*Ghosti-Con 2017

Dates: 
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 to Sun, 26 Mar 2017

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

*Ghosti-con!  The festival of reciprocity.

*Ghosti-con is the first hotel based festival for ADF and is open to everyone, not only ADF members.  The idea behind making this a hotel convention is to make it more accessible to everyone, 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.

Our featured guest this year is Archdruid Emeritus Rev. Skip Ellison.

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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.

            My name is Skip Ellison.  I’m currently an Archdruid Emeritus of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF).  I was elected to position of Archdruid in May of 2001, and served until May of 2010, completing my nine years of service in that post.

            I started in the Neopagan movement...

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In this workshop we will be covering the omnipresence of Brigid and how we work with her.

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Offering incense in rituals to honor the gods has a long and ancient history. In this workshop you will learn some of the lore of herbs used in making incense, and everyone will get to participate in blending with intent, and blessing an offertory incense to take home.

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The ADF Constitution states that ADF is dedicated to open, inclusionary, and public ceremonies.  This workshop will explore what it means to be inclusionary in the context of a ritual, with some examples of inclusionary practices as well as discussion to foster a better understanding of what...

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One of the most basic skills anyone that uses trance needs is knowledge of themselves.  We all forget this or overlook it from time to time.  With this workshop we will be discussing why we should forge a relationship with ourselves, discuss ways to do make and maintain this...

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Oracular Seidhr is a Norse ritual where a seer goes into a deep trance and retrieves answers to your questions.  Join us for one of these rituals and get advice from the otherworlds.

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Rituals.....

Some can be simple and some can be complex. Some can be light, some dark and some intense.

They can also be whimiscal, fun and different while still achieving desired results and may be more serious than their appearance. Join in and learn about putting the whimiscal...

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As Druids, we hold the nature spirits in great reverence.  And many of us also hold high regard for a different kind of "spirits".  But how often do we contemplate the relationship between the two?

In her book, "The Drunken Botanist", Amy Stewart explores the world of wine, beer and...

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Everyone has heard about the Brownies, but here is your chance to find out about the other Fairy races of the British Isles. We will explore each of the areas in the Isles, and talk about the races of fairies found in their folklore.

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Feasting and drinking were very important to the IE people. This workshop explores some of the customs associated with IE feasts and holidays. It includes customs for both small and large gatherings.

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We will start the day off with doing a short daily devotional to welcome the sun of the spring into our day and into our lives.

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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.

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

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