Merry Meet! We invite you to
attend the 47th annual Gatherings of the Tribes.
This Gathering will provide us an
opportunity to express our religious freedom of choice
allowing us to celebrate and honor the
Old Ways of Spirit and Nature.
The 47th anniversary of the Gathering of the Tribes will
again be held at
Cherokee Farms, near LaFayette Georgia, September 25 -
2014 and will again focus
on leadership and building pagan community. We will have Panel Discussions,
Belly Dancing, Music, Workshops, and Presentations.
Gatherings are community affairs
which we hope
will reach out to every Pagan, Heathen and Hopeful Spirit in these areas!!
All Respectful Seekers Welcome!!
Gathering of the Tribes which has been continuously held
since the late 60s has provided
Pagans of the various traditions a
common ground to appreciate the similarities between other paths. The
Gatherings provide us an opportunity to express our
religious freedom of choice and celebrate the Cycles of
share the passion of our beliefs and what is sacred in our life, with others. Our
Bardic and nightly Drum Circles provide a way to celebrate our coming together. We
sing, dance, drum, and feel the vibrations rising from the Earth with each beat of our
hearts. We celebrate and honor the
Old Ways of Spirit and Nature.
We are inviting
some of the same national
leaders we invited in the past,
http://www.dynionmwyn.net/history.html ) as well as current authors and groups to help us determine
what has changed and what has stayed the same in the intervening years. This
will help this conference determine what are the problems of
the New Paganism. To help us identify these problems and solutions, we will
focus on re-linking with Nature, building community, establishing leadership
training, and working with pagan culture across a diversity of traditions
FEDERATION OF PAGANS
Finding and preparing outstanding men and women to build an expansive
network of influential Pagan leaders is what we feel is very important for
our survival as a Pagan Movement. The UFP network
is a Foundation for the Future and we want you to be a part of it.
Therefore, The UFP and Dynion Mwyn
traditions invite you to join the UFP if you are not
already a member and bring your unique point of view to this event.
THE GATHERING OF THE
In 2002, we incorporated the Gathering of the tribes. We did this
because of the host of counterfeit GOTTs that were cropping up and claiming
to be us! We also did it to try to include more Pagan and Earth
Religion groups than just Dynion Mwyn. We are slowly realizing our
goal and will be meeting soon to accept new members.
The 47th Gathering of the Tribes Leadership Conference
will be again asking the
question: “What Do We Need from Our Leaders?” To
address this issue and those issues described below, we will have a
comprehensive Panel Discussion. This will include questions from the Pagan
Community and a discussion of what the average pagan needs from the
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As you know, religious leadership is complicated, especially within a
pagan community that isn’t even in agreement about its collective identity,
its purpose in our greater society, or even if we should classify what we do
Over the years we have gotten the impression that what pagans seem to
want is a co-creative, egalitarian model of group interaction rather than a
model which relies on a single leader. We want our strengths to be put to
good use, we want our fellow coven or grove members to support us as we
support them, and we want to experience our community without the sense that
we are being dictated to.
This is what we want. But, is this what we need?
All leaders usually begin with a vision defined by the following
questions: Who am I going to lead? Where am I going to lead them? Who and
what do I serve?
A leader has to articulate his or her vision. “If I keep it to myself,
I’m not leading anyone.”
A leader has to implement his or her vision. “Talk is cheap – how am I
going to do the work necessary to make the vision a reality?”
This idea of “beginning with a vision” would be better phrased as
“beginning with vision”.
Should the vision of a leader be thought of as more of a quality of
seeing; a refinement of one’s faculties of observation? Perhaps we need our
leaders to see what is happening in our communities and in the lives of
individuals with greater clarity. In this way, their “vision” isn’t a noun.
It isn’t a platform on which they can run for election. Instead, it is a
tool which they can use in order to better understand their brothers and
But then the question is, what do we do when we recognize a specific
need? Is that the moment where leadership begins?
In the Spirituality of Paganism, Leaders are teachers, or at least
possessors of knowledge. They should have put in the time learning about the
nuts and bolts of their practice or tradition but not be so bookish as to be
In the Spirituality of Paganism, Pastoral care should be a primary focus
of religious leadership. If we’re going to work in service to the community,
we should understand how to serve real, human needs.
In the Spirituality of Paganism, Leaders need the skills of compassion
To be clear, there’s value in stepping back and thinking about the
difference between what we want and what we need in all aspects of our life,
but particularly when we’re thinking about the leaders of our covens, our
groves, or our larger Pagan institutions.
Is there a difference between what Pagans want from our leaders and what
we need from them? Have you found it challenging to discern the needs of
your group, or did you have clear vision from the start?
These are some of the questions that need to be addressed at the 47th
Gathering of the Tribes Leadership Conference...would you join with us in
exploring these topics?
The original and authentic Gathering of the
Tribes held it's initial festival in the forests of Northwest Maryland in 1967.
CLICK HERE TO SEE HISTORY
Dynion Mwyn held the Gathering of
the Tribes in Maryland from 1967 to 1970; in Georgia and South Carolina from 1971
to 2009; in Iowa 2010 and 2011.
in Georgia in 2012; and in 2014
we are hosting the Gathering in North West Georgia
at Cherokee Farms.
In March of 1967, Rhuddlwm Gawr and Dynion
Mwyn established "The Gathering of the Tribes" (the first Pagan “Gathering of
the Tribes” festival recorded) in Western Maryland. See
In 1978 Dynion Mwyn held the 12th Annual
"Gathering of the Tribes", with a National Pagan/Wiccan Leadership conference at
Unicoi conference Center near Helen Georgia. It was attended by Ray Buckland,
Margot Adler, Selena Fox, and many other national Pagan leaders. This gathering,
held at the time of the Summer Solstice, brought together Pagans from many paths
and places from all over the United States..
Federation of Pagans was founded June 21, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia by
Rhuddlwm Gawr and Otter G'Zell at The Gathering of the Tribes,
A number of Pagan leaders discussed the possibility of creating a true
federation of Pagan religions which could unite in a common cause rather
than wasting energy in conflict.
These Pagan Leaders believed that it is important that dedicated and
visible public leaders of the International Pagan movement be able to
interact for the betterment of Paganism. Rhuddlwm Gawr (Church of Y
Dynion Mwyn) and Otter G'Zell (Church of All Worlds) decided to make the
necessary investment in time and money to establish such an
Rhuddlwm and Otter contacted over three hundred Pagan Leaders all
over the world and invited them to join as Trustees to help formulate
the precepts which would establish the organizational process. Over one
hundred and twenty Pagan leaders initially responded by becoming
Trustees. These Trustees acknowledged the differences inherent in the
many and diverse Pagan traditions, choosing the motto to be "Unity
Through Diversity." They displayed a great vision of the future by
acknowledging the need for a truly international Pagan federation which
addresses universal issues. (see
In September of 1992, several of the Trustees met in Georgia again at
the Gathering of the Tribes.
Lady Amythyst and Lord Rhuddlwm Gawr were
elected co-facilitators. They helped to ratify the Articles of
Incorporation. Lady Amythyst, Lord Rhuddlwm and Lady Galadriel were
elected as incorporators, and in December of 1992 the Universal
Federation of Pagans was legally incorporated in the State of Georgia.
In 2007 and 2008 we held Gatherings
which hosted Maxine Sanders and
national Pagan Authors.
In 2013, we held
the 46th Annual Gathering of the Tribes which was a resounding success.
2014 will be the continuation of a new
era of Pagan Festivals. We want to invite you to take part in this wonderful
experience. Because of the cost of gasoline may
place constraints on the distance you can travel this year we are holding
the 2014 Fall Gathering of the Tribes in Northeast Georgia. We want to make our unique Gathering available to
as many Pagans as possible. Come join us...become part of the history of the Gathering of the
Sacred Traveling Ashes
A note about the the origin The oldest
Traveling Ashes came from a camp north
of Eldora, Iowa in 1912.
They have traveled all over the world since then. They came back to
Eldora in the early 90's and now
continue to travel
from ceremony to ceremony.
Bring ashes from a
sacred fire from a festival you attended in the past or
any appropriate item which you
wish to add to
the sacred fire at the opening ceremony. We will explain what and
why we are doing this at that time. At the
closing ceremony, all who wishes to take ashes and continue the
tradition at other festivals, will come forward. We
will then extinguish the sacred
fire to close the gathering. You will be given ashes to
take with you to the next Festival or Gathering. This ritual binds
pagans from many paths and generations.
The Tradition of the Purple Ribbon
Gathering of the Tribes, Inc.
founded in 1967 and Incorporated in 2005. Dedicated to providing a place
and time for all Pagan Groups to meet and network.
Universal Federation of Pagans, Inc.
Rhuddlwm Gawr of The Celtic Church of Dynion Mwyn
and Otter G'Zell of Church of All Worlds, dedicated to
providing a sacred space where all pagans can come and worship.
The Celtic Church of Dynion Mwyn, Inc.
the Welsh tradition. Their homepage is at:
Prudence is HPS (for over 40 years) of Amaranth Energies, CEO of Freya's Folk
and the California Utlandr Alliance (since mid-80s), current board member of the
American Vinland Association, Ambassadress of Romuva in the USA, Member of the
European Congress of Ethnic Religions, Elder in Covenant of the Goddess and The
Ring of Troth, Soror Glynda in the OTO and translator of "Demonographia", member
of the Rune Gild, currently lives in and runs Perchtenhof in Antioch, CA.
present two workshops -
"Amber & Jet - the Witches' Jewels"
Heathenism - the Romuva Tradition".
She will also give a 30-40 minute concert.
She is a great addition to our speakers and we will
appreciate her advice and words of wisdom during the Leadership conference.
Thank you Prudence.
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (b. Timothy Zell, November 30, 1942, in
St. Louis, Missouri,
also formerly known as Otter G'Zell) is a co-founder of the
Church of All Worlds,
as well as a writer and speaker on the subject of
He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in
in 1965. In 1967, he received a Doctor of Divinity from Life Science College in
Rolling Meadows, Illinois,
then a teaching certificate from Harris Teacher's College in St. Louis in 1968.
He also attended graduate studies at
Washington University in St. Louis.
Zell is a renowned Wizard and Elder in the worldwide magickal community. In
1962, he co-founded the Church of All Worlds, a Pagan church with a futuristic
vision, and he has been involved in the founding of several other major groups
and alliances. First to apply the terms "Pagan" and "Neo-Pagan" to the newly
emerging Nature Religions of the 1960s, and through his publication of Green Egg
magazine (1968-present), Oberon was instrumental in the coalescence of the
modern Pagan movement. In 1970, he had a profound Vision of the Living Earth
which he published as an early version of "The Gaea Thesis."
Oberon is the primary artist of The Mythic Images Collection, producing
beautiful altar figurines of Gods, Goddesses, and mythological creatures. He is
the author of Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, Companion for the Apprentice
Wizard, Creating Circles & Ceremonies, A Wizard’s Bestiary, and Green Egg
Omelette. He is also the Founder and Headmaster of the online Grey School of
Wizardry. He and his lifemate Morning Glory live in NorCalifia, where Oberon
serves on the Board of the Sonoma County Pagan Network.
Grey School of Wizardry:
Church of All Worlds:
Green Egg magazine:
For more Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberon_Zell-Ravenheart
Tony and Wren Taylor
Tony and Wren do
workshops as a team – they are more interesting as they
play against each other. They will be presenting two
"Introduction to Keltrian
"The Nature of Religion & Deity - Theisms"
We are fortunate that they are available for our Gathering.
Tony Taylor is
one of the co-founders of the Henge of Keltria. He has been a follower of the
Druid Path since the early 1970's. Tony co-authored The Henge of Keltria Book of
Ritual and is Editor-in-Chief of "Keltria: A Journal of Druidism and Celtic
Magick." Tony is in the Ring of the Oak, on the Henge of Keltria Council of
Elders and is the current President of the Henge of Keltria. He lives in Georgia
with his wife and four cats.
Tony has conducted classes & workshops in
Keltrian Druidism & related subjects, utilizing the disciplines of Bard, Seer,
Wren has been active in the NeoPagan community since 1979. She was
initiated into Keltrian Druidism in 1992. Wren also served three consecutive
terms as president of the Henge of Keltria from 1997 to 2003, and then served as
vice-president from 2003 to 2009. She is in the Ring of the Oak and was elected
to the Council of Elders in 2000 and reelected in 2009. In her “spare” time, she
enjoys tending her large collection of houseplants, playing with her four cats
and the company of her beloved husband. She also makes it a point to travel to
remote quarries and dig for elusive gemstones to have cut and set into jewelry.
The Henge of Keltria is a Druid Order and a 501(c)3
nonprofit organization. The mission of the Henge is to create a spiritual tradition, which
is as close to the ancient Druid practices as possible while remaining pertinent to life
in the 21st century. For more information go to: http://www.keltria.org
Rhuddlwm Gawr - Dynion Mwyn - Welsh Tradition
Rhuddlwm Gawr is an author of twenty + books
including The Quest, The Way, The Word, Celtic Crystal Magick
Vol 1 & 2, and A Welsh
Herbal, Rhuddlwm is devoting substantial time and effort to
writing additional books as well as reprinting his existing titles. He is schooled
in ancient Welsh magickal practices, has lectured at conferences, is published in several
journals, and teaches classes in several metaphysical subjects including Survival through
Rhuddlwm Gawr is knowledgeable of
ancient Celtic mystery religions; including Welsh Traditions of
Paganism, Witchcraft and Druidism. He has a AA degree in Electronics from Capital
Engineering Institute, Washington, DC; he has a BLA degree from the University of Georgia
in Environmental Design with a minor in Ecology; and he has a DD (Doctor of Divinity)
He is co-founder of the
Federation of Pagans; Director of the
of Cymry Wiccae; was responsible for incorporating the first Witchcraft Church in
Georgia (Church of Y Tylwyth Teg, Inc.) in 1970s; was responsible for obtaining the
first Group U.S. IRS exemption for a Witchcraft Organization (Association of Cymry Wicca) in 1976; held the first
classes in Witchcraft in Georgia in 1970
SEE HISTORY; was
responsible for a ruling by an administrative judge of the U.S. Post office giving Welsh
Witchcraft a basis in law. See First Pagan Gathering of the Tribes in the United States in
1966-67 SEE ORIGIN.
He has a ninth level initiation from the Welsh
pagan religion of Dynion Mwyn and is an elder
of both Y Tylwyth Teg and Dynion Mwyn. Through living
the teachings of the Ancient Celts he has accomplished many of his life goals and
continually creates new ones. He
presented workshops on Welsh Mysteries since 1966.
Rhuddlwm will be holding
1) Recently discovered Unified field Theory and How
we are all interconnected and can access infinite knowledge.
2) Creating a Non-Profit
Religious Corporation and the Coven; 3) Celtic Crystal Magick;
4) Dragon Power and
Polarity Therapy; 5) The Dynion Mwyn Tradition; and
Reverend Brian Miller
Brian Miller is the High Priest and Co-founder of the Temple of the Sacred Gift-ATC
in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a student of Patsy Tobias, marched with Terry
Riley on Ft. God and has been active in this community locally since the
80's. He is gifted as a channeler, in past-life regressions, hypnosis,
and reading runes. His concentrated efforts on Clergy Ordination has
produced a new approach to "training" in this path, leading not
only to studies in a classroom
setting but an internship
program allowing the Clergy
of this Path to become as well educated as those of any other path.
He is a practitioner of High Magick
and his personal path is eclectic. In
2012 he became a new Sage in the Community.
Several years ago, he co-founded the
Brothers of the SUN Men's festival with Rev. Terry Riley.
is to balance the Path with Male energy
as well as Female.
Here to read about his two workshops "Regional Leadership" and "Mens Mysteries"
Reverend Sonya Miller
Rev. Sonya Miller is the Co-founder and the Highpriestess of the Temple of
the Sacred Gift-ATC. She is the Dean of the Temple training program, and teaches
those who seek and eventually become First degrees (initiations after one year).
She is the Mother of many, the wife of Rev. Brian Miller, and her personal path
is Egyptian. She created her own tradition in
2009 called the Heka tradition and is currently pulling together her BOS to
publish her first book sharing its simple complexity with the public.
She teaches Wicca to the majority of her students and has been
walking this path "after initiation" since 1992.
She teaches one on one to seekers who are interested in her personal Egyptian
path on wiccaseminary.edu, and has created her own publishing company, Heka House
publishing, for those here in the Midsouth who seek to share their wisdom with
others. She will
receive her Croning in the fall of this year. She is a
member of the Midsouth Elders council.
Click Here to
read about her workshops: "Finding and Maintaining Pagan Leaders" and "Egyptian