The fifth annual Paganicon Midwest Conference will take place March 13-15 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, hosted by Twin Cities Pagan Pride and a host of volunteers to provide an educational and social venue for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Druids, and other folk, craft, indigenous or magickal traditions.
Paganicon, a Pagan conference with workshops, panels, discussions, social space, live music, a ball, vendors and more, will honor two special guests this year:
- Selena Fox — A Pagan priestess, shamanic healer and interfaith minister and author, Selena is senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, which has been serving Pagans worldwide with publications, events, networking, civil rights activism and other services since 1974. A lifelong environmentalist, Selena is founder of Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in southwestern Wisconsin, which includes Circle Cemetery, a national Pagan burial ground that is among the first green cemeteries in the nation. Selena has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is a consultant on nature religion for a variety of institutions, including universities, hospitals and government agencies. Selena hosts a weekly internet radio show, Circle Craft Study, and travels internationally presenting workshops and rituals. Learn more about Selena at www.selenafox.com or www.circlesanctuary.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SelenaFoxUpdates.
- Lupa Greenwolf — A Pagan author, Lupa also is an artist, Eco psychologist and naturalist from Portland, Ore. She has spent her life being utterly captivated by the natural world around her, a fascination that led her to earth-based spiritual paths. She is the author of several books on nature spirituality, including New Paths to Animal Totems: Three Alternative Approaches to Creating Your Own Totemism (Llewellyn 2012) and Plant and Fungus Totems: Connecting With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden (Llewellyn 2014). Learn more about Lupa at www.thegreenwolf.com.
Other highlights of Paganicon will include:
- 2015 Art Show: “The Third Offering: A Sacred Gallery Space” — Local artists will display a variety of visual media including sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry, oil painting, metal, collage and video that showcase Pagan or polytheistic aesthetics.
- An Equinox Ball — “Primal Mysteries” is the theme chosen for this year’s costume ball, featuring as musical guest the Celtic tribal gypsy rock band Tuatha Dea. The sound of this band, described as “pure, primal energy with a Celtic and World twist,” blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non-conventional instruments such as guitar, bass, modern and Native American flutes, Didgeridoo and a myriad of vocal styles. Learn more about Tuatha Dea at www.tuathadea.net.
Twin Cities Pagan Pride is a non-profit organization that educates the general public about earth-reverent faiths, promotes religious tolerance for all faiths and provides a forum for the exploration, comparison, contrast, growth and expansion of diverse spiritual and religious ideas, theories, practices, traditions and views. For more info on Paganicon, visit www.paganicon.org