2019 Workshops and Rituals
10 am: Opening Ritual with Frederick CUUPS
Led by Frederick CUUPS Members, our family-friendly Opening Ritual will establish Sacred Space for the duration of Frederick Pagan Pride Day.
Parents of our younger pagans are invited to join us in The Rainbow Garden activity area for activities such as magic wand making, giant bubbles, interactive children’s altar, story time and so much more! This is not a drop off area or childcare- children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times in the children’s area. Children’s programs run till 4:30 p.m. but will be closed during main rituals.
11 am: The One. The Many. Intersectional Living: by SCW
Workshop Area One
11 am: Kundalini Yoga
Workshop Area Two
Within the heathen traditions, one of the fundamental rituals is a Blot. A blot is a sacrifice to a god or goddess where we thank them for their blessings, and strengthen our relationship with them. A typical blot consists of a series of toasts where individuals are provided the opportunity to offer their thanks and speak with the gods. At this Pagan Pride Day we will be offering a blot to Aegir. Aegir is the Norse God of the sea, the brewer of the best beer, and god of hospitality. In these times, we often forget what it means to be a hospitable host, and also what it means to be a good guest. Aegir can guide us and help us to understanding these relationships. We invite you to join your fellow attendees to come and celebrate the blessings of Aegir. If you aren’t familiar with the structure of the Blot, don’t worry, your hosts will go through an introduction before the ritual starts as to how the ritual is conduct. It’s a brief ritual, with very a very simple structure.
For LGBTQIAP+ people, certain “traditional” aspects of various magickal practices may feel somewhat alienating. When spiritual groups and texts lean on myth cycles and ritual aspects focused on fertility and virility and use heteronormative symbolism, it becomes difficult for us to see ourselves in the magick. In this workshop, learn how myth cycles and ritual components can be adapted and viewed through a queer lens to be more all-inclusive and empower everyone, particularly people who are too often marginalized in our society.
2 pm: Mabon Ritual with the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
3 pm: Coyote’s Ritual Adventures in the Desert with Monika Healing Coyote
Workshop Area 2
With the end of summertime, and the start of the new school year, many pagan folks find that the holidays of Fall Equinox and Samhain represent “new year/new goals” types of energies (more so than January 1st!). Join Monika in a Druid ritual to honor these healing magics and to work with Coyote in preparing for the upcoming new year. We will create sacred space, journey to Coyote’s desert, seek out “lost things” and leave behind our offerings of broken goals that no longer serve us. Aaaaoooooooooo!
Connect with the rhythm and learn some new grooves with percussionist Rachel Elizabeth. Our Drum Circle will begin with a brief workshop to help people get comfortable playing together. A drum circle is a celebration of life, community, and music-making in the moment. Please bring hand drums, shakers and other hand percussion. A few small hand drums will be available if you do not have your own. Dancers welcome. Fire Spinners welcome if you have your own Safety.
Techniques for appreciation, bliss, health and whimsy. Faeries and the ancestors of humans had a lot in common. Today’s humans have high rates of depression; what has changed? How can we be happy in this human-dominated world? Come, let’s talk about the possibilities of balance and pleasure in a world filled with concrete, junk food, traffic and cell phones.