2017 Presenters & Entertainment
Stone Circle Wicca: Opening Ritual – “Standing Strong: Standing Stones”
The theme “Standing Strong: Standing Stones” celebrates pride in a diversity of Pagan spiritual paths and practices with the intention of fostering a greater sense of connectivity and community. The Stone Circle Tradition of Wicca is a Wiccan mystery tradition within the larger family of the Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion which exists to promote the spiritual development of Dedicants and Initiates; to encourage responsible fulfillment of diverse Wiccan vocations to priest/esshood; and to offer service to Four Quarters, to all in Earth’s Household, and to the Divine Spirit of the Universe, One and Many, Male, Female, Both, and Neither. Learn more at Stone Circle Wicca Facebook Group or contact Eric Eldritch, SCW 3rd Degree at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-309-5486.
Monika Leigh: Spirits of the City – Working with Urban Nature Spirits
Monika Leigh is a Shamanic Healer located near Columbia, MD. She is a full-time shamanic healer, and her practice includes both Individual and Group Healing Ceremonies, House Clearings, Journey Workshops, and an international online (via Skype) practice. For her, the term “shamanic healer” is a job title, describing healing that occurs in relationship with Spirits. She has studied psychology and counseling for many years, and received her Master’s Degree back in 2005. She has worked in the field of Mental Health for almost 15 years, and enjoys helping others with support & processing of different crises. Monika has extensive spiritual training, including Teacher/Master Level certification in Usui Reiki, Soul Retrieval training, and is an alumna of Gryphons Grove School of Shamanism. She is also a legally-ordained member of the Clergy in the State of Maryland. Visit her online at http://www.healingcoyote.com/.
Bele Bele Women’s Rhythm Collective
The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective is an intergenerational, diverse group of 17 women from DC and surrounding areas who all share a passion for drumming. Founded in 2008 and led by Drumlady Kristen Arant, the BBRC performs tightly sewn compositions of polyrhythms on dun-uns and djembes, along with exciting breaks, contagious songs, and dancing. The BBRC performs to celebrate unity and diversity, and to spread the joy and power of West African drumming to the community at-large. Learn more at drumlady.com.
Connect DC: Main Ritual
Connect DC is a Wiccan-based public ritual group that seeks to heal and transform the city of Washington DC through magic, mystery and celebration. Connect DC’s rituals are always free and open to the public. They have been celebrating magic in public spaces since 1999. Our motto, “Stop, drop, and do ritual”, sums up our philosophy in seeking public and accessible areas to do magic. Our goals are to heal our city with magic, mystery and celebration, and to create an expectation for public pagan ritual in the city proper. Connect DC has been hosting DC Pagan Pride Day since 2013. Connect DC’s web site is www.connectdc.org.
Queen Mother Imakhu: Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Runes
Pastor Elaine Lloyd-Nazario (known to the world by her conferred African cultural title “Queen Mother Imakhu”) is a motivator, minister, peacemaker, educator, and cultural artist. She has spread the universal message of personal empowerment and harmonious living across the globe. Learn more at www.queenmotherimakhu.info.
Soolah is Hoop & Fire Dance Performer as well as a Hoop Dance Instructor and facilitates classes and hoop meditation workshops around the country. Hoolah hoops officially entered her life in 2007 with a beautiful group of friends as she shared Reiki by using a hoop as a healing tool. After putting the hoop down for a year she picked it back up in hopes of working with fire in 2008. She began fire dancing in 2009 and Soolah has performed at many festivals and events bringing the love and art of fire to the public. Soolah performs with a fire hoop, staff, “s” staff, poi, orb, swords and umbrella. Learn more at http://www.soolahhoops.com.
Theophania: Closing Ritual
Theophania Temple provides a home for Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, and Apollon, the Lord of Light, within the capital of the nation that rebirthed democracy into the modern world. Through the vehicle of Their temple, They may be present in the lives of humans and may influence humanity and human civilization in ways that advance our spiritual evolution. Learn more at theophaniadc.org