2020 Workshop Presenters
Tchipakkan is an artist, writer, healer, and eclectic pagan/heathen/rustic. I have been worshipping the old gods openly since my teens. I live in NH with 3 adult children (all artists) and a varying assortment of animals. Author of many pagan cookbooks (Divine Cookies), articles, and booklets on history and/of magick. Co-founder of Changing Times-Changing Worlds Conference. I practice and teach RuneValdr and Reiki, Huna healing, herbalism, and divination with runes, palmistry, tarot, numerology, and other systems. Over 40 years in the Society for Creative Anachronism have brought me many friends, and many historically oriented skills, as well as more knowledge of early Anglo-Saxon culture than is conceivably useful. I love to teach useful skills from cooking, sewing, and herb use, to healing and more esoteric activities, as well as discussing everything from science to folklore. When we are living consciously- every act is a prayer.
Doug Jenkins has been practicing Paganism for more than 20 years, with the last 12 years dedicated to formal esoteric study. Doug graduated from the Gryphons Grove two-year shamanic training program and worked with the school as a senior teaching assistant. He has studied with many teachers, including Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Ivo Domínguez, Jr., and Christopher Penczak. He is Priest of Thoth and the Morrigan. In his shamanic healing practice, he works primarily with Aesclepios. Currently, he is studying with Aeptha of Light Haven.
Cael was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area. He took an interest in spiritual subjects early in high school, and his explorations led him from agnosticism, into evangelical Christianity, through an eventual crisis of faith, to where he is now: an animist, an elementalist, and an energy worker.
He is an author, a teacher, a storyteller, one of the co-founders of ShadowGrove, and Speaker for the ShadowGrove Tradition.
His illustrated collection of pagan origin myths and short stories, Tales from the Wilder Forest, was published in April 2014, and his book on meditative practice, Living a Life In Balance, was published in February 2015. His writings have also appeared in Circle Magazine, Thought Notebook, and Corvus Review.
He has been a teacher and ritual leader at Fertile Ground Gathering since its inception in May 2008.
Born and raised in the hills of Central West Virginia, Jake is a didgeridoo playing shaman and massage therapist. He has spent the past eight years navigating a primal spiritual path engineered to blur the lines that separate us from the intangible. He has since made it his mission to help others, whether through his work as a healer, or as a teacher and mentor. It is his hope to encourage deep, meaningful connection for all who are open to it.
Rath has been called a witch by witches, a heathen by heathens, and a druid by druids.
He was once described by a dear friend, "He's a mystic. Which means he see and talks to things, that aren't there. But to be fair, they really are there."
Rath is the High Priest of the Coven of the Black Vulture and Ordained within the Church of the Knotted Ash. He has taught and led public rituals variously within the Northern Virginia pagan community for the past 8 years: Fertile Ground Gathering, Shenandoah Midsummer, Moonfire CUUPS, Sacred Circle Bookshop, Firefly Homecoming, Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, Northern Virginia Pagan Moot, and Hallowed Homecoming Samhain Retreat. He also continues to teach in small group settings.
Stephanie Armagost has been a practicing Pagan since 1995. She is a former Minister of ShadowGrove, and a Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. She has been an empath all her life and learned how to function in the mundane world through study and necessity. She considers herself on a Healer path and practices Reiki at the Master level. She is also a perpetual student and is currently studying with OBOD. She has an MBA in Business Management and she has also studied Law of Attraction, Money Manifestation, Reiki, and Magnified Healing. She loves supporting her Pagan Community and started the Promoting Pagan Prosperity group on Facebook to help her community prosper!
Woven Green is the name of Jim and Ashley Cash, an award-winning singer songwriter husband and wife team with roots in the DC area, who weave their unique blend of pop, rock, folk, world, and new age music with the power and poetry of a modern sage. Having released several albums, four of which have been fully fan funded, their output has garnered multiple awards, most notably winning first prize in Relix Magazines’s Jam off Competition. Their album Into Bloom has received stellar reviews, and has been described as, “thrilling, electrifying, dynamic, and inspirational”, drawing comparisons to some of the greats, including Fleetwood Mac…recalling the best of the singer-songwriter tradition in unexpected beautiful ways.”
Songs from Into Bloom were recently added to a growing number of College and Independent radio stations across the US and Canada and have been licensed for use on major TV networks such as the Discovery Channel and TLC among others.Woven Green are currently touring nationally and internationally, dedicated to effecting positive change through their music. Their lives shows are as passionate, dynamic, and inspiring as their recorded productions, and offer a chance to experience the chemistry and charisma of this talented musical partnership. Also sound and vibrational healers, Woven Green offers a multidimensional shamanic sound experience, using sound as an intentionally activated energetic tool to elevate and realign meditators to a higher and more harmonious frequency. For the 70-minute chakra activation, attendees have the option of laying down or sitting upright, as the multi-instrumentalist sound healer couple weaves the resonant frequencies of each corresponding chakra in root to crown sequence, allowing for energetic clearing and harmonizing of the complete energy system, resulting in a vibratory state that restores resonance in mind, body, and spirit. Woven Green Soundscapes are designed to guide listeners into theta brain wave states, which are proven to help reduce stress, awaken intuition, enhance creativity, and promote an overall expanded state of well-being. Woven Green’s recorded music is available on itunes, spotify, youtube, and other digital music outlets including their website http://www.wovengreenmusic.com
Kathryn White is a Pagan-friendly Artist and Mother. Most of her days involve tinkering with wool: spinning yarn, dyeing fiber, weaving, knitting, or felting. Running her own small business, The Yarnicorn, is her dream job, and sharing her love of all things fiber art brings her almost as much happiness as coffee and puppies.
Robert Ironsong is a member of ShadowGrove. Pulled out of the broom closet in 2014, he was made May King for four years in a row. Then he was pulled into ritual in front of everyone, and people just keep expecting things from him (Rude!). He enjoys opening people's hearts with humor in order to lead them through spiritual experiences. Robert started at FGG by carrying logs in 2014. He keeps getting promoted and he plays along and hopes no one notices. They can't get rid of him now because they keep feeding him. Currently he is on the ritual team as their resident weirdo. His eyebrows only use their outside voice.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., is a traditional Norse practitioner and a specialist in Norse folklore and runes. She has taught at many Pagan events for decades, including Rites of Spring, Feast of Lights, Twilight Covening, Ecumenicon, Changing Times-Changing Worlds ... the list goes on ... and also hosts MithraCon, which focuses on Mithraism and other cults in the Roman Empire. Her books are available at the teachers’ vending table.
Chris Kackley is the Gothi of Elk Ridge Kindred, a small inclusive Heathen community in Western Maryland. After dabbling in most of the standard New Age/Pagan paths, he found a home in Heathenry after some intense experiences. Reclaiming Heathenry in an inclusive and welcoming way has become a focus of Chris' work. Chris is also one of the main musical forces behind Kindred Crow, a pagan folk band that purposefully blends magick and music. In this project he plays guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, and whatever else he is able to get his hands on.
Jenna is a holistic healer, speaker, and musician with an Emmy nomination for ritual music she wrote and performed for a short film. She credits the success of that music to the fact that she pushed herself out of her comfort zone into the "deeper waters" as David Bowie often said. Since going to that scary-yet-exhilarating place within, her music, workshops and rituals have been dedicated to Shadow Work. She is getting a little spooky and she is proud of that fact (and she blames the kick-ass rituals of FGG 2019 for her transformation!)
Jenna has a frightening addiction to sparklies (and now skulls, so she chooses to see that as balance.)
Jenna is known for over dressing and wearing ritual garb to the grocery store.
Jenna pissed off The Morrighan one day and is now Her bitch.
This is her ninth year at Fertile Ground Gathering and she considers y'all her family. She is learning to ask before she hugs.