1998 Fall Gathering of the Tribes
New Quarter Park
Yorktown, Virginia
September 10 - 13, 1998
We hope you will choose to join us at the Fall Gathering of the Tribes. We have planned an enjoyable weekend of Pagan Networking, Knowledge Exchange, Healing, and Fun. New Quarter Park in historic Yorktown is a beautiful oasis in our hectic metropolis. She is rich with historical and new times energies that allow us to renew our connection to our Creator. The changing times are upon us. The People are finally looking for new solutions to some VERY old problems. Interaction with those who share the same values, but choose different methods to put them into practice, is an absolute necessity if All are to heal. The Gathering is a safe space in which that may happen. Yawl come now, ya hear?
We are pleased to have as our very special guests.....
Trish Telesco
Trish Telesco is 38 years old, the mother of three children (and one husband), and chief human to three cats and a dog. She has authored numerous metaphysical books including Victorian Grimoire, Kitchen Witch's Cookbook, Futuretelling, and Goddess in my Pocket. By the year 2,000 she hopes to have a total of 30 books on the market.  Recently Trish has quit her job to devote herself to the community full time via writing and workshops. She enjoys hobbies like herbalism and singing, and  is presently looking for people interested in helping with a book on Sacred Sites. If you have information to share, see her this weekend.

Throughout the weekend Trish will be selling her books and offering readings from the Sacred Stone Oracle.

L.B.Taylor, Jr. - a Scorpio-  is a native Virginian. He was born in Lynchburg and has a BS degree in Journalism from Florida State  University. He wrote about America’s space programs for 16 years, for NASA and aerospace contractors, before moving to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1974, as public affairs director for BASF Corporations. He retired in 1993. Taylor is the author of more than 300 national magazine articles and 30 nonfiction books. His research for the book “Haunted Houses,” published by Simon and Schuster in 1983, stimulated his interest in area psychic phenomena  and led to the publication of five regional Virginia ghost books preceding “The Ghosts of Virginia.” Mr. Taylor will take us on a tour of the supernatural in Virginia.  He will present a slide show of rare film footage documenting unexplained apparitions..

Arawn Machia
Arawn Machia is a healer, Strega high priest and elder, psychotherapist, and spiritual counselor.  He is schooled in ancient magickal practices and modern behavior sciences, and has studied with internationally recognized shaman and psychologists in both the United States and Europe.  _Who's Who in the World_ says Dr. Machia's "noteworthy achievements are of lasting value to humankind." He holds degrees in theology, education, and psychology, and has done post-doctoral work in Princeton.  Arawn has been a presenter at numerous conferences and has been published in numerous pagan and secular journals.  His own journal, "Dragon Whispers", is distributed throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Marti Hohl
Marti Hohl is a Reiki master teacher and a Priest in the Order of Melchizadek.  She holds a BMEd from Brescia College and has studied with Master Teachers in aromatherapy and energetic essences.   A lifelong student of natural healing and psychology, Marti is a mystic, a healer and a teacher.
Ms. Hohl will be offering workshops on Reiki 1,2,&3, Vibrational Essences and Pure Essential Oils.  She will also be available for individual Reiki Attunements throughout the weekend for an additional fee.

Oxun Olakari' Al'aye
Tyo Llorente: Oxun Olakari' Al'aye is an initiate priestess of Oshun of both Brazilian Condomble and Afro-Cuban Santeria, as well as an initiate of Palo Mayombe. She brings to her present practice a diverse background: clinical and Jungian psychology, shamanic trance and healing work. She has, for the past 15 years, traveled to many countries lecturing and learning, including extensive study while living in Brazil. She is a practitioner of ecstatic dance, a poet and lyricist, Akpetebi' de Orunmila ("Maid of Orunmila"), a practitioner and student of Awo (the ancient Yoruba science of divination). Daughter of Oshun, the river, Mother of Mirrors, through silence and through sound, stillness and movement, introspection and celebration, is the reflection through which the beautiful reveals itself. Ecstasy is a love affair with the divine. Maferefun Orisha.
Oxun will be offering workshops  about the practices and traditions of Ifa' and Orisha worship as expressed through Yoruba, Afro-Cuba Santeria, and Afro-Brazilian Candomble.  She will explain the qualities and attributes of various Orisha (forces in nature as faces of Deities) and the ways in which the Aleyo (non-initiated worshippers can respectfully and productively work with the Orisha traditions.

Kirk McLaren
Kirk McLaren's foundation in the study in the mysteries began with Qabalahist and Jazz musician Dr. Fred Katz of Southern California in the mid seventies. Kirk first began teaching Tarot in Spokane, Washington at Yhantra Book store in 1980 and has been teaching seminars for Circles, Gatherings and Conventions ever since. He completed his course work in Visual Arts through the "McLaren Studio Academy". Kirk has combined jewelry design and the study of the Tarot to produce a Three Dimensional Tarot System completed in 1993. This approach is based on the images of the Major Arcana in small sculpture that may be tossed like small stones, then read as they fall.

Patty Robbins BSN, RN, CVN 
Ms. Robbins  is a licensed Registered Nurse, and a Certified Vascular Nurse who practices and instructs the Art of Healing Touch.  She will be offering various workshops throughout the Gathering on Healing Touch and  Interactive Imagery.  Ms. Robbins will also be available for private consultations.


Rev. WhiteDove, BS, IDS, BSS
A new mom who takes her religion, her family and  her education, very seriously. Rev. WhiteDove, a Practicing Wiccan HPS, has just emerged victorious in a year long battle to adopt her daughter and is now stepping out of the shadows and into her own light. "Dove" is a strong advocate for community and brings with her experiences and insights available to few and valuable to all.

Bick Thomas
Bick Thomas has been a practicing magician for over 14 years, and graduated from William & Mary with a major in Medieval / Classical history.  He has published several articles in local pagan newsletters, and has conducted extensive research into the religious and magical practices of the ancient world.

Donna Schneider
Donna  brings to the Gathering  many years of experience as a Designer and Historian.  Her extensive knowledge of “the Old Ways”  includes the Culinary Arts, Clothing Design, Hair Braiding, Beading, Herb lore, and so much more!

Wind Walker, RN, BSW
 A life long child of the Earth, Aids Awareness Educator in the state of West Virginia

D.J.Gregory and Alex Comer
D.J. and Alex are long time drummers and will be teaching a workshop on West African hand drumming and jamming 'round the fire circle.

Gretchen Comer
Gretchen is an owner and operator of Earth Sweat Endeavors, an organic farming and products venture.  Gretchen will be leading a special "Plant Walk" for the kiddies.

Serena is the owner and operator of Bejeweled and a member of Gypsy Moon Farm.  She is also a student and a teacher of Aumakua.  Aumakua is the Hawain concept of higher self and your Guardian Angel.  Serena will be available to give readings with the Aumakua cards during the Gathering.

The Group Ritual,  and various other functions throughout the  Gathering, are being performed by the EarthRising and Risning Tide  CUUPS groups  The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is formed for the purposes of enabling networking among Pagan identified UUs; providing outreach of Unitarian Universalism to the broader Pagan Community; providing educational materials on Paganism for Unitarian Universalist congregations and the general public; promoting Pagan and Jewish / Christian dialogue; encouraging the development of theological and liturgical materials based on earth and nature centered religious and spiritual perspectives; encouraging greater use of music, dance, visual arts, poetry, story, and creative ritual in Unitarian Universalist worship and celebration; providing support for Pagan identified UU religious professionals and ministerial students; and fostering healing relationships with our Mother the Earth and all her children.

and special entertainment by Herringbone
Herringbone will be presenting an eclectic blend of modern and traditional Celtic music. Bev Yeskolski plays the hammered dulcimer, keyboards, bodhran, and penny whistle,  John Ickes, the guitar, banjo, and bagpipes and Cindy Kays, the guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo.
Herringbone will be available to autograph copies of their CD’s after the concert.

There will be the traditional potluck dinner Friday night, followed by a bonfire and drumming, a HUGE Bonfire Saturday night after the concert to drum and dance around, special children's activities throughout the event, and much, much more!

In response to increased numbers we have had to institute a few  safety policies (never fun, but necessary ) and burden you with sheet after sheet of dead tree to scribble on (even less fun, but more necessary ). These , and other organizational hoo haa are the price of growth. Please know that it is our intention to keep these patriarchal intrusions to an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM. Your patience and understanding is appreciated!
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PLEASE take the time to give us your comments  regarding this Fall's Gathering, as well as your feelings on where we should concentrate future efforts. Thank You.
or contact:
Fall Gathering of the Tribes/ FCMS, inc.
c/o Out of the Dark, Inc.
117 West 21st. Street
Suite 220
Norfolk,  VA 23517
(757) 623-6120     FAX: (757) 623-6121