Workshops

While you plan your 2017 Retreat, you can get an idea of what to expect by taking a look at our 2016 information below. This information will be updated as the 2017 Retreat is planned.

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.

 

Workshops

 

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.

Get Creative with Henna – Wednesday 1:00 PM
DAN Dialogues – Friday 10:00 AM
Shaman Hoop Drum Making – Friday 1:00 PM
Silk Veils / Sarongs to Dye For – Friday 1:00 PM
VooDoo Dolls – Saturday 3:30 PM

 

Wednesday

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                         Workshop A (Freedom Circle) 
The Creativity of Henna with Cece
Pre-register sagefire@gmail.com
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 it’s 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. Please email Cece at sagefire@gmail.com to let me know you are participating. I need to make sure I have enough kits for everyone.

Cece is an eclectic long-time member of the pagan community, who works in the non-profit field and volunteers in the community a lot! 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 help. 🙂

 

Thursday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                    Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
CHANT and DRUM w/ Allison and Sára
Chanting = YAY!!!
Drumming = YAY!!!
Bring all your percussive noisy toys!
Bring all your vibrating vocal cords!
Allison will teach drum technique, rhythm and soul-sparkling!
Sára will teach little ditties, melody, harmony and heart shimmering!
You might want a notebook, pen, recording device and water bottle. 
All ages, genders, heights, colors, and textures of human being are welcome!
Sára’s e-mail and website: rain@trigoddess.org  –  www.trigoddess.org

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                              Workshop B (Community Center)
Orientation and WelcomePhil 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.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                        Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Working with Ancestors with Vella Rose
Remembering, honoring and working with ancestors are important parts of my path and my family upbringing. In this workshop we will discuss various ways to work with and honor ancestors, discuss the different types of ancestors, do some short workings and sing songs related to this type of work. About Vella Rose – I was very fortunate to grow up learning about Mother Nature on our family farms.  When I discovered Earth Based religions I found my spiritual home and have been following an eclectic witch path for about two decades.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                                             Centering Plaza
Spiritual Care & Counseling for the Community – with Michelle Castle
In this religiously diverse world, Spiritual Care can be defined as a faith based ministry of care offered by religious leaders. Spiritual Care is the act of giving support in times of situational or developmental crises for individuals and communities. It involves providing support, advocacy, and resources for care seekers that is compassionate, empathic, and empowering. The goal of Spiritual Care is to help others to find and experience meaning, hope, love, comfort, and healing.

Please join us in a discussion about Spiritual Care & Counseling and how it can be utilized in our community. This will be an open discussion about what Spiritual Care is and how it can benefit everyone in our community. This topic is the continuation of the conversations started over the past year in the Pagan community. This is a safe space conversation that includes a willingness to be open and to engage questions and insights in a respectful manner. Please bring your experience, questions, and comments to create a space of open dialogue about Spiritual Care & Counseling.

Michelle Castle studied at Iliff School of Theology and has her Master of Divinity degree with a Spiritual Care and Counseling certificate. She has been an active leader in the Colorado Pagan community for many years. She is a member of Circle Sanctuary’s Ministry Training Program and is seeking ordination and endorsement for chaplaincy.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM                                                                                 Crone’s Workshop area
Crone Workshop – Pamela & Mary Ann
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.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                         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 and those who have been doing it for years are sure to find new ideas and inspiration.  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 – among other options, this could be Wine, Beer, Cider, or Mead; a small cup to sample from; water; a chair; and a snack item to share.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
Magical Herbs and Oils Round Table with Bryir and Terri followed by the Herb exchange with Sage
Herbs and Oils round table, here we talk about how we as individuals and as a community use magical and mundane oils and herbs.
BOTANICAL EXCHANGE
Please bring something to trade so this can be a sustainable project! Prepared plants and herbs (bundled, labeled and dried) are best but seeds and started plants also welcome. Not limited to edible herbs. Can include gifts from the earth that can be used in sachets, spells, baths, etc. Please label what you bring.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM                                                                                               Phoenix Circle
Brown Bag Lunch for Pagans in Recovery with Terri and Alyx
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? Friends and family of addicts/alcoholics are welcome.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                         Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Heathenism 101 with Silver
Everyone wants to be Viking these days, but what is the path of Asatru really about.  This class will go over basics of modern day heathenism, when did it begin, what was it like then compared to now.  Silver has been in the pagan community for 14 years studying Heathenism the last 5 years.  All Ages

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
Meditative Coloring with Cece
“The best meditation is the meditation that works for you at this stage in your life.” For many, that’s still the beloved yet basic art of coloring. We learn at an early age how to use coloring in focusing our attention on fine details (like staying in the lines!) or as a means of calming ourselves after busier activities. Today you can still use it to be a focus tool on a rainy day or to be a creative outlet for your emotions whenever you need it. You can color calmly or with abandon. There is a plethora of tools at your disposal from exquisitely detailed coloring books, symbolic suggestions, to your basic blank drawing pad and don’t forget the coloring pencils, markers, & crayons. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the possibilities of what works for you. Then we will start our meditation journey.
Please bring any coloring tools with you, especially coloring pencils, markers, & crayons. Bring any books you want to share or discuss. I will have plenty of coloring sheets & books to share. I will also have a limited supply of coloring implements.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                           Workshop C (Trance Circle) 
Chance in Ritual with Dann
We will discuss basic probability, and how controlled random events are integrated with ritual themes.  Math adverse people are welcome, as numbers are not the primary focus of this workshop. Handouts will be given with tables of probably out comes for common randomizing tools, and how to modify those out comes.
Dann has been rolling dice in roleplaying games for decades and has been a practicing pagan for about a third of that time.  He has been heard to say “Numbers are Fun!”

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                                  Crone’s Workshop Area
Soul Mates with Mary Ann
Please join us in an exploration of Soul mate energy, this is so much more than life mate. Learn how this energy relates to your chakras and how to invite it into your life.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                                              Lavender Pavilion
Gender and Sexuality 101 with Jason
For a long time, many LGBTQ individuals have found comfort and acceptance within the Pagan community. In this day and age, there are so many new terms coming out to help identify all sorts of sub identities that would fall under the LGBTQ umbrella. This workshop will start out by diving in and defining these terms. From there we will move into a discussion about the places in the Pagan/Dragonfest communities that these identities fall into and how we can move together to better embrace and acknowledge these Fierce individuals.
Jason “Jaylo” Wilson was born and raised in the greater Pagan and Dragonfest communities. Jaylo has also been longed involved grassroots and community organizing within communities of Queer and Transgender youth since their early teens. Currently Jaylo is studying for their first degree initiation into Wicca with the Sisters of the Turquoise Moon coven.

 

Friday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                     Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Nine Noble Virtues with Starr
The 9 noble virtues- much talked about among modern Heathens, they help many mold their life onto better paths. Come learn/discuss how they pertain to modern life . . . or whether they’re a load of bollox.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                              Workshop B (Community Center)
DAN Dialogues
The DAN Dialogues are your opportunity to share something you are passionate about with the Dragonfest Community. Think of it as TED Talks but with a focus on Dragonfest, Arts, and Neopaganism. Be sure to join us for an array of informative presentations from fellow Dragonfest community members. As a presenter, this is an exciting opportunity to participate in this year’s Share Your Path theme or present a short topic that may not fill an entire workshop. Contact Dan Finerty at dfin@dragonfest.org to sign up for an 18 minute speaking slot.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                        Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Working with the Elements with Vella Rose
A major part of my path is working with the traditional European elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.  In this workshop I will teach a few songs and lead participants through a working for each of the four elements.
Vella Rose – I was very fortunate to grow up learning about Mother Nature on our family farms.  When I discovered Earth Based religions I found my spiritual home and have been following an eclectic witch path for about two decades.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                                                 Phil’s Campsite
Shaman Hoop Drum making workshop w/ Phil Catalano
Pre-registration required: at wizard1phil@gmail.com 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 wizard1phil@gmail.com 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.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                         Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Body PaintingGreenman 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.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
Silk Veils / Sarongs to Dye forDebbie Myers 
Pre-registration deb_myers@ymail.com 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 lightweight 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.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                            Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Chanting with Taliesin
Pagan-friendly, self- empowering, soul-energizing, mojo-rising group singing. Sensitive drummers & ecstatic dancers welcomed! Taliesin is a musician & concert producer from Lawrence, Kansas. See www.LCarter.com for details. All Ages welcome.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                         Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Sacred Massage with Dancing Otter
Safe, Sacred, Skyclad.   Bring your favorite: oil, ground cover, or table to this clothing optional site. Enjoy approx. two hours of comforting, relaxing Laying On Of Hands. Several small groups working on one member of their group at a time.  Each will receive about 10 minutes of blissful attention. Ritual Options: No small children.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
Personalizing the Spiritual Path with Sára Rain
Out of one box, into another box… into yet another box… or… out of the box into the mystic! Mahatma Gandhi said: “There are as many religions as there are individuals.” While we receive great blessings from community, teachers, and friends along the spiritual path; we each have a unique experience of the Divine, relationships with the elements, theology, cosmology, faith and practices. Bring an open-heart and open-mind. Listen, learn, share, explore together!
Sára Rain is a “Pufi” (Pagan Sufi) integrating aspects of many faith traditions into her personal spiritual path, and into her work with individuals and communities. She is a Spiritual Director, Dance of Universal Peace Mentor, Inter-faith Minister and a great lover of chocolate. www.trigoddess.org

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                           Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Sharing a Spiritual Connection with Celena
We will discuss what “Spiritual Connection” means to you, and explore ways of incorporating your Spiritual Connection in everyday life. Participate in a guided meditative visualization to connect with Spirit and talk with your Soul.  Learn to feel, see, and hear what your divine wisdom is telling you, and learn to check in with that connection at any time day or night. Draw, color and share your inspired art with the class in this insightful exercise. About Celena Live, laugh and love with divine inspiration! I am a certified Life and Spiritual Coach; I specialize in giving workshops on developing intuition/spiritual connection, and coaching individuals to through difficult transitions and self-empowerment. All ages welcome.

 

Saturday

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM                                           Corporate Meeting at the Community Center
During the Corporate meeting there are no workshops or rituals.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                         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 and those who have been doing it for years are sure to find new ideas and inspiration.  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 – among other options, this could be Wine, Beer, Cider, or Mead; a small cup to sample from; water; a chair; and a snack item to share.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
Decorate a Broom with Mary Ann Bonetti Open to All
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 Soul Tribe.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
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.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM                                                                            Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Steppin’ Into The Hoodoo with Najah Lightfoot
Najah Lightfoot Bagley is a Priestess of the Goddess, and a Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing Contributing author. Her articles appear in Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, Witches’ Companion and Spell-A-Day Series. She is excited to present “Steppin’ Into The Hoodoo” for Dragonfest 2016. “Steppin Into the Hoodoo” will cover Hoodoo basics, protection work and candle magic. All class participants will leave with a candle lit from Marie Laveau’s candle and a pinch of Red Brick Threshold Mix. Please bring a white candle, a red flannel square, and a short length of white yarn. Class size is limited to twenty people. Najah will have 2016 and 2017 Llewellyn Annuals for sale. She will be happy to sign purchased copies.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                         Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
African Drumming with Allison
Through the drum speaks the heartbeat of the earth. And in the villages of West Africa, the drum is the unifier of village life, calling together the community to share in celebration, mourning, rites of passage, and other important village events. Let’s come together as our village! African drumming is more structured than your typical drum circle, with specific sounds and beats following specific patterns. We’ll learn the basic three drum sounds (bass, tone, slap), and some easy traditional African rhythms. This workshop is for all levels! We may have one or two extra African drums available, but please try to bring your own instrument, preferably a djembe (however, all drums are welcome). Allison has been a participant in Dragonfest since 1999, and has been drumming both in drum circle style and African style for more than 10 years.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                   Workshop B (Community Center)
VooDoo Dolls with Janie
Pre-registration pentacat22@gmail.com 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.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM                                                                            Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Introduction to Modern Divination Techniques with Vella Rose
What is divination?  Who can do divination? How is it done?  These are some of the questions that will be answered in this introductory level survey workshop on divination.  We will discuss various types of divination and participants will have the opportunity to try out some techniques.  The focus will be on beginning level practices, but more advanced practitioners are encouraged to join us and share their expertise.

 

 

 

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