sects & sex

Winterstar 23

February 23-26, 2006 | Atwood Lake Resort

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Snakes Rising


began as the outreach arm of a chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) and rapidly grew. The group has a devotional focus and desires to share the ecstasy of that devotion with others. The experience and talent of members is quite varied. That is one of the things that makes the Snakes a joy to be part of!


Raymere has received recent mention in "On-Line Dancer" magazine for one of his award winning East Coast performances. He is an accomplished Sword Dancer who is well known for his workshops at such festivals as Between the Worlds and PSG.

Laura Smith is a frequent dancer with Snakes Rising. She lives in Cincinnati and currently teaches Beginner Bellydance at Lion of Babylon Studios.

Dave Hergert plays bass and electronic drums. He is the sound engineer and producer for the Snakes CDs. Dave's interest in ecstasy through music is grounded in his spiritual beliefs and earlier work as a jazz improvisationist. He offers workshops in mid-east, east and trance rhythms.

Susan Hergert is the enchantress, and mistress of all trades for Snakes Rising. She offers workshops in healing/ecstasy through chant and the Snakes Rising method. Her uniquely crafted blend of Earth Centered movement, neopagan chant and Kirtan is designed to get everyone involved!

Khrysso Heart LeFey of Columbus,OH, is a singer, songwriter, arranger, music historian, and choir leader. He identifies as a Radical Faerie and interfaith community minister, holding a Master of Theological Studies degree from the Iliff School of Theology. There he earned two scholarships for his devotion to liturgical arts. Khrysso has served on the boards of the Columbus Folk Music Society and the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs). He joins Snakes Rising for it's 2006/2007 touring season.



Five Movements, Five axes, Five Rhythms
Raymere's "Five Movements, Five Axes, Five Rhythms" is a two hour, intensive exploration of the cardinal bellydance moves combined with five rhythms ecstatic practice. This is our introductory course for serious students of our method. Based on the teachings of Gabrielle Roth, Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi, and various ecstatic dances of the world. Live music provided by members of Snakes Rising.

Chanting Satsang
Really just about sums it up. Chanting as a group. Om Namah Shivaya...

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