Cori Burke has been part of the CWPN community for the past 21 years as a student, teacher, High Priestess, CWPN President, and graphic designer. She has studied everything from Paganism, Wicca, The Gods, the Mysteries, and more. Her formal training is as a third degree High Priestess in both Alexandrian and Gardnerian Traditions, and for 10 years she co-ran a Coven. Currently she practices on her own, does oracular work for the Gods, is a henna artist, a jewelry designer, face and body painter, an Associate Art Director for a large corporation and the CWPN’s Harvest Gathering Designer. Beyond that, she’s a mom.
Frater xvarnah is an initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis (“OTO”) and a practitioner of ritual magick; a brother Master Mason; and an admitted attorney in Connecticut. As an active member of Mithras Oasis, OTO, he has lectured on ritual and meditative practices, Christian Mysticism, German Romanticism, Bhakti Yoga, the Indian Philosophy of Samkhya, and solar symbolism in prayer/poetry & Tarot. He co-hosts a monthly round table discussion group in Southington (Five within Six Thelema Study Group). In addition to exploring magickal practice from his own individual perspective of the meaningful, the practical, and the beautiful, Frater xvarnah is an avid fan of underground electronic dance music, enjoys painting with oils on collage, Hebrew Calligraphy, horror movies, and reading poetry alongside his two cats, Indiana & Mugsy -- who enjoy flipping through the pages randomly.
Mayra Cañas's interests outside of her parents' religion began in middle school where she first discovered the Greek Gods. This was followed by an introduction to the runes in high school and her first encounter with Odin. She is a walker between the worlds, a healer, energy worker, and seer who has identified as Pagan for over 25 years. A devotional polytheist, Mayra is dedicated to both Hecate and the Morrigan. Her practice includes the Greek Irish and Norse pantheon as well as the Orishas of the Lukumi traditions. Aside from devotional work, facilitating connections and helping others tap into their own talents is the most rewarding aspect of her work.
Jimmy Clark has been a music industry professional his entire adult life. He owns and operates his business
JC Music & WellnessLLC, where he has provided teaching, mentoring, or for-hire services for 26
years. He is an active performer, appearing annually at large scale benefit events, and a prolific music
producer. In 2017 alone, Jimmy recorded 33 Pagan songs (originals and covers), and he is an active
community member, spending time with Pagans from Nevada, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusettes,
New York, and beyond.
Gayle Nogas M H is the founder of Gayle's Thyme & Herbal Apothecary in Enfield, CT since 1995. Gayle's . Gayle offers classes, demonstrations and workshops using herbs and aromatherapy for healing your mind, body and spirit. Gayle is very active with, teaching, workshops and lectures at home and at various locations in the area. Gayle can be reached through her website www.gaylesthyme.com and on Facebook.
Laura Lenhard: I was raised in Southern California and brought with me to Connecticut a lifelong fascination with the metaphysical world, along with a deep-rooted belief in the concept of Universal Spirituality. This respect for all spiritual paths and love for the natural world combined with my vision for a unique shop filled with all things mystical, magical and natural. My dream was realized when Talisman and Cauldron, located in Derby CT, opened in April of 2007. I now work to educate and share information regarding the metaphysical and spiritual realms through my day-to-day interactions with patrons at the shop, guest appearances, articles, Talisman’s monthly newsletter and Hearst Publications’ “Metaphysical Musings” blog (since 2009) as well as leading workshops and lectures.
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)
Gina Martini has been a working pagan since 1986. Since then she has expanded her studies and workings to include various systems of Wicca and European Witchcraft, Neo-Druidism, Ceremonial and Ritual magic, Kabbalah, Thelema, Mongolian Shamanism, various forms of Wisewoman/Medicinewoman works, trance and ritual dance, Buddhism, Norse and Astru, Christianity, Judaism and nature worship/reverence. From her vast background she has developed her own form of paganism, Walking in Magic.
She still confesses to know no thing…
Mike Mones is a martial arts practitioner and assistant instructor hailing from Moonlit Path Martial Arts of Branford, CT. An active member of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association, Mones holds over 7 years of martial arts experience. A second-degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do, Mones also studies Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido, and has cross-trained in other Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan, and Filipino arts.
Georgeanna Piazza has been a student and performer of dance for the past 25 years. Her studies have included ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, several styles of ballroom dance, American Cabaret Style Belly Dance, Raqs Sharqi, and American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. She was awarded the title of FCBD® Sister Studio and certified teacher, by her master dance teacher and creator of American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, in 2011.
In addition to being trained in dance, Georgeanna is a classically trained soprano, plays zils (finger cymbals), and derbekke (Middle Eastern Hand Drum). In her daily life, she facilitates the path towards healing for her clients, as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Georgeanna enjoys incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupressure/Cupping into her Massage Therapy practice. She achieved her Associate Degree in Occupational Studies from The New York College of Health Professions. Georgeanna is currently a student of The Silver Broom Ministries in Sayville, NY and is studying to become a professional tarot card reader under Rev. Mark A. Lyons.