Talks and Lectures

Talks and Lectures
These have little or no hands-on component although there will almost always be some level of class discussion, knowledge-sharing and interaction. Exercises may be given that you can try at home.

Intro to Contemporary Paganism
What is Paganism? Ask a dozen people and you’ll get at least a dozen answers. In this brief introduction, we will discuss what we mean when we use the word Pagan in a contemporary religious or spiritual context. We will explore some of the various philosophical underpinnings that seem to unite most contemporary Pagan traditions, as well as some of the common conceptions and misconceptions people have about Paganism. (2 hours; can be shortened to 1 hour)

The Pagan Umbrella
Paganism is probably best considered as an umbrella term for a variety of spiritual and religious traditions. In this brief introduction, we will briefly discuss what we mean when we use the word Pagan in a religious or spiritual context, and then delve into exploring some of the more popular Pagan paths being followed today (such as Wicca, witchcraft, Druidism, Heathenism, or simply Pagan). (2 hours; can be shortened to 1 hour)

An Introduction to the Elements
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. (2 hours)

Crafting Ritual: An Introduction
Ritual is a space in time carved out for spiritual or transformative work. It usually involves set forms to create and contain the energy of that moment; and is an integral component of many contemporary Pagan practices. This introductory workshop provides an overview of common ritual formats and some basic considerations when crafting a ritual for yourself or small groups. (2-3 hours)