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Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 14:15:24
Subject: Spring Gathering
of the Tribes
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On to happier news....
We would like to invite you
to attend the
1999 Spring Gathering of
New Quarter Park
April 22 - 25, 1999
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!
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 happy to announce
Robin Wood & Silver
will be our VERY SPECIAL
GUESTS at the Spring Gathering of the Tribes!
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.
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 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."
Silver is the author of
over 30 books including To Ride a Silver BroomStick, Teen Witch, To Light
a Scared Flame, Angels, To Stir a Magick Cauldron, HEXCraft, and The Rune
Oracle. Silver will be offering Seminars at the Gathering and conducting
a Black Forest Tradition Healing Circle.
In November 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 Caledonii Tradition.
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 serve basis.
Contact Gathering organizers to make an appointment.
....and that's not all!!!!
The 1999 Spring Gathering of the Tribes is pleased to present .....
Oxun Olakari' Al'aye Tyo
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.
Rev. Gretchen A.L. Schork,
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 he
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.
Patty Robbins BSN, RN, CVN
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.
Kirk McLaren (Amulets by
Kirk McLaren's foundation
in the study in the mysteries began with Qabalahist 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.
L.B.Taylor, Jr. - a Scorpio-
is a native Virginian. He was born in Lynchburg and has a BS degree in
Journalism from Florida State University. He wrote about America’s
space programs for 16 years, for NASA and aerospace contractors, before
moving to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1974, as public affairs director for
BASF Corporations. He retired in 1993. Taylor is the author of more than
300 national magazine articles and 30 nonfiction books. His research for
the book “Haunted Houses,” published by Simon and Schuster in 1983, stimulated
his interest in area psychic phenomena and led to the publication
of five regional Virginia ghost books preceding “The Ghosts of Virginia.”
Mr. Taylor will take us on a tour of the supernatural in Virginia.
He will present a slide show of rare film footage documenting unexplained
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. WhiteDove, BS, IDS,
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.
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
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 night after the concert to drum and dance around, and
special children's activities throughout the event. We are adding
to our list of Guests weekly so please check our website for updates!
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