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From: Gathering of the Tribes
Subject: Gathering Update!!!
We hope you will choose to
join us at the 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?
Unfortunately, our originally
scheduled guests Janet and Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone will not be able
to attend the Gathering. Due to problems relating to health they
are unable to tour the United States this year as planned.
Click here to see a note
from the Farrars and Gavin Bone
We are happy to announce
will be our VERY SPECIAL
GUEST at the Gathering!
Robin Wood is the creator
of the Robin Wood Tarot and author of 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. We are delighted that Robin is joining us as the guest
of honor at the Gathering!
....and that's not all!!!!
The 1998 Spring Gathering
of the Tribes is pleased to present
Silver RavenWolf is 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 lifeline for growth, change, and acceptance of magickal people.
Positive religions like Wicca are the heartbeat, but the editors are the
arteries of the community."
Silver is the author of
To Ride a Silver BroomStick, Angels, To Stir a Magick Cauldron, HEXCraft,
and The Rune Oracle. Silver will be offering Seminars at the Gathering
on Ancestral Magick and Prosperity. She will also be conducting a
Black Forest Tradition Healing
Silver will be available
to do private readings at the Gathering for an additional fee. Reservations
for consultations are available on a first come first served basis.
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.
Oxun Olakari' Al'aye
Tyo Llorente: Oxun Olakari'
Al'aye is an initiate priestess of Oshun of both Brazilian Condomble and
Afro-Cuban Santeria, as well as an initiate of Palo Mayombe. 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.
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.
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.
Rev. Colleen M. Rose, ATC,
CCT Crystal Therapy
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 multi-faceted 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.
If you ever wondered if
or how crystals actually worked in healing or in
general Colleen's workshops
are for you.
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! Kirk will also be teaching a amulet making workshop. Make
your own Talisman!
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 ... well, she does travel long
distances with all those different scents in the car.
Greco-Roman Magical Practices
Focusing on primary sources,
this 1 1/2 hour workshop will provide an overview of magical practices
from the Helleno-Roman world of approx. 100-300 CE. If you've ever
wondered what witches did in Roman times, this is your chance to find out!
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.
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 CUUPS. 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 at the Pavillion Breaking bread together
is so much more than just feeding the body, and it’s such a great way to
begin the weekend. Ice, coffee, tea, plasticware and paper goods
will be supplied. Feel free to drop your dish off early if it needs to
be kept cold or reheated before dinner. A “baby-sitting service”
to keep warm dishes warm will be available at the Pavillion 2 hours before
Due to the rules against
open fires, the grills at the pavilion will be lit 2 hours before dinner
for your cooking convenience. If you are going to need a large grill
area, please call to reserve space.
Call Katee at 440-1930 with any questions, suggestions, or special needs.
The potluck dinner Friday
will followed by a bonfire and drumming. There will be a HUGE Bonfire Saturday
night to drum and dance around, and special children's activities throughout
A few details:
-The Gathering will open
at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1998 and close 6 p.m. Sunday, April
-Specific scheduling information
will be available 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23.
We are very sorry if this
is inconvenient, but the exact timing of workshops and events is
based upon weather conditions which will not be known until the week of
-Membership into the '98
Spring Gathering of the Tribes cost $25.00 for adults. Children 15
and under are admitted free. Checks, Mastercard, Visa, weapons, precious
metals and bolts of attractive cloth are accepted in payment.
-Everyone requesting admittance
must fill out a membership form and sign a waiver. A valid picture
ID must be presented at the gate. All minors must be accompanied by a parent
or guardian. All minors must have a membership form and waiver, signed
by the parent or guardian.
-Everyone is requested to
do a 2 hour workshift at some point during the event. This is the
main way we keep our costs down. Each member is asked to sign up
for one 2 hour work shift in registration, information, set up, clean up,
lake watch, etc. Sign up sheets for the different work shift slots will
be available at registration. Sign up early to get you favored time
slot and area.
-Merchant space is $25.00
and includes a 12 x 12 foot space and one membership. Vendors needing
additional booth space must make special arrangements in advance.
-The site is semi-primitive.
There is running, hot water and there are a few flush toilets, but no showers.
Porta potties will be used to supplement the porcelain thrones.
Bring your solar shower!
-We are VERY sorry but Clothes
are NOT optional at this event, they are required. We are in Virginia,
which means you are required to cover up most of the body parts associated
with sexual pleasure.
-Alcoholic beverages are
prohibited at New Quarter (or any other county) Park. Anyone seen
with an alcoholic beverage will be asked to remove it from the park. “Chugging
it down” is not an acceptable method of removal.
-Everyone is responsible
for their own food, tents, trash collection, pets, children, attitudes
For additional information
Gathering of the Tribes,
c/o Out of the Dark, Inc
117 W. 21st Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
or visit our web site at
All written requests for
information should include a stamped, self addressed envelope. Replies
cannot be guaranteed without one. Long distance calls can only be returned
collect. Organizers of the Gathering assume no responsibility for lost
or misdirected mail. Do not send cash through the mail!!!!!
Directions to the site:
Find interstate 64. Exit
I 64 at Rt. 199, Water Country exit - enter Colonial Parkway - take the
Lakeshead exit - follow Lakeshead Dr. (there are little green signs that
point to "New Quarter Park") to the end of the road for The Gathering.
More detailed directions are available on request.
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