1998 Spring Gathering of the Tribes
New Quarter Park
Yorktown, Virginia
April 23 - 26, 1998

Leave your mundane worries at the gate, get your home away from home set up, and settle in for an enjoyable weekend of Pagan Networking, Knowledge Exchange, and Fun.
The natural setting of New Quarter Park in historic Yorktown is rich with historical and new times energies that allow us to renew our connection with the Mother, and to look into our future to see the changes we are creating right now!

Children's Maypole Dance, Spring 1997 Gathering

The Gathering is growing by leaps and bounds!
This tremendous upsurge of interest in Pagan, Wiccan, and other "Magical" Traditions is not just a local phenomenon, it is a National, even International wonder to behold! We are proud to be a part of it!
Our increase in numbers does mean that we can invite nationally known Pagan Authors, Artists, and Activists to share their visions and experiences with us, and we have done exactly that!

We are proud to have
Janet and Stewart Farrar
Gaven Bone
as our guest speakers at the
Spring Gathering of the Tribes

                                                 Stewart                        Janet                       Gaven

Janet and Stewart Farrar  have authored several of the books now considered to be basic texts on WitchCraft in the Pagan Community.  They have been publishing their works on the subjects of Paganism, Magick and Witchcraft since 1971, and are recognized experts on WitchCraft and the Occult. What Witches Do, Eight Sabbats for Witches, A Witches Bible, The Witches' Way, The Witches' Goddess, The Witches' God, Life and Times of a Modern Witch, and Spells and How They Work are just a few of the books they have published in the United States, Britain and as far afield as Brazil, Japan and the Czech Republic.
 Gavin Bone  joined Janet and Stewart Farrar in 1993, and has since worked with them on The Pagan Path, a study of Paganism worldwide.  All three are practicing Wiccans and live together in the Republicof Ireland, in a small cottage with an influx of field mice, six lazy cats and poor plumbing!

....and that's not all!!!!
In addition,
The 1998 Spring Gathering of the Tribes is pleased to present .....

Patty Robbins BSN, RN, CVN      Healing Touch          Interactive Imagery
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.

Earil Wilson         Aroma Magic
Earil, owner and operator of Uncommon Scents, presents this EXTREMELY unique workshop on Scents, and their use in Magic. Earil's workshop was canceled last year due to the fact that she just completely forgot us. Yup, she had to be reminded that she was booked in two different States at the same time ...  but we are not bitter, we just intend to hold her to her promise to attend this Spring, EVEN IF SHE HAS TO HOP HERE!

Kirk McLaren (Amulets by Merlin )       The Tarot Casters
The Introduction to the Tarot Casters is a favorite workshop among festival goers. Kirk’s system is based upon small sculptures of  the Major Arcana that can be tossed like stones and read as they fall.  This new approach to the Tarot frees the reader from the old layouts and enables the intuitive muscles to work in new ways.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, you may find this a great joy!

Donna Schneider        Celtic Hair Braiding
Donna is back to once again make us feel pretty!  Standard, French, Medieval, and Celtic braiding will be demonstrated as well as how to incorporate flowers, beads. ribbons. or cords into these styles.  Braids can be functional as well as festive!

The Group Ritual,  and various other functions throughout the  Gathering, are being performed by the South Side and the Peninsula CUPPS.  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.

Additional Workshops are in the making, and we are finalizing arrangements for a VERY SPECIAL musical performance Saturday night!

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

In response to increased numbers we have had to institute a few  safety polices (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!
Click here to go to the registration and rules & regulations for the Spring Gathering of the Tribes.
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 Springs’ Gathering, as well as your feelings on where we should concentrate future efforts. Thank You.
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or contact:
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

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the Pagan Artists who have made their work available for free!!  You can be sure someone. somewhere, got a numb behind designing all the neat little lines, buttons, and bars you see here!  We got them from:

Check 'em out!!!!

An extra special  thank you  goes to Kie, Deaglos, and Scooter (the brains of the team) !!!