*Ghosti-con 2016

Dates: 
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 to Sun, 13 Mar 2016

Tear of the Cloud Grove, ADF is proud to present:

*Ghosti-con!  The festival of reciprocity.

Registration for rooms and entry with food has closed.  You can still register through here, or at the door for day passes, no food is included.

*Ghosti-con is the first hotel based festival for ADF members.  The idea behind making this a hotel convention is to make it more accessible to all our members, especially those that can't or won't camp for whatever reason.  Our hotel is conviently located near the Albany Airport, and the members of the grove are able to provide shuttle service between the hotel and the bus or train stations if requested.

Hotel Information

Book a Room through us.

Food

How to Vend at *Ghosti-con

Forums for planning your visit and connecting with other con goers

Code of Conduct

We have 2 seperate tracks for our programming:

  • Main track
  • Childrens track focused on our younger members.  *due to no child registrations, there will be no child specific programming.

Ceisiwr Serith is the author of A Book of Pagan Prayer and Deep Ancestors:  Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, among other books and articles.  He has presented papers at academic conferences at UCLA, Berkeley, and Harvard, the last of which was published in...

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Gretchen Persbacker has been a member of ADF since 2000 and is a former senior druid of Tear of the Cloud Grove.  She is also a member of the ADF Artisans Guild.

Gretchen has a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and has been fascinated by the plant kingdom since childhood.  She...

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Niniann has been growing and studying herbs her entire adult life. She became interested in herbal and folk medicine, and inherited her green thumb from her grandmother and great-grandmother. She tends Evenmore Gardens (www.lacassep.byregion.net) in NH where she gives tours of the educational herb... more

Rev. Robb Lewis has been with ADF and a practicing pagan since 1999, and is currently focusing on giving back to the community through various oracular and divinatory practices.

See the full schedule

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:
In this workshop, we walk through several scenarios that question how we create sacred space to honor the Gods. Sometimes, our circumstances involve creating an altar on a fixed or small income or creating a simple set that can travel with you; together, we can discuss and...
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Beginner
Description:

Cernunnos is one of the most popular deities in modern Paganism.  Yet beyond a small number of images and some speculation based on them, few, even among scholars, are aware of the range of evidence regarding him.  This workshop will present this evidence and suggest a new interpretation of this...

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Join us as we celebrate the end of our event as we say thanks to everyone that helped and wish safe and happy returns to your homes.

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

As we journey on our druidic path we choose to honor the kindred in many ways. One of the most personal is honoring them by taking better care of ourselves mentally and physically. A path to wellness is not an easy one but one which is well worth it.

Thoughts and decisions from our minds...

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Reciprocity in ritual translated into actual blessings in our lives. Based on Norse mythological connection finding ways to bring the blessings you need most.

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Intermediate
Description:

Central to the ritual and mythology of the Indo-Europeans was a sacred drink, ranging from the ale of sovereignty and mead of inspiration of northwest Europe to the soma of India.  This workshop will present the evidence from the different Indo-European traditions, speculate on what an original...

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Come and celebrate with us as we honor the land spirits in their time of weakening.  We will also take time to remember A. J. Gooch, and make offerings to the ancestors to ask they accept him as one of their own.  There will also be the elevation of Rev. Robert Lewis to a Senior Priest of ADF.  ...

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Being Pagan in a largely non-pagan world.  A discussion of the challenges that modern day pagans face in a society dominated by Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a look at the changing demographics that may signify more widespread acceptance of paganism and pagan ideas.

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Speaker(s):
Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Will give the nine herb charm in hand outs in English and Norse. I will describe all herbs and there uses along with samples and/or pictures to look at, and why it has a purpose in our lives now.

Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Join us as we do a small ritual to welcome everyone to the event and to pay for a successful and fulfilling experience for everybody.

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Beginner
Description:

So you have questions about the future you want answered?  What about questions of ancestors or deities?  Come to the oracular seidhr and get your chance to ask your questions and get an answer.

General Guidelines:

  • Any question is a fair question to ask, the more sepcific...
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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

The Proto-Indo-Europeans, the ancestors of most of the cultures from Iceland to India, had a powerful and beautiful culture of their own.  This workshop will present what we know of one part of that culture, the religion.  The emphasis will be on its cosmology, with forays into ritual and the...

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Speaker(s):
Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, ancient Indo-European religion was based on reciprocity - do ut des, I give so that you may give. This workshop will examine the concept of reciprocity as well as the evidence for reciprocal relationships between the Gods and the people in ancient writings from...

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

This workshop will focus on those spirits that share our personal hearth and homes with us.  Household spirits were once venerated, respected and at times feared by our Ancestors, but what is it that we as modern Pagans know of them, what types of relationships do we have with them and how...

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Beginner
Description:

Do you have trouble trancing? Not sure if you are trancing? Want to brush up on your trance skills? This workshop is focused on how to get yourself working with trance and will be exercise heavy.

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Experience level:
Beginner
Description:

This will be a discussion on the less wholesome aspects of the plant world.  Amy Stewart's book "Wicked Plants" is the inspiration for this workshop on toxins, poisons, and plants that misbehave.

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Best Western, Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
United States

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