Katrina Messenger, a radical feminist of African, Cherokee & Irish descent, is a refugee from the Marxist- Leninist, labor, feminist, and black nationalist movements of old. She now busies herself with revolutions of a more immediate nature - changing herself. A founding member of Dark Flame Coven, she finds inner peace and solace by sharing her hard won lessons with others who care to listen.
Katrina is also a poet, singer/songwriter, author, teacher, speaker and priestess. She has published articles in the Reclaiming Quarterly, contributed to the highly successful Twelve Wild Swans, and taught at Reclaiming witch camps for eight years. Katrina teaches classes in her local community, actively mentors up and coming leaders and provides logistical support for major political actions and community events. She is an elder in her community and a recognized leader and teacher worldwide.
In 1999 she inaugurated a magical working called Connect DC, to reconnect and heal the city of Washington, DC. Connect DC is committed to healing the city with magic, mystery and celebration, by publicly celebrating the equinoxes and solstices. Katrina is a full time shaman, an ordained minister and the founder of Reflections Mystery School.
More info is available at Katrina's web site.
Angela Raincatcher is an artist, writer, and priestess.
Raised in the Spiritualist and Metaphysical community in the 1970s and early 80s, Angela discovered Wicca and Paganism as a teen and has studied a variety of nature spirituality traditions, practices, cultures, and philosophies. In the late 1990s, Angela moved to the DC metropolitan area, where she has coordinated many community events, including the DC Pagans’ Night Out (1998–2000) and DC Pagan Pride Day (2001–2002), as well as public seasonal rituals. She has been the presiding Celebrant for Becoming, a pantheist church in the metropolitan DC area since 2003, and is a student and initiate of the tradition that supports Reflections Mystery School.
More information is available at Angela's web site.
Anne Hill, D.Min., is the author of What To Do When Dreams Go Bad: A Practical Guide to Nightmares. She teaches and speaks internationally, has a private dream practice, and hosts the weekly Dream Talk Radio show. Anne writes about dreams and culture for the Huffington Post, co-authored Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions, and is on the faculty of Cherry Hill Seminary. Anne’s website is http://annehill.org
Helena Domenic is an Elder in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. Helena has belonged to three covens within the Assembly previously, and served as High Priestess in two, Oak and Willow and Weavers of the Moonfire. She is about to set forth on a new journey, that of the formation of a new coven: The Chalice of Living Stars.
Helena was born in Italy, where she developed an eye for beauty, art and the magical early in life. An accomplished artist, Helena's art has been exhibited around the United States and abroad. Her specialties are Tarot, Qabala, Art and the Sacred, and African art. In day to day life, Helena is a Professor of Art at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Art History, African Art, and an assortment of drawing and painting classes. Helena has also taught at Sacred Space, Ecumenicon, Etheracon, Akashacon, Morgan's Cauldron, Rutgers University, The University of the Arts, and a variety of other venues. Helena has a BFA in Painting from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, an MA from The University of the Arts, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College.
Helena currently lives in Chester County, Pa with her partner and three ornery cats.
Helena's art can be seen at: www.helenabeana.com.
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. is a writer, an artist, a visionary, and a practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines. He has been active in Wicca and the Neo-Pagan community since 1978, and has been giving workshops since 1982 on Chakras, Divination, the Qabala, Ritual, Astrology, Herbalism, and other topics.
Ivo has taught at Sacred Space, AutumnMeet, Etheracon, the Free Spirit Gathering, Ecumenicon, MPA Beltane, Akashacon, Esotericon, The Crystal Ball, Stones Rising, and many other events. He is the convener for Between The Worlds a major interfaith esoteric conference. He is also a Water Pourer trained by Shevierah Stonewater. He is the author of the Five Parts of Self Wiccan sweat protocol and co-author of the Sauna Sumbel.
Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. ASW Wicca is a blending of Wicca and the Western Mystery Tradition. He now serves as one of the Elders to the five covens of the Assembly.
Ivo's techniques are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. He has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Castings: The Creation of Sacred Space , Of Spirits: The Book Of Rowan, Spirits Of Earth And Faerie: The Book Of Ash, and Beneath The Skins.
As of January 2008, Ivo is now a member of the faculty at the Reflections Mystery School.
More info is available at Ivo's web site
Aerianna identifies herself as a witch, artist and professional gardener. For her all three are a way to work WITH and IN nature. It was her relationship with nature that led her to witchcraft, not the other way around. Aerianna believes it is important to work the energetic, psychic, and symbolic aspects of nature, but we must not only honor nature in the abstract, but know and understand nature in the physical. If we are going to live balanced magical lives and help heal the earth, we must develop a more personal relationship with the earth.
Aerianna uses her traditional degrees and training in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Horticulture together with her Magical training and wilderness experience to create a personalized teaching style that combines experiential nature emersion, ritual, horticultural knowledge, and hands-on art/craft techniques.
Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989, and has been active in the pagan community since 1993. He is an Elder of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel and is currently serving as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition's New Alexandrian Library.
Michael is a Priest of both Horus and Bast, and works extensively with the Egyptian deities in his personal practices where he uses a syncretic array of esoteric disciplines from Wicca and the Western magickal and shamanic traditions, and is inspired and sustained by his studies of Astrology, Qabalah, Ritual, and Natural Magick. He was trained as a Water Pourer by Shiverah Stonewater, and since 1995 has led sweat lodge ceremonies at Seelie Court and various pagan events. He is finishing a book on the sweat lodge ceremony from a pagan perspective. Michael currently divides his time between Ancient Egyptian Studies and balancing the Magick, Religion, and Spirituality of Wicca. He is pursuing a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Delaware and is a member of the American Academy of Religions and its Contemporary Pagan Studies Group.
Michael sits on the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Seminary and the Sacred Space Conference. He is one of the stewards of Seelie Court, 102 acres of pagan-owned land in Delaware dedicated to the growth and evolution of the pagan paths.
His website can be found at www.michaelgsmith.net.
Baltimore artist and teacher, Michael Sylvan Robinson, is a Queer man with a lifelong commitment to Feminism. Finding inspiration in the iconography and symbolism of our ancestral artists, he re-examines the role of Artist as mystic and messenger. He has led workshops across the country, in artistic and spiritual spaces, in academic and educational settings. In 2008, he earned an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and he has a B.A. from Bennington College (1989) with an emphasis in dance, drama, and literature. Robinson’s interdisciplinary art practice investigates the embodiment of spirit within a discourse of gender and sexual identity; it is rooted in the mediums of mixed media and textiles, ritual drama and installation, poetry and creative nonfiction. Originally a costume designer and performance artist from New York City, his art has been shown in galleries and exhibitions including the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco (2009).
Michael Sylvan Robinson’s art work can be viewed on the following site:
Tigre is a Rhythmic Drum Magus, a drum instructor, and a drum circle facilitator. In his 36th year of drumming, studying, training, and/or instructing classical and modern percussion, he has acquired a wealth of experience in band, orchestra, marching band, and competitive drum corps. He is immersed in traditional West African Djembe drumming and technique. He studies drumming and drum circle facilitation with Jaqui MacMillan. He has performed with and learned from Daveed Korup, Eesa Grayson, Mamady Keita and Jim Donovan of Rusted Root among others. Tigre facilitates groups to shape intentions and drum circles for a variety of reasons: ritual, meditation, inspiration, trance, healing and enjoyment.
Tigre has co-created formal and informal ceremonies, and taught classes for multiple regional and national organizations such as The Pagan Leadership Skills Conference, Sacred Well, Carolina Spirit Quest The Mid-Atlantic Men's Gathering and the Sacred Space Conference. He joined the band Kiva in 2005 as lead percussionist and resides near Baltimore, MD.