Registration for Sacred Harvest Festival 2013 is now open!!!

Mon, 2013-04-22 10:06 -- Donald Drake

Registration for Sacred Harvest Festival 2013 is now open and accepting registrations and workshop proposals.

This annual event sponsored by Harmony Tribe is in its 16th year and promises to be one of the best to date. This year’s festival will be held the first full week of August from Monday the 5th through Sunday the 11th.

Located 70 miles south of the Twin Cities, the site is in a very picturesque area of southern Minnesota, in a grove of hundred year old burr oak trees. This year’s theme is “As Above, So Below”. What happens on any plane of existence is mirrored in every other level.  The presenters and guests will give us insight into the relationship between our actions and results, our spiritual practice and our daily experience! .

Sacred Harvest Festival creates a tribal community each year, and new and unique rituals, workshops, and concerts. Plan on your favorites too, the Rangoli dance ritual, the Sacred Hunt ritual, and our home grown talent show!

There will be three nationally recognized presenters at SHF this year, as well as several other guest presenters. 

Teo Bishop is a practicing Solitary Druid and is the author of the blog, Bishop in the Grove, and an emerging voice in the Pagan Community. Teo's work centers on the meaning and enactment of ritual in personal and public ceremony, on the place of creativity and personal expression in Pagan traditions, and on the integration of mind (critical thinking) with heart (intuitive knowing).

Szmeralda Shanel is a ritual, visual and performance artist. She is certified in the Fellowship of Isis as Adept, Priestess and Hierophant  She is an expressive arts therapist, facilitator and educator, Szmeralda is dedicated to sharing the healing, therapeutic and growth promoting values of the creative process. She is the founder of The Iseum of Black Isis, a Temple dedicated to Goddess Spirituality and Sacred Arts.

 Kenny Klein is a well-known musician, author, and lecturer in the Pagan community. As a musician, Kenny has performed at dozens of festivals, and has recorded numerous CDs geared toward Pagan and Renaissance Festival audiences. Kenny is the author of Fairy Tale Rituals: Engage The Dark, Eerie And Erotic Power Of Familiar Stories (Llewellyn, 2011), Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn, 2010) and The Flowering Rod, Men, Sex and Spirituality, (Immanion, 2009) and has contributed to various poetry and prose journals.

Other guest presenters include David Salisbury, Laura M. LaVoie, Roger Williamson, and Liz Johnson.

David Salisbury is a queer vegan Witch and writer living in the Washington DC area. He is one of two high priests of Coven of the Spiral Moon, and will be offering several workshops including: "Deepening Our Craft"  which focuses on tools and methods for magick-workers to take their current practices to deeper levels of understanding and connection.

Laura M. LaVoie is a writer living in a 120 square foot house in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Laura has been Pagan her entire adult life following a path of devotional Hellenic polytheism. Laura has been a contributor to PanGaia Magazine and the Pagan Newswire Collective’s pop-culture blog, The Juggler. You can read about Laura’s tiny life at her blog Life in 120 Square Feet. Learn "How a Simple Life can Connect You to the Gods”.

 Born in Loughborough England in 1947, Roger Williamson was instructed in basic magical techniques including summoning and conversing with spirits, astral projection, and tarot by his mother prior to and while attending school in Coventry.  Roger Williamson brings his ongoing exploration of ceremonial magic, shamanism, and a few dozen related disciplines to his nine published books.

Liz Johnson became interested in the healing qualities of herbs and their effects on the body when modern medicine was not enough for some. She has since studied the art of herbalism along with other alternative healing and has apprenticed under Matthew Wood. She has been in private practice since 1995.

There will be musical guests performing throughout the festival, including Ellie Bryan.   Ellie performs traditional songs while playing the mouth bow, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, and banjo. The musical contributions of Kenny Klein and Teo Bishop will also grace our festival

This is just a partial listing, as many other workshops and performances will be given during the week. It is sure to be the highlight of your summer. Watch for our prelininary event schedule by our early registration deadline of June 1st !

For more information or to register for this year’s festival,  click here!  See you when the tribe gathers again in August!


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