PPD 2019 Workshops, Rituals and Entertainment
|Title||Type||Image||Workshop Presenters, Entertainers, Ritual Leaders||Description||Biography|
|Sisters are Doin’ It for Themselves||Women's Ritual||Nemeton||Practice as a Solitary? Meet occasionally with a couple of friends? Cannot practice at all? Feel you don’t have the knowledge or tools? Often though, it seems that women do not truly trust that they have the power within themselves. Over the years, we have found that not all women have had the opportunity to participate actively in creating a Ritual. Nemeton invites you to join us for a special ritual where we will all actively participate in creating our circle and creating a new personal tool. Whether you are brand new or been around the circle a few times, join us as a working part of Nemeton's Women's Ritual …. “ Standin’ on our Own Two Feet , and Ringin’ on our Own Bells !”||Nemeton is a group of vibrant, passionate and wild women of all ages, who gather together to learn, share, encourage and support each other. For 16 years we have met to celebrate women’s mysteries, milestones in our lives and the wheel of the year. Comprised of women who have been pagan for many years to some who are relatively new to their path, we gather monthly for classes, rituals, fellowship and great feasts.|
|“Mama Moses and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad”||Workshop||Witchdoctor Utu||Join Witchdoctor Utu; author, founder of the Dragon Ritual Drummers, Niagara Voodoo Shrine and member of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple, for a hands on workshop and discussion about his new book “Conjuring Harriet 'Mama Moses' Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad”. It will cover elements of the material within on how to approach the U.G.R.R. spirits for exaltation, communing and blessings.|
|Exploring Hellenistic traditions and practices||Workshop||Melissa Gold and Stephanie Grey||Exploring Hellenistic traditions and practices. |
"Exploring Hellenic Polytheism - Melissa Gold, a clergy candidate of Hellenion, and, Stephanie Gray, a former Wiccan priestess, are founding members of Hellenic Spirit, a Toronto-based Proto-Demos of Hellenion, since 2009. Join them to learn about the Greek pantheon and ancient traditions of Greece and how you can incorporate them in your life and daily practices."
|Harvesttime||Ritual||Rev. Rachelle Foster and Lay Minister Myke Hutchings||The Harvest is now nearly done. Our tools are well used, the blades ready to be cleaned and honed for next year's cycle. So we will need to take our leave from our gardens. The Wheel of the Year turns and Autumn begins. Join Rev. Rachelle Foster and Lay Minister Myke Hutchings as they say farewell to summer's harvest and begin the work toward Hallows, celebrating the Lothloriën Tradition's Autumn Journey.||Rachelle Foster is a Yoked Priestess with The Tradition of Lothloriën and has been with the Rowan Tree Church since 2009. She is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the American National Guild of Hypnotists, Past Life Regressionist, Tarot Card Reader, Reiki Master, Herbalist, and aspiring astrologer.
Myke Hutchings is a professional musician and Lay Minister for the Rowan Tree Church, a practitioner of the Lothloriën tradition of Wicca. As an Earth-based religion, we celebrate the seasons and the cycles of life. We recognize that Truth is found in many cultures around the world and draw our archetypes from many paths. What makes Lothloriën unique is our acceptance of all people regardless of their culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion or sexual orientation.
|Celebrating Celtic Roots and Origins||Workshop||Brian Walsh||Join Brian as he discusses Celtic deities and how to bring Celtic practices into your day to day life.||Brian Walsh has passion for Storytelling, Spirituality and Therapy, with a background in Psychotherapy, World Religions, and Celtic Studies. A Storyteller and a Celtic priest actively involved in the Southern Ontario Pagan community and the Campus Chaplains’ Association at the University of Toronto, Brian works in a major mental health facility as a Spiritual Care Provider and as a CASC Supervisor-Educator in Spiritual Care. Adjunct faculty at Emanuel College, UofT, since 2018, Brian has also been a Pagan Chaplain at the University of Toronto since 2002.|
|Runes, the Secret Wisdom of the North||Workshop||Stephen B. Pearl||Stephen B. Pearl, the creator of the Divination the Mystic Eye course at Mohawk Collage, will be doing an introduction to the Norse Runes as a divinatory medium and magic system. This seminar will deal with the keyword for each Rune and the process of Thinking Like a Norse Man that will unlock the symbols secret meanings. Time allowing, a brief segment on Rune Scripts and Bind Runes will be conducted||Stephen B. Pearl: www.stephenpearl.com is a Pagan author with nine, soon to be ten, books to his credit, all of which are Pagan friendly and four of which are Pagan centric. In addition, he was a contributor to The Pagan Writers Press, Samhain and Yule anthologies. Stephen uses his extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Paganism to lend flavour to his books, attempting to educate while holding entertainment as paramount to a work of fiction. Be it a tale set on an earth slowly recovering from the excesses of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, or a longship on a frozen sea in the nine hundreds, Stephen’s works merge fiction and fact and are governed by a Pagan morality. First chapters of his novels are available for free on his website and amazon pages: www.amazon.com/author/stephenpearl Stephen B. Pearl, author, instructor, mystic|
|Blacksmithing Demo||Workshop||Avery Goltz||Blacksmithing has a long history and is still very much relevant today. From decorative and practical work to animal husbandry it is a key link to our past that continues to evolve in the present with new materials and techniques. Visit the Bloodhound Forge booth at noon, 1:30 and 3 pm as local Caledon blacksmith Avery demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to fashion ironware. You can follow him on Facebook and etsy just look for Bloodhound Forge.|
|Stonecarving||Workshop||James the "Stonecarver"||People have been carving on rock for eons. While some tools and techniques are still the same modern tools and methods have allowed us to make even more intricate designs and carvings. Join local artisan James the Stonecarver at 2 pm as he shows some of the basic techniques that can be used to engrave and carve designs into small stones.||James has been working with stone and crystals for many years. Often found at festivals and many Hamilton Art scenes and festivals. He is well known for the selection of stones, crystals, fossils and minerals that he brings with him. He is especially known for his work in carving art on them.|
|Bellydancing||Entertainment||Peggy and friends from Mahasti Bellydancing Emporium||Come enjoy the wonderful art of bellydancing as we are joined by Peggy and friends from Mahasti the Bellydance Emporium. She will also be giving a quick lesson on one or two basic steps.||Hamilton-native Peggy fell in love with belly dance from her very first class in 2006. She studied with Tahira Badre, of Goddess Emerging Belly Dance studio in Burlington for many years and began performing professionally within her first year of instruction. In 2015, Peggy joined BellyUp’s professional troupe Ala Nar and began studying full time with Joharah Kolishenko. Peggy has is the winner of 2015’s Star Belly Dancer Canada Competition, winning the solo category as well as being a part of Ala Nar’s win for first place in the troupe category.Peggy has had the opportunity to take workshops with some iconic belly dancers of our time including Raqia Hassan, Sadie Marquadt, Khaled Mahmoud, Badia Star, Nourhan Shariff, Eddy Manneh, and Karim Nagy.|
|Dragon Ritual Drummers||Entertainment||Dragon Ritual Drummers (DRD)||Come join the Dragon Ritual Drummers and dance to the beat as they take to the bandshell||Award winning, chart topping critically acclaimed drum troupe with a worldwide following, the Dragon Ritual Drummers are the #1 Pagan Drum Troupe on the planet! The Dragon Ritual Drummers offer a unique array of rhythms, music inspired from around the world and through the ages.|
|Final Ritual||Ritual||Wiccan Church of Canada (WCC) - Hamilton Temple||The WCC is a public Wiccan church that has been in existence for almost 40 years. Currently, we offer public rituals and classes in Toronto, Hamilton and Windsor. It has been an advocate for diversity since its inception.|