Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi
Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi are a well-established and popular teaching team in the ways of Old World Witchcraft. They are frequent return guest speakers and workshop presenters at conventions and festivals all across the United States.
Raven is an award winning author of seventeen+ books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Inner Mystery Traditions. He is a practitioner and teacher with over 40 years of experience. Raven’s newest title, published by Red Wheel Weiser, isGrimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch, released August 2014 . Raven has dedicated his life to the research, writing and preservation of the ancient Pre-Christian European ways of that are our ancestral roots.
Stephanie is a practitioner of Witchcraft with over 20 years’ experience, and is a third degree Priestess of Irish Celtic Wicca, and Stregheria (Italian Witchraft). She is currently the co-directing Elder of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition. In addition, Stephanie is a long-experienced Astrologer, Tarot reader, and co-creator & co-author of two Oracles decks: The Well Worn Path, and The Hidden Path.
In 2006, Raven and Stephanie formed the Ash, Birch and Willow system of Witchcraft, and together they co-direct and co-teach the ABW Tradition through the Fellowship of the Pentacle (a Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European traditions). In addition, Raven and Stephanie offer home study courses on older forms of Witchcraft ( with students around the globe) through the Fellowship website and have an internet store, www.RavensLoft.biz , which has been dedicated to providing items for your spiritual and magical practice for over 15 years. To find out more information please visit https://www.HouseofGrimassi.com
Lora O’Brien is a native Irish woman with strong experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, & Irish Spirituality. You could call her Pagan, Witch, Druid, Priestess or Shaman, and you wouldn’t be wrong, although she doesn’t call herself anything but a Draoí – a practitioner of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality, in the simplest terms.
While working for 8 years as the General Manager at Cruachán - Rathcroghan Royal Site in Co. Roscommon, Lora was honoured to guide visitors both physically and spiritually to Oweynagat, the Cave of the Cats, the real life entrance to the Irish Otherworld.
She is still a tour guide (by special appointment only), a teacher, and writes Irish heritage articles and books, including: her earliest work ‘Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch’; ‘A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality’ in 2012, which combines her psychology studies with very accessible information and technique to provide a clear pathway for connection to Ireland; and the forthcoming 'A Practical Guide to Irish Magic' (Llewellyn, 2017).
Lora is a co-founder and legal Reverend with the Irish Pagan Life Rites organization, has been consciously following a pagan path for 21 years, and is a dedicated Priestess of the Morrigan for over 13 years. It's hard work, but the benefits are... no, actually. It's just hard work.
Jhenah Telyndru holds an MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, and has a bachelor’s degree in archaeology. The founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Jhenah’s published works include "Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom", “The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy
Isle”, “Journeys to Avalon: Immrama to the Holy Isle”, "Trancing the Inner Landscape: Avalonian Landscape Postures”, and has several more works due out this year. Jhenah teaches four day residential training retreats around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland through Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. Co-facilitator of Ithaca Red Tent, and co-coordinator of local World Goddess Day events, Jhenah also teaches workshops on writing, tarot, Celtic Paganism, and the Divine Feminine in Ithaca, New York. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition for over 25 years, Jhenah has been active in the Goddess Spirituality movement since 1986. For more information about Jhenah's work and offerings, please visit her website: www.ynysafallon.com
Patricia Lafayllve is a published author whose works include "Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess" and the forthcoming "A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru." She has been pagan since 1987, a trance worker for nineteen years, and a heathen for fourteen years. Patricia is a long-time member and leader in an organization called The Troth, which is a resource for heathenry. She has served The Troth as the Connecticut and New England Steward, the High Steward, a Redeswoman, Assistant Steerswoman and Steerswoman. She founded The Troth's Lore Program, was its first Provost, and is currently serving as a Dean. She is a Troth-certified Godwoman, or member of the Clergy. Patricia is a Freyjasgythja and a proud member of Two Ravens Kindred.
Bernadette Montana has been teaching and practicing Wicca, the Tarot and Native American practices for over 30 years. She is a 3rd degree priestess in the Alexandrian tradition and Progressive ways under Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, a tribal member and pipe carrier of the Sun Bear tribe (an all nations tribe), and a tribal member of the Baramaya tribe (Taino bloodline). Currently a 3rd degree Reiki practitioner, Bernadette has given classes in the Tarot, and in Wicca, in shops all over Orange County NY. These shops include The Sugar Loaf Inn, Windows to the Sky, Sunshine Studios and others. She currently owns her own metaphysical shop in Cornwall, NY called Brid's Closet. Bernadette also facilitates events and festivals in Orange County NY, such as The Beltane Festival in Cornwall and The Yule Celebration in New Windsor, and organizes The Newburgh and Cornwall Witches Meet-Up (the largest meet-up group in the lower Hudson Valley area)
Bonnie Landry is a Druid with a focus in the Celtic and Gaulish hearth cultures and has been a member of Ar nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship since 2005. She is also a First Order member of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) and a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. Currently, Bonnie is an officer (Treasurer) of Charter Oak Grove, an ADF Grove located in Glastonbury, CT, and was a founder of Ocean's Tide Grove, formerly of Rhode Island. Bonnie is a minister of the Universal Life Church and Monastery, and is working towards Ordination in ADF.
Tracy Andryc has been sharing her love of the labyrinth since her first walk on its path in 1998. She sees the labyrinth as a universal tool that can be used in a magical/spiritual context, regardless of your religious path. Tracy is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Certified Birth Doula, Reiki Master and owner of One Path Labyrinth Ventures. She takes a holistic approach to her labyrinth work by incorporating other modalities such as crystal grids, sound and sacred dance. For almost two decades, she has facilitated workshops and rituals on the labyrinth and other topics at venues throughout New England. Tracy lives in Massachusetts, with her husband, three adult kids and three step-kids, happily playing with clay.
Larry Duckles (aka “Chainsaw Larry”)
Larry has been making mead and crafting other alcoholic beverages for 23 years. He is also a practicing heathen for 20 years and member of The Oakridge Fellowship kindred in northern New Jersey. He has a BS in Biology and attended Rutgers University’s Biology graduate program and has worked in pharmaceutical and food science for more than 15 years. His interest in making mead in particular stemmed from both his love of adult beverages as well as his keen interest in science. He has brewed mead and beer here in the United States, and during his time at the College of Menuth in Ireland. Over time, his dedication to making mead became a labor of love and devotion to his gods. His various creations have won awards at The East Coast Thing, an annual gathering of heathens in the Northeast United States. Larry has previously presented mead making workshops at Fires of Venus gathering in Darlington, MD and presented and participated in the brewers’ workshop and club at The East Coast Thing in Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and 2 dogs in Northern NJ.
Ashleigh has practiced yoga for 17 years and lived in San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles and currently resides in New York City. In each city, yoga and meditation has been the golden thread she has connected to. She is attracted to yoga because it has inspired her to find balance, joy and new ways to move through her life on and off the mat. In yoga you are always good enough and you have everything you need inside of you.
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