Monday, January 03, 2011

January/February 2011 Workshops

I'm presenting some workshops and talks at Le Mélange Magique over the next two months. Some of them are free and others have a fee. Please help spread the word.

Descriptions are below. "The Pagan Umbrella" is more of a talk with me sharing my perspective on contemporary Paganism and the various paths that I see falling under this umbrella term. The other two workshops are actual workshops with experiential components and exercises that you can take away from the workshop and work with. "Introduction to the Elements" is very introductory. I have a more advanced one that I will probably be offering over several weeks or as a weekend intensive in March or April. "Developing Daily Practice" is suitable for all levels and spiritual paths and includes some personalised follow-up.

In other news, the study/reading group is still ongoing and it looks like we have a couple of spots still open for the Winter session starting January 12th. Contact me for details if you're interested.

The Pagan Umbrella
Thursday January 20, 2011 6:45-8:45 pm, FREE
Le Mélange Magique, 1928 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal
What is Paganism? Ask a dozen people and you’ll get at least a dozen answers. In reality, paganism is probably best considered to be an umbrella term for a variety of spiritual and religious traditions. In this brief introduction, we will discuss what we mean when we use the word Pagan in a religious or spiritual context, discover some of the more popular Pagan paths being followed today (such as Wicca, witchcraft, Druidism, Heathenism, or simply Pagan), and explore some of their commonalities and differences.

Introduction to the Elements
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:00-4:00 pm $5
Le Mélange Magique, 1928 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal
Many contemporary Pagan and esoteric traditions use the five foundational elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether/spirit. What are they, where do they come from, what do they represent, how can we tune-in to their energies for our magical or spiritual work, and why would we want to? This 2-hour introduction scratches the surface of these questions and offers some practical exercises to explore the five elements.

Developing Daily Practice
Thursday February 10, 2011, 6:45-8:45 pm $30
*Advance Registration Required*
Le Mélange Magique, 1928 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal
Daily spiritual practice is a commitment to self-care, as well as personal and spiritual growth. Depending on your tradition and beliefs, it may also be a commitment to your gods, coven- or Craft-mates. For a daily practice to work for you, it has to be something that satisfies your spiritual goals and that you enjoy. It also must fit into your daily life. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the reasons for undertaking a daily practice, as well as its most common forms and commonly-encountered obstacles. We will then develop individual plans for starting, and maintaining, a daily spiritual practice.

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