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Workshops

Grand Council 2011 has found workshop presenters who will provide thoughtful and entertaining information pertaining to our shared unique perspective of looking at life through magical eyes. 

Following is an initial listing of our program with more to come soon.  Join us!

Main Ritual

Saturday, August 20, 2011   7:30 PM

Through Magickal Eyes we will look at each other and our selves as we stand at the Crossroads.

A new look at Hecate and her symbols of transformation in our times of changing.

PaganPalooza Dance, Talent Show, and Raffle

Saturday, August 20, 2011 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Come listen to the mystical musical stylings of Jason Awalt ~ Mobile DJ and Karoke Services for Parties, Weddings, Reunions, and Corporate Events. info@3xlindy.com 214-551-0745

After Main Ritual on Saturday night get dressed up in your favorite costume for the Grand Council PaganPalooza Talent Show and Dance. Dance music will end at midnight, but party will continue until 1:00 AM.  We’ll also be selecting raffle winners during the Dance.

Workshops

Thursday 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Bryan Lankford – How to be an Interfaith Representative

Brief Overview of Workshop

Living in America guarantees that one will encounter people of many diverse religious backgrounds. Casual interaction with these various religious groups requires no more than an open mind and a non-judgmental nature. However, there are those individuals who feel a need to work more closely with members of other religions and want to be an interfaith representative. The popularity of interfaith groups is growing rapidly in post 9/11 America; school districts, churches, and civic organizations are actively forming interfaith committees and most are lacking in Pagan participation. This workshop will help you find out if interfaith work is for you, what you need to know, dos and don’ts of interfaith and how to get started.

Friday 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Lady Annabelle – Witches in Pain

Brief Overview of Workshop

Pain is a part of all of our lives, be it chronic or infrequent physical pain, or emotional suffering. Using an integrated approach, this workshop is designed to improve the sense of wellbeing of Witches who are in pain. Exploring two key healing modalities, guided meditation with the use of chakra toning, and the healing power of aromatherapy, this experience facilitates healthy balance and calmness among participants.

Friday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wren – “Power of the Word” Magickal Applications of the Runes (and other sacred languages)

Brief Overview of Workshop

Create personal sigils of power, and increase the effectiveness of spellwork through the informed use of magickal formulae. The focus will be on the Runic alphabet, but this material may be applied to all early alphabets. Bring back the magick that our ancestors built into these ancient symbol systems, and reap the rewards!

Friday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Catherine Duncan – Mandated reporting for Clergy

Brief Overview of Workshop

Part of the duties of clergy in the United States, including Wiccan clergy, are to serve as mandated reporters for child, animal, and elder abuse. If we are to ask for the privileges of clergy, we must also be willing to take on the responsibilities. The workshop will include an overview of the procedures for reporting abuse and neglect and the penalties under the law for failure to do so. Workshop will also include a discussion of the definition of “penitential communication” and how this exemption to reporting may/may not apply to Wiccan clergy. Lastly, there will be a discussion of what constitutes abuse/neglect, and its prevalence in the US. Facilities permitting, there will be a Powerpoint presentation that includes some graphic material. Children are asked to refrain from attendance at this presentation.

Friday 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Rachel Watcher and Don Frew – CoG Interfaith: Where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re going, and how you can participate.

Brief Overview of Workshop

CoG currently has five National Interfaith Representatives and is disproportionately well-represented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the United Religions Initiative, and the North American Interfaith Network. This is due to CoG’s unique position being able to represent the Craft in America and the many years of interfaith work by CoG’s representatives at the local, regional, national, and finally global levels. We will tell the story of CoG’s 36-year involvement in interfaith work and how CoG-members can get involved.

Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Anastasia – Incense-making, the natural way

Brief Overview of Workshop

Typically people who have a problem with commercial incense have a problem with the chemical in which the incense is dipped which, when burned, emits toxic fumes and can cause headaches in those inhaling the fumes. Using simple, natural ingredients, participants will be able to quickly prepare incense and modify the recipe for their own use later. All items will be provided, and participants will be able to take home what they make. 

Saturday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Shari Tripp – Belly Dancing for the Goddess

Brief Overview of Workshop

Dance and music has long been a spiritual connection. It gets one in touch with their bodies and accomplishing sensual body movements is not only healthy but raises self esteem and self confidence. We all know that self confidence/belief in one’s self is the key to magical work. This is definitely a perspective of magical vision.

This workshop will get you in touch with your body and teach movements. Additionally, the music will enhance the dancing moves creating a powerful environment for your use in magical work or the pleasure of moving to wonderful music. Introduction to zills (finger cymbals) will add to the total experience. Any one can do this. You can dance barefooted and will leave with a short performance you can show off! Bring water—we work and have fun!

Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Amy Martin – Is Religion’s Loss Pagans Gain?

Brief Overview of Workshop

Is Religion’s Loss Pagans Gain?

The number of Americans who decline a specific religious affiliation is rapidly growing, reaching an average high of 30% in the northeast and northwest and a low of 10% in the Deep South. As creator of Winter SolstiCelebration – whose attendees are 40% spiritual–not-religious (SNR) – Amy Moonlady Martin knows this demographic well. Most of these people identify nature – as well as science – as primary shapers of their spiritual views. How can paganism reach out to those who decline even the pagan affiliation? Will the traditional pagan path, with its emphasis on the “old ways,” be able to appeal to those SNR who describe themselves as modern or even post-modern? Or is there really not much difference between the spiritually unaffiliated and pagans beyond the pagans’ cool gatherings and gear? A short stimulating talk followed by a Q&A and discussion that promises to be extra lively.

Saturday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Amethyst – Using common kitchen herbs with a purpose

Brief Overview of Workshop

Whether you’re new to herb lore or a seasoned pro, the goal of this workshop is to breathe fresh life into how you use them. Focusing on herbs that can easily be found in your kitchen or at the grocery store, the participants will gain hands on experience using these herbs for the needed magical purpose (love, protection, money) in the needed magical medium (dry, wet, decorative). This class is meant for people who love herbs and/or want to learn more about them!

*Bringing a small, empty spray bottle, and/or baby jar is encouraged, but not required!

Please send questions to workshops@txcog.org

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