2015 Workshops

This is a list of the workshop presenters, workshop titles, and workshop descriptions in the order that their submissions were received. The date and time of the workshops will be listed only on the Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day schedule when it is completed. Thank you!


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Presenter: Robin Fennelly
Topic: Developing the Magickal Persona
Regardless of your chosen pagan path, at some point in your studies the concept of developing a Magickal Persona will be encountered as a tool extraordinaire in support of your practice. This class will explore what the magickal persona is and how it serves as interface for our magickal and sacred workings, We will discuss the components that are present as the Magickal Persona arises, how to develop and strengthen its presence and how it may be used to further spiritual growth, personal practice and engagement of the Great Work.

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Presenter: Karen Schlechter
Topic: Square of Abeyance
Castings can be used to mark out sacred space or create environments conducive to magickal work. The casting known as the square of abeyance is designed to dampen energies that do not originate on the manifest plane. Why would you want to use such a tool? Maybe you want to get rid of an unwanted entity, or see if you are under the influence of baneful practices, or psychic attack. This class will be broken into two parts, the first part a discussion of the uses for such a casting and the second part will teach you how to cast and use it.

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Presenter: Anne Johnson
Topic: Drum Circle
Bring your drum or rhythm instrument. We will gather for a low-key, non-judgmental drum circle. All levels welcome. Anne will have information on opportunities to drum in the Delaware Valley, as well as suggestions for online drum and chant lessons.

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Presenter: Serenity Ookami
Topic: Introduction to Therianthropy (Discussions and Guided Meditation)
Introduction to Therianthropy is a ground-breaking discussion and exercise for finding one's animal totem and discovering your deeper bond with your animal's mentality and spirit.  Based on meditation, the exercise portion of this presentation will be very enlightening and help you on your path to self-discovery.  Everyone has a spirit guide, only some of them are therians; this workshop will help you discover if this practice is right for you, and Everwood Pack members will be helping afterward if you have any questions.

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Presenter: Helena Domenic
Topic: Create Your Own Lenormand Deck!
In this workshop, participants will not only learn how to create a Lenormand Cartomancy deck from a regular deck of playing cards, they will also be able to begin the process of creating their deck! Attendees will each receive a standard deck of playing cards as part of the workshop to take home with them.

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Presenter: Erick DuPree
Topic: Mantra for Magical Transformation
Mantra or sacred utterances have been used for centuries by cultures for everything from attaining goals to shifting into higher levels of consciousness. These songs of heart give us the power to ward off evils, attract abundance, cultivate magical experience, worship deity for exalted communion, or aid us in attaining blissful state of liberation.

Join Erick for this introduction to mantra for magical transformation as we trace a brief history of mantra and demystify them for daily use. He will guide participants on a journey through cultivating intention and exploration of sacred sounds and chants from both traditional Sanskrit and Tibetan sources to the use modern "remixed" sounds, while inviting the playful discovery of how mantra can be used as a tool to compliment your existing magical workings or cultivate a new practice. Together, Erick will breakdown the myth around "to sing or not to sing" but singing is NOT required for this workshop. 

Participants will leave with a foundational knowledge of mantra through a contemporary western lens. Several new mantras to try at home, as well as two hand-outs. 

Beginners Welcome. Come with an open heart, no singing experience is needed.

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Presenter: Mamapalo Mokeyane
Topic: Progressive Love's Conflict Resolution - The Three Way Mirror
The Three Way Mirror is a way to analyze and potentially resolve any conflict by using the Mirror analogy. Rather than simply seeing the one 'reflection' we open clients to viewing the other two panes of the mirror.

The 45 minute interactive Workshop introduces the concept, and describes all of the panes in the mirror. It concludes with giving participants tools to successfully process and resolve each of the presenting panes of the mirror. 

A one page handout will be provided to participants.

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Presenter: Chris Orapello
Topic: Art and Magick
How does art and magick relate to one another? What is the Awen and how does it relate to art making and magick? How does one envision deity? Come and explore the role and function of art and creativity and how they relate to magick, ritual, and your path.

Participants will be inspired to make art as well as how to work and incorporate it into their practice.

Topics to be explored and discussed:

-Making art and forms of art
-The Awen
-Deity and divine images, symbols, and iconography.
-Sigil and other art based magick
-Art and Shamanistic journeying.
-Deciphering the Witch Lord sculpture.


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Presenter: Carm DiLullo
Topic: An Herbal Sampler: Medicine and Magick
This workshop will be divided into two parts. The first will present basic medicinal herbal preparations such as infusions, decoctions, poultices, tinctures, and infused oils. The second part will present some magickal herb preparations such as incense, sachets, dream pillows, and bath salts for purification.
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Presenter: Carm DiLullo
Topic: The Elements and Quarters: An Intimate Look
This is an in depth look at the Four Sacred Elements, their power, potential, correspondences, and Monarchs. Experience them in a new way as we study. Discuss and ultimately journey to them in guided meditations.

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Presenter: Robert L. Schreiwer
Topic: Braucherei in the Urglaawe Context
The heirloom healing Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) practice of Braucherei (also called Powwow in English) and the related magical practice of Hexerei serve as tremendous folk resources for the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe. Long the front line of folk medicine for the Deitsch people, Braucherei is pre-Christian at its core and features overlays from Gnostic, Judeo-Christian, and Lenape traditions. The practitioner communities also retained a large volume of oral lore in the form of myths, “superstitions,” charms, etc. The Urglaawe movement arose from these living traditions as well as from the wider Deitsch folk religion. The Urglaawe community has completed several years of research and work to isolate the native Heathen elements and to organize them in a manner that is more accessible to the Urglaawe community inside and outside of Pennsylvania. The Guild of Urglaawe Practitioners of Braucherei and Hexerei consists of various specialties within the traditions: Fiber Arts, Music, Culinary, Customs, Artisans, Energetic and Sympathetic Healing, and Herbalism (with more to come). This workshop will feature a brief background and description of the Braucherei and will serve as an entry point into the guild for those interested.

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Presenter: John Harford
Topic: The Tribal Roots of Early Music
John will present a talk about music's earliest roots as a tribal and inherently shamanic art form.  He will discuss his work in pagan folk music; and how pagan thought can influence the creation of song and word. In addition to a lecture he will also demonstrate several early and tribal instruments.


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Presenter: Jess Marino
Topic: Intro to Scrying
Learn different methods of the ancient art of scrying and how this practice can bring guidance and insight.


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Presenter: Bard Dafydd
Topic: Druidism vs. Wicca: A Balanced Comparison

The true and ancient histories of Wicca and Druidism have been lost to the mists of time, but we do know a lot about the histories of their modern revivals. In fact, two of the most important founders were buddies that hung out together at a nudist camp in the English countryside in the 1920’s and 30’s. In this relaxed and illuminating workshop we’ll discuss many of the similarities and a few of the key differences between modern Wicca and modern Druidism.