The Prelude: A Conference for the Otherworldly
May 21st-23rd, 2021, online via Zoom
Our first conference was online due to Covid-19, but it was a good prelude to the things that will come!
Luna is a native San Franciscan living back in the City by the Bay. She is a Feri Practitioner, initiated in Reclaiming Witchcraft, and Ifa Practitioner. She is indebted to her Well and Elevated Ancestors, the Orishas and Archangel Michael.
Luna is a: Witch, Healer, Writer and Seer. She uses her Shamanic Gifts to help others reclaim: Their Power, Recognize Their Purpose, and Regain Their Own Inner Wisdom! She dare not call herself a Shaman as that is a title that is earned and she is continuing learning and growing herself!
Starhawk is a writer, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a leading voice for ecofeminism and earth-based spirituality. She is the author of thirteen books on earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics and social permaculture, and her novels, The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, Starhawk has worked on five major documentaries, including the Goddess Trilogy for the National Film Board of Canada and Permaculture: The Growing Edge. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, http://earthactivisttraining.org, which teaches the tools of regenerative design with a grounding in spirit, a focus on social permaculture, organizing and activism.
Lora has been living personally and working professionally in the worlds of Paganism and native Irish Spirituality for over two decades, and has experienced this community from every angle. As an author, practicing Pagan Priest, community organizer, international educator, student of psychology, social and political activist, founding member of Pagan Life Rites (Ireland), independent scholar, and sacred heritage sites manager, she has formed something of a unique perspective over the last 25 years.
Axé Charmaine is a multi-disciplinary artist and the Founder and CEO of Sol Vida Worldwide, a nomadic natural lifestyle company dedicated to creating positive energy through transformative dance and wellness experiences. Axé (pronounced ah-shay) identifies as a queer-afro-diasporic artivist who began their dance studies at age 9 and has evolved to become an award-winning embodied global leader; holistic dance and performing arts educator; director; choreographer; performance artist; creative writer; Unschooling mama; motivational speaker; and light empowerment guide for young adults, women and QTBIPoC communities. With a background in dances of the African Diaspora, Symbology of the Orixas, SomaSource, Ecstatic Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Guerilla Theatre, Performance Art, Yoga, and Modern Dance (Horton/Dunham/Limon)--she has honed her own style of movement--SOL VIDATM (Sun Life)-- which is a fusion of cross-cultural, contemporary, and conscious dance activating radical self-love, personal transformation and authentic expression.
Cassandra Snow is the author of Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft From the Margins and Queering the Tarot from Weiser Books. They have been reading tarot and practicing various forms of witchcraft for over a decade and a half. They currently read tarot regularly at Eye of Horus in Minneapolis and have taught tarot and witchcraft everywhere from metaphysical stores, to arts organizations, to sex stores, and back again. You might also recognize their writing from Little Red Tarot, Howlround or the now defunct Thecolu.mn where they served as contributing arts editor.
Green. Sparkly. Loud. Occasionally pedantic. Always queer.
Pronouns: Please don’t use the same one twice in a row.
Angus McMahan is a gregarious Solitary who lives on the Central Coast. Drummer, sculptor, crop circle inspiration, tarot wizard, High Priest, breathtakingly slow triathlete, writer of both the spiritual and the silly.
Check Angus out at: Patreon.com/AngusMcMahan
I come from a now non-existing matrilineal community from south India which traces its connection back to a particular kind of goddess tradition that regards the body, blood, earth and spirit as sacred and connected. I have a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication, and a diploma in Indian art and music, then shifted tracks to volunteering with NGOs and later worked at a heritage museum that looked to preserve and promote the dying wisdom traditions of India, with a particular focus on the south Indian culture. I found myself shifting from charged activism to sacred activism, which for me is returning to a way of life and being that is rooted in stillness and ease, and enables a flow of rest and play as a way to honor the body and spirit of my own self, my ancestors and our earth. A lot of this shift also came through exploring a range of healing modalities including pranic healing, reiki, breathwork, herbal medicine, womb healing, yoga, vedic chanting, animism, drumming, writing, Jungian psychology, shadow work, singing, ritual dance to name a few.
Adrian has been involved in the Orisha tradition for the last 16 years, and is an initiated priest of Shango, and Babalawo of the Nigerian lineage.”
Jon O'Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag) is an Irish tour guide, weaver of words, a teller of tales of his patron Deity, the Dagda, chief of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He runs a blog, posting monthly stories - inspired by the native lore (and sometimes directly dictated by Big D himself). His Patreon gives you early access to the tales, as well as having the stories told directly to you in the form of audio downloads. He lives with his family in County Waterford, Ireland.
Marcus is a Latino magic worker based in Southern California. He is a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner, diviner, spell crafter, and lover of keys. Marcus works as a Spirit Worker helping folks ‘unlock the magic’ others need with the services he’s provided for more than a decade. One philosophy he has is “Magic is in everyone and can be accessed correctly if we know what keys we keep and doors our spirit chooses to open.” He is currently a dedicated student of the Anderson Feri Witchcraft tradition as well as an Apprentice to the Faery Seership with Orion Foxwood of the House of Brigh.
When he is not working magic for others at MarcusSkeletonKeys.com, he is making TikToc videos about magic and his life as @the¬_skeleton_key.
River Devora is a traditionally initiated Oloricha, a multi-traditional spirit worker, teacher, healer, and polytheist clergyperson. River has been writing, leading classes and rituals, and providing individual and group support for the local and national pagan communities since 1996. Zie has been a student of healing traditions, energy work, magic, religion and the occult since 1983. Zie began the Strong Roots and Wide Branches polytheist learning community as a place for polytheists to meet and learn together, and has taught monthly classes and cohorts since its inception in March of 2014 (though the classes are currently on hiatus). River keeps a hearth in the CA Bay Area with zir living and non-living family in a welcoming home with a bossy garden.
Sidney Eileen is a nonbinary, transgender, asexual, animistic, polytheist witch, and an artist, blogger, writer, and teacher. They acknowledge divinity and unique natures in not just deities, but in all manner of ephemeral and supernatural beings, spirits, living beings, and the souls that embody the physical objects and spaces around us. Their practice is lifelong and of an intuitive nature, seeking fulfillment through mutable asymmetrical balance. Their perspective as a witch and an artist influences everything they do.
Kanyon is Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, “Coyote Woman”. She is proud of her heritage and her native name (though it comes with its own back story), and is very active in the Native Community. She is an Artist, Poet, Published Author, Activist, Student and Teacher. The daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, she was raised in Indian Canyon, trust land of her family, which is currently one of the few spaces in Central California available for the Indigenous community for ceremony. Kanyon’s art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Snag Magazine, and numerous Powwows and Indigenous Gatherings. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, obtaining her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Web Design and Interactive Media. She is motivated to learn, teach, start conversations around decolonization and reinidgenization, permaculture and to continue doing what she loves, Art
Lou Florez (Awo Ifadunsin Sangobiyi) is an internationally known Spirit worker, medicine maker, priest, activist, and artist who has studied with indigenous communities and elders throughout the globe. Lou grounds his teachings and practice in the idea that connectedness to ourselves and our physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental landscapes is a fundamental necessity for any long lasting change to occur. He holds that through creating these living, dynamic relationships we become conscious of the inherent power available to us in every second of our lives.
Evelie Delfino Såles Posch
Evelie is an EnChantress (in 34 languages), sacred song singer/writer, musician; Babaylan indigenous shamanic practitioner; Reclaiming Priestess & Teacher (part of Reclaiming for close to 30 years & was the longest serving Spiral Chorus Director); Buddhist Witch; Certified Sound Healer/Therapist; musical theatre performer; magical activist; teacher. She brings compassion, joy, & energy to her transformative chanting, healing, rituals, and teaching. She loves to serve the elderly and infirm residents of Assisted Living/Elder & Memory Care, Rehab Centers, Retirement homes, and builds bridges among people with care and loving-kindness.