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1999 Fall Gathering of the Tribes
New Quarter Park
Yorktown, Virginia
Labor Day Weekend
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. The Gathering is a safe space in which that may happen. Yawl come now, ya hear?

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 Book and 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.

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.

Kirk McLaren, Amulets 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.
Kirk will be presenting an intensive seminar on the Tarot, and a special Amulet Making Workshop
The Amulet Making Workshop provides all that is needed to produce a carving for a lost wax casting. Within six weeks of the workshop the participant will receive their very own piece of jewellery that they made themselves. Lab Fees: $25 for a bronze Amulet, $35 for a Silver Amulet. (Molds may be made of your master carving for an additional $25.)

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, CCT 
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, she is also a psychic channel.  Colleen's mode of healing is multifaceted and hopelessly down to earth.  She lectures extensively, incorporating lightness and humor, teaching about crystals, metaphysics and various modes of alternative medicine.  Colleen is the Ordained leader of The Church Of Caduceus ATC, which combines the healing arts with Wiccan practice.  She currently  lives communally on the Jersey Shore where she maintains a private practice in Crystal Healing and Spiritual Counseling. 

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.

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 he 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 

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.

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.

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