Ainsley Friedberg does not remember a time when she did not have occult interests. She was initiated into the Golden Dawn in 1977 but left shortly afterwards being one of the few to hold the degree of 0:0 neophyte for over 25 years. In 1980, Ainsley discovered Wicca and self-dedicated to later start the CWPN in 1989.
She received her first degree from Laurie Cabot and her 3rd and eldership from Stewart Farrar, Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. For over 12 years, she was the owner of the Witchcraft shop "Avalon" in Monroe, and later, South Norwalk, Connecticut.
Ainsley was strongly involved in the campaign to educate the public about Wicca and appeared in many local and national newspapers and on many television and radio shows including NYC's Z100. She may be seen yearly on A&E's "Haunted History of Halloween."
In 1998 Ainsley decided to dedicate her studies to the Pagan beliefs of her own ancestry, the Slavic peoples. She is the webmistress of "Slavic Paganism & Witchcraft," the oldest Slavic Pagan site in English on the web, and the moderator of the "Leszi" list on yahoo groups, the first egroup dedicated to Slavic Heathenry. Ainsley now resides in Stratford, Connecticut and is in the process of writing a book on the Heathen folk traditions of the Slavs.