EarthSpirit Directors
Andras Corban Arthen  Andras Corban Arthen 
Andras Corban Arthen

Andras Corban Arthen is the founder and spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community, an international religious and educational organization, established in 1977, which is dedicated to the preservation and development of Earth-centered spirituality, culture and community with a special focus on the indigenous European pagan traditions. Andras is also the president of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, based in Chicago. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of the Ecospirituality Foundation, a United Nations Consultative NGO based in Torino, Italy, which focuses on issues relating to indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities throughout the world.

In 1990, he was one of the organizers and celebrants of the interfaith ceremony that launched Boston’s twentieth celebration of Earth Day, which drew 250,000 people, and in 1991 was chosen to be the representative of the indigenous European traditions at the United Nations Interfaith Conference on Religion and Prejudice. Andras has been a featured speaker at many interreligious events, including the Parliaments of the World's Religions held in Chicago (1993), Barcelona (2004), and Melbourne (2009); the World Interreligious Encounter in Monterrey, México in 2007, the 2012 Multicultural Universal Dialogue in Guadalajara, México, and the 2014 Religions for the Earth conference held in New York City. He was also one of 200 international delegates included in the Assembly of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in Montserrat, Spain in 2004.

Andras was adopted into the practices of a Scottish family of traditional mystics, seers and healers in 1969. He has been featured in the books Witches and Witchcraft (Time-Life Books), Fire in the Head, Never Again the Burning Times, People of the Earth, Drawing Down the Moon, A Community of Witches, and The New Pagans, and in the award-winning television program Smithsonian World; he was also one of the contributors to the book Soul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom-Keepers. Andras teaches and lectures widely at workshops, conferences and academic institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is proud to have been singled out as "a bad role-model for the youth of America" by right-wing Christian zealot Pat Robertson on the 700 Club in 1996.

Andras is one of the artistic directors of MotherTongue, EarthSpirit's internationally-acclaimed ritual performance group, and also performs as a folk musician and storyteller. He lives with his extended family in Glenwood, a 135-acre pagan sanctuary and nature preserve in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.

For bookings and consultations, please contact the EarthSpirit Community at info@earthspirit.com or by phone at (413) 238-4240

Picture of Andras from Yankee magazine by Stephen O. Muskie

Articles by Andras on this site:

 

Andras and Deirdre
Andras & Deirdre Arthen
Barcelona 2004
Panel on Nature Spirituality --- Barcelona Parliament, 2004
Soul Companions
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Monterrey 2007 Andras and Other Pagan leaders Arthens at Stonehenge
Delivering blessing at Closing Plenary --- World Interreligious Encounter, Monterrey 2007 Panel of elders (l to r): Dennis Carpenter, Selena Fox, Raymond Buckland, Margot Adler, Phyllis Curott, Andras Corban Arthen --- Pagan Spirit Gathering, 2005 Andras & family at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

   

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