Headliners: Raven Grimassi, Stephanie Taylor, and Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Also appearing: Roger Coleman, Grey Ghosthawk
Music: Dragon Ritual Drummers, Also: Shiny Happy People Drum Tribe
To be safe and protected is a right we all share. Join authors Raven & Stephanie Grimassi for a workshop on the art of protective magick. Included in the workshop is information on how to protect people, places, and things. Also included is information on charging oils and their protective uses. Additionally, Raven and Stephanie will discuss magickal energy itself and responsible ways to use it. Each attendant will receive a charged object of protection to take with them.
The idea of a Triformis Goddess, an Earth Mother, and deities of the Moon and Sun are common ones. Join authors Raven and Stephanie Grimassi for a deeper exploration of the nature of the Goddess and the God, and learn about then as balanced polarities of the Divine. Topics include the Goddess as the “Whole” and the God as the “Part” within it. Also included is the little known “triformis” nature of the God and how this aligns with the Triple Goddess. Come and learn about the greater picture of the Celestial and Terrestrial emanations of the Divine Consciousness.
The lore about witches has long included tales of secret knowledge related to the plants of witchcraft. Join authors Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor for a workshop on Plant Spirits as you journey to the Cavern of Old Magic. Learn what Plant Spirits are, how to connect with them, and how they aid in ritual and magical work. Included in this workshop is the construction and use of ‘The Cord of Greenwood Magic’ – a shamanic tool for tapping into the Greenwood Realm and the Organic Memory of the Earth. Each person will work with the art of knotting cords, a magical process for connecting to the Realm of Plant Spirits. Attendees of the workshop will be given a cord to work with and take home. Come and learn about the ways of witchcraft that are ever ancient and ever new!
Most magickal traditions use some form of divine embodiment in their rituals in which a priestess or a priest becomes for a time the vehicle for the presence of one of the Great Ones. When it works, it is awe-inspiring, and can act as a great catalyst for change. When it fails, and is no more than role playing or ritual theater, it can encourage cynicism, disillusionment, and diminished expectations of what is possible in ritual. The strengths and the weaknesses of assumption of god forms, drawing down, aspecting, and divine possession will be compared to each other.
Many people following an esoteric path eventually face the question of whether or not they wish to seek initiation. If the answer is yes, then the question becomes by whom, self, another, a group, the Divine, etc. ? The impact and the meaning of initiation is as varied as every individual, but what does it mean? What are the social, psychological, and spiritual ramifications of initiations? What are the responsibilities that come with the benefits of initiatory magick? This class will offer ideas and perspectives to help enrich the dialogue on the many meanings of initiation.
Belief is one of the great engines that drives the power of magick but we also know the danger of blind faith all too well. True believers of any system can never truly know nor understand its workings but without some belief there is no efficacy. The literal interpretation of symbols, rituals, and myths is fraught with danger but so is the reductive interpretation that robs us of spirit and essence. The goal of this class is to encourage an informed subjectivity, a controlled belief, that allows us to find balance between the Pillars of Belief and Disbelief.
Much is known of the legacy of the clandestine movement known as the Underground Railroad, a series of struggles for freedom from bondage, most heading north to Canada. One of the most notable stops and end of the railroad was St. Catharines Ontario Canada, where Utu and the Niagara Voodoo Shrine is located. This was the route that was made famous by Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman, and it was in St. Catharines that Mama Moses lived for many years, its where she planned her numerous sorties, preached and met John Brown when he sought her help and blessings for his ill fated raid on Harpers Ferry. Many of the freedom seekers were renown conjurers, root doctors and like Mama Moses herself, diviners. But the Underground Railroad also went south, into Florida, as did Harriet Tubman in her guise as healer during plague and disease during and shorty after the American Civil war. We will explore the roots of indigenous conjure found in Florida, its amalgamation of Afro Caribbean and Seminole mysticism, and the fight for freedom that permeated in Florida’s remote swamps, as well as its still tangible availability to modern day workers.
Uncle Monday was an African medicine man that was brought to the Americas as a captured slave. He escaped the Carolinian region and made it to the swamps of Florida where he as many escaped slaves did, took up with the regions Seminole Indians and fellow maroons. His medicine was that of the crocodile, and with the vast amount of alligators and alligator medicine housed by the Seminole, his magic was soon renown, as was his warrior prowess. He fought with the Seminole and fellow maroons against numerous invasions by the U.S. His legend is that in the futile resistance against the U.S. That he with the aid of the drums., rituals and Seminole magic, transformed himself into an alligator man/being, able to be summoned from the waters by ancestors and hoodoo workers alike. His presence has been invoked in Florida for decades with in the states remote outcrops of indigenous hoodoo and conjure. We will honour his legacy with drums, incantation and through the blessings of his reptile family, summon his presence to arrive on the shores to bless those who dance, honour him and his alligator kin.
Mindfulness Meditation, once only practiced in some Eastern religious sects, is now making inroads into Western culture. Scientists have recently begun to see some very remarkable benefits from the practice. It is no longer simply a spiritual exercise used primarily by Buddhists, but a practice that can benefit Western Paganism as well. We humans have wonderful brains that can do things not seen elsewhere in the animal kingdom. Things such as understanding the consequence of our actions and the complexities of social interaction. However, as a downside, we can become plagued with stress-induced problems such as, ulcers, anxiety, insomnia, and other uniquely human problems. This workshop will delve into Mindfulness Meditation and how it can be an important addition to spiritual practice.
Come help build the Lodge and learn the history and technique of how a Lodge is constructed. Come prepared to work a little and have a little fun in the process.
Join us each morning for an Energy Healing Circle using many techniques including Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, Native American and Mexican Folk Medicine, and Peruvian Crystal Therapies. This is not a lecture-format workshop, but a hands-on healing session.
Stone People Lodge, Purification Lodge, or inappropriately called a Sweat Lodge is a sacred purification ceremony. This is similar to a sauna in outward appearance, but far more significant in meaning. It is a cleansing, not only of the body, but of the mind, heart, and spirit as well. This ceremony precedes almost all other Native American ceremonies.
BIO: Shining Star loves creating things and sharing the process of how to do so with others.
Come learn how to make a flower crown from simple materials that will be provided.
BIO: Matt has worked in the Activities Department at the Bonnet Creek Resort for the past two years. He has taught water aerobics to guest of all ages.
This workshop will allow you to use the flow of the water to focus the body's energy for health and well-being. The best parts are that this exercise is low-impact, and a great deal of fun. Matt encourages anyone who has never tried water aerobics to give it a try.
BIO: Spider I have been playing native styled flutes for the past nine years. Playing music has had an amazing effect on me. Hope to see you there.
This is for those just starting out, or just interested in the Native American flute. Learn the basics of playing a Native American flute, including scales, fingering, and special techniques; how to care for your flute; what to look for when buying a flute; and a bit of the history of the instrument. Flutes will be provided for use during the workshop, so owning a flute is not required. Spider will also show how to play overtone flutes.
BIO: Medea Athairn has been active in the Pagan community for 18 years. She is a 3rd degree High Priestess in the MoonStar Tradition, the High Priestess of Hearthfire Coven, a community-service-based coven in the Tampa Bay area, and a Temple of Earth Gathering board member.
A Sumbel is a formal drinking ritual composed of toasting, hails, oath-taking, the recitation of poetry or song, and other forms of verbal expression. The Sumbel is composed of rounds, in which the horn is passed in a circle, each person saying their hail or other appropriate verbal expression, drinking, and passing the horn along. The purpose of the Sumbel is great; words spoken at Sumbel have a great power to them imbued by the nature of the holy rite. Here we may express ourselves in a holy forum, allowing us to define our place in the community as well as honor the gods and goddesses. (Many thanks to Erich's Hall for the great description)
Please remember to bring a chair and a drinking vessel. Feel free to share songs, poems and stories during our celebration.
Grab your bathing suit and join us for a Ritual of Water Sharing written by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Liza Gabriel. A fun warm-weather ritual and another great reason to enjoy our swimming pool!
The central celebration of May Day festivities, join Father Sky Lodge and the Sisterhood of the Shield as the Maypole is stood up, a symbol of the axis of the world turning beneath it. After dancing the Maori Haka, members of the community can join in weaving the Maypole ribbons and celebrate the coming of spring.
BIO: Holly Allender Kraig-Helton is a yoga instructor, certified massage therapist, certified NLP Practitioner, psychic, and Reiki Practitioner. She's the author of Living Yoga and the leader of Durga's Warriors, a group that helps you break through obstacles in life.
Hatha Yoga basics and Holly's unique style, called Reflexive Yoga, create flexibility, build strength and connect to your higher spirit. Move into poses to find your inner power waiting to be unleashed, andremove blockages in your life. Enhance your daily life and ritual with this powerful practice. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring a towel, blanket or mat.
BIO: Scott Nyht has been practicing massage for 3 years. He is the owner of ``Mobile Massage By Scott.'' Scott's goal is to bring health and wellness to all he can.
A salt glow, also called a salt scrub, benefits your skin by exfoliating and removing old skin cells, leaving you with hydrated, smooth, more lustrous skin. A basic salt scrub consists of salts (sugar) and essential oils blended into a paste-like substance that can be gently massaged over the body. We suggest you bring a friend with whom to pair up, to exchange the salt rub massage. If you do not have a friend to bring, we will pair up individuals who are unaccompanied.
Please wear a swim suit or shorts and a tank top. Bring 2 towels each, one for the massage, and one to dry off after showering off the salt.
Teens may attend if their parent is also in attendance at the workshop. We suggest a $2.50 donation per person to cover the cost of supplies.
BIO: Robin Murphy-Ford (Macha) of Robin’s Mystic Insights & Metaphysical Services is a professional degreed musician & artist who has been in the metaphysical field as a Clairvoyant, Medium and Teacher since the 1970's. She has presented several workshops for FPG in the past. During the Festival she offers Readings & Medium Sessions at a discounted rate. For more info and an appointment please contact MysticRMF@aol.com or see her at one of her workshops.
This guided past-life regression will cover 3 lives in which you became aware of the Goddess aspect and honored her. Bringing these memories back will enrich your present life and rituals. Special anointing oil will be given to help you achieve this state and several gemstones to facilitate memories. Gemstones can be used to continue your journeys after the workshop.
This is a participation workshop looking past the Veil. Beltane is the perfect time to see and ask the Fairies, Spirit Guides, Animal Totems, Ancestors and even a person's pantheon to communicate with us. Special anointing oils and gemstones will be supplied to assist your sight.
BIOS: Robin Albright and Terry Power Robin is a certified holistic health coach and has been on her spiritual path for over 20 years. Currently, you can hear her on Spiritual Unity Radio Network on blogtalkradio.com. She is the president of Woven Roots, a HPS for over 15 years, and has her 3rd degree from the Mystic Trad at Owl Mountain.
Terry has been a pagan Reverend for over 25 years. He is the owner and guiding force of Spiritual Unity Radio Network, and been an important figure and author for many years in the Correllean Navist Tradition. He and Robin are co-founder's of Little Stone Bridge Path workings which focuses on self-improvement as a way to improve the world around us, and live happier healthier lives. Robin and Terry are recently engaged and looking forward to adventuring together!
Tired of failed relationships? This workshop will focus on teaching people how to communicate in a sacred manner inside a loving relationship. All too often, we wonder why our partners feel compelled not to tell us things, or tell white lies to keep the peace. We will delve into how we created this cycle, and how to break it. Instead, you'll create a sacred temple inside which you can tell your partners anything, thereby creating a sacred relationship that will be positive, and can withstand today's stressful demands. We promise to bring you closer, increase your intimacy, and show you how to turn negative communication into a positive in your relationship.
Forgiveness seems such a simple idea, but is often difficult to truly embrace. Let's talk about the many faces of forgiveness: forgiveness of others, forgiveness of self, and forgiveness of the divine. This last one may sound confusing, but when we lose a loved one frequently we become angry and resentful of our diety, ``How could they do this? It's so unfair!''
Let Robin walk you along a personal path to forgiveness, and help you to drop your baggage and feel lighter and happier by class's end. Join her and find out how good forgiveness is for you!
In this class Robin, who has been planning pagan events large and small for over 15 years, will give pointers, answer questions, and share her knowledge on this topic. If you've ever wanted to plan a wedding, picnic, get-together, or maybe a 5 day camping event for 300 families, she can help get your thinking in the right direction to make your event the best it can be.
BIO: Amber Forest - Born and raised by drummers, Amber Forest has contributed to numerous pagan festival circles. A versatile musician/artist, Amber is fluent in many instruments: beginning with her love for all sorts of percussion --- including djembe, conga, frame drum and djun djuns --- and expanding toward her self-taught passion for the piano, flute and guitar. Amber has been a creative member of the Shiny Happy People Drum Tribe since its start, and has supported workshops for adults and children. A strong supporter of local circles and woman's drum events, drumming is her life-long passion.
We will be studying the basics of drumming as a means of communication and community contribution. Discover what you can bring to the circle. We will discuss sound and emotion; the heart beat that connects us all, as well as how to find the one (the downbeat). We will also be learning one traditional African rhythm and some basic technique.
BIO: Anthony Darmana is an artist, musician, and teacher in Melbourne, Florida, as well as a facilitator of community drum circles around the state. He discovered his passion for drumming in 1995 and was one of the founding members of the Melbourne Drum Tribe in 2000. He has studied traditional West African djembe rhythms with various teachers since 2004, and studied in Guinea, West Africa in 2013.
Anthony has made it his life's mission to incorporate his passion into everyday life. His percussive skills can be found on a multitude of CD's, ranging from Middle Eastern, Jazz Fusion, and Reggae, to Folk and instrumental music. His most recent project was with the Brevard Busking Coalition. Currently, he is a creative member of Oranga Tanga."
Technique: posture, hand technique, basic coordination, drills, warm ups, stopping & starting as a group (recognizing breaks).
As a group we will explore traditional African rhythms for djembe and djun djuns. All skill levels are welcome. We will also learn to read basic drum notation.
BIO: Shiny Happy People Drum Tribe is a diverse group of musicians, artists, teachers and like-minded folk all striving toward the universal goal of Unity. The drum circle is an ever-changing entity, astounding in its beauty. The Shiny Happy People have a fresh perspective and intend to effect change and flow with the ebb and tide of the Circle, Keeping old traditions and adding some new ones. They have developed into a well balanced group with both strong masculine and feminine energies to move forward into our shining happy future.
Come create community through sound by slowly building a jam piece where everyone is involved. This daytime drum circle will get us all pumped up and primed for the evening festivities. All skill levels welcome, so bring your instruments, and let's have a good time!
BIO: Ann Marie Augustino is President of TEG, on the council of Green Song Grove, and HPS of Synergy Circle. She is an RN (retired), Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and trained in hands-on healing.
We will cover some basics of healing energy work followed by sharing healing energy for one another.
BIO: Eyes is a long-time member of the the Florida pagan community and Co-founder of Shades Coven. She has taught several different workshops for the Florida Pagan Gathering in the past.
This will be a lovely guided meditation on the subject of love of self, the Divine and those around you. You will become more aware of self, your capacity for compassion and the connection to All.
This is a fun way to connect with your spirit guides and find meaning in doodles! In this workshop you'll get a little messy and expect to laugh. All you need to bring is an open mind, and a sense of fun.
BIO: Thor is a proud father, avid photographer, one of the founders of Father Sky Lodge, and a retired Coordinator for FPG. He lives by the tenets of both Vajrayana Buddhism and Norse Traditionalist Paganism. He is an Old School Geek and holds firmly that Han shot first.
In the modern practice of NeoPaganism there are myriad opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas and beliefs. Many people describe their path as Eclectic. What happens when you go beyond the blending of Eclectic, and find yourself walking multiple paths simultaneously? Bring a chair and join us as we share ideas on making it all work together.
BIO: Mama Vic has worked with the mineral kingdom for over 30 years. She has shared her knowledge with people of all ages across the US and sees herself as a "tool distributor." She is also a Circle minister and spends most of her time working on various causes involving young people.
We will talk about the properties of several stones and how they are affected by color. This is an interactive workshop and each person will be asked to choose a stone they are attracted to or want to learn more about. Each person attending will also get a stone to take with them.
BIO: Tiffany is a versatile artist who loves to share the spark of creativity with others. She believes art is a way to explore cultural, spiritual, and personal identity and is not reserved only for those with a natural talent.
*No artistic experience necessary *Cost~$5 to cover materials *Limit 20 people *Your drum must have a natural skin head on it...if in doubt come on by the drummers tent and we'll tell you what you've got! Drums will be available for sale from $10 and up, please meet with Lisa and Anthony at the drummers tent ahead of time to view them. Custom designs by Tiffany will be available for one time use or bring your own design (design must be on regular copy paper and sized to fit the head of your drum). Henna kits will be available for $10 if you would like to take some professional grade henna supplies home!
BIO: Mark Wagenschnur is a seasoned musician who plays flute, piano and harmonica. His flutes and rattles are handcrafted from local bamboo and embellished with gifts from Mother Earth and the sea.
Learn the basics of playing Native American style flutes. No prior musical experience is necessary. Anyone can learn to play this entrancing instrument. Mark provides all materials for the lesson, just come and learn! You will be playing a song after just one lesson and you will be forever changed by the mystical powers of the flute. Come let the meditative and soulful sounds take you on a journey.
Advanced flute playing lessons are also available.
Advanced flute-playing lessons are also available.
Father Sky Lodge & Sisterhood of the Shield teach and perform the Haka each year. For More information, please speak with Doug.
Join Father Sky Lodge and the Sisterhood of the Shield as we learn a Haka to be performed during the Maypole-raising on Saturday. We will be practicing outdoors. If you are mobility challenged, we have parts for you well. This workshop is in three parts.
BIO: Bruce-Robert Fenn Pocock is the FPG Technology Lugal and has been attending Festival with his husband Sage for several years. His work in videogame programming often involves modeling human behaviour, and he is also a minister in his faith.
A completely arbitrary social event; a lawn billiards cocktail party for the whole family. Come join up for a team croquet game; just watch and meet folks, or take up a mallet and croquet your way across the bumpy lawn. Beginners are more than welcome! We'll also have Bocce.
Our ancestors lived in a world with strict gender rôles. Separate laws governed men and women. Civilization and technology have broken these walls. Fathers raise children, and women work. Gender, birth sex, and household rôles are more fluid. Still, men share Mysteries, from Urinal Selection Criteria to the Mc Cannaughey Problem.
Ages 13+ with parent present or pre-clear with presenter. Open to all gender spectrum.
BIO: Jamie Shane is an experienced yoga teacher and writer on yoga and metaphysics. She has over 40,000 hours of practical teaching experience and is considered a master teacher in her area. She has specialized in the subtle aspect of this practice rather than the basic asana predominantly seen today. She lives, trains and teaches in Naples, FL. Her writing can be found at www.jamieshane.com
Beyond the basic understandings of these powerful centers lies a storehouse of useful energy. Through very basic physical techniques, we can call on them, and tap into them to lend thrust to our workings. In this workshop you can expect to clear, gather and store energy for later use.
How the Devas can aid your work. Learn stories and songs to the Gods and Goddesses of India. Understand their aspects and how and when each best comes to your aid.
Learn how the body moves energy during sexual relationships. Through a basic understanding of polarities, one can create more satisfying and intimate relations that both nourish and elevate. Breathing and meditation techniques will be demonstrated.
BIO: Mead Muse Old-fashioned, cauldron-stirring, Goddess-loving witch.
Join us as we enjoy time with our sisters drumming, chanting, and chatting. Bring a chair or blanket and your drum if you have one. If not, we will have a few extra drums, tamborines, rattles, and other musical instruments, so come on by and join us!
Beginning Elementary Fire Scrying. Class limited to the first 13. Bring water and something comfortable to sit on.
BIO: Kim Garden-Maker is a longtime member of the pagan community. She believes in serving the community in whatever capacity is needed at the time. She is a high priestess who follows an eclectic path, and has been following it for 20 years or so, primarily as a solitary practitioner. Kim believes in the art of teaching and learning and that it is in teaching that one has the most to gain from learning.
Nature can teach us so much about our bodies: from the cycles of the moon, to the turning of the year. This workshop will discuss what changes our bodies experience during these times, using a body-positive model. Body Positivity is the concept of embracing the woman as a whole, from our head to our toes, inside and out. Please wear comfortable clothes. Bring: a drink, a small journal, and a writing implement to take notes. We will be conducting a couple of learning exercises designed to help you begin to embrace body positivity.
BIO: Christina Fatolitis is a Buddhist who has practiced in both the Tibetan and Zen traditions. She has a degree in Religious Studies from USF, and has also been active in Paganism since the nineties. She looks forward to sharing her practice with others.
Come join Christina for morning meditation! Don’t think you can meditate? If you can breathe, you can meditate. Beginners are always welcome, instructions will be joyfully given! Bring something you can sit on for 30 minutes, chairs are just fine, as long as you can sit comfortably.
BIO: Toshi has been a valuable member the the FPG staff and attending festival for several years.
Our ancestors lived in a world with strict gender rôles. Separate laws governed men and women. Civilization and technology have broken these walls. Fathers raise children, and women work. Gender, birth sex, and household rôles are more fluid. Women still share Mysteries, not just of biology but also psychology. How can a self-rescuing princess change a tire and still feel like a lady?
Ages 13+ with parent present or pre-clear with presenter. Open to all gender spectrum.