Entertainment Zone – VanPPD 2017

Pagans are a creative bunch and plan to showcase such unique, amazing talent here in the Entertainment Zone.

Schedule and descriptions for entertainment planned throughout the day on Saturday, September 9, 2017 are as follows:

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Introduction to Middle Eastern Drumming
Presented by Brendan
~ limited number of drums (at least 12) provided for participants

In this session we will introduce you to the different types of drums used in Middle Eastern music, provide an overview of basic Middle Eastern rhythm structure, teach the three basic drum strokes: Doum, Tek and Ka, and practice some basic stroke combinations and simple rhythms.

This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Middle Eastern drums, we will have drums on hand for all attendees to use during the session or you may bring your own, we also encourage you to try the different styles of drums.

C J Jackman Zigante

CJ shall perhaps sing a song or two or read poetic prose to the beat of ancient drums, act the merry host, and introduce the merry band of players, let the entertainment then unfold!! 🙂

Haley Jane

Haley will be playing her guitar and singing for us.

Quean of the Green

Music that connects us to the Earth. http://queanofthegreen.com

Natania Mary Creatrix

Sound and rhythm are ancient embodyments of abstract form. I will be utilizing many different sound currents from all parts of the world to bring a journey into the senses. Will also prayer~form a sacred raven headdress belly dance piece.
With some lightly guided meditative imagery into the underworld we will ground and nurture our bodies with Mother Earth.

Medicine Fox

Medicine Fox is Production Artist, Musician and DJ Shane Wilson. Hailing from the Westcoast of Canada, his music draws inspiration from the ancient shamanic rhythms of Earth’s tribal cultures. As a production artist , Medicine Fox began his career as a listener and a supporter in the studio, collaborating on numerous projects, such as Tulku, Air Ananda, Sacred Ground,the Little Wolf Band and Deciduous and released his own material on several different record labels, including NewEarth, Quantum Digits and UMR. As a musician, instruments such as guitar, synths, flutes, and an eclectic variety of percussion shakers and drums find their way into the hands of Medicine Fox.
From years of deep listening and research, Medicine Fox has collected an extensive palette of unique music from all over the world. Sharing these sonic discoveries as a DJ is a passion and a joy for Medicine Fox, who can be seen at regular gatherings in Vancouver and wherever he is called to around the world, with performances in the lush forests of the great northwest at festivals like Intention, Blessed Coast and OneLove to the great outback of Australia at BurningSeed.

John T. (T*A*M) Gordy

Celtic tunes and singalong songs.

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Activity Zone – VanPPD 2017

The Activity Zone is intended for people of all-ages and is an active place for all kinds of messy, creative shenanigans!

Around the World events often included areas and activities just for the kids, but Vancouver Pagan Pride would love to see our children integrated with adults in activities appropriate for all ages. The young AND the young at heart are encouraged to participate in activities in the Activity Zone.

Schedule and descriptions for activities planned throughout the day on Saturday, September 9, 2017 are as follows:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Fairy Hunt

Back after last year’s successful hunt, the Fey of Trout Lake will be hiding treats throughout the Vancouver Pagan Pride Day event site for everyone to find. There will be lots of goodies and treats to find and watch out for the spacial baskets with notes in them – because notes mean special prizes! Meeting place: the Activites Zone.

Presented by ED

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Essential Oil Sniff Challenge!

Can you recognize (or guess) all 10 essential oils? Prizes for those with a good nose. (We promise to keep to pretty common ones!)

Presented by Violet

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Nature Art

Come and join us for mud painting and painting/printing with natural found materials from the park. All are welcome but this activity is developmentally appropriate for children ages 2-9.

Presented by Cara

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Family Circle Time

Come and join us for a session of pagan/nature friendly songs and stories. All are welcome, but this activity is developmentally appropriate for children ages 2-6.

Presented by Cara

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Sensory games and Nature teas

Come and test your senses with sensory games developed for all ages. We will finish off this activity by tickling our taste buds with some nature teas.

Presented by Cara

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Ritual Zone – VanPPD 2017

At the centre of it all, the Ritual Zone, is dedicated to all kinds of ritual presentations. This space is large and open to accommodate any size of ritual!

It wouldn’t be Pagan Pride without ritual presentations. Each year, Vancouver Pagan Pride opens and closes with ritual in the Ritual Zone.

Schedule and descriptions for rituals planned throughout the day on Saturday, September 9, 2017 are as follows:

10:15 a.m. – Territorial Acknowledgement

Vancouver Pagan Pride would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather and circle today is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

As we start our day of celebration of our community, we would like us all to take a moment to reflect on this and to acknowledge that we bring our beliefs and spirits to this place in concert with those that were here before us and who continue to inhabit this city and land.

Blessed be.

10:20 a.m. – Opening

Join the organizers of Vancouver Pagan Pride Day as we set sacred space and begin the festivities.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Dragon Ritual

Join the Gathering for Life on Earth for a taste of what is in store for the May long weekend. This year the theme is “Dragons and Dragon Lore”. This public ritual will connect participants with water and air dragons to let go of habits that no longer serve us and call in a new way of being.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Connecting with Terra Through Song & Story

This ritual will invite all participants to connect with themselves, each other and the world around us through stories and sung chants acknowledging the four elements, the ancestors, and the goddess and god. Vocal participation is strongly encouraged but not required. Presented by Violet.

TBA – Chanting Circle

Details to come.

5:30 p.m. – Territorial Acknowledgement

Vancouver Pagan Pride would like to acknowledge that the land on which we have gathered and circled today is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

As we end our day of celebration of our community, we would like us all to take a moment to reflect on this and to acknowledge that we bring our beliefs and spirits to this place in concert with those that were here before us and who continue to inhabit this city and land.

Blessed be.

5:35 p.m. – Closing

For the final time of the day, come together as a community to take down the sacred space and give thanks for a wonderful day.

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Workshop Zone – VanPPD 2017

Bring your camp chair or a blanket to sit on – and come learn something new!

The Workshop Zone is located to the side of the event to allow for less noise so that attendees can learn from each workshop instructor.

Schedule and descriptions for workshops planned throughout the day on Saturday, September 9, 2017 are as follows:

Workshop Zone Programme

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Elemental Mantras for Spiritual Alchemy and Magickal Empowerment
Presented by: Dave

Come explore these ancient mantras of the middle east. These powerhouses of mystical energy are one the missing foundations of western magickal practice. Repeated use of these mantras will not only strengthen you magick; they will change the very core of your being.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Qabala for Pagans
Presented by: Violet

Get a brief overview of the Qabala, including a history, structure, philosophy, and magickal usages.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Intuition as the View Finder: Creative Photography from a Magickal Perspective
Presented by: Shane

As any creative will tell you, there is magic in following one’s inspiration – however, learning to listen to one’s inner guide requires practice! This workshop will explore methods and techniques to clear a path from your mind’s eye to your camera lens or smartphone in order to take photos that capture the awe and beauty of both the spiritual and the physical world.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Planetary Mantras for Spiritual Alchemy and Magickal Empowerment
Presented by: Dave

Learn the seven planetary mantras of the ancient Sabians. These powerful mantras draw the highest spiritual essence of the planets into our very being. When properly invoked the mantras will actually change our planetary karma and frequently how we interact with life itself.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Paganism 101
Presented by: Violet

Get a quick overview and introduction to Paganism, including a definition, the difficulty with definitions, the different paths of Paganism, and all with a brief underscoring of history.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Basics of energetic grounding and holding sacred space
Presented by: Nathalie

Learning skills to connect through your feeling senses to the earth or any other healthy energy source. Developing how to replenish ourselves and recognize and interpret energetic information. Experiencing our capacity to hold Healthy Boundaries and to hold Sacred Space for ourselves and others.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. 10 Techniques to take your magick to the next level
Presented by: Dave

Learn 10 magickal techniques from the ancient masters, to take your magick to the next level. Each of these techniques can be easily applied to any of your magickal workings. The results will speak for themselves.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ask a Witch Q & A
Presented by: Violet

Violet, the Abysmal Witch, (who has been practicing her Craft since 1990, primarily works Ecclectic British Traditional Wicca yet has experience with a number of different pagan paths, has a passion for ritual and self development, and loves to teach), will be available and (most likely) happy to answer your (reasonable and respectful) questions about Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, etc. No question is too silly, nor strange, nor crazy so long as the reasonable and respectful aspects are maintained.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Astral travel and Lucid Dreaming
Presented by: Nat Jack

This is basic and practical for any level of dreamer.

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Vendor Feature: Bits & Keys

We are excited to welcome Bits & Keys to VanPPD 2017!

Check out the Bits & Keys vendor booth for one-of-a-kind jewelery handmade from bits and pieces of upcycled and recycled materials, like: old keys, clock pieces, old pocket watches, jewelry, keys chains, coins, single earrings, and tiny porcelain tea sets. Also available will be a collection of sassy and nerdy cross stitches from the talented and lovely ‘Miss Stitched’!

See these unique products for yourself and like their Facebook page!

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Vendor Feature: EO Chakra Products

We are excited to welcome EO Chakra Products to VanPPD 2017!

Stop by the EO Chakra vendor booth to find essential oil chakra mists.

Shop their products on Etsy, and like them on Facebook

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Vendor Feature: Alys’ Wonderland

We are excited to welcome back Alys’ Wonderland to VanPPD on Saturday, September 9th, 2017!

Not often you find designers that embrace people of all-ages, sizes, and orientations – Alys’ Wonderland is the exception!

At Alys’ Wonderland vendor booth, you can find:

    • Steel boned and fashion corsets including underbust, overbust, longline, steampunk and burlesque
    • Custom costumes including movie and TV reproductions, historical and period apparel, steampunk, LARP and cosplay
    • Jewelry and accessories
    • Plus sizes (up to 6x) fetish, Gothic and steam punk wear

Check out their Facebook Page for more product information!

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