Good news, everyone! I’m very happy to announce that my programming submission for PantheaCon 2015 was accepted. I’ll be presenting at PCon for the second time next February! This is a very exciting opportunity for me for lots of reasons and I hope that if you’re at the convention that you will consider coming to my session on Sunday at 3:30.
My session is called A Thousand Ways: Exploring Devotional Ritual. It’s a revision of the material I presented last year. With any luck I will have made the material much more approachable than it was last year. Though I still feel very positively about the material I prepared I think I tried to pack too much information into the time available and left some people in the dust because of it. My aim this year is to keep the material engaging for experienced practitioners without entirely alienating newcomers to the path.
As usual, I will be taking a pragmatic approach. I like empowering people with information that can be applied in direct and practical ways. Though the theoretical underpinnings of ritual, devotion, and spirituality are important and certainly interesting to talk about, the practitioner will encounter a great deal of this information on their own simply by putting in the time. Besides, the greater Pagan community is generally more practice-oriented than theory oriented and ritual is very much about the “doing”.
At any rate, I’m very happy to be returning to a convention at which I had a very positive experience. I don’t get to travel as frequently as I’d like to and being away from home in an unfamiliar environment for several days was a major sacrifice. It was worth the effort and I’m more confident about my attendance this year. (That said, I’m dealing with all kinds of emotional reactions to the news that I am, in fact, presenting again! So much self-doubt, you guys!) I love to teach and the opportunity to share in-depth information with such a diverse group of participants is very special to me. I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported my work.
If you’re not going to be at PCon and if you just happen to be near the Salt Lake City area, I’ll be presenting a trial run of the new session sometime in December or January (time/place still to be determined). The workshop will be offered in an open, public space though a small entrance fee may be charged by the site (not by me). I’ll post those details once they’re worked out.