The Workshops

Here is our line-up for 2018, stay tuned as our web goddess brings you more updates!
Please note workshops may be subject to change.

Castalia


As an athlete, Castalia studied physiology and kinesiology, and attended training in therapeutic touch.

Therapeutic Massage
Do you are your loved ones have aches and pains, or just enjoy the relaxation and tuning inward of a gentle or firm massage? In this workshop, bring a partner, and learn techniques of scanning a body for areas of need, how to approach muscles and soft tissue that are tense, and how to take advantage of the energy in the palms of your hands. Massage oils will be provided. If you have a favourite massage oil, or essential oil, you may bring it for your own massage experience. What to bring: a blanket or large towel, a small towel.

 

Jodi Cronyn


Jodi Cronyn has been a practice Nordic Healer for 14 years, and has since become a Reiki Master, Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Certified Life Coach. The Soul’d Out Life Program is her creation, helping guide those who are ready on a journey into their soul, opening to the life of their dreams. Why sell yourself short, when you can live a life of soul?

Soul’d Out Life Experience
Join Reiki Master and Mystic Maiden Jodi Cronyn for a journey into your soul. Using the energies of the New Moon in Cancer as our guide, we will delve deep into the subconscious emotional body, discovering hidden patterns and agendas, cutting cords and breaking chains. You are not what they’ve led you to believe. You are so much more. This evening, Jodi will guide you to your deepest self, holding space and supporting your journey. Be prepared for guided meditation, hands on energy therapy, movement, journaling, and a burning ceremony. What to bring: journal and pen, a yoga mat/blanket/towel

 

Kristin Vardon


Kristin is a local musician, artisan, healer, and pagan/witch that has been practicing her crafts for over 20 years. Adding to her other modalities, Kristin is now a yoga instructor teaching a Hatha based practice of Slow Flow Yoga.

Evening Slow Flow Yoga
Slow flow yoga classes allow the practitioner to explore each pose, and make adjustments if necessary without the feeling of being rushed into the next pose. It is a more reflective practice and accessible for all skill levels. Please bring water, blanket and a yoga may if you wish, although bare feet on the earth is cool too.

Chandra Namaskara: Moon Salutation
A gentle class to invoke and pay homage to the lunar energies in nature and within. When practiced with devotion and gratitude for the divine feminine, the chandra namaskara can be a total body prayer. Modifications will be provided for all abilities. Please bring water, blanket, and yoga mat if you wish, but bare feet on the earth is acceptable as well.

Meditation: New Moon Crystal Lake Healing
The New Moon is the best time for personal growth, healing, and blessing of new projects. So, to take advantage of this we will be completing a guided meditation through a crystal lake; perfect for leaving behind what no longer serves you & to heal up. Please bring a blanket to sit on, and a journal for any things that come to you during the meditation.

Meditation: Upon the Inner Knowledge
A guided meditation into ourselves as we explore our inner power and ambitions through the Divine and incorporation of the Spirit and spirit realm. What do you see as you gaze upon the glass within yourself? Please bring a blanket or mat to sit on and a journal for reflection after the meditation.

 

Becca ‘Luna’ Wiggins


Luna is a practicing Divination Artist. She likes to share her art and methods with people. She will guide you to channel your inner healing and spiritual connection in order to awaken your personal creative expression.

Connecting with the Landvaettir
Join us as we build a home for the Landvaettir of OakHaven, which will be on display for the weekend  to invite the spirits or add their blessing and energies.  We will then internalize those energies during the feast, to energize our playful and lighthearted side, and receive the help, healing and guidance for the Faeries. We will also be sharing stories and experiences during our working to enhance our connection and intentions.

RuneCraft: Manifesting the Runes [3 Part Series]
Runes are a sacred gift given to mortals by the Norse god Odin. They are a fascinating divination tool that is great for opening up your psychic awareness. Runes were used by ancient Germanic/Nordic tribes, and have a long history dating back to 150AD.  Runes are a set of tiles or stones that contain ancient sacred symbols. We will be working with the Scandinavian Elder Futhark, which consists of 3 sets of 8 for a total of 24. We will begin with an special introduction as Fox shares the story and brief history of the runes. Becca will then guide you in the creation of your very own ritual set of runes. In part one of the RuneCraft series you will mould and engrave the sacred symbols. In part two you will have an opportunity to personalize your stones further or incorporate finer details.

 

Mandy ‘Tameika’ Forgét


Tameika is founder of the Spirits of the Earth festival, Samhain: Feast of the Dead, and previously the Mystic Roots Conference, and Mhorag circle. Currently she is Gythia of OakHaven Kindred and has been part of the pagan community for over 20 years. She continuously strives to bring the local pagan community together to create unity, peace and harmony; hosting open rituals, drum circles, campouts, festivals, conferences, and the London Pagan Social with Rein. Reiki Master, intuitive, alchemical healer, inspirational coach. As Tameika follows her ancestral Scandinavian lineage, she now finds herself following the path of Seiðr as a Vitki/Völva. Tameika has made it a priority to include activity everyday to connect with her inner shieldmaiden. With years of experience behind her involving both fitness, and nutrition, she is ready to show the community how to connect to the Gods by nurturing our bodies; creating a more balanced, happier YOU!

Cleansing & Blessing Ceremony: A Community Ritual  [OakHaven Kindred]
Our annual Spirits of the Earth Festival is a retreat, camping festival, and gathering that fosters community, celebration, and a deep spiritual connection with each other, with the Earth, and with the Divine as we each desire. We welcome all who wish to express their support of spiritual diversity and come together as a like-minded community in an inclusive setting. Even those of you attending for the first time are amazed to find such a welcoming and accepting festive gathering that celebrates nature and the spirit within. This year there are many activities to experience including rituals, concerts, workshops, dancing, drumming, and nightly bonfires. Each year’s Spirits of the Earth Festival has a theme, and this year that theme is “RISE: Resonate Internally, Shine Externally”. We will take everyone on a journey that will help gain awareness of their inner-selves, cleanse away that which no longer serves, and help find their place within the community. We will use the earth energies and our ancestral connections to strengthen our spirit. Let us come together to celebrate and unify with all that surrounds us, ushering in a new epoch of community and spiritual emergence.

Gathering of the Minds: Coffee~Breakfast~Chat  [DAILY]
Grab a cup of java, some breakfast and join us for some stimulating conversation. Our ancestors knew the power of listening to our elders and the spirits that share our journey. It was an integral step in learning about ourselves and the world around us. We invite you to join us in an open forum discussion, beginning with the topic mentioned below and then see where our conversations take us.

Freya Blót
We honour and raise a God-Pole to Freya.  Born of the Vanir, hostage of the Aesir, keeper of Brisingamen, skilled Seiðr. We will celebrate Her abundance, gifts of wealth and fruitful plenty. Bringer of luck, fertility, and creative fire. You who traveled to the dwarven lands, and laid for 4 nights to commission your cherished necklace. Your presence is heard in the cry of lovers, and hidden in rhythm of their entwined limbs. Freya, we shall call luck-bringer, for her fingers are deft at untangling the snares of a gnarled wyrd, and sometimes the tangles are of Her making. We shall praise Her as strong in magic, cunning, skillful and battle-wise. She is ready to stand by her brother Freyr in the OakHaven Vé.

Divination Ritual: Runic Galdr
The practice of Galdr, was essentially the core of rune-magick in ancient times. The word galdr comes from a root meaning “to sing or chant”, which shows the needfulness of vibrating rune-sounds and magickal songs on all levels in order to bring their power into full being. Galdr can even connect you with the associated lore (i.e. rune-poems).  As a meditative means, we will be using the rune set we have created, and the chanting of galdr-sounds which will cause your very body, as well as the world around you, to vibrate with the might of the rune upon which you are calling.

Sumble  [OakHaven Kindred]
After being entertained by our fellow Skalds while breaking bread amongst Kin we will begin to Sumble. A Sumble is one of the most sacred of rituals in the Northern Tradition; essentially a communal drinking ritual held within a hall. It is derived from a Viking custom of boasts and toasts made the night before an expedition was launched. Usually Wine, Ale or Mead was used, and we would like to keep with this tradition. Donations are most welcome for the refilling of the horn. It is however considered taboo to become drunk and lose control of your words.  There will be a round dedicated to GIFTS, so if you have something you would like bestow upon a fellow member of the community, this would be a wonderful opportunity to have the community witness and acknowledge their good deeds. If you have questions about what is appropriate please see Fox or Tameika. We encourage everyone to help create the atmosphere and participate in the fun by dressing in costume. You do not have to wear a hat with horns while you do it, nor worship Odin, nor get into a longboat when you are done….but why not, it’s FUN!

Closing Ceremonies: Community Empowerment  [OakHaven Kindred]
This year’s Closing Ceremonies will celebrate the sense of community and oneness with spirit fostered over the past 5-days, and will empower everyone to take that raised sense of spirit back home with them into their own communities. Announcements will be made and everyone will have the chance to say ‘until next time’ to old and new friends alike. We will revel in what we all experienced together, with a sense of sadness that it’s come to an end for another year, but with a renewed sense of hope and faith… not only that we will all meet again soon but that we are all at the beginning of a greater journey together.

 

Melissa “Sunshine” Tabler


Sunshine is a kitchen witch and maker that incorporates herbalism, wildcrafting and some of her crafting skills in her magical practice.

Thrifty Witchcraft
This workshop we’ll discuss ways to use kitchen scraps, household items and some foraged goods in your witchcraft and rituals. We’ll talk about the roles that correspondences, both traditional and improvised, and intuition play in spellcraft.

 

Mike Lutz


Mike is a modest and knowledge Viking, that travels northbound from his busy little homestead in Chatham, ON where he resides with his beautiful, yet fierce wife, and has four children, two of which have left the nest. Mikes greatest quality is loyalty to all of his kinfolk which is powered by his big heart. You can typically find him reading, playing rugby, practicing martial arts, doing battle at various SCA events, drumming around the fire, offering a full horn to sip from, or providing rune readings. Mike has been an Asatruar for 12 years, and is new to sharing his knowledge with our community.

Tribal Games [Daily]
All ages of our tribe shall gather together, as we engage and compete in Tribal Games such as Kub, Shut the Box, Archery, and the infamous Viking Chest Game. These are meant to foster community spirit and healthy competition, which will bring people together and celebrate a communal sense that together we are stronger and can conquer any challenge that presents itself. Please note above all else, we intend to invoke FUN!

 

Ronn ‘Fox Oak’ Forgét


Fox Oak is the warder and Goði of OakHaven Homestead Kindred, Co– facilitator of the Spirits of the Earth Festival, husband, friend, brother. He has dedicated himself to his ancestors, gods, home, and family. Fox has ben part of the Ontario Pagan community for over 20 years, hosting many events , lectures, drum circles. He has more recently come heathenry via a spirit journey that he experienced with a familiar and a ritual hammer that was handed down to him.

Hospitality of the Gods:
Hail the Gods, The Ancestors, Disir, landwights, hail the folk! Many of us have attended, performed, or taken part in an offering, blot, or ritual for the Gods. But what next, how do we invite them into our homes, our lives, or give them permanent space? Join Fox for this open forum discussion to learn new ways that you can connect with your otherworldly kin.

RuneCraft: The Runic Journey [3 Part Series]
Runes are a sacred gift given to mortals by the Norse god Odin. They are a fascinating divination tool that is great for opening up your psychic awareness. Runes were used by ancient Germanic/Nordic tribes, and have a long history dating back to 150AD.  In part 3 of the RuneCraft series, Fox will offer guidance in creating a deep personal bond with the Rune set you have manifested.  He will discuss some the traditional meanings of each symbol, and how they may differ from our intuitive connections. Come with an open mind and willingness to use your intuition in order to assess what the stones reveal.  Don’t worry if your not sure what this entails, as this is perfectly normal in the beginning. Just write down your experiences that you are unsure of and see if the meanings present themselves to you over time.  For this purpose we recommend you bring a journal with you.

Stumble Through the Sumble
The sumble is one of the most sacred (if not the most sacred) of rituals in the Northern Tradition.  Yet, this is often viewed as a mere ‘piss up’. The Sumble is a vital ceremony of modern
Heathenry with deep and ancient roots in many places throughout the Scandinavia.  This tradition is lifted straight from the pages of Beowulf, The Eddas and other Germanic poetry. This workshop will cover the meaning & lore, and talk about what you can expect in the form of process, etiquette, and learn how to participate.

Divination Ritual: Runic Galdr
The practice of Galdr, was essentially the core of rune-magick in ancient times. The word galdr comes from a root meaning “to sing or chant”, which shows the needfulness of vibrating rune-sounds and magickal songs on all levels in order to bring their power into full being. Galdr can even connect you with the associated lore (i.e. rune-poems).  As a meditative means, we will be using the rune set we have created, and the chanting of galdr-sounds which will cause your very body, as well as the world around you, to vibrate with the might of the rune upon which you are calling.

 

Zibby Kozak


Most of Zibby’s studies have been performed as a solitaire, He does not belong to any specific tradition, and his experience is eclectic.  Coming from a logical and engineering mind he is driven to research all available resources and exercise the knowledge obtain from his personal experiences.  Zibby recommends that you keep practicing; after all, that is how he learned about the tarot, reflexology and Reiki.

Feet Yoga: Reflexology for Yourself
For people with no experience in practicing reflexology, but have a willingness to explore it in a supportive environment. Reflexology practitioners will teach you a few exercises and tricks about how to perform self care and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Internal Health to Shine Externally
Healing in general is Zibby’s area of my expertise. Reiki or Reflexology are just labels that describe specific kinds of techniques. His main focus in on the importance of pure intent, which Zibby believes represents at least 90% of healing power. Techniques mean nothing without the proper intention and will power to back it up. To resonate internally, is to hear and recognize the power of unconditional love; to have an overflowing heart; Love and respect for yourself, as well as everything and everyone around you. Without this, you may not shine as brightly externally, which could impact your ability to heal yourself. Join Zibby to explore your inner world, and brighten your shine.

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