Querent 2017 Presenters
Alaric is an author whose works include Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan and To Walk a Pagan Path. Over the years his personal spiritual practice has evolved as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country beliefs, herbal studies and rune lore. During the 1990's he served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Spiritual Alliance in Kansas City. He now lives in Pennsylvania, where he continues to write and teach.
Devin Hunter is a modern Witch and Psychic Medium who has been working with the public for over thirteen years. He is the author of The Witch’s Book of Power and the host of the AV Club favorited podcast, The Modern Witch. As a professional, Devin has helped thousands of people connect to loved ones on the other side, find direction in life when needed, and develop their magical abilities. Holding initiations in multiple occult traditions, Devin is the founder of his own magical lineage, Sacred Fires. He is currently teaching with the Black Rose School of Witchcraft and is the reigning Master of Ceremonies at the New Orleans Witches’ Ball. Devin can currently be found as the House Medium at the Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA. His second book, The Witch’s Book of Spirits releases from Llewellyn World Wide in July of 2017! Find out more by visiting his website, DevinHunter.net.
Eldritch is a Radical Faerie, Interfaith Minister and Stone Circle Wicca priest who lives at the intersection of Sexuality and Spirituality. He is known as a Sacred Fool, a master of the profound and profane bringing depth and joy to an understanding of body, mind and soul. For twenty years Eldritch has worked with Rites of Passage ceremonies, Men's Gatherings and community rituals with Radical Faerie, Four Quarters interfaith Sanctuary, Circle Sanctuary and BlueRidge Beltaine communities. He helps to conceptualize complementary frameworks for sex, orientation, gender and gender role in an ever-evolving world by facilitating discussions that explore “The Profound and Profane” “The Masks of the Divine: Male, Female, Both and Neither” and "Creating a Maypole for All." Aside from his day job, Eldritch is a community organizer and coordinator of Center Faith with the DC Center for the LGBT Community and the National Religious Leaders Roundtable of the The LGBTQ Task Force. He is a candidate for ordination with Circle Sanctuary. He specializes in event planning, public relations and organizational development based on principles of group identity, sociolinguistics and cross-cultural relations. Drawing on years of experience in ceremonial and ecstatic forms of worship for ritual construction, he specializes in interfaith worship coordination and spiritual retreat planning.
Jacki Smith, owner of Coventry Creations, is internationally known both for her award winning books and her line of intentional candles, oils, and sprays. Her vast studies into ancient teachings inspired her to write Coventry Magic and co-author DIY Akashic Wisdom. Currently she runs her businesses, teaches, consults, while hosting “Keep it Magic Radio”. Visit www.coventrycreations.com or follow her atwww.facebook.com/coventry.creation.
Karen E. Martin
Karen E. Martin, M.Ed. is an author, world traveler, spiritual seeker, and an enthusiastic lover of arts and crafts. Her spiritual practices and interests include shamanism, reiki, paganism, gnosticism, magic, meditation, ecstatic trance, tarot, astrology, dream interpretation, fire scrying, and others.
Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented workshops and led rituals at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, Michigan Pagan Festival, and other venues. www.worksofliterata.org
Rich Wandel, is the High Priest and co-leader of Polyhymnia, a Gardnerian Coven founded in 1993 in New York City. A frequent workshop leader at neo-pagan festivals, he has recently begun to lead a weekly spirituality discussion at a New York City LGBT senior center. President of New York Gay Activists Alliance in the 1970s, he is a well known, activist, historian, and story-teller. Nationally known as an advocate for community history, Rich is the founding archivist of the New York LGBT Community Center’s National History Archive.
Storm Faerywolf is professional author, teacher, artist, poet, warlock, priest, and initiate of the F(a)eri(e) tradition of witchcraft. He has over thirty years experience practicing the magical arts and has been teaching both privately and publicly for more than twenty. He holds the Black Wand of a Master and is the founder of BlueRose, a school and lineage of the Faery tradition, offering classes and community both in-person and online.
He is the author of Betwixt & Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft and The Stars Within the Earth. His work has been featured in magazines, blogs, and podcasts, most notably Modern Witch, where he is currently a co-host.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is co-owner of The Mystic Dream, a spiritual and occult book & supply shop where he offers classes as well as spiritual & magical services. For more information about his classes, books, CD’s or art visit his website at Faerywolf.com.
Trisha Durham, MA, E-RYT 200, Cincinnati Queer Yoga
Trisha has dedicated her life to being a creative mind-body educator. She is an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance and is also a True Body Project Leader teaching mindfulness and body-based movement practices to help people live a more integrated life. Trisha believes yoga is an infinitely healing practice that all types and stripes can benefit from. Trisha has a specific interest in widening the circles of access, fostering diversity, and engaging those not often encountered in the yoga studio. In 2014 Trisha Founded Cincinnati Queer Yoga after experiencing a lack of diversity and safe space within the yoga community. Trisha holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in International Affairs and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati.
Her mission is to help everyone discover their hidden strength that will allow them to move and breathe more comfortably, kindly and confidently. Finding a balance of effort and ease, moving more fully, and taking up space are consistent points of focus with the communities she works with.