PSG 2017 Workshops

Workshop submissions will be accepted through April 1, 2017, and approved workshops will appear on this page starting in the spring.

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"Inward" & "Outward" Activism: Heal the World Within And Around (PLI) - Rev. Pathwalker

Learning to use "Inward" Activism through receiving and directing within, the amazing Power of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! Learning to use "Outward" Activism by projecting Personal Healing Power (UNCONDITIONAL LOVE) out into the world around you, as part of a Healing Web touching family, community, state, nation, and planet!

Intended audience: Adults


Being Vulnerable Transforms Leadership, Part I (PLI) - Rev. Tiffany Andes (Denora)

We will take a look at the content of Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly and apply it to real world ways in which we live out patterns of shame, guilt, and fear in our modern society. By cultivating vulnerability and trust, we can see how the skill sets laid out in this book will help us to be better leaders, teachers, parents, ministers, friends, lovers, and much more.

Intended audience: Adults


A Daily Boost for Your Spirit (PLI) - Rev. Ana Blechschmidt

As leaders, it is essential that we practice self care. In this workshop, we will discuss how to strengthen your own Spirit in every day simple actions/prayers/meditations so you can have the stamina to help those you come to you.

Intended audience: Adults


Daring Greatly: Being Vulnerable Transforms Leadership, Part II (PLI) - Rev.Tiffany Andes (Denora)

In this workshop, we will continue our discussion on Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly. It is helpful if you attended part I, but all are welcome.

Intended audience: Adults


From Theory to Practice: Shapeshifting a Mature Community (PLI) - River Higginbotham & Jasmine

What happens when you take an established community and attempt to re-frame values and group dynamics? All while producing an event for more than 2,000 participants? After engaging in groups and communities where very specific tools created a foundation, we decided to attempt to bring these tools to a 25-year-old organization. How did we do it? What worked? What didn’t? And how can it help you in your community?

Intended audience: Adults


God in the Body: Creating Ecstatic Rituals (PLI) - Jasmine and River Higginbotham

In ecstatic ritual, a point arrives when everything flows - the song sings you, the drum plays you, the rhythm dances you. Energy builds. Magic happens. This magic often comes from carefully crafted steps that lay the foundation for surrender to the Divine. Creating ritual that invites participants to engage, deeply, can be done. Even for public rituals. How do you set it up? How do you create safe space? We’ll work through the steps and do a few experiential exercises.

Intended audience: Adults


Homilies and Pagans (PLI) - Chiron, Circle Minister

We are not into preaching and giving sermons. But homilies, short talks, are often found in Pagan worship, especially when providing background information for the service. This workshop takes up the formal use of homilies as part of worship and outlines some of the basic issues, opportunities, skills, and theoretical basis in rhetoric (which started with Greek Pagans eons ago).

Intended audience: Adults


How to Lead Others in the Resistance Movement (PLI) - Jake Bradley & Nate Metrick

This non-partisan training will review some basics of community organizing and direct action, including a wide array of strategies for effecting change. We will explore how to combat overwhelmedness, apathy, and despair in ourselves and our communities, choose priorities, and take action to raise our voices and "be the change we want to see in the world."

Intended audience: Adults


Intergenerational Event Planning (PLI) - Eric Eldritch, Circle MIT

One of the greatest needs for the country today as a whole, and the Pagan community in specific, is bridging the growing generational gap created by trending technology, cultural drift and lack of cohesion. All Pagan communities have a need for programming and projects for children, millennials, adults and seniors to have an intergenerational experience.

Intended audience: Adults


Managing Crucial Conversations (PLI) - Minerva & Messina

Have you ever been in a conversation and you're not quite sure how it went from good to bad? Do you struggle in conversations on hot button topics or highly emotional subjects? Have you read or been wanting to read Kerry Paterson's book "Crucial Conversations? This class will discuss techniques highlighted in the book and how to apply to daily life. This class will benefit, leaders, group members and individuals.

Intended audience: Adults


Managing Your Social Media Presence (PLI) - Casey Pope

Social media is an important avenue for communication between Pagan leaders and the Nature-based spirituality community. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of engaging in social media in today’s society. How can you best represent yourself and your organization? What is the best way to reach your audience? Together, we will craft a plan to manage the social media agenda for your organization or event.

Intended audience: Adults


Music and Healing: Using Music in Spiritual Care (PLI) - Rev. Tim “Cern” Staker

Music and Healing: Using music in spiritual care to those who are sick and/or hospitalized. Methods to utilize recorded and live music to bring healing and wholeness in ministry to people facing illness.

Intended audience: Adults


Sacred Fool: Responsibilities of a Radicalized Spiritual Practice (PLI - Eric Eldritch, Circle MIT

The Sacred Fool is seen images, stories, folklore and culture (e.g. The Fool of the tarot, the goddess Baubo, the daring Court Jester, etc.). Have you met a Sacred Fool in your lifetime?... in your group? ... in your mirror? Explore essential leadership knowledge, skills and abilities – speaking truth to power; liberating the oppressed; mediating opposition; shifting paradigms; creating synchronicity midst chaos; combining the incompatible; and discovering the profound within the profane.

Intended audience: Adults


Spiritual Care & Counseling: The life of a Hospital Chaplain (PLI) - Michelle Castle

Spiritual Care is a faith based ministry of care offered by religious leaders. It is the act of giving support in times of situational or developmental crises for individuals and communities; providing support, advocacy, and resources for care seekers that is compassionate, empathetic, and empowering. The goal is to help others find and experience meaning, hope, love, comfort, and healing. This discussion will also include information on hospital chaplaincy and it’s benefits for our community.

Intended audience: Adults


Supporting the Griever (PLI) - Rev. Sharon (MoonFeather)

Healing from grief is not easy. Death, divorce, sickness, injury, and destruction are tragedies that people may need support in their grief. It’s often a long and painful process experienced in unique ways; emotional, physical and spiritual. Experts agree the most important factor in healing is the support of other people. Words of comfort are often not as helpful as being willing to offer concrete ways that you can help. Each of us has the skills needed to support a griever, come learn how.

Intended audience: Adults


Using STAR Program in Prison Ministry (PLI) - Rev. Dave Sassman & Regina

The STAR program (S-self T-training A-assessment for R-realization), is an earth based spiritual program based on the chakra system, to help overcome life's challenges through learning about the chakras, and connecting with the divine. Reverend Dave Sassman and Regina initiated the STAR program in 2 prisons in the state of Indiana, starting in February of 2016. This workshop is about the implementation of this program and how you can implement this program in your ministry.

Intended audience: Adults


Virtue and ethics: Beyond the Rede (PLI) - Chiron, Circle Minister

For most Pagans the basic ethical principle is found in the Wiccan Rede. Going beyond that, I will explore a variety of approaches to ethics based on the concept of virtue. Both classical Greek and Roman virtues as well as contemporary Norse virtues will be used as a basis for discussion of ethical decision making. Cases will serve to help people apply the ideas in concrete hypthetical situations.

Intended audience: Adults