirituality to find aid in their recovery. I will discuss research conducted on this subject, issues with finding the right therapist who understands different Pagan spiritualities, and what resources are available to the Pagans looking to embark on a journey of recovery. Additionally, I am open to all questions concerning addiction and recovery as a Pagan.
3:30-4:45p
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Creating and Using Chakra-based Body Maps

Presented by Katrina Messinger

An experiential journey using guided imagery where each chakra will be briefly explored and re-balanced. Participants will create body maps to record the imagery and insights gathered from each chakra and learn ways to use the maps for further exploration and meditation within their personal spiritual practice.
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The Promise of Contemporary Paganism as a PostModern Religion: The Need to Overcome the Cyber Effect

Presented by Tom Knowlin

This study will investigate the influence of cyber effect upon Neopagans, and by extension Neopaganism as a religious representation of twenty-first century Postmodern religious expression, and their ability to organize and advocate for Neopaganism’s core values. While Neopagan organizations depend upon the Internet and Social Media for their genesis and continuance, especially as an emerging religious subculture, it will be the contention of this study that these digital media also impede Neopagans in their efforts, especially if there is overdependence upon them. The degree with which Neopagans are impeded by negative cyber effect will be dependent upon mediating variables and moderating variables. The mediating factors are the individual Neopagans interdependent levels of cognitive, moral, psychosocial and faith development and maturity. The moderating factors will be the level of local acceptability and thus accessibility Neopagans have to supporting Neopagan community, organization and leadership.
HEART OF HOSPITALITY: Spirits and Place in Religions of Relation

Presented by Theanos Thrax aka Anomalous Thracian and Sabazios, the free-flowing Father of Thrace

Contemporary spirit-driven religions and traditions of devotion, as with all of those which came before us in ages back-and-back-and-back to the ashen caves from which we all emerge, are known to sit upon a bedrock foundation of RELATION between HUMANS (us!) and that which we are seeking expansive communion with, through our spiritual, magical, and prayerful observances. However, in the union between the earth and starry heavens, there is ever and always an essential third party, who fills the most important role of all in this equation of relation: the context of PLACE, and her perspective of roles in the ancient and immortal covenants of HOSPITALITY held between host and guest, hosting guest, and guested host.
Ochun’s Honey Pot: Working with the Sweetness of Life

Presented by Rayna Templebee

Ochun is the personification of the sweetness of life… flirting, sparkle, sexual joy, the feminine potency and abundance of nature. Often known as the orisha of rivers and love, Ochun is a powerful force throughout the South – from guardian of Miami to swamp witch of the bayou, we all need to know more about how this beautiful charmer works in our lives. She is often depicted wearing a honey pot – her magickal tool to sweeten life and a reflection of feminine divine power. Honey is a living magickal substance and in this workshop we will explore the use of honey pots to sweeten any situation, using Ochun’s discerning eye. Ochun and her honey pot teach us to flow and appreciate the abundance of nature and our sexual lives. We are the honey pots of Ochun and this workshop will delve beneath the surface of the honey pot tradition to find the deeper meaning of her sugar.
Now May We Feed You: Bioregional Animism as a Spiritual Practice

Presented by Jen Heglar and Jennifer Johnston

We will be teaching the fundamentals of bioregional animism. Attendees will learn to incorporate their local land and water features into their spiritual practice. Topics include: venerating local water and land features, forging relationships with native flora and fauna, and creating seasonal celebrations as they relate to your location. Our tradition is a throwback to the ways of the granny witches of Appalachia and other folk traditions.
5:00-6:15pm
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Circle’s Unbroken: Linking the Folk Magic of Southern Appalachia to the Scottish Borderlands

Presented by Byron Ballard

. This paper includes the preliminary research into a larger project. It covers my research into the “border reiver” cultures on the Anglo-Scots border, and the protective and healing folk magic that was popular before the removals at the time of James I. Primary sources include George MacDonald Fraser’s “The Steel Bonnets,” “The Reivers” by Alistair Moffat, Eve Blantyre Simpson’s “Folk Lore in Lowland Scotland,” as well as my translations of some of Carmichael’s original collection. This paper builds on the concepts presented in “Gnarly Roots: Exploring the British Sources of Appalachian Folk Magic” (presented to the Appalachian Studies Association at its annual conference in 2013) to show a deepening connection between these ancient magical practice.
Witchcraft and the Queer Counterculture

Presented by Troll

Both the queer and the witch are, by accounts of modern understanding, the Other. The witch, says Peter Grey, is the one “at the end of the pointed finger.” So is the queer. The relationship between homosexuality and witchcraft is likewise deep and tangled, and was wrought together in the pre-modern conception of the witch, like Medea, Kirke, and Joan of Arc, as the sacred “Other.” Witchcraft itself is a response to the oppression of the people and the Land, whose body forms an active resistance to the mores of conventional society that wrecks havoc upon the all that is marginalized and thrown away. Both witches and queers live and dance and fuck in the cracks of culture, in the dark places of wisdom. This workshop will explore the following themes: (1.) Witchcraft as a form of resistance to oppression and likewise the struggles and narrative of queerness as a form of resistance to white-supremacist cis-heteronormative patriarchy. (2.) The flesh as the Hedge, the body of the queer witch as the threshold of ecstasy and transgression. Self as Other/Other as Self. (3.) Queer sex magic and the “Faggot Mysteries.” The final part of the workshop will feature a ritual with participants invoking the Queer Witch Ancestors and asking for their aid in our work.
Homesteading as a Pagan (Orientation in the physical and spiritual worlds)

Presented by Louis Garou

I am a third generation farmer living a sustainable life in the mountains of East Tennessee. I am a Witch… There is magic in even the most mundane aspects of our lives… Knowing and loving the land…Recognizing and utilizing natural cycles… From raising food for harvest to orientation in the building of a cabin to natural sustainable living … Relating to the land spirits, and our ancestors… Time spent in the mountain environment is challenging and fulfilling…. And magical…
A Brief Introduction to Journeying

Presented by Rebekah Laughing Crow Gamble

This presentation is a highly abbreviated version of Rebekah’s day-long Journeying 101 program taught around the world. In this program we will focus on the technique of meditative style shamanic journeying and the axis mundi, that is, the world tree. We will discuss the technique, adaptations, and safe practice as well as it’s application and connection to many cultures around the world. Participants will be able to test the method for themselves and will have access to resources for further study.

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