Fall Gathering of the Tribes

Columbus Day Weekend
October 9- 13, 2008
Blackwater Campground

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We are pleased to have as our SPECIAL GUESTS at the Fall Gathering
(In alphabetical order)

Ulf Asgardson
Ulf AsgardsonUlf Asgardson, (Wulff to kith and kin), is a child of the deep south and has traveled and lived in most of the extreme southern states. He has studied magic and the occult since late 1989. He found the Runes in 1991, and since that time they have slowly become his sole path. Currently he lives in Jacksonville, FL with his beloved, Song and their magnificent border collie, Possum.

In 2001, he met Freya Aswynn one night at his campsite at his first GOTT. After several hours of runic talk he was told that he should write a book about his new ideas. Not listening, he was injured in a factory in North Carolina in 2003, an incident that left him depressed and unemployed. In anger one day he challenged the runes and gods of the north to give him some vision to prove all the years of study were not in vain.

To his surprise, the runes screamed their answers at him, and in minutes he began to write and franticly draw hundreds of diagrams and pictures. After 9 months, he presented a manuscript to Freya Aswynn at the 2004 Fall GOTT. Not only did she read the work, but she also agreed to foreword the book and to present it to the Troth in summer of 2005 at Trothmoot in Indiana! He is so extremely pleased to return to the place of its birth and begin teaching this new lore to all who will listen.

Rebekah Benner

rebekahRev. Rebekah Benner is an ordained Pagan minister affilated through love and trust with the Unitarian Universalist Churches, lives in Akron, Ohio, and travels to the UU churches of the U.S. and Canada as a guest minister for Sunday services, to lead drumming workshops and rituals. She also presents classes for other churches, schools and universities in Witchcraft and Paganism and facilitates community drum circles.

A Certified Professional Grief Recovery Specialist, she is an on-call Pagan Chaplain for the Akron hospital systems. She has been a ritualist/priestess for 30+ years and specializes in "ritual theatre"; a drummer for over 15 years, she concentrates  in teaching basic djembe, song and chant, and empowering women to DRUM!!! Her many teachers include Ubaka Hill, Layne Redmond and many African Master Drummers, mostly from West Guinea.
Through her company, Terra Amma Grove ~ The Healing Journey, she employs diverse interfaith and cultural techniques ~ voice, drum, gemstones, singing bowls, guided meditation ~ to facilitate healing, find inner peace and bring joy and laughter to the world and creates organic art with "leather, feathers, stones and bones".

Rev. Susan Davis 

Sue 2Sue 1Rev. Susan Davis(Moonsilvered) was born in Galveston, TX in 1955. Her first book, "Magickal Progressions" was released in 2008. She is a former CPA who began formal training in New Forest Tradition in Houston, TX in 1972.  In 1983, with two small children, she retired from active coven management and embarked on a solitary magickal journey that focused much more on various forms of healing with sound and visualization, massage, chakra manipulation,  herbs, trance work and Reiki.  She also began serious work with Elemental Magicks during this time and met her lifemate/HP and fellow healer, Rev. Lawrence Harney. They have been teaching students and traveling together since then.

Rev. Lilith Dorsey BA,MA

Lilith Dorsey Betrayal  CANCELED!

If any other event organizers (or attendees) wish to know why we DO NOT recommend this DISGUSTING NITHING as an event Presenter any longer, feel free to call us.


Mateyo Empie
Mateyo Empie has spent 40 years learning and practicing everything that she could find taught in English and Spanish regarding personal growth, spiritual development, healing, and shamanism, in the U.S., India, and Peru. For the last 15 years she has focused on Peruvian shamanism, including living in the Peruvian Andes at 12,000 feet for months at a time.
When not teaching throughout the United States, she lives in a loft in downtown Ypsilanti, MI, with her husband and numerous house plants. In this world the plant and stone people are her most important advisors.

Rev. Lawrence P. Harney
Rev. Harney was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952.  He practices a Wiccan/Egyptian Tradition, and was career USAF, retiring 1995.  Lawrence is trained in several styles of healing, including techniques learned while stationed in the UK and in Japan.  He is a specialist in accupressure and vibrational healing and a teacher both in person and online. He actively performs a variety of Pagan Ministerial work, including funerals, handfastings, wiccanings and covenings along with lifemate/HPS.

Millie Knox

Millie KnoxMillie Knox is the High Priestess of the Chantry of the Silver Veil an electic teaching coven in Alexandria VA. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and a Shamballa Multidemsional Healing Master Teacher and teaches at her healing center in Alexandria. Millie is an avid student of the Kaballa and follows the discipline of Tantra. She is presently finishing her book, " Summers with Nana," about her initiation into the craft by her grandmother.

Arawn Machia
     Arawn Machia is a healer, Strega high priest and elder, psychotherapist, and spiritual counselor.  He is schooled in ancient magickal practices and modern behavior sciences, and has studied with internationally recognized shaman and psychologists in both the United States and Europe.  _Who's Who in the World_ says Dr. Machia's "noteworthy achievements are of lasting value to humankind." He holds degrees in theology, education, and psychology, and has done post-doctoral work in Princeton.
     Arawn has been a presenter at numerous conferences and has been published in numerous pagan and secular journals.  His own journal, "Dragon Whispers", is distributed throughout the U.S. and Europe.


ER-Medth is an author, healer, teacher, student, and lover of the wise ways.   Nature and Family members have been her mentors.  Companion to all living things, she urges all to become one with the universe. 

Paula Nelson
ChantThis will be Paula's first appearance at the Gathering of the Tribes, and she is coming to help teach us the difference between Real Indians and Faux Indians.  The Pagan community has become a prime feeding ground for Faux Indians and their scams....mainly because most Anglos simply do not know how to tell a fake Indian from a real one.  I didn't ...do you?  There are more than TWO HUNDRED Faux Cherokee "Tribes" ...and only THREE REAL Federally recognized Cherokee Tribes,  the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and the United Keetoowah Band.

Paula is an Enrolled Member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a resident of the Big Cove community. She started her orientation to the Cherokee culture at a very young age as a dancer for the various traditional dancers of the Cherokee communities. She continued throughout her teen years to be involved with cultural events and activities of her people. 

Paula Nelson
At the age of eighteen Paula set out to experience life in the world outside the reservation; traveling to different parts of the United States on the pow-wow circuit and living in Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia. Her travels provided her with an open heart to experience the world through Indian eyes.

She has been a contract performance artist to create original songs in the Cherokee language to serve as language retention tools for schools and families.

Paula’s most recent successes include Project Songbird, a songwriting/composing collaboration in the Cherokee language with the EBCI Kituwah Preservation and Education Program; the recent completion of her first private album called CHANT: Cherokee Hopes and New Traditions; having two of her Cherokee poems accepted for publication; and being chosen by the Chief of The Eastern Band to illustrate a children’s book to promote literacy.  

Oxun Olakari' Al'aye 
     Tyo Llorente: Oxun Olakari' Al'aye is an initiate priestess of Oshun of both  Afro-Cuban Santeria and Palo Mayombe as well as an initiate of Brazilian Condomble. She brings to her present practice a diverse background: clinical and Jungian psychology, shamanic trance and healing work. She has, for the past 15 years, traveled to many countries lecturing and learning, including extensive study while living in Brazil. She is a practitioner of ecstatic dance, a poet and lyricist, Akpetebi' de Orunmila ("Maid of Orunmila"), a practitioner and student of Awo (the ancient Yoruba science of divination). Daughter of Oshun, the river, Mother of Mirrors, through silence and through sound, stillness and movement, introspection and celebration, is the reflection through which the beautiful reveals itself. Ecstasy is a love affair with the divine. Maferefun Orisha.
     Oxun will be offering workshops  about the practices and traditions of Ifa' and Orisha worship as expressed through Yoruba, Afro-Cuba Santeria, and Afro-Brazilian Candomble.  She will explain the qualities and attributes of various Orisha (forces in nature as faces of Deities) and the ways in which the Aleyo (non-initiated worshippers can respectfully and productively work with the Orisha traditions.

Dawn Severson
Dawn Severson is an initiate of ”Ile‘ Oxu‘n“, a traditional house of Santo. She is also initiated in La Regla Obasi and an Espiritista with extensive knowledge of ancestral worship. She was also a High Priestess of a local  Eclectic Pagan group for several years. She resides in Southeastern VA with her husband and her daughter.

“I feel it is a great honor and blessing to have the trust and respect of my Godmother to relate the knowledge and beauty of our religion”

We are adding to our list of Guests regularly so please check back with us for updates!

There will be a Bonfire Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights to drum and dance around, special children's activities throughout the event, and much, much more!

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The Spring and Fall Gathering of the Tribes sponsored by Out of the Dark, Inc. & FCMS Inc., which are held in Virginia are not associated with any other "Gathering of the Tribes" festivals which may be held on occasion in other parts of the country.  Yes, we know there is a small "Gathering of the Tribes" that has stolen copy directly off our website.  We have addressed the issue here 
 if anyone is at all interested.  Hopefully this will answer everyone's questions 'cause quite frankly, we are tired of hearing about it :-/ 

Your opinions and ideas are important to us!! It is how we chose this event's path...  PLEASE take the time to give us your comments regarding this Fall's Gathering, as well as your feelings on where we should concentrate future efforts.
                                                Thank You.... Betsy 

or contact:
Fall Gathering of the Tribes/ FCMS, inc.
c/o Out of the Dark, Inc.
7651 Whispering Pines Trail 
 Windsor, VA   23487