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H. Farber is the author of FUTURERITUAL: Magick for the 21st
Century, a manual of neurological exploration, and a new novel entitled
BREAKS: The Adventures of Richard Nixon in the 21st Century. His
articles on Magick and popular culture have appeared in Green Egg Magazine,
Mondo 2000, High Times, Paradigm Shift, The Journal
of Hypnotism, Psychedelics ReImagined, and other unique publications
and web sites. Phil is also a hypnotherapist (with a private practice
in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley), cohost of America Online's "Ceremonial
Magick Chat," and a cofounder of New York's Thelemic Arts Center.
Evocation is the art of "summoning forth entities" into external form
for the purpose of communicating with them. Traditionally, evocation of
demons, angels, and entities of all types has been considered a difficult
and dangerous practice (as opposed to the more commonly practiced art
of invocation). As Phil will demonstrate, this belief stems largely from
the confusion and obscurity of the ancient methods. In fact, a basic form
of evocation can be practiced easily and safely - often in just a matter
of minutes! This new technique, developed from hypnotic and neuro-linguistic
methods, can yield powerfully useful results - and can form the basis
of more complex and rewarding forms of evocation.
Back in the dawn of time, the owner's manual for human consciousness was
somehow lost. Consider this workshop as the restoration of a couple of
pages from that mythical text. Did you know that the human brain is able
to create lasting change in itself quickly and easy? Did you know that
it's a very simple matter to feel good - whenever you want? Techniques
to create powerful and positive states of consciousness will be demonstrated,
so get ready to enjoy yourself - now!
Barbara Fisher is a personal chef, culinary
instructor, freelance author and Witch. She has been active in the Neo-Pagan
community in various capacities for twenty years, and worked in the restaurant
industry for several years. She grew up spending summers on her grandparent's
farm, and has first hand knowledge of how good food is produced from the
ground to the kitchen, to the table. She has a BSS in Professional Writing
from Ohio University, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson &
Wales Culinary College, where she received an ASAS degree. She had a short
story published in the Spring 02 PanGaia magazine, and an article
on food and sensuality in the Summer 02 SageWoman magazine, and
another article coming up in the Fall 02 issue of PanGaia. She
is also working on a cookbook, a novel and a book on NeoPaganism.
Camp Cookery for Everyone, or How Not to Starve at Starwood
How to cook and eat well (and cheaply) at Starwood. Barbara will demonstrate
the workings of a Coleman stove and a portable gas grill, and will show
how to cook some tasty, easy entrees and side dishes out of easily transported
ingredients. She will also discuss how to pack food for maximum freshness,
handling food safely to avoid bacterial growth, and how to plan ahead
for more advanced recipes such as jerked beef or Thai red curry by using
your freezer at home to maximum advantage. A discussion of nutrition,
vegetarian options, and using leftovers will be included. Questions on
all sorts of culinary issues will follow, time permitting.
Eating Spiritually: How Our Food Choices Affect Ourselves and the
A discussion of alternatives to processed foods from the grocery store
or corporate fast food emporiums. This isn't just a vegetarian vs. meatatarian
vs. omnivore debate; serious, thoughtful alternatives to traditional supermarket
consumerism are to be presented. Emphasis will be placed on using local,
seasonal foods whenever possible for the greatest health and nutritional
benefits, as well as the benefit to the local economy and to the Earth.
Farming techniques and their impact on the Earth will be discussed, and
information on farmer's markets, community supported agriculture, and
food co-ops will be presented. The spiritual aspects of eating, cooking
and fellowship from a cross-cultural perspective will also be discussed.
Renea C. Frey holds a Bachelor's Degree with
a major in English Literature, a minor in Psychology, and with areas of
concentration in Creative Writing and British Literature. She has won
numerous writing awards and contests in both prose and poetry, as well
as the prestigious Thaddeus P. Lindsey Award. She has been published in
newspapers and national periodicals, has performed in several cities with
Full Contact Poetry (a group which she co-founded), has had her work taught
in university literature classes, and has been invited to present lectures
at women's writing conferences.
Sacred Ink I -- Writing as Spiritual Practice
This workshop explores the idea of writing as a means for discovering
the voice of higher consciousness and manifesting its wisdom in our daily
lives. Through the use of archetypes and guided free-writing, participants
will be encouraged to "step out of the way" and allow the infinite mind
to express itself in the finite world.
Sacred Ink II -- Nature Writing Interactive
From the tallest tree to the finest blade of grass, every part of nature
has a story to tell and a lesson to teach. Participants in this workshop
will explore writing as a tool for interacting and connecting with the
Finding and Maintaining a Daily Practice
Most spiritual traditions stress the importance of daily and mindful interaction
with the divine, but how many of us have found a way to do this on a regular
basis? This is a practical workshop designed to help people find their
own rituals and meaningful traditions to interface with the divine on
a daily basis, and addresses such issues as time management, will power
and gentle self-discipline.
the Spinster (AKA Maggie Fry-Manross) has been spinning yarns,
both magical and functional, for twelve years. She lives on a small farm
with her partner and two daughters where they grow and raise organic vegetables.
The owner and proprietor of Snow
Water Wool Works, Rowan creates and sells yarns for knitwear designers
and hand knitters as well as knitting and selling hats, mittens, socks,
vests, and sweaters. Rowan sells her hand-spun yarns and woolen garments
at craft shows, in boutiques and over the web. She is of Celtic Wiccan
persuasion and is a member of the local CUUPS chapter, CUUPS of Mead.
Creating Magical Yarns
We will explore methods for creating yarns and charging them with energy
and magical intentions. We will discuss colors appropriate to different
needs and use oils, herbs and other materials to create a whishing knot.
Pocket Wishing Dolls
We will use yarn, felt and cloth scraps to create tiny dolls to be used
for healing, attracting love or money and other uses. We will discuss
ways to charge the dolls with energy and magical intentions. We will also
create small fabric pouches to carry the dolls in. Donations will be accepted
to cover materials.
(see Green Crown under 2002>Program>Pufferdome)
Workshop (with Ingrid Eyen Breitbach):
The Power of Dance
What motivates, inspires or moves you from the inside out? A Spirit
Guide? An Animal Totem? Ethereal elemental energies? Come try on one or
more as the music moves you. We will encourage participants to come prepared
to bring out the hidden aspects of their "larger selves" through
the medium of creative dance. We will have a drum jam there to accompany
our "escapes into our primal parts," with a variety of rhythms
to invoke a multiplicity of responses. Wear loose, comfortable clothing
(or none!), and bring water, sunblock and a towel if you like.
gnomefatty kollektiv is a Pagan-based
techno tribe of promoters, DJs, drummers and artists, with deep connections
to Noise Laboratories. The kollektiv
has presented a weekly dance event in the Boston area called Circle for
three years, and continues to create a variety of dance-oriented, spiritually-aware,
community-building events. Based in New England, gnomefatty kollektiv
includes several of the DJs that have played the PufferDome Rave Parties
at past Starwood festivals. Come hear the sounds of psy-trance (goa trance),
techno, house music, and other sounds that defy categorization, and feel
the spirit of our open-hearted, celebratory DJs.
Members performing this year are:
- DJ djeremy plays surrealist games and experiments with dada
trance-mission in the wireless imaginary on WZBC 90.3 Newton, MA (Boston)
- DJ Mathwin is a wizard of the avant garde electronic music scene
in the area of psychedelic trance. Mathwin is a DJ, an event/music producer,
appears on GREEN/WZBC-FM Newton/Boston.
- DJ Greenman is a talented maestro of the psychedelic trance sound,
based in Northampton, Mass.
- Benjamin Garton (a/k/a DJ Shwilly B, a/k/a Blawki) is a vegetarian
gourmet techno hippy DJ/dancer gnome extraordinaire, communicating with
the ontological pep-o-mint TAZ known as GREEN broadcast through the mycelial
pleiadian netwerk on an abstract art/technomusic quest (WZBC-FM 90.3 Newton/Boston).
Ben is a founding artist of the gnomefatty kollektiv/Circle events, and
is a lifelong practicing Buddhist. He has brought his "mystic devotion
to the law of cause and effect through sound" to countless happy dancers
and listeners as a DJ, and his outreach as a leader of the New England
Branch of the Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has introduced
hundreds of people to the benefits of a chanting practice. SGI is an international
lay Buddhist organization dedicated to world peace through human revolution.
- Christa "purpalion" Briggs (glittery elf princess) is an accomplished
visual artist, practicing Buddhist, dream maker, author, and member of
gnomefatty kollective/Circle and Vice President of the non-profit Chelsea
Waterfront Gallery. Christa is a leader in the New England Branch of Soka
Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to world peace
through human revolution. Christa is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.
Together with Benjamin Garton, she has led weekly small chanting sessions
as well as large groups of hundreds of people. Currently writing a memoir,
she also works teaching art to children and elderly people. You may find
some of Christa's artwork at chelseawaterfrontgallery.org.
Harmonizing Your Voice Through Chant
Tune your soul to the pitch of the universe. The intent of chanting is
to harmonize with others and hear your own voice. Using the Lotus Sutra
from Shakyamuni Buddhism we will chant Nam Myo Ho Kenge Kyo, which
has been chanted for over 700 years. These words mean, literally, "mystic
devotion the law of cause and effect through sound." This workshop, led
by gnomefatty kollektiv members Christa Briggs and Ben Garton (AKA Shwilly
B), will explore the meaning and benefits of chanting, the traditional
sutras, and the potential all beings have to become enlightened. However
this will be mainly a practical Buddhist chanting session. No experience
required...bring your voice!
Learn the basics of sprouting and the advantages of a raw food lifestyle.
Participants will infuse Starwood-inspired energy into a healthful superfood.
The benefits of sprouting include pennies-a-day sustenance, naturally
transforming seeds into high energy food in just a few days. This hands-on
workshop, led by gnomefatty kollektiv members Christa Briggs and Ben Garton,
will provide cheesecloth, containers, seeds, and early sprouts. Enjoy
tasty sprouted recipes and dishes, and take home a free starter sprouting
Sprouting Dreams Party
gnomefatty kollektiv will present a Sprouting/Rave
Party at the PufferDome on Wednesday
Night at midnight: growing new green things yourself and bringing that
new green energy into your life! Over the last ten years, techno/rave
parties have been the closest thing to church and communion that many
young people have experienced. The DJs and artists of the gnomefatty kollektiv,
building on years of experience creating uplifting community dance events,
will present a night of dance music, sprouts, art, and high energy. Boston
and Northampton DJs Mathwin, Shwilly B, Djeremy and Greenman will make
your feet move to the sounds of their techno and psychedelic trance. "Psy-trance"
as a genre seeks to create a safe space for dancers to move for long periods
of time. Art supplies for people to draw and paint with will be provided,
as will tasty sprouts from the earlier Sprouting Workshop. Come participate
in bringing our collective high-energy dreams to life!
and more magical Earth.
Stephanie Gooch has been knotworking (not-working?)
for over 14 years. She has been active with Stone Creed Grove ADF (a predominantly
Celtic grove) for four years.
A hands-on workshop teaching historical techniques for creating Celtic
knotwork patterns without requiring pencil & eraser. Handouts and
pens will be provided. Some background information and annotated bibliography
for further research will also be included.
Wolf Hardin (AKA Lone Wolf Circles) is an acclaimed presenter,
and the author of numerous books including Full Circle: A Song of Earthen
Spirituality and Kindred Spirits. His two decades worth of
public appearances and published works have helped define "Deep Ecology"
in this country, while influencing the formation of a new ecological ethic.
Wolf is well known among the environmental, communitarian, pagan and social
activist communities, and is in the process of broadening his message
to reach the widest possible audience. His hundreds of magazine articles
have united the principals of primal mindfulness, Earthen Spirituality
and personal activism like no one before, in publications like Talking
Leaves, EarthLight, Green Egg and Sowell Review. Most of each
year Wolf is home on his enchanted New Mexico wildlife sanctuary, instructing
students and resident interns in wilderness restoration and Earth-centered
Coming Home: An Evolutionary Journey
There's no original sin, only original separation, which Wolf sees as
the cause of all personal, social and ecological imbalance. Here he describes
techniques and practices for the conscious reinhabitation of sacred body
and sacred place, in the always decisive present moment. No matter what
our spiritual traditions, the powers that inform us arise through the
portal of the living Earth. No star exerts a greater pull on our persons
and purpose than this planet we are an integral agent and extension of.
Wolf will tell the story of his 20-year reinhabitation of a sacred place
of power in the Gila Wildlands, the importance of making promises and
commitments to the land, and what it means for people of every color to
feel native and indigenous again. Join in this journey to self, the enchanted
voyage back home.
Feel the Spirit: An Old Fashioned Gaian Revival
Come hither Pagans, Goddess lovers and tree huggers, for a Pantheist wilderness
revival, a radical ecology rave, a sensual Chautauqua under a sparkling
tent of sky! For over a decade Wolf helped to bring magic and Earth-centered
spirituality to the radical environmental community, and his Deep Ecology
Medicine Show concerts inspired not only environmental actions and civil
disobedience, but personal re-wilding and group ecstasy. In the Gaian
Revival, Wolf weaves together the insights of our living planet and the
imperatives of the ancient heart. He beckons us to experience the world
ever more intensely, and thus to affect it in the deepest way possible.
We're called forward to the dance, making our practices more real with
movement and touch. Together we open to the Gaian canticles and melodic
manna, gifted to the would-be heroes of an ever wilder and more magical
Francesca Hedrick is from a matriarchy that
is highly influenced in natural energy and herbal use. As an associate
of an Earth-based, eclectic Celtic Pagan group, she been a member of the
Pagan community for over 25 years. She is an active member of ADF since
March of 1999 and currently a member of Cedar Light Grove (Baltimore,
MD) holding a position on the Grove Witan. She is Chief of the ADF Artisan's
Guild and Assistant Preceptor (mystic core) for the ADF Naturalist Guild.
Francesca started her own herb business, Chesapeake Herbs & Crafts, in
1987. A member of numerous herb associations and an herb activist, she
has appeared on local TV, radio and newspapers. She has written local
herb columns, taught herb classes, and spoken widely on the herb field,
and holds a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) recognition from Toastmasters
International. Many people recognize her by her email address.
The World of the Middle Kingdom
We have the religious tales of the gods and goddesses and the historic
tales of bravery and cunning of our ancestors. But we also have the realm
in which we live in and share with the nature spirits. The middle kingdom
is made up of creatures of the nature world, both in the realm that we
live in and the unseen one. Come find out who some of these inhabitants
are that pass time in ways that we rarely have seen but only as a glimpse
in the shadows. Forget Walt Disney, Tinkerbell and Sugar Plum Fairies,
we will look at what a fairy really is. What other cultures call these
creatures and how they co-exist with us.
Living in the Middle Kingdom
The realm above is the world of our gods and goddesses, the realm below
is the world of our ancestors. We share the middle realm or 'kingdom'
with many different spirits. There are the nature spirits that are visible
to us and there are also the invisible spirits that touch our lives. Do
you find things missing and suddenly appear right where you already have
looked? Come learn who these creatures are. Explore ways to contact those
that live in the green world and make them a part of your life.
Basic Kitchen Herbs
For those new to herbs and clueless, everything you wanted to know about
them but where afraid to ask! I will go over a list of some basic herbs
found and used in the kitchen. Including how to grow, harvest and store
them. I will also talk about some of the traditional uses in the home
of these same herbs. From folk tales to modern chemistry, herbs have been
used for food, for medicine and for magic. Come learn about what is sitting
in the pantry and how to use them.
Joshua Johnson graduated summa cum laude from
Kent State University with a BA in Theatre Studies in May of 2002, where
he studied Linklater voice training (with a foundation in Donna Farhi's
breathing technique) and Suzuki movement style (as well as others). He served
as artistic director for three years in the Mephisto Theatrics' summer theatre
program, has directed eighteen plays, and has acted in numerous productions.
Freeing the Inner Human Pt. I
Using breathing and other physical techniques, this workshop will
first teach awareness of the body, and its unconscious tensions. We will
explore this awareness and methods of releasing these tensions in the
ways we move, and how to connect to our natural voice, one which uses
the whole body to make sound. We will then connect our new awareness to
the acts of speaking and moving in a more everyday context. Approaching
these goals through an acting framework establishes tools which will be
useful to anyone in everyday situations, achieving a greater awareness
of the physical and vocal tools to liberate our bodies and make movement
and speech easier, more natural, and healthier.
Freeing the Inner Human Pt. II
To put the tools introduced in the first part of this workshop into a
practical context, we will work with the vocalization and physicalization
of a few short texts. These will be performances of a few 5-10 minute
plays using any and all interested people who attend the workshop, just
as a fun conclusion for people who wish to go farther into the work, and
they will be open to be viewed by any interested Starwood attendees.
Johnson spent more than two decades of his life involved with
high-energy physics research, and other classified technologies, at U.S.
government facilities. Born on Bailey Hill Road (in Sherman, NY), and
raised working on his family's farms, he has been a practicing Pagan for
longer. He currently works as a journalist, artist, and freelance technology
consultant. The remainder of his time is spent as a "technoguy"
with Green Crown and on his soon-to-be-released book, "Losing Faith",
which shares his personal epiphanies concerning the present and future
role of science and technology.
Physics and Metaphysics: What IS real?
Modern scientists generally agree that the underlying structure of
the universe is a complex wave phenomena. This workshop will present that
concept, and others from modern cosmology and physics, in simple language,
and discuss their relationship to consciousness and the practice of Magick.
A guided meditation or practical exercise may be conducted if there is
sufficient interest by workshop participants.
Thaumaturgic Toasters and The TechnoMage
The Gnostic path is one through which wisdom may be gained from the
study of the natural world. In earlier centuries this path involved primarily
biology, astronomy, geometry, metallurgy, and perhaps alchemy. However,
today following the Gnostic path means embracing quantum physics, cosmology,
chaos theory, computer engineering, and all the technology of the West,
as integral facets of the "modern" natural world. This workshop
focuses on how to walk that path without getting caught in its traps.
Despite the claims of many faiths, science has become the predominant
religion of our small planet. Unfortunately, nothing in the precepts of
science compels its adherents to hold or maintain any level of ethics,
morality, or even the most minimal concern for their fellows. The result
is that the physicist-priests of this new age faith have handed the masters
of our warrior culture the means for our ultimate subjugation. While this
happened, (and particularly in the wake of 9/11) most of us watched, slept,
and even cheered them on. This workshop focuses on increasing our collective
and individual ability to see through the technological and corporate
illusions which are now used to manipulate and control us; how to see
the Matrix for what it is, and how to make a CONSCIOUS choice about whether
to Resist or Serve.
Cartwright Jones has 30 years experience as a professional craftsperson,
illustrator and artisan, and holds a BFA from UCLA. She is a talented
teacher, both at Kent State University and within the Magical community.
She has several books published, including Henna: The Joyous Body Art,
TapDancing Lizard, and Enchanted Knitting, and is currently
preparing The Encyclopedia of Henna for publication, detailing
the 9000 year history and tradition of henna, it's related arts and belief
system. She is currently working on a PhD in Henna at Kent State University.
She will be assisted in her classes this year by Gwyn Thomas.
Gwyn Thomas was born Otherkin, has been Pagan
all her life, and is smooth and deadly. She has co-run the salt-dyed silk,
batik silk and prayer flag workshops at Starwood for the last three years.
Gwyn is a member of Otherkin and Pagan groups, though if you tell her
how wonderful her parents, Catherine Cartwright Jones and Roy Jones are,
she swears she may hit you. She can define Gryphoemia.
(pronounced Ran-go-li) is a traditional women's devotional art from India.
A Rangoli is a physical prayer, drawn on the ground to create a
sacred space for the presence of a deity. Rangoli are created in the morning
with rice flour, spices and flowers on clean swept ground. Traditionally
the senior woman of the house creates this sacred space each morning for
the household puja (prayer) room and threshold, though on special occasions
it can extend through the courtyard and around the house. At the end of
the day, the rangoli is swept away, so ants and small creatures can consume
the flour and thus return the prayers back to the infinite. Catherine
Cartwright Jones will create Rangoli in the roundhouse twice during Starwood.
Please come to the roundhouse in the morning to help sweep the ground
clear, or stop by during the day to help make the pattern. It can take
many hours to make a large rangoli, but you can stop by for a little while
and help! In the evening, Catherine will light the central fire for the
Rangoli ... and everyone can dance the prayers into the dust You are welcome
to photograph the process of this undertaking! An instructional booklet
on Rangoli will be available for anyone who would like to learn more about
this ancient art! For more info, see sphosting.com/reverndbunny/rangoli.html
The History of Henna: The Traditions of Sexuality
This lecture details the 9000 year old henna tradition as used by women
for fertility, beauty, luck, and averting evil. It will detail the Pagan
fertility cult origin of henna, the deities depicted as hennaed, and the
spread of the traditions across 40 countries and 6 major religions. It
will discuss social and magical importance of henna in the lives of women,
and the meaning of the patterns. This henna lecture is followed by a "hands-on"
presentation of henna technique. (There is a $5 materials fee for henna
and pattern sheets, optional, payable at workshop site.)
The History of Henna: the Traditions of Sacrifice
This lecture covers the 9000 year old traditions of henna as used for
sacrifice, circumcision, battle and averting evil. It will detail the
Pagan fertility cult origin of henna, the deities depicted as hennaed,
and its absorption into Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It will discuss
the social and ecological importance of the sacrifice traditions of henna
in the lives of people, and the meaning of khamsa patterns. This henna
lecture is followed by a "hands-on" presentation of henna technique. (There
is a $5 materials fee for henna and pattern sheets, optional, payable
at workshop site.)
Create dance scarves, altar cloths and tarot card wrappers with pure silk
and the spectacular, simple technique of salt effect dyeing. All instructions
and materials for this class are provided on site. (There is a materials
fee, $5 and up, payable at the workshop, depending on how much silk you
Create dance scarves, altar cloths and tarot card wrappers with pure
silk and the colorful, simple technique of direct batik. All instructions
and materials for this class are provided on site. There is a materials
fee, $5 and up, payable at the workshop, depending on how much silk you
Create camp banners, prayer flags, and altar cloths with cotton and the
colorful, simple technique of direct batik. All instructions and materials
for this class are provided on site. There is a materials fee, $5 and
up, payable at the workshop, depending on how much cotton you use.
Kaczynski PhD is a psychologist specializing in the psychology
of non-mainstream religious beliefs and practices. He's been a student
of magic and mysticism for 25 years, and has taught at Starwood since
1990. A Master of Blue Equinox Oasis O.T.O., he operates southwest Michigan's
official Ordo Templi Orientis body, and was the founder of the nonprofit
group MAGIC, which operated a pagan/occult BBS for many years. His works
have appeared numerous books and magazines, and his Perdurabo: The
Life of Aleister Crowley will be out later this year. Other recent
works include co-editing "The Revival of Magick and Other Essays",
providing editorial support for books like Magick, The Aleister
Crowley Desk Reference and Eight Lectures on Yoga, and contributing
a chapter in the revised edition of Rebels and Devils. He also
plays keyboards with the progressive rock groups "House of Usher"
Taboo and Transformation in the Works of Aleister Crowley
Based on his paper in the 2000 edition of "Rebels and Devils,"
Dr. Kaczynski will explore the various ways in which Aleister Crowley's
rituals and practices often tread upon taboos in order to shock one out
of mundane states of consciousness and thereby affect a transformation
in consciousness. Parallels will also be drawn with other traditions,
including the Tantric and Aghori sects of India.
Introduction to Grounding and Banishing Rituals
This practical workshop will examine various mini-rituals from the
ceremonial magic tradition which are geared toward either grounding the
practitioner or clearing the ritual area. Both procedures are commonly
used prior to beginning larger-scale rituals. Specific rites presented
will include the Middle Pillar, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram,
and Star Ruby.
Jim Klar is a Chameleon, an ACE organizer,
and a representative of Cleveland Aikikai. A second degree Black Belt,
Jim has studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido for eleven years, including
two years in Japan, and taught for seven. He currently teaches at Cleveland
Aikikai and Oberlin College.
Sword and Staff in Aikido
Based on the ancient Samurai arts of Japan, Aikido training employs
practice with Jo (short staff) and Bokken (wooden practice sword) as well
as open-hand training. This workshop features a demonstration and explanation
of Jo-dori (unarmed defender facing an attacker with staff) and Tachi-dori
(unarmed defender facing an attacker with sword), various sword and bokken
Kata (paired practice forms), plus instruction in a form for practice
on your own.
Aikido Workshop: see Cleveland Aikikai
Daveed Korup is the co-creator of DrumFest!:
a hands-on, multi-cultural drumming experience for people of all ages.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Daveed has worked with musician
and mentor Billy Woods, performing the "Music of the Urban Gypsy" all
across the country, and they co-founded LIGHTS-ON PRODUCTIONS to promote
percussion performance and instructional projects. Through school assembly
programs, artist-in-residency projects, concerts and workshops, Daveed
introduces participants to the exciting world of percussion and rhythm.
Since it's inception, DrumFest! has reached more than 45,000 people from
Wilmington, NC to San Diego, CA. His unique sound reflects a synthesis
of styles from many of the world's dynamic percussion traditions and Western
Jazz. In 1994, Daveed and Billy created the percussion ensemble, SEEDS
OF TIME and released two CDs: Eyes Behind the Veil and Seeds
of Time: an Invitation to Drum. Daveed has produced three instructional
tapes for North African/Middle Eastern drumming, The World of Dumbek
and a new instructional project that focuses on a more comprehensive approach
to Middle Eastern hand drumming, Rhythm Rides for Dumbek. He is
the author of a hand-drumming book entitled, Tao Te Drum and is
currently in production of a companion video due for release in summer
2002. Korup is the lead percussionist for the Eurasian folk ensemble,
TURKU, which traveled to Samarkand, Uzbekstan in the fall of 2001 to participate
in the third annual Sharq Taronalari Festival, sponsored by UNESCO and
the Uzbeki government. The world is a giant drum just waiting to be played.
SO PLAY IT !!!
Tao Te Drum: A Way of the Drum
Even the most complicated rhythms are made from the simplest patterns.
The most skilled drummers are not only those who make it look simple,
but also for whom drumming is simple. Drumming on purpose is more than
just an expression; it is way to approach life. As an exploration of drumming
from the inside out, participants will work on warm up exercises, the
mind/body connection, practice skills, new rhythms, drumsongs, creating
an ensemble piece, and much more. This workshop is appropriate for beginners
and advanced players. Participants will need to provide their own drum.
Ashiko, Djembe, Dumbek and Conga drums are welcome.
Whale songs, thunderstorms, rainforests teaming with life, and cosmically-organic
soundscapes are all on the menu for this guided play session. Whether
playing with percussion toys of wood, metal, plastic, or paper, it is
amazing the kind of sounds people can create if they are open to the possibilities.
Krippner has spent the last several decades investigating the
field of human consciousness, conducting research in such areas as dreams,
hypnosis, shamanism, and disassociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective,
with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream
paradigms. By "pushing the envelope" of orthodox models of actuality,
he believes he and his colleagues have provided room to move for individuals
and groups whose experiences, often classified as pathological, actually
represent different belief systems, different ways of being, and different
mythologies. He is an executive faculty member of The Saybrook Institute,
where his personal commitment to teaching has been honored by the establishment
of an interdisciplinary chair for the study of consciousness. He is an
author and a contributor to several books on altered states of consciousness,
dream states, and parapsychology.
The Sacremental Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil
This presentation will review the historical use of Ayahuasca, a psychoactive
plant of power found in South America, among the peoples of the Amazon
and in the 20th century churches that consider it to be a sacrament. A
new measure, The Casto Scale, developed for identifying spiritual content
in dreams, visions, and other altered states of consciousness will be
used to demonstrate the many forms in which spiritual imagery occurs in
Ayahuasca experience. These churches, and their utilization of ayahuasca,
have legal status in Brazil. In the meantime, Shamans in the Brazilian
and Peruvian Amazon, continue to use the brew in their own sacred rituals.
Jeremy Norby's speculation on DNA-imagery in shamanic ayahuasca art will
be discussed, as well as Norby's expedition to the Amazon with three scientists.
Each of them brought a technical problem, and each claimed to have had
new insights during their ayahuasca session.
Lyrus Landholder has studied and practiced many
paths of Magick for over twenty years, from Wicca to Thelema, Tantra to
Kabbalah. He is an Elder and past High Priest of the Circle of the Sacred
Grove (Church of Pantheist Wicca), and a founding member of the Chameleon
Club. He is a fine cellist, composer and arranger, with a B.A. in Music.
Lyrus was trained in Yoga at the Light of Yoga Society in Cleveland, and
has been practicing Yoga for 22 years. He has been presenting Morning
Attunements at Starwood and WinterStar for over ten years.
Yoga for Beginners
Lyrus will lead us in an easy morning session of Yoga, demonstrating basic
stretches, postures (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation. Great
flexibility is not required, only the willingness to push and pull the
body in a few new directions. The emphasis is on gentleness! You may wish
to bring a small mat, a towel, or a blanket to put on the ground. Wear
Marty Laubach is
one of the founders of the Crystal Serpent (a Bloomington ritual Magick
group) and the Bloomington CUUPs chapter. He was an elder of the ELF Lore
Family from 1985 to 1992 and editor of the Elven Chronicles newsletter,
and has co-organized major rituals (with Bete Cabal) at past WinterStar
Symposiums and ELF Fests. He has practiced and taught Tai Chi since 1976,
using William Chen's adoption of Cheng Man-Ch'ing long and short forms.
He currently works with Black Moon Publications, and is writing his dissertation
for a Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University on the Sociology of Altered
States of Consciousness.
Tai Chi Workshop
Tai Chi Chuan is an exercise, moving meditation, and a martial art
form that has been practiced in China since the 11th century. It uses
Taoist principles of the soft overcoming the hard, emphasizing yielding
and turning an opponent's own strength against themselves. The Tai Chi
workshop will start with a demonstration of William Chen's short form;
then we will explore "push hands": an exercise in awareness
of the dynamics of balance in the self and in a partner.
Building Public Beliefs from Private Experiences (or How We Judge
Neopagans are unique as a religious movement, in that we build our beliefs
around direct connections with the spirit world through altered states
experiences. We practice a kind of democratization of revelation, where
anyone can have an experience and build a group around it. But we don't
just take someone's claim to spiritual authority, so how do we decide?
While there is no standard or accepted way of dealing with claims, this
workshop uses materials from Marty's research to show how we make our
decisions informally and in everyday practice. It turns out that we are
not so different from science after all - at least in its early development.
A. Lee is the author of the cult classic ACID DREAMS: The CIA,
LSD and the Sixties Rebellion, His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Spin, Village Voice, the Nation,
and many other publications. He's a contributing writer to the San Francisco
Bay Guardian and a co-founder of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness
& Accuracy In Reporting). Lee is also the author of THE BEAST REAWAKENS,
a book on resurgent racism and neofascism. Lee recommends: www.aciddreams.com;
Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD & the Sixties
An investigative journalist /social historian explores the clandestine
netherworld of CIA and army drug tests and behavior modification programs
initiated during the early years of the Cold War. Recounting some of the
most bizarre episodes in the history of American intelligence, Lee tells
the ironic story of the high-ranking U.S. spy who dropped acid and went
native, becoming the first Johnny Appleseed of LSD in the 1950s. How did
the CIA sorcerer-scientists respond when their psychedelic apprentice
slipped away from the laboratories of the state and entered the cultural
bloodstream? How successful was the CIA in using LSD - the hippie's sacrament
- as a mind control weapon? Were CIA personnel ever involved in trafficking
black market acid? What impact did "street drugs" have on the
political protest movements and counter-cultural upheavals of the 1960s
and beyond? What does it mean for us now?
Occult Fascism: Esoteric Nazism, Aryan Cults, and Pagan Identity Politics
A provocative excursion to the farther shores of politics, where New Age
super-conspiracy subcultures overlap with volkish cults of white identity,
anti-Semitic pagan sects, skewed variants of eastern mysticism, and devil-worshipping
skinhead black metal cliques. This seminar will explore some of the quasi-spiritual
and mythic elements that proliferate among contemporary neo-Nazi groups,
which often behave like religious cults preparing for the final, armed
showdown against a corrupt world. Socially and politically marginalized,
present-day neofascist youth in North American and Europe are into Odinism,
Gnostic doctrine, hallucinogenic drugs, yoga, Jungian psychology, UFOs,
hermetic alchemy, the Cathars, Knights Templar, Rosicrucians and other
secret societies? How do progressive pagans deal with all this?
Liafal, M. Ed, is a Chameleon, an ACE organizer,
and a former Senior Druid of Stone Creed Grove. She is a professional
educator and a Priestess of the Traditional Craft, current Vice Archdruid
for ADF, a past officer of the Ohio local Covenant of the Goddess, and
has been a major motivating force behind the Starwood Festival Kids Programming
for many years.
As we join our energies together, we invite the spirits to protect and
guide us during Starwood. Join hundreds of people as we spiral dance to
raise the power to envelope the festival in blessing.
We thank those who have aided us during the festival and ask for protection
as we return home.
Lipp was initiated into a traditional Gardnerian coven of Witches
in 1981, became a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca
and running Pagan circles ever since. She's been published in many Pagan
publications, including The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, Pangaia, Green
Egg, The Druid's Progress, Converging Paths, and The Hidden Path, as well
as Mothering Magazine. She has lectured at numerous Pagan festivals on
a variety of topics. As an active "out of the closet" member
of the Pagan community, Deborah has appeared in various media discussing
Wicca, most notably on the A&E documentary Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft
in America. She has also appeared on MSNBC, in The New York Times, and
in many smaller TV and print sources. In "real life" Deborah
is the Publications Director for a software company. More about her at
The Structure of Wiccan Ritual
A discussion of the underlying structure that permeates and creates
the Wiccan circle. Each step of ritual - calling the quarters, casting
the circle, cakes and wine - has a reason for being there, and for being
before the next step and after the previous one! This talk is based on
material in Deborah's book Elements of Ritual.
Demeter, Persephone and Hades
An in-depth analysis of one of the most important myths of the Classical
world, containing the origins of Spring and insights into the nature of
life, death, and rebirth. What are the psychological, archetypal and spiritual
interpretations of this myth? Why did Hades abduct Persephone? What does
it mean to be "raped" in a myth? Why did Persephone eat the
pomegranate seeds? What does this story teach us today?
Laurie Lovekraft, MA,
is a 15-year magical practitioner and popular San Francisco Bay Area performer,
writer, and teacher. A former prom queen and star athlete Laurie has studied
Wicca, Faery Tradition, Thelema, Buddhism, and New Age "Woo". She leads
large group rituals for pagans and nonpagans and is a founding member
of the Crescent Hellions, a Bay Area collective dedicated to creating
transformative ceremonies. She is visiting poet to Sonoma County Schools
and appears in the recently released book, Modern Pagans, by RE/Search
She will be performing with Wynne
Paris at Noon on Saturday.
Spellcraft for the Savvy Sorcerer/ess
This introduction to the art & science of magic is open to all
levels and abilities. We will examine basic & advanced Spellcraft
for goal-oriented Magick. Topics will include: folk spells, herbal charms,
sigils, and psychic mock-ups to manifest your heart's desire. Come learn
to craft your will into love, art, and abundance! Open to all genders
Daniel Lupinski has practiced Shamanic
healing for over 20 years. He has studied with Michael Harner, author
of The Way of the Shaman and Director for The Foundation for
Shamanic Studies, and has completed Harner's 3 year advanced program.
He has studied with Shamans/Healers from the Navajo Reservation (where
he lived for 5 years), Central America, Buryat in Siberia, and the Amazon
and Andes of Ecuador. But more importantly, he has learned the ways of
the Shaman by performing many healing rituals/ceremonies merged with his
power animals and a South American Shaman spirit. His wife Jenni,
who joined up with him over 5 years ago, works with an African woman Shaman.
Together they create ritual/ceremony and healing that reflects the work
of traditional Shamans that have been documented throughout time.
Introduction To Spirit & Healing: A Shaman's Journey
This introductory lecture on Shamanic healing will focus on the traditional
concepts and methods of the Shamans which have existed throughout humanity,
serving the community in maintaining the spiritual and physical well being
of the people. Shamans, in most cases, didn't inherit their position as
the healer, but went through personal transformations and hardships that
connected them with the Spirit World. They earned their position by being
successful in curing their people, or by explaining what needed to happen
for healing to take place. They were very intelligent individuals with
strong personalities, the technical experts of the spirit realms, who
were driven to continue this path relentlessly to satisfy the spirits
that worked with them and guided them in creating the ceremony and ultimate
healing. They learn to connect new circuits in the patient that would
transform their thinking and view of life. This lecture will discuss this
in detail, drawing on 20 years of the presenters' real life experiences.
Awakening To Spirit: A Shaman's Journey
This introductory workshop on Shamanic healing will discuss in more detail
the real life experiences the workshop presenters have acquired over the
past 20 years doing shaman work, focusing on the traditional concepts
and methods of the Shamans which have always existed throughout humanity.
At the core of healing is finding one's spirit and purpose in life, to
heal past traumas which have created soul loss. Illness intrusions and
the common occurrence of possession and its effects on one's life will
also be discussed. There will be experiential journeys into the lower
and middle world to connect with one's power (totem) animals and spirit
teachers/guides. The workshop will conclude with a group power Animal
Dance. Please bring drums and rattles (if you have them, but not required)
and a blanket/cushion. Please use no drugs or alcohol for 24 hours prior
to the workshop, as it will interfere with your ability to journey and
do this work.
Creating Ritual, Ceremony, & Healing: A Shaman's Journey
Ritual as a significant aspect of healing has been lost in our society,
but can still be found in some of the more traditional tribal societies.
To uncover your power and find healing from the past traumas of life you
must awaken to your own spirit, then awaken to the Spirit of Life that
surrounds us all. This intensive workshop will teach you how to journey
into the Shamanic realms to discover your power (totem) animal and spirit
teachers/guides, who can assist in the self-healing process and in the
creation of ceremony & ritual for the healing of self and others.
Discover your true power to heal and to connect to your spirit and life's
purpose. When we totally learn how to be in the moment, to act on all
we see and trust our vision, then we begin the Shaman's Journey. In this
way, we connect to our dreams and find bliss in our every day life, work,
and relationships. We truly then become a human "be-ing" and
learn the ways of the Shaman; a natural process of our own unique spiritual
path. This workshop will give you the tools to start your Shamanic Journey,
and to understand that physical illness is just a reflection of the state
of one's spirit. There will be experiential journeys into the lower, middle,
and upper worlds using the drum/rattle in the traditional shaman fashion.
Illness extraction, soul retrieval, and possession will be discussed on
an introductory level, as well as the processes needed to integrate them
into ritual. Please bring drums and rattles (if you have them, but not
required) and a blanket/cushion. Please use no drugs or alcohol for 24
hours prior to this workshop, as it will interfere with your ability to
journey and do this work.
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