Workshops 2015

Workshops are opportunities for folks to share ideas and skills with others. They range from crafts like hoop drum making to skills like drumming to traditions like tarot to discussions like religion in politics. Workshops are typically held in the shade with around a dozen people attending.


2015 Workshop Schedule



Pre-Registration Workshops

The following workshops require registration in advance of the retreat so the facilitator can prepare materials and possibly collect a fee. Click on a workshop title below to see more information.

The Creativity of Henna with Cece
The Art and Theory of Energy Healing with Samir
VooDoo Dolls with Janie
Shaman Hoop Drum making workshop w/ Phil Catalano
Silk Veils/ Sarongs to Dye for – Debbie Myers
Lotions, Potions & Scrubs, Oh My! – Gena
Basket Weaving with fabric and rope with Janie


Workshop Schedule



1:00p-3:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
The Creativity of Henna with Cece
Pre-register  Fee – $3 – $5 sliding scale.
Henna, as an art form has been practiced for over 5000 years. Learn a bit of this natural dye’s history, some of its cultural and medicinal uses. Then we will delve into body painting, both ancient and modern and apply our creative talents to ourselves and one another! Each person who RSVPs will get a henna kit. I will have books & stencils for reference or draw free-hand! The kits are not free but I won’t turn anyone away who wants to play. The Fee is $3 – $5 sliding scale.
Cece is a well-travelled eclectic long-time member of the pagan community, who works in the non-profit field and volunteers in various capacities in the community. She finds history provocative, English peculiar, music poetical & politics downright perplexing. Her motto is “Live Creatively!”
Age – Any, however young people will need assistance from an older person. Heck, depending on design & placement, we all might need a little help. 🙂

1:00p-3:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
ADA Discussion Group
Have you heard about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Let’s discuss what this Act is about and what rights it gives those with disabilities. Robert, as moderator of the discussion group, had gone blind over 10 years ago & has learned and developed an extensive amount of knowledge regarding what is and what is not protected under the act.


10:00a-12:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Knot Magic with Colonel Bill
Knot Magic is a mundane but useful class covering Ropes and Knots and is something that every camper should know and will find useful. The workshop will include; types of ropes, rope materials, rope construction, components of knots, required knots (for the fire service), additional knots, and maybe a rope trick or two. All materials will be supplied. Colonel Bill has over 40 years of experience as a rock climber and mountaineer. He has taught mountaineering for the Colorado Outward Bound School, and Rock Climbing at Colorado State University. He has taught Ropes and Knots and rope rescue classes for both military and civilian Fire Departments. He has also taught Ropes, Knots, and Rappelling to his soldiers while stationed in Germany.

10:00a-12:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Orientation and Welcome – Phil Catalano
This is both a welcoming for new Dragonfest attendees as well as a refresher for all attendees. We will discuss all facets of the Festival – Medical, Security, Community Center, Drum Circles, etc… what to expect throughout the event, it’s history, the organizational structure, current events and activities. It will also include a “Dragonfest Ethics” discussion and handout, “Circle Etiquette”, Drum Circle etiquette and related Do’s & Don’ts – including Safety & Security around the Fire ring. We will have a review of rituals, including what to expect, and what is expected of the participants. Discussions will also include workshops, timing of events & activities. We will review the Map and locations of where events & workshops as well as activities like Med-Tent (Medical) & Auxiliary Medical locations, Community center, camping locations, Ritual locations, and clothing optional/required areas, hiking trails, quiet areas. We will also discuss the work shifts, staff functions and leadership rolls – Debbie as Property Owner/Manager, etc. All ages welcome.

10:00a-12:00p – Workshop C (Trance Circle)
The Art and Theory of Energy Healing with Samir
Pre-register  18 plus
A hands-on workshop providing information on how we can interact with healing energy. Anecdotes welcome. Please bring water for yourself and energy style foods for up to 3 – 5 people. Mats to lay on. Please no caffeine.
Samir moved to Denver in 1991 to find his inner psychic. He is presently married with a beautiful daughter.

11:00a-1:00p Crone’s Workshop area
Crone Workshop – Pamela, Mary Ann, & Galandrea
Crone is a term used to describe an ancient archetype, an aspect of the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone), and the third phrase of a woman’s life. When a woman is near, in, or past menopause, she is potentially a crone. The designation refers to a perspective or point of view rather than age or a biological change. Some women at 70 still do not identify with the aspects of the Crone yet some women who are 50 embrace it. It is different from woman to woman and must be considered from many perspectives. A true Crone is the embodiment of all three aspects of the Goddess, a leader and represents herself truly never making herself more than she is while embracing her own power and path. Join us as the Crones of Dragonfest discuss what it means to be a Crone.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Yeast Herders’ Gatherum
The Yeast Herders’ Gatherum is a great place for brewers of all stripes and abilities to come together sharing experiences, techniques, and discussing this great craft of ours. Herders new to brewing as well as those who have been doing it for years are sure to find new ideas and inspiration. And there is a little bit of sampling of your fellow brewers’ labors as well – just enough to understand the techniques they are describing.
Be sure to bring a bottle of homebrewed beverage to share, a small cup to sample from, water, a chair, and a snack item to share.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Seasonal Chants with Sara Rain
Make a joyful, seasonally appropriate, noise unto the Lord and Lady! So many excellent songs, so little time! Bring your heart, voice, recording device, notebook, pen… and if you want to lend instrumentation to our time, please do! We’ll sing through LOTS of ditties to celebrate the Pagan Wheel of the Year, Sun, Moon, Stars, seasonal themes, sweet and savory seasonings!
Sára Rain leads inter-faith chant circles, rituals, Dances of Universal Peace, etc. She is a Spiritual Mentor, is madly in love with coffee, has a particular passion for chocolate, and LOVES to sing with all of you!
All ages, genders, heights, colors, faith traditions, and attitudes welcome!

1:00p-3:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Magical Herbs and Oils Round Table with Bryir
Herbs and Oils round table, Here we talk about how we as a individuals and as a community use magical and mundane oils and herbs.

3:30p-5:00p at Phoenix Circle
Pagans in Recovery- Presented by Alyx and Stephanie
Any age welcome. Adult content may not always be appropriate for small children.
People in recovery often disagree on the best method to find sobriety. As with the rest of our lives, recovering pagans often are bombarded by others’ spiritual paradigms. How do we get sober and stay sober? What are our options? We will do a short presentation on some options we have found and we will have a discussion. Friends and family of addicts/alcoholics are welcome.
Alyx has been clean and sober for over 22 years, a member of the Dragonfest community for over 15 years, and the Colorado Pagan Community for 25 years. I got sober in a 12 Step Recovery Program, and have dealt with the issues we face due to our spirituality.

3:30p-5:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Multiple Drawing Down Workshop and FAQ session (Tanna, Janie, Mary Ann Bonetti, and Silver)
If you intend to draw down, if you are helping with walking, and if you are grounding for the Multiple Drawing Down, please attend this required orientation.
After that, there will be an FAQ portion open to everyone who is planning on attending the MDD. We are calling this, ‘My Drawing Down’, which will help you understand what to expect, resources at your disposal, how the ritual works, and proper etiquette—as well as some words on what NOT to expect!

3:30p-5p Workshop B (Community Center)
Chanting with Taliesin
Pagan-friendly, self- empowering, soul-energizing, mojo-rising group singing. Sensitive drummers & ecstatic dancers welcomed! Taliesin is a musician and producer from Lawrence, Kansas.

3:30p – 5:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Sustainable Gardening: An Introduction to Backyard Permaculture with Terri Lepthien
Any age welcome. Small children might be bored.
Permaculture is not just a method but is about rethinking our relationship with the Earth. There will be a presentation of the basics of permaculture as applicable to home gardening, followed by a discussion period. Please bring your ideas and experiences. Terri has been an organic gardener since 1973 and an environmentalist from about the same time. She now gardens in the San Luis Valley at an altitude of 7888’ and with an annual rainfall of about 7”.

6:00p – 9:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Dungeons and Dragons game (Pathfinder rules)
Bring any pre made 1st level characters, written in pencil. Any age (parents’ consent if minor), bring lantern. Costumes encouraged but not required!


10:00a-12:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Body Painting – Greenman Mike
Join Greenman in painting your own and other people’s bodies as you share your artistic talents. This is a long standing tradition at Dragonfest to explore the creativity of body art. This is a clothing optional workshop and children are welcome as long as a guardian is also present. There will a limited amount of body paints available for use, so you are encouraged to bring your own if you have some.

10:00a-12:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Introduction to Tarot – Kara Lynx
Another aspect of Tarot. Covers basic numerology for the pips as well as a way to connect with individual cards. We will be using the Rider Waite deck but please bring your deck if at all possible, to follow along as we go through. Kara Lynx has worked with Tarot for over 30 years and is an initiated Wiccan Priestess.

10:00a-12:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
VooDoo Dolls with Janie
Pre-registration  Fee $5 fee for materials.
It follows the New Orleans tradition and is based on positive intention. The materials are natural (elder wood and Spanish moss) and you are encouraged to bring embellishments, body parts (hair, nail clippings, etc) to personalize and complete during the workshop. Preregistration is desired so the coordinator has the right amount of materials, but as long as there are materials, no one will be turned away.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Chanting and Drumming with Sara Rain
Let’s Sing! Let’s Drum! Let’s be melodically and rhythmically capable Pagans! Bring a drum! Bring your vocal cords! Bring all your friends and neighbors! This workshop is always great fun! Thumping and chanting the afternoon away. You might want a recording device, notebook, pen… You’ll definitely want your wide-open heart and brilliant mind! Inter-weaving some of our greatest passions! (Next to sex and chocolate, of course).
Sára Rain is on a mission to get all the happy Pagans even happier through music and movement! She leads rituals, spiritual retreats, chants and dances, meditations and stuff. All men, women, children, fairies, gnomes, trolls, elves, goblins and brownies welcome!

1:00p-3:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Shaman Hoop Drum making workshop w/ Phil Catalano
Pre-registration required by July 15th
Phil has been taught by 2 different teachers, has made more than 20 Drums, and has been teaching classes for 7 years. This workshop will concentrate on a particular design made popular with the availability of pre-made hoops and the availability of skins and hides. The techniques are taken from the traditional methods and updated for the use of more contemporary hoops and preparation methods. Prices range from $95.00 for 10” Deer hide to $200.00 for 24” Elk hide hoop drums. Contact Phil at or (303) 838- 3018 for more information on hoop or octagonal frames sizes and Deer and Elk hides. Individual classes can be arranged almost anytime throughout the Festival on a case-by-case basis – depending on availability of materials. Pre-made Drums will be available in Merchant Row. All ages.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Teaherders – with Taliacyn All ages
Love Tea? Join Taliacyn in discussing Tea and share your own personal blends. Bring your cup, and if you like, tea or tea ingredients and brewed tea for tea tasting. Hot water will be provided, as will ice. Taliacyn will bring her own tea blends and some tea ingredients for everyone to experiment with as well.

3:30p-5p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Feri Tradition Witchcraft with Skthach
16 and up preferred.
Do you dare to engage in Witchcraft? In this short workshop we will be introduced to the divine magick of Feri Witchcraft. This challenging, alluring occult Lore and Oral craft tradition has grown out of the teachings of Victor Anderson and others.
Skathach is a FERI Initiate of the SophiaRose Blackheart Feri Tradition.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Workshop B (Community Center)
Silk Veils/ Sarongs to Dye for – Debbie Myers
Pre-registration by July 15th
Deb has taught art for over 20 years, including many silk dying workshops for all ages from 3-80+. She also has been known to dye her white dogs. Learn a number of techniques to dye your own silk veil/sarong and be wearing it while dancing around Freedom Circle on Saturday night. Work with a “35×84″ piece of habotai silk that is light weight enough that it flows in a gentle breeze. The price for a veil is $30. Also available will be scarves of different sizes from $10 – $20.

3:30p – 5:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Lotions, Potions & Scrubs, Oh My! – Gena
Pre-register Fee $5 for supplies
Obsessed with pampering, I have been making my own supplies since I was 15. We will be making homemade beauty supplies, and discussing basic ingredients for homemade self-care, what to use, basic building blocks. All participants will leave with a scrub! All ages!

6:00p – 9:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Dungeons and Dragons game (Pathfinder rules)
Bring any pre made 1st level characters, written in pencil. Any age (parents’ consent if minor), bring lantern. Costumes encouraged but not required!


10:00a-12:00p Corporate Meeting at the Community Center
Unveiling of our first annual Legacy Award

1:00p-3:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Yeast Herders’ Gatherum
The Yeast Herders’ Gatherum is a great place for brewers of all stripes and abilities to come together sharing experiences, techniques, and discussing this great craft of ours. Herders new to brewing as well as those who have been doing it for years are sure to find new ideas and inspiration. And there is a little bit of sampling of your fellow brewers’ labors as well – just enough to understand the techniques they are describing.
Be sure to bring a bottle of homebrewed beverage to share, a small cup to sample from, water, a chair, and a snack item to share.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Decorate a Broom with Mary Ann Bonetti
Broom decoration! Come decorate a broom and discuss broom magic. Donations of supplies or money requested, but not required. Mary Ann has been practicing Wicca since 1973 and held an ordination since 1995; she is a Crone of Dragonfest and a member of Coven of the Grove.

1:00p-3:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Death and Dying with Terri Lepithen
Death is an intrinsic part of life. And yet it is a rather taboo subject in society at large. How do we as pagans view death? How can we help others with the dying process? What rituals do we do while someone is dying? How do we memorialize the life that has ended? I felt that this is a discussion I need to participate in so I am guessing others may feel the same way. I will do a presentation to get us started and that will be followed by a discussion.

3:30p-5:00p Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Dances of Universal Peace with Sara Rain
We all know how fun it is to sit on our asses drinking mead and watching football… BUT… it’s also fun, and spiritually fulfilling to get up off our asses and celebrate spirit with music and dance! Dances of Universal Peace are an interfaith experience. You could call it “prayer-full folk dancing,” joining together to sing and dance in a variety of spiritual traditions. Bring your dancing shoes, your good attitude, recording device, and a water bottle. Sára Rain is a mentor for the Dances of Universal Peace, an Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Mentor, and super bossy pants facilitator. She loves the Divine in all forms and hopes you do too! All shapes, sizes, flavors, sexual orientations, textures and styles of human being welcome!

3:30p-5:00p Workshop B (Community Center)
Magic Tournament Teens
To better incorporate our youth into the Dragonfest Community, Teenfest will be hosting a Magic the Gathering Tournament.

3:30p-5:00p Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Basket Weaving with fabric and rope with Janie
Pre-registration Fee $5 fee for materials.
You are encouraged to bring your 1″-11/2″ strips of leftover fabric to fest to learn several ways to utilize these scraps into a usable item. If you have a large (k) crochet hook, bring it to the workshop. If you have uncut tee shirts that you want to utilize for basket making, I will show you how to create yarn to make nice sturdy baskets. If you have access to a Q crochet hook, please bring it as well if you wish to use the tee shirt yarn in this way. There are three types of baskets/bowls we will be learning. Rope, glue, large eyed needles and (some) assorted fabric will be available as well as thread for the one kind of basket. This is going to be a fun, exciting workshop learning several ways to recycle fabric scraps and old tees into useful items. Pre-registration is desired, so that workshop presenter can bring adequate supplies.

3:30p – 5:00p Crones Workshop Area
Goddess Runes with Mary Ann Bonetti
Goddess Runes are an ancient and easy to learn Divination system. Come and learn from Mary Ann, she has been carving the Runes and teaching others since 1995. Mary Ann has been practicing Wicca since 1973 and held an ordination since 1995; she is a Crone of Dragonfest and a member of Coven of the Grove.

Youthfest Schedule

This year’s Youthfest brings some exciting changes to better support the children in our
community, and their parents. Check out the range activities and workshops listed below that are designed to develop awareness and connectedness in youth as they grow spiritually in the Dragonfest community. Each day, kids will have plenty to learn and explore along with snacks and extra crafts to keep them active and engaged.

In order to support this new program, parents whose children attend a Youthfest activity are required to do one Youthfest workshift in addition to their regular Dragonfest workshift. Only one parent in each family is requested to do one Youthfest workshift. Once that Youthfest workshift is complete, your commitment to Youthfest is complete regardless of how many activities are attended or how many children in your family attend. Your support of Youthfest through this additional workshift allows workshop presenters to focus on content and provide a more rewarding experience for the children. Of course, parents are encouraged to participate in workshops with their children and may serve additional Youthfest workshifts.

Youthfest Workshops:


10:00a – 12:00p – Storytelling and Crafts
Reduce Reuse Recycle – making art out of water bottles!

1:00p – 3:00p: Gemstones with Phil
Come learn all about gemstones and their uses, and make a cool pouch to carry them in!

3:30p-5:00p Peace Pole with Gena
We are going to make a Peace Pole. Symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace. Remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. Stand as a silent visual for peace to prevail on earth.


10:00a – 12:00p – Tic-Tac-Stones Presented by Thor & Cece
Nature is our playground! Reusing fallen logs & found stones, we will paint game boards & creatures, creating unique nature-themed tic-tac-toe games for each child to take home.

1:00p – 3:00p: Nature Walk with Bruce
Grab your bug nets and journal and go on a walk in nature with Bruce.

3:30p-5:00p Sustainable Gardening- Terri Lepithan
Learn about how to care for the Earth our Mother, and what sustainable gardening is.


10:00a – 12:00p Face Painting & Fairy Wings
Face painting by Phoenix and Fairy Wings with Gena!

1:00pm – Children’s Parade on Merchants Row

3:30p-5:00p Heathen Games with Starr
Battlefield games using padded swords and hammers. Who wants to get the Trolls?