A lot of us who write here at Patheos Pagan will be on the road at various Pagan festivals and events in February and March. While we are all out and about, come say hi, attend a workshop, or pick up a book. We’d love to see you! And we really do love talking to readers. If you weren’t here, we probably wouldn’t be either!
San Jose CA, February 15-
PantheaCon is the biggest Pagan days-long gathering in North America, and most likely the world. Every year 2500 Pagans, Heathens, Witches, and Polytheists takeover the DoubleTree hotel in Silicon Valley for a long weekend of workshops, rituals, shopping, partying, and all sorts of other things. (Tempest and Jason are rather sure that there will be whisky, your results will vary.) Most years Pcon hosts up to a dozen different Patheos Pagan writers, and this year is pretty much the same.
Who Will Be There: Angus McMahan, Annwyn Avalon, Brandy Williams, Elizabeth Autumnalis, Gwion Raven, Jason Mankey, Jenya T. Beachy, Julia Penelope, Katrina Rasbold, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Misha Magdalene, Phoenix LeFae, Thorn Mooney, and the not working, but he promised to be around, Mat Auryn.
Friday 1:00 PM, Deep Heart Great Well Ritual, Jenya T. Beachy (in the Feri Hospitality Suite)
Friday 3:30 PM, Your Magical Journal, Thorn Mooney
Friday 8:00 PM, Spirits of Place, Phoenix LeFae & Misha Magdalene*
Friday 11:00 PM, We Are Aradia Ritual, Laura Tempest Zakroff & Phoenix LeFae & more!
Saturday 9:00 AM, The Magick of Dedications, Initiations, and Elevations, Jason Mankey (come see if Jason gets up for this!)
Saturday 11:00 AM, Celtic Water Magick, Annwyn Avalon
Saturday 11:00 AM, Ritual: Clothed With Sun, Brandy Williams
Saturday 2:00 PM, The Magic of Food: Rituals, Offerings, and Eating Together,* Gwion Raven
Saturday 4:00 PM, What’s so Great About the Great Rite?, Jason Mankey*
Saturday 8:00 PM, Book Launch Party in the Llewellyn Suite for Laura Tempest Zakroff, Katrina Rasbold, and Jason Mankey and a whole lot of our friends!
Saturday 9:00 PM, A Revel for Pan – Music & Dance Ritual Experience, Laura Tempest Zakroff with Nathaniel Johnstone
Sunday 11:00 AM, Hardship, Fear, and Power ~ A Deep Wild Magick of Connection, Jenya T. Beachy
Sunday 2:00 PM, How to Start and Run (Not Ruin) A Pagan Student Group, Thorn Mooney & Julia Penelope*
Sunday 3:30 PM, Embodiment as Praxis, Misha Magdalene and Megan Langley (In the Feri Hospitality Suite)
Sunday 4:00 PM, PATHEOS PAGAN MEET AND GREET!!!! *
Sunday 9:00 PM, Pagan Humor 11: More Stuff Like Last Year But Different, Angus McMahan
Sunday 9:00 PM, La Santisima Muerte Devotion, Katrina and Eric Rasbold*
Sunday 9:00 PM, I’ll Fly Away~An Ole Time Good Spell Feri Pagan Tent Revival, Jenya T. Beachy with Dustbunny Feri Initiates, Students, and Guests
Monday 9:00 AM, Working With Water Spirits, Annwyn Avalon
Monday 1:30 PM, Working with the Bones in Magic & Ritual, Elizabeth Autumnalis
***Extra Special Thanks to our Friends in North Western Circles Association hospitality suite for hosting a whole lot of Patheos Pagan Programming (and our meet and greet!) Workshops with an * are in that room! Also a special shout out to the Feri Hospitality Suite for hosting the Great Well and Misha’s second workshop.
Phoenix and Gwion will also be in the Merch Room with goodies from their store Milk & Honey, while Tempest will be vending in her usual lobby space. You also have a pretty good shot at finding Jason at the lobby bar and sushi restaurant, because he likes to sit there, slowly sip on Jameson, and people watch for hours on end.
Detroit/Dearborn Michigan, February 21-24
ConVocation has quietly become one of the biggest Pagan gatherings in North America with about 1000 attendees every year! That’s a lot of people braving the snow and ice of Michigan in February for some Pagan hijinks! Often overlooked, the Michigan Pagan Community is one of the best in North America, and ConVocation is one of the most open and friendly festivals in existence! If you can’t have some fun and learn things at ConVocation you aren’t trying! We are small in number at ConVocation this year, but you’ll still notice us, possibly.
Who Will Be There: Kate Andary-Ochss, Jason Mankey, Rev. Melissa Hill
Thursday 8:30 PM, What’s So Great About the Great Rite?, Jason Mankey
Thursday 10:30 PM, The Journey of a Berserker (Ritual), Kate Andary-Ochss
Friday 9:30 AM, Including Gesture and Movement in Ritual, Rev. Melissa Hill
Friday 2:00 PM, Talisman Making for Kids, Rev. Melissa Hill
Friday 4:00 PM, Drawing Down the Moon: The Mystery and Magick of Deity, Jason Mankey
Saturday 11:30 AM, The Magick of Initiations, Elevations, and Dedications, Jason Mankey
Saturday 4:00 PM, So Many Witches! The Word “Witch” in the World Today, Jason Mankey
Yeah, Jason is going to be really busy at ConVocation. They seem to really like him, or maybe they don’t like him which is why they give him so many workshops. I guess how you interpret that is a personal call.
Minneapolis Minnesotta, March 22-24
Paganicon is the youngest of the three events listed in this space, but is rapidly growing and lots of fun! Bonus this year unrelated to Patheos Pagan, the great Damh the Bard is flying in from England for workshops and a concert! Very cool. Lots of Druids at Paganicon this year, they might have to temporarily change their name to Druidicon.
Who Will Be There: Rev. Jean (Drum) Pagano, Jenya T. Beachy, Jason Mankey, Kelden, Laura Tempest Zakroff, we also know that Brianne Raven Wolf will be around too.
Friday 9:00 AM, Beginning Traditional Witchcraft, Kelden
Friday 2:30 PM, Weave the Liminal: Crafting Authentic Witchcraft, Laura Tempest Zakroff
Friday 4:00 PM, Drawing Down the Moon: The Magick and Mystery of Deity, Jason Mankey
Saturday 1:00 PM, Sanctuary Amidst Chaos ~ A Secret Country Journey, Jenya T. Beachy
Saturday 1:00 PM, Introduction to Familiar Spirits, Kelden
Saturday 1:00 PM, Devotion in Druidry, Rev. Jean (Drum) Pagano
Saturday 2:45 PM, The Art of Sigil Witchery, Laura Tempest Zakroff
Saturday 2:45 PM, What’s So Great About the Great Rite?, Jason Mankey
Sunday 1:00 PM, Building the Cone of Power, Jason and Ari Mankey
Sunday 1:00 PM, Hardship, Fear, and Power ~ A Deep Wild Magick of Connection, Jenya T. Beachy
Sunday 2:45 PM, Uniting our Groves: A Druid Diversity Ritual, Rev. Jean (Drum) Pagano & Dale Frampton
We’ll have Patheos Pagan ribbons to hand out at all three events. Be sure to say hello!