Gathering of the Tribes
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 survive. The Gathering is a safe space in which
that may happen.
of Wight, VA
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,
come now, ya hear?
Gathering of the Tribes 2000 is being held at in Isle of Wight, VA. The
new site is only 30 minutes from our old site at New Quarter Park and it
is Pagan owned land that we can develop to suit our needs. It's beautiful!
100+ acres at the headwaters of the Pagan River (that is really the river's
name, kewl huh!) with towering hardwoods, a strong stream that flows
to the Pagan River, a very old earthen dam that one of the last of its
kind, 2 fine deep wells, easy access, etc. etc. Our new site
has everything we need and we thank the Spirits for guiding us to it!
I gush on about the new site any more I want to express our heartfelt thanks
to Jim and Hazel at GrayBear Lodge for keeping our date open for us and
allowing us to work right up until the last minute to keep our Gathering
in the Tidewater area. We could not have done it without them!
Abundant hugs and kisses to Jim and Hazel for their support of our endeavor.
We won't forget, and we will be doing all we can to help them develop community
at GrayBear Lodge.
we look forward to doing many fine events at GrayBear Lodge in the future,
the Spring and Fall Gathering of the Tribes belong to the Tidewater Pagan
and Heathen Community. Our regular attendees have told us in no uncertain
terms that they want/need a local, affordable, high quality Gathering and
we are going to continue to give them one with help from our Deities!
first Gathering at our new site we have one of the best line-ups to date
with featured 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.
born about half a century ago in Highwood, IL on Beltane. Like most of
his contemporaries, he was raised as a Christian. When the time came for
college, he flipped a coin to decide whether to attend Lutheran Seminary
or go to a private Liberal Arts college. The liberal Arts college won,
and he has been a "recovering Lutheran" ever since.
as a Gardnarian, Mike has since become more eclectic, gathering bits of
Scandinavian and Native American beliefs to supplement his basic Celtic
pagan system. His only "complaint" about the path is that no one warned
him that somewhere along the line the word PRIEST would be etheriacally
tattooed on his forehead. And that the result would be to have people of
widely divergent ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds telling him
things he's not sure he should know, and asking for advice about things
he's only just heard about.
currently married to Robin Wood and partner to Skyia. (If you haven't met
of these wonderful women, make a point of it while you're here.) He's
to the Ford Motor Company as a Technical Trainer showing people how
proprietary computer based diagnostic and development equipment and software,
traveling the world (England, Germany, and Sweden) to explain to the various
Ford divisions and Ford corporate partners the folly of ignoring EPA and
European Environment Agency regulations.
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.
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.
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
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
Aswynn is one of the UK's foremost
authorities on the runes and their history. A dedicated priestess of Wodan
and the old religion of the North, she has experience in divination, counseling
and healing with the runes.
the author of Northern Mysteries & Magick : Runes, Gods, and Feminine
Powers, Leaves of Yggdrasil : A Synthesis of Runes, Gods, Magic, Feminine
Mysteries, and Folklore (Llewellyn's Teutonic Magick Series), and her newest
offering, Principles of Runes.
will be available to do private readings during the Gathering.
: Gathering@OutoftheDark.com for reservation information.
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.
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.
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
Donna is a hearth witch, and "Mom" to many who have come to know her.
been attending this gathering for years; fixing booboo, passing out brownies,
and feeding some of us into submission. The path she has chosen is Celtic
in nature, but she follows The Mother in all her forms. Donna will
be back with us once again; to do her workshop on braiding.
She will be teaching standard 3 strand braiding, the Celtic/ medieval braid,
french braiding, and variations, and combinations of all three styles.
She'll show you how to use cords, ribbon, flowers and other things to enhance
your individual style. Bring a friend to practice on, a hairbrush, and
learn this age old art form. Braiding can be beautiful, functional, and
This gathering, Donna will also be demonstrating how to make mulled cider
on a camp stove. While it is not the traditional method; the results are
still very tasty. Those attending this mini workshop are requested to bring
a (heat proof) cup, or mug, so they can sample the brew.
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....
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,
ia a Pagan parent, married to her best friend and OWNED by a magickal dog
and a pair of codependent cats.
she is a teacher/social worker at a High School, and in her spare time
teaches online classes on various aspects of the Craft. List Mom for Pagan
Path, an international listserve with 600 members, she gives fellow Pagans
a place to learn, share, laugh, care and network. With her husband, she
owns an online Pagan Store called Celestial Seas (http://www.celestialseas.com
), and teaches workshops at Pagan festivals and gatherings.
has grown up hearing and following the call of the Goddess and been an
actively, openly, practicing Pagan for the past 8 years following her Celtic
roots. She is the workshop and education coordinator for Blessed
Be and Meet Me In DC, http://www.bbmmdc.org , a conference to promote
the awareness of the pagan ways, tolerance of diversity and understanding
of legal religious rights. Nym is a core member of Blessed Be Pagan
Unity. A member of Imbas and The Order of White Oak.
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.
will also have her merchant booth set up for Moon Silvered Magickal Things.
She has made this nifty neato coupon just for the Gathering. Remember,
the Goddess Saves!! ...by clipping coupons and shopping wisely :
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.
Medicine Wolf" Wilde
is a navy veteran, he is of Miami and Irish descent. A Second Degree
Initiate from one of the oldest Eclectic covens in Hampton Roads, Circle
of Light and is a member of the Tidewater Native American Support
Group. He has found his spiritual path to follow that of his Native
American Ancestors. He does healings of various methods, Totem Animal
and Spirit Guide searches, Prayer Pipe and other Native American Ceremonies,
also active in local Pow-wows as a dancer. He lives in Chesapeake,
Va with his wife Deena, stepson James, two dogs Heidi and Haley, and mulitiple
felines too long to list.
Please check back often, we are
adding new presenters regularly!
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 a Vendor Application
here for Directions
and Fall Gathering of the Tribes sponsored by Out of the Dark, Inc. &
FCMS Inc., are not associated with any other "Gathering of the Tribes"
festivals which may be held by other organizations on occasion in other
parts of the country (even if they have swiped copy from off our site )
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