Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trans*/Pagan Events for September 2014

Welcome to this humble exploration of events which may be of interest to people who identify as Trans* and Pagan, radiating from a central point in the San Francisco Bay Area and extending Worldwide. I seek to share about gatherings that help promote awareness and inclusion of the countless genders we humans experience, concentrating on events which reflect Pagan values and practices. If there's something you'd like to see listed here— or an error— please leave your message in the blog comments section. Let's have a wonderful time!

This month: San Francisco, Oakland, Sebastopol, Portland, OR, and Germany!

Maintained by Jaina Bee, a Priest/ess of CAYA Coven, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA, Earth.

Queer/Trans Yoga Series at CounterPULSE
MONDAYS Sept 8, 15, 22, 29; 7-8PM
THURSDAYS Sept 4, 11, 18, 25; 7-8PM
FRIDAYS Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 4:30-5:30PM
CounterPULSE; 80 Turk Street @ Taylor,  San Francisco CA (one block away from Powell BART)
By donation, BYOM (bring your own mat)

Queer/Trans Yoga series at CounterPULSE Underground is designed to be an inclusive space for all bodies or all orientations. Join us for curated playlists, candle lit meditation, and shared practice.

Mondays: Vinyasa Yoga with Nick
Thursdays: Slow Flow/Yin Yoga with Rhani
Fridays: Hatha Yoga with Erin

CounterPULSE is holding weekly donation-based Hatha yoga classes every Friday from 4:30-5:30pm as part of our CounterPULSE Underground programming. Led by Erin McElroy (RYT), classes will be multi-level, and will incorporate anti-oppression frameworks. Based on principles of non-violence, presence, and mindfulness, we’ll warm up your bodies, hearts, and minds, and all that energy that lives in between! Come join us in decolonizing yoga, one morning at a time!
For more information about yoga classes, click here.
Sunday September 14th, 10am to 5pm
Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR

It will be a day of celebrating our diversity in our community. Best part is getting in for Free, yes it is Free to attend. We will of course gladly accept your non-perishable food or toiletry donations to Esther's Pantry, Animal Food for The Pongo Fund, a local non-profit that gives pet food to low income and homeless people so they don't have to give up their pets due to lack of funds, or magical items to send to Soldiers overseas. 

There will be several workshops, lots of vendors, service providers, kids corner and a harvest ritual. For additional fun you can choose to go ride the rides along the midway and/or compete in the day pavilion decorating contest. 

You are welcome to bring a picnic for you and your group. You can even bring a BBQ as long as you take the coals away with you. No alcohol--Oaks Park rules.

Updates will be posted on our Facebook Page as well.

Blessed Be

Paganism for the sake of this event can be broadly defined as earth based and/or poly theistic faiths that are not judeo-christin-islamic-muslim in nature. Just in case you were wondering.

Reclaiming San Francisco Fall Equinox ritual (Mabon)
Saturday 20 September, 1pm
Magic Meadow, Golden Gate Park
by donation

Join us to celebrate the time of balance, the time of harvest and thanks. Please bring food and/or non-alcohol drinks to share at post-ritual feast. Flowers and musical instruments are also welcome. This ritual and site are kid-friendly.
Please bring food and/or non-alcohol drinks to share post-ritual. Flowers and musical instruments are also welcome, as is colorful attire.
Extra card tables (or even bigger?) are always helpful! Please bring one along if you can. 

Transit: BART to Civic Center, transfer to Muni N-Judah train. Take train to Judah and 40th, walk two blocks to park, enter at 41st Ave. Walk two short blocks into park, enter parking lot on right, look for Pagans and/or sign on big tree. (Drivers - enter at 41st and Lincoln, park in lot.) 

North Bay Reclaiming Fall Equinox ritual (Mabon)
Sunday 21 September. Gather 3:30pm, ritual 4pm
Ragle Ranch Park, 500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol CA
$10-$30 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

We are looking forward to our North Bay Equinox gathering. We've planned something quite unique as we have partnered with The Ceres Project in Sebastopol and will be donating the proceeds from the event to their excellent program. 

You can learn more about The Ceres Project by visiting their at
In a nutshell, their mission is to support individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and building a community of caring. 

They Involve young people as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience of the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute. 

They work to educate the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness.
We believe that supporting The Ceres project is in line with the core values of Reclaiming and is an act of activism and compassion we can stand behind. 

This is a clean and sober event, so please, no alcohol or drugs at the ritual space.

 "Sassafras Cypress & Indigo-Black screen images and the [e]motive notion of Freakiness” presented by Vaginal Davis
Friday, Sept 26
Hoerspiel Forum NRW 2014 in Koln (Cologne), Germany
check website for cost

Vaginal Davis is the internationally revered intersexed doyenne of intermedia arts and sciences. She takes public discourse to Dementia 13 levels as she spells out the queer and blatino experience in her own inemitable fashion creating new words out of thin air and crashing bull-in-a-Madame Mau China-Shop style over notions of propriety and reality. Born and braised in the poorest sections of Los Angeles, California Ms. Davis has been living in Berlin Germany since 2006 where she curates and hosts the monthly performative film screening mega event Rising Stars, Falling Stars at Arsenal Instituet fuer Film und Videokunst.  Along with Susanne Sachsse, Marc Siegel and Daniel Hendrickson she has been a part of the Berlin based art kollektiv CHEAP since 2001. Ms. Davis has taught seminars of her spiky brand of performance and live art at The Chicago Art Institute, Harvard, Malmo Art Academy-Lund University,Goethe-Universitaet,Frankfurt am Main and Justus-Liebig Universitaet Giessen.  Her videos, collages paintings and performance installations have been presented at The Tate Modern- London, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Vienna, MoMa-NYC,  The Getty Art Center, Los Angeles and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  In 2009 she was the recipient of the Ethyl Eichelberger /Gesso Foundation Art Prize.
Queer School
Saturday, September 27, 3pm
Oakland, CA

It's autumn and the time of harvest / decay brings us another Queer School meeting!
Emji Spero and Olive Blackburn will lead us through the mulch of our queer dreams.

A Peep into the Exciting Future!

Saturday, Oct 25, 10am-5pm
If The Broom Fits, 8845 SW Commercial St, Tigard, OR (2 blocks from MAX)
$1 entrance donation (that is not a typo)

OWOW is hosting a fundraiser again this fall to help raise money for OWOW in their quest for being able to have a space in town for a Pagan community center. There will be practitioners ranging from Tarot, Runes, Reiki and more. This event raises money for OWOW, the practitioners and we hope showcase an amazing new business in the Tigard area If the Broom Fits.

There will be practitioners on hand, the retail store to shop and some sandwiches and tea available for purchase. This should be a fun day and we can't wait to see everyone there. More details will come soon. We hope you are all staying warm and dry.

As always thank you for your continued support of pagans in our community.
Pagan Activism Conference Online
Nov 22-23, 10am-5:30pm
online! link to video conference will be provided to registrants
Early Bird before Sept 15: Full conference (7 sessions) $80, Sept 15-Oct 31: $90, Oct 31-Nov 22: $100, Or, purchase a ticket to a single session for $20.

The Pantheon Foundation is happy to announce the upcoming Pagan Activism Conference Online (PACO). The Conference will take place on Nov. 22-23, 2014, and will be conducted entirely online using an easy-to-learn video conferencing platform called Zoom 

 There will be 7 sessions over the course of the weekend. Each will be 90-minute panel featuring 4-5 guests offering brief, TED talk-length presentations about tools and valuable information from the heart of their particular areas of experience/expertise, followed by moderated Q & A sessions. There will also be a Keynote address.
Current panelists and moderators include Shauna Aura Knight, John Beckett, Christine Hoff Kraemer, Carolina Amor-Boggs, John Medellin, Rion Roberts, and Amy/Ankhira Swordplow Himes.

The Conference Programming Committee currently consists of Yeshe Rabbit Matthews, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and Dwan McCarthy. A special keynote address, along with the following topics, are already planned:
  • Pagans & Infrastructure: Serving Your Cause Effectively
  • Care & Feeding of Activists
  • Queer-and-Gender Activism
  • Online/Media Activism
  • Activism Among Pagans of Color
  • Consenting Adults: Sexual Ethics in the Pagan Community
  • Know Your Pagan Religious Rights