Our 2023 Program
REGISTRATION FOR 2023 IS OPEN!
The workshops and other program offerings are focused on the seasonal themes of Hallowmas: endings and new beginnings, divination, and healing. We hope that you will enjoy our excellent Temple of Diana teachers of they bring to you what is near and dear to their expertise and their hearts.
To find out more about our teachers, visit Temple of Diana groves
OUR 2023 GATHERING WELCOMES YOU TO ARRIVE ANYTIME
FROM 3PM, THURSDAY, OCT. 26th, WITH OUR OPENING CIRCLE AT 7PM.
OUR CLOSING CIRCLE IS ON SUNDAY, OCT. 29th AROUND 2:00PM
(this is a listing, not a schedule)
OUR 2023 WORKSHOPS and more...
DIVINATION FOR ALL with Sandy Cybele (California)
Do you do divination? What system do you use for divination, or haven’t you done divination yet because you don’t know what works for you? For old-timers as well as newbies, this workshop offers an overview, some history, and practice with all kinds of divination systems, including tarot, scrying (water, fire, mirror), runes, and more. Together we’ll explore different modes and modalities of divination and have fun practicing old familiar ones and learning some new. You’re welcome to come and enjoy and bring your favorite form of divination to share. Handouts will be available to take home for further study, as well as different divination sets for your use.
COMMUNITY CRONING PREPARATION with Caterina Fiordellisi Nelli (California)
The PREPARATION: A “Croning” ritual marks the life transition of women 58 and older into honored elderhood, celebrating their power and accumulated wisdom. Preparing involves discussion and a guided group process to create a ritual experience to be enacted on Saturday afternoon with DoD attendees welcome to witness and support the new Crones. If you have already had a personal Croning ritual, you are also welcome to celebrate this rite of passage in this group ritual of elderhood. You must participate in the preparation in order to be Croned.
COMMUNITY CRONING RITUAL with Caterina Fiordellisi Nelli (California)
The RITUAL: This ritual experience is for the women who participated in the Croning Ritual preparation workshop earlier in the Gathering. All DoD attendees of any age are welcome to witness, support, and celebrate the new Crones. You must have participated in Friday’s preparation in order to be Croned.
AMAZON ARCHERY - Basic Ground Archery Skills for Mounted Archery
with Nicki Harris, Sara Macaluso, Falcon River, and Kathy Crocco
Amazon Nation Rise! Learn the ancient art of intuitive archery, including basic ground archery techniques used for mounted (horseback) archery. Tap into your ancestral memory and shoot like your Amazon foremothers. Hone your personal will, step up to the mark, focus, and release your energy toward your target. Girls under 17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. All equipment provided.
DANCING WITH THE GODDESS with Dena Joy (Nevada)
Dancing With The Goddess is dancing with yourself. It is a transformative dance of radical self love, which is healing and expansive. Dena Joy will create a safe and sacred space for Womyn to explore the deliciousness of dancing with the energy of the Goddess. You will experience dance as a form of divination, of transformation, and magic. The goal is to feel more YOU because YOU are Goddess from the inside out.! Every Womyn has her own dance. Come and open to the power of YOUR divine dance!… No previous dance experience is needed.
THE DONNE DI FORA (THE LADY FROM OUTSIDE) OF SICILIAN FOLKLORE with Christina Pandolfo (Sicily/Wales)
In this talk we will discover the enchanting witches-fairies women of Italian witchcraft folklore and their matrifocal Mediterranean ancient roots.
DRUMMING FOR OUR HALLOWMAS COMMUNITY RITUAL with Janet Minerva (California)
If you have experience as a drummer and interested in drumming for our community ritual on Saturday night, please attend this meeting. Bring your drum and/or percussion toys.
ASK FALCON… ANYTHING with Falcon River (Michigan)
Women often have many questions for Falcon from being clairvoyant, the Guardian Path, growing up as a feral child in Appalachia, surviving and thriving as a butch lesbian in the South, and more. Nothing is off the table. Spend some time with Falcon and bring your questions and curiosity. There will be stories.
HECATE OF THE CROSSROADS with Cerridwyn RoseLabrys
Hecate is an Ancient Greek Triple Goddess of the heavens, the earth, and the Underworld. She is a Crone of the dark moon. In this workshop we will explore Her attributes, and applications for magic, through discussion, song, and meditation.
SINGING IN SACRED CIRCLE with Shelley Graff (Ohio)
Singing In Sacred Circle is an opportunity for each womoon to share voice and spirit through song/chant. While learning short, repetitive women-centered and earth-based songs/chants from a wide variety of traditions, power rises from the center of the circle as all voices create an energy that is both empowering and healing. This opportunity is intended to allow womyn, regardless of singing experience, to share their voices in a noncompetitive, relaxed, safe space. Percussion instruments are welcome! Come sing along!
GENTLE YOGA TO START YOUR DAY– with Judith Martin Straw (California)
A lovely way to start the day - gentle hatha yoga; breathing, stretching, balancing and relaxing. Wear loose clothing and bring water. If you have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it, but it's not required. A half hour of gently yoga and meditation- it's also the perfect antidote to 'camp mattress' and 'altitude challenges'.
NEW TO RITUAL/ PREPARATION FOR OUR HALLOWMAS RITUAL with Sandra Cybele (California)
This workshop will help you prepare yourself to fully experience our Hallows Ritual by understanding the focus of the season and techniques to bring yourself fully present.
ALL ACTS OF LOVE AND PLEASURE - Reclaiming Sacred Sexuality - with DiAnna Ritola (NY City, NY)
Let's redefine and expand our definition of what it means to be a spiritual and sexual womon. We'll explore the harm done by patriarchy and male-centered religions and reclaim our Goddess-given right to pleasure, sensuality, and deep, down sexiness through movement, facilitated discussion, and sensual non-sexual touch exercises. 'We will learn to ask for what we want, and there will be take-home suggestions and lots of open talk about our bodies, our desires, and our loves.
TAROT FOR THE SEASON OF THE CRONE with Hestia Bee (California)
Join Hestia for a bit of learning and a bit of divination play in the spirit of the season. Bring your tarot deck if you have one. Some decks will be provided.
INCENSE FOR RITUAL AND SPELLCRAFT with Atana MountainAsh (California)
‘I will build you a temple, I will give you offerings of incense." -Ovid, Metamorphoses
Written records of the burning of incense for ritual date back over 2,300 years to ancient Egypt. Explore ancient spiritual practices and current uses in Dianic ritual and spellcrafting. Participants will make a powdered ritual incense to take home. Note: To ensure sufficient materials, class is limited to 13 women.
CREATING CHANT FOR WOMEN’S SEASONAL RITUALS with Ruth Barrett (Michigan)
What are the purposes of chant in women’s ritual? Why include them, and what effect does including chant do? This workshop will explore the purposes of chant in women’s rituals, the components of chant making, and the conscious application of energetics through words, melody, and rhythm. Women will be facilitated through an original guided process designed to stimulate intuition, teach embodiment of the dominant energy of a season, resulting in the creation of an original chant.
COMPOSTING THE PATRIARCHY WITH GARDEN GODDESSES with Temple Ardinger (California)
In the safety of sisterhood, we give up the negative messages learned from patriarchy to Goddess. She is there, our oldest and closest friend, to listen and help us let go of these messages that do not serve us. We will get our hands dirty as we work our magic forming Goddess out of clay and asking her to compost these messages that we have carried for too long.
2023 RITUALS AND SPECIAL DELIGHTS
OPENING CIRCLE – With Ruth Barrett and other Gathering goddesses
Welcome to the Sisterhood, setting our intentions for our time together, formally beginning our Gathering.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Building Blocks of Religion & Magic: Tools to Think With From Scholars" with Kerry Cerridwin
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON THE GODDESS ARTEMIS by distinguished scholar, ancient historian, and Artemis expert, Carla Ionescu, PhD
COMMUNITY HALLOWMAS RITUAL – Facilitated by Temple of Diana co-founder Ruth Rhiannon Barrett and numerous awesome DoD ritual facilitators
In preparation for the holy night between the worlds, we are invited to enter a place stillness and simply be where we are: not moving forward or backward but being utterly present, suspended in the space between past and future. It is here that we listen to the voices in the crackling fire, rain, and wind. We enter the dark season of the year by releasing the year that is closing behind us, honoring our beloved dead, remembering the witches who perished in the Burning Times, and receiving divination guidance with which to dream in the dark. This year we will also prepare ourselves for the work ahead with commitments to self and the protection of our Mother Earth and all Her creatures.
CANDLE LIGHT SEASONAL CONCERT
with Ruth Barrett, Shelley Graff, Nicki Harris, Falcon River, Kerry Cerridwen, and other sisters of our Gathering
A favorite Gathering concert of seasonal song, chant, and spoken word, facilitated by Ruth Barrett with DoD Gathering musicians, singers, storytellers and poets.
CLOSING CIRCLE facilitated by Ruth Barrett
Harvesting the gifts of our sisterhood, formally closing our time together until we meet again.