Main Hall

Runes for Healing

In EGILSAGA the hero uses runes to heal a young woman, but what runes did he use, and how? In this workshop we’ll look at runic healing past and present, with special attention to the use of galdor and bind-runes, and appropriate runes for addressing Covid-19.

Grumpy Old Heathens: Skepticism, Doubt and Faith (And the Lack Thereof):

A round table discussion for atheists, doubters, skeptics, cynics and agnostics. It is said that belief is not required for the practice of Heathenry. Not everyone believes, or wants to believe in the gods and other spiritual entities customarily honored in modern Heathen observances. Some people have lots of questions or can't decide on a regular practice or devotional path. Some are so solitary or unique in their practice that meaningful group ritual is nearly impossible.

Heathen Soul Lore

Winifred will offer an overview and summary of her approach to Heathen soul lore, drawn from her in-depth published and pending articles. Then we’ll lead into a discussion of what it’s like to experience our souls: how to recognize them and their actions in our lives, how we can consciously work with them and promote their growth, strength, and interactions. We’ll also discuss relationships between souls and the Deities, and the connection between souls and “sense of self”.

"The Lore" and You

What we usually call “the lore” is a bewildering mixture of documents from different times and places, written for multiple audiences and various purposes. How can we approach this material without turning into “Edda-thumpers” on the one hand, or dismissing it all as “written by Christians” on the other? Further, much has been written about these ancient sources in the modern day, but how do you tell the difference between legitimate scholarship and deluded piffle? This workshop will provide you with a framework for assessing ancient and modern sources and for using them critically.

UPG in Modern Heathenry

The purpose of this discussion is to contextualize UPG within Modern Heathenry and then have some fun in a roundtable discussion about the various UPGs we have discovered. The first half of the workshop will be a discussion about our overall terms:
- Reconstructionist and Eclectic Branches of Neopaganism
- The Role of Syncretism
- Hard Recon vs Living Religion
- Types of Lore
- Types of UPG

Sigyn, Goddess of Compassion

Her name means ‘Victory Girl-friend’, but Sigyn is so much more than that. We don’t know a lot about Loki’s wife, but what we do know is unique in the Norse Pantheon. She is most famous for holding the bowl for her husband so that the venom from a snake above them does not drip onto Loki’s face. This singular act is why she is called a goddess of loyalty, endurance, and sacrifice. I believe compassion for her Trickster husband should be added to that list. Is Sigyn the Norse Goddess of Compassion? Do we even need one of those?

Anti-Racist Action in Heathen Spaces

What does it mean to be inclusive? How do we make our shared spaces not only safe, but actively dedicated to the work of anti-racism? What can we learn from other anti-racist groups, critical race theory, and our own lived experiences? Come and join this peer-led conversation as we talk about measurable steps we can take in our communities and personal practice.