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Gaia Gathering 2017

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Heathen Ethics

Presented by: Frank Schornagel

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Cascade Mountain Room Room

Heathen Ethics are often portrayed as being out of touch with our times and culture. Is this actually the case or is it proof that Heathen Ethics have been misrepresented? We will be looking at the often overlooked ethics and values of every day Heathen life and what they really are.

Pagan Liturgy
​Presented by: Samuel Wagar

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Selkirk B Room

Ritual is at the centre of religion. Ritual builds community, provides experiences which open participants up to the presence of the Gods, and is beautiful and emotionally moving. It behooves leaders of groups to know how to do it well. Liturgy is deeper than ritual because it symbolizes the deepest meanings and the theology of groups, it brings people closer to a relationship with particular gods, and fits religion and culture into natural cycles.

The Four Realms of Ritual: A Theatrical Approach to Ritual Theory 
​Presented by: Aspen Witanara

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Castle B Room

Four Realms of Ritual takes a new approach to the study of rituals using as a base the seminal theatrical work The Empty Space by Peter Brook. By adapting Brook’s four modes of theatre (the Deadly, the Rough, the Holy and the Immediate) to ritual, Aspen will discuss how neo-pagans and Wiccans can deepen their ceremonies to be more meaningful and effective.

The presentation will discuss ways in which rituals can be more immediate and holy rather than deadly and/or rough. The presentation will seek to help pagan leaders bring neo-pagan rituals to the next level, where people seek them out to satiate an inner hunger rather than out of a sense of duty.

Pagan Ministry 
​Presented by: Samuel Wagar

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Where Faeries Live Room

The skills of being a coven Priest/ess are not the same as those of working with a public group or larger community. This is even clearer when a person is called to leadership of a community with more than one Pagan religion represented in it. We will talk about some skills needed, experiences we have had, and where and how to become better at doing what we must to serve our communities.

The Master Teacher
​Presented by: LS Alabaster and Fiona

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Castle B Room
​Being the master teacher in the pagan world requires detailed attention to pagan pedagogy woven within the faith path. Two experienced teachers, one Druidic, share their wisdom on how to shape up the lesson plan and raise the bar. 

Intonation and Chant for Magical purpose 
​Presented by: Dominique

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Castle B Room

This practical hands on workshop will take 30 minutes to go into a comparative history of intonation and chanting within spiritual, religious and magickal practice. For the remainder of the workshop we'll look at techniques to create strong intonations and chanting through breath, projection, and physical movement. We'll also look at its practical applications and how to incorporate it into a magical practice. Singing voice is not required to be successful in this work. 

Saturday, May 20th Workshops

The Changing Face of Pagan Leadership and Elder's Panel

Presented by: Jennifer Taylor

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Selkirk B Room

The times are a-changing and so is leadership within the Pagan Community. A new generation of leaders are stepping forward as many of the "old guard" retire. Join Jennifer Taylor as she looks at the Changing Face of Pagan Leadership and talks to some of today's elders.

Sunday May 21 Workshops

Drum Circle
​Presented by: Kriket

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Castle B Room

Join Kriket for a drum circle that will help stir the soul and relax the body.  

Sacred Circle Dancing
​Presented by: Paulie Duhaime

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Castle B Room

“Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, rituals, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness.” ~ Wikipedia

With beautiful and varied music, easy to learn steps and a deep sense of connection, Sacred Circle Dance has been steadily growing and spreading throughout the world. It began in the mid seventies in the spiritual living and teaching community of Findhorn, Scotland. Dance master Bernhard Wosien recognized the profound significance of the traditional folk dances of Europe and brought them to Findhorn for safe keeping. The dances soon spread and are now found in many countries throughout the world. Mixing traditional folk dances with new choreographies, the dances continue to grow and evolve. They have brought joy, healing and a sense of connection and community to countless people. May we always hold hands and dance in circles.

Druid Celebrancy: Rites of Passage Today 
​Presented by: Amethyst BanDraoi

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Where Faeries Live Room

Why should we celebrate a Rite of Passage? What purpose do they have in our lives, and in our communities? Pagans are quite familiar with celebrating the Wheel of the Year, yet celebrating the Wheel of our own Life is just as important and often overlooked. Rites of Passage bring family and friends together to create stronger and more supportive communities. Let Amethyst show you how Druidry offers individuals and families the opportunity to co-create unique, sensitive ceremonies encompassing their own pagan beliefs, while also including and respecting those of their guests.

Otanna The Oracle
​Presented by: Aspen Witanara

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Selkirk B Room

Otanna the Oracle is the product of over 30 years of development and refining. It is the most accurate self-assessment tool you will ever use! It does not require you to believe in anything other than your own intuition. By simply using four sticks, a die and 3 sheets of symbols, it reveals hidden things in your life in several key areas: Career, education, Financial and Personal Relationships, Spiritual and Physical Well-Being. 

Similarities Between Yoruba, Indigenous Ceremonies and Wiccan Magickal Practice 
​Presented by: Shelly TSivia Rabinovitch

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Where Faeries Live Room

I speak from both the academic and practitioner levels, as I am a Yoruba initiate (Yemaja holds my head), James Bay Cree Sundancer, and Gardnerian Witch Queen (Desert Henge Coven).  My focus is on Altered/Magickal States of Consciousness.

ReWilding the Urban Witch
​Presented by: Tracey Braun

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Where Faeries Live Room

“The witch was created by the land to speak and act for it,” wrote Peter Grey in his 2014 essay Rewilding Witchcraft. But how does one practice an earth-based religion when the land below is crisscrossed with concrete? This interactive workshop will encourage participants to explore their own understandings, beliefs, values, and misconceptions about how their paths interact with the world around them. And like Grey, we will be discussing uncomfortable topics (specifically the three C’s: colonization, capitalism, and climate change) in the context of witchcraft and how they impact the paths we each decide to follow from here.

Practical Shamanism 
​Presented by: Kriket

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Selkirk B Room

Kriket will take you through some of the various tools she uses in her Shamanic Practice. You will learn some of the history and present day uses including tools – The drum, rattle, stones, smudge and healing.

Healing Workshop
​Presented by: Millie

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Cascade Mountain Room

In this workshop, we will explore what it means to be a healer. We will discuss how different modalities allow for self-healing and the healing of others. Millie will also guide you through a few practical exercises in self-healing.

Singing the Soul Home: Assisting A Loved One Through The Dying Process 
​Presented by: Athelia Nihtscada

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Where Faeries Live Room

There are two absolutes in Life: Birth and Death. Many people are aware of who assists with birth, but who assists with dying? It might be an Elder, a Chaplain, a Nurse, a Volunteer, or perhaps even you. This light-hearted but soulful workshop will provide ideas on how you can assist a loved one through the process of dying. Whether it is helping with funeral planning, sharing memories, holding hands, or singing a favourite song, you too can be vital part of your loved one’s transition from life to death.

Manifesting Your Higher Purpose
​Presented by: The Guru Mama

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Cascade Mountain Room

Are you flying by the seat of your pants? Just letting life happen, feeling no direction, on auto pilot?  Well you are in the right place. If you adore the notion of the limitless possibilities you can create for yourself in life, then you will love this 7-Step Intention Setting Process! Mary June Tracy better Known as the Guru Mama will take you through the steps. Actual hands on work to help you get off of auto pilot and into your life.  Learn how to Manifest some cool a** sh*t. 

How We Can Work With the Spirit Realm In a Healthy Way 
​Presented by: Kimberley Buckler

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Castle B Room

Kimberley Buckler will be covering the chapters from “The Essence of Who We Are”. The idea is to share how we can change our lives from living in fear to becoming more powerful by being in the heart center along with working with the spirit realm in a healthy way.  A booklet will be handed out to the participants to take home, along with a reduced cost on the price of the book for attending the workshop.

Solitary in the Pagan Community 
​Presented by: Tracey Braun

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Where Faeries Live Room

When so many of us practice alone, or in small groups, what is our responsibility to the greater Pagan community? This workshop explores who is your community, why being part of that community matters, how to do it in ways that don’t compromise your personal practices, and what to do when something doesn’t seem to be working for you. 

Popular Pagan Music and Chants 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Castle B Room

Singing and chanting during ritual brings about a sense of community, and connection with the Sacred. The purpose of this workshop is to learn and practise some popular Pagan songs and chants, as well as learn new ones. If you have a favourite song or chant to share, please do so. Even if you're not a singer, that's okay. The important thing is to have fun!

Workshop Details

Ethics Panel
​Presented by: Athelia Nihtscada

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm - Selkirk B Room

Ethics is a topic that frequently arises with regard to Pagan practice; in Circles, Groves and in the Pagan Community. How do we live our ethics at home, at work or in our lives in general? This panel promises to be an engaging discussion of Ethics Everyday; outside of the Circles, Groves and Pagan Community!