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Lora is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with 20+ years personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. Publications include - Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch, 2004; A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality, 2013; Rathcroghan - a Journey, 2015; Tales of Old Ireland - Retold, 2018; and a forthcoming work on Pagan Priesthood, Llewellyn 2019.
She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality. Lora has been consciously following a pagan path for 25 years, and dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan 14 years ago. She managed one of Ireland's most important sacred sites - Cruachán/Rathcroghan - for a decade, and is a co-founder and legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland.
With her partner, Jon O'Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag), she runs the IrishPaganSchool.com - an online learning environment where you can connect to the heritage, culture and spirituality of Pagan Ireland in an authentic and meaningful way, every day.
Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of a number of books and has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and in the United States.
She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio's "Vox Pop" and the Gary Null show in New York.
She presented a weekly "herb report" for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids; A&E Television's; "The Unexplained" (Secret Societies, The Druids and the Knights Templars original air date 4 March 1999https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2IxNJGe03U ).
She is a Master Herbalist, Professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and a lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. She is the Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak www.tribeoftheoak.com and a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, www.whiteoakdruids.org ) and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana.
She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has been at times a member of
The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF). Visit her bookstore and blog at www.elleneverthopman.com
Ellen Evert Hopman is a voice for Herbalists and Druids in modern society and is the author of a growing number of books.
Gina has been a working pagan since 1986. Her studies and workings 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. She still confesses to know no thing… From her diverse background she has developed her own form of paganism, Walking in Magic: a way of bring magic out of the circle and into the every day.
Gina is a priestess, spiritual guide, speaker on various forms of priesthood and magic and spiritual event project manager. She conducts rituals and rites of passage in her local community and around the country. Within her community she is a spiritual guide lifting each person she guides to awaken to their own personal greatness. Gina has had the honor of speaking and sharing her knowledge on being a priestess and magical work. She creates and manages spiritual events for her various magical and spiritual communities. Though she takes her work serious, she does feel light hearted to call herself a Cosmic Bartender, her bar is always open and ready to serve up spirits.
Gina lives in Connecticut USA in her little yellow house with her spouse Ken and cat Tony.
Morgan Daimler is a witch who follows a path inspired by the Fairy Faith and Irish paganism and has been a polytheist since the early ’90?s. She teaches classes on Irish myth and magical practices, fairies, and related subjects in the northeast United States and internationally. Morgan’s writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Pagan Dawn and Air n-Aithesc. Morgan is also the author of more than two dozen books, and blogs regularly
Nyt is a practicing witch of more than twenty years. She is degreed in the Jolian Tradtion (Celtic Eclectic/1734/ Gardnarian) and Draconian (Welsh Celtic/ Wysardan). She is founder and High Priestess of The Wild Blackthorn Traditon and currently leads the Connecticut Coven/Grove. Her studies also include also Ceremonial Magick, Asatru, Lukemi as well as majors in classical education studies of Humanities & Philosophy with a minor in Mythology.
Nyt is very passionate about growth of your own individual path and attuning with nature and the Divine through sacred ritual. She is an accomplished ritualist writing, leading and participating in more than one hundred rituals in groups spanning sizes from small private circles to large festival work.
Newly relocated to Connecticut from Florida, Nyt has been very active in her local pagan communities teaching extensively both publicly and privately.
For more information you can check with www.thewildblackthorn.com or follow her blog www.wildblackthornwitchcraft.com
Crystal Moon is a progressive witch and High Priestess of her own coven in Northern NJ, She is owner of Sacred Touch Healing and Wellness (a business established in 2016), a massage therapist, Reiki Master, Tarot reader and the facilitator of the NJ Rune Project located in East Hanover, NJ. She is trained in Crystal Healing, Chakra balancing and Sound and Vibrational healing.
Tina Criscione is a poet, craftsman and teacher, a student always and devoted follower of the Morrigan. She is a practicing witch who follows the liminal spaces in a practice devoted to her goddess and the fae. She has been a practicing witch for over 20 years and for most of her life was a solitary. Today she enjoys teaching. Crafting and learning new things. Currently, she is studying the Ogham, in all its diversity. She has her LMSW, CCM and is working on her CASAC and works in a healing profession.
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.
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)
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.
Rhonda is a Wiccan Priestess, Witch and Tarot Reader. She grew up in a house where magick and alternate spiritual practices were open for discussion and Egyptian Gods/Goddesses were discussed as openly as any other. Even though she was raised within the Church, she remembers including “Our Mother” while reciting the “Our Father” during morning prayers at the parochial school she attended. Even at a very young age she recognized the injustice of ignoring The Mother Goddess in prayer.
Rhonda is a Priestess of Ananke in Order of the Golden Gryphon, First Degree Witch in the Cabot Kent Hermetic Tradition, Coven member and First Degree Petitioner of Order of the World Tree Wiccan tradition Assembly of the Sacred Wheel as well as Coven Member Dawtas of the Moon.
Rhonda is also a professional Tarot Card reader and the founder of Northern New Jersey Tarot. NNJ Tarot offers a Meetup group, workshops and classes out of two metaphysical shops and the Northern New Jersey Tarot Center in East Hanover, NJ. Rhonda has studied Tarot with some of the most respected and accomplished Readers, Authors and deck designers in the Tarot community, including Theresa Reed (“The Tarot Lady”), Carrie Paris, Ellen Lorenzi-Prince as well as the “Grand Dames” of Tarot, Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack.
Rhonda continues her studies in both her Craft as well as Cartomancy. She is available for private, in-person and virtual card readings, as well as personal and corporate events.