Gathering of the Tribes
you will choose to join us at the Spring Gathering of the Tribes. We have
planned an enjoyable weekend of Pagan Networking, Knowledge Exchange, Healing,
and Fun. 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 survive. The Gathering
is a safe space in which that may happen.
now, ya hear?
Spring Gathering of the Tribes 2001 is being held at in Isle of Wight,
VA.The new site is only 30 minutes from our old site at New Quarter Park.
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!
We are pleased
to have as our very special guests.....
the Director of the Wiccan / Pagan Press Alliance, a network of Pagan newsletters,
publishers, and writers. "It keeps me pretty busy, " she explains,
"but I adore it. Writing and publishing are important to the Pagan
community. The editors supply the life line for growth, change, and
acceptance of magickal people. Positive religions like Wicca are
the heartbeat, but the editors are the arteries of the community."
is the author of over 30 books including To Ride a Silver BroomStick,
Witch, To Light a Scared Flame, Angels, To Stir a Magick Cauldron, HEXCraft,
Rune Oracle. Silver will be offering Seminars at the Gathering
and conducting a Black Forest Tradition Healing Circle.
of 1991 Silver received her First Degree from Bried Foxsong of Sacred Hart
and is on the rolls of the International Red Garters. She also carries
Second and Third Degree status from the Temple of Hecate Triskele of the
will be available to do private readings at the Gathering for an additional
fee. Reservations for consultations are available on a first come,
first serve basis. Contact Gathering
organizers to make an appointment.
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.
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.
A Vietnam Veteran, who is of Tsalagi (Cherokee), Mesquakie and German descent.
A Red Feather Brother and a member of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca Nation.
A seeker of his own Spiritual path. An eclectic walker, drummer,
council facilitator, sharer, artist, silversmith, Pipe carver,
leather worker, stained glass creator, a student of the Universe who's
works have been in fine Art galleries and shops around the world.
WaterHawks pieces have been on National television and magazines.
Don gives tribute of his spirit to his two daughters, Tara and Tia,
Lady Daniella and to the Community for the inspirations to create
his work in the brightness of Love.
in NYC, Daniella believes that her gypsy heart has brought her much adventure
and insight. Travel has given much realization, clarity and a closer
relationship with Earth and Water Goddesses. She seeks her
own Spiritual path and has studied many various philosophies. Blending
a diversity of university and self-taught knowledge into her Path.
Daniella met Don in 1994, it was love at first site and were married in
1996. It is the energy of this love that enables both of
them to create the magikical creations that they do. She developed her
own style and brings that into WaterHawk Creations. As she
walks in Beauty, she becomes Beauty, and shares this Beauty with
Kokopelli was born in 1990 in Homestead Florida. She is a female
Blue-Gold Macaw that is a true part of the WaterHawk Family and helps bring
insight to us from the animal kingdom. Kokopelli has traveled over
150,000 miles with us to all parts of the country and has shared her wings
of brightness with the community.
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.
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....
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. 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
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.
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.
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 Virginia are not associated with any other
"Gathering of the Tribes" festivals which may be held on occasion in other
parts of the country. Yes, we know there is a very small "Gathering
of the Tribes" run by the Y Tylwytha Twits or some such that is so pathetic
that they have stolen copy directly off our website in an effort
to confuse folks into thinking they actually offer a quality event like
ours. I trust that our attendees can recognize my writing style as easily
as they can recognize a scam artist when they see one : )
might want to mention to the Twits that when you cut and paste stolen
copy directly off someone else's website, you should at least take out
easily identifiable original phrases like a "Lake Watch" workshift, especially
when you don't have a lake.....LOL
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 Spring's's Gathering,
as well as your feelings on where we should concentrate future efforts.
Thank You.... Betsy
Gathering of the Tribes/ FCMS, inc.
Out of the Dark, Inc.
West 21st. Street
623-6120 FAX: (757) 623-6121