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Workshops for Chicago Pagan Pride 2017:

 

ALL TEACHING POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR GCPP 2017.

Thank to all who signed up.

We hope to see you all on Sunday September 10th

 

There is no attendance sign up sheets for workshops. All workshops are a first come first sit basis. There are always room on for people to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets.

 

Phyllis Curott 

Class: Beyond the Wiccan Rede Grounding Pagan Activism in the Sacred

An ye harm none, do what ye will.   This famous phrase, the Wiccan Rede, has become nearly universal within the modern Pagan community as our ethical foundation.  Continuing the spiritual revolution I began with my now-famous rejection of the Threefold Law (Margot Adler: “I must confess that …I gasped and then cheered!”), this new talk challenges the Wiccan Rede and explains why it’s just not good enough for the challenges mature Pagans, and the world, face. 

I’ll propose another ethical precept rooted in the divinity of the Earth that can guide the kind of spiritual activism that is genuinely in accord with our experiences of living in a sacred world. 

Bio:
Phyllis Curott is a pioneering spiritual teacher and one of America’s first public Wiccan High Priestesses, an activist attorney handling or consulting on most of the groundbreaking religious rights cases for the Pagan community.  She is also the best-selling author of several books and essays including the internationally best-selling memoir, Book of Shadows.

 

 

Eric Kenron

 

Eric Kenron 

Class: Empathic Self-Defense   

 

Learn the basics of energetic self-defense for empaths. If you are an empath and/or a naturally sensitive person, you have probably felt overwhelmed by the emotional energy you pick up. The Empathic Self-Defense class will cover energy shielding, breath work and meditations meant to help you protect yourself against being overwhelmed by your sensitivity and defend yourself against emotionally draining or overwhelming people, negative environments, and emotional onslaughts.

Bio:

Eric Kenron is a shaman, Rune reader, energy healer and teacher at World Tree Healing. He has been a teacher of magic and energy work since 2001, a yoga teacher since 2008, a Reiki master since 2009, and a life-long empathic healer. Eric conceived of the Empathic Self-Defense Workshop in 2014 while talking to a friend and student of his who was dealing with being empathically overwhelmed at work. Since then, Eric has taught Empathic Self-Defense at multiple venues in Chicago (including the Occult Bookstore and last year’s Pagan Pride), as well as Philadelphia, NYC and New Jersey.

Amanda Hamlin

Amanda Hamlin

Class: Runes as Guides on Your Spiritual Journey

Discussion of the spiritual meanings of the runes and how these can be used as guides on the path of spiritual development, especially in terms of ascending the axis mundi or world tree, and how divination can aid this process.

Bio:

Amanda has been practicing Paganism for over fifteen years and is a practicing rune worker. Her specializations include the study of comparative mythologies, in the mode of Joseph Campbell and the intersection of feminism and Paganism.

Cindi Muntz

Cindi Muntz:

 Class: The Exploration of the Unknown

This class will explore the spirit realm. We will discuss how to cleanser and raise energy in space. We will also explore grounding techniques and banding energy within a team with us essential for any paranormal investigation!!!

Bio:

Full sensory Medium since birth 46 yrs); Shamanic Healer and Reiki Master. Founded RIP Midwest in 2006. I work with clients for private communication sessions, salon and gallery communication events, lectures and workshops on a variety of topics. RIP provides resolution within complicated paranormal situations. Additionally we are involved in controlled environment research to advance the paranormal community.

 

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Selena Fox

Class: Activism with Lady Liberty

Empowering activist work with Lady Liberty, Freedom Goddess imagery, symbology, meditations, & rituals..

Bio:

Selena Fox is a priestess, author, spiritual healer, and founder of the Circle Craft tradition. Her writings on Paganism, Witchcraft, & Nature Spirituality are widely published online & in print. She travels internationally presenting workshops & rituals & also does teaching through her weekly podcast, Nature Folk.  She has a MS in Counseling & does telephone consultations & readings with clients across North America.  Selena is founder & senior minister of Circle Sanctuary which has been serving Pagans & Polytheists of many paths worldwide since 1974.  She is executive direction of Pagan Spirit Gathering, a weeklong national/global Summer Solstice festival held annually in Illinois. More info: www.selenafox.com, www.circlesanctuary.org

 

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Laura Gonzalez

Class: Activism and Paganism

Activism is not just being a leader of some recognized group. Activism can be as small as recycling cans in your home, but few people in our community see themselves as activists.
For some it is quite comfortable to sit and wait for “others” to work for the changes that we hope to see in the world, but the world must improve with all its inhabitants and one by one we must take responsibility for creating those changes and not just enjoy them, once they have materialized. Let’s empower ourselves and create a community of activists!
In this workshop we will exchange ideas on how to become active for both the earth and human rights. Come join Laura Gonzalez at Chicago Pagan Pride and ACTIVATE YOURSELF!

Bio:

Laura Gonzalez is a resident Bruja and professional Tarotologist. Originally from Mexico, Laura came to the United States over 18 years ago, moving to the Chicago area, where she has built a loyal fan base among local Pagans and community members.

Born in Mexico City, she is quite familiar with traditional Mexican folk magic and practices, native to her home country. A natural-born witch, Laura discovered her gifts at very early age, sometimes at the apprehension of those around her. In addition to her work as a natural psychic and Tarotologist, she also does consulting with a variety of deck types, including Spanish and Oracle Cards.

A “Bruja” in tune with the cycles of nature and the magic within, she is always willing to help those in need. Laura is a dedicated community activist, advocating Pagan, LGBT, and women’s rights. She has passionately worked towards suicide prevention, supporting such organizations as AFSP – “Out of the Darkness” walks. Laura also gives back by volunteer teaching English as a second language at the Poder Learning Center.

She is co-editor of e-zine, El Caldero (en Español), and the founder of Boletin Pagano en Español, a meeting place for Spanish-speaking Pagans. Her writings have been featured in Circle Sanctuary Magazine. In 2017 she began the “Ministers in Training Program” at Circle sanctuary.

In addition, she has been an influential leader in the Latin American pagan community, facilitating open discussions and teaching Spanish-speakers Pagan theory and practice across four continents. She’s presented workshops privately and publicly at such events like, Chicago Pagan Pride, Circle Sanctuary and PSG. Ms. Gonzalez has been featured in several popular pagan podcasts and radio, including as guest presenter on Pagan Tonight Radio Network. She also has her own popular Spanish-English weekly podcast, Lunatic Mondays – Lunes Lunáticos. www.BrujaLauraGonzalez.com

 

 

 

Jennifer Weaver

Class: The Path of Chaos
Chaos Magick and its uses today:

Bio:

Founder and High Priestess of the Order of Yggdrasil
Owner/Operator of Witchy Wares
Has been teaching in the Chicago community for 10+ years.

 

John Halstead

Class: Pagan Activism for Non-Activist Pagans

Following the recent election, more and more people, including Pagans, are looking for ways to become politically active. But the thought of becoming an “activist” can seem scary or daunting to many people, especially when “activism” is understood very narrowly as just marching in protests. But activism is a broad term which means working for positive social, political, or environmental change — and there are many ways to do this. And Pagans have unique gifts which we bring to activism. Come and find out how you can be an activists using the skills you already have in the place where you already are.

Bio: 

John Halstead (moderator) was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” which has been signed by over 9,000 people from over 80 countries, and represents the most successful effort to date to harmonize the diverse voices of the Pagan community in defense of the Earth and the web of life. John is one of the founding members of 350 Indiana, which works to raise awareness and organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry. John was arrested last year as part of the Break Free event, which was hailed as the largest ever act of civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement. John also writes about activism and other matters at The Allergic Pagan, Gods & Radicals, and the Huffington Post.

Rosina Mostardini

Class: Tuscan Runes

An ancient divination device that is accurate and sacred to the Tuscan people. In the class, the runes will be introduced, and all will create a set of their own using fava beans, which is traditional. A special layout will be taught, and all supplies will be provided by Rosina.

Bio:

Rosina is a Strega, from Tuscany, a High Priestess, Medium, Reader, Reiki Master and Teacher, Interfaith Ritual Facilitator, Runemaster in the Elder Futhark and Tuscan Runes, creator of candles, oils, and sprays, owner of TranZformation a Center for spirit, a place to assist all on their path to healing.

 

Tinnekke Bebout

Class: Quick and Dirty Tarot
This workshop covers 3 quick and easy tarot layouts that anyone can learn in a short amount of time. Tarot can be an intimidating art form, but this workshop will show you how simple picking up basic tarot skills can be.

Bio:

Tinnekke Bebout has been published in Askei Kataskei, Goddess, Circle, PanGaia, The Loom, and The Goat and Candle. She is the author of The Dance of the Mystai, and she has also been a contributor to She of 10, 000 Names, Pagan Writers Presents Samhain, Memento Mori, Taboo, and Hekate: Her Sacred Fires. She is also a free-lance writer through the Pagan Writers’ Community.
She is the founder of the Temple of Hekate Einalian and is a legally ordained priestess through the Apple Branch Tradition.