Tom Swiss

Tom Swiss describes his spiritual path as Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian, which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. Over the past decade he has built a reputation as a lecturer on subjects spanning the gamut from acupressure to Zen and from self-defense to sexuality. Tom has previously served as President of the Free Spirit Alliance, is an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, a yondan (fourth-degree black belt) in karate, a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. His book on Zen Pagan spirituality, Why Buddha Touched the Earth, will be available from Megalithica Books later this year. Find out more about his wacky adventures at

Discordianism Through Its Literature

The Discordian movement has played a key role in the Pagan revival. You've heard people yelling "Hail Eris!" and "Kallisti!" around the fire. What's the deal? We'll discuss the history of the Discordian movement and discuss excerpts from the Principia Discordia and related works.

Helping Friends Feel Good with Acupressure and Shiatsu

Shiatsu ("acupressure massage") is commonly practiced within families in Japan. Unlike "Swedish" massage, shiatsu recipients can remain fully clothed; thus shiatsu can be appropriate in situations where massage would be awkward. Come with a friend or family member - or get partnered up and make a new friend - and learn how to give simple relaxing bodywork based on the principles of Chinese medicine.

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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