Friday, June 26, 2015

Dinner at Sizzler June 29, 2015

Are you doing anything Monday night?  You know its going to be too hot to cook, so why not go out to dinner?  Join us for dinner on Monday, June 29th at the Sizzler on Ramsey in Banning, and you can enjoy the air conditioning and a meal you didn't have to cook!  So stop by and say hello and enjoy a great conversation with some of the Touchstone members!

All you have to do is print the flyer and present it when you order and a portion of your total bill gets donated to Touchstone Local Council! So bring your friends and family and we'll see you there!

Monday, June 22, 2015

MerryMeet 2015

I saw a cute cartoon on facebook... “I desperately want to go camping this summer… preferably in a hotel, with a pool and a spa!”  That’s what I’ll be doing in August at MerryMeet! Camping in a hotel in sunny California! Are you going to join us?

Our Leadership Intensive (Thursday, Aug. 13th) is focusing on Wiccan Clergy. We’ll have workshops on real communication, talking about our faith, prison ministry, mandated reporting, CoG’s history, sacred sexuality and even taxes!

While you’re attending Grand Council your covenmates can attend workshops on Quantum Physics and magick, vibrational changes, Cherry Hill Seminary, herbs and oils and even a clay meditation! We’re still adding workshops so check our website for updates (!

Want to do some shopping and support our pagan vendors? Enchanted Crystal will tempt you with treasures for your soul, Unique Keepsakes offers beautiful stained glass pieces, Wonderfully Made has amazing reversible totes, robes and cloaks, DragonMarsh will fill your senses with teas, incenses and oils, and Coyote Tales will offer you ancestral designs in silver and gold!

Your evenings will be filled with ritual and music (so bring your voices and/or instrument)! We’re even having a murder mystery… YOU might be our murderer! I sincerely hope you won’t be our victim!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pagan Inmate Ministries, and Beyond

We are pleased to announce a new workshop has been added to our line-up!   Macha's workshop will be offered on Thursday as part of our programming geared toward Wiccan clergy.  Make sure you check our Workshop Page for updates!

Pagan Inmate Ministries, and Beyond ~ Hosted by M. Macha NightMare
  • Differences among federal and different state jurisdictions and prison systems.
  • Learning about prison culture and working effectively with prison bureaucracies.
  • Of what value is working with inmates? 
  • Who is suited to do it?
  • What training and skills, if any, are desirable for this kind of work?
  • What are the obstacles?
  • Communications among Pagans around the country who are volunteering in prisons.
  • What happens when inmates are returned to the general population?  
  • Are we ready?
  • Q&A

Macha NightMare, Priestess & Witch, is an author, teacher and ritualist with a penchant for collaboration. She is the author of The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over (with Starhawk in 1997), Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online (2001) and Pagan Pride: Honoring the Craft and Culture of Earth and Goddess (2004). 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Workshops for MerryMeet this August

We are searching high and low to offer workshops that empower you, enrich your knowledge, and feed your soul.  While we do not yet know which workshop will be offered on which day, we can assure you that the following workshops will be offered:

Quantum Physics and Magickal Philosophy ~ Hosted by Arnold Kameda
Quantum Physics and Magickal Philosophy is the correlation of the current understanding of of the science of Quantum Physics to the conventional understandings of metaphycis and magickal application. This workshop is rooted in the fundamental belief that magick is not supernatural but rather that magick is purely natural. Everything in nature can be explained in magic and everything in magic can be explained in nature. According to this premise, this workshop will show that Quantum Physics which is a part of nature can thus be explained in magical terms.

Arnold Kameda is an elder and a member of the National Assembly of Solitaries

Listen Like the Ancestors, Speak Like Tomorrow's Witch ~ Hosted by Amber K & Azrael Arynn K

Indigenous peoples had and have ways of listening, talking, understanding, and deciding that are sometimes very different from modern Western styles, keeping community clarity and trust as they made decisions that could mean life or death for the tribe. We have much to learn from them. Explore some of these traditions and discover what techniques could help your coven or Pagan community to bond and thrive.

Then move with us to another perspective, as we examine a modern set of communications techniques called "Crucial Conversations." When you find yourself in a situation where opinions differ radically, emotions run hot, and the stakes are high, how can you make sure that real communication happens? Along with consensus process and Non-Violent Communication, this approach will add resources to your toolkit whether you are a leader, facilitator, or just someone who wants to be heard. 

Amber is the author of True MagickCovencraft, and otherbooks on the Craft and magick including co-writing Candlemas with Azrael K, The Heart of Tarot, and the award-winning RitualCraft. She is also the Executive Director of Ardantane, Dean of the School of Pagan  Leadership. 

Azrael Arynn K is a talented costume designer and ritualist, and a third degree priestess in the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca.  She is also Dean of the School of Sacred Living and is the primary designer of the Ardantane campus.  

Interested in hosting a workshop?  Please let us know!