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Workshops for Chicago Pagan Pride 2017:

 

ALL TEACHING POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR GCPP 2018.

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.

 

 

Andrea Heather:

Class: Introduction to the Elder Futhark Runes

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 1

This class will provide an introduction to the Elder Futhark runes. We will discuss how the runes have been used in ancient and modern times, including their origin as an alphabet and what we know about ancient magical practices and modern uses of the runes, like divination. We’ll also look at how and why the runes have been co-opted and misused by Nazis and other white supremacists, and how to explain the difference to those who believe that Norse Paganism is merely a tool of fascism and hate. All levels of experience are welcome.

Bio:

Andrea Heather has been studying Heathenry and the runes for several years; and has practiced Paganism of various kinds since she was a kid, including a substantial background in the Reclaiming tradition. She leads a monthly rune study and practice group at World Tree Healing.

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Selena Fox

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 2

Class: Dark Moon/New Moon Magic with Selena Fox

Working with rituals, meditations, chants, herbs, ceremonial tools, and symbols at the time of Dark Moon/New Moon for cleansing, healing, inspiration, and renewal.

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

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 2

Class: Tarot as a Healing and Magic Too

In this workshop Laura will share her experiences as a Witch, natural born psychic and Tarot card reader (28 years and counting) utilizing the tarot card deck not only as a tool for healing and divination, but she’ll also share how oracles, tarot cards and; even naipes and  playing card can ‘do the trick’ and be used as tool to perform rituals and spells; because when you lead a magical life everything you do is MAGIC!
*This workshop is for all levels of expertise on tarot and magic*

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

Lozen BrownBear: 

Class: Mystical Herbs to Claim your sacred Space

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 3

Using Mystical Herbs for Sacred Space. Use Herbs to Clear & Purify Instructor, Lozen BrownBear Working with herbs on a spiritual level can bring balance to your sacred space. Understanding the mystical properties of herbs can open more than you realize. They are important in etheric healing. Herbs energetically clear unwanted or negative energy from your home, yourself, or environment. The knowledge of mystical herbs can be used in healing as well as clearing sacred space. Perhaps you have smudged but the energy came back. Find out why this happens and how to remove negative energy to close the door so it does not return. Through a smudging ceremony, use ancient traditions and tools to clear space. Discover what the herbs do, why they are used, and how they work. Use several techniques with the mystical herbs beyond smudging by using a feather and abalone shell. Healers can use smudging to help their clients achieve and reclaim their balance in life. The power of these tools are often misunderstood because some of this information is not readily available. Claim and clear your sacred space using this ancient art.

Bio:

Lozen BrownBear is a top notch Apache artist for over 34 years. In 1992 she officially opened up her work to the public and is best know for her beautiful artistry. Lozen has an adept eye for quality and you can see her years of experience in her work. She continues to keep the integrity of her art with only the best of quality materials and the love she expresses within each piece she makes. At a young age she believed art should be timeless and that is just what the art is, timeless and beautiful. Lozen’s art work is the highest craftsmanship you will appreciate.

Lozen’s work is a love relationship, she loves each piece and it sure does show, you will see, feel and know this love too. Lozen is truly a skilled artisan.

Lozen says “it sings” in translations this is how Lozen explains her work… She says “Spirit wills the art to flow, it sings to me and I follow the vibrational song of the art of piece so in essence the art sings and I create it… I feel this blessing and carry a deep gratitude for the honor of being allow this grace of being an artist to Spirit”…. The vibrational art is the heart to hand creation, art made by the Spirit for the spirit…

There are moments when Lozen will create one off pieces which are created once and never created again… So keep an eye open for these creations… It might just be made for you in mind…

In addition to her creative art Lozen has been a great help to others. Progressively within 34 years she has exchanged with others her ability to help others understand their journey with spiritual teachings… Counseling her spirit brothers and sisters on the sacred path…She is also a practitioner of QHHT which is Quantum healing Hypnosis past life regression therapist. 

To expand your knowledge is to be eclectic in the many influences of the esoteric arts. With no limitation the better we navigate ourselves. The world is a crystallization of mind geared matter, set energy full stop. But what energy does, is sends to the source the intent to bring another reality in this place here and now. This takes time and takes determination.

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Class: Honoring the Devine Warrior in the Modern World 

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 4

Exploring how aspects of the warrior found in ancient myths can enhance our lives and practice in contemporary society

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.

 

Clare Levijoki

Class: A Christian’s Guide to Pagan Paths

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 4

Learn why it is sometimes so hard for Christians and pagans to communicate, and some tools to help.

Bio: 

Clare was a devout student of Christian theology for the first 18 years of her life. To make things interesting, for most of that time she was also having powerful spiritual experiences with a goddess she has now identified as Inanna. She left her church at 18 and began to travel, visiting pagan communities around North America, in 2016. Now she writes about theology and spiritual experience, and hopes to help American Christians and pagans to understand what they have in common.

 

Chris Allaun

Class: Ancestor Magick: Bringing the Ancestors Into Ceremony and Sacred Space

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Workshop Area 5

For thousands of years the beloved dead have been called upon to empower rituals and ceremonies. They are connected to us by spirit and blood and have a great amount of power. We have the ability to call upon our ancestors to protect our home, empower our spells, and to heal others and ourselves. They are connected to us by breath, blood, and bone. Through this connection, we are able to summon them into our ritual space to perform great works of magick.

Bio:

Chris Allaun has been studying paganism and the occult since 1992. He is an ordained minister with The Fellowship of the Phoenix and has been an initiate of Traditional Witchcraft since 2002. He is also a Native American Pipe Carrier and studies that path of the Red Road. He teaches classes and workshops on magick, healing, shamanism, and necromancy. He has taught at pagan festivals such as Pagan Spirit Gathering and Between the Worlds. He continues to study and teach the magickal arts to those who seek to balance the three worlds in their own lives.

Ian The Vedge – Class: Magick Plant Foraging Walk

Time: 2:30pm – :30pm

Location: Workshop Area 1

Rituals and ceremonies use plants and herbs from all over the world, but we are surrounded world of magick all the time, even in the middle of the city. Find out who you lives in your neighborhood.

Bio:

Ian has been foraging for over 10 years, and leading foraging walks for over 7. He has received both a Permaculture Design Certification, as well as the Vegan Permaculture Design Certification, and works as a landscaper in Chicago. Ian also makes and sells wands and potions through the Occult Bookstore.

 

Ed Hubbard  

Class: Healing Gaia: Making it Matter

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Location: Workshop Area 3

Focusing on the needs of Faia to be healed, even in a Urban environment. Offering practical, personal and community solutions, that make a significant difference to environmental healing.

Bio:

A Biological Alchemist, Ed Correll (Hubbard) is driving solutions towards global environmental healing, through Nature’s Little Recyclers, Chicago’s worm composters, as well as over 25 years of experience in Pagan Media ministry.

 

Cindy Muntz

Class: Exploration of the Unknown: Spirit Communication

Time:  2:30pm – 3:30pm Location: Workshop Area 5

This workshop will explore ways and tools to communicate with the spirit realm.  This will be a participatory class or you can option to sit back & observe, if preferred!! 

Bio:

Cindi Muntz has been a full sensory Medium since birth, working with her first client at age 5. She is a reiki master, shamanic healer and well versed in energy healing using tools such as stones, crystals, herbs & natural elements.