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MEET THE TEACHERS

Each of these presenters was invited to teach because they are respected and revered in their spiritual community! They are also skillful guides who can lead you into an experience that will send you home with the lessons rooted in your broadening practice.

Learn more about these teachers and the magic they will share with you. You will also find general descriptions of their topic for the breakout sessions that are included with your main conference pass for the weekend.

*Prior to the event date we will send you specific instructions for selecting your desired breakout sessions.

Breakout sessions are designed to be highly experiential and interactive, lasting approximately two hours each. Prepare yourself to break out of the places you feel stuck, and experience growing your skills and charms in unimaginable ways!

Judika Illes

A lifelong student and lover of the magical arts, Judika Illes is the author of four encyclopedias, Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Encyclopedia of Spirits, and Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages, as well as the brand new Daily Magic, a perpetual calendar of rituals and spells. Her other books include The Big Book of Practical Spells, Magic When You Need It, and The Weiser Field Guide to Witches. Visit her at www.judikailles.com.

 

The Magic of Time 

The unspoken component of every spell, every ritual, and every magical working is time. Because the impact of time is so ever-present, it can be easily overlooked or ignored. Greater awareness of time as an active force is a potent tool toward improved spellcasting and personal transformation.

In this workshop, you will learn how time has its own magic powers and flavors that are influenced by astronomy, numerology, spirituality, psychogeography, and history, and how to create your own magical calendar, so that you can make the magic of time work for you.

Christopher Penczak

Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of both modern and traditional Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe. He is the founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and travels extensively teaching throughout the United States. Visit him at www.christopherpenczak.com.

Descent of the Goddess 

Explore the mystery of initiation through the Descent of the Goddess, a rite reenacted in many Witchcraft traditions during initiatory or seasonal rites. This workshop will cover how sacred initiation can assist us in reaching a new level of consciousness, and how viewing our own path through the descent and rebirth of the Goddess, we can learn what we must surrender to be reborn and become “free from fate.” Participants will take an intense journey through the magical seven gates to experience their own rebirth and return. 

Temperance Alden

Temperance Alden is the author of Year of the Witch (Weiser 2020), teacher, and folk witch based in South Florida, and has spent over nineteen years of practice devoted to growing and developing her personal path of witchcraft and paganism. Temperance studied History at Salem State University and is currently studying Religion in South Florida. In her free time, she is most likely reading too many books and blogging her way through the internet.

Temperance can be found at www.wildwomanwitchcraft.com

 

Building Your Personal Wheel of the Year

In this interactive workshop, each participant will build a year of festivals based on their own individual climate types and geographic location, and include personal days to enhance your magical power. This course teaches you how to see the land as an ally and more importantly, how to be an ally to the land. This is a unique opportunity to  create an annual festival cycle that reflects your own personal magic!

 

Rebecca Scolnick

Rebecca Scolnick is an emotional witch, forever seeker and queer human lady (she/her), who uses magic and storytelling to support unlearning work and inspire new meaning making through her writing and teaching workshops on Numerology and Math Magic. You can connect with Rebecca online at www.rebeccascolnick.com or on Instagram @beescolnick.

Numerological Spellcasting for Samhain

In this interactive workshop, Rebecca will share a look at Samhain—(Oct. 31, the Witches New Year and festival honoring the Ancestors, also called Halloween)— through both a witchcraft and numerological lens.  You will learn how certain myths, sacred traditions, and the Divine code in the date of Samhain itself converge in a magical way, and how to use the powers of numerology in your spellcrafting. This event is for Mathmagicians of all levels of knowledge and skill.

 

Britton Boyd

Britton Boyd is an animist, witch, tarot reader and herbalist residing in the high desert mountains of Northeastern Oregon. In their practice, they cultivate a relationship to the land and its inhabitants and they inform this work and practice from deep listening. Visit her at https://archaichoney.com/

The Power of Dreaming Witchcraft

Dreaming is something that occurs when we sleep, and don’t give it much thought. But from a witchcraft perspective, nighttime dreaming a powerful place to connect with our spirit allies and be informed through our practice. In this class, you'll learn some foundation techniques, herbal allies and practical methods of cultivating the dream space and developing your gift of dreaming true and clear. 

HeatherAsh Amara

HeatherAsh Amara’s life was transformed in 1986 when she first read Dreaming Down the Dark by Starhawk, she launched into an intensive study with Vicki Noble, author of The MotherPeace Tarot, and an apprenticeship with Cerridwen Fallingstar. She is the author of the international bestselling Warrior Goddess book series for women. She lives in New Mexico where she stewards 180 acres of wilderness at the Warrior Heart Ranch.

Find her online: www.warriorgoddess.com 

Warrior Goddess Witch: Spells for Protection, Healing, and Creativity

You are powerful. You are whole. You are divine. To truly claim your powerful wholeness and honor your divinity, you need good tools that ground your energetic body, create sacred boundaries, and heal you from the past. That’s exactly what you will learn in this workshop. Come find out how to embody your creative magic in all areas of your life, and together we will invoke three inner spells to spark the Warrior Goddess Witch within you.

Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith is the founder of Coventry Creations; a locally based, internationally known maker of spiritual products. Over the past 30 plus years she has created hundreds of magical candles, teaches spiritual development classes, podcasts, volunteers, and is a best-selling author of Coventry Magic. 

Learn more about Jacki and her work at  coventrycreations.com.  

 

How to Transform Crisis into Magic

In this interactive workshop, Jacki Smith teaches you how to go deeper into your magical practice to uncover your core personal needs, as she believes that by doing so you can make your spells more effective and long-lasting. 

 

Annwyn Avalon

Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic. Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com 

Water Witch – How to Harness the Magic of Water

Water holds within its depths the power of cleansing, healing, and transformation. In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries and magic of water, as well as the science behind water magic and how it can be used to create balance within us. You will also learn how to do meaningful work in devotion to the sacred waters and Water Goddesses. We will end the workshop with a guided vision journey, where we will dive deep into the magical realms of water to bring balance and find our own current.

 

Amy Blackthorn

Amy Blackthorn is a professional intuitive and the best-selling author of, ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic,’ ‘Sacred Smoke,’ and ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews.’ She has appeared on HuffPoLive, Netflix’s Top Ten Secrets and Mysteries in an episode about Supernatural Abilities & the AP Newswire. Amy lives in Delaware. You can view Amy’s tea shop at BlackthornsBotanicals.com

Potions and Magical Brewing 

Join Amy Blackthorn, author of ‘Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews’ to understand how we can act as ritual technicians to embrace the transitionary places of our lives and change them for the better with ritual potion making. From brewing kombucha, ginger beer, mead and other drinks, you’ll learn the magic of how a witches brew can be used as a means to transform your life for the better.  

 

Najah Lightfoot

Najah Lightfoot is the multi-award-winning author of "Good Juju ~ Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul." She is the Gold Medal winner of the 2020 COVR Awards, in the category of Wicca, Witchcraft and Magick, and a winner of the 2019 NYC Big Book Award. 

Najah Lightfoot can be found online at www.instagram.com/NajahLightfoot

Witch Within and Witch Without. Building a Daily Practice

The most powerful magic is already within you, and when you practice on a consistent basis that practice builds power, strength, confidence, and your relationship with Spirit. 

According to Najah, you don't need fancy tools, robes, or glamour to accomplish your witchy goals. All you need is your willingness to enter into a divine space within and without on a regular basis. That outer space need not be a fancy place, just a place where you will not be distracted. You already have your inner space, and she will show you how to access it. 

 

Devin Hunter

Devin Hunter is the bestselling author of the Witch Power book series, the creator of Modern Witch (Podcast, Blog, Magazine, ModernWitch.com), as well as a professional psychic medium and occultist. He is part owner of The Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA, and an initiate of multiple occult orders.

Visit him at www.devinhunter.net.

Enriching the Witch Power – The Magic of Changing Your Life

Working with the material from his book, The Witch’s Book of Power, Devin will introduce three magical concepts (personal power, star power, and allied power) that can change your witchcraft and your life forever. For all those witches that have grown restless in life and are ready to maximize their potential as magical practitioners, this workshop is for you!

This workshop will include guided visualizations, handouts containing spells and rituals, and will conclude with a spiritual cleansing.

 

Phoenix LeFae

Phoenix LeFae (she/her) is a restless seeker of knowledge and beauty. She is an initiate in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, the Avalon Druid Order, and Gardnerian Wicca. Phoenix has written several books including What Is Remembered Lives, Walking in Beauty, and Witches, Heretics, and Warrior Women. She is a folk magick practitioner, professional Witch and reader, and the owner of the esoteric Goddess shop, Milk & Honey.

Visit him at www.devinhunter.net.

Waking in Beauty - How to Survive in "These Times"

The world right now can feel like it is full of negativity and it's not hard to get caught up in a cycle of hopelessness. This workshop is the antidote to those feelings. Through the use of the Beauty Pentacle you can shift the negative energy and re-enter into a world of beauty and delight. By connecting in and with the power of Beauty, Devotion, Creativity, Desire, and Expression we will awaken the magick that lives in our bones so that we might step forward into our lives with more passion and understanding. 

Laurel Woodward

Laurel Woodward is a writer, gardener, kitchen witch, and tarot reader living a magickal life in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of Kitchen Witchery: Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients and has been following a solitary, nature-centric practice for 20 years.

Find her at http://laurelwoodward.com/

Kitchen Witchery and the Art of Magical Cooking

Come explore the potent art of kitchen witchery and the innate power of plants to heal, empower, protect, and manifest an intention! You will learn practical methods to apply the magickal energies of everyday kitchen ingredients in order to consciously create culinary dishes, incense, candle dressings, and more that will empower you to create magic in your kitchen and your daily life.

Laurel will be demonstrating the conscious creation process by making Garlic Knots and Pumpkin Fettuccine, a meal brimming with nurturing energy to cheer, comfort, improve overall outlook, and repel negativity.

 

H. Byron Ballard

H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. Byron serves as senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC. She is the author of several books including Embracing Willendorf (2017), Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time (2018), Roots, Branches, and Spirits: the Folkways and Witchery of Appalachia, and most recently Seasons of a Magical Life: a Pagan Path of Living.

Find her at www.myvillagewitch.com

Season of Endarkenment—The Deepening Harvest Cycle

Join Byron for a frolic and a meditation on the cycle that takes us from the Autumnal Equinox to the gates of Samhain. We'll focus on the Ancestral way, the importance of a grateful heart and the healing that is only found in the darkest times of the year. And, just for fun, we'll carve a homely turnip into a traditional jack-o-lantern!

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