Starwood XXI
 July 17 - 22, 2001 ~ Sherman, NY

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Dav Mer

Dav Mer has served as Priest in a number of large rituals, is active in Spirit Weavers and is a member of Los Angeles based, Wild Hare Nest, of CAW. Dav Mer, of Royal European Lineage, teaches and incorporates multigenerational knowledge of inherited Druidic lore and is extensively studied in antiquarian, classical and contemporary arts with a focus on how they interrelate with spirituality.

Workshops: Shielding, the lost art of Psionic Barriers
Nodality and Utility Communing Plus

Pat Monaghan

Patricia Monaghan, PhD is one of the pioneers of the contemporary women's spirituality movement. She is the author of several books including the classic encyclopedia, The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines, now in print for over 20 years, winner of the Best Visionary Non-Fiction Award at the International New Age Trade Show.

She has just completed two new books: The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations and Rituals, and The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations to the Goddess, and her encyclopedia of meditation (Meditation: The Complete Basic Guide) will be out this fall. She teaches interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago (Many of her books and the tape The Way of the Goddess are available from ACE).

Workshops: Getting Published Parts 1 & 2


Mira is the Children's Cantor at a Philadelphia-area Reconstructionist synagogue, and the Official Chocolate Bearer at Riverbed, the newest Philly Protonest (CAW). Mira has been teaching spirituality, Hebrew, music, and art for 15 years. She has been High Priestessing the Jewish-Pagan Shabbat Circle at Free Spirit Gathering for 11 years, and the Greater Philadelphia Jewish-Pagan-Poly-Bi Passover Seder for three years. Mira has been honored with an invitation (and plane ticket!) to Jerusalem in August for an Educational Leadership Conference on Peace in the Middle East.

Ritual: Jewish Pagan Shabbat Circle

Madonna Moonhawk

Madonna Moonhawk has traveled the spiritual paths of the Goddess, Lakota, and Sufi traditions for over twenty years. She has an established private massotherapy practice in Akron, Oh, obtaining her license in 1983, and uses the healing techniques of Shiatsu, Reflexology, Swedish Deep Muscle Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Sound Vibrational Healing. A Reiki Master and a teacher and practitioner of Yoga and meditation for many years, Madonna has led workshops on Sound Vibrational Healing, Women's Mysteries, Sufi Dances of Universal Peace, Yoga for Round Bodies, and Light Meditations. Most recently, she teaches workshops on Sacred Dance with Penny Goody, and offers Reiki workshops and initiations with Deer Eyes. Raised in a traditional Middle Eastern family, dance was a way of life. She is experienced in Middle Eastern and Sufi dancing and as a member of the Sacred Dance Guild, works with energy and the elements in ritual and dance.

Workshops: Conga Alert
Belly Dancer Alert
Sound Vibrational Healing Meditation
An Invitation to Join the Sacred Dancer's Guild

Jody Morningstar

Jody Morningstar is a Chameleon and an ACE organizer who is in recovery. She is a 3rd degree Wiccan Priestess. a teacher, and a mother of two children. She has facilitated programs and safe spaces at past ACE events, and lead classes and discussions on issues related to emotional and spiritual health, drawing on her training and her personal experiences.

Facilitator: Twelve Step/Sober Support

Thomas Muller

Thomas "Tommy" Muller is a native of the Orange Free Sate, South Africa. He was trained as a Zulu Sangoma (Zulu Shaman). Discovered and apprenticed at the age of five, he soon began to learn how to use emutii (spiritual healing). It is very rare for anyone born outside the Zulu tribe to be taught the Zulu way. A 1996 diagnosis of terminal cancer left him with little hope of survival. After traditional medicine failed, he decided to apply the use of emutii. He is now healed and cancer free. On numerous occasions Tommy has worked with the South African police, who, unlike their American counterparts, regularly rely on psychics and Sangomas to assist in case resolution. He has worked as a psychic advisor for the past twelve years specializing in Tarot, Dollos (Bones), Clairvoyance and Channeling via the Witch's Mirror (scrying bowl). He is also experienced in doll magick and the construction of Voodoo Dolls.

Workshops: Zulu Methods of Healing
Dollos (Bones): Their Construction and Use
South African Culture and Zulu Shamanism


Nema has been practicing and writing about Magick for twenty-five years, with articles in The Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick, Aeon Magazine, Starfire, and other publications. From her experiences with Thelemic Magick, she developed Maat Magick and it's aim of transforming the human race. She is an Elder (former HPS) of the Circle of the Sacred Grove, Church of Pantheist Wicca, an initiate of Adi Nath Tantra. She is the author of Maat Magick: a Guide to Self-Initiation, and is currently working on a book about Mysticism entitled Wings of Rapture: the Way of Mystery.

Diana Paxson

Diana L. Paxson is a consecrated Priestess of the Fellowship of the Spiral Path and an Elder of the Covenant of the Goddess and the Ring of Troth, whose journal, IDUNNA, she is now editing. Diana is the author of numerous mythic short stories and novels featuring the Old Religion, most recently The Lord of Horses, and is producing a series of Arthurian novels entitled Hallowed Isle.

Workshops: Bidding the Goddess Goodbye: Farewell to Nerthus Ritual
Hail Holy Earth: Nerthus Procession and Ritual
Cement Heads and Trance Sluts: How to Invoke and Manage Trance
Heathen and Happy
Oracular Seidh
A Priestess of Avalon

Dana Piper

Dana L. Piper has been doing massage professionally for 18 years. He has extensive training in Applied Kinesiology, Sport Massage, Myofascial Release, and Shiatsu. He has been Director of Sport Massage for AMTA-MI for 3 yrs. and is currently on the National Team. He has been teaching this workshop for nearly 10 yrs.(including PSG) and, thus far, has had as many as 80 people in his class at one time. Lots of fun and laughs.

Workshops: Partnered Therapeutic Massage

Dizu Plaatjies

Dizu Plaatjies is the founding member of Amampondo, which began performing in 1979. Utlizing traditonal instruments from their continent, Amampondo have become the cultural ambassadors of their country. Dizu and his fellow musicians founded Amampondo as a means of maintaining and nurturing traditional African music and dance, and also as a healing force in the terrible and trying times of the Apartheid regime. Amampondo came to great international recognition throughout the eighties and toured the world promoting harmony and peace. They worked closely with the ANC Party and assisted in raising funds. When Nelson Mandela turned 70, Amampondo was chosen for the celebration. Dizu and his friends are capable of incredible spirituality, power and a most amazing positive energy. For over 20 years he and his band have been healing the wounds of political oppression, they have been spreading the gospel of African tradition, and have been declaring their hope for a peaceful and good place to raise their families.

Workshops: Healing With Music
Preserving African Culture


Raven has been active in the Pagan community for more than twenty years. She is a practitioner of High Magick, Priestess of Dionysus, Professional Spiritual Advisor, Teacher, Tarot Reader and Priestess of Circle Weavers Coven in Southern California. Her spiritual teaching experiences (classes, workshops and seminars) include Wicca, High Magick, Tarot, Divination, Dream Interpretation, Rituals, Candle Magick and more. She is currently an Instructor at the Psychic Eye and has been a formal instructor for the Chela Institute in Dana Point, California.

Workshops: Invoking the Goddess

Ronn Walks with Fire

Ronn Walks With Fire "Pele Ahi" in Hawaiian - has been a student and practitioner of Hawaiian and Micronesian Spirituality for a generation. He lived on the islands of Palau in Micronesia in 1976 and 1977 where he studied native rituals. Prior to that he lived in Nigeria and studied Hausa spirituality. He is a Priest of Spirit Weavers Church (a legally recognized Pagan church based in Toledo, Ohio) and a Priest in the Church of All Worlds. He has taught numerous workshops and seminars, translated rituals from other parts of the world, created new rituals by melding Micronesian spirituality into Neo-Pagan holiday celebrations and has performed as Priest in many large rituals across the nation. Ronn also hosts Spirit Weavers' Beltane Festival, Samhain Festival, The 1st Descent (a personal spiritual initiation held each September), and several other overnight Fests at FireHeart in Toledo, Ohio.

Workshops: Love in the Library

Joe Rothenberg

Joseph Rothenberg, R.N. is a Registered Nurse, an Ohio licensed professional counselor, and a bio-feedback technician. He holds degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. A Co-Director and founder of ACE (and the Chameleon Club), Joseph has studied and presented workshops for over 17 years. (The panel discussion The Self in Transformation, with Joseph Rothenberg, is available from ACE.)

Workshops: Starwood Faerie Community Meeting
Interface: Hands-On Experience With Electronic Meditation Devices

Vinnie Russo

Vinnie Russo was the proprietor of Arsenic & Old Lace/ The Pagan Community Center from 1994-1998. He is a practicing witch in the Alexandrian Tradition, Faerie Witch and practicing Strega. Vinnie is the founding High Priest of Coven Synchronos, and member of the Covenant of the Goddess (C.O.G.). He has served on the local and national Board of Director of C.O.G.and was honored to be a participant at the Parliment of World's Religions that was held in Chicago in 1993. For the past 16+ years he has lived with his life-partner, Mike.

Workshops: Faerie Welcome Circle
The Second Annual Fabulous High Faerie Tea Party & Potluck
Starwood Faerie Community Meeting
Queer Community
Patrons and Matrons and Guides, Oh My!

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