*Ghosti-Con 2018

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Announcing *Ghosti-Con 2018

Dates: 
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 to Sun, 25 Mar 2018

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

*Ghosti-con! I The festival of reciprocity.

*Ghosti-con is the first hotel based festival for ADF and is open to everyone, not only ADF members.  The idea behind making this a hotel convention is to make it more accessible to everyone, 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.

Our featured guest this year is Patty Lafayllve, known in part for her books Freyja, Lady, Vanadis and A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru.

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Speakers

 
 
 
 
 

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

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

Bonnie is currently working on programs and coursework designed to...

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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...

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Jennifer Sternfeld is the owner of Dinner Vacations Personal Chef Service, founded in 2001.  She is a traveling chef based out of Schenectady as well as a party planner and educator, specializing in world cuisine and regional food ways.  Jen is a frequent organizer and volunteer at local sci-fi...

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Jenne Micale is a writer, singer, priestess and musician whose endeavors include the ethereal/wyrd folk project Kwannon and, in former times, the wyrd folk band Belladonna Bouquet. A former initiate of the Henge of Keltria, she won the 2009 DANAC Golden Oak Award for best Druidical essay, and...

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Kathleen joined ADF in 2008 and became a member of the clergy in 2012. She’s held a variety of leadership positions in ADF, starting out as a Grove Organizer in 2009, and becoming the coordinator for the Children and Parenting SIG and a DP Reviewer in 2010. Her Protogrove became a Grove later in...

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Niniann has been an herbalist for fifty years, and has had a special relationship with plant spirits since she was a child. She follows the wise woman tradition of healing learned from her grandmother combined with a life of growing herbs, studying folk medicine, and an interest in all the...

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Patricia Lafayllve is the author of two books, “A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru” and “Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: an Introduction to the Goddess.” She has also written several journal articles, and the first part of a modern retelling of Njal’s Saga. She has been pagan for more thirty years,...

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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.

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This ritual is designed to help bring people into contact, or deepen their connection with the Lady. Patricia Lafayllve uses basic blot structure to lead a guided meditation based on Freyja's name. This ritual is designed for all skill levels and for anyone, beginner or experienced, who would...

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Almost everyone has too much stress in their life , and taking time to brew a tea that helps calms our nerves, is good for our adrenal system, and may even get rid of a few aches and pains is always a good thing. Serenity tea is a pleasant drink if you want to meditate, do ritual, just relax, or...

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Beginner
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This is our closing ritual to thank all those that have aided us throughout the festival and bring protection to all on their travels home.

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With the rise of the #metoo and #timesup movements along with the accusations of child sex abuse by our founder in the early 70's, the topic of consent is in the forefront of our minds.  This roundtable will be facilitated by two clergy that have gone through the Cherry Hill Seminary Pagan...

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When something is used for ritual and devotional purposes, it becomes sacred.  The stronger the association with spiritual activity, the more powerful the object.  One way to imbue something with power is to craft it with intention.  ADF Artisans create such objects fairly often, but for those...

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Our lives are filled with moments of transition. Some, like birth, marriage and death, have complex, socially influenced secular rituals associated with them. Others, like the onset adolescence, are less widely recognized in American culture. In this workshop, there will be a discussion of the...

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     What do you do when death ripples through the communities you are part of?

     How do you respond when grief and bereavement tears apart people, 

     their lives, and their community bonds?

How can you rise up to help others in an environment where death has become...

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Beginner
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Patricia Lafayllve, author of Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introdution to the Goddess and Freyjasgythja, brings what is known from the remaining source material to bear in this discussion of Freyja. This complex deity was known as the "blot-gythja," or "Sacrifice-goddess," and reigned as one of the...

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This past October, the Troth hosted a conference on Inclusive Heathenry call Frith Forge in Werder, Germany.  The event included leaders of groups from around the US, Canada, and Europe.  This workshop will be talking about what was learned at the conference, and how we can promote Inclusive...

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Over the past few years, we have had many notable deaths within and without of ADF.  Tonight we will focus on our ancestors and make sacrifice to them, and remember them.  Please bring offerings for the ancestors, and stories to share about your ancestors.

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Beginner
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Music can deepen ritual and trance, invoke spirits and honor the Gods. In this workshop, we'll learn how to effectively use "spontaneous song" and toning techniques -- and dare to be dorky while we're at it. It's not about performance or judgment, so don't be shy! If you feel more comfortable...

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This is the opening ritual for the festival.  As part of the ritual, we will be doing trance work to meet a being special to the Grove.

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Oracular Seidhr is a Norse ritual where a seer goes into a deep trance and retrieves answers to your questions. Join us for one of these rituals and get advice from the otherworlds.

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Beginner
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As Druids, we hold the nature spirits in great reverence.  And many of us also hold high regard for a different kind of "spirits".  But how often do we contemplate the relationship between the two?

In her book, "The Drunken Botanist", Amy Stewart explores the world of wine, beer and...

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Location

 
 
 
 
 
Ramada Plaza Albany
3 Watervilet Ave Ext
Albany, NY 12206
United States

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