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Twin Cities Pagan Pride announces...
Category: Major Festival
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Price/Donation: Weekend/Day Rates available, child and t
Acct. Id: 434528
Event Id: 101603
Paganicon Upper Midwest Conference
When: Mar. 22nd. 2019 - Mar. 24th. 2019
Where: Plymouth, Minnesota
Twin Cities Pagan Pride presents the ninth annual Paganicon!
Event Details: Paganicon is a Pagan conference with workshops, panels, discussions, social space, live music, a ball, vendors and more. In eighth year, Paganicon is organized by Twin Cities Pagan Pride and a host of volunteers to provide an educational and social venue for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Druids, and other folk, craft, indigenous or magickal traditions. The theme for this year's event is 'Sacred Groves'. Whether you’re newly exploring Paganism, or a seasoned elder, Paganicon has something for everyone. Whether you want to learn something new from a different perspective, or just meet new people Paganicon is the place to do it!
Paganicon welcomes two Guests of Honor!
Kristoffer Hughes is a native Welsh speaker, born to a Welsh family in the mountains of Snowdonia, he is the Head of the Anglesey Druid Order and the award-winning author of several books on Celtic mythology and Druidry.
Kristoffer is a Druid of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and is it’s 13th Mount Haemus Scholar. He frequently facilitates workshops and courses throughout the UK and the USA, in addition to co facilitating and managing the school of the Anglesey Druid Order.
Kristoffer works professionally for Her Majesty’s Coroner service as an Autopsy Technologist and Bereavement Officer and is a Welsh language TV and stage actor. He lives on the Isle of Anglesey, the last stronghold of the ancient British Druids, with his partner Ian and their cat, Lilly.
Beverley Smith, also known as “Doctor Beverley” in the Conjure/Hoodoo community, has been a spiritual teacher and civil rights advocate since the early 1990s. She was a teacher and a High Priestess in the Druidic Craft of the Wise: The American Rite for over 20 years. Currently she is a two-headed Conjure Doctor, a bone reader, and Rootworker who teaches divination and herbal magic in the Hoodoo/Conjure tradition. A spoken-word artist and storyteller, social justice is her passion. Her interests include contemporary West Indian folk literature, African-American folk magic and revolutionary art of all kinds.
This year Paganicon is also fortunate to have a Special Guest and three Featured Guests!
Special Guest Healing Roots is community with diversity. They provide an effective, comprehensive, and compassionate process for understanding whiteness, working respectfully across culture, and being an agent of positive change.
-Groups of professionals wanting effective tools for working across culture
-Organizations wanting trainings on structural racism or European American culture
-Individuals of European heritage looking for healthy ways to understand their cultural identity and be effective agents of social change.
Develop ways for our society to maintain our different cultural identities while appreciating and respecting each other
End racism and the privileging of “whiteness”
Support European Americans to develop healthy and authentic identities
Appreciate and utilize the leadership and resources of people of diverse cultures
Featured Guest Reverend Jean ‘Drum’ Pagano joined Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) ADF in 1984 as its eighth member. He was ordained in 2011, consecrated in 2012, and became a Senior Priest in 2013. He was elected Archdruid of ADF in 2016. He is a Druid Grade member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) , and a Druid of the 3rd Order of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA) . He enjoys working with his various altars, spending time in Nature, and studying and teaching the Ogham. He is the author of three books: Arise from Vapours, Willow Flow, and A Tree for the Earth Mother. He lives in Toledo, Ohio.
Festured Guest Gogo is a seasoned healer schooled in the aNcient Zulu tradition of Sangoma. She is psychic, an empath, a seer, and a warrior spirit convicted to the calling of empowerment for those that seek it. She has been a practicing Sangoma since 2013 and received her training in South Africa. She heals by first divination and then following the order given. Muthi (Sangoma medicine) , drums, dance, breathing, San-goga (Sangoma yoga) , baths, and steam are tools she uses to heal others who need a spiritual revival.
Gogo’s healing is of light and love and resonates with the most ancient lineages in Africa. She lived in the Bahamas for the last 10 years and there acquired a deep love and appreciation for the African descendants of the Atlantic slave trade.
Featured Guest Cerri Lee is a Druid with more than twenty years’ experience. She joined the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in 1997 and more recently the Anglesey Druid Order.
Along with her partner Damh the Bard Cerri has facilitated the Anderida Gorsedd at the Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex, which began at the Spring Equinox 2000 and just held its 150th open ritual. The Anderida Gorsedd has also created many immersive spiritual camps as well as holding an annual conference, Anderida Fest.
Cerri’s passion lies in exploring and revealing hidden mysteries held within ancient poetry and story, particularly those pertaining to the British Isles, in order to create rituals and workshops that bring their profound inspirations into a relevant modern context.
Other highlights include:
• Our Friday Night Concert will feature the Singer- Songwriter and Podcaster Damh the Bard. The Appalachian, Celtic, Tribal, Rock Band Tuatha Dea will return to Paganicon to rock our socks off all night long at the Equinox Masquerade Ball on Saturday night! More information about our Guests and the event can be found at our web site.
• 2019 Art Show, The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space - One of the more unique features of Paganicon is the Third Offering “temporary gallery”, which was created to showcase fine arts and crafts made by Pagan and Polytheistic artists, within the context of their own culture. “Third Offering” references three traditional offerings of gratitude to the Gods– Water (for life) , Food (for sustenance) , and Beauty (to feed the soul) . The Art Show will be exhibiting all types of visual media while featuring a gallery area, a print shop and sales booths with artisanal work from all over the U.S. The Art Show is free and open to the public.
• Our vendor room will be open to the public and conveniently located on the ground floor of the hotel for easy access to passers-by, hotel guests, and of course, Paganicon attendees. As always, we are thrilled to assist in offering a wide variety of vendors. You'll find everything from teas and herbs to spell candles, tarot cards, handmade clothing, jewelry, soap, and more! Vendor Room is FREE and open to the public!
• We are happy to bring back the Divination and Healing Rooms which we have offered in past years but this time we have more space! This year, the Divination and Healing Room will be on the first floor in Board Room 1, in between the Vendor Room and the Art Show, adjacent to programming areas. There will also be a Meditation Room available to Paganicon attendees!
• Full weekend rate and single day pass rates are available. Child rates, Teen/Young Adult rates, Friday Night Concert and Equinox Ball only rates available as well.
• Event is at a new venue this year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis West. That means expanded space for programming, vendors and more! Hotel information and directions to the hotel can be found on our web site.
Event Location: 3131 Campus Drive in Plymouth
Event TIME Details: Times vary by date. See schedule for details.
Directions: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel Directions:
94 from the East/St. Paul:
Take 94 West to 5th Street Exit. At the bottom of the exit, take a right and follow to Washington Ave and turn left onto Washington Ave. Then turn left onto 2nd Avenue South. Hotel is 4 1/2 blocks on the right just after you cross over 6th Street.
94 from the West:
Take 94 East to 4th Street Exit. Follow 4th Street to 2nd Avenue South and turn right. Hotel is 2½ blocks down on the right.
35W from the South:
Take 35W North. Follow the Downtown Exits sign and stay in the left lane. Take the 5th Avenue South Exit and turn left on 7th Street. Follow 7th Street to Marquette Avenue. Turn right onto Marquette, go 1 block to 6th Street and turn right onto 6th Street. Go 1 block and turn right onto 2nd Avenue. We are ½ block down on the right.
35W from the North:
Take 35W South and exit at Washington Ave. Turn right onto Washington Ave. Then turn left onto 2nd Avenue South. Hotel is 4 1/2 blocks on the right just after you cross over 6th Street.
394 from the West:
Take 394 East to 6th Street Exit. Follow 6th Street to 2nd Avenue South and turn right. We are ½ block down on the right.
From the Airport:
Stay in right lane when leaving the airport. Take 494 West to 35W North. (See directions for 35W from the South)
From Mall of America:
Take 77 North to 62 West to 35W North. (See directions for 35W from the South)
From Light Rail:
Exit light rail at the Government Center Station on 5th Street. Follow 5th Street 1 block to 2nd Avenue South and take a left. Hotel is 1½ blocks down on the right.
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