Scott Mohnkern

Scott Mohnkern—founder of the Modern Heathen and founding member of Potomac Seidr Guild Ondvegisulur—was raised as a Methodist. Since that time he has migrated through various philosophies which ultimately brought him to heathenism, where he has been active for the last 20 years. He currently teaches courses about Heathenism online and in person, and helps run Oracular Seidr rituals. He’s written several books on Northern European topics including the runes, and rituals. He most recently served as coordinator for Free Spirit Gathering Online 2021. His current projects include a book on Northern European philosophy and composing music for an operatic singer to be performed in England in 2022.

Scott received his B.A. from Beloit College in both International Relations and Music, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. He currently resides with his wife and her partner, in Germantown, MD. He holds multiple certifications in various technical topics, as well as both in person and online education.

Outside of his spiritual pursuits, Scott has served as a network security and courseware developer for the last 11 years.

For more information, visit: http://www.modernheathen.com

Workshops

  • Introduction to Heathenism
  • Scribe, Philosopher, Mystic: Approaches to Religion
  • Creating Bind Runes
  • Developing a Relationship with Northern European Deities

H. Byron Ballard

H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist, and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Summerland Spirit Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, and more. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, NC.

Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine.

She is the author of multiple books, including:

  • Staubs and Ditchwater
  • Asfidity and Mad-Stones
  • Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness
  • Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet

She is currently working on a new book: Gnarled Talisman: Old Magics of the Motherland.

For more information about Byron, visit her web site at: http://www.myvillagewitch.com/

Workshops

  • Practical Ancestor Work
  • The Spirit-Haunted Landscape: The Spirits of the Land and of Our Ancestors
  • The People’s Craft – Folk Magic and Its Peasant Roots

Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

Ivo Dominguez Jr is a visionary and practitioner of a variety of esoteric disciplines.  He has been active in Wicca and Pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982.  Ivo was a founding member of the first coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan Tradition where he currently serves as one of its Elders.

He is the author of multiple books, including:

  • Casting Sacred Space:  The Core of All Magickal Work
  • Spirit Speak:  Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angles, and the Divine
  • Beneath the Skins
  • Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans:  Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work
  • The Keys to Perception: A Practical Guide to Psychic Development

Workshops

  • Hauntings, Spirits of the Dead, and the Ancestors
  • The Triple Shadow: The Shadow of the Three Selves
  • Ancestors, Patrons, and Egregores

Rev. Selena Fox

Selena Fox is a priestess, environmentalist, religious freedom activist, writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. Also known as Rev. Selena Fox, she is senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, which has been serving Nature religion practitioners worldwide since 1974.  Selena, who was among the many who helped organize events for the first Earth Day in 1970, continues to be active in environmental education and preservation. She is founder and Executive Director of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, located near Barneveld, Wisconsin and home of Circle Cemetery, one of the first Green cemeteries in the USA.

Selena has a M.S. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She does counseling, readings, and life coaching through telephone consultations with clients of many places and backgrounds.  She travels widely presenting workshops and facilitating ceremonies on campuses, at conferences, festivals, and other venues. She also teaches at Circle Sanctuary events and through her weekly internet radio show

Selena’s writings, chants, rituals, meditations, and photographs have been widely published in-print and on-line. She is author of the online guide, Celebrating the Seasons. Selena’s approach to spirituality emphasizes Nature communion and blends together transpersonal psychology, multicultural shamanism, Nature mysticism, and Pagan folkways.  Selena is Executive Director of the Lady Liberty League, a global Pagan civil rights network. In addition, she is active in local and international interfaith endeavors and does diversity consulting and training for federal and state agencies and other institutions.

Workshops

  • Journeying to Ancestral Places
  • Honoring the Dead

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