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New Spirituality, Esotericism & Healing conference, Northampton, MA

Hi everyone!

This is the first year of "Changing Times, Changing Worlds," and it looks a bit like an effort to start an East Coast Pantheacon. It's quite inexpensive -- $40 if you register before July 20, and the fee goes up in $10 increments to a maximum of $60 at the door. The con features a number of well-known Pagan writers and presenters, including Raven Kaldera, Jane Sibley, Tchipakkan, and Kirk White. I'm teaching a workshop myself ("Preventing Witch Wars: Managing Overlapping Roles in Pagan Communities"). The conference is billing itself as "interfaith," and it looks like a range of presenters from other religious traditions will be sharing on esoteric topics as well.

In addition to focusing on healing and prosperity, the conference is looking to move beyond introductory topics and into material that will be of interest to intermediate and advanced practitioners.

Changing Times, Changing Worlds
November 12-14, 2010
Northampton, MA
Clarion Hotel


You can register and get a great deal of information at the website:

http://www.changingtimeschangingworlds.org/


Blessings,
Helix (Christine Kraemer)

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Fall Semester at Cherry Hill Seminary

Dear friends,

With increasing numbers of scholarly publications and its own well-established program group at the American Academy of Religion, Contemporary Pagan Studies has been making great strides forward in rigor and credibility. The creation of a viable Pagan intellectual culture -- along with the ability to dialogue effectively with others in both scholarly and religious contexts -- is one aspect of what will allow Pagans a place of respect on both local interfaith councils and in global meetings like the Parliament of World's Religions.

I am excited and proud to be involved with Cherry Hill Seminary, where I serve as instructor and head of the Nature, Deity, and Inspiration department. Cherry Hill Seminary provides professional training for Pagan ministry in a mostly on-line format. Degree candidates are required to participate in a small number of in-person, face-to-face academic intensives before graduation. Read more...Collapse )

Although registration for our next semester won't open until July 15, I'm very excited about the classes we'll be offering this Fall! FDN (4-week) and PCE (semester-long) courses are community education classes open to all; the rest are Master's-level and require a bachelor's degree or instructor's permission. You can enroll in classes without being a matriculating student (in other words, without a plan to complete a degree program).

FDN: Research and Writing in Pagan Studies - Potts
FDN: Why Magickal Thinking Isn't Crazy - Dobyns
FDN: Effective Website Development for Pagan Organizations - Mohnkern
PCE/NDI: Erotic Ethics - Kraemer
PCE: Rites of Passage - Arthen
PCE: The Warrior in Shadow: Violence From a Pagan Perspective - Rifkin
PCE: Call of the Dark Mother - Bennett

NDI/PAL: Paganism and the Body - Kraemer
NDI/TTI: American Spiritualities - Whedon
NDI/TTI: A Saunter with John Muir and Walt Whitman: The Poetry and Politics of Nature - Highland
PAL: Religion and the Law - Bianchi
PAL: Spirit of Economics - Levitt
PAL: Starting a Spiritually Centered Business or Organization - Levitt
PPC: Human Development in a Pagan Context - Mason
PPC: Personality Theories - Oringderff
TTI: Contemporary Global Paganisms - Kraemer
TTI: Western Initiation: Theories and Issues - Winslade

Whether you're looking for a complete Master's program or simply to acquire some specific knowledge or skills, Cherry Hill has a great deal to offer. We particularly celebrate the efforts of covens and small communities to raise funds for their leaders and facilitators to study ministry skills at Cherry Hill and encourage other interested students to do the same.

Because accreditation is a time-consuming and expensive process, we also appreciate your donations. Building a seminary takes years, and our dedicated staff and instructors put in large numbers of volunteer hours. Please spread the word about our work!

Best,
Christine Hoff Kraemer
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Turn on Your (Psychic) Light with T. Thorn Coyle, Mar 13-14 [BOS]

Turn On Your (Psychic) Light
with T. Thorn Coyle

March 13-14, 2010
in Boston, MA (Somerville - T accessible)


There is a light that shines within us, lighting up occluded spaces. Are you clairvoyant, clairaudient, or clairsentient? Everyone is some variation on these, seeing, hearing, sensing or simply knowing. Light up your soul with techniques to expand the senses and aid your psychic opening.

During this highly experiential workshop, we will play games, practice psychic skills, get in touch with our God Soul and our Guides, learn to distinguish among various types of information and impulses, talk about centering and boundary work and do readings for each other.

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T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected teacher of spiritual practice who has been studying the magical arts for more than 25 years. Author of Kissing the Limitless and Evolutionary Witchcraft, she has a spiritual direction practice by the San Francisco Bay, where she writes, dances, makes music and enjoys life. Thorn has taught in the Reclaiming and Feri traditions of witchcraft and is founder and head of Solar Cross Temple and Morningstar Mystery School.

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Workshop with Thorn Coyle - date grab

Turn On Your (Psychic) Light
with T. Thorn Coyle
March 13-14, 2010
in Somerville (Boston area), Massachusetts (10 min walk from Davis Square T)

There is a light that shines within us, lighting up occluded spaces. Are you clairvoyant, clairaudient, or clairsentient? Everyone is some variation on these, seeing, hearing, sensing or simply knowing. Light up your soul with techniques to expand the senses and aid your psychic opening.

During this highly experiential workshop, we will play games, practice psychic skills, get in touch with our God Soul and our Guides, learn to distinguish among various types of information and impulses, talk about centering and boundary work and do readings for each other.

T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected teacher of spiritual practice who has been studying the magical arts for more than 25 years. Author of Kissing the Limitless and Evolutionary Witchcraft, she has a spiritual direction practice by the San Francisco Bay, where she writes, dances, makes music and enjoys life. Thorn is founder and head of Solar Cross Temple and Morningstar Mystery School.


Approximate cost will be $150, with work exchange available.

Registration information will follow in a few weeks! Contact Helix at helixferi@gmail.com for more information.
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Iron Pentacle (Cambridge, MA)

IRON PENTACLE

Sierra, Sarah & Ash (John) are proud to be offering Iron Pentacle, one
of the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft's core classes.

This is one of our favorite classes, focusing on traits we often
discount but are part of everyone: sex, pride, self, power and
passion. These traits are at the heart of our strength, but they are
also places where many of us carry wounds. The prerequisite for this
class is the Elements of Magic or by permission of instructors.Read more...Collapse )
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Samhain Ritual at the Growing Center

Viriditas, a Boston-area Reclaiming group, will celebrate the Witches' New Year on November 1, from 2-4 p.m., at the Somerville Growing Center. Join us to honor the ancestors and the turning of the Wheel of the Year. We'll journey together to the Isle of Apples, and then dance the spiral dance!
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Between the Veils: A Feri Samhain Ritual Retreat Weekend

October 31 - November 2, 2008 in Leyden, MA. Presented by Karina and members of the BlackHeart Feri Line, this Ritual Retreat is in honor of the Mighty Dead. Not a workshop, but a retreat into Feri Ritual space where we will Circle with the Ancestors, enter the psychomantium, perform divination, discuss what happens to the Three Fold Spirit between embodied lives, share a Dumb Supper and participate in a Dream Circle. This is an opportunity to move deep into embodied practice involving the Ancestors, Guardians and divinatory work. Space is very limited. For more information, please contact Karina at sistasea@aol.com or Amy at anatketani@yahoo.com
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Feri Training in Eastern Mass!

Karina Blackheart is offering a new cycle of her beginner level Feri Training here in Eastern Mass. Further details on schedule and location are still coming into being, but the class will be in the Boston area, probably on public transit. We hope to start in late fall. This is intensive Feri training which meets every sixth weekend for approximately 15 months.  Please contact me if you are interested.  Class size is limited.  Applications will be accepted until October 10.

More details about Karina, Feri Witchcraft, and this training are available here.