Gaia’s Womb Presents: FORBIDDEN
A winter Retreat for Women!
February 28. 29, & March 1, 2020
Dekoven Center Racine, WI
Featuring Byron Ballard
We’re living in remarkable times in which humanity is awakening to realities that for hundreds of years have been hidden or ignored; judged by science and medicine as having no value.
It is often the women who kept the secrets of the Universe alive through their stories, their folk magic, their healing remedies, and their oral traditions.
It is the women who have been the Prophetesses, the Seers, the Priestesses, and the ones who channel the messages of the Divine Feminine.
Join us as we bring together two strong presenters who hold the keys to some of the mystery and the magic that has been FORBIDDEN to us for so long.
There will be a First Blood Ceremony, and a Croning Ritual at this event.
Introducing our presenters -
H. BYRON BALLARD is a WNC native, teacher, folklorist, and guide to help you on your exploration of alternative modes of spirituality, including Appalachian hoodoo. A rootworker and energy consultant; freelance writer and urban farmer; a weaver of words and webs, She is the author of:
Earthworks: Ceremonies in Tower Times
Embracing Willindorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness
Asfidity & Mad-Stones; A Friendly Ramble Through Hillfolks’ Hoodoo,
Staubs & Ditchwater, A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo
Byron comes to us from Asheville, North Carolina. Her website is: https://www.myvillagewitch.com
LAUREN RAINE is an artist whose work has been devoted to the Great Mother for 40 years. She studied sacred mask traditions in Bali, and was inspired to create "contemporary Temple masks" devoted to the many faces of the Sacred Feminine. For 20 years the Masks of the Goddess Project traveled to dancers, storytellers and communities, including Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance, the Glastonbury Goddess Conference, the New College of California, and the Parliament of World Religions. In 2019 the entire Collection and Archives of the Project was exhibited at HerChurch in San Francisco.
Lauren comes to us from Tucson, Arizona.
She is the author of The Masks of the Goddess: Sacred Mask and Sacred Dance. Click the link to leaf through the book online!
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