Maimu Alber is a 3rd Circle member of the Church of All
Worlds, coordinator for the Crooked River Aerie Pagans (CRAP) in
Lakewood, OH, and business manager for the children's magazine
How About Magic (HAM). She has over 15 years experience with
Narcotics Anonymous (14 yrs sober), and has both conducted many
workshops and written articles & papers on the 12 Steps and 12
Twelve Step / Sober Support
This is an opportunity for those of us who are in recovery
to connect with others, make new friends, and plan further
meetings during the event. We can establish times and places to
take a break from the general festival atmosphere and share safe
space, conversation, and good company. We'll gather at the
Healer's Row Campfire.
Twelve Step as Myth:A Neo-Pagan
Perspective to Recovery
The 12 Steps have helped millions of people recover, yet
their non-affirmation of dualities and their concept of an
ascendant and moralistic "Higher Power" puts off many Pagans,
keeping them from sharing the benefits of the program. Drawing on
her own experiences, Maimu hopes to offer a context within which
Pagans, polyamorous folk, and others involved with or just
entering into alternative lifestyles and belief systems can
integrate the program in a meaningful way, and find creative and
fulfilling ways to "take what we need and leave the rest".
Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF)
is the nation's largest Pagan Druidic Fellowship, devoted to public worship and in-depth training. It attempts to revive the best aspects of the Paleopagan faiths of our forebears within a modern, scientific, artistic, ecological and holistic context. Visit the ADF website at <http://www.adf.org>
A Druidic Rite of Blessing
Join the Rites of the Druids of Ar nDraiocht Fein in a
midnight Celtic rite in the main Ritual Circle. We will light the
Sacred Fire and bless the Holy Well, and open the Gates Between
the Worlds. We will make offering to the Gods and Spirits,
invoking their presence and power. Together with them, we will
work magic to bring blessing, bounty, and inspiration to all
who come with an open heart.
The Association for Consciousness Exploration
was conceived and created by members of the Chameleon Club, an eclectic extended-partying group floundered in 1978 in the northeast Ohio
area. "Dedicated to the Expansion of the Frontiers of your Consideration", ACE provides programs that celebrate diversity in the fields of consciousness, spirituality, and discovery such as the Starwood Festival and the WinterStar Symposium. To quote their Flounder, C.C. Rosencomet,"Their motto is Change!, their spirit in undaunted, their energy is phenomenal, and their number is far from legion." There are many other groups like the Chameleon Club, but they all reside in parallel universes.
"So It's Your First Starwood..."
Chameleons and ACE organizers Sean, Liafal, and Jeff
Rosenbaum present an informal orientation for first time attenders to Starwood (or festivals in general). Topics to be me discussed may include site orientation, etiquette, how to tell the staff from even lower primates, the history of Starwood, and your incessant and unwelcome questions. Just kidding. No, really.
Daniel Bellegarde is a multi-disciplinary percussionist with a BA in Sociology from Universite' de Montreal and a very eclectic background. His music reflects his Hatian heritage,
combined with influences from Brazil, Senegal and Gambia. He has
been both performer and arranger with Nico Beki, Lilison of Kinara, and Robert Charlebois, and toured canada, France, Switzerland Morocco and the Azores with them. He played in the congo with dance troupe Nyata Nyata and with numerous world beat formations, and is presently working with the Cirque du Soleil. His chosen instrument is the Djembe.
Daniel will be performing and doing workshops with Yaya
Big Village Band
Wild Inner-Child Get Loose Training
Daniella Bluestar. See Daniella
is the founder and director of the School for Body-Centered Spiritual Healing. She has been teaching healing, tantra, metaphysics, shamanism and Earth spirituality workshops throughout the Northeast for the last eleven years. Sylvia's work is based on her own experiences with both ancient and new techniques for the evolution of consciousness.
Ecstasy as a Shamanic Path: A Journey into the Mystery
Ecstasy is a divine gift that lifts us out of ordinary reality and into a direct experience of the sacred. The transformative fires of ecstasy burn away the blocked energy held in our shadow selves and transmute it into pure energy that may be used for the healing of ourselves and our world. It removes the barriers between our personality selves and our souls, giving us a greater understanding of ourselves and the universe.
In this ceremonial experience of opening to the ecstatic fire, we will allow the Great Mystery to dance wisdom into every cell of our beings. We will use breath to open ourselves to surrender and release through the power of the Lady, and to manifest our highest potential with the Grace of the Lord. Through Their merging within us, we will experience the path of ecstasy. We will then work with trance dance and drumming to anchor this spiritual reality within form and consciousness. Please bring drums and/or rattles if you have them or can borrow them.
Pearl Breitbach is, as of
this writing, Iowa's first and only Certified Professional Midwife, having attended
over 200 homebirths in over fifteen years. All of her own children were born at
home. Pearl shares her empowering personal experiences, and her struggles with
"the witch hunt", at festivals and events around the country, and plays with The
One Hat Band.
Cultivating Consciousness in Your Child
The Breitbach Family consists of 2 parents and 5 children (the fifth, Chiron, was conceived at the 1997 Starwood Festival!) has many talents: they perform music as The One Hat Band, own and operate an organic food store, work as environmental activists, and support their mom's carreer as a midwife. They have very successfully homeschooled this creative collection of consciousness from birth thru the high school years. The whole family will share how easy, fun, and productive it is to NOT institutionalize children. Avoid "herd mentality", explore boundless creative consciousness, and enjoy your child!
Entertainment and inspiration assured.
Shawna Carol is a recording artist, composer, and Sound Healer, and the Director of the SpiritSong Center. She has taught with Paul Winter and with Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. Since 1994 she has served as Core Music Faculty and Singer-in-Residence at the Omega Institute, the largest holistic learning center in the U.S. She has also served as the Song Weaver at numerous conferences, including Body Soul (Boston), The Global Women's Retreat (Oxford, England), and the
Brettonwoods Conference on Learning Organizations (New York). Her
recordings include Mystic Soul and Goddess Chant: Sacred Pleasure
(available on Ladyslipper Records).
The Living Chant
For centuries people have used chanting to create an
intimate relationship with the Divine. In this workshop we will
spend time singing and chanting together, and exploring the
ancient sound healing practice of toning. We will explore how
sound can move us closer to the Divine within us. Then we will
create our own sacred chants, and each person will leave with
their own unique chant to continue their practice with. No
previous singing experience is necessary.
SpiritSong: Singing in the Goddess
In this workshop we will weave community singing and
chanting with the ancient sound healing practice of toning,
exploring the healing power of toning with loving witness. We
will sing chants that evoke the Great Mystery of Life, and form a
supportive community where each voice is celebrated. Julia
Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, calls SpiritSong "An
extremely powerful technique". No previous experience necessary.
The Church of All Worlds was founded
in 1962. Their membership has included many of the movers and shakers in the worldwide
Pagan community. Inspired by Robert Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange
Land, it celebrates diversity, freedom of expression and life-style, and a
spiritual unity with the Earth. CAW's publication, http://www.centrak.com,
has won many awards and has published over 100 issues. Leaders present at Starwood
this year include Oberon, Liza, Orion, and Anodea.
Feel free to visit their website at <http://www.caw.org>(Tapes
on CAW's history and other subjects by CAW members available
Drinking Deeply/ Sharing Water
A Church of All Worlds water-sharing ceremony (held in the
pool) adapted from Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land,
this moving communion ceremony affirms our kinship in the Great
Circle of Life. "Water shared is life shared" with "all that
Groks" which, of course, is God/dess. Experience this unity
through the ritualized sharing of water as the essence of life.
You must be able to swim and to tread water.
C.A.W. Clergy Confab
How has the Church of All Worlds managed to stay together
all these years to become the oldest continuous Neo-Pagan
organization? What does CAW have to offer YOU? How do you
progress through its Nine Circles? Open discussion with members
of the Priesthood on the "hot seat" for questions and answers.
Cleveland Aikikai is a school of Aikido affiliated with Shihan Mitsugi Saotome's Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Founded 18 years ago and currently based in Cleveland Hts., Ohio, its members and students are dedicated to preserving and advancing the art, and they train actively 7 days a week.
We are pleased to welcome Chameleon and ACE organizer Jim
Klar as a representative of Cleveland Aikikai. A second degree
Black Belt, Jim has studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido
for nine years, including two years in Japan, and taught for
five. He currently teaches at Cleveland Aikikai and Oberlin
Aikido is a late 20th century Japanese martial art created
by Morihei Ueshiba (who died in 1969). Aikido emphasizes self
defense through harmony with the attacker's movement, using their
aggressive intentions against them to bring any conflict to a
non-violent conclusion. It is an ideal martial art for men, women
and children of all ages and physical abilities. This workshop is
designed to serve as an introduction to Aikido, including a
demonstration of advanced practice along with participatory
exercises to demonstrate the art's principles.
Larry Cornett is an environmental engineer, an initiated
Witch, and a founding member of A.C.E., the Chameleon Club, and VisionWeavers
Coven. An initiate of the Reformed Druids of North America, he is a Scion with
the Church of All Worlds and a founder of their Triskelion
Nest. He has been an activist since his days at Perdue University in the 60's,
and worked for the Vietnam Moratorium Committee. He produces a calendar of Pagan
and Magickal events, founded the Earth Religions Assistance Association (ERAA)
and the Earth
Religions Assistance List (ERAL), and is a contributor to Green Egg
and other publications. He has a BS in Physics, an MS in Civil and Environmental
Engineering, and is an environmental consultant with over 23 years of professional
experience developing and assessing regulations and procedures for the control
and clean-up of radioactive and chemical pollution. You may visit Larry's website
Earth Religion Rights Networking
Many Earth Religionists (Pagans, Wiccans, Druids, Shamans,
Mystics, etc.) have suffered job and housing discrimination,
police harassment, vandalism, and other evils. Some have lost
custody of their children. Many have been forced to move or spend
thousands of dollars in their defense. Several new cases of this
nature may occur every week in the U.S. alone.
In this workshop we will share our personal experiences both
with these issues and in the battle to combat them, covering
organizations, resources, and tactics that can help. Sign-up
sheets will be distributed and opportunities to obtain help
and/or offer your services to the cause will be presented. This
is a true networking session, not just a class, and we welcome
contributions of information, literature, aid, and even money for
postage and printing to help the cause of Earth Religion Rights.
Science, Consciousness and Magic
Quantum mechanics and associated theories of consciousness,
as well as many spiritual philosophies, indicate that matter,
energy, and life itself are manifestations of non-localized,
unified, underlying strata. The underlying strata are described
as waves of probability in quantum mechanics. By unifying one's
consciousness with such underlying strata, one can achieve states
of consciousness in which one can obtain and send information and
also influence events. In this workshop, quantum mechanical
theories concerning the nature of consciousness and magick will
be discussed, along with associated laws of magick. A
quantitative theory developed by Evan Harris Walker, at the
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Army Ballistic Research Center, will
be given special attention.
True Tales of the Occult
A sharing by participants of funny stories of strange
occurrences in ritual, magic with bazaar outcomes, encounters
between Pagans and fundies, funny chants, and other weirdness.
Please bring at least one funny but true story, but avoid naming
those directly involved, except for your role in it.
Ian Corrigan is a Chameleon, ACE organizer, and a
well-known Pagan clergy and teacher in the Northeast Ohio area. Ian is a former
Archdruid and Director of ADF, a founding member and Elder of Stone
Creed Grove, ADF, and author of four books on Celtic Paganism: The Portal
Book, The Book of the Dragon, Grammary, and Druidheachd.
He is one of the finest bards of the modern Pagan movement. He has been performing
songs of the British Isles and Neo-Paganism for over 20 years, and his music and
poetry have delighted audiences at A.C.E. events and Pagan festivals across the
U.S.A. and Canada. His extensive Magical scholarship, his talents on guitar, drum
and penny-whistle, and his deep, rich vocals are an unmatched blend in the music
of the ongoing Bardic tradition. (Music
tapes, lecture tapes and books by Ian are available from ACE.)
Through the Mists: an Intensive in Celtic & Druidic Paganism
In 8 to 10 hours of teaching, ceremony and story by Ian,
Liafal, Fox, and other ADF members, students will learn basic
patterns of Celtic myth and symbolism. We will explore the
structure of the Celtic sacred view of the world, from the
Primary Division, through the Three-fold Cosmos and the Nine
Elements, to the Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors, and the Tribes of
the Sidhe. Basic skills and methods of Pagan magic will be taught
in the context of Druidry. The work will come together in a
formal ceremony of worship and magic, and themes will carry over
into the Thursday night Druid ritual.
While Through The Mists is based in the research and
practice of Ar nDraiocht Fein, America's oldest and largest
Neopagan Druidic society, the ideas will be represented in a
nonsectarian manner. We think that everyone with an interest in
Celtic ways will find this teaching valuable.
We hope you will join us. This intensive is a "beta test" of
a developing pattern of training and work, and we are asking a
nominal fee to defray expenses and encourage focus. Students will
receive extensive printed notes and support materials. Cost: $10
per person, limit 27 students.
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