Starwood Festival XXIII 22-27 July 2003 - Sherman, NY

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Sara Delphine

Performer and Founder of Delphinia Dance Theatre, Sara's educational and professional development is both diverse and intensive. Coming from a background in psychology and theatre arts she went on to study and work extensively in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Her own spiritual path, along with her desire to help others has led her to integrate healing and performance. Sara's creative and unique workshops allow participants to explore their deepest selves and uncover profound insights. Using ritual, choreography and supportive coaching, Sara guides her students to grow artistically and spiritually.

Reclaim your inner performer:

Using ritual, visualization and costumes, Sara guides you to that fun and whimsical part of yourself that yearns to perform. Bring a unique costume piece (hat, mask, scarf, etc.) and come play with us!

Dance the Journey:
Thru music, movement and lightly structured choreography, you will experience a cathartic journey. This course will culminate in an organically developed dance piece created by and for the participants. Sara will choreograph a dance based on the energy the indivduals bring to the group.

Seeking the Aspects of Self:
Drawing upon the works of Julia Cameron and Caroline Myss, Sara incorporates both lecture and experiential processes, leading to discover your own inner archtypes. Be prepared to meet some of these inner selves as we bring them to life using drama and movement.

Denizens of the Didge Dome

Denizens of the Didge Dome (a.k.a. D3) is an informal collaborative of Didgeridoo-playing Starwood regulars. They include:

Jay Atwood: A Berklee College of Music Alumnus, professional keyboardist, composer, and all-around musical guy; Jay has been obsessed with the didgeridoo since he heard one at a Starwood bonfire six years ago. With great respect for its traditional Aboriginal owners, Jay plays in a contemporary style – incorporating diverse influences from Middle-Eastern rhythms to Trance/World fusion. More about Jay including sound clips:

Jason M. Bloom: Known for his lightning-fast tonguing, electronica-influenced grooves, and hard, percussive beat-box playing, Jason has been a Didge-Dome favorite for three years. Hoping to one-day see everyone in the world with a Didjeridu, Jason has been busily spreading his love of the instrument throughout the Rhode Island area, where he plays with the band “Oustide The Box”.

Jason Gazda: is founder of Rhythm Army, and creator of the Starwood Didge Dome. His unique, handmade didgeridoos are much sought after. Known for his deep trance style of playing, Jason continues to forge bravely into uncharted realms of consciousness, didgeridoo in hand. At the Dome, Jason emphasizes a playful and noncompetitive atmosphere for didge players, as well as the creation of a mystical and sacred space for explorers of the inner worlds.

Matt Merwin: A professional woodcrafter and natural musician, Matt has been playing and crafting American hardwood didgeridoos for six years. His style is introspective and experimental. With a spiritual practice rooted in his Quaker upbringing, Matt has found the didgeridoo to be a perfect tool for both listening to and expressing the “Still small voice of God within”.

Didgeridoo Basics I & II
Jason Gazda (Wednesday) and Jason Bloom (Sat)
Experience the beauty and mystery of the Aboriginal didgeridoo – at once the most basic, and yet profound of musical instruments. We will introduce the basic playing techniques – the drone, mouth sounds, and basic rhythms – and then present an overview of circular breathing. No music knowledge is necessary. We will have a few instruments to share. All players – from aspiring to professional – are welcome.

Didgeridoo Trance Circle:
Wednesday from Midnight to dawn

For those didj fans who experienced the one-hour “Whalesong” workshop last year, imagine that times 6. For those who didn’t catch it, imagine this: A marathon didgeridoo session, with droning from midnight till dawn. With support from sister and brother instrumentalists from all over Starwood village, players and listeners will journey together, transcending ordinary consciousness – immersing ourselves in an ocean of healing sound, and keeping a vibrational vigil that evokes a dreaming of the Starwood kind.

Smart Mouth
Matt Merwin
When it comes to didgeridoo music, you are often your own best teacher. “Smart Mouth” is a relaxed and fun way to find your own unique sound through meditation, experimentation, and play. The workshop will be geared towards beginner and intermediate didgeridoo players, though all mouth oriented instrumentalists who are looking to expand their sound palette are welcome join.

Children’s Didgeridoo Workshop: Friday 2:00 – 2:30
Jason Gazda & Jay Atwood

Beyond Circular Breathing
Jay Atwood

This workshop will pick up where Didgeridoo Basics left off – and will be geared towards the needs of the participants. We will continue to explore circular breathing, and focus on breath as the basis of rhythm. The facilitators will demonstrate advanced playing techniques and give individualized instruction. All are welcome.

Jonathan Dickau

Jonathan has been seeking for most of his life, to discover and express the pathways to the extraordinary, which unite the realm of the Magical and the Miraculous with the knowledge of Science and Mathematics. A true Renaissance man, Jonathan is a Composer, Musician, Engineer, Producer, Writer, Physicist, and Philosopher. Active in the Taoist Community, and a Unitarian Universalist, he is a member of the Church of All Worlds, and a priest in the Order of Melchizedek. He is also a nagual Seer/Sorceror, who has studied the emanations of the Eagle in great detail.

Jonathan has been a teacher of the movement arts for more than 12 years, having taught at Tai Ji at the Mid-Hudson Dance Studio for almost 3 years. He credits much of his knowledge of this subject to Tai Ji Master Al Chungliang Huang, with whom he studied and whose infectious teaching style he attempts to emulate. He is currently working on a book which will explore the secret teachings of the ancients, and their deep connections with what is known to modern Science.

Moving With Energy

This workshop is for those people who want to wake up energetically. When our bodily movement comes from the flow of our life-energy, and we are in tune with that flow, it brings renewed vitality to both the physical and energetic self. Jonathan leads the participants in gentle stretching and slow dance-like movements, which awaken the centers and pathways of energy, and allow the individual to direct that energy to create motion. We will explore what it means to actually feel the energetic component of the Self, and tap into that.
We'll do a little bit of Tai Ji, some Chi Gung, breathing exercises, a bit of meridian self-massage from Do-In, and I'll probably throw in a couple of Casteneda's Magical Passes, for good luck. Although we will work with these forms, this workshop is not about learning a particular form, but is about evolving forms by unfolding our energies. We will raise energy, and create motion. Our focus is more on getting the feeling right, getting the energy to flow, and letting the energy or Chi do the moving, which is why I call it "Moving With Energy."

Body of Energy
The Ancients viewed Energy as an essential component of the Self. Modern Science has shown that all matter is comprised of energy, but many scientists view living things as though they were mechanisms, or collections of lifeless chemicals. In this workshop, Jonathan explores the matter-energy equivalence, and talks about the ways we can experience energy for ourselves. He relates some of the topics of Quantum Mechanics to Taoist energy practices, and the beliefs and teachings of other cultures (ancient and modern) regarding energy. There will be some discussion of technical aspects of the scientific description of energy, and its relation to the physical, but no prior knowledge of Science is required.
This workshop will include some exercises for raising the energy, and will attept to give an overview of energy practices, but is intended to be more intellectual than practical. We will focus on the range of practices available to us, and how we can utilize various techniques to have more energy in our lives, to be able to move energy and to transmute one form of energy into another, and also how to create calm or dispel bad vibes. There will be an overview of the energy centers, and the character of energies flowing in each. Participants will learn how they can use energetic practices to aid their ability to cope with adversity, how they can bring energy to bear during ritual observances, and how to ground themselves. There will also be some discussion of both healing practices and movement techniques involving energy.

God and Goddess - Love that fuels the Cosmos
Cosmology has always been a fascination of human beings, and various cultures have their story of how the world began. As Science looks ever further back, to the origin of the universe, the picture is becoming stranger and stranger, but paradoxically it confirms things that Mystics have known, and Mystery Schools have taught for centuries. The Sacred Geometry of the Ancients reveals some of those mysteries, and tells the story of something far older. The origin of all has its seeds in the primal forms which are faces of God and Goddess. Jonathan explains how the God and Goddess identities had their birth before time, how the God and Goddess natures shaped reality, and how their Love gave birth to Universes of form.
This workshop will touch on advanced topics of Science, including discussion about the first moments of the Big Bang, and speculation about what came before, but will not require any background in Science. Some of the basic concepts of Sacred Geometry will be demonstrated, and will show the emerging forms show the aspect of God and Goddess, in the form of male and female geometric attributes. Jonathan will explain how this relates to the origin of the universe, and how some of the best modern attempts to explain the very first moments seem to suggest a sense of identity which has a dual aspect. It is his belief that God and Goddess natures arose together, and that both aspects are needed to make us whole.

The Totality of Being - The First Seven Steps
To experience the Totality of Being is the ultimate experience, but it is decidedly difficult. Can we even know how much of us there is to explore? Jonathan shares his outlook on the steps Spirit took to evolve and discover itself, and how we can learn to discover our own totality by following a simple formula. He shows how this formula arose from the very roots of time, and that it is a pattern which repeats itself endlessly throughout the universe. Some figures from Sacred Geometry will be used to demonstrate how complexity can emerge from a progession of simple forms, and this will be shown to lead to Fractals, which are almost endlessly complex. A variety of colorful diagrams will be used, in this workshop, to show concepts visually. No prior knowledge of Higher Mathematics or Science is assumed.
Jonathan will share his experiences Seeing the Emanations of the Eagle, and relate how the universe of form in the invisible worlds has a distinct pattern to it. This pattern is one and the same pattern of evolution suggested by the Sacred Geometry of the Ancients, but also seems to agree with the picture emerging from Modern Science and Higher Mathematics, of the Cosmology of the universe. Out of the oneness of the origin, came all of the distinctions leading to form. If each new quality is given a word, it says something magical; it is a message for living beings. (One Open As Multiplicity, and formless nothingness, Finds Peace, and Knows All that is As Him/Herself - is one translation) The Emanations of the Eagle are discussed and explained, so that aspiring Seer/Sorcerors can develop their own yardsticks.


Djenaba (D.J.Reese) has been an advocate of healthy living and spiritual experience for over 20 years, practicing the techniques and skills she promotes. She is a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology, certified by the International College in Zurich, Switzerland and the Touch for Health Kinesiology Association. Djenaba is an Advanced Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Consultant, Fitness Counselor, Advanced Aerobics Instructor, and Yoga Instructor, certified by the American Aerobic Association International/International Association of Sports Medicine, and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Reclaiming the Self

Positive self-concept is an on-going process. Moving effectively through uncertainty and fear into a living, joyful body is possible. Many integrated healing and psychological experts are recognizing the need for physical integration and release for a successful, long lasting recovery. By actively taking steps to create safety, we can begin the process of healing ourselves by expanding our awareness and personal choices. Gentle, rhythmic movements allow the body mindful, restorative experience that helps us to focus and ground ourselves. Imagine the feeling of knowing you're alive and well, and just fine as you are.

Pagan Playground
If you like to have a barrel of laughs while you break a sweat, this is the class for you. This class burns fat, strengthens the cardiovascular system, and utilizes all major muscle groups. No complex dance moves here, just fun and games in the 'old school' tradition of anything to get out of the house. Cross training was never so much fun. If you don't use it, you lose it, and that includes your sense of humor. When was the last time you played with a hula hoop? Bring the willingness to get over yourself. This funshop suits all levels of participants.

Jim Donovan

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Jim Donovan was seven years old when he received a small drum made of a recycled coffee can from his grandmother and heard in it an eternal calling, a path to the rest of his life. He devoted himself to walking its terrain, and passed along the way small but important milestones. At age twelve a drumming corps invited him to crash cymbals. At fourteen he fought for, and won, the rights to the drum kit in the high school band. At sixteen he joined his music teacher as an equal in a jazz ensemble. The primitive howl he heard in that coffee can was evolving into a divine whisper, one that sent him into the University of Pittsburgh's classical music program and into the waiting arms of those musicians with whom he would create Rusted Root.
By 1998, Jim had reached a level of mastery that compelled him to share what he'd learned about the healing power of rhythm. This belief led him to Triloka Records and he recorded an idea he had been developing since 1994 entitled Indigo: Music for Exploration and Evolution. This is an extended piece of repetitious hypnotic music, which listeners could use directly for spiritual exploration, a catalyst for altering consciousness to assist meditation and relaxation. In 1999 he recorded drums on “Live from Earth”, a CD by Triloka label mate and co-founder Krishna Das.

Workshops (Double):
Includes the following components:

- Breathing exercises: Learning to relax as we play. We'll focus on this throughout the workshop.
- Hand Maintenence: Massage techniques to keep your hands in good shape
- Basic Drumming techniques: Holding and striking the drum Bass & Open tones hand positions/hand preservation
- Dexterity exercises: Drumming exercises to get your hands and brain working together
- Rhythmic Ear Training: An exercise designed to teach how to begin reacting to music without analyzing it. Based on traditional "call and response" techniques.
- Rhythm groups: Collections of patterns based on traditional rhtyhms from Africa, the Carribean, South American among others. This is structured ensemble style. We'll learn all the patterns individually, then split the room up into thirds and then play all the rhythms at the same time. Historical and cultural contexts for the the rhythms are briefly explained as well.
- Drum Jam: A lightly facilitated drumming free for all designed to inspire creativity, communication, listening, interaction and cooperation among the participants.

Rob Dorsey

Rob Kuadaky Dorsey, LMT is a lifelong musician and student of the uses of sound, especially the applications of the human voice for all aspects of physical, energetic and consciousness development. As a licensed massage therapist, performer, and scholar, he has studied, presented and taught at arts venues, dharma centers, festivals, monasteries, wellness centers, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, and Yoga schools around the country. In compliment to his studies of sacred sound, meditation and chanting from both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, he has an active practice in healing massage and soundwork.

Discovering Vocal Harmonics
An experiential introduction to and explanation of the natural overtone qualities of the voice to enliven, generate awareness of, and balance energy within and without the physical body. Following a brief historical overview of the use of vocal harmonics in shamanism, Tantra, mystical and religious rites and ceremonies in the Eastern and Western traditions, we will examine the roles of stillness, breath, hearing, speech, chanting and toning as awareness practices and as preparations for meditation, journeying or other spiritual workings. Along with this, a specific exercise for enlivening and balancing the chakras will be taught, as well as whatever group toning time and circumstances allow.

Exploring Vocal Harmonics
An exploration of the further uses of the overtone qualities of the voice to define sacred space, connect participants within healing and ritual settings, and as a powerful group rite unto itself. Materials, activities, and discussion will explore the use of the voice, and harmonics specifically, in promoting energetic and spiritual harmony within and between individuals in a variety of contexts. Much of the work will be determined by the interests and proclivities of the workshop's participants, but will include interaction with instruments designed for sacred sound.

Workshops offered with co-facilitator Renea C. Frey:
Sitting Upright – Sitting Meditation 101
Sitting Upright – Intermediate Sitting Meditation

Halim El-Dabh

Halim El-Dabh is a Professor Emeritus of African Ethno-Musicology from Kent State University. He has travelled the world on projects by such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute, studying and participating in the life and music of tribal cultures. He is an experienced drummer and performer on a wide variety of authentic African musical instruments and on keyboard. He was a soloist with Leopold Stokowsky, and he’s the composer of the music for Martha Graham’s Clymenestra, Nuriev and Margo Fontayne’s The Fallen Angel Lucifer, Nile Festival Music, Ramses the Great Symphony, Lament of the Pharoh, and the sound-light show for the Pyramid of Egypt. His production Opera Flies was part of the 25th Anniversary memorial program for the Kent State shooting. A pioneer in the field of electronic music, he has a new CD entitled Crossing Into the Electric Magnetic. Halim now works with both the Ohio Arts Council and Cleveland Public Theatre.

African Perceptions: Colors and senses
Explaining the relationship between colors and deities amoung the yorubas and the Ancient Egyptians. The Yoruba tradition has retained a consistent relationship between colors and deities without regard to the influence of other religions. The ancient Egyptians associated colors, senses, and deities. Halim will be exploring using a keyboard to interpret color and artistic presentations.

Rev. Skip Ellison

Skip Ellison has been a member of Ar nDraiocht Fein since 1990 and has served on its Mother Grove since 1992. He has held several positions and is currently ADF's Archdruid and Chief of the Magician's Guild. He was the grove Organizer for Muin Mound Grove, AFD in Syracuse, NY and became its second Senior Druid, a position he has held since 1992. A retired Industrial Electrician, he now works tending his land and gardens, learning more about history and traveling around the US and Europe visiting ADF groves and talking about ADF at festivals.

Ancestors of the Celts

This workshop looks at pre-Celtic Europe. Who were the P.I.E's (Proto-Indo-Europeans) and where did they come from? Learn all this and more!

The Significance of Food and Drink to the Indo-Europeans
Feasting and drinking were very important to the IE people. This workshop explores some of the customs associated with IE feasts and holidays. It includes customs for both small and large gatherings.

ADF’s Study Plan – Where do we stand?
The first stage of the ADF Study Plan is now nearing completion. We have Guilds working students through the program and we’ve been receiving feedback from those students. This workshop looks at exactly where we are today and talks about some plans for where we want the SP to go in the future.

Philip H. Farber

Philip H. Farber is the author of FUTURERITUAL: Magick for the 21st Century, a manual of neurological exploration. His articles on magick and popular culture have appeared in Green Egg Magazine, The Journal of Hypnotism, Hypnosis Today, Mondo 2000, High Times, Paradigm Shift, and other unique publications and web sites. Phil is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming, with a private practice in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.

Magick for Potheads

That's right, Phil will once again fire up the burning issue of what happens when magick and marijuana meet! This is an excellent opportunity to pass around some ideas to make your ritual work blaze. Learn how to draw on the higher concepts of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming to enhance your herbalization ritual and to let your ritual benefit from herbalization. Please bring enough of your short term memory to appreciate these unique and challenging ideas. Snacks are always welcome, too.

How to be a Megalomaniac
This session should really be called Son of How to be a Megalomaniac, another in an ongoing series of presentations that will enable you to take over the world in one easy lesson! (Actual mileage may vary.) Let's say you're the son of a megalomaniac and have already taken over one government, bombed the hell out of a couple more - no, wait! That's not the workshop! What you'll get in this session will be a few more tips and techniques for influencing large groups of people - and the knowledge necessary to stand firm in the presence of those sons of whatever who might use such techniques unscrupulously!

Debbie Fields-Berry

Generally fixated on other planes -- High Priestess of the Alexandrian coven Symbios, former Hierophant of the Order of Ganymede and academic librarian -- in her spare time Debbie pursues practical crafts that serve to help link mind, body, and soul. These currently include bee-keeping, brewing, quilting, soap-making, gardening, sewing and baking in conjunction with teaching these skills to others similarly interested.

The Basics of Brewing
If you've ever been interested in brewing your own beer but weren't sure about how to get started, or whether it was worth the time and cost, come find out! We'll walk through all the basic brewing procedures, from boiling to bottling, creating a relatively simple batch of brown ale during the class. You'll leave the class with recipes, an ingredient list, an equipment list and enough knowledge to be able to successfully brew by yourself at home.

Renea C. Frey

Renea C. Frey holds a Bachelor's Degree with a major in English Literature, a minor in Psychology, 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, academic journals, 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. She has practiced meditation for many years, including sitting in zendos and numerous Tibetan dharma centers.

Sacred Ink -- 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.

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.

Workshops offered with co-facilitator Rob Dorsey:
Sitting Upright – Sitting Meditation 101
Discussion of the history, uses and practice of sitting mediation along with exercises for attaining flexibility and comfort in traditional postures. This will be followed by instruction in basic stillness and breath meditations.

Sitting Upright – Intermediate Sitting Meditation
After reviewing posture, we will explore techniques and practices of sitting meditation from traditional yogic vipasana and Zen style zazen, to the analytical and absorptive awareness methods of Tibetan Buddhism. If interest and time allow, a demonstration of mantra or chant meditation may be offered.

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