October 5 - 8, 2018
In the twilight of the year, we gather together to set time apart from our daily lives for study, reflection, dreaming, and seeking visions.
A time apart.
Feel the current of change
As the season turns.
Flow with the tide.
Find yourself held in community,
Honoring the spirit of the Earth.
Breathe in the cool crisp air
Cross the bridge from autumn
Into the dark of winter.
Step into a three-day ritual of deep spiritual connection, learning and magic.
Twilight Covening is a continuous 3-day ritual which holds and shapes an institute of Earth spirituality and a time to develop our collective wisdom in a shared sacred space as we move into the dark time of the year.
Each year since 1986, members of the EarthSpirit Community gather deep into ourselves and into communion with this time of year and with all of Nature. We explore the depths of a range of spiritual practices, learn new skills together and experience the joy and power of a living community ritual. We invite you to join us.
Twilight Covening is held in the autumn during the strong natural transition taking place all around us from light into dark, summer into winter, and outward focus to inward contemplation. During the gathering, we use this current of change, along with our focused practices, to find inspiration and insight that can feed us in the dark months to come and motivate us to make changes that we can use to deepen our own spiritual practice.
The intensive work of Twilight Covening takes place in practice-specific Clans of 10-20 people and in full-community rituals that flow together through the weekend.
The rituals include:
- Releasing Fire Ritual on Friday night,
- Rituals for Dreaming, Healing and Trance on Saturday night,
- A Visioning Ritual on Sunday night
- Four "Attunements" each day which mark the solar quarters of the day
Many participants have found that Twilight Covening provides a model for maintaining an earth-centered practice on a daily basis and is a wonderful opportunity for developing strong and lasting connections with others on a similar path.
Deirdre Pulgram Arthen
Deirdre Arthen, a witch for almost 40 years, loves creating different kinds of gateways along the boundary between the seen world and the unseen and sharing the experience of passing through those gateways with her community. Deirdre is the Executive Director of EarthSpirit and partner in Tamelin Productions with Andras Corban Arthen. She coordinates Twilight Covening, selecting and overseeing all of the clan leaders and shaping the ritual content for the weekend.
Twilight Covening Application
Admission to Twilight Covening is by pre-registration only. One fee includes the cost of the program, lodging in either a regular cabin or your own tent, and a total of 8 meals, starting with dinner on Friday night through breakfast on Monday.
- Paper reg postmarked by Sept 20
- Online Reg closes at 11:59pm ET on Sept 23
- The early rate is $295, all inclusive.
- Beginning on September 1, the rate will be $330.00
- Heated sleeping space is an additional $60.
If you want to register after the deadline and we are still able to accommodate you, Clan choices will be limited and a $25 late fee will be added to the cost of registration.
Current dues-paying EarthSpirit members, Associate and above, may deduct $5 from their total cost.
Twilight Covening Housing Choices
Standard cabins have eight to fifteen beds each. All have electricity, shared bathrooms and shower-house are nearby. There are also heated sleeping spaces available in shared space for between 5 and 15 people which cost an additional $60 per person paid at the time of registration.
Unless you are in a Clan that is sharing a cabin for the weekend, you will choose your particular cabin or room when you arrive. Please let us know in advance, however, if you have a large group that would like to share cabin space. Plenty of grassy or wooded tenting space is also available.
Twilight Covening Confirmation
Confirmation of registration, with directions and the clan assignment, will be sent out no later than September 30th.
E-mail is by far the most efficient means of communication. If you have changed your email or mailing address from the time of registration, you need to let us know asap so that your information can reach you in a timely manner. Send us an email at Tamelin Productions with the subject: "Covening address change".
Given the atmosphere we create at Twilight Covening, the number of people we can accommodate is limited. Please register early to ensure admission. If cost is an issue and paying in installments will help you attend, please call 413-238-4240 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible and we will try to help. A few work exchange positions may be possible for individuals with construction or carpentry skills.
Twilight Covening Online Registration Instructions
To register online, click the link below. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with your registration number. Please do not register more than once. If you have questions, additions, changes, or cancellations, e-mail us at email@example.com. Online payment options are: credit card (via PayPal), check, or money order. If you choose PayPal, you'll be taken to the PayPal site at the appropriate time in the registration process. If you choose check or money order, please write your registration number on your payment and mail it to:
Tamelin Productions PO Box 340 Williamsburg, MA 01096
Register Online for Twilight Covening!
This method is fast, secure and helps us process things quickly.
Twilight Covening Registration by mail - instructions
Please fill out the form completely, answering all questions regarding your preferences of Clan, experience, housing and food choice. If you have a desire for certain roommates, please write their names on the back of your form. Make sure to note that some clans will be sleeping in the same cabin throughout the weekend. If you are assigned to one of those clans you will automatically be assigned to their cabin.
To register by Mail with check or money order use this:
PDF Application Form
If you have not received your assignment by October 1, please contact the Tamelin Productions office at 413-238-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not able to attend Twilight Covening and would like to receive a credit you must request it in writing by September 26 if you need to have your money refunded, let us know before September 8th. After that date, your registration money is committed toward the rental of the site, food purchases, and other expenses for which we have to pay in advance whether you attend or not. Please do not ask us for any kind of refund or credit after September 26.
A $25 service charge will be applied to all refunds and bounced checks.
You can mail your application (and make checks out) to:
PO Box 340
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Volunteers for pre-event kitchen work and especially for final clean up are welcome. Please call the office at (413) 238-4240 if you want to help.
Choosing your Twilight Covening Clan
Make sure that you read over all of the Clan descriptions carefully. There are many wonderful possibilities. On your registration form, you will need to list four Clans as possible choices for the weekend. We will try to give everyone their first or second choice, but it is important that you indicate four preferences since we assign the Clans primarily on a first-come first-served basis and some will fill up quickly. Some Clans may also be cancelled due to lack of demand in a particular year.
Number your preferences from 1 to 4, with 1 being your first choice. Registration forms which are filled out incompletely will only delay processing time, making it less likely that first choices will be available. So that Clan Leaders can best meet the needs of all of the members of their Clan, whatever their level of experience, we ask that everyone answer all of the questions on the registration form.
All of the Clans at Twilight Covening are designed to provide deep and fulfilling experiences. Some Clans, indicated with an asterisk (*), include work that relies on past experience or is especially challenging. If you would like to apply to join one of these Clans, please let us know why it calls to you right now and include information about your training, skills and practice with this kind of work in your application along with information about the kind of support system you have in place outside of Twilight Covening (coven, teacher, therapist, etc.). If you do not include all of this information, we cannot assign you to one of these Clans.
To fully complete the ritual of Twilight Covening, you should arrive by dinner time on Friday and must plan to stay on site until Monday afternoon so that you don't miss your Clan's final meeting or the closing circle. Clan assignments will be finalized and mailed after the registration deadline of September 20. We will have a master list in the office; please call if you have not received your assignment by October 1.
Twilight Covening Clans 2018
October 5-8, 2018
In the ancient heathen religions of northern Europe, the boar was associated with the Vanir gods, deities of nature, fertility, agriculture, and livestock, and was considered a symbol of nobility. In modern heathenry, practitioners have assembled a set of Nine Noble Virtues as an attempt to recapture the values and ideals that were admired among our spiritual ancestors. In Boar Clan, we will examine the literature and mythology of the heathen peoples, identifying the role that the Nine Noble Virtues play in these vital and fascinating tales. Then, through guided meditation, discussion, and Clan activities, we will internalize these Virtues, gaining an understanding of their value in our daily lives and a sense for how we can put them to work to deepen our own spiritual practices as well as our connections to our communities and to spirit, and to our gods themselves, for those of us who work in such terms. While a familiarity with heathen mythology and literature is helpful, this Clan is open to heathens and non-heathens alike, as these Virtues codify a universal set of values.
When cranes gather in a flock, they gabble and toot in a cacophonous, ever-changing web of harmony. Long ago, the cranes and other waterfowl taught the Lithuanian people to join this web through Sutartinės, a flowing, weaving song-style that builds and reinforces a communal connection to the wider tapestry of nature. In Crane clan, we will explore a trance practice based in Sutartinės-singing and lead ourselves towards an experience of the ever-changing harmony between the self, the community, and the world. This clan will involve a lot of singing, and some optional gentle movement. If you are confident and comfortable in round-singing, you have the requisite music skills for this clan. Please say so on your registration form.
Lynn Rowan, Will Rowan, leaders
Our community exists within a larger culture whose values and practices are leading us to a future of probable environmental catastrophe. The Permaculture Movement is one paradigm that is trying to reroute our collective trajectory by revising our Agricultural, Architectural and Social Systems. At its core Permaculture seeks to observe, understand and mimic natural systems and processes as well as acknowledge the wisdom of indigenous cultures who were able to live in balance with their native ecology in perpetuity. While veiled within the teaching and practices, the elders of the movement drew on a deep spiritual, even mystic relationship with the natural world. In this clan we will explore the Ethics, Principles and Practices of the movement from a Pagan Perspective while connecting with the spirit of nature that informs it’s foundation.
Martin Bridge, leader
With intense awareness and patience, the Great Heron snatches what it needs from the water. There are beautiful, poignant, humorous and magical moments around us every day. Unfortunately, we often barely notice and soon forget many of them. We will hunt for such moments in the woods, by the pond, alone and among people. We will observe while being still and being in motion. Then we will capture the essence of the moments by writing concise prose descriptions and very short poems. We will learn the basics of Haiku and how it provides a great focus on nature. You do not need any experience with poetry and after the clan you can continue the observation practice without writing poetry.
open boathouse doors
the crackle of robins
In the rafters
Eric Arthen, leader
Honey Bee Clan
Honey Bees dance in circular patterns to tell the colony of nearby flowers containing nectar which they transform into life-sustaining honey. Since ancient times, people have gathered in community to dance in circles. We dance to celebrate our lives, to honor the Divine, to follow and attune to the rhythms and cycles of nature. We dance to deepen into meditative states that connect us to Spirit and the Mysteries. By dancing in a circle, the very symbol of unity and wholeness, we create sacred space to strengthen our connection to All-That-Is and to our community. By learning and dancing Sacred Circle Dances of many cultures and traditions, old and new, we will dance our path to the source of the golden honey of sweetness that will sustain us through the dark time. Much of our time will be held outdoors.
Juniper Talbot, leader
Luna Moth Clan
Luna Moth Clan is an intermediate energy Working clan - that will use Gratitude - drawn from places of “Darkness” - as a focus for our energetic Work. How do you Hold Space in your own body? How do you Hold Space in the World? The clanwork will be mostly experiential, engaging in various meditative and JourneyWork techniques, including some that will require gentle movement. Through the daily practice of Gratitude and Compassion the burdens we carry can illuminate and transform. Though not a "Buddhist Clan", the Work is heavily influenced by the Eastern Bodhisattva traditions. *Participants should have a piece of personal work they are doing and wish to deepen or are ready to finish this weekend. This Clan will share a cabin.
From our first moment to our last, breath is essential to our survival, but breath is also something we can change and control. Using extended breath patterns and trance states the Magpie Clan will open to a deeper connection to Nature, while softening the edges between our human selves and the unseen world. Magpie encourages us to open and explore those liminal places where we can sense our connection to the Universal web, as magpies we will work toward valuing our total self, both light and shadow aspects. Our clan will come away with tools and a shared vocabulary to use in our own magical practices, as well as our everyday lives. This clan is not appropriate for people with physical touch issues. Be prepared to work late into the night and early in the morning, in a physically active clan. This clan will share a cabin.
Manta Ray Clan*
Our stories hold truths, patterns, dreams and desires. What stories do we share, which do we keep secret? What stories do we whisper to ourselves? In Manta Ray we will explore the magic of story weaving, story-telling, and how our stories can nourish or deprive. We will explore our individual stories, moving softly and gently like the Manta, but with clear purpose and magical intent. We will then create stories for and with each other, weaving tales based in the deeper truths we discover. Manta clan will include walking meditation and periods of silence.
Rose Starwind, leader
Living parallel to the larger culture, resourceful, prolific, adaptable, protective and successful, Mice live all around us. In this clan we will examine our magical toolboxes, identifying our tools, learning how to use them properly, and adding tools that might be missing. As witches, we should be well versed in how to meditate, ground, charge, give offerings, protect ourselves and our spaces, make intentional objects, create spells, and know when to do these things for maximum effectiveness. This clan is open both to newcomers and long time witches.
Katie LaFond, leader
The Octopus is a clever but vulnerable creature, able to explore its surroundings, attune to shape and form, and creatively re-imagine found objects. In this Clan we will explore the magic of artistic creation as a tool for embracing our experiences and transforming them into physical pieces that can be kept and worked. Fetishes have been used throughout time, both as a means for personal storytelling and housing spiritual energies. The talismans we make with our own hands can function as containers, reminders of lessons, touchstones for intentions. We will work primarily with wood and other natural resources; basic materials will be provided but suggestions for optional tools & supplies will be communicated in advance.
Kaye Kittredge and Mark Girard, leaders
Ombwiri function as guardian angels or ancestor spirits for a number of tribal groups in central Africa, particularly in Gabon. When providing a rhythm or song for a ritual we act as sonic guardians, providing safe space for others to do their work. In this Clan we will explore what it is that creates a strong soundscape (rhythmic or melodic) – a sonic ritual container enabling people to safely "go out." We will focus heavily on the responsibilities of those who choose to stand in the position of "guardian/musician" in a ritual setting, be it voice, drum, rattle, didjeridoo, or any other instrument.
Josselyn Price and Steve Trombulak, leaders
The acrid smoke arising from a small forge and the sound of a smith's hammer beating on orange-hot iron waft through the fall air, as the members of Ptarmigan Clan explore ritual smith-craft, including hands-on work at the anvil. We will explore the transformative power of fire and the process of change through the influence of one's will, Voyaging to the hammer's beat, and following the path of the Cosmic Smith. We will kindle sacred/New Fire not only for our Clan use, but also for the Community. Northern European forge-craft traditions and magic will be a part of this weekend, and this clan is open to all. Handicap-accessible.
Jane Sibley and Ed (Happy Cat) Wilson, leaders
Aging and health challenges can deprive us of the identity and physical abilities we've counted on all our lives. Where do we find our power in a fast-paced culture where the old are seen as irrelevant and the word "aging" is too often prefixed with "anti-"? Giant Tortoise moves slowly but lives a hundred years or longer. As our bodies slow down and we let go of more physically active roles, what gives our lives new meaning, fulfillment and joy? In this Clan we will employ meditation, shape-shifting, mirror work and other techniques to feel our way toward a vision of who we want to become and how best to share the gifts of our maturity. We will spend some of our time outdoors, but this is not a physically challenging clan.
Miriam Klamkin, Sue Arthen, leaders
Turkey Vulture Clan*
Turkey Vulture appears as two things. In the air they are graceful, beautiful, peaceful. On earth they look fierce, raw, ugly, terrifying. They don’t kill to survive, they eat what is already dead. In Egypt, vultures are considered protectors of the living and consumers of the dead. In the Turkey Vulture Clan we will call on the Fierce Feminine Archetype to reclaim our Power. Like the cycle of the moon, which goes from light to dark, and back to light again, we honor the cycles of our lives which mirror those of the moon. We will study the phases of the moon, and commune with the dark goddess to recognize those dark moon times that help us rest and prepare for new growth and rebirth. As the weekend continues, we will all claim our crowns of sovereignty to walk in our power, spirit and soul. This Clan will include components of discussion, visualization, ritual and interaction to help us tap into our own pure knowing. We encourage the participation of persons of all genders and welcome the opportunity to help make the feminine archetypes work for you. Some of our workings will be done during the witching hour. Participants will be encouraged to share a cabin.
Lanna Lee Maheux & Michele Abazorius Whitaker, Leaders
We live in a culture that rewards compliance to societal norms and expectations. The dominant culture dictates to us what is acceptable or unacceptable in our behavior and self expression. How many ways do we compromise both inner and outer beauty in the name of acceptance? Has our “mundane drag” become a uniform of conformity? In what ways have we tamed and chained the wildness of our spirits to accommodate the expectations placed upon us? In Unicorn Clan, we will explore the expression and embodiment of our spiritual and magical self through the use of attire, adornment, presentation, and cosmetics. We will explore our concepts of self, beauty, and gender, and push beyond our boundaries of comfort and compliance to enter a space of authentic expression. This clan is open to all genders and gender expressions. You must be willing and able to hold safe and supportive space, and you will be invited to be open and vulnerable in return as we move outside our comfort zones. This Clan will share a cabin.
Trey Wentworth and Giariel Foxwood, leaders
Wolves are creatures of twilight, living between the spaces of night and day and seeing the world with eyes adapted for the shadows. In Wolf Clan, we too will explore the shadow times and traverse dark landscapes. A wolf pack is a family, and we will rely on each other as we practice moving through the woods, breathing into liminal spaces, and occupying the places between human and other. Our work will focus on finding connection to each other over distance and practice communicating beyond human words. We will move together, work together, tell stories together, and howl together, exploring what it means to provide service to one’s self, the pack, and the community as a whole. This clan will be very physically active, including moving through the woods during the day and night. Be prepared to work late into the night and early in the morning, offer ritual support to the community, and interact closely with the other clan members. This Clan will share a cabin.
Donovan Arthen and Wolfhame Katrick, leaders
Wyvern Clan *
The Wyvern has been both feared and revered throughout history; a duality familiar to many. The Wyvern clan is will take the knowledge gained through the Gryphon clan work and our own experiences, and incorporate it into a weekend-long ritual within the ritual of Twilight Covening. We will be working intensely together to manifest the rituals of Dark Eros in a supportive and magical environment. We will explore the duality within ourselves by turning both inward for personal work as well as outward to support our community. This clan is designed for those who want to develop a deeper understanding of Dark Eros work, and focuses more on ritual than technique. Prior participation in the Gryphon clan is a requirement. The work will be both intense and rewarding, but will require trust, comfort with physical contact and a willingness to honor both ourselves and others.
Cerillian and Zanne, co-leaders
Where does your magic lie? Is it a serpent, coiled in slumber, or is it a dragon, unfurled? Wyrm clan will journey through the chakras taking a shamanic path using guided meditation, gentle movement, and subtle shapeshifting. In our work we will bring mindfulness into our bodies, and awareness to the obstacles blocking our energy meridians. What stands between you and spirit? We will transform these blocks into allies as we strengthen our connection to the greater web of magic. This clan will share a cabin.
Sarah Lyn, leader
Cerillian (Wyvern Clan) currently resides in Charlotte NC, and has been leading clans and workshops for over 20 years. Being a practitioner of the craft since his youth, and actively involved in the leather community for 25 years, he has become known for creating a safe, nurturing and relaxed environment in which to explore Dark Eros work.
Donovan Arthen (Wolf Clan) is a lifetime member of the Earthspirit Community and has grown through the guidance and training that its teachers and elders have offered over the 30 years of his life. He is a practitioner of Anamanta and explores his spirituality through loosening his shape and embracing the experience of the moment and the mystery surrounding us. His deepest passions lie in building community and creating connections between individuals, fostering interdependence and a strengthening of the web of life.
Ed (Happy Cat ) Wilson has been attending EarthSpirit events since 1995, and making knives since 1997. He has been pounding on Steel since 2000. He was recently featured on the History Channel's forged in fire (Season 5, episode 11), and has been co-facilitating Ptarmigan Clan for the last 6 years. He considers forging to be a deeply magical experience and an integral part of his spiritual practice.
Eric Arthen (Heron Clan) is a Glenshire witch and a long time poet. He has found pausing to observe nature, even in a busy work day, to be a great antidote to the abstract focus and stress of the electronic and human worlds. Haiku has been a wonderful way to deepen his magical practice and connection with nature.
Giariel Foxwood (Unicorn Clan) is a Queer Witch, presenter, and priest of Foxwood. The Foxwood tradition is founded on the spiritual, mystical, and magickal practices of its founding Elder and High Priest, Orion Foxwood. Giariel is also an apprentice in Faery Seership, and coordinator for the House of Brigh. Using the techniques, folklore, and practices of Witchery, Faery Seership, and Southern Conjure practices, Giariel has devoted his spiritual practice to helping others come into direct relationship and communion with their ancestral spirits, the spirits of nature, and the natures of their spirit. He is a contributing writer in the recently published anthology Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D. (Ptarmigan Clan) is a traditional Norse practitioner who has been teaching at Pagan events for many years. She is the author of "The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods" , "The Hammer of the Smith" (historical novel), "Norse Mythology... According to Uncle Einar" (humor) and "A Different Dragon" . Her most recent book, "The Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine" is at the publisher, and may be out in time for Twilight Covening.
V. Josselyne Price, M.A.(Ombuiri Clan) is a percussionist and ethnomusicologist, specializing in ritual and rhythm of West Africa (Ghana), related Diasporic traditions in Haiti and Cuba, and North America. She has worked as a studio percussionist and vocalist in many recording projects throughout the United States, and frequently provides soundscapes for yoga and movement meditation classes. She currently lives in Middlebury, VT, and is on the faculty at a private college teaching Ghanaian drumming and World Music courses. Josselyne serves in advisory/facilitator roles for many other national and local-level drum and dance based events; her work at the circle includes enhancing the connection between the pathways and exploring the archetype of the guardian through sound/music.
Juniper Talbot (Honey Bee Clan) has over 35 years of experience with ritual and magic. She was initiated into Lenai Aine, a Celtic-based witchcraft coven in 1982, and is currently an Elder in this coven. As a professional dancer, Juniper has travelled often to the sacred sites of the British Isles to teach and perform and to learn from the land itself. She has been facilitating Sacred Dance workshops, classes and events for many years.
Katie LaFond (Mouse Clan) follows an Earth-based spirituality. A fiber artist, “garbologist,” homesteader, orchestral flutist, and perpetual student of astrology, Katie is passionate about local food and making most things from scratch. Katie has led a variety of clans at EarthSpirit’s Twilight Covening, taught workshops in a variety of pagan disciplines across the U.S., and led ritual both public and private. A music teacher and member of MotherTongue, she lives in the hilltowns of Western MA with her family, bees, pets, chickens, books, turkeys, gardens, hobbies, & way too much yarn.
Kaye is a ritual artist/performer and member of the Glainn Sidhr Order. She has lead clans & workshops for 20+ years exploring visual art, dreams, shapeshifting, silence, trance and perception. The best way to summon her involves coffee, vintage tools and rainbow art supplies.
Kelley (Luna Moth Clan) has been walking a Spiritual Path for more than 20 years. She has attended Rites of Spring for 15 years, leading many workshops, and has lead a Clan at Twlight Covening for 10 years. She believes in a strong Daily practice and her Work holds the influences of the Bodhisattva Traditions, Service to Community, and The Spirit of Crow.
Lanna Lee Maheux (Turkey Vulture Clan) is a Faery Seer, podcaster, balloon twister, actor, geek, silly person, writer, singer, twit, & recovering Stand-Up Comic. She hosts Lounging with LannaLee (http://lannalee.com), an audio podcast, and blogs occasionally at Musings of Lanna Lee Maheux (http://lannaleemaheux.com). Lanna has been student in Orion Foxwood's Faery Seership Apprentice program and has presented at HOBCON, the National Faery Seership Conference. She co-lead the White Raven Clan at Twilight Covening. Lanna likes shiny things.
Lynn Rowan (Crane Clan) has dedicated her professional life to the study of vocal performance in its many and varied forms and has performed and taught workshops, lessons and lead choirs in singing for the past decade. In writing ritual music for Chase Hill folk, she began to dig deeper into connecting her professional life as a singer with her spiritual life as a heathen and animist, and began to use her voice as a way to connect with spirits, ancestors, and nature. Through her discovery of the ancient pagan musical tradition of Lithuania, and her trips there, she has integrated her love of folklore with her spiritual music practice. She is eager to facilitate this exploration of community, nature, trance and connection through breath and voice.
Mark Girard (Octopus Clan) is an artist and woodworker who enjoys creating practical, and fanciful, objects from natural resources. He is attentive to the materials he uses, often letting his hands guide his work. Mark loves to share what he knows with others, particularly children.
Martin Bridge (Earthworm Clan) is an artist and educator who makes his home in the hills of western Mass. One of the most central themes to his work is an exploration of the natural world and our place as humans in relation to the web of life that we are a part of. His work bridges realms of science and mysticism in an effort to challenge the cultural paradigms that dictate how we relate to both the natural world as well as our brothers and sisters. As an avid Permaculture designer he strives to create work that improves his own awareness of how he relates to the natural world and invites viewers to contemplate how to live in better balance with the world around us. His Permaculture works have been shared in international publications and educational material. Through his work he hopes to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of mystery and possibility in our experience of the world.
Michele Abazorius-Whitaker (Turkey Vulture Clan) is a priestess, witch and healer. Michele is from Generation 11 Priestess Path, a Reiki Practitioner, Hatha Yoga Teacher and Nurse. Michele has co lead Fierce Femininity: Intuition, Vulva Dialogues, Ganesha: Remover of Obstacles, and Green Tara Workshops at previous Rites, and apprenticed Caribou Clan at Twilight Covening. Michele studies Crows and Ravens, and defines her best role as Grandmother.
Miriam Klamkin (Tortoise Clan) is a Glainn Sidhr Witch, astrologer, spiritual coach, and Certified Death Midwife. She has led numerous Clans over the past 20+ years. Her experiences with her own and her parents' aging process inspired her to work toward a more meaningful old age outside the limited perceptions of the mainstream culture.
Moira Ashleigh M.A. (Magpie Clan) is a witch of the Glainn Sidhr Order and a longtime contributing member of the EarthSpirit Community with clergy credentials. She has taught at Rites of Spring, Twilight Covening, A Feast of Lights, Free Spirit, Pagan Pride, and was the coordinator of the EarthSpirit's "East" events for 20 years. Moira has a Masters degree in Theater and Dance from Emerson College, She is also a storyteller, and the embodiment of the character RagRoot at the New York Faerie Festival. Moira is passionate about clean water & wildlife.
Rose Starwind (Manta Ray Clan) is a mother, shaman, green witch and perpetual student of the Earth, whose workings and teachings are rooted deeply in relationship with Goddess. Blending her livelihood as an environmental scientist with her duties as a shaman, she brings a practical common-sense approach to living one's magic on a daily basis.
Sarah Lyn (Wyrm Clan)is a writer and ritualist in the midst of transformation by fire. She connects to Otherworld through animistic shamanism, dreamings, and deep ancestor work, a journey she shares in her blog Walking with Ancestors. For over fifteen years she has been facilitating large group rituals and workshops, including chant circles, labyrinth walks, and formal dumb suppers. (http://walkingwithancestors.blogspot.com/)
Steve Trombulak (Ombwiri Clan) is a conservation biologist who has for several years explored the connections between community and humanity’s relationship with the more-than-just-human world. These explorations have drawn him to the life pathways of music, movement, voice, and service – bound together by the mysteries – as a focus for community empowerment and transformation. He is a teacher, an environmentalist, and a father, so the practice of guardianship lies as a constant in his life.
Susan Curewitz Arthen (Tortoise Clan) has been associated with EarthSpirit Community since 1981 and holds the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors. This association has allowed her to develop skills as a teacher at many EarthSpirit events, and to function as a legal minister for weddings and other life rituals. Sue is a long time tarot reader and teacher and has taught classes on-line about Rites of Passage.
Trey Wentworth (Unicorn Clan) is a queer Heathen, seer, writer, and drag queen. He is the founder and godi (priest) of Chase Hill Folk, a Heathen community in Southern Vermont. He shares Heathen lore and practice on his blog Between Wind & Stone, and with the Chase Hill community has contributed to publishing two songbooks of Heathen ritual music. As Lily DeValley, he produces, hosts, and performs in drag shows in western New England. Trey is also a writer of novels and poetry, and a poetry teacher.
Ulfr (Boar Clan) is a practicing heathen godhi. He is the founding member and the former chieftain and godhi of Hammer Kindred in Connecticut, which was active for 16 years. Ulf has studied with various elders in the heathen community. He frequently leads rituals and clans at Earthspirit events, including Rites of Spring and Twilight Covening, where he has been a clan leader for almost 20 years.
Will Rowan (Crane Clan) is a heathen, an animist, and a practitioner of Anamanta. He grew up singing in community and traveling to study with singing masters around the world. He performs with the vocal quartet Windborne, teaches for Village Harmony, and holds a Masters of Music in Conducting from the Bard Conservatory of Music. After falling in love with Lithuanian Sutartinės-singing and meeting the Trinkūnai family, he has traveled to Lithuania to meet and study with traditional singers, musicians, and members of Romuva, Lithuania's thriving pagan revival. The power of music is a mystery that Will continually explores in his professional and spiritual life.
Wolfhame, aka. Adam Katrick, (Wolf Clan) is a member of the Heathen kindred Chase Hill Folk, who gave him his name meaning “wolf shape.” He is the founder of Wolfgard Northeast (www.wolfgardne.org) where he teaches about wolves, wildlife, and helps people explore the wild world. At Marlboro College, he works with students to develop leadership skills, design outrageous outdoor trips, and generally cause mischief in the woods of Vermont. He has a particular interest in shapeshifting myths and practices, always searching for the places where human and non-human identities intersect.
Zanne (Wyvren Clan) a practicing Wiccan since 1987 and has taught workshops for the last 10 years in various disciplines. As a priestess of Dark Eros she has seen the power of healing and transformation thru her work with Cerillian that goes beyond anything she thought possible. Zanne has been so moved by this deeply magical experience that she is engaging in further academic study to make it an integral part of her life's work.