Presenter Bios

Claire/LuminousClaire / Luminous – Still just me…. Witch, Geek, Freak, Reiki Master Teacher, Grief & Trauma Healing Expert, Priestess, Minister, Counselor, Coach, Healer, Author, MaMa Bear, Cook, Performer, Dreamer, Builder, Druid’s Wife, Cat Mommy, Detroit and Jersey, Music and Mayhem, Above and Below. Blessed Be.Grief & Trauma Healing Circle
Sidhe DancesSidhe Dances is a third degree initiate of the Assembly of The Sacred Wheel and holds a B.A. in Psychology. Sidhe Dances initiated and leads Coven Share within the Assembly Tradition.
She is an animal communicator who helps others communicate with their pets, as well as helping newly rescued animals and assists those working in shelters with rescue cases as needed.
A lifelong student of Astrology Sidhe Dances is an avid crafter of BOS.
Animal Communication
Hugh EckertHugh has been a Pagan for more than thirty-five years; he was at the very first Free Spirit Gathering and has attended almost every one since. He is an eclectic Polytheist and member of the Universal Temple of Spirits, a celebratory and devotional group working in the Global Spirits trance-possessory tradition. He attended Cherry Hill Seminary for several years and earned a Certificate of Continuing Education in Text, Tradition and Interpretation. He writes poetry, reviews books for Witches and Pagans magazine, and reads a lot. A book of his poetry- “The Words Swim, Waiting”- is available on His blog can be found at the Rents – A Ritual for Manannán mac Lir
Irene GlasseIrene Glasse is a Mystic Witch based in Western Maryland. She is President of the Frederick Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, organizing and offering Pagan events, rituals, classes and workshops to a large, vibrant community. She is one of the founders of Blackfeather Mystery School, and co-author of ‘Blackfeather Mystery School:The Magpie Training.’ Irene also performs readings, healings, pastoral counseling services, magickal and ritual work, guided study and more both in person and remotely through her website,
KlytusKlytus has been an intuitive energy worker most of his life, but he got his start with deliberate energy work right here at FSG in 2009. He is a certified in Reiki, and has training in shamanic journey work and soul retrieval. But most of his expertise and expertise is with what he calls “free form energy manipulation.”Energy Works I – Grounding and Shielding

Energy Works II – The Basics and Ethics

Energy Works III – Making Energy Work
Energy Works IV – Energy Healing
Layla KruseLayla is a non-binary eclectic pagan with an emphasis on Hellenic deities and Shadow Work; a member of the pagan folk band Kindred Crow; as well as the owner and creator of Phoenix Engravings.Persephone: History, Myth, and Magic
Mark the DruidMark the Druid has been a practicing pagan since 1996, with a background in Celtic, Wicca and Norse traditions. He has also been a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, & Druids since 2004. His professional background is in the Geosciences at New Jersey City University. He was also president of North Jersey Astronomical Group (2013-2019) and still conducts public astronomy outreach, and also contributes his work to David Levy’s Sharing the Sky Foundation.Astronomy Observing with Mark the Druid
Hal MatroniHal Matroni has been brewing mead, cider and other various alcoholic elixirs for 14 years. I am also a practicing Chaos magician.Playing with reality; A Chaos magician’s guide to Sigil Magick

Intro to mead making
Sundance MeteleskySundance Metelsky is an existential shamanic mystic who has been walking the shamanic path since 1992. She has studied shamanism/shamanic techniques with Rena Yount, Tom Cowan, Nan Moss, David Corbin, Dana Robinson, Adam Davis, Mary Tyrtle Rooker, and with many helping spirits, seen and unseen. She is the founder of the Weather Dancing Circle and the restorer of the Celtic Study Circle. She is a member of the Universal Temple of Spirits, the Sacred Women’s Circle, Sister Dreamers, and the Jung Society of Washington.Her interests include dream and art explorations, deep diving in the psyche, shamanic work with the Spirits of the Land and Weather, and Celtic shamanism. She has a BA in English Literature with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute.Paying the Rents – A Ritual for Manannán mac Lir

12 Step Support Meeting

Journey to the Celtic Otherworld
Scott MohnkernScott Mohnkern—founder of the Modern Heathen and founding member of Potomac Seidr Guild Ondvegisulur—was raised as a Methodist. Since that time he has migrated through various philosophies which ultimately brought him to heathenism, where he has been active for the last 20 years. He currently teaches courses about Heathenism online and in person, and helps run Oracular Seidr rituals. He’s written several books on Northern European topics including the runes, and rituals. He most recently served as coordinator for Free Spirit Gathering Online 2021. His current projects include a book on Northern European philosophy and composing music for an operatic singer to be performed in England in 2022.Morning Blots
Oracular Seidr

Advanced Divination I

Advanced Divination II
Elspeth OdbertGrandmother Elspeth has been conducting workshops on spiritual growth and enrichment since 1991. Ordained by Pete Pathfinder, founder of Aquarian Tabernacle, and certified as a Shamanic Practitioner by the Church of Earth Healing. Elspeth is opinionated and outspoken. She is a great-grandmother, environmentalist, healer, teacher, pastoral counselor, and irrepressible storyteller. As an honored elder in the Neo-Pagan movement, she is a living example of the timeless truths that she teaches. She has published a book, “”Gylantra’s Journey,”” two spoken word CD’s, “”Out of the Forest,”” (a series of trance journeys) and “”Gylantra’s Legacy”” (an audio book). She is an experienced Tarot Consultant and Counselor. She has been a part of FSG since the very first one, missing only a few years.
Grandmother Turtle’s Wisdom Tales
Ben SchenkmanHobbit, leader and MC of the fire performance troupe HVBRIS, has been attending FSG for 20 years. HVBRIS has been performing along the east coast for the past 10 years, and he wants to share his questionable expertise with you!Run Away with the Circus

Tom SwissTom Swiss describes his spiritual path as “”Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian””, which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. He is the author of the books “”Why Buddha Touched the Earth”” and “”Punk Magick”” and blogs as “”The Zen Pagan”” on Patheos Pagan. He has previously served as President of the Free Spirit Alliance.
Tom has built a reputation as a lecturer on subjects spanning the gamut from acupressure to Zen and from self-defense to sexuality, drawing on his training and experience as an massage and Asian Bodywork therapist, a karate instructor, a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher and spiritual explorer, and a professional computer geek.
Find out more about his wacky adventures at
Punk Magic

Feelign Good with Acupressure and Shiatsu

James WelchJames Welch is one of the artisan-owners of WizardsTower, supplier of ritual garments and custom wands for mid-level and advanced magickal practitioners. He is a writer, teacher and community elder. In his personal practice, Jim combines elements of both the Celtic and Norse traditions, following the Dragon Path. He began designing garments and bags 40 years ago and has used this skill to serve the ritual needs of the Pagan community for over 16 years. Currently, he offers workshops about the magickal properties of color and woods/trees.He is working on a workshop about the Muses. He can be reached through the WizardsTower website, Magickal Properties of Color: Your Personal Colors

Reconnecting with the Muses: A Workshop for Creatives

Amara WileyProsperity for Pagans

Perfect Health – Healing Your Body at the Cellular Level

Sacred Parenting