Keynote Speakers

Jhenah Telyndru

Braving the Otherworld: Mythic Wisdom for Times of Liminality

In British Celtic tradition, the Otherworld lies very close to our own world and is accessible at times and in places of liminality. As we are collectively living through a time of enormous transition, what can we learn from Celtic lore that will assist us in navigating this turbulent time and empower us to cross over life’s thresholds with Sovereignty.

Jhenah Telyndru (MA, Celtic Studies) is a priestess, author, and educator. The founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and Academic Dean of the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary, 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 The Mythic Moons of Avalon (Llewellyn, 2019), Pagan Portals – Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons (Moon Books, 2018), The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle book and deck, illustrated by Emily Brunner (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), and Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom (Llewellyn, 2010). She has several forthcoming books including 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

Courtney Weber

The Dangerous Goddess 

When is a goddess bad, good, or misunderstood? What if a goddess is a little bit of each? Can a fertility goddess be vengeful? Would a death goddess offer comfort? Contemporary goddess worship is quick to label goddesses as “dark” or “light,” without considering the nuances and context of the era from which they originated. By looking at the powerful contradictions within Brigid, Hekate, and The Morrigan, we will explore the “scarier” parts of these three goddesses, and discuss the importance of becoming comfortable with these aspects both in the goddesses and in ourselves. 

Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself,  and the forthcoming The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might and the forthcoming Hekate: Goddess of Witches. She is also a co-host of That Witch Life podcast.

Courtney produced and designed Tarot of the Boroughs, a modern tarot deck set in New York City. She has been featured in Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show. 

Visit her online at www.courtneyaweber.com.