Charlene Freedom is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, Cannabis Educator, Event Organizer and Natural Cosmetic Formulator. She hosts a line of hand blended aromatherapy cosmetics for body, skin and hair care, with twenty years of aromatherapy formulation, and eight years experience specializing in cannabis topical formulations, education and consulting for cannabis patients across Ontario.
Her passion for natural healing extends beyond aromatherapy and also includes massage, reflexology, Reiki. Her healing intend always holds a special magic in all she does, and her products have always been a shining example of quality. Charlene is selective about choosing high quality ingredients that are proven to be ethical, sustainable and pure.
Her dedicated research and product development includes working with a number of skin and health conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, stress, inflammation and aging. She is happy to create custom therapeutic blends for those with allergies or special requirements.
Body Pendulum Workshop
Body Pendulum is a system of divination that combines the strengths of your intuition and trust of your physical senses. As we grow, we are often taught to ignore our our feelings, intuition, and how our body reacts in positive and negative situations. This workshop will show how to use your body as a pendulum, rather than using something that is an extension. Sometimes it's not always possible to find a secluded corner to pull out your magical tools. With Body Pendulum, you can use this system anywhere, anytime, and you will learn to trust your own instincts, intuition and develop a better relationship with your body.
Ladies Love Mary Jane Circle
Join Charlene Freedom for Ladies Love Mary Jane to share a women's cannabis ritual. Women have shared cannabis since ancient times, and many women report incredible changes when they begin to work with cannabis as a plant spirit. This ritual endeavors to honor the sacred magic and healing that cannabis offers to women, and provide a safe space for women to “come out of the cannabis closet.” We will be participating in 3 rounds of passing the pipe, called Odes, Bitch, and Boasts. You do not need to imbibe if you don’t wish to, but all are welcome to join in the circle.If you prefer to bring your own cannabis, and use your own pipe/joints, please feel free to do so.
Magical Lotion Potions
In this workshop, we will be creating all natural lotions for body and facial care with the focus on skin care through the autumn and winter. We will discuss the difference of lotions and creams, what makes these products all natural, and how to add botanical ingredients like carrier oils, infused oils, natural butters, and essential oils to create your own magical potions.
Brian Walsh is a professional storyteller specializes in Celtic Mythology as a source of wisdom and humor, discomfort and delight. He has told at diverse venues including the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, Schools/Universities, and around the campfire under the stars.
Brian also works as a Spiritual Care Provider and Supervisor-Educator in a hospital setting, as well as a pagan chaplain and adjunct faculty (theology) at the University of Toronto.
Brian will be presenting the following workshop this year:
"A Harvest of Stories: Using Storytelling in Seasonal Rituals” (90 minutes)
In this workshop, Brian will share an Irish Story for each of the harvest festivals of the waning year, connecting them with the holidays’ themes. We will then discuss how stories from various cultures can be used on these holidays, in appropriate and ritual enhancing ways.
Anne Marie Greymoon has been a ballerina, a pagan artisan, musician, singer, mask maker, doula, teacher, postal worker, business manager, occultist, drummer, herbalist, tarot reader, Spiritual consultant, Traditional healer, Morris dancer, High Priestess, Elder and is still a lot of these things.(really)
She has been in the craft since the early eighties and is a 3* HPS in both the Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions of Wica. She has participated in numerous radio, TV and film documentaries on witchcraft,
A former director of Wic-Can Fest and Harvest Fest for over 35 years, she believes that everyone is entitled to believe in and honour the Goddess and the Old Gods and sought to provide a meeting place for all our people to share knowledge, connect, celebrate and network with others of similar earth-based faiths. Proud mom to 8 children, she considers herself a healer, a traditional wisdom keeper and a witch.
Anne Marie will present the following:
Corn Dollie making
Come learn all about this ancient custom and craft
and try your hand at making a dollie of your own to take home.
This adult workshop will explore the ideas behind related Harvest customs
and ways to take the blessings of Nature, inside for the winter.
Magic of natural objects
This workshop will teach you how to select natural objects
and bring them together for effective spellwork.
We will also talk about talismans, amulets and charm bags...
Bring a notebook.
Ask a Witch
Whatever you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask!
What do witches do? Do you get naked? Do you cast spells on people?
All this and more!
Bring your questions to this frank and open discussion.
My name is Ivan and I’m a certified tarot and rune practitioner, as well being an accredited member of the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM). My journey into divination started back in 2019 when I exhausted my creativity and passion from playing the local music scenes for close to 30
years as a musician. I needed to find a new outlet to exercise and express my individuality. Tarot was the answer to this dilemma. When I received my first tarot deck, I had dived into it headfirst without looking
back. I went on with further tarot studies and completed certification courses to become a practitioner. This led to the start of my divination business called Rebel Star Divination. From tarot I started to study Rune Divination and completed certification courses coupled with a Norse Mythology certification course which work hand in hand with understanding the mystery, lore, and magic of rune-work.
Ivan will be presenting the following this year:
Intro to Runes (The Elder Futhark System) This will be a unique Harvest-Fest only
condensed version of my online 2-hour workshop that I teach via Happy Soul Academy
I will be teaching the basics and brief history for each of the 24 runes for the Elder Futhark system; the earliest runic system before it branched off to other rune formats throughout England and Scandinavian
territories. I will be giving keywords and lore behind each rune and a physical “cheat sheet” at the end of the workshop to those who want a reference guide for doing their own studies and divination. I invite you to join me for this info packed hour of learning what runes are about and how they can be
applied to your daily life.
Laurie Benson has led Herb Walks and Talks from Starwood to Kaleidoscope, after being inspired by the Wic-Can Fest walks Nick Faunus led in the '80's. She went on to work for Faunus Herbs, studied with Susun Weed and was initiated by her as a Green Witch in the '90's. Laurie has completed her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher status through international training in Costa Rica, Mexico and India and teaches Yoga and Practical Herbalism from her home in Cannington and at Festivals.
Saturday and Sunday morning 10:00 am "Herb Walks"
Tour this majestic site to get to know our plant allies and their edible, medicinal and magikal attributes. As foraging and wildcrafting become more popular, it is important to know who is who in the plant world! This walk will take about an hour unless there is interest to continue for another. I will let people know who wish to attend the next workshop scheduled when the first hour is nearly up and then there is a possibility to continue further. We keep to the roads and paths (I will show you Poison Ivy that is off the path!) so there aren't too many challenges in the first part, but there are some rocky climbs near the lake that we can tackle as well.
"How to Make a Herbal Drinking Vinegar"
What's the difference between tinctures, oxymels, shrubs and switzle? All are names for different drinking vinegars with healing and nourishing properties and some are tasty enough to make into mocktails and cocktails!
We will talk about the healing gifts of the herbs traditionally used, how we can be creative with our mixes, and get to sample some of the drinks. You will also get a sample bottle to collect your own herbs in and extract their goodness in organic apple cider vinegar!
"Make a Herbal Dream Sachet"
Traditionally herbs have been combined in a little bag or sachet to help with prophetic or lucid dreaming, bring easy sleep and banish nightmares. All ages can create their own magikal herbal blend (several dried "dream herbs" will be supplied) to be placed in a cloth with some essential oil, beads or other decorations. If you have any special gemstones, ribbons or items to include, bring them along! There will be only as much sewing as you want to do, so this can be as quick and easy or as deep and meditative as you wish. Lists of herbs and their dream influences will be supplied in case you want to explore this further!
Erica/Ricky is an award-winning mostly-bellydance performer who had can dancing in shed and festivals across Canada and the United States since 2016, both as a soloist and with the Hamilton-based dance collective Raqs Mahasti. She continues to study at Mahasti the Creative Emporium, which can be found at hamiltonbellydance.com. She is also a witch who has been forging her own path for many years, in addition to being an educator, a metalsmith, an astrologer, and most recently an amateur stained-glass artist. You can follow her magical and creative exploits on instagram at @cherica_nova
Ricky Nicky will be hosting the following workshops:
Bellydance for Beginners
This workshop is a gentle introduction to the movements and isolations we associate with bellydance.
We will practice the basics, put them together into combinations, and learn traveling steps
that are great around the fire! All bodies welcome.
The fun, colourful ribbons-on-sticks are back for you to play with!
I provide the music and ribbons as well as some creative movement suggestions,
but your own artistic expression is encouraged.
Just bring a fun attitude and let's dance together!
This workshop is child & inner-child friendly. All bodies welcome.
Back and louder than ever! We welcome you to join us for the following two workshops.
From fashion to function, braids have been used amongst all different classes and cultures. It's important to recognize how braiding and hairstyles have come to make the wearer feel. The practice of braiding has cultivated a sense of community and intimacy. People of incalculable backgrounds have come together throughout time to braid each other’s hair and share their knowledge with the help of intimate touch. We have a very unique blend of styles in today’s day and age, particularly represented in modern media. It is these perspectives and practices that we would like to share. Come join us for braiding techniques, fun facts, and good times!
Join us for a fanciful time of inclusive beautification. All are welcome to our magical boudoir! We invite you to partake in a pre-ritual gathering as we seek to cultivate laughter, magic, and sparkles. Bring your own accessories, costumes, makeup, and beverages. We will be supplying glitter, body paint, basic hair accessories, and snackies! Comfort, community and channeling all around. We will be breaking down walls and pushing through to (re)create a sense of safety for ALL; no matter age, ability, race, or gender. Come for the charisma, leave because you maybe have to pee a little bit.
Wulf Higgins is a professional prop builder and a life-long maker of stuff: tools, furniture, clothing, shrines, masks and, of course, lanterns. He is never happier than when he can take a handful of twigs, an old rag, some string and a few beads, and make it into something beautiful, useful or simply fun. There is magic in making things.
Wulf will be hosting a mask making workshop in anticipation of the Witches & Wizards Ball!
Making Green Man Masks
Using papier maché forms and real oak leaves, Wulf will show you how to create a one of a kind Green Man (or Green Lady) mask for ritual, performance or the Witches' and Wizards' Ball. Simple sewing and use of sharp tools required, so this workshop is suitable for adults or teens but not younger children. All materials supplied; space is limited.
Pack your finest regalia for our Witches and Wizards Ball organized by your resident braiders Anita & Braila.
Stay tuned as we continue planning an unforgettable evening!
Magical Energies Techniques
Our personal energy is the basis for all our magic. We are electromagnetic, and with a little practice we can tap into the power of our nervous system for magical results.
Join me to learn about energy in the body; practice some energy basics like grounding, neutralizing, deflecting and channelling; plus learn some advanced techniques for releasing anxiety, finding equilibrium in crisis, establishing superhuman energy, and quick autonomic nervous system control.
Whether you use these magical energy techniques for prevention or intervention, you will feel empowered and embodied.
Magical Tool Exchange
Bring your magical cards, wands, crystals or clothes and exchange them with others.
If you have the 'right' 'stuff', in the wrong house, bring it to the exchange and let it find its new magical home.
Hails from the Black Silk House of Drums. There is a deep magic between us with these beautiful instruments.
Participate in our community music making event. Bring your favorite percussion instrument and groove along with the rest of your tribe. Light facilitation provided to achieve goals of unity, listening and grooving!
Nelson will be offering a Introduction to Drumming Workshop on Saturday afternoon!
Is an artist a witch and an astrologer. A Gardnerian Priestess, with her own little coven, she’s been practicing witchcraft for 40 years. Every day she has a live show, where she talks about the daily planets, and shares magic spells from her grimoire, on Facebook and on Instagram, and now moving to a social platform called The Wheel Arts. As an artist, she dabbles in oil paint, and paints surreal landscapes and vivid portraits of people who are magical and witchy.
Lydia will be offering the following workshop:
Ever wonder about the phases of the moon? Want to intensify your magic spells? It helps to know what phase the moon is in, what sign, etc. I cover the astrology to help you navigate according to the ebb and flow, the waxing and the waning of the moon. This is a workshop where you’ll need paper, and something to take notes with.
My name is Melia Keogh, and I’ve been part of this amazing community since I was born, so I’m very excited to finally start making my own way and offering things back to all the wonderful people here.
The arts are a big part of who I am, and have been pursuing an artistic career my whole life. My main artistic passions are along the lines of drawing and cooking, but I also like to explore music as well. I’ve been taking art classes and practicing for as long as I can remember, and I’ve gained a great respect for fellow artists. I love to learn, create and share with the people around me, and I personally feel that it’s never too late or too early to pick up something new.
Channeling my creativity into my work and my faith has helped me as a person. We are all on a long journey, always learning and changing, so I hope to encourage others to do the same, even in small ways, to make our world even more beautiful.
Blessed be :)
Melia will be bringing us Children's Programming on Saturday and Sunday!
A place for little witches and their families to come and do some fun crafts or activities. There will be a different craft for each day, so feel free to come down at your leisure, whether it’s in between classes or during some free time, you are always welcome.
A Gardnerian High Priestess, an elder in the NROODG Tradition and has been leading covens & public rituals since 1990. She is the Wiccan Chaplain at the University of Toronto, Coordinator of the University of Toronto Campus Chaplains Association & sponsor for the University of Toronto Pagan and Earth-based Spirituality Society. She was on the Toronto Parliament of World Religions (PWR) 2018 Steering Committee, Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Pagan Federation International & in the URI Multi-region CC Spirituality & the Earth. She attended PWR in 1999 in Cape Town, representing Covenant of the Goddess as a former First Officer.
Catherine will be offering the following workshop:
Which Tarot deck should you use?
Do different Tarot decks give different meanings? Should you use different decks depending on the question, person, or other factors? This workshop will look at some of these questions – and more! We will look at different decks and how the meanings may shift, depending on various things within the cards. We will talk about choosing Tarot decks and some techniques to get better readings. This should be a fun, interactive session! If you want, bring your own deck.
Kimi has been studying the uses of essential oils for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing the wonderful benefits of essential oils with everyone in workshops as well as with products, through her business: A Scented Path.
She is also a very talented hula hooper who has lots of tips and tricks up her sleeve.
Kimi will be offering the following workshops this year:
Make a blend
Root through my essential oil stock and make a blend of your very own, beginner to advanced. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Make a fall/winter blend
This can incorporate the blend from previous workshop and create a base for it, or make the whole thing from scratch. Suggestions include warming blends, massage oils, bath salts etc.
Let's (re)visit the Root Chakra, delve into our basic core needs, and how to (re) connect with it through focused tools.
Listen to Eric Mandala perform and remix the earth with their multi instrumental compositions.
Using a mix of African, Indian and Indonesian instruments, you will be swept away by the rhythmic earthy soul of this groups sound.
Founder of “Mandala World Music” an international ethnic fusion world music group with people from all around the world. He uses traditional influences of music and art to create new and dynamic original
material. Eric has traveled around the world collaborating with hundreds of artists under the name Mandala. His focus is to bring sacred styles of art and instrument together for a new fusion in this multicultural world.
When performing solo Eric does live looping & Electronica using Ableton Live and plays over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world. He sings in Universal Language mixing ancient tongues and ethnic styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry. He builds & plays African harps like the Kora & kamele n’goni. We hope you enjoy listening, because Eric and Zu sure love to make it! If you haven’t seen this original show yet be sure to catch it as soon as possible!
Do you have something special to offer? Is Astrology or Herbology or Ecology your passion? Do you have a talent or knowledge that you are willing to share with others? What about that ritual you’d really love to present? We always welcome new additions to the program – just drop us a line and tell us about it. If it meets our requirements, we’ll schedule it in!
In order for your submission to be considered for presentation at the festival, you must
follow the guidelines outlined below. Incomplete or vague program descriptions will not be processed or scheduled.
All submissions MUST arrive no later than THREE weeks prior to the festival.
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Please use the phrase “Program Submission” in the title of your Email.
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In order to be able to schedule effectively, it is very important to let us know on what days you are planning to attend prior to the festival, so that we can schedule your Workshop accordingly. We do post the schedule prior to the festival, so please advise us if you need your workshop moved. The location of the workshop is posted onsite, so please check the boards upon arrival to ensure the location is suitable for the needs of your workshop. Also, please notify the staff at Admin that you are a presenter so we know you have arrived.