Fall Gathering of the Tribes
New Quarter Park
Yorktown, Virginia
September 2-6, 1999

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. Our Festival is a safe space in which that may happen. Yawl come now, ya hear?
We have had many calls and e-mails regarding hurricane  Dennis. 


We are happy to announce that the Fall Gathering of the Tribes will proceed as scheduled. It appears that the Lord and Lady have been so kind to us once again.  Dennis missed us, has been down graded to a tropical storm, moved down off the Carolina Coast and is moving South, South West and a snails pace.
The Gathering site is in Williamsburg, VA  (actually York County, but it's called Williamsburg on the weather channel's map if you are watching) We are on the Bay, more then 100 miles from the Ocean so we are not anticipating any difficulties at all.  Right now the weather on site is fine and we are all set up (well almost)  and ready to go.

We are pleased to have as our very special guests..... 
Robin Wood 

Robin Wood is the creator of the Robin Wood Tarot and author of The Robin Wood Tarot:The Bookand When, Why ...If, a workbook dealing with ethics from a Pagan/Wiccan perspective. Robin's work as an artist and author has taken her to the level of being a common household name in most pagan communities. Robin is warm, witty, charming, shy, and gregarious. She makes you laugh; she makes you smile; she makes you think and move into a very special place inside yourself as you follow her tutelage in the lessons of Tarot and the Wiccan path.
Isaac Bonewits
     Isaac Bonewits is North America's leading expert on Druidism, Witchcraft and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement. A practicing Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard and polytheologian for over twenty-five years, he has coined much of the vocabulary and articulated many of the issues that have shaped the quarter-million strong Neopagan community in the United States and Canada.

     As an author, a singer-songwriter, and a "spellbinding" speaker, he has educated, enlightened and entertained two generations of modern Goddess worshippers, nature mystics, and followers of other minority belief systems, and has explained these movements to journalists, law enforcement officers, college students, and academic researchers.
     He has been a Neopagan Druid priest for almost thirty years and is the founder and Archdruid Emeritus of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (the best known Neopagan Druid organization in North America), an initiated High Priest in the Gardnerian ("British Orthodox") tradition of Wicca, and a nonpracticing initiate of Santeria, the N.R.O.O.G.D. ("California Heterodox") tradition of Wicca, and the "Caliphate Line" of the Ordo Templi Orientis (Crowleyean ceremonial magic lodge), as well as a member of other Neopagan and Mesopagan Druid orders.  He was the first person in history to receive an accredited degree for studies in the field of Magic (B.A., University of California). He is the author of several books, including Real Magic, the classic beginner’s introduction to the occult (currently available from Weiser Publications); Authentic Thaumaturgy, a well known text on the occult for players of “Dungeons & Dragons” and other fantasy games (available again soon from Steve Jackson Games); and The Druid Chronicles (Evolved), the history, rituals and scriptures of the Reformed Druids of North America.
     He has edited several publications in the New Age/Neopagan communities, and has published numerous articles in both the metaphysical and mainstream media. He has been interviewed by scores of print and broadcast reporters over the years and has established a reputation with them of being trustworthy, witty, authoritative and quotable.  He has lectured and taught workshops in various Occult /New /Age / Neopagan subjects since 1970. He is one of the most respected yet controversial leaders in the rapidly growing Neopagan community.


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. 

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.

Oxun Olakari' Al'aye
     Tyo Llorente: Oxun Olakari' Al'aye is an initiate priestess of Oshun of both  Afro-Cuban Santeria and Palo Mayombe as well as an initiate of Brazilian Condomble. 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.

Rhythm Quest

     Rhythm Quest is part of an American tradition forming now. A tradition whose roots spread to the furthest reaches of this earth, and back around again to itself. A tradition that will not limit itself through racial or sexual prejudice, fear of change, hatred, ignorance,or complacency, but will seek to evolve through communication, personal development,art, diversity, and the integration of thought, emotion, creativity, knowledge, and spirituality. The members of Rhythm Quest promote these and many other concepts in their workshops and lessons, performances, and many other dimensions of their lives.
     Rhythm Quest will be performing at the Gathering Saturday evening and offering special workshops (for a modest fee) throughout the weekend.

Heather Russell
     Singer/songwriter/pianist Heather Russell’s universal themes of love, loss, and inner searching reach straight to the heart of any listener, and her warm personality and stage presence create a captivating, almost dreamy atmosphere. 
Her inventive piano-driven music is melodic, poignant, and highly personal. While the arrangements reflect her diverse musical background of rock, Celtic, classical, experimental, folk, and indie-pop,her voice provides a unifying influence and a consistent, distinctive sound all her own. 
Classically trained at Furman University, Heather performed with several rock, experimental, jazz improv, and theater groups in the Southeast before settling in Chapel Hill, NC and beginning her solo career. 

Along the way, she has had the opportunity to play saxophone with Mammoth recording artists Squirrel Nut Zippers in a theater production, play oboe and sing backup vocals on the debut album for Columbia Records recording artists Howlin’ Maggie, and perform as featured artist with the North Carolina Songwriter’s Alliance, which was formed by Chris Stamey. This summer, she will take part in the first national Indiegrrl concert tour, which will feature unsigned independent women artists and bands of all genres. 

 Heather’s latest 7-song CD "Just in Time" has garnered praise from both critics and fans for its lush arrangements, strong melodies, and unique vocal style. 
     "I wish all music had the inspiration that's been put into this e.p."
     -- hEARd Magazine, Sydney Australia 

Kirk McLarenAmulets by Merlin
     Kirk McLaren's foundation in the study in the mysteries began with Qabalist 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.

Phyllis Curott
An attorney and Wiccan priestess for almost 20 years  Phyllis Curott successfully fought both the City of New York, winning the right for Wiccan clergy to perform legal marriages, and the city of Chicago, securing the right of Wiccans to perform a public Goddess ritual in a city park.  H.Ps. Curott is President Emerita of the Covenant of the Goddess, the oldest and largest international religious organization in the Wiccan tradition of the Old Religion of Europe. Phyllis worked with the Covenant and other Wiccan organizations in their broad scale participation in the Parliament of the World's Religions, a centennial Interfaith  gathering of 7,000 religious leaders held in 1993. She addressed the Parliament as a keynote speaker. 
      As a member of the United Nations' NGO Committee on the Status of Women,
Phyllis participated in the planning of the UN's Beijing Forum on the Status of Women and was invited to address the Forum on the topic of the status of  women and the world's religions. 
      Phyllis was honored by Jane Magazine, along with Hilary Clinton, as one of the Ten Gutsiest Women of 1998.  H.Ps. Curott has beenwidely profiled in the national media as an advocate of the rights of Wiccan practitioners. Phyllis has  appeared on The Roseanne Show, The View, Hard Copy, Extra, The O'Reilly Factor, The Today Show - Weekend. Her recent release, Book of Shadows, has been featured extensively  in print coverage, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA
Today, The ChicagoTribune, numerous local papers, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, and Entertainment Weekly.

Rev. Gretchen A.L. Schork, OCL:AL
     Rev. Gretchen A.L. Schork, OCL:AL, teacher of Runes since 1985, and Practical Qabalah since 1982. She is an experienced teacher, initiated Scribe, and recovering entrepreneur. Through a broad range of training, she has become the lead member of the Ordo Corona Luci, a non-secret hermetic style ceremonial magical order. Favoring a humorous approach to learning, Rev. Gretchen tends to bring not only information and skills to her classes, but also a deep sense of the enjoyment of the learning process.

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.

Rev. LaBette Kemp PhD.
     LaBette is an activist within and out of the Pagan community.  She is currently working towards yet another degree at the University of West Virginia.  Her background is in the Sisterhood and Wicca, her history is empowerment.  She has facilitated workshops on anger management, grief, empowerment and the warrior aspect of the Goddess.

Rev. Colleen M. Rose, ATC, CCTM 
     Colleen Rose or Boo-boo witch, as she was dubbed by her clients and friends, bridges the gap between the worlds of animate and (seemingly) inanimate energies.       A  certified Crystal Therapist and Master, Colleen’s mode of healing is multi-faceted and hopelessly down to earth.  She lectures extensively, and has been a speaker at many Wholistic Healing Centers and The New Jersey School of Medicine; she has become a fixture at many festivals and gatherings, teaching about crystals, metaphysics and various modes of alternative medicine. 
     The Church Of Caduceus - ATC, which was created and is lead jointly by Colleen and her husband Rev. Drew Rose, combines the Healing Arts with a Spiritual lifestyle.  She currently lives communally on the Jersey Shore where she maintains, a private practice in Crystal Healing and Spiritual Counseling. 

Rev. Drew S. Rose, MA, ATC
 Drew holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Literature and Psychology, as well as an MA in Education Specializing in Individualized Counseling from Seton Hall University.  He both studied with and taught for the late Dr. Marrion Hoppin, a direct student of Carl Jung’s.  For more than 20 years Drew has been developing Pragmatic Meditation.  Concurrent with this has been an on-going friendship with the I Ching.  For over 15 years he has maintained a private practice, sharing what he has learned - giving counsel to those who seek. 
     The Church Of Caduceus - ATC, which was created and is lead jointly by Drew and his wife Rev. Colleen Rose ATC, combines the Healing Arts with a Spiritual lifestyle.  Drew has resided for the past 10 years living communally in a happily chaotic rambling old shore colonial home on the Jersey shore.

Rev. Donata Ahern
     Rev. Donata Ahern (Danu), M.S.W., Reiki III Master,  is a New York State certified teacher and social worker. She is an Elder in the Alexandrian and Gardnerian traditions of Wicca, and a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She has worked  with the Native American Medicine Wheel for over twenty years. She has developed a personal, spiritual approach to women's issues through the myths of the Goddess. She is a regular presenter several Pagan Festivals. Donata is currently working on her Ph.D. in Natural Health, and is apprenticed to an Huichol Shaman.

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, and RN.  Wind Walker is a woman of few words (as you can tell by her bio), but every one of those words is worth listening to.

Diane Des Rochers, BA;MC
     Diane earned her Master of (Psychological) Counseling Degree  at  Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA.  studying Thanatology, hypnotherapy, Past-life therapy,  etc.  She is theFounder & High Priestess ofTemple of AppleMoon Coven and Teaching Grove, Inc.,  is recognized both in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with full authority to legally solemnize marriages, and a Wiccan clergy & pastoral counseling volunteer at Concord, NH State Prison for a group of incarcerated Pagans.
     Diane is also the New England Regional director for Witches Anti-Discrimination Lobby (WADL) and an activist in the ongoing battle to protect the religious and First Amendment rights of Witches and other followers of Earth Centered religions.  In 1995 WADL-New England filed a complaint with the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights against the then increasingly exclusivist policies of Cathedral of the
Pines in Rindge, NH.  In March of 1997, the Cathedral withdrew their restrictions against access to the site by Witches, Pagans and other Earth-centered religions.  It was the best of all possible wins because both parties emerged winners and newly discovered friends.
     Diane is the author of the book  Walker Between the Worlds  (a Craft-related, metaphysical  "psi-fi" novel)  published by Llewellyn and she is presently working on Shadow Walker, the sequel.

     LadyOwl is a Wiccan priestess ostensibly from an eclectic tradition, but she keeps wandering into this celtic thing....  Sometime back a High Priestess asked her if she practiced Music Magick - a logical question to ask a Pagan musician.  After staring blankly for a few minutes, LadyOwl was off on a new tangent, with music firmly in tow.  Then there's this inner child, play in the mud, uh clay thing.  A passion from high school and college days, she figured she'd get back to it one day, probably when she retired.  Then she went to a guided meditation at a festival and they handed her a hunk of clay ... these pesky muses can be hard to shake....

Rev. Susan Davis
     Rev. Davis was born in Galveston, TX in 1955. She is a former CPA with a BS in accounting. Susan began formal training in New Forest Tradition in Houston, TX in 1972.  In 1983, with two small children, she retired from active coven management and embarked on a solitary magickal journey that focused much more on healcraft training including; gestalt healing with aromatherapy and guided visualization, massage therapy, shamanic, yoga, chakra manipulation, vibrational healing with singing bowls and tuning forks, herbs, distance and Reiki.  She also began serious work with Elemental Magicks during this time and met her lifemate/HP and fellow healer, Rev. Lawrence Harney. They have been teaching students and travelling together since then. 

Rev. Lawrence P. Harney
     Rev. Harney was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952.  He practices a Wiccan/Egyptian Tradition, and was career USAF, retiring 1995.  Lawrence is trained in several styles of healing, including techniques learned while stationed in the UK and in Japan.  He is a specialist in accupressure and vibrational healing and a teacher both in person and online. He actively performs a variety of Pagan Ministerial work, including funerals, handfastings, wiccanings and covenings along with lifemate/HPS.

Rosemary Kooiman
     Rosemary joined the Temple of Abraxas in Detroit, Michigan in the 1970's, as a neophyte, and stayed with the Temple until she and her family decided to move to the DC area.  During those years she was elevated to the position of High Priestess and served in this capacity as both a religious leader and counselor for members of the Temple.  When she moved to the Metropolitan Washington DC area she founded the Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye (Chantry). 
     On August 5, 1992, the Chantry was incorporated as a Church in the State of Maryland.  A 501c3 status was granted later by the IRS to take effect on this date. 
She will have been married to her husband  Abe for 52 years on November 23.  They have three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren 

     Kathleen writes: I am a blonde.  This is important to me for some obscure reason.  I am Kathleen.  This is important to me because I’ve had a few last names, but I’ve always been Kathleen.  I am a Grandmother, and it’s much more fun that Motherhood!  And I am a Witch.  I don’t think of myself as a Wiccan, and this is important to me because many people are afraid of being Witches.  And, as well as being a Witch, I am a Wyzyrd and neo-Pagan.
     I went thru all of the steps of becoming a true Neo-Pagan and got my head together, and here I am now.  I am a Reverend High Priestess and Teaching Elder.  I have been ordained in both the Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye and Ecumenicon Fellowship. 

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.

Unfortunately Steve & Brooke Schiavi, Wolfsongs/Cherokee Productions have suffered a major mechanical meltdown and have had to cancel their appearance at the Gathering. 
Our Very Special Thanks goes out to Cate Dalton of CraftWise and Leora Salo (http://www.LeoraSalo.com)
for helping us find such wonderful replacement entertainment for Sunday night at the very last minute... on Labor Day weekend.  For one night only Gathering participants will be privileged to hear the soulful sounds of Heather Russell thanks to Cate and Leora!


There will be the traditional potluck dinner Friday night, followed by a bonfire and drumming, a HUGE Bonfire Saturday and Sunday nights after the concerts 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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The Spring and Fall Gathering of the Tribes sponsored by Out of the Dark, Inc. & FCMS Inc., which are held in Yorktown, Virginia are not associated with any other "Gathering of the Tribes" festivals which may be held on occasion in other parts of the country.
Your opinions and ideas are important to us!! It is how we chose this event's path...
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