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Tom Swiss

Tom Swiss describes his spiritual path as "Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian", which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. He an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy and a karate student and teacher, holding the rank of yondan (fourth degree black belt). Tom is also a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. He recently spent three months in Japan, studying the relationship between Shinto and Buddhism in Japanese culture for a book he's writing about Zen Paganism. Tom has previously presented various workshops at FSA Beltane, the Free Spirit Gathering, and the Starwood Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Sparking a Creative Inferno

Zelda's Inferno is a weekly Baltimore poetry workshop that has been meeting and writing since 2000. We have only one rule: if you have words on the page at the end of the exercise, you win! Longtime Zelda's coordinator Tom Swiss will lead participants through writing exercises that might show you new ways to spark the fires of creativity. For poets, bards, and writers of all types and abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

Self-defense as a Spiritual Practice

You are a manifestation of the divine, a child of the God and Goddess. That makes you a being worth defending; yet our culture's confused attitudes about violence, plus the self-esteem issues faced by many people in the Pagan community, often obscure the fact that self-defense is also defense of the divine principle within all of us. In this workshop we will try to cut through the fog and discuss attitudes and skills to preserve not just your body but your divine nature. Targeted for those without previous martial arts or self-defense training; but experienced students are also welcome. We will practice verbal and non-verbal communication skills for dealing with conflict, and a few simple self-defense techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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