2018 Workshops

Thanks to our wonderful presenters for this coming to our event and for creating such a fantastic variety of workshops and discussions for our community!


AROMA AND THE ANCESTORS: ANCESTOR VENERATION AND THE HOME
Amy Blackthorn
APPLE 10:45 - 11:45
Join Aromatherapist and Author, Amy Blackthorn, in a talk examining the history of aromatherapy & herbalism and how the two can be combined for use in the home. Working with the ancestors is not only a family practice, it can be a therapeutic one as well. We will discuss the nature of family, aromas in the home and magic. For those with a troubled family history, we will discuss therapeutic interventions that can help heal those traumas.

AROMATHERAPY FOR RELIGION AND RITUAL
Amy Blackthorn
APPLE 4:00 - 5:15
Amy Blackthorn explores the ritual and aromatic applications for essential oils in religious practice. All scents explored will help the student delve into the hidden realms of scent in prayer, meditation, journeying and ritual. Included: testing quality of essential oils using household items.

BANEFUL PLANTS AND THE POISON PATH
Tara Maguire
FLAX 4:00 - 5:15
Along the crooked path grows another sort of greenery entirely- with venom, fang, and claw. Herein lies your ticket to the Sabbat and the lost key to your flight. Learn about the poison path, some of the more utilized plants, their folklore, and how to responsibly steward them in your garden.


CHANNELING DEITIES PT. 1: BRINGING HEAVEN TO EARTH
Bard Dafydd, Red Oak Grove
FLAX 10:45 - 11:45
In this interactive workshop you will meet some of the members of Red Oak Grove, ADF who have studied and practiced the art of Awen du Duwiau (often called 'channeling'). We will tell you how we do it, what we have learned and some of the fun and funny things that have happened over the years!

CHANNELING DEITIES PT. 2: DEMONSTRATION
Bard Dafydd, Red Oak Grove
FLAX 2:45 - 3:45
In this demonstration on of our experienced channelers will show you how we perform this practice and you can see it and hear it for yourself.

HEATHENS AGAINST HATE: STRIVING TO SAVE A RELIGIOUS IDENTITY FROM EXTREMISM
Heathens Against Hate
WHEAT 2:45 - 3:45
In this panel, leaders of Heathens Against Hate and The Troth will discuss the various efforts being undertaken to combat bigotry within Heathenry and to educate people on inclusive Heathen beliefs and practices. Featured in this panel presentation will be Troth Associate Steer, Gari Farmer, and Heathens Against Hate PR Director, Ethan Stark, and HAH member and Distelfink Friend, Leo Evangelista.

HILLFOLKS HOODOO: APPALACHIA’S LIVING FOLK MAGIC TRADITION
Byron Ballard
WHEAT 10:45-11:45
With its gnarly roots in the British Isles, the German Palatinate and in indigenous American tribal practice, Appalachian folk magic is characterized by its hands-on and practical approach, as well as its use of available materials. Though it has come down to us through a Protestant Christians filter, this system is easily adapted to modern Pagan sensibilities.


MAKING MAGICKAL OILS
Amy Blackthorn
APPLE 2:45 - 3:45
Rev. Amy Blackthorn sets out to show how to blend oils that can increase protection, or land that better job. We will discuss the energies each carrier oil lends to the blends and how it can enhance the magical oil being created. Anyone of any faith can use these techniques to further their goals.

THE SPIRIT-HAUNTED LANDSCAPE: THE SPIRITS OF THE LAND AND OF OUR ANCESTORS
PERFORMANCE AREA 1:00 - 2:30
Byron Ballard
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Is there a Faery at the bottom of your garden? A djinn in the chicken house? Does the time between the Autumn Equinox and Samhain see your home filled with the discarnate spirits of your too-helpful Ancestors? Byron Ballard will review some techniques for working with these familiar spirits in the Appalachian tradition.

WILLFUL BANE: THE HISTORY, TECHNIQUES AND ETHICS OF HEXING
Byron Ballard
WHEAT 4:00 - 5:15
Willful Bane is about the ethics of banework, the history of it in Appalachian folk magic, plus lots of practical experience that includes dollies, sachets, vinegar, chicken feet, marshmallows etc. We'll dive into history, legend, techniques and--perhaps most important--ethics. Come learn about the joy of hex.