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CMA Samhain - Back to Basics!
by Merideth (merispork)
at August 29th, 2009 (07:27 pm)

CMA Samhain 2009
Back to Basics
Oct 15-18th

We've got some excellent events lined up this festival, from our traditional Ancestral Web to an OTO Mass. Walk the Labyrinth, dance to the drums, move to the rhythm of your heart. Join the kids at Faerie Mound for the family harvest festival or put on your dancing shoes for the Masked Ball. Check out a poetry reading with guest poet Larissa Lee or a lecture with Dr. Stephen Flowers. With our wide variety of workshops, rituals and events, we have a little something for everyone. (see details below).

Registration is open through September 15th:
Adult ticket: $65
Kids 13+: $40
Kids 12 and under: free!
Daypasses: $40

By popular demand, late gateside registration will be available for our members. We also have the work exchange program available

GUEST SPEAKERS
Stephen Edred Flowers - Renouned runologist and proponent of occultism and Germanic mysticism. This native Texas author has over two dozen published books on a wide range of esoteric subjects.
Larissa Lee - Newly published author of "Dark-Hearted: Poetry from the Dark Side of the Heart" will be joining us to discuss poetry's role in spirituality.

BANDS:
Wyrdgrl and Friends - Wyrdgrl is a rich tapestry of tales between myth and perception woven by singer-songwriter Dana Davis.
Ghost of a Rose - An eclectic duo from Houston and veterans of the Ren Fair/Pagan/Celtic circuit .
KatsüK is a mesmerizing emotive musical experience that can silence a room, turn it upside down, and make it sweat. From Folk to Rock to Reggae to Funk to Country to Psychedelia to Tribal Drums and Flutes to a style like no other, KatsüK is a genre chameleon and truly a unique and deeply impact-full musical anomaly.

WORKSHOPS/RITUALS/EVENTS AND SUNDRY
* Stone Soup Potluck - Shadow and Co are putting on a Thursday evening potluck at CMA1. Come on down and bring a dessert or ingredient to contribute (menu to be posted online shortly).
* Open Mic Night (Pagans Got Talent!) - Bring your poem, bring your guitar, bring that really...creative performance art you've been practicing at home. Pagans have got talent and we want to see it! Thursday night before revel fire!
* Lighting of Merchant's Row - Thursday evening, Vendors Row hosts a grand opening. Come on down for snacks, decorations and general activities.
* Rainbow Camp GLBT & Friends Altar Dedication - A celebration of our differences and unity. All are welcome and offering for the weekend or the altar are welcome.
* Safety Ritual - Join the Healers and Guardians as they affirm their commitment to the well-being of our community.
* Ancestral Web - Weaving a Web to honor our Ancestors. The web will be raised off the ground and held up all weekend for those who wish to come by and add their energy and mementos to remember those who have made the journey to the Summerlands.
* Ride the Chaos Dragon - This is a guided meditation linking the participants to a powerful source of cleansing and transformational energy to rid them of a specific undesirable trait, habit, thought pattern, etc.
* Soul Retrieval Workshop - Soul Retrieval is one of the oldest shamanic practices, performed all over the world for tens of thousands of years. This is a guided meditation, from a position of strength, to reclaim the best of what we have buried, and resolve the rest.
* Magic of Menstruation - A workshop and discussion group regarding the cycles of a woman's life and how we as women can use that feminine energy in magickal workings.
* Embracing Your Darkness Through Poetry - Guest Poet Larissa will demonstrate how poetry can help us to connect with our
shadow selves, our Dark Hearts, and how the expression of the ugliest and harshest moments in our lives can become some of the most beautiful art.
* Changing Your Past to Change Your Future - While you cannot change past events, you can alter the way you perceive events, and therefore your emotional reaction to them. This workshop teaches simple techniques to alter our reactions to our history so that our future can be enriched.
* Faery Mound Harvest Festival - Fun, food and games at the Faery Mound. Bobbing for Apples, Costume contests, pinatas and more!
* Danse Macabre Mascarade Ball - Put on your finest and join us at CMA1 for a night to remember! Don't forget your masks!
* Back to Basics w/Circle of the Midnight Rose - CotMR's premiere main ritual at CMA.
* Make Your Own Hula Hoop - Hula master Rowan will be showing you how to make your own custom hoop and maybe teach you a few tricks to boot.
* Crystal 101 - A basic introduction to crystals. After this class, you will be able to identify major crystals and their properties, cleanse them, and charge them with intention.
* Chakra Toning Meditations - Mix light and sound to tone the chakra and explore its characteristics.
* Through the Looking Glass: Combinations - Khandroma, Houston's Premiere Gothic Fusion Belly Dance Troupe, presents Through The Looking Glass: Four Combinations for Gothic Fusion Belly Dance. Using archetypes from Alice in Wonderland/Alice Through The Looking-Glass, we will teach four combinations suitable for intro through intermediate belly dance.
* Hafla - Basically Twisted: A Circus Side Show - the Dancers are putting on a fantastic show at the CMA-1 Big Top!
* The Howling - an intense grieving ritual where you are opened to the core in a spiritually and physically safe space for healing past emotional trauma and pain.
* Ceili - A Celtic music sharing. Come down to share a story, a joke or a song with your community!

More workshops and rituals to come! Check back at CMA-Announce or www.magickal-arts.org for more information!

Remember, online registration closes Sept 15th. Register early, register often!

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