Summer 2012 Conferences

You’ve studied your tradition, led circles, and volunteered at events. Now you are ready for the next stage of your growth. Gather with other local Pagan leaders and experienced facilitators to share experiences and encounter tools and techniques that help to nourish Pagan community.  How can Pagan groups make a place for themselves in interfaith situations where Pagans are unknown or little-understood? What ethical issues arise from teaching religious and magical material in a classroom environment versus in an intimate working group? How do leaders manage multiple role relationships in a close-knit community? What structures are needed to train new Pagan leaders for a group before volunteer burnout sets in? We will explore these questions and much more in this workshop in advanced leadership skills. The journey of transformation starts on Thursday evening, covering these key leadership topics:

  • Personal Boundaries and Ethical Pagan Leadership
  • Effective Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Passing On Our Traditions – Our Work As Teachers
  • Building the New Pagan Community
  • Our Place in the World of Interfaith

This will be a combination of group discussion, teaching, participatory exercises, and ritual, led by faculty who exemplify the excellence of Cherry Hill Seminary.

Attendees will hold a closing ritual and fire circle on Saturday night, joined by arriving Summerland Spirit festival guests.

“Transforming Our World” earns conference credit towards CHS certificates. Master’s students will receive an announcement about the opportunity to complete additional online coursework to earn intensive credit.


Pre-Summerland Spirit Festival, Wisconsin, July 12-14, 2012
Presenters:  M. Macha NightMare, P & W, and Selina Rifkin, L.M.T., M.S.
Location:  Summerland Spirit Conference Grounds, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
Approximately 90 minutes from Minneapolis, Camper and tenting sites or local hotel.
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Cost: $190, Includes conference registration, catered full brunch and dinner, tenting spaces, power and clean bathhouse.
Register Here (coming soon)
REGISTER  for both Transforming Our World and Summerland Spirit Festival for discount.

Transforming Instructors:

M. Macha NightMare P&W, is an author, teacher and ritualist. She is among the founders of Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft, and an initiate of both Reclaiming and (Anderson) Faery/Feri Tradition. As a Witch at Large, she has circled with Witches of many different traditions as well as with people of other Pagan paths throughout the U.S., in Canada & Brazil. In addition to her own books, Witchcraft and the Web (2001) and Pagan Pride (2004) Macha co-wrote with Starhawk The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (1997), voted #1 advanced Pagan book by PanGaia Magazine. She has contributed to anthologies, periodicals, textbooks, and encyclopedias. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the Marin Interfaith Council, and the Nature Religion Scholars Network, Macha also serves as a national interfaith representative for the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) and on the Advisory Board of the Sacred Dying Foundation. Having spent eight years developing a public ministry program at Cherry Hill Seminary, the first and only seminary serving the Neopagan community, Macha now serves on its Board of Directors. She speaks on behalf of Paganism to news media and academic researchers, and lectures at colleges, universities and seminaries. An all-round Pagan webweaver, she teaches on the “broomstick circuit.” Visit her at

Selina Rifkin, L.M.T., M.S., holds a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, and a Master’s in Nutritition with a focus on traditional foods and the work of Weston A. Price. She is a 1998 graduate of Downeast School of Massage in Maine where she specialized in sports massage. She is licensed as a massage therapist in both Maine and Connecticut, but currently spends most of her time in Connecticut. As a health columnist, Selina’s work has appeared in such publications as Massage Therapy Journal; Her Referral Guide for Complementary Care describes 25 different healing modalities. Since 2008 Selina has been part of the Cherry Hill Seminay staff team, where she serves as Executive Assistant to the Director, web tech and Instructor. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity with Cherry Hill Seminary. Selina recognized she was Pagan in her late teens and has also participated in many circles in several different traditions. Her spirituality is expressed through both her practice as a massage therapist, and as a martial artist, and she enjoys the dynamic tension between the two arts.

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