Pagan Event Reviews
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Free Spirit Gathering 2013: Many Paths
2013 Midwest Witches "Steampunk" Ball
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Between the Worlds: An Interfaith Esoteric Conference
Sirius Rising & Summerfest 2012
Starwood 32--Review by Oberon Zell
Why Celebrate International Pagan Coming Out Day?
Spring Mysteries Festival XXVII
Celebrating 20 Years: St. Louis Pagan Picnic Reaches a Milestone
Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Summerland Spirit Festival 2012
Toon Town’s Pagan Summer Fest: A Ten Year Long Dream
Mabon with Blackberry Circle
Salem, Oregon Celebrates Its First Pagan Pride Day (2012)
NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival (NWFEF) 2012 (Review)
Michigan Midwest Bazaar and Witches Ball
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Starwood Festival 2011 (A Review by Oberon Zell)
Sacred Space Celebrates Twenty-one Years!
The New Orleans Witches' Ball
"New Fire in Deep Winter: Oimelc in Minnesota"
St. Louis Pagan Picnic
Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom
Summerland Spirit Festival 2011: The Initiation of a Community
2011 Midwest Witches Ball and Bazaar
Through the Looking Glass Midwest - Michigan's 2011 Witches Ball:
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Sacred Space Conference
Review: Sirius Rising
Free Spirit Gathering
43rd Annual Gathering of the Tribes
Summerfest 2010 (Festival Review)
Midwest Witches' Ball 2010
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The Sacred Space Conference and Winterfest Banquet
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
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The Land Institute Prairie Festival 2008
Sacred Harvest Festival 2008; The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal
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4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual and Chesapeake Pagan Community Summer Gathering
Sirius Rising 2007: Making Connections
The 12th Annual Halloween Festival London UK
Louisville Pagan Pride Day
Central Vermont Lughnasadh Festival
2nd Annual Children's Camp
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Harvest Home Gathering 2006 (picts added Oct. 18)
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference
Canadian National Pagan Conference
Toronto Pagan Conference
Sirius Rising 2006
Rally for Religious Freedom
Brazilian Mabon Celebration in Săo Paulo
Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering: Dancing with Devas 2006
WitchFest Wales, 2006
Pagan Pride Day - Metro Detroit
Rochester Pagan Pride Day
The 2006 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering
Hellfire Caves Ritual
Beltaine 2006: A Pagan Odyssey
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Tara Summer Solstice 2005
Starwood XXV: Feelin' the Love
Persephone's Masquerade: The 4th Annual OHF Spring Ball
Pictures from New Orleans
Sirius Rising 2005: Restoring the Balance
Harvest Home 2005: Magick, Imagination, and Love
Spirit's Haven in the Woods
Inner Mysteries Intensive with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
People of Beauty, People of Peace: CPC Summer Gathering 2005
Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance’s Wicked Awesome Lugh Beach Party
WES Raises Funds for Katrina Victims
Adirondack Pagan Pride Day
The 2005 Between The Worlds Men's Gathering
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The 2004 Between the Worlds Men's Gathering|
Author: Garan du
Posted: October 3rd. 2004
Times Viewed: 5,999
Location: Southeastern Ohio
Event Date(s): September 15-19, 2004
Growth and evolution are the hallmarks of all living things. Communities, like living creatures, have lifecycles, too. Thus, as with children, it can be both fascinating and awe-inspiring to watch them develop and mature. Such has been the case with the Between the Worlds (BTW) Men's Gathering. This year marked the third in our series of annual gatherings. From its inception, BTW has been designed to provide a safe place for gay, bi, queer, and questioning men to explore alternative spiritual practices such as Neo- Pagan and Earth-centered paths. Each year our men travel from across the continent, coming together to form a loving spiritual community deep within the oak- and hickory- forested hills of southeastern Ohio.
This year marked a significant change as BTW came into its own. Fifty-one men registered for the event, some traveling as far as 2100 miles to attend. This year's gathering offered 27 workshops, 11 rituals, and 9 social events. It was a remarkably diverse gathering the bears mingled with the twinks, the young men with the elders, the struggling student with the engineer, the Norseman with the Witch with the Druid with the Shaman with the Ceremonial with the Eclectic. And despite a 12-hour period of intense rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, the event was characterized by blue skies and sunny dispositions. Rain, it seems, is the universal solvent, dissolving barriers and bringing community together. What wells up from this primordial sea is surely greater than the sum of its parts. Christopher Penczak, in his keynote address to the gathering, departed completely from his prepared notes to comment on how personally moving this experience was for him, and what effect events like this can have on the spiritual health of the gay community.
There are so many things that stand out as noteworthy vignettes over those 5 days: the powerful midnight crossroads ritual to Hekate; a wonderful ritual done entirely in American Sign Language; a primal ritual of oracular Seidr; a joyous Minoan Brotherhood reunion; a peaceful walk to the Faerie Shrine interrupted by a flock of wild turkeys; a ritual of remembrance which evoked both tears and laughter; the assistance so willingly rendered by near-complete strangers to one another in battening down the hatches for yet another BTW hurricane; the hoots and hollers of the No Talent Show; the staff coming up to say how everyone at the campgrounds was so happy that we were back (and knew that we had returned by the constant stream of gentle male laughter wafting up out of the valley); the great river of stars flowing overhead that was occasionally interrupted by the wake of a falling meteor; the chorus of bears ruddy by firelight chanting paeans to Dionysos; the mingled looks of joy and awe on the faces of so many men, their eyes as big as saucers and their grins just as wide, immediately after the main ritual. In the current climate of fear and disenfranchisement, how often do we as queer men hear a healthy message of empowerment and ecstasy and love that makes us realize that we are all sacred and divine manifestations of the One? We need not ask of a Lord above when we will be free from our bonds. We need only look in the mirror and ask it of ourselves and it shall be so.
O IO IAKKHOS!
Bio: Garan du is a 3rd degree High Priest in the Minoan Brotherhood. He is also a co-founder and co-facilitator of The Green Faerie Grove, an eclectic Wiccan coven for queer men in Columbus, Ohio and co-facilitator (with Ea) of the BTW Men's Gathering. For information about BTW, please log onto: www.betweentheworlds.org.
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