*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.
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We have 2 seperate tracks for our programming:
Bonnie Lin Landry has been a member of ADF since 2005 and a practicing Pagan since 2000.
She has been a legally ordained minister since 2009, providing secular and pagan ceremonies to the communities she serves.
Bonnie is currently working on programs and coursework designed to...more
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...more
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...more
Kathleen joined ADF in 2008 and became a member of the clergy in 2012. She’s held a variety of leadership positions in ADF, starting out as a Grove Organizer in 2009, and becoming the coordinator for the Children and Parenting SIG and a DP Reviewer in 2010. Her Protogrove became a Grove later in...more
Niniann has been an herbalist for fifty years, and has had a special relationship with plant spirits since she was a child. She follows the wise woman tradition of healing learned from her grandmother combined with a life of growing herbs, studying folk medicine, and an interest in all the...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. He has also has started to focus on international relations and working on promoting inclusive Heathenry.
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...more
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.
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...more
Reciprocity in ritual translated into actual blessings in our lives. Based on Norse mythological connection finding ways to bring the blessings you need most.
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...more
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. ...more
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.more
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.
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.