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Friday, March 22
 

9:00am MDT

Beginning Traditional Witchcraft
Limited Capacity seats available

What exactly is Traditional Witchcraft? What does it mean to be a Traditional Witch? In this workshop, we will examine both of these questions in depth. Topics covered will include a look into the historical and folkloric roots of Trad Craft, its core beliefs and practices, as well as the basic tools and  rituals.

Speakers

Friday March 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

10:30am MDT

Blasphemy as a Healing Tool
Limited Capacity seats available

Blasphemy can be used as a healing tool for those leaving the restrictive beliefs of religion. 
In this presentation I will discuss blasphemy throughout history, art and politics. I will explain how acts of blasphemy can help heal the wounds often caused by the church and allow an individual to move forward into a new spiritual paradigm uninhabited by religious dogma.

Speakers
avatar for Koren Walsh

Koren Walsh

Spend a little time with Koren Walsh, aka Jezebel Pride, and you will soon realize the passion she possesses for bringing people together and creating a community of diverse and empowered individuals.As an award winning fire performer, hoop dancer and motivational speaker, Koren has... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

10:30am MDT

Grounding and Shielding basics and beyond
This class offers basic grounding, shielding and additional shielding techniques for every day life as well as ritual work.

Speakers
avatar for El Moondragon

El Moondragon

I am a non binary witch who has a variety of skills under my belt. My specialties are Tarot, Guided meditations and communication with spirits.


Friday March 22, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

1:00pm MDT

Love Spells: The Bad, The Good, and The Beautiful
Limited Capacity seats available

Love Spells:  The Bad, the Good and the Beautiful So you have a crush on that cute boy in biology…or how about that hot girl in math class, but they don’t seem to notice you.  No problem…time for love spell, right??  Wrong!  Love Spells:  The Bad, the Good and the Beautiful is a workshop targeted at tweens/teens and/or young adults.  During the workshop attendees will discuss the ethics of love spells and then discuss possible ways to perform love spells that are ethical and keep the philosophy of “Harm None.”  Attendees will then have the opportunity to cast a love spell that teaches them to focus on characteristics they are looking for in a loving partner as opposed to targeting a specific partner.  Finally, attendees will seek out what is loving and beautiful in themselves and learn how loving and taking care of yourself is an ultimate love spell.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Youngs

Susan Youngs

Susan Youngs has been a practicing Wiccan for over 15 years. In that time, she has participated in multiple covens and studied under multiple teachers. She remains a firm believer in the importance of always learning, growing and evolving. More recently she has served on the Board... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

1:00pm MDT

The Pagan Way of Death: The Body Issue
Limited Capacity seats available

Natural burial, alkaline hydrolysis, donation, composting--we have more options than most of us realize for what to do with our bodies when we die. We'll discuss options for disposition in Minnesota and beyond and visualize how to choose a final send-off that honors our own sacred Pagan values.

Speakers
avatar for Eli Effinger-Weintraub

Eli Effinger-Weintraub

Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming
they/them/theirs. I'm a practitioner and priestex in the Reclaiming Witchcraft Tradition and have been an ebbing and flowing member of Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming, as that entity has ebbed and flowed, since 2002.My beliefs are Naturalistic and apatheistic. I have little concern... Read More →
avatar for Leora Effinger-Weintraub

Leora Effinger-Weintraub

Leora Effinger-Weintraub is a mediator and conflict coach, artist, and creator. Through their work with people in conflict they have seen how conflict can transform relationships and communities. Finding the ways for this transformation to be positive and life-affirming is their chosen... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

2:30pm MDT

Anglo-Saxon Witchcraft
Limited Capacity seats available

How did the witchcraft of the pre-Christian English differ from contemporary practices?  What do they have in common?  In this workshop Alaric Albertsson discusses the magical techniques of the Anglo-Saxons and the world view that inspired the fictional works of authors like Tolkien and Rowling.  Participants will explore a world of enchanted swords and house elves, of runes and magic potions.  Discover the charming and empowering magic of the Anglo-Saxons!

Speakers
avatar for Alaric Albertsson

Alaric Albertsson

Alaric Albertsson is the author of several books published by Llewellyn Worldwide, including "A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery and Magic". Over the years his personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country beliefs, herbal studies and rune lore... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

2:30pm MDT

Psychic Self Defense: An Intro to Shielding
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the basic techniques for energetic/psychic shielding. Discover and combine skills to establish and maintain personal energetic boundaries that prevent forms of energetic overload that occur in instances such as large crowds, high energy areas, or areas containing sufficient concentrations of negative energy

Speakers
avatar for Bo Jacisin

Bo Jacisin

Owner, Practictioner, First Light Spirit Services
I have been studying and practicing energy work since 2007. During this time the focus of my study has been on cultivating a psychic self defense practice for the protection of individuals and the spaces they occupy. This practice evolved into a system that can be taught and practiced... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

4:00pm MDT

Queen Up Your Magick: Everyday Rituals to Connect with the Tarot Queens for Transformation
Limited Capacity seats available

Amplify up your ritual workings by drawing on your inner elemental power. By embodying the four Tarot Queens, your personal power is enhanced, and so is your Magick!
Learn the secrets to manifesting with the assistance of the Tarot Queens.
Tarot experience is not required.
Facilitated by Angela Kaufman, Intuitive Empowerment Coach and author of the new book Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down- Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen (Conari, 2018).

Speakers
avatar for Angela Kaufman

Angela Kaufman

Intuitive Empowerment Coach and author of the new book Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down- Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen (Conari, 2018). Angela is also a lifelong activist and believes in combining the spiritual and mundane for empowerment.


Friday March 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

4:00pm MDT

Saints, Samhain, and Syncretism: How Being Raised/Culturally Catholic Colors our Pagan Practice and Culture.
Limited Capacity seats available

Were you raised Catholic? Still identify with it in some ways, though now Pagan? Are you married to a Catholic? Raising mixed Pagan/Catholic kids? Have Catholic elements in your practice? This discussion is for you. Anyone who converts to a new or alternative religion brings their cultural and religious past with them; while Catholic may not be who we are anymore, we may still do and think about things in a Catholic-ish way – and that even varies depending on what version of Catholic (Irish, Italian, Mexican, Polish, pre-Vatican 2, post-Vatican 2, etc.) was what informed our worldview at one time. So let’s get together and chat about it. This won’t be a forum to necessarily talk about the tragic scandals plaguing the church, or whether or not you like the pope – this is more reflecting on what of our cultural Catholicism we bring into our Pagan identity and practice (do we all crave fish fry at Lent? Do we all shop at the botanica?), and what we left behind… and what keeps sticking around that non-Catholic Pagans may not understand about us, but we understand about each other.

Speakers
avatar for Doc Murphy Pizza

Doc Murphy Pizza

Unapologetic eclectic Pagan practitioner for over 25 years and academic expert on new religions, occultism, new religions and folks traditions. My book, "Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities", is an ethnography this vibrant Minnesota tradition palette... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

4:00pm MDT

Speed Friending
Limited Capacity seats available

What if there was a way for you to quickly get to know people, beyond superficial questions about your work, neighborhood, kids or pets? What if you could walk into a Pagan convention and instantly connect with people on a deeper level? Would you do it? OF COURSE YOU WOULD... it's Pagan Speed Friending! PSF can be silly or sublime, and you'll meet two new people every 4 minutes and talk about what REALLY matters. Doors will be closed when we fill up... don't miss out!

Speakers
avatar for Elysia Gallo

Elysia Gallo

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Llewellyn Worldwide
Elysia is Senior Acquisitions Editor for Llewellyn Worldwide, where she's been polishing manuscripts and providing authors with guidance since 2005. Her specialty topics there are witchcraft, Paganism, magic, and more. She was a board member of Paganicon and Twin Cities Pagan Pride... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM G
 
Saturday, March 23
 

10:30am MDT

Paganism and Devotional Polytheism
Limited Capacity seats available

What is devotional polytheism and how does it relate to paganism? Since modern pagans talk about many different gods and invoke them in our rituals, aren't we all polytheists? If we're not all polytheists, what other options are there? In this session we'll explore the various structures of belief common to modern pagans, and religions as a whole. Then, we'll take a deeper look into the practice of devotional polytheism and see how it applies and can be practiced in modern paganism.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Frampton

Dale Frampton

Grove Organizer, Protogrove of the Whispering Spirits, ADF
Dale Frampton found his way to ADF Druidry in 2013 after searching through and practicing various modern pagan faiths for over 20 years. He is the founding member and Grove Organizer of The Protogrove of the Whispering Spirits, ADF, which serves the northeast Wisconsin area. While... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM I

10:30am MDT

Sanctuary Amidst Chaos ~ A Secret Country Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

When times are hard, it can feel nigh impossible to connect to your own inner Grace. But this is exactly when it is most important. The place exists within you where the starry crown of your divinity nurtures and heals. Using tools and techniques from her book, The Secret Country of Yourself, Jenya leads you on a journey to your Sanctuary, where you learn how falling apart can be the first step to finding and feeding your strong center. Rooted in that holy space, you can grow outward with power through the challenges facing you, your community, and the worlds.

Speakers
avatar for Jenya T. Beachy

Jenya T. Beachy

Jenya T. Beachy is a teacher, a writer, a priest, a farmer, a brewer, and a Witch. She is the author of The Secret Country of Yourself: Discover the Powerful Magic of Your Endless Inner World (Llewellyn 2017). Jenya's blog is Dirt-Heart Witch at Patheos Pagan.


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM D

10:30am MDT

Spiritual boundaries: Salt circles for mental and spiritual wellness
Limited Capacity seats available

Boundaries can be tricky at times, and things can get complicated when we are establishing them in spiritual community. When is it okay to tell your clergy that you don't feel comfortable answering their questions? How much information is too much when you are working with your spirit guides? Is it possible to do ancestor work when your relationship with your ancestors isn't healthy? As an empath, when is it time to get your shields up and stop the emotional input from everyone around you?

We will spend time learning about the basics of spiritual and personal boundaries, then we will use that knowledge to sit in meditation and contemplation on the boundaries we would like to establish. We will finish up by learning about the ways boundaries can be communicated and upheld spiritually to enhance our personal practice and to strengthen our energy work, and will celebrate with a five minute mini-ritual.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson

I'm not a fan of titles or self-important labels, so allow me to share what I think is real and important about me-I am working to establish my spiritual home in the twin cities, and have been gathering friendly witches along the way. Over my 30 years of practice, I have grown away... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM G

1:00pm MDT

Feminist Witchcraft for the 21st Century and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Now more than ever, we need a vibrant, political Paganism. As more people explore Feminist Witchcraft as an act of resistance, we need to face the challenges of building a tradition that is intersectional, vibrant, and relevant. This presentation and discussion will explore the ways in which Feminist Witchcraft can reckon with our sometimes problematic history to build a more just future. How do we move beyond the biological essentialism, White Feminism, trans exclusionary ideologies, and cultural appropriation that so often are inherent in our spaces and texts? How do we build a Feminist Craft for the present and the future -- one that is affirming, inclusive, intersectional, actively anti-racist and anti-colonial, and accessible? Participants will be invited to brainstorm ideas, techniques, and strategies for building the next wave of Feminist Witchraft.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Harper

Susan Harper

Susan Harper, Ph.D., is an educator, activist, advocate, and ritual specialist living, loving, making magick, and agitating for change in the Dallas, TX area. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University, where her doctoral research focused on the intersections... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM G
 
Sunday, March 24
 

9:30am MDT

The Magic of Conflict: Courageous Conversations
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s world, we may have conflict with individuals about inappropriate behavior. Groups we are a part of may need to address community dynamics, leadership ethics, and accountability. Our traditions may experience friction around money and organizational structure.
Being able to talk about these conflicts can be necessary and productive but difficult, requiring a measure of courage. How do we approach these conflict with others?
By grounding ourselves in self knowledge and self-care, we can begin to approach our conflicts courageously. A well-planned conversation can be a powerful act of magic, with important parts for everyone to play to manifest our intentions.

Speakers
avatar for Leora Effinger-Weintraub

Leora Effinger-Weintraub

Leora Effinger-Weintraub is a mediator and conflict coach, artist, and creator. Through their work with people in conflict they have seen how conflict can transform relationships and communities. Finding the ways for this transformation to be positive and life-affirming is their chosen... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

9:30am MDT

The Magickal Art of Baking
Limited Capacity seats available

From the Scottish oat bannocks of the Greater Sabbats to the Halloween Dumb Cake to the German Springerle, sacrificial animal-shaped cookies, to the Roman Bride Cakes and the Eastern European blessings of bread and salt, this class will explore the use of breads and cakes in ritual, magick, and divination going back to ancient times.  Recipes, spells and samples will be provided. Feel free to bring your own recipes to share.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Cummer

Veronica Cummer

Veronica Cummer is a priestess, poet, artist, and author. Her books include "Sorgitzak-Old Forest Craft," and "To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch."


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

11:00am MDT

Exploring Sacred Texts
Limited Capacity seats available

In many traditions, learning or interpreting the oral knowledge or sacred texts is a core, profound act of identity, a way of rooting oneself in the grove of the tradition.
Sacred texts can be creeds or belief statements, requirements for membership, deep interpretations of a relationship to mystery, histories and stories, divine messages, or connection points to the values of a community.
As a group we will explore, through discussion and sharing experience, what defines a sacred text, the value of diving into deep study, and ideas and tools for approaching the exploration of sacred texts. We will focus on general definitions and tools, but please feel free to bring your sacred texts if they would help make the discussion concrete for you.
The facilitators of this workshop have been on a small-group journey of deep engagement with a text from one tradition. We will bring our individual and collective experiences, ideas, and perspectives to our facilitation of this discussion, which we hope will be the beginning of an adventure for participants.

Speakers
avatar for Rae Eden

Rae Eden

I can be found dancing on the street corner or wandering through the forest. I use dance as a form of resistance. I pick up litter in service to the earth. I am a mother, grandmother and auntie. I am a dancer, exercise enthusiast, lover of the natural world, and a social justice activist... Read More →
avatar for Eli Effinger-Weintraub

Eli Effinger-Weintraub

Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming
they/them/theirs. I'm a practitioner and priestex in the Reclaiming Witchcraft Tradition and have been an ebbing and flowing member of Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming, as that entity has ebbed and flowed, since 2002.My beliefs are Naturalistic and apatheistic. I have little concern... Read More →
avatar for Sarah James

Sarah James

A queer witch of Swiss-German and Welsh ancestry. Earnest and rule-abiding tossed with oddball and rebellious, plus a little jigger of bookish, a splash of punk, and a heaping helping of non-binary - packaged in a glamour of "normal".


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

11:00am MDT

Sacred Trees for Ovates, Part 2 of the Sacred Trees Workshops
Limited Capacity seats available

Trees are vessels of sacred earth energy and contain the amazing ability to absorb negative energy and transform it into positive energy. Throughout history, humans have learned to tap into the spiritual and healing power of trees. Join us as we share the healing properties (both herbal and through Celtic Reiki), divination meanings and folk magic associated with the sacred trees of the Celtic people.
This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on sacred trees.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Froberg

Laurie Froberg

Marketing Director, Twin Cities Pagan Pride
Pagan since 2002 and Marketing Director for Twin Cities Pagan Pride and Paganicon. I am the Elder and Scribe of the Twin Cities Druid Grove, Northern Roots Grove since July 2015. I also recently became a 1st Order Reformed Druids of North America. I am passionate about volunteering... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller

Owner/LMT, Duir Massage
Cindy Miller has been working with tree energy and tree magic for over 15 years. She is a Celtic Reiki master and practicing Druid. She has studied herbalism and aromatherapy adding that knowledge to the magical and energetic properties to her Celtic Reiki practice.


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM E

11:00am MDT

Sacrifice Revisited
Limited Capacity seats available

Banned at PSG!
In the ancient world, animal sacrifice was central to much (if not most) public worship. Its absence has, quite frankly, left many of the New Paganisms liturgically hollow.
What was the role of sacrifice in ancient ritual and thought? What, in its various forms—“unbloody,” animal, and even (gasp!) human—is its role, or potential role, today?

Speakers
avatar for Steven Posch

Steven Posch

Storyteller-blogger Steven Posch is long-time citizen of Paganistan, one of Midwest Pagandom's most respected elders, and a voice of authority in the New Pagan Intelligensia.He also looks good in a kilt.


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

1:00pm MDT

Best Practices in Magickal Hygiene
Limited Capacity seats available

Elevate your magickal mojo with improved cleansing techniques. Stepping beyond magickal baths and smudging with sage, these methods help you get down deep into those stubborn spots, whether you're an empath or stuck with a stubborn haunting.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Rajchel

Diana Rajchel

Author/ Writer/Tarot Reader, Golden Apple Metaphysical
Diana Rajchel is, for lack of a better word, a witch. She functions as a Pagan spiritualist/spirit worker with more than 20 years experience negotiating the unseen world. She loves magick; it is her art and innovation, her mistress and her true love. Diana engages with manifested... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

1:00pm MDT

Between the Forest and the Hearth
Limited Capacity seats available

Much of human exisence has been involved in negotiating the divide between nature and culture — the two poles of that existence. Modern humans are too insulated by their urban world, and forget how much they're still embedded within nature and dependent on it. This lecture will cover the history of that dichotomy, its current status, and one possible future.

Speakers
avatar for Volkhvy

Volkhvy

kannushi, shi-yaku-jin no hokora
With over 50 years of experience in various Neo-Paganisms, Volkhvy is a poly-atheistic poly-affiate, with a foot in each the following communities: minzoku NEO-shintô, zen, Daoist, Slavic and Germanic Heathenry, Shamanic, Old Craft, Wiccan, and Druidic. Kind of a Sleipnir with a... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

2:45pm MDT

Fun with Fungus; The Lore and Use of Mushrooms in Spiritual Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever stared in wonder at a faery ring and wanted to learn more? Do you find yourself drawn to the damp, dark spaces where mushrooms sprout? Does foraging and wildcrafting intrigue you? Join us as we learn about mushrooms and fungus and how to incorporate them into your spiritual practice!
We will discuss:
How to be safe when foraging
The "Fool Proof Four" for begining mushroom hunters Mushroom lore and mythology And much, much more!

At the end of the block we will have a guided mushroom meditation

Speakers
avatar for Kaida Dragonborn

Kaida Dragonborn

Owner/Maker, Little Dragon Designs
Kaida is a DruWitch and follower of Irish Folk tradition. She is a founding member of Northern Roots Grove, and sells costumes and textiles under the name Little Dragon Designs. An avid mycophile, Kaida will discuss mushrooms at the drop of a hat and is determined to learn all she... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F

4:30pm MDT

The Gorgon Network
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of this workshop is to educate, inform and inspire organizers who put on public events to take steps to proactively protect the community they serve from Sexual predators.

Ultimately, this information is also to raise awareness to attendees of public events as well!

Sexual predators in our community aren’t something that we generally like to think about when putting together gatherings and events. However, as our community is very kind, loving, open and accepting it makes us prime targets for those who would seek to take advantage of those things.

In this workshop we will discuss different ways to help keep our communities safe before, during and after the event.

This workshop is not intended to give all the answers. Each community has different needs and challenges.  I will offer suggestions of places to start but want to inspire groups and leaders to ask the right questions to find solutions to possible situations that may arise.

Motivated and inspired by my own personal experiences that had happened surrounding a non-profit Pagan Networking Group that I ran, I felt called to put together a guide to help those who put on community events.

With that in mind, I have founded the Gorgon Network as a prevention tool to be used to better protect our communities.

The core of everything we discuss will be accessible on www.gorgonnetwork.com I encourage all workshop attendees to use the website as a tool to take the message back to their local communities and spread the message themselves to others who would benefit from it.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Roark

Anna Roark

Founder, The Gorgon Network
In the early 2000's Anna helped run a non-profit Pagan networking group. Through the duration of the group's existence they were challenged by a group of sex offenders who refused to take no for an answer as well as a sexual predator in their midst, unbeknownst to the group at the... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM H

4:30pm MDT

Under the Sky Within the Halls: Sacred Space in Kemetic Temples
Limited Capacity seats available

Sacred space within Kemetic temples was designed to connect the physical and non-physical realms within the world for the purpose of ritual and perpetuating ma’at.  Throughout the history of ancient Egypt, grand temples were built and rebuilt time and time again. While elaborate temples in the ancient Egyptian style are built infrequently in the modern age, the need for an ordered space to facilitate this connection is still embraced in multiple traditions for ritual and magical practice.
This session will give a brief overview of the framework and purpose of ancient Egyptian temples.  We will explore application of that framework in regards to creating sacred space for individual and Community practices today.

Speakers
avatar for Neteruhemta RaShuSet

Neteruhemta RaShuSet

I am a solitary Kemetic devotee who re-interprets the ritual practices of ancient Egypt with an emphasis on upholding ma'at, reconciling the physical world I reside in with the non-physical world ruled by the Netjeru, and serving the Netjers to whom I have made oaths. My experience... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm MDT
CONFERENCE ROOM F