Keynote Presentations

Their Stories Are Our Stories: 

Unlocking the Secret Language of Myth

With Jhenah Telyndru

“All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.” – Joseph Campbell

Myths endure because they have something to teach us.

There are many layers of information encoded in the language and symbols of these sacred stories, but how do we crack open the hazelnuts of these wisdoms in order to release the Awen awaiting within?

Using Y Mabinogi and other tales from Welsh tradition as our focus, we will explore tools from academia, depth psychology, and modern esoteric practices that can help us deeply engage with the vital and living energies of myth so that we may apply their transformational lessons to our lives.

 


Jhenah Telyndru 
(MA, Celtic Studies) is a priestess, author, and educator. The founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Jhenah teaches four day retreat experiences around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland with Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. Co-facilitator of Ithaca Red Tent, and co-coordinator of local World Goddess Day events, Jhenah also teaches workshops on writing, tarot, Celtic Paganism, and the Divine Feminine in Ithaca, New York. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition, Jhenah has been dedicated to the work of Avalon for almost 30 years, and has been active in the Goddess Spirituality movement since 1986.

She is the author of Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom (Llewellyn, 2010), The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle book and deck, illustrated by Emily Brunner (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), Pagan Portals – Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons (Moon Books, 2018), as well as Journeys to Avalon: Immrama to the Holy Isle (CD), and Trancing the Inner Landscape: Avalonian Landscape Postures (DVD). She has several forthcoming books due out in 2019, including a follow-up to Avalon Within for Llewellyn Publications, as well as Pagan Portals – Blodeuwedd for Moon Books.

Jhenah holds a master’s degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, and has a bachelor’s degree in archaeology. In addition to her formal studies, Jhenah has delved into hermetic science, qabalistic philosophy, transpersonal astrology, archetypal tarot, and depth psychology in an ongoing quest to further her understanding of the Universe as it manifests within and without. She facilitates rites of passage, builds labyrinths, weaves community, makes music, is in service as a healer, and honors the sacred landscape both around and within us.

Jhenah welcomes your contact through her website: www.ynysafallon.com

 

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Sacred Astrology and the Twelve Faces of the Goddess

With Danielle Blackwood

Join author, archetypal astrologer, and registered counseling therapist (RTC) Danielle Blackwood and delve into sacred astrology from a revolutionary feminine perspective to reveal a deeper understanding of yourself as the heroine of your own story.

In this workshop, you will identify the goddess archetypes that reside in your birth chart. Your chart is as unique to you as your fingerprint, a snapshot of the heavens taken at the moment you came into the world and took your first breath. Each goddess you encounter in your chart is a personal guide and a source of wisdom and inspiration on your journey.

Learn how astrology is connected to the turning of the seasons and join us in circle for an immersive pathworking, as we conclude with a ceremony to guide us into the sacred dark half of the year.

If you don’t have a copy of your birth chart, participants are encouraged to visit one of the many online sites that will calculate your chart for free and bring it with you to the event.

“Our lives are unfolding stories, and for every circumstance we face, the Goddess provides a tale, which comes down to us across time and through every culture to provide insight and illumination when we most need it”. The Twelve Faces of the Goddess

 

Danielle Blackwood is the author of the Twelve Faces of the Goddess: Transform Your Life with Astrology, Magick and the Sacred Feminine. Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018.  She is an astrology columnist for SageWoman magazine, and has studied and practiced astrology for more than thirty years. She is certified in the Principles and Practice of Contemporary Psychological Astrology through her teacher, world renowned astrologer and author Erin Sullivan.

Danielle is also a registered counseling therapist (RTC), specializing in working with women in the areas of self-esteem, sexuality, body image, life transitions, and cultivating a connection with the sacred feminine through personalized rites of passage ceremony. She has studied with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Singing Over the Bones) and often works with the teaching stories of the iconic book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” in her practice. Danielle encourages clients all over the world to live a life of authenticity and radical self-acceptance, helping them find meaning on their journey and consciously re-frame their stories through an archetypal lens.

As a priestess, she has been facilitating workshops, classes, ceremony and retreats on astrology and women’s mysteries since 1994. Danielle lives in an enchanted cottage on magical Salt Spring Island in the Salish Sea with her husband, Jamie, a six-toed cat named Watson, and the newest member of the family, a rescue Staffordshire Terrier named Daisy.

Danielle welcomes your contact through her website: danielleblackwood.com

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