Workshops

We are so excited to have the following presenters with us for 2021 Ninefold Festival!!

Annwyn Avalon

Ancestors of Land, Blood and Spirit

Ancestral magic, communication and veneration may seem daunting to some practitioners, but it is the focus of many magical practices. There are many types of ancestors to work with. They are not limited to ancestors from your family line. They may include spirits in your soul group or spirits where you dwell. In this class we will discuss a wide variety of Ancestral Spirits and the many ways to connect with them. We will explore giving offerings, working with them through divination, seeking them for wisdom or protection and finally how to send messages into the ancestral realms. There are many reasons to work with ancestors, and there are many reasons not to work with them. It is about finding the ancestral spirit(s) that are in alignment with your path.

Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia a Witches handbook for resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic. Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com, www.WaterPriestess.com and www.TriskeleRose.com

Claire Magdalena Sierra

Mary Magdalene and the Lost Lineage of Avalon

Explore the missing herstory of Magdalene’s legendary travel from France, to Avalon. What clues to point the way, and what precious gifts might she have brought to weave into the sisterhood? Uncover through myth, story, legend, and guided meditation, the hidden lineage of her heir, Sarah.

(Items Needed: journal, essential oil, and a candle)

Claire Sierra, MA, LFT, Expressive Arts Therapist, Soul Alchemist, Spa Priestess, visionary artist & author of The Magdalene Path,  has offered retreats, workshops and private sessions since 1989.  She uses intuitive, creative, spiritual practices to guide women (and men) through Divine Feminine wisdom. Claire works virtually and at her boutique, Spa Sanctuary at the Balch Hotel, an elegant, award-winning inn in the Columbia Gorge of Oregon that she owns with her hotelier husband. You can find more at her website MagdalenePath.com

Diana Byron

Honoring the Healer Within

An exploration of our innate potential for self-healing. In this workshop, Diana shares her own personal stories of healing from COVID-19 and other health issues, highlighting her struggles and successes with both modern and natural medicine. It is through these struggles and successes that she has adopted a self-empowered approach to health, based on principles of self-care and self-responsibility.

(Items Needed: Journal for taking notes/journaling)

Diana Byron is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Meditation Coach, Herbalist and founder of Dhyāna Yoga and Wellness. She is dedicated to helping others heal and transform their lives through Meditation, Yoga and holistic healing. Diana offers a transformational online program for women as well as coaching and private instruction for individuals, both online and in-person. You can find out more about Diana and her offerings from her website, dhyanayogaandwellness.com or by joining her private Facebook group, Women Who Meditate.

Dorothee Racette & Pamela Bustin

Healing From Perfectionism

Too often, our beliefs about talent and artistic achievement stand in the way of developing and enjoying creative endeavors. Explore the power of the Artisan’s Path in today’s world in this hands-on, experiential, workshop that offers up fresh inspiration for expressing your most deeply held ideas.

(Items Needed: colored pens and paper)

Dorothee Racette is a trained linguist and coach. Originally from Germany, she has traveled widely and is fascinated by the origins of creativity. She lives and works in central NY.

Pam Bustin is a writer/editor/story-tender among other things. She was born in Regina Saskatchewan and raised in a host of small towns across the prairies.  She currently lives mostly in Chapleau Ontario with a lovely man and 10,001 books – though she still tends to wander. You can find out more about Pam and her work at https://pambustin.com/

Iriome R. Martin Alonso

Morgana – The Healing of the Sword and Sheath

In this workshop you are invited to delve in the integrating qualities of the figure of Excalibur as a different way to approach the paradigm of receptiveness and transmutation of the chalice, embracing the empowering energy that is to set firm boundaries and know when to use its blade to protect and when to release it so you won’t bleed out.

(Items Needed: piece of fabric to use as a veil, an apple, Paper, Pen, an unused house knife/athame, four elements that to the participant represent the four elements, respectively.)

Iriome R. Martín Alonso is a Priestess of the Goddess and an anthropology and performing arts student, born in the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria, 1996). Practising over a decade now, she considers being a witch her identity, paganism her religion and being a priestess her vocational job. She works from archetypes, ritual drama, performance, symbol and emotion, with a deep background on traditional european magic as well as academic knowledge. She focuses on endemic spiritualities from her lands, the Canary Islands and the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Avalonian, Celtic and Hellenic deities/spirits, and offers courses, meditations, rites of passage, ceremonies and sacred theatre. You can find more at her website: https://paganiriome.wixsite.com/paganiriome?lang=en

Jhenah Telyndru

Duality and Divinity – The Waters of Life and Death

Whether sacred springs or holy wells, gentle streams or mighty rivers, mist-veiled lakes or majestic oceans, water features prominently in the lore of Celtic lands. Often serving as bridges between this world and the Otherworld, bodies of water were also honored as sustainers of life and respected as bringers of death. This dual nature is reflected in the character and function of the tutelary Goddesses personifying these waters, as well as the nature of their relationships with those who worshiped them. Drawing from archaeology, mythology, and folklore, we will explore various beliefs and ritual practices centering on bodies of water, and consider the ways in which these ancient practices can inform our own.  

Jhenah Telyndru (MA, Celtic Studies) is an author, speaker, and educator. She is the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and is the academic dean of the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary. Her published works include: “Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom”, “The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle”, “Pagan Portals – Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons”, “The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar and Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing”, and “Pagan Portals – Blodeuwedd: Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty”. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition for over 30 years, Jhenah has been following a Pagan path since 1986. She welcomes your contact: www.ynysafallon.com.

Ness Bosch

Sulis Goddess of Live and Death

During this talk/workshop we will discuss the role of Sulis Minerva as Goddess Healing but also delve into her role as giver of Disease and Death. We are going to explore these aspects by looking at her Curse Tablets. We will transform the use of the Tablets and turn them into new magical healing objects as a practical magical exercise.

(Items Needed: Clay/air dry clay; styluses or tool to write on the clay; rolling pin or similar)

Ness Bosch is head of the Scota Goddess Temple and a recognized member of the International Hispanic Pagan Community for her work. Before coming to Scotland, Ness was Regional Coordinator for the Pagan Federation International. Ness was also a Torch Bearer of the Covenant of Hekate, the First Spanish to hold this position in the Covenant, and led the Temple of Hakate Tethys Krataiis in Spain, from which they edited the first devotional guide of the Goddess Hekate in Spanish. Since 2012, Ness has been the Head of the Temple of the Waters and the Covenant of Waters. She is also Founding Member of the Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions. Ness has walked the Shamanic path for years, she is a Sundancer on the Lakota Tradition and Pipe Carrier. She travels to different countries sharing her knowledge and experiences on the Path of Bones. You can learn more at her website: https://www.nessbosch.com/

Robin Corak

The Mists of Annwn: Dealing with Grief and Loss

Grief can leave us feeling like we are stuck, stumbling through the mists. This workshop will offer powerful insights and hands-on techniques for dealing with grief by incorporating work with each of the Avalonian goddesses and will help attendees find and/or be a light through the mists of grief and experience the healing that the goddesses of Avalon have to offer. Topics include:

  • Surrendering and Finding Awen with Cerridwen’s Cauldron
  • Rhiannon and the Healing Power of Sound
  • Arianrhod as Ally in Grieving In Your Own Way and Time
  • Blodeuwedd: Living a Legacy in the Shadow of Loss
  • Branwen as Bridge: Supporting Others Who Are Grieving

Robin Corak has been a SOA member since 2002 and currently serves as Board Secretary. She has been doing Underworld work for many years and is the author of “Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power”, and has presented at conferences including Ninefold Festival, Paganicon, and Pantheacon. Robin is currently pursuing her Death Doula certification and has several years of experience with modalities including Reiki, coaching, and tarot reading.

Steph Bradley

An Otherworldly Woman’s Tale: An Interactive Storytelling centred around Blodeuedd, the Welsh Enchantress.

Steph Bradley, born and brought up in Lancashire, is a storyteller, writer, and teacher trainer, who found her spirit in South America in the 90’s before moving to Devon to settle her soul. In 2020, she was awarded an MA in Ecology and Spirituality from the University of Wales, with a dissertation on the power of women in Celtic myth, and their significance today.
In a study of the Celtic Otherworlds, she found what she was looking for and now dedicates her writing and storytelling to reviving mythology around Otherworldly women. She has a fascination with the Sheela-na-gig and is researching its roots in Slavic and Celtic mythology. 
Steph Bradley is the author of “Tales of Our Times”, a collection of folkloric tellings of the heroes of our day, collected on a 2000 mile storywalk around England in 2010, now loves to tell tales that blend traditional characters of myth with authentic feelings and experiences to make them live for a 21st century audience. She is currently writing “Blodeuedd’s Tale”, a work of speculative fiction, with “Nimüe’s Tale” waiting its turn in the wings.

Sue Balaschak

Dive into Drumming

Ride the wave of energy created by drumming. Expand the connections between yourself, your drum and Mother Earth’s energy as we focus on the spirit of the drum, drumming techniques and basic rhythms. This is an introductory class suitable for all levels.

(Items needed: Hand drum)

Sue Balaschak is the creator of Primal Rhythm and founding member of Burning Sage. She has produced and engineered many CD’s and records and owns her own record label, Fireband Records. Her first CD received rave reviews in national publications and is featured in the Cleveland documentary “Return of the Cuyahoga” which aired on PBS. Sue has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 12 and has taught drumming since she was 17. She has facilitated drum circles and workshops for the past 20 years. She has taught accredited classes for Licensed Music Therapists. She has facilitated healing circles at Memory Care facilities and has performed journey work. She hosts the show “Drumming Ceremony,” an internet radio show that airs on International Pagan Radio. Sue blends her professional career with her spiritual life. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio with 3 canines and one feline. If she is not drumming, she can be found hiking in the National Parks or on the Appalachian Trail with her backpack and her dogs. You can find more information at her website: www.primalrhythm.net