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

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Dana Piper

Dana has been working as a Professional Massage Therapist for over 19 years, has been teaching this workshop for over 10 years and is fully trained in Applied Kinesiology, Sports Massage, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release and Full term Pregnancy. He was AMTA Director of Sport Massage in Michigan for 3 years.

Workshop (double):
Partnered Therapeutic Massage: This workshop focuses on body mechanics with technique that allows most anyone to give a full hour therapeutic massage.
Thus far my largest class was over 40 couples with annual repeaters. Bring a partner, mat/blanket and a good attitude and we will have fun and laughter together. Oil is provided. NO SEXUAL TOUCH.


Rafael has been a praticing Buddhist seeker for 30 years... From the mid 70's through the early 90's he was an artist and composer with work in libraries, collections across the U.s. and the Library of Congress.
He is a Priest of Dionysus, initiated First Degree Ceremonial Magi, Ogan of the ILE IFA in Toronto, a ULC Minister and keeper of the Starwood ashes.
He has been attending Starwood since 1989 and is considered to be a Drum Elder Emeritus of Brushwood Folklore Center - as well as an all around facilitator of goodthings here and at other gatherings.

Belly Dancer Alert
If you are a belly dancer (dance oriental) or just like the style, or are a Middle Eastern style drummer (rics, tambourine, tars and frame drums, tabla, dumbeks, darboukas, flutes zills and finger cymbals), come to the Middle Eastern Drumming Fire at Workshop Site C on Wednesday Night. It runs from 9 PM until 3 AM. Free Coffee.

Lauren Raine

Lauren Raine MFA , is a sacred maskmaker, choreographer, and ritualist who has studied temple mask and dance traditions in Bali. In 1999 she created 25 MASKS OF THE GODDESS for the 20th Annual Spiral Dance. She has worked with Starhawk, Antero Alli, M.Macha Nightmare, and has facilitated many community ritual theatre events, and exhibited her masks internationally.

The Masks of the Goddess: Mask and Ritual Theatre Technology
This workshop will explore aspecting the Goddess (and God) through sacred maskwork and performance. Lauren Raine will discuss her Masks of the Goddess, which have been used extensively by communities in California for ritual events, "invocation" of the mask, finding your own stories and dances of the Goddess, and the creation of public Community Ritual Theatre.

Creating Ritual Masks
In this workshop we will create masks for fun and ritual use. We'll discuss traditions of maskwork around the world, including Indonesia, where Lauren Raine studied. Participants will have an opportunity to create simple masks to embellish, dream, and dance throughout Starwood and beyond! ($10 fee payable to Lauren)

Spirit of the Mask
This workshop will be a continuation to "Creating ritual masks". Participants who have created masks will have an opportunity to further develop their masks, and the archetypes they evoke.

Adhitin Ratrija

Adhitin Ratrija is the co-founder, with his wife Narabali, of the Order of the Perfumed Scorpion, which is a modern Vedic reconstructionist organization. He is also the co-creator of a modern Indo-European Vedic movement. He has been an avid student of Asian philosophies and religions for the past twenty-six years, has been a member of ADF for the past five years, and is currently composing a book on modern Vedism that should be completed and published within the next two years.

Basic and Advanced Vedism: This workshop will introduce anyone to the wonders that are held within Vedism. We will go into Vedism's roots within the Indo-European people, basic Vedic thought, basic Vedic religious practices, the Vedic pantheon, basics in Vedic magic and ritual, and how the Vedics viewed the world. In addition we will touch upon what happened to the ancient Vedics, some of the religions that sprang up from the fall of Vedism, the differences of those religions, the truth behind some misconceptions of Vedism and what modern Vedism.


Raven has been active in the Pagan community for more than twenty years. She is a Priestess of Spirit Weavers Church (a legally recognized Pagan church based in Toledo, Ohio), Practitioner of High Magic, 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 Magic, Tarot, Divination, Dream Interpretation, Rituals, Candle Magic 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 with Ronn Walks with Fire

Kaaren Remley

Kaaren has been an amateur and semi-professional singer for 30 years, and went to Ithaca college for music. She has been director and assistant director for 2 choruses and has taught private voice lessons. Her barbershop quartet "A Touch of Velvet" has competed on the International stage. She is an initiate in the Braided Wheel Tradition.

Basic Singing Technique: Learn how to make a full, resonant sound for singing during ritual. We'll focus on how to use your breath, correct posture, in-tune singing- the basics of improving how you sound! Will teach some useful songs and songs for the all music ritual scheduled later during the week. Beginners welcome & encouraged!

Harmony & Chant Share: Learn to harmonize during ritual. Continuation of Basic Singing Technique. All levels welcome! Drums, singing bowls, flutes and other instruments welcome. Those who wish to be part of the all music ritual should come to this workshop. Feel free to bring chants/songs you want to share!

Music Ritual: Celebrate the power of music in this fully sung and played ritual! During the ritual there will be no spoken word. Just song, music and joy. Songs planned for the ritual will be taught during "Basic Singing Technique" and "Harmony and Chant Share"


Ristandi is an Elder in the Rune Gild.

This workshop is an in depth exploration of the Blot [Offering/Blessing] ritual currently practiced by members of the Rune-Gild, AFA, Odinic Rite, Ring of Troth and other Norse/Scandinavian religious revivals. The historical and mythological underpinnings for the Blot will be examined and discussed, followed by a focused examination of each of the nine elements of the Blot Rite as practiced by the Rune-Gild, the pre-eminent modern School of Germanic and Scandinavian Magic Participants will explore the structure of the Blot rite in a step by step manner, learning how each phase works to illuminate and transform the practitioner, and establish an intimate reciprocal relationship with otherworldly beings. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Blot as a tool for operative magic: it is a "religious" ritual that can in fact be used to create practical change in the objective universe.
Once the structure is understood, participants will work together to create and perform a Blot rite, through which they can experience the primeval power of this direct and effective ritual form.

Christopher Rondina

Christopher Rondina has been a member of the Pagan community for over 20 years, spending much of that time studying the traditions & beliefs underlying western mystical folklore. Christopher has published two books on New England historical folk-legends, Vampire Legends of Rhode Island and The Vampire Hunter's Guide to New England, and is currently working on a new book about sacred shape-shifting and werewolf traditions.

Running with the Moon - Part I: The Shamanic Werewolf
Have you ever longed to reclaim your lost wildness and run free under the light of the moon? For centuries the legend of the "lycanthrope" (wolf-man) has been relegated to myths of hairy monsters roaming the forests or low-budget horror films. The truth behind the werewolf myth runs much deeper, however. Like his cousin the legendary witch, the werewolf or "shape-shifter" has its roots in the sacred mystical practices of our earliest ancestors. Join folklorist, storyteller and spiritual shape-shifter Christopher Rondina for an exploration of the role of mystical animal-warriors in Pagan history.

Running with the Moon - Part II: The Art of Spiritual Lycanthropy
Come howl with us! Cast aside your fears of wildness & discover the deep primeval landscape of your own consciousness - the beast within! In this session we will challenge modern views of feral or animalistic behavior, explore methods of practical shape-shifting and examine traditional shifting catalysts including moonlight, trances, ointments and talismans. Spiritual Lycanthropy invites us to reclaim our sacred connection to the earth by stepping out of our human skins and embracing the wild within! Attendance at Running with the Moon Part I is suggested but not required.

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 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 Mysteries of Extàngelà (a personal spiritual initiation held each September), and several other overnight Fests at FireHeart in Toledo, Ohio.

Workshops (with Raven):
Bouquet of Lovers – Multi-Partner Relationships
This is a special workshop for individuals, couples, triads, quads and more seeking to explore the possibilities of polyamory and love without limits. Topics cover the emotional, mundane, spiritual and magical aspects and include status, time management, emotional issues, group living, financial, and many others.

Shielding – Psionic & Emotional Shelter and Concealment: Learn the secrets that Magicians, Empaths, Healers, Psychics, Shamans and other spiritual sensitives utilize to shield from external rèsonance (magical and other energies). This seminar focuses on the strengths, weaknesses, costs and side affects of various basic shielding techniques.

CAWnspiracy – It Will Suck You In! Join in a symposium that details everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the Church of All Worlds (CAW) and provides the secret of not falling into its clutches! This conspiratorial session is a no-holds-barred, free-for-all, hanging-out interrogation of the Priests, Priestesses, Ministers, Scions and Members of the oldest continuous Neo-Pagan organization! (Performed by Church of All Worlds)

Drinking Deeply/Sharing Water: “Water shared is life shared.”, “Grokking”, and “Thou art God/dess!” imbue this Church of All Worlds Water Sharing Ceremony (held in the pool) adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. This moving (literally) communion rite affirms our kinship in the Great Circle of Life. Experience unity in community and Gaia with the sharing of the essence of life. (Performed by Church of All Worlds)

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 18 years. (The panel discussion The Self in Transformation, with Joseph Rothenberg, is available from ACE.)

Interface: Hands-On Experience With Electronic
Meditation Devices

A variety of light/sound and electrical stimulation devices will be available to examine and use. A brief explanation of this technology will be offered, followed by a discussion on artificially induced altered states of consciousness as a tool for art and communication.

Wendy Rover

Wendy Rover (aka Zoom) is an herbalist, witch and woodbuster who has been saved by the dance! As one who has first hand been brought back from the underworld by drums and movement, she is committed to sharing the joy and healing potential of the traditional songs, dances and rhythms that have been passed on to her. Wendy has been involved in the Drum and Dance Community in Rochester, NY for the last 7 years and has danced and performed with Bush Mango Drum and Dance, studying with Colleen Hendrick, Michael Markus, M’baye Diagne and Anisha Hassan

West African Drum and Dance

Join Us and explore the songs, rhythms and traditional dances of Guinea, West Africa. Drums, movement and song are a means of communing with The Ancestors and with the Hidden in Ourselves. Evan Stuckless will teach the drum parts during the first half of this double workshop. Wendy will teach the songs and dances in the second half. We will be working on Jahleh-don, KuKu and more. All levels of dance experience welcome, or just come to watch and sing. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water to drink. Get ready for your Solo!

Gene Rowand

My many and varied studies include: An extensive comparative study of the Religions of the World, Astrology, Numerology, Herbal Lore and Healing, and Holistic Healing Practices such as Reflexology, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Hands of Light. I have studied with Native American Ikche Wicasha and Wichashapi Wakan. (The People and Medicine Men of the Sioux Nation)

“My life’s journey has brought me the knowledge and understanding that the energy of the Universe is transmutable; it can be put in any form. This means that if you learn to work with the Energy of the Universe you can use that energy to change your life and help others change theirs. Today, as I move along my Path, I teach and share my knowledge with others so that they may move along their Paths as well.”

Linda Rowand

My studies have included traditional healing (I have been an RN for over 30 years) & holistic healing practices such as reflexology, reiki, & Hands of light. I have also studied angels & fung shui extensively.
Gene and I lived on a Sioux Reservation for 4 ½ yrs and I became an adopted sister in a Sioux family. During those years I studied Native American practices and beliefs and have been taught to pour a traditional INIPI.
“My life journey has taught me to respect all life, to have faith and to believe all things are possible.”

The Inipi is a sacred ritual and those interested need to be well educated before they make the commitment to participate. We will be doing Men’s Sweats, Women’s Sweats and Mixed Sweats.
Tentatively, workshops regarding the Inipi would be held as follows:
Workshop held Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Male sweat on Thursday
Female sweat on Friday
Mixed sweat on Saturday

Badal Roy

Amerendra 'Badal' Roy Choudhury arrived in New York in 1968 with a pair of tablas and eight dollars in his pocket, taking busboy jobs and waiting positions in Indian restaurants. Soon, he was entrancing customers with his drumming. Badal's passionate style of playing is free-flowing and always from the heart, and when Miles Davis heard him play, the superstar warmed to him and spread the word. Soon he received his big break: an invitation to record with John McLaughlin and Miles successively. Today Badal Roy is the foremost exponent of tabla in jazz music. He has played with not only Davis and McLaughlin, but also artists as diverse as Herbie Mann, Dave Liebman, Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Andreas Vollenweider, and Yoko Ono. He has been an integral part of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time since 1988 and is presently collaborating with Brazil s Duofel, an instrumental guitar duo, and touring with the Global Village Ceremonial Band.

Tabla Workshop

The Tabla is an enormously versatile instrument which originated in India. The right hand drum is called Tabla, and the left hand drum is called Bayan. The Tabla is also a tunable instrument. To learn to play Tabla you have to learn the language of the right hand drum ( tin, tun, te ,ta and na etc), the language of the left hand drum (ga, ge, kat etc), and how to use both hands together (dha,dhin, dhe etc). You have to sing the language and play the language (sound). Badal will show how to play 4 beats, 6 beats and 7 beats etc.

Rob Roy

Director of Earthwood Building School, West Chazy, NY. For 22 years, Earthwood (Rob) has taught workshops in cordwood masonry, underground housing and megalithic (stone circle) construction at the Northern New York Campus and all over the world. Rob is the author of 11 books and producer of 4 videos on alternative building, sauna, the mortgage free economy, and megalithic stone building. His latest book is Cordwood Masonry: The State of the Art (New Society, 2003). On October 13, 2002, Rob, with his family and friends, raised the 20-ton stone, Juliesteyna, at Earthwood. The stone is the largest megalith to be raised by hand since Easter Island days. Tools available to stone circle builders 5000 years ago were used. The story of Juliesteyna can be read at The stone marks the Winter Solstice sunset, when the sun appears as a flame on a giant candle.

Cordwood Masonry Workshop: Cordwood masonry is an easy, esthetic, low-cost, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound method of building walls for homes, saunas, and other buildings. Students will learn basic cordwood theory, including estimating materials, what kinds of wood are best, and how long to dry them. Rob and his wife Jaki (with whom he has built four cordwood homes) will demonstrate the wall-building technique by laying up 12 to 15 log-ends in a sample panel. Students will learn how to lay up the wood, insulate the walls, and point the mortar surface for strength and beauty.

Stone Circles: A Megalithic Workshop: The building of stone circles has enjoyed a revival during the past 25 years. More and more people are creating stone circles as meeting places and for ceremony, particularly in connection with earth-based spiritual tradition. In an illustrated lecture, Rob will discuss ancient and modern circles, including siting, measure, geometry, and astronomical alignments. Slides and models help illustrate this workshop, which focuses on how to raise large stones using only equipment that would have been available to the great stone circle builders 5000 years ago. This year’s Megalithic Workshop, the only one Rob has scheduled in 2003, will feature a step-by-step explanation of the Raising of Juliesteyna, the new 20-ton Winter Sunset Stone at Earthwood Building School.

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