Our 2022 Program
REGISTRATION FOR 2022 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 GATHERING WELCOMES YOU TO ARRIVE ANYTIME
FROM 3PM, THURSDAY, OCT. 27th, WITH OUR OPENING CIRCLE AT 7PM.
OUR CLOSING CIRCLE IS ON SUNDAY, OCT. 30th AROUND 2:30PM
(this is a listing, not a schedule)
ALL ACTS OF LOVE AND PLEASURE - Reclaiming Sacred Sexuality with DiAnna Ritola
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. Oh, yes, there will be take-home suggestions and lots of open talk about our bodies, our desires, and our loves.
DIVINATION FOR ALL with Sandy Limina
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.
BANISHING SPELLCRAFT: GET THEE GONE! With Atana Mountainash
Need to break a bad habit, let go of a toxic relationship, or in some way discard what is no longer (or never was) needed? Learn to banish that which needs to leave your life. From setting simple intentions to creating personal ritual, we will discuss ways to manifest a fresh space to welcome positive energy back in. Topics will include: ethical spellcasting, the use of magical tools, and inviting elemental spirits to assist. You will practice as a group and leave with items to use at home. Appropriate for beginners and those with a basic understanding of spellcraft. Please bring your own athame if you have one.
DRUMMING FOR OUR HALLOWMAS COMMUNITY RITUAL with Catherine Ridder
Catherine has been the lead ritual drummer for our community rituals for decades. 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.
EMBODIED SPELLCRAFT with Ruth Barrett
This workshop focusses on bringing into focused-present-time the emotional feelings and physical sensations that women can evoke for directing and releasing energy toward a desired goal. We will work on taking experiences from our “elemental inventory” and other life experiences in a series of practices that support spell casting. This workshop is designed for women who already have some experience with spellcasting.
ARTEMIS, ANCIENT MOTHER with Hestia Bee
Before She was syncretized into the Classical Greek pantheon, who was Artemis? Come explore the Minoan, Mycenean, and Old European origins of She Who watched over all phases and experiences of women's lives for millennia and She Who is with you, now.
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.
BRAIDING BLISS with Temple Ardinger
Learn to craft this simple spell to manifest change in your life. Each participant will create a bracelet (or anklet) as a spell to manifest more joy and bliss in her life. Using sacred measurements and the power of 3×3 we will craft a more joyful world by braiding bliss. All crafting supplies will be provided, please bring a notebook and pen.
TRIBAL BELLYDANCE FOR BEGINNERS with Cerridwyn Roselabrys
Tribal Style Bellydance began its development in the 1960s. It is uniquely designed for a group to dance together in duets, trios, and more, with an improvisation technique built into the moves. In the beginner class, we will do some warm up stretches and practice some basic slower and fast moves to live drumming. We will begin to develop simple choreography and explore implications for ritual use.
FRITH WEAVING with Falcon River
From the ancestral folk of the northern European countries that are Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, the word frith is one of the root words of the modern words for “friend” and “free,” and often translated as “peace.” Frith weaving is the ancient wisdom and practice of conscious community building with our family, our friends, the land wights, and the disir (the female ancestral line). It was understood that women were the frith weavers of their communities. We will explore the concept of frith weaving as a way to re-weave the connections between our families, communities, and our world.
GENTLE YOGA TO START YOUR DAY with Judith Martin Straw
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'.
SINGING CIRCLE; USING THE POWER OF OUR VOICES TO HEAL OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER
with Nicki Harris and Tracie Jones
Join your sisters for an empowering experience of how women’s voices raised in song together will open and heal your heart. ZERO singing experience required.
NEW TO RITUAL/ PREPARATION FOR OUR HALLOWMAS RITUAL with Sandra Limina
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.
FEMALE ERASURE DISCUSSION facilitated by Ruth Barrett and Rev. Ava
While the “progressive” left touts “inclusivity” to challenge, punish, censor, and legislate against any woman holding boundaries for female sovereign spaces and spiritual practices, Dianic witches and other advocates for female-centered rites and spaces continue to resist. Join the facilitated discussion with a panel of Priestesses who serve women and girls on why female-sovereign rites and spaces of all kinds remain necessary for personal and global healing, celebration, and spiritual revolution.
The NEXT MEN’s WAR: Surviving--No, Thriving!--in Changing and Challenging Times with Ava
“U.S. and Britain believe the Ukraine war could last ten years …” --The Week newsmagazine, August, 2022. The history of men’s wars prove that women, children and animals always get the worst of it. US generals are now saying publicly that the Ukraine-Russia conflict could drag on for ten years--wreaking havoc on the masses. World events do affect us, obviously, but individuals do not have to become statistics. We are in the “Fourth Turning,” the era of “crisis,” but history also proves that no matter how bad things get, there is always that tiny percentage of people –not necessarily the richest--who somehow do okay, or even thrive. In this class, get Ava’s best metaphysical Goddess tips for being one of them … and doing well as a Dianic Amazon Queen-- no matter what modern money-making madness men are up to now.
BECOMING A BABY CRONE- A Menopause Conversation with DiAnna Ritola
Come share stories and wisdom about your menopause journey. What remedies have worked for you? What pisses you off? What do you embrace? What do you hope for? This sister-to-sister forum for conversation and resource sharing combines education of the physical and spiritual aspects of perimenopause, abrupt menopause due to medical intervention, and the early aspects of Cronehood. Open to all womyn experiencing the flashes, the dashes, and the rashes as well as the wisdom, the welcome, and the grieving of The Change.
TAROT FOR THE SEASON OF THE CRONE with Hestia Bee
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.
PLANTS AND CHANTS FOR NERVOUS SYSTEM CONNECTION AND SOOTHING with Tracie Jones
Through humming, chanting, meditation, breath and connection to the Earth and her plants, we will learn how to soothe and nourish our vagus nerve so that we can recognize and move beyond the fight/flight responses of our Sympathetic nervous system or our freeze response of an overactive Parasympathetic nervous system so that we can enter into a more balanced Parasympathetic nervous system state which supports our resting and digesting. From this place we can be more deeply nourished and receive the love and care that is being offered to us and that we all deserve. There will be time to connect with plants and the opportunity to create something to take home with you so that you can continue to feel held, supported and connected to the radical act of the care and feeding of your nervous system.
DRUM CIRCLE JAMS with Larissa Montfort
RITUALS AND SPECIAL DELIGHTS
OPENING AND CLOSING CIRCLES
DRUM CIRCLE JAMS
THE ORDINATION OF DIANIC PRIESTESS, ATANA MOUNTAINASH
It is not every day that a Dianic Priestess is ordained. The DoD community is invited to witness and support the ordination of Atana Mountainash serving her Dianic community in her ministry . Atana serves on the Spiritual Service Circle of ToD grove, Circle of Aradia. If you wish to attend, please arrive on time and ready to be formally enter the circle holding the intention “in perfect love and perfect trust”.
HALLOWMAS COMMUNITY RITUAL
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 honoring our beloved dead, remembering the witches who perished in the Burning Times, releasing the year that is closing behind us, 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.
CANDLELIGHT SEASONAL CONCERT
A favorite Gathering concert of seasonal song, chant, and spoken word, facilitated by Ruth Barrett with DoD Gathering musicians, singers, and poets.