While we can’t build the actual schedule until we have all the proposals in (we’ll post it as soon as we can- probably in early September), we will be adding the workshops that we have chosen to run as they come in. .
Ancestor Ritual with AVee Baron
Ritual honoring the ancestors.
Ancestry Veneration and Practice, what I’ve learned and Considerations with Thor Halvorsen
This class will discuss the philosophy, approach, and considerations for approaching ancestral veneration, and ways one can honor their ancestors, and the core of the beliefs and practice.
Angelic Alchemy: Manifesting with the Angelic Realm with Luna Hacker
How to contact, work and further develop your spiritual practice with the angels. We will learn about how to choose the right angel for your need, prepare sacred space, call the angels, angelic prayers, sigil working, and develop your spiritual practice with the angels. I will also host a healing ceremony with the Angels at the End of workshop.
Art, Magic and Religion: Sacred Images with Tchipakkan
Bast Ritual with Lady AMber Dawn
Get your CAT on with dancing, music, and purring. Will feature material about the Queen of Cats and why Bast is still worshiped in this modern age !!
Before the Norse gods with Chris Kimball
The precursors to Scandinavian religions and the nature of the beings in their belief.
Cartomancy with AVee Baron
Learn basics of reading playing cards as a Divination tool.
Clearing & Releasing Negative Programs with Catherine Kane
I know what to do-so why don’t I do it? Most of us have beliefs (conscious or un-) that sabotage our ability to learn, grow and live our dreams. It’s time to clean house. Join us for a lightning tour of an assortment of methods (including an amazing 30 second release) of clearing negative energy, releasing dysfunctional beliefs, increasing positive energy and putting ourselves back in the driver’s seats of our lives. Better energy attracts a better life.
Communication with the gods and supernatural beings w/ Jane Sibley
How do the gods and supernaturals contact us humans, and how do we get their attention? We will explore various paths, such as prayer/invocation, sacrifice, ritual actions, etc. as well as various kinds of responses (if any) from the supernatural plane(s).
Connecting to Crystals Through Vibrational Frequencies with Lia Russ
I present findings from physics, biology and history that help people understand why crystals affect us and the world around us, as well as giving participants information that helps them connect to and utilize the energy within. Power point presentation plus crystal samples and Q & A.
Double Edged Sword: Rhetoric, practice and inclusionism/exclusionism with Thor Halvorsen
Trigger warn yourself! This class will discuss the double-edged sword of exclusionism/isolationism in practice, how excess of nationalism/ supremacy is hurting paganism. Will discuss possible origins, and is it cultural or reactionary? Does it have a place in paganism– greater good vs freedom of speech/expression? Example discussion will be about the labeling the AFA as hate group, and another example being the Sons of Odin nationalist group (Order 13).
Ecstatic Ritual with Davis Sprague
We begin with a discussion of just what differentiates ecstatic ritual from other types of ritual. What does ecstasy mean? How is an ecstatic experience defined and how is it integrated into ritual either by serendipity or ritual engineering? How do we raise energy? How do we move energy to create space for the natural human state of ecstasy?
The Eightfold Path of Altered States with Raven Kaldera
Spirit-workers and magicians the world over, and all throughout time, have used a variety of methods to go into altered states. From there, they could access other worlds and touch divine forces. This class will give you a map of the eight roads to that unique place, covering methods of altered states used by all cultures, some more dangerous than others. From the Path of Rhythm to the Path of Sacred Plants to the Path of Meditation to the Ordeal Path, we’ll explore them all. We will not, however, be using these methods in class; this is discussion only.
Ereshkigal: Great Lady Below with Sara Mastros
Ereshkigal, the Babylonian Queen of the Underworld, is mostly known only as the “villain” of Ishtar’s descent myth. However, she is a powerful, amazing, and compassionate goddess on her own. 45 minutes of storytelling and lecture, followed by a 45 minute guided trance journey.
Ex-Static Kabbalah with Sara Mastros
This is a class in Prophetic Kabbalah. I will be Teaching it as a Prophecy, so I will be deep in trance for some portions, and hopefully so will any of you who wish to join me.. For that reason, please try to keep distractions to a minimum. I will pause several times during the teaching to questions, and to give us all time for a little break during the magic. The goal of the magic we will be preforming is to teach you as much as possible of the kabbalah, to awaken the desire in you to learn more, and to give you some tools to learn more.
The Forge as Altar with Robert Nolan
A look at the spiritual aspects connected with the act of blacksmithing. From the historical perspective dating back to the early Celts through a modern interpretation.
Fortune Telling with Gemstones with Alyssa Yeager
Did you know that you can use gemstones like tarot cards to give insight into your past, present, and future? Participants in this workshop will walk through a sample reading with the instructor and practice their own full castings. No experience necessary. “Divining Stones” can be used for quick daily fortunes, full fortune readings using the casting board, or aid towards achieving personal goals. Stones will be provided for the workshop, and can be purchased to take home.
Herbal Winter Remedies with Marita Orr
Hypnosis Made Easy with Guzalia Davis
Introduction to hypnosis/self-hypnosis. Practical techniques to aid magic workings, improve health and life in general.
I Am – The Documentary, with discussion led by Coyote Skywoman
Two sessions showing this documentary film and then discussing it with the unique population of Changing Times-Changing World. If you haven’t seen this movie, this is a great opportunity.
“I AM is a …non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac. [known for comedy] however, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world….Shadyac interviews scientists, psychologists, artists, environmentalists, authors, activists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and others in his quest for truth. Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Noam Chomsky, historian Dr. Howard Zinn, physicist Lynne McTaggart, and poet Coleman Banks are some of the subjects who engage in fascinating dialogue with Shadyac.”
Introduction to Dowsing with Sean Kane
In this workshop people who’ve never dowsed before will successfully dowse using L-rods and pendulums, and experienced dowsers may pick up a new technique or two.
Introduction to Oracle Decks with Sophia Kelly Schultz
The Oracle deck is a queer animal: cards and their meanings are wiidely varied and without the iconographic strictures of tarot, a reader can become confused. I will be bringing both of my decks, the Stone Circle Oracle, and the Promethean Oracle, as well as other decks from Schiffer Publishing. We will sit around a table, pull cards, and talk about what we see.
Kabbalah: Concepts and Historical Overview with Kathryn Smith
The Kabbalah, borrowed originally from Jewish mysticism, has become a fundamental building block of Western Esoteric studies. With mysterious diagrams, Hebrew letters, and often Hebrew terminology, it can seem impenetrable to the new student. In this class I’ll present a historical overview of the major texts and schools, both Jewish and Christian, and a quick summary of the concepts and terminology. This is a lecture class, aimed at providing a starting point for more advanced study, either self-directed or in other classes.
Labyrinth magic with Stephanie Seger
Learn to Be A Happy Hooker: Intro to Crochet with Lois Fitzpatrick
Living in the Spirit of the Kabyle: The Practicality of the Iqbayliyen with Rebecca Hamilton-Oubouzar
Work, chores, cooking, cleaning… day-to-day life can be a real drag, right? If you’re Kabyle, the ordinary is magic. Join Lalla Rebecca as we explore the history and culture of the Kabyle, including how their symbology is used for the Kahina Stones, a unique system of divination.
Manifesting with the Saints: Working with the Saints to bring good things to life with Luna Hacker
Saints are recognized virtuous people, said to be in Heaven, who have been set apart either by the Catholic Church or by everyday people in the case of Folk Saints. They are venerated and known to intercede on behalf of humans. In this workshop we will learn about specific Saints, What they are good for, How you can use them to manifest, raise your vibration, and protect yourself. You will learn tips on how to set up an altar, petition, and work with these Saints.
Marketing Your Metaphysical Business with Jenn Waltner
“Where attention goes, energy flows.” If you want to take your metaphysical skills from hobby to business, you need to pay some attention in marketing. Learn how to set reasonable marketing goals based on the time and money you can realistically invest. Find out which marketing methods and social media channels are the best options for a variety of businesses and offerings – readings, healing sessions, artwork, jewelry, or a combination of goods and services. Get low-cost options for connecting with the right clients, and cheat sheets for how to get started promoting yourself.
Medicine of the Courageous Heart with Stephanie Seger
To live in todays world takes a lot of courage. Not because it’s a scary world out there, but because it takes courage to do the right thing – and many times the right thing is so hard to do. Learn some of the major threads that connect most shamanic traditions together in what is called the “Four Fold Way”. Dr. Angeles Arrien is a cultural anthropologist who has studied with many of the indigenous cultures in order to stitch together this cosmology of the Courageous Heart. The heart has four chambers which work together in a big medicine wheel. The four chambers are the Healer, Warrior, Teacher, and Visionary. Learn about the medicine of our time to help transform yourself and the communities around you to live a full-hearted life. It’s time to stop doing things so half-heartedly, and to step more fully into our power.
Mythical Pathworking With Astrology with Raven Kaldera
Astrology is a tool not only of divination, but of spiritual understanding….but far too often, novice astrologers get swamped and confused by all those abstract symbols, strange jargon, and shallow “cookbook” descriptions. That’s the “scientific” way to learn astrology….this workshop will talk about the shamanic way to learn it, which is all about understanding the myths and stories that the cosmic clock has to tell us, and how to work with them to change your life. By the author of “MythAstrology”.
Norseworking with Jane Sibley
Session should be held late (say, 10 pm) and it may run for several hours. Need a large room with chairs set in a circle, with a small table in the center. OK to do this after concert(s) on Sat. night. This is a high-energy circle in the Norse tradition, in which we will do healing, fertility magic, charging of major tools, experimental magic, distance work, and whatever else needs doing. Once the ritual begins, the room will be sealed and guarded, so please come on time, fed and rested, and pottied. Due to the high energies we will be working with, anyone (no matter their expertise) who has never been to a Norseworking before must be present for a brief grounding excercise, just before the circle is set. It is also recommended that babies and children do not attend; as it would be bad form to toast them.
One of CTCW’s favorite events, this space is held with a variety of intentions and benefits the practitioners and recipients alike. We open this space for practitioners who would like more experience with a new-to-them modality or with a modality or technique they may not have used in a while as well as those who would like to join us to give and receive a session. We also welcome people who are in need of a healing boost to come and experience a modality they may not have experienced before. During this time, sessions will be shorter (although not necessarily less effective) and this is also a time when we learn from each other and depart feeling relaxed, empowered, grateful, and all good things. Healing practitioners who volunteer their time for this often learn tips and new techniques to add to their healing toolbox. Note: Open Healing sessions are not meant to replace full sessions given by our amazing practitioners who are available throughout the conference. Practitioners who wish to participate should email Maryalyce at CTCWplanning@gmail.com with a short bio & healing modalities being offered. Recipients who would like to be worked on should use the sign-up sheets posted on the door of the Healing Room.
Pagan Kosher: How what we eat can save the planet (and our health too) with Selina Rifkin
How we produce food is the greatest change we can make in affecting the planet and our humanity. From pasture or field to table, the difference between food produced biodynamically and food produced with industrial farming methods is a gulf bigger than the Grand Canyon. We all know local food is more healthy for humans, but did you know it is healing for the Earth? Come and find out why what goes in your mouth is the most decisive thing you can do as an environmentalist.
The Pagan Origins of the Calendar and the Holidays with Chris Kimball
The meaning of the names of days and months as well as the pagan underpinnings of the Sabbats and major secular holidays.
Past Life Regression with Guzalia Davis
The Popularity of Self-help type spells and why they do or don’t work with Rev. HPS Sarah Livermore
Spells for courage, happiness, love, and overcoming a variety of psychological issues are popular and available in books, on the internet, and in every new age shop on the planet. They make up one of the many forms of self-help out there in the pop psychology universe. How do they really work and why do they often fail? A guide to self-help spells and rituals.
Positive Paranormal : It doesn’t have to be spooky or morbid with Rev. HPS Sarah Livermore
The joys of helping others both living and dead. Dispelling common misconceptions about paranormal field work. Positive techniques for getting spirits to interact for great evidence in investigations, without the overused tactic of provoking activity.
Practical Energetic Techniques for Living in Interesting Times with Catherine Kane
Practical Grounding and Centering with Starwolf
Grounding (facilitating energy flow by connecting with the Earth) and centering (stilling inner distractions and finding energetic balance) are both useful and necessary first skills to any serious magickal or energetic work. Done regularly, they’re not only helpful in metaphysics, but also a healthy practice for manging stress and dealing with the everyday distractions that disrupt your inner balance. Come learn the basics of practical grounding and centering.
Publish your Own Tarot or Oracle Deck with Kathryn Smith
Have you ever wished you could publish a tarot deck you designed, but thought you would have to interest a major publisher or make a large financial investment to print it yourself? Neither of those are practical for many of us, but don’t give up on your vision on that account. Books are not the only thing that can be printed on demand with current technology. This class will discuss options for print-on-demand publication of tarot decks and similar tools, starting with an overview for the non-technical, and proceeding to a detailed technical discussion. Please note, this is a class focused on how to get the images of a deck you’ve designed out there for others to use, not on how to decide what content to include in your deck.
RúnValdr with Sean Kane
This is a system of energy healing using Runes and another set of symbols given to Rodney Cox by Odin and Freya. This workshop introduces the symbols and what each of them is used for, and includes the attunement. It does NOT include introduction to runes. You may take this workshop without knowing the runes, but you will need to learn them to be able to use this system. RúnValdr has similarities to Reiki, but can be used for healing from migraines to ADD, making magickal objects, astral travel, channeling energies, and more. You will be able to use this technique immediately.
Sacred Drumming and the power of Song in Ritual with Stephanie Seger
There are many that use singing, dancing, and drumming to achieve an altered state of consciousness. In this hands-on workshop, drums will be provided. This will be both a teaching workshop, as well as an interactive drumming workshop. The experiential will be interwoven in with the teachings, and we will drop down from our head consciousness into our heart. When in the realm of the heart, we feel, experience, and move with the energy that flows through us – instead of just think about and contemplate. Join us in this fun class! Bring your own drum, only about 15-20 drums available. If you wish to borrow a drum, come to the workshop early to claim it for the workshop itself.
The Seven Puzzles of Ninmah with Mockingbird
What made Enki the wisest of the Gods? A discussion of the 7 puzzles the Goddess Ninma presented to him.
Shamanic Cacao Ceremony with Willow Diana Pressler
Shhhhhh! Mindful Morning MediTEAtion for Non-Morning People
Tea is liquid joy. Join us quietly for a silent meditation facilitated by Gabriella and Akasha’s Heart before our conference begins. If you are a slow waker-upper like we are, you are welcome to join us for mindful tea preparing & consuming. It is understood that many of us do not wish to socialize prior to the comfort & ritual of having our morning tea. There are things we can do to make this ritual a more mindful experience like stirring in our accoutrements using sigils or symbols, stirring deosil or widdershins, and of course choosing a tea has specific herbal properties. During our time together, there will be energetically light information provided on handouts and signs. You are welcome to join us in your pajamas & slippers, but this will be a silent gathering for the morning mopies like us to sink into delicious, comforting tea and not have to engage our brain cells. Akasha’s Journey will provide a variety of teas and sweeteners. You are encouraged to bring your own mug or tea cup.
Sociology of Paganism with Thor Halvorsen
This class will look at the construct of paganism from the lens of Culture, social structure, identity, and interaction with the muggle world, and sidestep into religious colonialists ramifications. This will also discuss role expectation, and appropriation and practice.
The Spirit of Wealth with Selina Rifkin
What do you think about when the word money is spoken? How does your body feel? What images do you see? Do you tense up or relax? Get excited or feel afraid? Money is often portrayed as the root of all evil, leaving us ambivalent about earning it, and ashamed of speaking about our personal finances. Learning about money, and lifting the shame that surrounds it can start you on a path to greater financial well-being. This class combines spiritual intent and ethics, with a grounded knowledge of how money actually works.
Time, the Sixth Element? with Davis Sprague
Most of us work with the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Some of us also work with Quintessence as the fifth element. But what of Time? Have we glossed over, and some believe disrespected, one of the most powerful connectors and building blocks of magick, which might be an element unto itself. We will discuss and work with mediation, ritual techniques and magick to build reconnection with Einstein’s “stubbornly persistent illusion”, Time.
Time Magic 101 “Making spells move backward in time.” with Ray Taylor
Explaining how magic “Processes” thru time, and how to change it.
Time 201 “Casting Instantaneous Ranged spells” with Ray Taylor
Transgendered Spirituality with Raven Kaldera
We have been symbols of the sacred two-in-one for thousands of years. Come hear the ancient stories about us, and rediscover our sacred nature. For transgendered people of all stripes, and anyone who is just interested in more direct ways of spiritually balancing male and female. By the author of “Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook”.
Transmutation of Fear Based Emotions with Amy C. Wilson
Amy C Wilson talks about how our fear based emotions guide us through our lives to teach and transform us into enlightened beings. She will discuss how to recognise these emotions and hold a guided meditation to learn how to transform them into positive experiences.
Vision Boards- Personal Tools with Catherine Kane
The Law of Attraction says that we attract more of whatever we put our attention on. A Vision board is a personalized tool for doing just that. In this hands-on class, we’ll look at a wide variety of vision boards and ways to use them to focus our energy and manifest our dreams. After a meditation exercise to help us focus our goals and dream big, we’ll make our own unique vision boards to start attracting more of what we want in life.
The Way of the Crooked Man with Mockingbird
A discussion of the number seven, particularly as it relates to the gods of the 7 planets and the complex web of associations they conjure.
Werewolves- History and Legend with Tchipakkan
I’ll cover shape shifters and lycanthropes from the Norse berserkers to the witches of the early renaissance, (mostly concentrating on European) to modern interpretations in media, gaming, and magickal theory and practice. What do these accounts have in common, and what does modern shamanic practice show us about these legends?
Yemaya: Beautiful Mother of Fish with Lady AMber Dawn
Yemaya: Mother of Fish….Discussion about Yemaya, the Hurricanes of 2017, how She is blessings all of us with Her beauty and wisdom. We will also channel Her into the room by various chanting, dancing and singing. An Yemaya auction will also take place for $5 a entry.
You Should Give A Class with Lois Fitzpatrick
or… if you want, we are still accepting proposals until the end of July.
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