Denise Cumor

Denise "Dirty Mother" Cumor has dedicated most of her adult life to empowering women and men in the arts and history of sacred sexuality. Identifying as a Pagan and learning to embody the Goddess in all her forms has given her the confidence to build on this reclamation. Experiences that have strengthened her commitment include: working as a stripper for 4 years on Baltimore's infamous 'Block,' teaching OB-GYN protocol to medical students with Johns Hopkins, selling adult novelties with Athena's Home Novelties, directing and acting in various productions of the Vagina Monologues, and being a part of the Spiral Dance Womyn's Center (where she taught sex workshops), and vending and educating for over five years in the mid-Atlantic Pagan community with her version of The Red Tent. She has also been the Event Coordinator for the last four years at Blue Ridge Beltane's (adult only) Inner Sanctum Village. She has been making music for over 20 years, and has played at Starwood in the band Dirty Mothers. Her current musical project is the Gothic/Electronica duo Red Wound, appearing this year.

Exploring the Dark Goddess, Embracing your Sacred Whore

Traditions of the Dark Goddess are many and incredibly diverse, yet they all hold within them core truths representing some of the most frightening aspects of our individual paths: destruction and death; fears we have yet to face; and mysteries that we have yet to uncover. If we could learn to embrace Her, releasing fear of the dark shadows within our own sexuality, we would see that She holds within Her the wisdom and strength which we need to heal ourselves emotionally and to become more empowered and spiritually connected. In this discussion we will explore some of the traditions of the Dark Goddess and answer questions: What are Her connections to our sacred sexuality? How do we engage Her wisdom and respond? What might our lives look like when empowered by the Sacred Whore within all of us? (Men & Womyn, 18+)

Reclaiming Womyn's Rites and Mysteries

Come explore, discuss and speculate pre-patriarchal Goddess worship and sacred sexuality. Unveil lost empowering truths through ancient poetry and art, Goddess myths and the etymology of words like prostitute and hysterectomy. This workshop will also include discussions on Inanna's sacred temples and rituals, Liliths exile to the dead sea, ancient and tribal honoring of menstruation, heiros gamos and other sexual rites that honored the divine feminine. (Womyn only)

















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