Fellowship of a festival... comfort of a hotel.
Celebrate through Ritual and Unity
At *Ghosti-con you will learn about Neo-Pagan topics in a relaxed classroom setting.

Announcing *Ghosti-con 2016

Dates:

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Tear of the Cloud Grove, ADF is proud to present:

*Ghosti-con!  The festival of reciprocity.

Registration for rooms and entry with food has closed.  You can still register through here, or at the door for day passes, no food is included.

*Ghosti-con is the first hotel based festival for ADF members.  The idea behind making this a hotel convention is to make it more accessible to all our members, especially those that can't or won't camp for whatever reason.  Our hotel is conviently located near the Albany Airport, and the members of the grove are able to provide shuttle service between the hotel and the bus or train stations if requested.

Hotel Information

Book a Room through us.

Food

How to Vend at *Ghosti-con

Forums for planning your visit and connecting with other con goers

Code of Conduct

We have 2 seperate tracks for our programming:

  • Main track
  • Childrens track focused on our younger members.  *due to no child registrations, there will be no child specific programming.

Location

Hotel Location
Location

Best Western, Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
United States

Speakers

Bio

Ceisiwr Serith is the author of A Book of Pagan Prayer and Deep Ancestors:  Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, among other books and articles.  He has presented papers at academic conferences at UCLA, Berkeley, and Harvard, the last of which was published in the Proceedings.  He has also been published in the Journal of Indo-European Studies.  Currently, he is liturgist and priest of Nemos Ognios/Grove of the Living Flame, centered on the NH seacoast/Boston area.  He lives in Durham, NH.  Website:  https://www.ceisiwrserith.com.

Bio

Bonnie Lin Landry has been a member of ADF since 2005 and a practicing Pagan since 2000.

She has been a legally ordained ULC minister since 2009, providing secular and pagan ceremonies to the communities she serves.

Bonnie is currently working on programs and coursework designed to bring emotional and spiritual support options and networks to the pagan communities around her and is committed to providing safe, consensual spaces for pagans to gather and learn.

Bio

Rev. Robb Lewis has been with ADF and a practicing pagan since 1999, and is currently focusing on giving back to the community through various oracular and divinatory practices. He has also has started to focus on international relations and working on promoting inclusive Heathenry.

Bio

Carrion is an ADF Senior Priest and the Senior Druid and Chief Liturgist of Whispering Lake Grove.   She has been a member of ADF since 2001 and has served the folk of ADF in a variety of capacities over the years; however, currently serves as ADF Preceptor, Non-Officer Director of the Mother Grove, Clergy Council Officer and is the Chief of the ADF Order of the Dead, as well as being an active reviewer for numerous study programs and a mentor. Additionally, she is one of the coordinators of Summerland Festival in Yellow Springs Ohio.

Bio

Gretchen Persbacker has been a member of ADF since 2000 and is a former senior druid of Tear of the Cloud Grove.  She is also a member of the ADF Artisans Guild.

Gretchen has a bachelor\'s degree in Landscape Architecture and has been fascinated by the plant kingdom since childhood.  She and her husband, Chris, live in a cozy house surrounded by oak trees.  They share their home with their cat, Samantha, their dog, Dakota, and often host Dakota\'s friend, Molly, and they try to keep the dust bunny population under control.

Bio

Kirk Thomas is currently the Archdruid of Ar nDraiocht Fein : A Druid Fellowship (ADF) and an ordained Senior Priest in that religion. He holds a Masters degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales - Trinity St. David as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Certificate from the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK.

A resident of Washington State, USA, Kirk co-owns a retreat center and organic farm called Trout Lake Abbey, located at the base of Mt. Adams. He has built an impressive stone circle and Druidic

Sessions

Altar-ed State: Creating portable, sacred spaces

Body

In this workshop, we walk through several scenarios that question how we create sacred space to honor the Gods. Sometimes, our circumstances involve creating an altar on a fixed or small income or creating a simple set that can travel with you; together, we can discuss and create ways to keep piety and give ourselves a sense of sacred space.

This is an interactive workshop where participants will have the chance to discuss and share their experiences with creating spaces to work and worship. There will be materials provided including small boxes to begin creating their own portable altar,

Fire, Wellness, Tree - Mindful Nutrition on a Druid Path

Body

As we journey on our druidic path we choose to honor the kindred in many ways. One of the most personal is honoring them by taking better care of ourselves mentally and physically. A path to wellness is not an easy one but one which is well worth it.

Thoughts and decisions from our minds helps fuel our physical bodies. Nutritional wellness is a journey, often taking its toll on one both physically and emotionally. Strong food cravings can often sabotage ones efforts to fuel our bodies properly and improve overall health. Either consciously or subconsciously people often find themselves turning

Ghosti - Getting Your Blessing

Body

Reciprocity in ritual translated into actual blessings in our lives. Based on Norse mythological connection finding ways to bring the blessings you need most.

Indo-European Sacred Drink

Body

Central to the ritual and mythology of the Indo-Europeans was a sacred drink, ranging from the ale of sovereignty and mead of inspiration of northwest Europe to the soma of India.  This workshop will present the evidence from the different Indo-European traditions, speculate on what an original drink and ritual would have been like, and make suggestions for how such a drink and ritual can be incorporated into modern practice.

Odin's Nine herb charm

Body

Will give the nine herb charm in hand outs in English and Norse. I will describe all herbs and there uses along with samples and/or pictures to look at, and why it has a purpose in our lives now.

Proto-Indo-European

Body

The Proto-Indo-Europeans, the ancestors of most of the cultures from Iceland to India, had a powerful and beautiful culture of their own.  This workshop will present what we know of one part of that culture, the religion.  The emphasis will be on its cosmology, with forays into ritual and the divine beings.

Sacred Gifts

Body

Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, ancient Indo-European religion was based on reciprocity - do ut des, I give so that you may give. This workshop will examine the concept of reciprocity as well as the evidence for reciprocal relationships between the Gods and the people in ancient writings from Ireland to India and many places in between. We will also explore how these ancient practices may apply to us in the modern day as we re-imagine and recreate our Paganisms today.

The Spirits of our Hearth & Home

Body

This workshop will focus on those spirits that share our personal hearth and homes with us.  Household spirits were once venerated, respected and at times feared by our Ancestors, but what is it that we as modern Pagans know of them, what types of relationships do we have with them and how might we build better more meaningful relationships?  Join me as we discuss the power and importance of Household Spirits! 

Trance Basics

Body

Do you have trouble trancing? Not sure if you are trancing? Want to brush up on your trance skills? This workshop is focused on how to get yourself working with trance and will be exercise heavy.

Wicked Plants

Body

This will be a discussion on the less wholesome aspects of the plant world.  Amy Stewart's book "Wicked Plants" is the inspiration for this workshop on toxins, poisons, and plants that misbehave.

Rituals

Closing Ritual

Join us as we celebrate the end of our event as we say thanks to everyone that helped and wish safe and happy returns to your homes.

Main Ritual

Come and celebrate with us as we honor the land spirits in their time of weakening.  We will also take time to remember A. J. Gooch, and make offerings to the ancestors to ask they accept him as one of their own.  There will also be the elevation of Rev. Robert Lewis to a Senior Priest of ADF.  Personal praise offerings for the ritual are encouraged.

Opening Ritual

Join us as we do a small ritual to welcome everyone to the event and to pay for a successful and fulfilling experience for everybody.

Oracular Seidhr

So you have questions about the future you want answered?  What about questions of ancestors or deities?  Come to the oracular seidhr and get your chance to ask your questions and get an answer.

General Guidelines:

  • Any question is a fair question to ask, the more sepcific your question, the better the answer.  Be sure you want an answer though.
  • Questions of other beings (Ancestors and Deities) are allowed
    • Ancestors should be deceased for at least 1 year
    • I may not be able to find requested being, or they may not want to talk to you, no guarentees
    • Remember their answers are what they want to

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