Gathering of the Tribes
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.
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.....
Wood is the creator of the Robin Wood Tarot and author of The Robin
Wood Tarot:The Bookand
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
As a member of the United Nations' NGO Committee on the Status of Women,
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
The ChicagoTribune, numerous local papers, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar,
and Entertainment Weekly.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 (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 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!
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.
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
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. 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
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 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.
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.
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.
Steve & Brooke Schiavi, Wolfsongs/Cherokee Productions have suffered
a major mechanical meltdown and have had to cancel their appearance at
Special Thanks goes out to Cate Dalton of CraftWise and Leora Salo (http://www.LeoraSalo.com)
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!
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!
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!
here to go to the Registration and Rules & Regulations
here for Directions
here for a Vendor Application
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.
and ideas are important to us!! It is how we chose this event's path...
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.
Gathering of the Tribes/ FCMS, inc.
Out of the Dark, Inc.
West 21st. Street
623-6120 FAX: (757) 623-6121