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Ivo Domínguez, Jr.
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has taught at many gatherings, conferences, and venues across the United States and abroad. Ivo is also a professional astrologer who has studied astrology since 1980 and has been offering consultations and readings since 1988. Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins. there are several other books in the pipeline as well. He is also one of the creative forces behind Awakening the Dream and A Dream Whose Time Is Coming two chant CDs that are fundraisers for the New Alexandrian Library Project. He has written over 70 chants and maintains an online pagan chant resource at www.ivodominguezjr.com. He is one of the owners and stewards of Seelie Court which is 102 acres of wooded land in Southern Delaware. the land at Seelie Court is filled with magick and has been consecrated to the purpose of deepening all pagan paths.
Jason Mankey has been involved with Paganism for the last twenty years, and has spent the last ten of those years as a speaker, writer, and High Priest. Since March of 2015 he has been the managing editor of Patheos Pagan and in January he released his first book for Llewellyn, "The Witch's Athame." He lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife Ari and two hyper-kinetic cats.
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).
Courtney Weber is a Priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, activist and practicing Witch in New York City. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and the forthcoming Tarot for One: How to Read Tarot for Yourself both by Weiser books. She blogs at www.thecocowitch.comand on Witchesandpagans.com ("Behind the Broom: What the Books Don't Tell You"). Courtney is the designer and producer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a photographic Tarot deck set in New York City. Courtney lecturers regularly around the United States and is super-stoked to be back home at Harvest Gathering. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and cats.
Stephanie Woodfield has been a practicing Witch and Priestess of the Morrigan for over seventeen years. She is one of the founding members of Morrigu’s Daughters, an online sisterhood dedicated to the Morrigan, the Irish goddess of sovereignty and battle. She is the author of Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan and Drawing Down the Sun: Rekindle the Magick of the Solar Goddesses. Her articles have appeared in SageWoman magazine and on the Witches Voice website. You can find her on her blog Dark Goddess Musingshttp://darkgoddessmusings.blogspot.com
Mayra Cañas has identified as Pagan for over 20 years. A devotional polytheist, she is dedicated to both Hekate and The Morrigan. Apart from being blessed as a walker between the worlds, she's a healer, energy worker, and channel. She's one of the founding members of Temple of the Crossroads, a small, private online community devoted to Hekate. Aside from her devotional practices, facilitating connections and helping others tap into their own talents is the most rewarding aspect of her work.
Jessica Hunter is a Shamanic Teacher, Practitioner, & Shamanic Medium. She is also a Crystal Healing Teacher, Melody Crystal Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Acupressurist, and Ordained Minister with Circle of the Sacred Earth. Over the last 25 years, Jessica has committed to formal training and practices in Shamanism, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Psychic Development & Mediumship, Acupressure, and Earth Based Spirituality & Healing, with a variety of mentors, including world-renowned Teachers & Shamans. Jessica’s passion in the healing work is dedicated to assisting clients and students to reclaim their personal power to honor, transform, and restore the Body, Mind, & Soul on all levels – by discovering their own light, talents, abilities, and personal spiritual connection. She facilitates Integrative Healing Sessions, Classes, Workshops, Shamanic Drum Circles, and also teaches Accredited and Certification training programs in Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Shamanic Healing. Jessica’s calling to her work and life passion is also honored in her bloodline; her ancestral background is a unique combination of Strega and Yakut native lineage.
James Stone has been a student and practitioner of the occult arts and sciences for more than 25 years, and is the co-founder of C.R.O.W. the Ceremonial and Ritual Order of Witches. His personal practices include elements of witchcraft, shamanism, music, martial arts, ceremonial magic, and Thelema. He has spent a lifetime exploring subjects that complement and illuminate his path such as comparative religion/mythology, Jungian psychology, postmodernism, Qabala, and symbology. Approaching spirituality with both a sense of the sacred and a sense of humor he has synthesized a unique perspective that continues to evolve, educate and entertain, while infuriating fundamentalists of all kinds. Born in Ignorant Bliss, U.S.A., he currently resides in the state of Paradox with his love and Schrodinger’s cat. Or does he?
I am Jimmy Clark, an Independent Music Educator, a touring, performing, and recording musical artist, a healing arts practitioner and an avid seeker. The Spiritual paths I follow are eclectic in origin. I honor aspects of Eastern traditions that I developed while studying Yoga and Ayurveda, while my more mystical influences stem from Celtic Shamanism, Druidism/Wicca, and Nature-based Ritual Magick. At Harvest Gathering 2014 I served as the event's Sound Healer, and at HG 2016 I will be the event's daily Group Yoga Leader, a Workshop presenter, and a Vendor offering Music Instruction & Coaching on Guitar, Harmonica. Hand Drums, Vocals, Songwriting and Lyrical Editing / Creation. I will also be offering Professional Critiques (bring your songs or poetry!)
Gayle Nogas MH
Gayle Nogas M H is the founder and proprietor of Gayle's Thyme & Herbal Apothecary in Enfield, CT since 1995. Gayle's Thyme carries a wide variety of metaphysical and spiritual supplies. Gayle offers classes, demonstrations and workshops using herbs and aromatherapy for healing your mind, body and spirit. Although the retail store has closed, Gayle is still very active with vending, 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.
Soror Alecto is a member of Aleister Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis and master of Tahuti Lodge, O.T.O., in New York City since 2007. e.v. She is a chartered initiator in O.T.O. and an ordained Priestess of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. Soror Alecto lives in New York City.
Rob made his first drum in 1986, in the very early days of the hand drum phenomenon in this country. His love for percussion and people grew, and soon he was exploring every aspect of ethnic percussion. Now, he makes and sells drums, teaches, gives seminars, runs drum building workshops, and owns Primal Beat Percussion, a 20+ year old drum company, as well as Imagicka, an eclectic shop in Binghamton , NY. It is his calling, and he gave up a job as an electrical engineer to focus on bringing percussion to the people, and feeding the growing drum circles in the U.S. The drum circle is empowering, as everyone has a place, everyone is a musician. His goal: to help break the paradigm that music, spirit, and magickal experience are for a very few, and that the rest of us are destined to be the audience.This illusion must end. Step up, participate, and get involved with the creation of your own life.
Shaman Monkey Rock