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for Spirits of the Earth Festival 2014

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Braanwen FireCrow

Brannwen FireCrow is a practicing pagan who follows the traditions of a Celtic Reconstructionalist. Studying the ancient traditions of the Celts she has learned the arts of runic spells and divination as well as ancestry spell work, psychic arts and bardic poetry. She loves sharing knowledge and creating with other pagans.

Being a Bard: A Poetry Class
Words are an art form mastered by the ancient pagans for 1000s of years. Sung, spoken or written there's a power behind poems. Learn about the role of the bard in history, where to find ritual worthy words in todays media as well as how to right your own, and how to voice your words. By meditation, divination or inspiration you'll find the words for your own poem. Bring your mightiest pen and paper.

Elemental Runes:
Runes, Mysterious and magical, learn the wisdom of their ancient meanings and how to apply them to rituals and spells. We'll focus in on using them in elemental magic as well as covering their practical uses in divination, ritual work and amulets. Come learn an ancient language.


Bree Raws

Since Bree was a child she reveled in energy work and magick as it came naturally to her. At a young age she was told by a psychic that she had the hands of a healer and urged her to practice. Along her path she incorporated the teachings of quantum touch and reiki into her working knowledge of energy. As she discovered her raw sound she began to learn that sound in essence is vibration and we as essential energy are vibration as well...vibrations can move other vibrations essentially creating movement and a way to heal the body mind and spirit. Bree has been a performance freestyle, tribal, trance and sword dancer for almost half her life!

Soul Sounding:
Bree incorporates her backgrounds in energy work, raw sound therapy, meditation and dance in tribal, trance and freestyle to guide you on a journey of healing. Each sounding session is unique, never prerehearsed and thrives on the energy of the moment. Come join Bree at the Crystal alter as she channels in raw sound and healing energies.


Chuck

Chuck started martial arts in the mid nineteen eighties (to which he received a black belt), after seeing a Steven Seagal movie where his sensei told him, “now that you are a black belt you have learned how to hurt people, it is now time for the hard part, you now have to learn to heal people”. This statement had a very profound effect on him. So since 1992 he has been actively working with healing energies such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Intuitive Pressure Point work, and Ceremonial Healing, numerous courses in Healing, Awareness, Tracking, Survival, Wilderness Philosophy and Ceremony. Ever since he took his first Ceremony class Chuck realized he had a passion for Ceremony as a method of healing. Since then he has facilitated over eighty Sweat Lodges and hundreds of Pipe, Drum and Feather Ceremonies. Chuck has also completed several Vision Quests, Vision Quest Protector, Protector Teacher Training, Advanced Protector, Seven Levels of Quest, Spiritual Mentoring, The Training, Being Human, and The Purity of Oneness, apprentice for 4 years as a Traditional Healer in Grandfather Stalking Wolf's methods of healing: Niasziih. In 2012 he was also accepted by Karl Direske of wildernessFusion as a Niasziih practitioner after making a formal commitment to walk the path of the healer. Chuck's vision is: “To become the best healer that I can be.”, and when time permits he likes to putter in his woodworking shop and build drums.

Sweat Lodge:
The Sweat Lodge will start with the building of a sacred fire which everyone is invited to participate in. The fire will then be lit with a bow drill and we will play our drums and flutes while the Grandfathers are heating so if you have either of these instruments please bring them along. The Lodge will consist of four doors and everyone is welcome.

Drum Healing:
In the Drum Healing Ceremony someone will be selected from the people that have gathered and a Drum healing will be done with that person. Everyone that is present will be asked to to participate in the healing in a very specific way. If time permits we will do two healing in the time that is allotted.

Wilderness Vision Quest:
The Vision Quest is an ancient rite of passage used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures and mystical societies for spiritual growth and expansion. The tradition passed to us consists of 4 days and 4 nights immersed in the beauty and healing energy of nature, alone in a Quest circle, no distractions, fasting from all things familiar. You come face to face with yourself, and get to know more deeply who you are (and who you are not).


Kimi Bois

Kimi has been studying the uses of essential oils for over 9 years. She enjoys sharing the wonderful benefits of essential oils with everyone in workshops as well as with products through Gypsy Scents.

Elemental Aromatherapy
Flowing with Water: Cleaning Aromatherapy

Flowing with water we can cleanse ourselves using aromatherapy. We honour the element of water through self healing and psychic connection. We can do this using aromatherapy practises. An opportunity to connect with the element of water will be available. Please let me know if you have any allergies.

Elemental Aromatherapy
Grounding with Earth; Strengthening Aromatherapy

Grounding with earth we can strengthen our core, our foundation. Aromatherapy has uses in aiding our endurance and building stability. An opportunity to connect with the element of earth will be available. Please let me know if you have any allergies.

Elemental Aromatherapy
Soaring with Air: The Message of Aromatherapy

Soaring with air we can dream up any reality. The element of air has a message for us, and aromatherapy can open our sense in ways that can hone our communication, and maybe even help decipher a message. We honour the element of air with play, inspiration, communication, and insight. An opportunity to connect with the element of air will be available. Please let me know if you have any allergies.

Elemental Aromatherapy
Burning with Fire: Transformative Aromatherapy

We burn with fire as we transform, in any area of our lives, when we bring passion to our joys and our attempts to overcome adversity. We honour the element of fire as we devote our lives and reach for our goals. An opportunity to connect with the element of fire will be available. Please let me know if you have any allergies.


Kristin

Kristin began upon the pagan path about 20 years ago, and since then she has studied, learned, and practiced with many different teachers and light workers from all different pagan paths and faiths over those years. Feeling the call to do more for her fellow pagans, and the community as a whole, as well as help herself to grow and succeed she has decided to begin offering her gifts and skills as an intuitive healer to the public. She is now offering healing sessions, house/space cleansings, recorded guided meditations, & much more through her website quantum-karma.wordpress.com. In addition to this, Kristin is the lead singer of the London Ontario based metal band Autocratic Oath, which will be performing at Spirits Fest this year on Saturday night. They are releasing their first LP in the fall of 2013. To hear their sound and learn more about the band, please visit www.autocraticoath.com.

Twin Heart Meditation
Heal yourself and your heart centre, while connecting to your community and heal the earth with this guided meditation. After, we will connect with the fire element in preparation for the evening ritual.


Gene Vandevyvere

Open Mic Jam!
Join Gene and friends on the Main Stage at the Muses theatre to play, perform or just have some fun feeling like a rockstar plugged in to the sound system! Bring your instruments and singing voice to the Main stage for an impromptu good time!


Sandy

After retirement in 1997, a twist of fate propelled Sandy into the field of energy healing. Learning Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Quantum Touch, Hawaiian Huna Healing, and NeuroLinguistic Programming, then using these to help people filled her with joy. She worked in a local hospital as a Palliative Care volunteer and Reki practitioner. Sandy is a Reiki Teacher bringing the gift of healing hands to others, in addition to completing courses at the Earth-Heart Institute of Vision and Healing to learn the power of the Vision Quest. After completing her own personal Quest, she trained as a Vision Quest Protector, and took several Advanced Protector classes, Seven Levels of Quest, Spiritual Mentoring, The Training, Being Human, and The Purity of Oneness, and later became a teacher of the Protector Training Course. Questing remains close to her heart for spiritual growth. In 2012 Sandy was accepted as a Niasziih practitioner after completing four years of training and having made a formal commitment to walk the path of the healer. Feeling she had completed a phase of expansion, she opened herself to whatever new direction might come, that is when Jikiden Reiki presented itself. Her passion is to help people come to know themselves, to heal, and to discover their purpose.

Huna:
Sandy will talk about the Huna Philosophy of Hawaii. This wisdom is expressed in Seven Principles of the inner or hidden causes of outer events.

Wilderness Vision Quest:
The Vision Quest is an ancient rite of passage used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures and mystical societies for spiritual growth and expansion. The tradition passed to us consists of 4 days and 4 nights immersed in the beauty and healing energy of nature, alone in a Quest circle, no distractions, fasting from all things familiar. You come face to face with yourself, and get to know more deeply who you are (and who you are not).


Tameika & Fox

Fox and Tameika have been practicing together for 19 years. They are the founders and coordinators of Spirits of the Earth Festival, Founders of the “Mhorag” Coven founded in 1999, and a public face in the mystical community. Appearing in numerous media spots including newspapers, magazines, Radio shows, and Podcasts. Tameika & Fox strive to bring the local pagan community together to create unity, within peace and harmony. Tameika and Fox have made it a priority to include activity into their everyday lives. With years of experiences behind them involving both fitness, and nutrition, we are ready to help the community realize that it is easy to incorporate fun activity on a daily basis, to create a more balanced, happier YOU!

Meet & Greet
We come from different faiths & lifestyles, live in different places, and have different “faces” which we travel with; but for a time, we gather and make this place our meeting grounds, our living space – our encampment. Let us celebrate this fact – together. Bring your intentions, your voice and your community spirit & we WILL celebrate! Is this your first time attending SOTEF? Feeling a bit nervous? Come get the low-down on what to expect, as well as tips and tricks to make sure you have a fun, well rounded experience. We would also like to invite the ‘Spirits’ veterans to attend and pass along the tricks of the trade you have picked up over the years.

Cleansing & Blessing Ceremony: A Community Ritual & Inaugural Tribal Draft
Our annual Spirits of the Earth Festival is a retreat, camping festival, and gathering that fosters community, celebration, and a deep spiritual connection with each other, with the Earth, and with the Divine as we each desire. We welcome all who wish to express their support of spiritual diversity and come together as a like-minded community in an inclusive setting that even those of you attending for the first time are amazed to find such a welcoming and accepting festive gathering that celebrates nature and the spirit within. This year there are many activities to experience including rituals, tributes, concerts, workshops, a tribal draft, dancing, drumming, and nightly bonfires. Each year’s Spirits of the Earth Festival has a theme, and this year that theme is “Empowerment through Unity”. This year’s Opening Ceremonies include a Community Ritual and Initiation into the Spirits of the Earth Family and it will highlight our first annual Inaugural Tribal Draft. Let us come together to celebrate and Unify with all that surrounds us, ushering in a new epoch of community and spiritual emergent.

Gathering of the Realms: Unity Challenge
Those tribes that are chosen during the tribal draft challenge shall gather together each day at what’s called the Gathering of the Realms. At each daily gathering, the tribes shall compete in a different ‘Unity’ challenge meant to foster community spirit and healthy competition. The tribal system and daily unity challenges will bring people together and celebrate a communal sense that all are one and one we are all. The daily unity challenge will give prominence to and revel in the element of the day.

Embrace of the Elements: Empowering Your Artistic Skills
This is a chance for everyone to come together and sharpen their ritual & artistic skills allowing them to put both into use for this daily activity. Each day all the tribes will come together to create props, effigies or anything else spirit calls us to create in honor of the elemental tribute…to 'create' something into physical form. Water brings cleansing, reconciliation, purification, and peacemaking. The Earth gives us sustenance unconditionally and makes it possible for us to feel connected. Air is the element of ongoing change and magick with the ability to heal and help us to reinstate our own innermost nature as we flirt with the winds and we dance with the fae. Fire is the rising force that makes us do, see, feel, love, and hate. Fire has great power, both within and without, and is seen as a most potent connection to the realm of spirits. Let each day’s element inspire us to honor and embrace it in an elemental tribute that gives prominence to physical creation. * Bring your ideas, inspirations, ELEMENTAL spirit, and prepare for some great community building, connection making, and conversation.

Frolicking with the Elements: Ritual Preparation & Body Art
In ritual preparation that celebrates body art, we prepare everyone for the nightly elemental tribute that empowers the individual with costumes, body art, face painting, and fosters a sense spiritual connectedness with each other and nature. Nothing inspires the infinite creativity more than nature’s elements water, earth, air and fire. Nature asks us to open ourselves to transformation in order to realize our purpose. It is the element of ongoing change. Nature will reveal, heal and reinstate our own innermost nature. Nature rituals help people remain focused on their true purpose. Everyone is encouraged to invoke the natural element of the night and wear the colors, dance the movement, or adorn yourself in body art, accessories and face painting that celebrate the element.

Closing Ceremonies: Community Empowerment
This year’s Closing Ceremonies will celebrate the sense of community and oneness with spirit fostered over the past 6-days, and will empower everyone to take that raised sense of spirit back home with them into their own communities. Announcements will be made and everyone will have the chance to say until next time to old and new friends alike. We will revel in what we all experienced together, with a sense of sadness that it’s come to an end for another year, but with a renewed sense of hope and faith not only that we will all meet again soon but that we are all at the beginning of a greater journey together.


Tiffany Lazic

Tiffany is a Spiritual Psychotherapist with over sixteen years experience in Transpersonal Psychology. She is the owner of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness in Kitchener, with a private therapy practice offering individual, couples and group therapy. As a teacher, she has developed 2 self-development programs, Patterns of Conscious Living Program and the Spiritual Language of the Divine Program, as well as 3 creative workshops, The Art of the Divine. Tiffany's forthcoming book, The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Worldwide) will be available May 2015.

The Ways of Avalon: Wisdoms from the Welsh Goddesses
Based on the traditions of the Sisterhood of Avalon, this talk brings the tales of five Welsh Goddesses (Rhiannon, Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Arianrhod and Branwen) to life as teaching stories for our own lives. In alignment with the time of year, we will connect to Arianrhod in meditation, seizing the sword of sovereignty and empowerment.

The Real Secret: The Seven Universal Laws and How to Use Them
Much has been touted of the Law of Attraction, but less well-known is that that this law is based in the ancient teachings of Alchemy and is just one of seven laws. Understanding each of the seven laws and how they operate together is fundamental to activating change and enacting the Art of Manifestation. This talk walks you through each of the seven Universal Laws and presents how to work with them in practical ways in your own life.


Tovah Chickee, RMT

Tovah is a Registered Massage Therapist. She finds the human body to be fascinating, and loves trying to figure out new ways to get the mind more in tune with the body. Fitness, diet, and stress management are necessary parts of any good health program. Attend her workshops and she will help you find a way to strengthen those muscles, while having fun! You won't even know you're working out! Stop by to chat with Tovah any time (unless she’s giving a massage)! I promise you will learn something!

Hula Hooping: Connection with Your Spiritual Energy
Hula hooping is a great form of exercise and a lot of fun (you probably remember it from your childhood). But it's also a great way to connect with your chi. In this class we will be exploring how to focus your energy to begin using your hula hoop for trance work. This is how hoop dancers develop that beautiful flow. You must become one with your hoop, and in doing so, your mind releases. Come out and give it a try! If you have a weighted hoop, please bring it, as there may not be enough hoops for everyone. We will be asking a few experienced hoopers to help out the beginners who have never hooped before. Come and see Tovah if you would like to help out.

Poi Spinning: Trancing the Circles
Poi spinning is based on martial arts practices. It has since become a form of art and expression. In this class we will learn how to build your chi and flow with your poi. Just like in many martial arts, everything is about the circular. As Bruce Lee once said, "Do not think, feel." And that is what we will do. We will explore how to find your breathe, and find peace and tranquillity in the circular motion of poi. You will develop an easy flow and build your chi, while having fun! If you have your own poi, please bring them, as there may not be enough for everyone. We will begin with the basics and move on from there. There will be time for tricks at the end of the workshop, for those looking to improve their skills.

Massage for Couples: Finding the Magick in Your Touch
The sensation of touch has always been a form of healing. Whether we heal through physical touch or emotional connection, we heal none-the-less. In this workshop we will focus in building your inner chi, and harness that power to share with your partner. We will explore the use of rhythm and tempo and how that can intensify your physical and emotional connection. The ability to connect with another human being is magical, and that power can be harnessed to create all manner of spellwork and sensuality. This class will discuss some adult themes, so we ask that this class be 18+. Please bring something soft to lay on, some type of oil (lotion absorbs too fast), and loose clothing that can easily be removed to expose the back. We will be building some sexual energy in this class, so you may want to consider that when choosing your partner.


 

 

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