Sacred Space 2018: March 15-18, 2018
T. Thorn Coyle writes books and drinks tea.
Thorn has written multiple non-fiction books including Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists & Other Creatives, Evolutionary Witchcraft, Kissing the Limitless, and Make Magic of Your Life. She has taught magical practice in nine countries, on four continents, and in twenty-five states.
Thorn also writes fiction, including two series –The Witches of Portland and The Panther Chronicles– the novel Like Water, and three short story collections, Thorn’s work appears in many anthologies, magazines, and collections.
An interloper to the Pacific Northwest, Thorn joyfully stalks city streets, writes in cafes, and talks to crows, squirrels, and trees.
Sometimes she gets arrested.
Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi are a well-established and popular teaching team in the ways of Witchcraft and spiritual development.
Raven is an award winning author of over twenty books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Inner Mystery Traditions. He is a practitioner and teacher with over 45 years of experience. Raven has dedicated his life to the research, writing and preservation of the ancient Pre-Christian European ways of our ancestral roots. He is the current co-directing elder of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition of witchery.
Stephanie is a practitioner of Witchcraft with over 25 years experience, and is a third degree Priestess of Irish Celtic Wicca, and Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft). She is currently the co-directing Elder of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition along with Raven. She is also co-creator & co-author of two Oracles decks: The Well Worn Path, and The Hidden Path.
They co-direct and co-teach the Ash, Birch & Willow Tradition through the House of Grimassi. In addition, Raven and Stephanie offer home study courses on the foundational teachings of Witchcraft for modern times (with students around the globe) through the House of Grimassi website. RavensLof.biz, is their online store, which has been dedicated to providing items for spiritual and magical practice for over 17 years. Their radio show, Seasons of the Witch, can be found on BlogTalkRadio with archived shows and live broadcasts several times a monthly.
Find more information at https://HouseofGrimassi.com for updates on appearances and relevant information on upcoming courses, blogs, shows and sales.
Robert L. Schreiwer is a founder of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe, a Ziewer (godsman) of Distelfink Sippschaft, and a trained practitioner of the Pennsylvania German healing traditions of Braucherei and Hexerei. Through the Pennsylvania German Heathen Alliance for the Urglaawe, he has been conducting a Folklore Research Project to gather oral lore from all regions of Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) settlement. He was an Instructor of Pennsylvania German at Kutztown University in 2008-2009, and he is currently working on other language advancement projects. He is the current Steer (President and CEO) for the Troth, an Elder and Chaplain in The Troth’s In-Reach Heathen Prison Services program, and the Troth Steward for Pennsylvania. He is also the President and Local Coordinator of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day, which is now in its fifth year.
Other Fine Teachers
Byron Ballard is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pantheacon, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, NC. Her essays are featured in several anthologies, she blogs and writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book, Staubs and Ditchwater, debuted in 2012 and the companion volume Asfidity and Mad-Stones was published in Oct. 2015. Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness launched in May, 2017. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet and Gnarled Talisman: Old Wild Magic of the Motherlands.
Maggie Beaumont is a hospital chaplain with experience centered in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency department, and outpatient Cancer center. After a varied career in mechanical engineering, journalism, real estate, and adult education, she earned an MA in Spiritual Psychology and served as a hospice volunteer for 10 years. She has facilitated Death Cafés and received training in advance care planning in the Gundersen “Respecting Choices” model. She is a former Dean of Students at Cherry Hill Seminary and a past board member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. She has taught at Womongathering and at Vermont Witch Camp in the Reclaiming tradition and is now a second degree member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel.
Amy Blackthorn has been teaching for 19 years. Her area of study has included plants, aromatherapy and herbalism for 25 years. She has used this field of study to create a line of teas, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends, four years ago and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Her first book, the Encyclopedia of Magical Aromatherapy is due to be released Fall 2018.
Keiden Bren was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC and comes from a family of educators. He is passionate about language, communication, and identity, as well as creating safe spaces for people to just be themselves. He has taught a wide range of classes on connection, sexuality, and spirituality. In addition to his work in education, Keiden is also a drummer, a sacred fire tender, and is a graduate of Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism.
Chelidon is a passionate lover of the bardic arts, including the skills of word, rhythm, story, and song. He believes that we each carry unique tales—in sharing stories through drum, voice, ritual, music, or other Art, we listen and learn from our ancestors, and add our delicious richness to the Great Tale of which we are a part. He is a sometime heretical trickster and an acolyte of the power of paradox and the wisdom of cunning foolishness. His other loves include the online Mystery School he has co-founded (World Tree Lyceum), history and mythology, herbalism, brewing and alchemy, and art crafted with trees, metal, stone, words, chocolate, or pixels. Most of all, he believes that the universe is quite literally made of love.
Carm DiLullo is a Third Degree Initiate of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, serving as High Priestess of Archers of the Sacred Flames. Carm has a deep love of nature and has studied plants and animals since childhood; her first steps on the path began in adolescence She is an Herbologist, Tarot reader, Fire Scryer and advocate for the practical application of Magick and balance in daily life. Carm, a Fire Priestess, keeps a bonfire pace as she teaches in the Pagan community, practices homesteading, and serves the Mother by her work at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. In her professional life she is a teacher and has degrees and certifications in science, education, nutrition, and educational leadership.
Helena Domenic is an Elder in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, of which she has been a member since the late 80s. Helena is an artist, art historian, teacher of tarot and many other subjects, as well as a contributing writer for Coreopsis, the Journal for the Society of Ritual Arts. Helena is also the author of the Fellowship of the Fool Tarot Deck and Book, and is at work on a number of different decks at the moment. She shows her artwork in many venues in the United States and abroad, as well as teaching art and art history at Cheyney University for the past 14 years. Helena’s art may be viewed on her website: http://www.mythandwonder.com.
Raven Edgewalker is a British Witch, teacher, artist and writer who dwells in the magical landscape of Somerset, UK. She has an ongoing, passionate love affair with the natural world. She see her work in the world as that of building connections, with self, with each other, within community, with deity and with all seen and unseen beings. Raven has spent many years walking the land, listening to the songs and stories it has to offer, deepening her own connection with this glorious earth and learning how to guide others to open to deeper connections of their own. She has long worked in the Reclaiming and Anderson Feri Traditions.
Sandy English has been a mystic and practicing Pagan for 20 years and is the founding priestess of Silver Branch: A priesthood of Hecate. For the past 10 years her focus has been developing the foundational practices and teachings of the priesthood, and initiating and training priests in priesthood, magic, and ministry.
Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path within the ASW. Her spiritual journey spans four decades and is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems. Robin has been active in the pagan community for 20+ years teaching, writing, leading ritual and maintaining a rigorous teaching schedule. Her writings and books have been featured online and in print internationally. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conferences, Spring Magick, Free Spirit Gathering, Pagan Pride Events, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conferences, and more. She maintains a robust weekly teaching schedule locally. Robin lives in Eastern PA. and works in the field of public education…www.robinfennelly.com
Firesong (Eshu Akoni) is a priestess and Pathway initiate at the Universal Temple of Spirits, a Global Spirits pantheistic trance possession temple. Called the “human iPod”, she is a classically trained dramatic coloratura, as well as a professional teacher, artist, and herbalist. Firesong conducts The Voices of the Seasons Ensemble, Global Spirits services, women’s rituals, and pours for the Starry Night Sweat Circle. She has recorded several teaching CDs of traditional chants, and is the author of Global Spirits: Philosophies and Practices. Websites: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurringBansheeStudio ; www.globalspirits.org
Irene Glasse is a Yoga Teacher, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Reiki Master and musician based in Western Maryland. She’s an Ordained Minister, a Labyrinth Apprentice of the New England Labyrinth Guild, and a High Priestess of the Tradition of the Witches Circle. Irene has been reading Tarot for 25 years and practicing Paganism for 22 years. She currently teaches weekly yoga classes, facilitates monthly Labyrinth walks, leads Pagan spirituality services through Frederick CUUPS and performs Readings and Healings.
Michael Gryffyn is a writer, an artist, a visionary, and a practitioner of various esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and Neo-pagan communities since the early 1980’s. His initial training was in traditional witchcraft and is an elder and priest in both Celtic and Alexandrian traditions. He is a sound energy healer and regularly holds workshops on a variety of topics including, sound healing techniques, fire magick, alchemy and Angelic magick. His personal techniques grew out of his journey to heal himself of Multiple Sclerosis and are rooted in a synthesis of traditional esoteric teachings, modern science, sound energy manipulation and his conversations with the quantum beings known as the Aeons
Haeleron has been a practicing pagan since the mid 80’s, studying Shamanic drumming and journey work targeted toward inner child healing. In 2010, he began studying witchcraft, is initiated in The Minoan Brotherhood, and is devoted to the Forge God. He studied with Solar Cross’ Morning Star Mystery school for two years in Elements and Psychic Skills work. He has been working with Hephaestus since 2010.
Gale Hamby has read, studied, and taught Tarot for 40 years. A Witch for 39 of those years, she reads professionally in Georgia, where she lives with her two rescue dogs. She has written two books of poetry: The Fourth Face of the Goddess, and The Wings of the Goddess, and is working on a third book, Haiku of the Tarot.
Shannon Humm has been travelling to spiritual festivals for 18 years as a vendor, a volunteer, a teacher, and as ritual support. Her interests and experiences are many and include dance, yoga, art, and various healing modalities that include trance work, Reiki, hypnotherapy, and Shamanic healing. Shannon is an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, certified hypnotherapist, and has completed her first year of training with Gryphon’s Grove Shamanic School. Shannon is a member of Universal Temple of Spirits and is a Gryphon Priestess of The Order of the Golden Gryphon. Shannon recently graduated from UMBC with a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies where she focused her research on the recovery and healing benefits of community ritual for people who have experienced sexual trauma.
Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented workshops and led rituals at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. www.worksofliterata.org
Rev. Caryn MacLuan has been a pagan since the ‘70s, a leader in CedarLight Grove, ADF and Ar nDraiocht Fein since 1999 and a priest since 2003. She is a retired Coast Guard officer with 21 years of service and has used her leadership, public affairs, motivational training in service of ADF and in other local pagan groups. She is also very involved in different types of healing modalities with master certifications in Reiki and herbalism and a graduate certificate in herbalism.
Maeve has been an active member of the DC area Pagan community for over 25 years. She is a trustee of the Chesapeake Pagan Community, a student at Gryphon’s Grove School of Shamanism, and Gryphon Priestess of Athena. In her mundane life, Maeve is married with three cats, and enjoys science fiction, reading, and working on her jewelry business, Annie’s Blessed Bead.
Sara Mastros is the Keyholder of the Pittsburgh Witch House, a community-supported magical abbey in Pittsburgh, PA. For many years, Sara ran a Jewish magical group, about which, in 2007, the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle wrote “Mastros and her followers are well outside the mainstream”, which seems like an entirely accurate description. In the past, she’s worked as a mathematician, a fake-Amish tourist buggy driver, a teacher, and a carnival barker.
Katrina Messenger has over forty years’ experience as a grassroots activist and community organizer. She holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. In December of 2002, she retired after 25 years from a career focused on Telecommunications, Software Development, Applied Research, and Internet Architecture. Katrina has also studied mythology, esoteric sciences and human development for over twenty-five years and currently focuses on myths, folktales, dreams, and ritual. She is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst and Dream Pattern Analyst. Katrina is the author of Descent: A Journey for Women and Dark Beauty. She is currently editing her next book, Elemental Psychology.
Laurel Mendes has been in continuous practice of the various surviving magical arts of our ancient Northern kin of faith for more than 25 years. She was an integral part of Diana Paxson’s and Hrafnar’s work to recreate the Oracular Seidh rite. She has been practicing, teaching and learning ever since. Today she lives in Baltimore with her husband and her beloved cats. She spends her spare time doing what she loves most: cooking, writing poetry, and singing.
Mid-Atlantic Spae Team
The Mid-Atlantic Spae team was formed in 2016, and consists of a series of experienced spae practitioners that offer Spae work throughout the mid-atlantic. They have conducted rituals at past Sacred Space events, as well as Winter Finding and Vanir Fest at Thor’s Hollow in Virginia.
Scott Mohnkern, author of A Year of Viking Ritual and Hanging From the Tree: Living With the Runes has been a practicing heathen for over 20 years, and has been teaching for over 15. Scott loves to help people understand the heathen gods, and heathen philosophy. He previously offered a class in Advanced Divination techniques at Sacred Space. He is currently working on his new book Ancient Values For a Modern Age as well as working closely with the Mid-Atlantic Spae team.
Angela Raincatcher Allegedly Pagan since 1986, Angela Raincatcher has been around the block several times. She is a portraitist for the gods, a herder of mystics, and a [redacted]. She can often be found flinging paint and dancing in front of a canvas of Dionysus in her studio or arguing with her Ancestors and Papa Legba in the liquor store about whether to buy whiskey or rum. In a recurring, temporary loss of sanity, she has volunteered to coordinate a variety of public Pagan circuses events and rituals in the DC area over the last 20 years. She dreams of being an old woman with a bourbon in one hand and several well-oiled acolytes to carry her around. Then she wakes up.
Gwendolyn Reece A modern Witch, Theosophist, and Neoplatonist, Gwendolyn has been devoted to the Hellenic deities, especially Athena and Apollon, since roughly Mycenaean times. She serves Them within the nation’s capital as a priestess of the Theophania Temple. She found and recognized a place for herself in contemporary Paganism in the mid-1980s and has called herself a Witch ever since. She is a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and is a graduate of Caroline Kenner’s shamanic apprenticeship program, Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism. She has lectured extensively for the Theosophical Society for 14 years and has held multiple leadership positionswithin the society. Gwendolyn is on the faculty of American University and has a strong academic background in religious studies. In addition to her work as a practitioner, she uses her academic position to conduct research on contemporary Paganism with the intention of both furthering the scholarly discourse and providing useful information back to Pagan communities.
The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition. It is a possession-based working. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the Globe in love. Rituals are theme-based rather than pantheon-based and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and possession trance. Global Spirits is a harm-none tradition.
Lisa Wagoner is the co-host of The Welcoming Circle, a spiritual community building group that explores different pathways and journeys, practices and faiths, rituals and celebrations. The Welcoming Circle is open to all faiths, genders, and beliefs and is held monthly at Asheville’s Raven & Crone. In addition, Lisa is a priestess at Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, North Carolina, and a certified Reiki Master.
A’alyvyne Weaverwood is a traditionally trained and initiated witch and high priestess in Celtic Old Religion. She is founder of Weaverwood Temple, a House of the Old Religion focused on service, celebration, and study of the Old Ways. In addition to her devotion to the Craft, she is a faery seer and sacred beekeeper and has taught privately and at various gatherings on traditional Craft, psychic self defense, divination and psychic development, faery, Earth healing, the Dark Goddess, and Shadow work. A’alyvyne believes in the integration of her spiritual beliefs into every aspect of life and has been exploring her path in earth-based spirituality, and specifically traditional Craft, for over 20 years. First and foremost a seeker and servant of the Old Ways, A’alyvyne lives in Baltimore, where she incorporates practices of sustainability and eco-spirituality as manifestations of her personal relationship with the Divine. She encourages a modality of joyful self exploration, experiential revelation, and development of each Seeker as an individual manifestation of Divine Spark.
Patricia “Robin” Woodruff is a polymath, author, artist and Priestess of Stone Circle Wicca. Her Lemko heritage from the remote Carpathian mountains started her on a path of intense study of Slavic magic. Woodruff has been immersed for the past year writing the Roots of Slavic Magic. Having read over 1,000 sources on the subject, Woodruff can provide new insights into this ancient religion based on recent archaeological discoveries, newly revealed rituals, and revised scholarly analysis of petroglyphs from the areas influencing the proto-Slavs. She is author of The Call of the Spectacled Owl: An Artist’s Journey thru History, The Amazon and the Spirit, and Strange Tales of Floyd County, VA. The 3-volume work, Roots of Slavic Magic: Finding Our Way Back to Balance will be released in late 2018.