September 14, 15, 16, & 17, 2017
in the Manzano Mountains East of Albuquerque
“The Song within The Circle”
With Guest of Honor:
The Song Within The Circle, with Guest of Honor S.J. Tucker Named a vanguard of the Mythpunk movement and even “the face of neo-tribal Paganism” by Witches & Pagans Magazine, Tucker is the voice of lore at the campfire and the sharp laughter of modern myth. With one hand anchored in her art and the other held out to you, she is songs and stories, community and wit. A dynamic live performer known for her willingness to follow an evocative ballad with a tune about ninjas or pirates, Tucker is never in danger of taking herself too seriously. Reviewers compare her voice to that of Joni Mitchell or Tori Amos, her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers. Apart from writing lyrics and music, S.J. loves fire dancing with poi and hula hoop and has given fire performances & workshops across the country. In addition to S.J.’s workshops, we’ll have a concert by Wendy Rule, workshops on Sacred Body Movement and Invoking the Divine with Song, Sound, and Movement; a Wild Hunt re-telling of Coyote Steals the Fire; a concert by the Crowomyn; Bardic and Fire Circles; the Ardantane Auction; and much more!
Workshops and Concerts
Click here for the full schedule of workshops, rituals, concerts and fire circles.
Thursday – 4:00–5:00pm
Community Workshop: Getting To Know Our Community
Thursday – 7:30–8:30pm
Whether you are new to the Northern New Mexico community, or new to Paganism or Wicca in general, we want to welcome you and make you feel at home here.
This talk is intended to answer your questions about who and what we are, what resources are available beyond the festival and how we differ from the mundane community in which you spend most of your time.
Please bring your questions and concerns to Rowan of Our Lady of the Woods, who knows how you feel because she was a newbie herself once.
Thursday – 7:30–8:30pm
Compare notes and share tastes with your fellow mead makers and brewers. To take part, bring at least one bottle you’ve brewed yourself. Not just for mead makers, brewers, distillers and winemakers are also invited.
Community Workshop - Invasive Plants Hike (with confirmation)
Friday – 9:00–10:00am
Guest Speaker Workshop - Jam for a Spell: Music & Magick
“We can do ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ and move mountains.” –Ubaka Hill
Community Workshop: Invoking the Divine with Song, Sound, and Movement
Friday – 1:00–2:30pm
Presented by Dru, Alane and the Crowwymmin
Explore how to use song, sound, instruments, and movement to invoke deity in ritual. Most of us use words and maybe some mudra to call deity to the circle. Invocation, often done by a single priest/ess, usually uses engaging spoken words, sometimes in established meter and rhyme; this is lovely and effective. But what if we take it one more step, using song, movement, dance, chant, mudra, instruments, toning, or other musical methods to invoke? How about using the entire circle’s voices or a chorus to call deity? Bring your ideas, voices, and instruments. We’ll talk a bit and give some examples, and then assign deities to small groups who will compose music, song, dance, etc., to invoke them; we’ll share what we create (time permitting).
Guest Speaker Workshop - Internal Alchemy: Beating the Blues on Our Creative Quests
Friday – 2:30–4:30pm
Workshop style: presentalk & concert
In the day-to-day world, many of us face the occasional snotty attitude toward our more creative, fantastical pursuits, at home and abroad, from the outside and the inside. In this TED-talk-style mini concert, Sooj shares her own practical magic for facilitating the fantastical in the face of such nonsense: how she’s learned to slay deadlines, cultural conditioning, and self-doubt with respect to writing and singing songs for a living. Expect a few lively live numbers (with special guests the Crowz!) and, we hope, a couple of enlightening surprises which can be applied not only to musical adventures, but also to spell work, ritual craft, and any number of other awesome artistic practices
East Fire Circle
Saturday – 2:00–3:00pm
Community Workshop: Sacred Body Movement in the Circle
Saturday – 3:00–4:00
Presented by Jennifer
We all want to feel our song in body movement. This is a chance to groove to the beat of your own heart. Jennifer is a professional belly dancer and will assist us in finding our own personal groove to our own personal magick.
Guest Speaker Workshop - Concert before Main Ritual
Saturday – 6:00–7:00
Main Ritual Ground
Just sit back and enjoy SJ Tucker in concert and prepare for the upcoming main ritual.
Community Workshop: Mabon Festival Review
Sunday – 10:00–11:00
Let us review the good and the bad, the beautiful and the not so beautiful aspects of our festival to create another festival in future that becomes even more sacred to our community