Sacred Space 2019: March 9-12, 2017
Aeptha is a teacher, ceremonialist, cosmic mediator, and practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. She has been teaching since the mid-eighties and in 1993 along with her partner Eushahn, opened Light Haven. Light Haven is a contacted mystery school and houses a magickal lodge based on the Solar Traditions. Their work includes extensive training in the ritual arts, Qabala, the Western Magickal Traditions and Earth-based traditions. Aeptha draws upon her Inner Levels contacts, her shamanic roots from other lives and seventeen years of work with the late Master Teacher Shakmah Winddrum. Throughout the years, she has taught at conferences including Between the Worlds, Sacred Space and PantheaCon. She has a Masters in Human Development and Learning and has been a counselor since 1991. Aeptha is available to teach workshops, and offers private individual work. www.lighthaven.org
Judika Illes fell in love with the magical arts as a child and has been studying them ever since. An independent scholar, her interests include Tarot and other forms of divination,
astrology, spell-casting, witchcraft, amulets, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, the Egyptian Mysteries, runes, magical oils and perfumes, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Judika is the author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells (HarperCollins e-books), The Encyclopedia of Spirits (HarperCollins), Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting (Weiser Books), Magic When You Need It: 150 Spells You Can’t Live Without (Weiser), The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A–Z for the Entire Magical World (Thorsons Pub), The Weiser Field Guide to Witches: From Hexes to Hermione Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz (Weiser), and The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Spirits: A Guide to Asking for Protection, Wealth, Happiness, and Everything Else! (HarperOne). She is also the author of The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, published under the alias Judith Joyce.
Judika has worked as a professional card reader and spiritual counselor for more than two decades. She is a paraprofessional crisis counselor and certified therapeutic aroma- therapist. She wrote the popular monthly feature “Beauty Secrets of the Ancient Egyptians” for TourEgypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism’s online magazine. Judika lectures and offers workshops on various aspects of magical practice and traditional spirituality. www.judikailles.com
Ven. Rev. McCollum is an internationally recognized spiritual leader whose work toward human rights, social justice and equality for all religions and spiritual traditions transcends cultural, religious and political barriers. He is the 2010 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism and was named a World Inner Peace Ambassador by Thai Buddhists who titled him Venerable. He also served as an advisor for the United States Commission on Civil rights and his comments and insights were forwarded in a report to both Congress and to the President of the United States.
Additionally, Ven. Rev. McCollum serves as Development Director for the United Nations NGO, Children of the Earth, through which he oversees youth leadership projects around the world. Furthermore, he serves as the minority Faith Issues Chair for the American Correctional Chaplains Association and is a Board Member for four other non-profits.
The Patrick McCollum Foundation for Peace, a non-profit organization founded by Ven. Rev. McCollum, is guided by a meta-narrative that promotes the sacredness of all beings and the idea that we all share the same essential needs: to be seen, heard and appreciated. With this universal vision in mind, we are led to improved understanding through acknowledging the divine spark that exists in each of us, which brings us closer to universal peace. For more information, visit www.patrickmccollum.org.