$70 for all three days • Register at Eventbrite
Come join the Temple of Witchcraft for TempleHearth, an online weekend of magickal education and experience.
The focus of this weekend is gathering together to share, and will feature presenters and teachers working in the Temple of Witchcraft community, along with special guests.
Some TempleHearth classes will focus on lecture and information and others will guide you through an experience as we work magick together in this modern online age.
Start the weekend Friday evening with Fireside Tales of the Bardic Circle. Saturday and Sunday will be two days of classes on a variety of esoteric topics for the Witch, Magician and Healer. Saturday night we shall celebrate Imbolc, followed by an after-hours social lounge. Classes Sunday culminate in a special community ritual.
TempleHearth: Illumination, Education and Magick
Imbolc Weekend, February 2-4, 2024
Price: $70 (Register at Eventbrite)
Registration closes February 2. Be sure to register no later than February 1.
All proceeds to go to support the Temple of Witchcraft Community Center Fund
TempleHearth Scholarships are available, please inquire here.
Friday, February 2nd
All times are based on Central Standard Time (CST)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fireside Tales of the Bardic Circle
Light a candle, grab a drink and join this opening circle ritual of story, poetry and song to keep the flame in a time of darkness. Listen and share myths, stories, songs or poems that guide your practice and rituals.
Voices are needed to stoke the flame. If you’d like to share, please sign up here to make sure your story can be included. There may also be an opportunity at the end for folks to share spontaneously, if inspired! Works do not have to be original, however, we do ask that you give credit if presenting another person’s work.
Saturday, February 3rd
All times are based on Central Standard Time (CST)
8:45 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome
Welcome, coffee, morning centering and divination hosted by Lindsey, Ashara and Kelley.
9:10 AM – 10:30 AM Workshop: The Grids of the Earth Mother
with Christopher Penczak
The Earth Mother, our planetary being, is a vastly complex deity operating on a multitude of levels. Just as our bodies have sacred proportions, so too does the planet. Just as our bodies have energy centers, so too does the Earth have Earth Chakras and ley lines. Just as our bodies have an aura, the Earth has a mantle of light and memory. Magickal people learn to work with the energy of Earth in the zones local to us and those reverberating with greater forces of the globe to both find and offer healing and harmony as we awaken to a greater planetary consciousness. Understand these patterns and learn to use simple and complex rituals and meditations to bring this healing.
Christopher Penczak is a modern Witch working in the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and community he helped co-found. He is the author of many books, including the award winning Temple of Witchcraft series, The Plant Spirit Familiar, and The Mighty Dead, as well as the co-owner of Copper Cauldron Publishing. His vision is of an evolving Witchcraft culture making magick accessible to all, yet preserving the heart of the mystery. For more information, visit christopherpenczak.com and templeofwitchcraft.org.
10:40 AM – 12:00 PM Workshop: The Magick of Modern Myths
with Debbie Stellhorn and Dawn Costorf
How do you imagine yourself within the story of your life as the narrator and main character? Do you engage with the Witches of “The Craft?” Do you mentor as Giles did in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” Join Dawn Costorf and Debbie Stellhorn in a presentation about using modern myth and archetypes in the form of Witchy and not-so-Witchy TV shows, movies, audio books, and video games to inspire your Magick. The art of the fairy tale harkens back to myths, with humans being drawn to and moved by stories. In the past, bards would travel the countryside to bring stories and inspiration to others. Today, our stories come to us through our televisions and electronic devices. Modern bards have become the actors and playwrights – which in turn move our stories from stage to screen – but just because these stories are “modern” doesn’t mean that you can’t receive wisdom from them. They reflect the folklore and history of the subject while reimagining new ways to engage. In this workshop we will explore how we can be inspired or even receive guidance through these stories, as well as creating rituals and hearing from your Shadow. We will review how you can tell if a story is important to you and how to zero in on the message, which might be a very small part of the story or the overarching theme and how the same story can deliver different messages at different times in your life. We will also touch on music and sound, the implications of the changing Witch archetype, and how to put all these themes together for your own workings and rituals. The workshop will end with a meditation about how to write YOUR story. Please know there will be spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Suspiria 2018, Pyewacket, Angel Heart, As Above So Below, Cobra Kai, MidSommar, Silent Hill, X-men, The Craft, Archive 81, Sandman, Good Omens, Carnival Row, and many, many more!
Debbie Stellhorn is a High Priestess, ordained minister, and board member of the Temple of Witchcraft. She is the Libra Ministry lead minister, works as a Deputy in the Sagittarius Ministry, and is the Temple’s Fundraising Coordinator. She co-teaches classes in the Sagittarius Ministry on the topics of the Mighty Dead and Psychology applied to Magick. She has been a member of the Temple of Witchcraft since 2012 and lives in New Jersey.
Dawn Marie Costorf is a High Priestess and ordained minister of the Temple of Witchcraft. Dawn has been a witch since 1992 and she is a practiced ritualist and teacher. She is one of the Pisces Deputy Ministers and leads some of the Full Moon rituals and Healing Deity rituals. She is an accomplished Tarot reader and works with the Ogham, Witch’s Runes and Oracle Cards for readings and insight. Dawn is a Reiki Master and volunteers with the Virgo ministry to help heal what is needed. Dawn lives in Massachusetts with her family and loves sewing and crafting, delving deep into myth, fairy tales and lore.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Lecture: Yoga of the Heart
with Mur Windtalker
This short class offers a yogic perspective on mental well-being. We’ll discuss the presence and effects of the Three Poisons of Ignorance, Attachment, and Aversion and how they further manifest into Anger, Greed, Pride, Jealousy, and Fear. We then introduce the antidotal steps I use in my private sessions using the acronym PALT: Peace > Acceptance > Love >Tranquility.
Mur Windtalker is a High Priest in the Temple of Witchcraft, with a background in Yoga, Buddhism, and Energy Medicine. He leads classes and workshops on several topics including Meditation, Magick, Energetic Healing, and Spiritual Self-Development, both in his community and internationally.
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Lecture: Journey to the Faery Court
with Steve Kenson
For over a decade, the Temple of Witchcraft has worked with the Faery Court of Queen Aroxana. In this online guided ritual, journey in vision to the Faery Court to seek audience with the Queen and her consort, King Aubrey, work with (or meet) your Faery Guide or Ally, and deepen the connections between Temple and Court.
Steve Kenson (he/him) is Temple co-founder and Gemini Lead Minister. He has worked with the Faery Court since the first TempleFest, helping dedicate the festival to them, leading rituals for the Court’s guidance, introducing the Faery Quest ritual to the festival, and starting the Book of the Faery Court to gather lore about them.
2:50 PM – 3:10 PM Break
3:10 PM – 4:30 PM Workshop: Magickal Gardening – Companions of the Land
with Sam Belyea
Join Sam Belyea, teacher of the Temple’s Magickal Gardening class, to learn what it means to be a steward of the land and how you can partner with the magickal power of collaborative nature. Walk through the power of each zodiac sign and explore how their lessons shape our ability to work in the garden throughout the year. This is an excellent way to redefine your relationship with gardening while deepening your connection to the astrological forces of our solar cycles.
Sam Belyea is an Astrologer and Bodywork practitioner located in Tampa, Florida with extensive experience writing, teaching and speaking on holistic topics. Sam’s work aims to encourage partnership with the natural forces of our world. Having backgrounds in clinical herbalism, yoga, physical therapy and energy work makes Sam’s classes well rounded, while his analogies and to-the-point teaching style both entertain and inspire.
4:40 PM – 5:30 PM Lecture: Sick Witch – Cultivating Magickal Practices for Chronic Illness
with Danielle Dionne
Join Danielle Dionne for a discussion on chronic illness and its impact on spiritual practices. Chronic and invisible illnesses impact over 60% of folks in the United States. Let’s get real about a topic often taboo or overlooked and discuss practical and magickal techniques to aid acceptance of health news and help from others, how to advocate for your needs, explore allies for healing, how to partner with the spirit of your illness, and ways to work with your illness as a spiritual practice.
Danielle Dionne is a psychic medium, witch, herbalist, homesteader, and author of Magickal Mediumship. She is a High Priestess in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition, serving as Scorpio Deputy Minister. Danielle runs Seed and Sickle, an online space where she offers sessions, mentorship, and consultation on death care support. She enjoys connecting with those who, like herself, are magickal practitioners living with chronic illness.
5:30 PM – 6:50 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Imbolc Celebration
with Christopher Penczak and Matooka Moonbear
This year at Templehearth, we gather to warm ourselves by the hearth fire and turn the Wheel of the Year, bringing illumination and inspiration at the midpoint of our online gathering. Join Matooka and Christopher in a visionary ritual to seek out the goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft as the slumbering, dreaming goddess dwelling deep in the caves of the underworld, and allow our light to awaken her for the coming spring. As we dream with her for a time, we call upon the nine ladies of inspiration who attend her in her slumber and keep the cauldron of the underworld warm. If you like, you may wish to set up your own Imbolc altar or simply focus on the Temple altar during the ritual. Our online Imbolc ritual will be held as the midpoint of our TempleHearth festival, but open to anyone who would like to register for just the sabbat ritual.
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM After Hours Lounge
Hosted by Kimberly Vale
Gather Saturday night for an evening of music, conversation, games, and prizes. Grab a libation and come on down to The Lounge with Kimberly Vale.
Sunday, February 4th
All times are based on Central Standard Time (CST)
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Morning Coffee & Check-in
with Lindsey and Ashara
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Lecture: To Forgive, To Forget, or Much Ado About Nothing?
with Karen Ainsworth
In life, we often find ourselves at a crossroads, an unexpected fork in the road that foretells a parting of the ways, sometimes through choice, sometimes not. A breakup with a loved one and many plans gone to waste; an argument or misunderstanding with a close friend or family with no apparent going back; the loss of contact with community when we move home, move cities, move even further away; and through illness or the inevitable loss when someone crosses the veil and yet there’s still so much to be said. For many of us, we walk the Crooked Path of the witch in search of healing, and that healing comes in many forms. We learn to work with energy, with magick, and call on the blessings of the Universe. We forge new friendships and join new communities, seeking fresh opportunities and a sense of belonging. We release and forgive as best we can, trying to forget any memories that cut to the quick, perhaps a memory that to this day evokes sadness,regret, resentment, or anger. And sometimes we look back and think ‘Wow!’ All of this was really much ado about nothing. So why not join me as I invite you to step back in time? Back in time where you can meet with whoever you choose. A time before time, where unspoken words can be said, kindness, love, understanding and compassion offered, explanations shared, and, in the words of Mary Oliver, “when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” It’s said we can heal seven generations forward, seven generations back, and that healing begins with us. Life is too short to live with regret and sorrow, so as the Wheel turns towards Imbolc and we call on the Goddess to stir, let each and every one of us carry forward only love, fondness, appreciation and gratitude into the year ahead. I look forward to seeing you there.
Karen Ainsworth is a Temple HPS and Ordained Minister working within the Sagittarius Ministry as the Assistant Dean of The Mystery School. Based in Lancashire UK, her love of travel and cooking can be found in the series of classes she offers online. Kitchen Witchery and Crafting for the Home is about to run for its third cycle in May of this year. New classes on the horizon for 2024 will see a further element of time travel, visiting sacred sites in Ancient Britain, following in the gentle tracks of Elen of the Ways, and the deeper lines of the Dragons.
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM Workshop: Healing Techniques for Energy Workers
with Amy Dove
As we become more aware of our energy bodies, we can notice disease before it necessarily becomes physical. We know something is “off” even before western medicine can detect anything amiss. This is a real opportunity for healers to take charge of our own health and well-being. In this workshop, centered around Machaelle Small-Write’s Medical Assistance Program, Jonathan Goldman’s theories encompassing vibrational toning practices such as The Humming Effect, and Sri Harold Klemp’s tone HU, we will learn self-healing techniques that work and explore why! We can combine these techniques easily with our own Energy Healing practice, in group shares with other practitioners, use them with our clients, or simply as an immediate treatment for acute injuries. Amy Dove has been using, expanding, experimenting, and teaching these healing techniques for over 5 years in her own Reiki and Sound Healing Practice. The following resource may be helpful for this workshop but is not necessary to participate – The Sound of Soul.
Amy Dove is a High Priestess and Ordained Minister within the Temple of Witchcraft, and an active energy worker and practitioner for the larger community. Amy works as a certified Sound Healer and Reiki Master Teacher, offering both in-person and remote sessions. As part of her practice, she offers personalized meditations and creates custom flower essences and hand-painted affirmation cards for her individual clients. Within the broader community, Amy organizes a variety of women’s activities and other gatherings geared toward the facilitation of connection between head and heart and between humans and the broader community of the Green World. Amy is available for Palm Readings, Handfastings, Wiccanings, Funerals, House Blessings, Pastoral Counseling and Teaching. For more information and for Amy’s contact information, visit her website.
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Lecture: Rest and Peace as Necessities for Liberation
with Lisa Jade
We are often so focused on hustle and grind culture, that we push ourselves in work and home life. This bleeds into our spiritual paths as well, where it is pushing us to be in states of consistent growth. Rest periods are important for our self care and our spiritual growth as well. Through Jade’s professional career and into her spiritual path, she has been allowing gracefulness and ease to shift our ways of doing the Work. Within spaces that are “outside” of the standard set by patriarchy, taking our rest periods as essential to our growth is not just an act of healing but an act of revolution and liberation. This workshop will cover important topics of self care, how to rest, apply pacing techniques to our Craft and more.
Jade is a black woman and modern witchcraft practitioner living in a Historic Black Community on unceded Mi’Kmaqi territory (Nova Scotia). She is a 4th degree Initiate in the Temple of Witchcraft, astrologer, author and land steward. She has been a women’s health RN for 15 years, as well as Lactation Consultant with a particular interest in reproductive justice, abolition of prison systems, aging, and gender affirming care. She is a contributing author to The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance by Laura Tempest Zakroff, Intuitive Witchcraft by Astrea Taylor, and most recently Scorpio Witch by Ivo Dominguez Jr.
2:30 PM – 3:50 PM Workshop: As Within So Without – The Paradox of Grieving and Healing in a Broken World
with Rev. Elsa Elliott, HPs LMHC and Priestess Lori Ouellette
Come and explore the healing of grief through the use of ritual, meditation and ancestor honoring. These practices and ideas put the process of saying goodbye, accepting loss, and processing your feelings into your hands. Throughout the class, we will link these practices to theories about grief. Grief is not limited to the loss of loved ones but also other changes and shifts we experience in life and as a collective culture. Especially at this time, when many of us are experiencing collective and individual grief in many areas of life, these practices can help with different types of loss. As we work with healing practices for ourselves, we help heal the world and restore hope. While it is a universally shared experience, each person’s experience of grief is unique to them. Participants will be offered the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation for personal and collective healing.
Elsa Elliott, HPs, LMHC is a ministerial graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft Mystery School, an ordained minister for the Temple and serves as the Lead Minister of Scorpio. She provides support to souls crossing over with psychopomp/death midwifery, and provides comfort to the bereaved through pastoral counseling support, ritual, and aid in ancestor veneration. She has a strong connection with her own ancestors of blood, milk and vocation which informs her practice. Additionally, she is a healer, funeral celebrant, facilitator of conversations about death, teacher, singer, Internal Family Systems practitioner and enthusiast, and a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Massachusetts.
Lori Ouellette is a 4th degree Initiate and has been a member of the Temple of Witchcraft since 2016. She is a Deputy minister for the Scorpio Ministry and focuses on hospice care, bereavement, pastoral care and ancestor work. She is a psychopomp and has trained as Death Doula. She is a mother, teacher and school administrator of many years, and has been employed as a hospice pastoral care aide and spiritual care coordinator. She also volunteers with Sagittarius Ministry as a mentor in the Mystery School, Connecticut Temple of Witchcraft as a moderator for Templehearth. In her free time, Lori enjoys communing with ancestors and plants spirits in her garden or in the kitchen.
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM – 5:20 PM Lecture: Finding Balance and Flow with the Nine Winds
with Adam Sartwell
The Nine Winds draw upon the lore of the Greeks and British Isles to create a modern system of working with the spirits of the wind. The winds are a perfect teaching for our interactions with the spirit world, since they can’t physically be seen but can be felt. Together we will explore their associations with directions, seasonal rituals, elements, and the rose wind compass, and how to use them in divination, journey, and your own rituals. Learn to call upon and commune with the nine winds and deepen your witchcraft.
Adam Sartwell works as a certified Consulting Hypnotist with certification by the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists and is a professional Tarot reader. He is a co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and the award winning author of Twenty-One Days of Reiki and The Blessing Cord. For more information on his work as a hypnotist and online courses go to Hypno Intuitive. To see more about his work as an author, psychic reader and teacher go to his website.
5:30 PM – 6:50 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM The Vision of the Earth Weavers
with Christopher Penczak
The Angels Who Came to Earth were said to take cords and measure the land, depths and secrets of the Earth to establish the flow of light into the sacred centers. The Faerie beings wove the patterns of fate, the evolutionary laws of the first gardens. They continue to revitalize the land above and the land below. The Ancient Ancestors established the network of sacred temples in all the lands, and tended the light. The divine twins divided the north from the south and the east from the west in weaving the tapestry with the Earth Mother. Follow the lines of song, of dragon fire, of faery flame, and ghosts through the sacred centers of the Earth and learn to weave together the next chapter in the story of the Earth.
- TempleHearth Lectures, workshops and the Community Ritual will be recorded.
- Imbolc, Breaks, and the After Hours Lounge will not be recorded.
- The Zoom room stays opens during breaks and meals.
- Please note, there will be no vendors or readers for this event. Time between the offerings will feature short videos on different aspects of the Temple community, event sponsors, and other community related groups and services.
TempleHearth Scholarships are available, please inquire here.