Pagan Leadership Institute

PLI logo 2019 colorThe Pagan Leadership Institute at PSG includes workshops and training programs especially designed for Pagan ministers, elders, activists, others in leadership roles, and those engaged in leadership training.

Pagan Leadership Institute workshops are taught by trained ministers, elders and ritualists, and are an excellent way to further your development as a Pagan community leader - - whether or not you seek ministerial credentials. 

Want to come to PLI workshops?  Register for PSG 2019 and you can attend!

Pagan Leadership Institute Faculty for 2019:

Rev. Tiffany Andes
Rev. Tiffany Andes

Rev. Charlotte Bear
Rev. Charlotte Bear

Rev. Ana Blechschmidt
Rev. Ana Blechschmidt

Jim Blechschmidt
Jim Blechschmidt

Jake Bradley
Jake Bradley

Brynhildr
Brynhildr

Rev. Chiron
Rev. Chiron

Rev. Harry Dorman
Rev. Harry Dorman

Florence Edwards-Miller
Florence Edwards-Miller

Eldritch
Eldritch

Selena Fox
Rev. Selena Fox

Laura Gonzalez
Laura Gonzalez

Hedgehog
Hedgehog

River Higganbotham
River Higginbotham

Kristoffer Hughes
Kristoffer Hughes

Jasmine
Jasmine

Grace Kirkpatrick
Grace Kirkpatrick

Krystina
Krystina

Becky Munson
Becky Munson

Rev. Casey Pope
Rev. Casey Pope

Juliana Russell
Juliana Russell

Stag
Stag

Anji Wieserman
Anji Wieserman

Derek Wieserman
Derek Wieserman

Rev. Nora Cedarwind Young
Rev. Nora Cedarwind Young

 

Pagan Leadership Institute Courses:

Understanding the Wounds of the Self (PLI) – Rev Tiffany Andes (Denora)
As healers, leaders, and teachers in our communities, it is essential we understand the foundational wounds and trauma we all bear and struggle with as humans. Having a greater understanding of these dynamics allows us to communicate more effectively and to be better at interfacing in our communities. The cornerstones or wounds that we will cover in this workshop will be grief and loss, shame and guilt, and anger – and self-forgiveness of primal wounds we may carry from our past.

Dealing Effectively with Agitated People (PLI) – Jake Bradley
This training covers how behavior might escalate with an agitated person, and how we might use our voice, body, and skills to decelerate stress and agitation, and preserve calm and safety.

Men's Wisdom Sharing: Passing On Life Lessons Learned! (PLI) – Rev. Harry Dorman ("PathWalker")
Embracing the art of men passing on Positive Life Lessons Learned and Practiced, to men younger and less traveled on the road of life. The goal is that of helping mature men learn how to effectively share gained wisdom about key life aspects in order to help younger men be better human beings at any age! Such "key aspects" include-nourishing the inner child; honoring men's feminine aspects; gender equality; unconditional love; honoring sexuality; honoring family; "Power vs Force," and more!

Creating Rituals That Engage and Include Children (PLI) – Florence Edwards-Miller
Many families want to raise their children in their Pagan tradition but most rituals are designed only for adults. When rituals do not consider children’s needs, the result is often that families become alienated from Pagan communities and children grow up disconnected from Pagan faith. We’ll discuss how to adapt typical group rituals to engage children and how to create rituals specifically for families with young children. This workshop is intended for group/event leaders & parents/caregivers.

How to teach Energy Workshops (PLI) – Brynhildr
If you are interested in teaching Energy Therapies in a workshop or in a classroom setting, this workshop is for you. In this workshop we will explore how to teach energy modalities such as Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy, Healing Touch and other healing and distance energy modalities. We will discuss different learning styles and how to make sure everyone in your workshop is learning the material. We will talk about ethics, permission, as well as answer questions on keeping your students engaged.

Facilitating Small Group Ritual (PLI) – Laura Gonzalez
Have you ever been called to hold sacred space for yourself and your community? Would you like to be of service but don’t know where to start? Let’s talk about meeting and greeting your group, creating your own altar, sacred circle, elements, and magickal tools. We will also talk of the importance of acceptance—of diversity and of consent in all activities within sacred space. Priestess Laura will share over 10 years experience facilitating and leading small group rituals in the Chicago area.

Inspect & Adapt: Retrospectives and Healthy Groups (PLI) – Grace Kilpatrick
Giving critical feedback is challenging, and can be hurtful to hear. This workshop will explain the use of “retrospectives” as a non-emotional feedback loop, allowing a group or team to work together to inspect a ritual, event, or experience and then adapt behavior, plans, and processes. The anonymous sharing and emphasis on actionable feedback enables the group to come together and brainstorm a way to move forward as a team.

Using Social Media To Manage Pagan Groups (PLI)– Rev. Casey Pope, Laura Gonzalez, and Rev. River Higginbotham
Social media is an important tool for communication among Pagan leaders. The presenters will share their experiences with using social media for ritual planning, group organization and management, and educational purposes. Google docs, Facebook groups and events, Facebook Live, Meetup, and Zoom will be among the platforms discussed. Please join us for this panel presentation as we discuss how technology can aid your leadership in the Pagan community.

Delving Deep - Doing Shadow Work as a Leader (PLI) – Juliana Russell
Even community leaders have skeletons in their closets! It is important to deal with our shadows so that they do not interfere with our work. This workshop will define “shadow work” and provide a framework to begin the journey through the darkness of our own consciousness. Bring a notebook and writing implement. Tips to avoid pitfalls will be shared too.

Pagan Leaders & Mandated Reporting, Part 1 of 2 (PLI) – Krystina
Pagan leaders have spiritual, emotional, tribal, coven, and community-based responsibilities, but we also have legal ones too. What is mandated reporting? In short, it is the requirement to report any neglect or abuse (physical or sexual) of a child, but it can also apply to the disabled and elderly who cannot care for themselves. This workshop was created to give clergy and other Pagan leaders a working knowledge of what mandated reporting is, how to report, what/when to report, and who to report to.

Pagan Leaders & Mandated Reporting, Part 2 of 2 (PLI) – Krystina
Designed to supplement the part 1 workshop: Mandated Reporting and Pagan Leadership. This workshop will give an in-depth look at individual physical and sexual abuse and neglect allegations and how each one can vary depending on the situation, culture, and/or people involved. We will also discuss suicide and suicidal ideation and how that may or may not be considered abuse or neglect.

CRONES: Old Woman – Granny – Who are they? (PLI) – Rev. Ana Blechschmidt, Anji Wieserman
Old Woman – Granny – Crone: Who are they? This workshop will strive to broaden the understanding of the community at large as to the reality of aging and elderhood in the Pagan community and beyond. We explore the phases of Cronehood, how to recognize them in yourself and others. Embracing this season of life, Crones are an active and essential part of the Pagan experience. This workshop is open to all adults, including young adults.

Sage/old man, Who are they? (PLI) – Jim Blechschmidt, Derek Wieserman, Rev. Harry Dorman ("PathWalker")
The goal of this workshop is to broaden the communities understanding of the meaning of title sage, the transition from adult to Elder as we enter the final stage of our life. We explore who should consider embarking on the transition from adult to sage, and what it means both personally and to the community. The workshop is open to all members of the community 18 years of age and older.

Ritual Leaders... Get thee to the theater!! (PLI) – Hedgehog, Rev. River Higginbotham
Ever been to, or led, a group ritual that just seemed to fall flat? Where no one felt a connection? Ritual leaders and writers, there is a way of incorporating theater into ritual magic that isn't disrespectful or inauthentic. Come learn about voice projection, staging, and (non-magical) intention. See how a well placed pause can help ritual participants connect with you and the ritual. No acting experience required!

Divining the Divine - A Polytheistic System of Engaging with Divinity (PLI) – Kristoffer Hughes
Join Druid Chief, Kristoffer Hughes, on a unique journey into the nature of the Divine, and the Anglesey Druid Order's system of engaging with and understanding the nature of Divinity. This workshop will explore not what the Gods are, but rather who, by means of a powerful yet simple technique developed for and used by the Anglesey Order of Druids. Discover a system that can be transferred and utilized effectively in any tradition.

Sacred Trust: Joy & Theology of Boundaries for Leaders, Part 1 of 2 (PLI) – Becky Munson
Through this workshop you will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy and appropriate boundaries in spiritual teacher/student relationship; the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective teaching; and guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies. Part 1 will focus on Joy and Theology of Boundaries. An optional Part 2 will examine power dynamics and vulnerability.

Sacred Trust: Joy & Theology of Boundaries for Leaders - Part 2 of 2 (PLI) – Becky Munson
Expands on Part 1 by diving deep into power dynamics and vulnerability as they relate to healthy boundaries. You will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy, appropriate boundaries in spiritual teacher/student relationships; the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective teaching; and guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies. Attendance of Part 1 is not required to participate in Part 2.

Elements of a Pagan Liturgy (PLI) – Chiron
Like a story, a good ritual has a beginning, a middle, and an end. This discussion is for ministers, ritualists and those who serve pagan groups by leading rituals on a continuing basis and may want to collaborate on creative ways to bring pagan experiences to our groups. Over a ten-year period I’ve evolved a format for the worship services I lead in serving prison groups and providing pagan worship for military trainees. What creative, lively and fun approaches can we share? Let’s find out together.

How to Do Large Scale Ritual (PLI) – Rev. River Higginbotham, Jasmine, Stag
This interactive workshop explores tools and techniques for large group ritual. We will talk about: planning the process, sharing the plan with participants, describing and guiding the flow of energy, facilitating inclusion and participation for all, and working with time, light, props, and sound. Participants will be invited to try out techniques and share experiences.

Let's Talk About End of Life (PLI) – Rev. Nora Cederwind Young
As members, leaders and teachers in our communities, end of life is a reality. It's a sure thing everyone shares. In American culture, death is out of sight and out of mind, yet more and more people are embracing cultural traditions and many are creating their own. Let's meet and discuss how end of life affects us all, from counseling, to home funerals, to green cemeteries and green burial.

Circle Delegation - 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (PLI) – Eldritch
Over seven days of PWR, thirteen presentations, rituals and activities were provided by Circle Sanctuary Delegates (Selena Fox, Dennis Carpenter, Messina, Sandy Foo, River, Jasmine, Jake, Nate, Eldritch, Jerrie Hildebrand and Genise White). Combined they participated in over 100 different sessions including concerts, presentations, panels and plenary sessions including “The Global Wicca Summit” and “Wicca as a Global Religion”. Join a panel of Circle Sanctuary Delegates discussing Parliament!

Bridging the Generations (PLI) – Eldritch, Stag
This workshop will go against the traditional model and start with a panel of young pagans (17 to 25 in age) looking for answers to questions, concerns, and subjects that are pertinent to their generation. Elders within the community will then be asked to provide answers, opinions, and experiences from a place of respect to the panel. This ongoing discussion may be part of the beginning of a spiritual mentor-ship between older experienced pagan and the latest generation seeking answers.

Creating Bedside Spells (PLI) - Charlotte Bear
Pagans are practitioners of ritual--both public and private.  This workshop looks at how to gather story, find central metaphor, create sigils, build hermetic energy and develop chants that create a personalized ritual for persons who are bed-bound or shut in at home.

 

Ministry Intensive taught by Rev. Selena Fox: EcoRites

This class series is intended for ministers, ministers in training, and others who act within their home communities as teachers and facilitators.  Attendees are encouraged to attend all five classes, as the material builds on prior days' work.  Classes are held 4:45 - 6pm Monday-Friday.

EcoRites 1: Whole Earth Attuning & Communing
Working with divinities, globes, maps, symbols, altars, music, movement, prayers, silent reflections, and guided meditations to connect with and learn from Planet Earth as a dynamic sacred being. Creating and facilitating personal, household, and community Nature honoring ceremonies.

EcoRites 2: EcoMagic for EcoActivism (PLI)
Exploring ways to create chants and rituals to educate and motivate actions on specific environmental issues.  Examining effective approaches for incorporating ecomagic into environmental rallies, protests, and marches.

EcoRites 3: Empowering EcoWorkings Face-to-Face & in CyberSpace (PLI)
Enhancing the impact of in person EcoRituals through live-streaming, podcasting, videos, photography, and writings.  Working with public media and social media to announce, report on, document and discuss EcoRituals.

EcoRites 4: Harmonizing Diversity in Public EcoRituals (PLI)
Designing, organizing, and leading EcoRituals at Earth Day festivals, environmental conferences, international and interfaith gatherings, regional Pagan Pride Days, and other large, public events.  Approaches for converging, welcoming, and harmonizing those of diverse backgrounds and ways of being to enhance understanding and collaboration for a healthier Planet Earth.

EcoRites 5: Summer Solstice Morning Ritual & Circle for Planet Earth
Those taking part in this year’s EcoRites Intensive are invited to experience this PSG Community ritual and if desired, contribute an invocation, short reading, chant, song, or prayer.