For several years I've been offering workshops at various pagan events and book stores; I've presented at PantheaCon, Heartland, Brushwood Folklore Center, and many others, as well as pagan and occult shops across the United States. These days I can mostly be found in the Pacific Northwest, since school and funding keep me close to home. However, if you would like to have me come present at your event or workshop, here's the booking info!
If you can't make it to any of my workshops in person, I periodically offer free video workshops on Livestream, and you can find archives there or on my YouTube channel.
Introduction to Animal Totemism
One of the most popular magical topics today, animal totems are versatile aids in magic and personal growth. Lupa explains the basics of totemism, including what totems are, how to work with them and how to find your own totem. Additionally, we'll explore three alternative frameworks for working with animal totems: Archetypal, Bioregional, and Correspondences! The complete version includes a guided meditation, so please wear comfortable clothing.
Introduction to Plant and Fungus Totemism
Many people are familiar with animal totems--but what about their plant and fungus counterparts? Here we'll talk about why plant and fungus totems aren't just individual spirits, how these practices and beliefs go well beyond throwing some dried herbs around, how the plants and fungi can help us connect with the land we live on, and much more!
How many totem animal dictionaries can you fit on one shelf? Chances are that no matter how many books on totemism you have, most of them follow the exact same formula, and teach you to rely on someone else's definitions (whether the author intended it or not). However, the best information comes from your interactions with the totem yourself. In this workshops, Lupa shows you how you can create better relationships with totems, including unusual totems such as extinct and domestic totems, and how to write your own personal totem animal dictionary.
The Last Totem Card Deck You'll Ever Need
Totems aren't limited to Big, Impressive North American Birds and Mammals. However, commercial totem animal card decks tend to be primarily limited to these animals, and maybe a few others--which means that if your totem happens to be, say, Kookaburra, the decks won't work. Let Lupa show you how to construct a simple deck of thirty-three cards that can literally get you into contact with any totem animal.
Shamanism for the Postindustrial World
"Shamanism" is a loaded word these days. But what does it really mean? What's the difference between traditional shamanism and neoshamanism? What about core shamanism and plastic shamanism? And why all the different terms? Come learn about how shamanism can be relevant to the postindustrial society we live in, and how we can apply it to our lives without negatively impacting indigenous societies.
Totemic Shapeshifting Dance
Shapeshifting! The word conjures images of werewolves, and shamans changing into animals. We can't physically change ourselves, but we can learn to take on the energy and perception of nonhuman animals for a time through dance. Lupa has been doing intensive shapeshifting dance since 2002, and this workshop deals with what you'll need, how to determine what animal(s) to dance, and how to achieve the right state of mind to shift.
Any animal can be a totem, from Giraffe to Kangaroo to Caribou. But you don't have to have an exotic, far-away animal as your totem--what about those in your own back yard? Bioregional totemism is how we can connect with the Land we live on through the totems of its resident animals. Here you'll learn what a bioregion is and how to identify it, how to find your animal neighbors, how to connect with their totems, and more!
Experimental Animal Magic
Animal magic goes far beyond totem animal dictionaries and familiars that sit and watch you work magic. Join Lupa as she explains the various experiments in animal magic ranging from creating new species on the astral plane to shapeshifting to working with animal parts in a respectful, magical manner.
Skin Spirits: Animal Parts in Spiritual Practice
Do you pick up feathers off the ground? Is part of your ritual garb leather? Do you have sacred jewelry or ritual tools with bones, hides or other remains included? There are spirits in these remains, and they can be worked with both in ritual and everyday practice. Come join Lupa as we discuss the nature of these spirits, the legalities and ethical issues in possessing animal parts, and how you can incorporate feathers, fur and more in your practice in a spiritually sensitive manner.
Rites of Passage
What is a rite of passage? When do you have a rite of passage and how do you have it? How do you recognize them, and how do you deal with the upheaval in your life that can result from them? Must a rite of passage be organized and group-oriented, or can it be sponetaneous and solitary? Lupa explores these questions in this workshop with examples from her own life, with the goal of helping participants recognize the need for, and enact the practice of, these rites in their lives.
Pagans are fond of borrowing cultural items and religious rites from other cultures, particularly Native American tribes. But what impact can this have on the cultures we borrow from? How can we balance respect for other cultures with our own personal growth?
While many pagans feel called to be parents, there are some pagans who choose to remain childfree. In this workshop Lupa will explain how to go beyond the "procreative" slant of many pagan traditions, giving birth to ideas and projects instead of children, and the ecological and time-management benefits of being childfree. This is not a class to bash or complain about pagan parents; rather, it is a resource for childfree pagans, as well as for those curious as to why we made the choices we did.
Training the Wild Dogma: Maintaining Growth in Neopaganism
Every religion goes through its growing pains, and the many religions under the "pagan" umbrella are no exception. As we grow as a community and as individual religious paths, one of the obstacles is that of dogma. We face the potential reality of cultural stagnation, with ostracism of those who "just don't fit in", rigid standards of acceptable beliefs, and all the other things that many pagans dislike about organized religion. I'll discuss some ideas on how to stay flexible through our years of growth, where potential problems are, and why the Devil is the cure for dogma.
White Girl Shamanism
A more personal approach to cultural appropriation, this workshop is based on Lupa's own experience being a white woman from the Midwestern US, trying to create an animistic/shamanic path in a culture that has none. Whether you're in the same boat or not, come find out how she navigated the rapids of cultural appropriation, starting a path from scratch, understanding how her own cultural background affected her beliefs and practices, and how you can approach these and other topics as well.
Every Little Bit Counts: Everyday Environmentalism
Many pagans are environmentalists. But sometimes that label can seem a little daunting, especially in the face of such vast issues as global warming, water pollution, and overflowing landfills. Being an everyday environmentalist, however, is as easy as making the decision to buy one piece of organic produce instead of conventional. This workshop focuses on ways in which you can work environmentalism into your everyday life, both magical and mundane.
The Pagan Publishing Industry
You've got some great ideas and you have friends who tell you that you should write a book. But is that all there is to the pagan writing industry? In this workshop, Lupa offers you her perspectives as an experienced writer for both small and larger pulbishers, as well as doing editing, layout, and more. She'll tell you of the importance of promotion, marketing, and--of course--writing. If you want to get a book published, come to this workshop! Special emphasis on nonfiction.
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