Workshops

We are in the planning process for Dragonfest 2018 Workshops and will post that program here once it is finalized. In the meantime, take a look at our Workshops from last year’s program to get an idea of what might be in store.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Silk Veils / Sarongs to Dye For – Thursday 1:00 pm
Shaman Hoop Drum Making – Friday 1:00 pm
DAN Dialogues – Friday 1:00 pm
Invoking Your Inner Dragon – Friday 1:00 pm
VooDoo Dolls – Saturday 3:30 pm

 

Thursday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
The Art of Keeping A Commonplace Book
with Teki Vickers
Ages 13 and up!
Also known as “No, you won’t remember, write it down!” Or Life Journaling 101! This is not a Grimoire class; it is an every-day-life class. We learn and grow best when we understand where we’ve been. New ideas enter our awareness at often a not-so convenient time. Writing down these snippets pulled from other books, our own thoughts and the wisdom of others, lessons, and overheard conversations is a way to keep them together until we can dedicate time to them. The common book gathers this assortment of knowledge into one place for one personalized resource, it can easily be translated into a personal magic journey/spell book thing, which I plan to include as part of the overall class. I will have pens and pencils people can choose from to keep and some books (there are also blank books that have been gifted). But I encourage people to bring a loved writing tool and book of their own, as this is the most personal kind of book, and they should enjoy writing in it.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
Introduction to the Irish Celtic Path for Women
with Paulie Rainbow
Any age, $5.00 fee for the cost of the workbook. For more information, email Paulie at prainbow@thegoddessofdenver.com. This workshop is open to anyone interested in what the Celtic path offers for women. It provides accurate historical information and introductory insight into a path of honor, self-respect, and magic for women. The Celtic path is open to people of all ethnic backgrounds and all genders!

A member of Denver’s Pagan community for over 30 years, I am the founder of the Denver Celtic Women’s Circle and a member of Ireland’s Celtic Druid Temple. I speak a little Irish, and am working on my Colorado Native Plant Master certification.  

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
A Pufi Panel
with Sára Rain and Friends
What do Paganism and Sufism have in common? That’s not the beginning of a joke… it’s a starting point for a conversation with some self-proclaimed Pufis (Pagan Sufis) in our midst. Some members of our beloved Pagan family are finding spiritual nourishment through an integrated path blending these two (or more) traditions. Join us for a panel discussion facilitated by Sára Rain. All are welcome!
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Crone’s Workshop area
Crone Workshop
with Crones of Dragonfest
Crone is a term used to describe an ancient archetype, an aspect of the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone), and the third phase 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 the Crones of Dragonfest to discuss what it means to be a Crone.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Yeast Herders Gatherum
with Dan Finerty
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)
Silk Veils/ Sarongs to Dye for
with Debbie 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 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)
Ritual Gardens
with Terri Lepithian
Ritual gardens: There will be a presentation on what a ritual garden is, various types of outdoor ritual areas. Terri will share the evolution of her own ritual garden. We will discuss different styles of garden and will delve into using plants with specific uses or meanings in the garden. A ritual garden can be whatever you want it to be so bring your ideas to share. This workshop is suitable for all ages. Most children will be bored but if you have a budding pagan botanist, bring her along!
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lavender Pavilion
Gender 101
with Jason ‘Jaylo’ Wilson
For a long time, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) 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 LGBTQQ 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 forward together to better embrace and acknowledge these Fierce individuals.

Jason “Jaylo” Wilson was born and raised in the greater Colorado 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.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Phoenix Circle
Brown Bag Lunch
with Pagans in Recovery
Terri has been in recovery for 14 years and is a lifelong pagan. We will have a discussion about what it means to be pagan and involved in traditional recovery groups, (AA, NA, CA, etc.). We will discuss alternative options and any other topic you bring to the table, coffee provided.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
African Drumming
with Allison and Meta
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 and Meta are long-time participants in Dragonfest, and have been drumming both in drum circle style and African style for years.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
Conspiracies
with Phil Catalano
This will be an open discussion, lead by Phil, discussing Current Events from a “Real News” perspective. There is much going on in our world, and most of it is covered-up, presented as misinformation or disinformation or captured under “Fake News”… some info not reported at all.

We’ll discuss… NWO agendas, Secret Government / Deep State, UFO / ET activities, Secret Space Program, Elite and Globalist’s activities, Banksters and Financial & Wall Street manipulation, Gold, Silver & BitCoin.  We’ll recommend web sites, researchers, and interviews… and lots more!!!

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Terrestrial and Celestial navigation 
with Puck Lonewolf
Ages 10+
How to navigate by the Sun, Moon and Stars; by terrain, signs in nature, and by timepiece, map and compass.  Never be ‘lost’ again! There will be a second short meeting should be held after it is fully dark, preferably about 10 PM for the actual nighttime celestial navigation.
No fee but ideally people should bring a compass and night sky planispheres.  I will have a few.
About Puck, I have been studying map and compass, orienteering, the stars since Cub, by and explorer Post Scouting.  Am a certified mountain guide for > 40 years.  Have led many outdoor adventures by foot, canoe, kayak, ski etc. since High School.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Crones Tent
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Lady of the Largest Heart
with Deb
Inanna is a Sumerian goddess of whom we have the first written record. Her stories were recorded around 3000 BC.  We have a complete story of a young maiden who grows into her goddess-hood, becomes a woman and marries, then makes the descent to the underworld, and eventually becomes a fierce warrior.  She is a whole, real being and in learning her stories we learn about ourselves. In addition to learning all of her wonderful stories, there will be a ritual to honor Inanna. Ages 13+ some sexual content in the stories.
I have been a witch since 1993, but since then I have also studied shamanism and am currently a student of Sufism…I consider myself a “swifi” (shamanic witchy Sufi).  I am also an herbalist, love to spend time in my garden with the flowers, the herbs, the bees and the birds, and in my mundane life I am a family nurse practitioner.  
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Centering Plaza
Learning to own your NO without guilt
with Maitri
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable and really don’t know how to express that discomfort or find yourself feeling guilty for wanting to say no? How do you say no to people without feeling shame or thinking you will hurt their feelings – or worse, hurting your own integrity? In this workshop we will help you find your authentic NO and also to find the tools to ask for consent that will help you feel comfortable and at ease in all of your decisions.
Maitri is a Polyamory Activist who volunteers with Loving More Non-Profit as the Conference and Volunteer Coordinator. She is also an Ordained Minister and an Accountant. Maitri practices Paganism that is based in Love and believes that sharing Love should be the basis of all spirituality/religion
Friday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Hekate’s Grove
Set-up for Drawing Down
If you intend to draw down, if you are helping with walking, or if you are grounding for the Multiple Drawing Down, please attend this brief orientation beginning at 10 am.
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! Helpers and Vessels have until 3pm to set-up where they would like to be.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Chanting for the pure joy of it! 
with Sára Rain
Singing and sacred music are core juju raisers in our spiritual family. Let’s do it! Bring all your vocal cords, a percussion instrument if you like… and let’s get some music magic happening! 
Sára Rain is a chantress, priestess, Dance of Universal Peace mentor, Spiritual Director, Inter-Faith Minister and periodic pain in the ass. Find out more about her shenanigans here: www.trigoddess.org
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
Orientation and Welcome
with 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 roles – Debbie as Property Owner/Manager, etc. All ages welcome.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Being A Dfest Naturalist
with Dawn Hawk and Vella Rose
Ever wondered about the birds and bees, flowers and trees at Dfest?  Join us for a brief introduction on how to become a naturalist (one who loves to know about nature).  After going over some basics, we will take a walk and explore the nature of the area followed by returning to the workshop area and sharing what we found.  This is not a hike. We encourage those with mobility challenges to join us.
Dawn Hawk – I loved nature from the very beginning and learned about the Earth-based spiritual path from my husband maybe 17 years ago. I’ve been coming to Dragonfest most every year since 2003. I love to identify things and appreciate their place in our world, so now it’s time to help others do the same.
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
with Phil Catalano
Pre-registration required by July 15th by contacting Phil Catalano at wizard1phil@gmail.com or (303) 870-8116
All ages.
The American Indians have been making many different kinds of Hoop Drums for many centuries.  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 up-dated for the use of the more contemporary hoops and preparation methods.  
Prices range from $135.00 for 12” Deer hide to $230.00 for 20” Elk Hide Hoop Drums.  Email or call for more information on Hoop or Octagonal Frames sizes and Deer and Elk Hides.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Body Painting
with 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.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
DAN Dialogues
with Dan Finerty
Pre-registration – email Dan Finerty at dfin@dragonfest.org to reserve your 18 minute slot
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 Forward Together 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. You may also arrive 15 minutes early to find out if a speaking slot is open.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Invoking Your Inner Dragon
with Bobbie Jo
$10 ‘love’ fee for supplies
Bobbie Jo has channeled a dragon meditation to help everyone get familiar with their inner dragons. She teaches how to harness the energy and use it to transmute that which no longer serves us and to cut through the illusions placed on us by utilizing the fire dragons carry.
Bobbie Jo Kuhl is a psychic intuitive, tarot reader, massage therapist, channeler, and an alchemist. She is the owner of Into The Mystic Healing & Arts, a holistic wellness center and house of magic, located in downtown Golden. Bobbie Jo also teaches several meditations to help others remember their soul mission. She works closely with dragon energy and is on a mission currently to help everyone awaken their dragon energy. Any age.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Herbal Round Robin
with Bryir
Calling All Herbalists and Plant people, welcome to our 3rd annual herbalist round table. This is an open discussion about plant, how to use them, where to get them and if you are willing to talk about it how to grow them. The content of this session is to share your experience and teach others.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
Ops Q & A
with Stick
What is Q&A with Ops? I’m glad you asked! I’d be even more glad if you asked in person, at the workshop! Bring your questions about anything dragonfest, ops, or staff related. If you’re curious as to what paths Ops as people follow, our views on life, the universe, and everything, bring those too! Who knows, your question may make it into our FAQ section on the dragonfest.org website. If you don’t have a question, come anyway, you might learn something from one of our fellow dragonfesters!
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Sing to the Moon, Chant to the Sun
with Taliesin & Alane Crowomyn
Bring your instruments and your magical self and join Taliesin and Alane for a musical journey through the energies of the sun and moon. A handout of lyrics will be provided and you’re welcome to record this chant workshop. Alane and Tal will be leading Trance Circle on Friday night, and these chants & songs will be featured as part of that musical ritual. 
Saturday
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Corporate Meeting at the Community Center
During the Corporate Meeting there are no workshops or rituals. This year we’re starting just a bit later, we’re hoping all our drummers and dancers will join us for a late breakfast and the Corporate meeting afterwards.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop A (Freedom Circle)
Yeast Herders Gatherum
with Dan Finerty
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 to share.
1:30 pm – 3:00 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.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
Simply Herbal
with Janie Felix
This is a basic beginning herbal knowledge workshop.  In this class, one will learn simple plant identification, Latin names, simple uses and how to make oils, salves, tinctures and infusions for the betterment of one’s life.  The attendees will make a simple salve and process an oil to take home.  They are asked to being a small amount of olive oil with them.  There will be a 5$ fee payable to the workshop leader to cover the cost of the handouts and the salve ingredients and containers.  Keep in mind that this is a class for beginners, and while knowledgeable folks are welcome, this class will be very basic.
Janie is a certified clinical herbalist with 28 years of experience and knowledge in teaching the basic art and craft of herbal wild crafting and medicine making.  All interested age levels are welcome, however this is going to be an intensive, hands-on learning workshop, so children must be able to read and concentrate on the subject matter.  Janie has taught children’s classes in her local community college “kid Kollege” and enjoys sharing her knowledge with all age groups.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Crones Tent
Journal Magic
with Najah Lightfoot
Bring your inner child to class! We’re going to tap into our intuition, joy and creativity by creating a personal journal. The process of writing, drawing, doodling, pasting, gluing, visualizing and dreaming out loud in your journal, is a healing and magickal experience. We’ll spend time talking about the benefits of journaling, how not to put pressure on yourself to journal, and how to let go and be one with putting your creative self on paper. Items will be provided to assist you in starting a journal. Bring your imagination and creativity!
Najah Lightfoot is a contributing author for Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing. Her articles appear in the Spell-A-Day, Witches’ Companion, Magickal Companion and Witches’ Datebook series. She is currently writing her first stand-alone book for Llewellyn, which will focus on spiritual tools and practices.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop B (Community Center)
Yoga-Try Workshop
with Jessica Chernila
Utilizing shapes and poses in our bodies as symbolic gesture is a universal way of communing, communicating with another and with spirit. As offering, as prayer as poetry, posture shape and movement have been a part of every ancient society. YOGA TRY seeks to bring together the metaphor of movement and poetry that is within us helping individuals in a group setting explore personal and communal archetypes as symbolic gesture and poses in the body…and then as written and possibly spoken-word.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop C (Trance Circle)
VooDoo Dolls
with Janie

Fee $5 fee for materials.
Pre-registration pentacat22@gmail.com
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 Crones Tent
We stand for Mother Earth
with Wellyssa Spellsong
Ages 13+ (experience with guided meditation helpful)
How do you feel about climate change?  What changes are you seeing, feeling, experiencing around you in the weather?  How is climate change effecting you personally?  How is it effecting the earth?  What can we do about it?  We will discuss these questions and more, and then conclude our time together with a meditation with the elementals to ask how we can help to heal our planet, our Mother.
Wellyssa is a 3rd Degree Wiccan High Priestess and has been practicing Wicca for the past 20 years.  She and her coven provide 1st degree Wicca classes in Brighton CO, as well as providing rituals for the Denver-Metro pagan community.  Wellyssa specializes in herbs, gardening, music, energy work, chakra work, healing, elemental relationships, and psychic clearing.

 

 

 

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If you would like to present a workshop next year, contact the workshop coordinator at workshops@dragonfest.org or fill out this form.