sects & sexWinterstar 27

February 11-14, 2010 | Atwood Lake Resort

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IVAN STANG is the author and producer of many books, films and radio shows of The Church of the SubGenius. He is credited with founding the Church in 1979, though Stang himself denies this and claims the organization was founded in 1953 by J. R. "Bob" Dobbs. His weekly radio show THE HOUR OF SLACK has been heard on many stations worldwide since 1985. Stang is an accomplished filmmaker and editor. In addition to creating several stop-motion short films with such titles as Reproduction Cycle and Let's Visit the World of the Future, he also edited the feature-length documentary Arise! for the Church of the SubGenius.

WITCH DISCO is a collaborative effort of musicians from diverse backgrounds encompassing classical,blues, rock,and electronica to create a unique aural experience. This collective is spawned from the former Einstein's Secret Orchestra (ESO) carrying on its tradition of psychedelic-tribal-space-trance-rock.

Some call her the Peggy Lee of punk, some call her an intergalactic juggernaut of love, you may call her Phat Man Dee, cosmic jazz chanteuse. Her original tunes pull from her experience in vaudeville and sideshow to create originally classic jazz with just a twist of comedic burlesque. or

AWEN is a Pagan folk duet consisting of Liafal and Ian Corrigan. Liafal, M. Ed, is a Chameleon, an ACE organizer, and a former Senior Druid of Stone Creed Grove. She is a professional educator and a Priestess of the Traditional Craft, past Vice Archdruid for ADF, a past officer of the Ohio local Covenant of the Goddess, and has been a major motivating force behind the Starwood Festival Kids’ Programming for many years. Ian Corrigan has been teaching, learning, singing and playing in the American Neopagan movement since 1976. Beginning by teaching ‘Witchcraft, Magic & the Occult’ for the Kent State University Free School, he has decades of experience in a variety of occult, pagan and magical topics. Having received his 3rd degree initiation in Celtic Traditional Wicca in the early 80s, Ian has led eclectic study groups, a traditional Wiccan coven and a Druid Grove. Beginning with early study of the Western Mystery Tradition, Hermetic Qabalah and the Tarot, Ian has spent over 20 years developing his understanding of Celtic Paganism and the Druid’s way. He became active in Ar nDraiocht Fein in 1990, serving as ADF’s first Chief Liturgist and first elected Vice-Archdruid and as Archdruid for a short time, and is now a fully ordained priest in ADF’s Druidic Order. He is an Elder of Stone Creed Grove, ADF’s oldest congregation, and the primary author and editor of ADF’s Dedicant training program. Ian is the author of The Portal Book: Teachings & Works of Celtic Witchcraft, Sacred Fire, Holy Well: Resources for Celtic Paganism, Grammary, and The Book Of The Dragon: Pagan Ceremonial Magic. He is also a fine singer and performer, as his CD Once Around The Wheel demonstrates. He sings the music of the British Isles, Pagan and magical songs, and things he likes.

ALEX and JOY WEDMEDYK have created EARTH RHYTHM and offer a variety of high-quality handcrafted drums. They facilitate multi-cultural experiential workshops and gatherings designed to allow participants an opportunity to connect with their spirit, and manifest their own vision of life through self-expression. Their path empowers others to awaken the healer within and to carry the message of oneness into their personal life. Through their workshops and teachings they share common truths of all traditions and promote the unity of all things.

JOSEPH ROTHENBERG R.N. holds degrees in Psychology, Political Science, and Nursing. A founding member of ACE and an original organizer of the Starwood Festival and the Winterstar Symposium, he has practiced as a counselor and a registered nurse for over 25 years. He has been working with light/sound meditation enhancement and Biofeedback since 1979. Joe is a Master Mason and line Officer in Heights Lionheart Lodge, 633 F&AM. A member of the steering committee for Heights Families for Equality, he has worked on the successful campaign to create a domestic partners’ registry in Cleveland Heights, and continues to work to preserve it.

WENDY RAPHAEL (fairywendy or wendygirl) has been a professional artist/ painter for over 20 years and a creative thinker her whole life. As one of Ohio's first female sign contractors, she isn't afraid to take chances. (Fine Signs & Designs is celebrating its 20th year in 2010!) She specializes in hand painting and unusual projects. Wendy is known for her extraordinary hairwraps, airbrushed & batiked winged costumes and clever signage at festivals.

ANOMIE has been a nationally certified myofascial trigger point therapist for over 10 years and has been in the health care field for over 25 years. She has an office in Sewickley PA and can often be found at a gathering with her hands or elbows in some ones shoulders. She has also been a member of the Western PA mushroom club for 4 or 5 years now and has a habit of entertaining her friends showing off her mushroom finds, taking folks out into the woods to help people see the huge variety of fruiting bodies that can be found locally at almost any time of the year. She also can be seen cooking up and offering wild mushrooms to friends who are everything from afraid and skeptical to thrilled to be offered a frying pan filled with wild choice delicacies that she just picked an hour ago in the woods.

Mushrooms Yum!

Mushrooms, just because they grow outside doesn't make them "toadstools"

We will look at some pretty common mushrooms that grow in this area. Several are choice edibles if you are VERY VERY sure that you have what you think you have. 

I will have pictures and some handouts, since we are very unlikely to find anything at this time of year. I will bring some dried specimens that I collected last summer. I find wild mushrooms fascinating and it gives me a great motivation to go out into the woods more often. It even makes you happy when it rains!

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

 Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy for neck, shoulder and head pain. Most every one has trigger points in the neck and shoulders  that cause everything from arm aches and pain, "carpal tunnel" and tendonitis to severe debilitating headaches and migraines. Almost every "tension headache" is caused by trigger points in the top of your shoulders. Most of what is diagnosed as carpal tunnel and RSI is also caused by trigger points. By understanding the true CAUSE of the pain, you can usually avoid pain, loss of work and play time, pain meds, injections and unnecessary surgery. Correct the perpetuating factors, stretch, adjust your work area and you can avoid pain, discomfort and huge costs of loss of work days and surgery.


There’s nothing quite like the late-night activities at WinterStar, the perfect indoor festival to break up those long winter months. We’ve set up cottages to host parties of different styles on Friday and Saturday nights. The cabin parties will include:

 The Folk-Rock Cabin

The SpaceJam Cabin - Ron Slabe, Bob Mozik, new ambient video animation by Rev. Ivan Stang

The Drum-Jam Cabin with Dennis & Linda Murphy, and drummers from the WinterStar community.

SATURDAY NIGHT BONFIRE! -- outdoors near the lodge, if weather allows

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