Sacred Space Presenters


The Sacred Space Conference will also have a full slate of presenters. Their featured presenters are:

Robin Fennelly, 

Jason Miller, 

& Diana Paxson

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They will be adding 10-15 additional teachers. For more information go to the Sacred Space website.

Remember this is a joint conference so the presenters from both organizations are in the same schedule grid and there will be only one program book.

BTW Presenters



Aeptha is a teacher, ceremonialist and cosmic mediator who has been a practitioner in esoteric disciplines since the mid- 1980s. Aeptha in ancient Tibet meant, “She who loves the Sun”.  Aeptha’s name was bestowed upon her by her late Master Teacher Shakmah Winddrum.  Shakmah initiated Aeptha into the Solomonic tradition, teaching her both Western and Africian traditions in Philadephia for over seventeen years until Shakmah’s passing. In North Carolina where Aeptha lives she taught and initiated at Light Haven, a contacted mystery school for twenty five years. Her current work includes being the Magus of a Magickal Lodge, teaching, consulting and counseling.  She brings into her work a unique and powerful mixture of esoteric knowledge, ecstatic ceremony and inner level contact. Throughout the years Aeptha has taught at conferences that include Between the Worlds, Sacred Space, PantheaCon and Paganicon. Aeptha has a B.A in Sociology and a Masters in Human Development and Learning.  She lives with her beloved husband Eushahn tucked away in the mountains of Hendersonville, N.C.

Chiron Armand

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Chiron Armand is an artist, writer, and spirit-initiated shamanic healer holding additional initiations in such New World traditions as Haitian Vodou (houngan asogwe), Brazilian Quimbanda, and the Unnamed Path. He is a trained hoodoo root doctor in the Southern Conjure tradition and is the author of Deliverance!: Hoodoo Spells of Uncrossing, Healing, and Protection and Clearing Spaces: Inspirational Techniques to Heal Your Home. Chiron has led workshops and given lectures at festivals, conferences, and other venues across the U.S. and in London. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Ritual Anthropology and Queer Studies from Hampshire College.

Mat Auryn


Mat Auryn is a witch, professional psychic, and occult teacher throughout the New England. He has been drawn to the occult and metaphysical since an early age, reading books on witchcraft at eight years old. He is an initiate of Black Rose Witchcraft, The Cabot-Kent Hermetic Temple, the Temple of Witchcraft, and The Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft.

He runs the blog For Puck’s Sake on Patheos Pagan, has a column on entitled "Extra-Sensory Witchcraft" in Witches & Pagans Magazine, and a column in Horns Magazine. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, podcasts, books and other periodicals. His book, Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation is forthcoming and will be available in February of 2020.

To find out more about him and his work visit

T. Thorn Coyle


A salty-tongued, queer, tattooed mystic, T. Thorn Coyle is an activist, author, and teacher.

Thorn is author of two magical fantasy fiction series ––The Witches of Portland and The Panther Chronicles––and many short stories. She has also written multiple non-fiction books on magical and spiritual practice, including Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists & Other Creatives, Kissing the Limitless, Make Magic of Your Life, and Evolutionary Witchcraft. Thorn’s fiction, poetry, and essays appear in many anthologies, magazines, and collections.

Thorn has taught magical practice in nine countries, on four continents, and in twenty-five states. Their other occupations have been varied, interesting, and numerous. An interloper to the Pacific Northwest, Thorn stalks city streets, writes in cafés, and talks to crows, squirrels, and trees. Pronouns are she/they. Stay tuned for their new project, Lifelong Creative, and keep track of their work on Patreon, social media, or via Thorn's monthly newsletter

Jesse Hathaway Diaz


Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, diviner, artist and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, a priest of Obatalá in the Lucumí orisha tradition, and a Tatá Quimbanda. He is also a member of the experimental theatre group Dzieci, based in New York City. He is the goat-half of, a store specializing in occult art, esoterica and materia magica from many traditions including Traditional Craft and Quimbanda. His blog can be found at  His writings have been published by Scarlet Imprint and by Revelore Press, where he also co-edits the Folk Necromancy in Transmission Series. Along with Dr. Al Cummins, he is a co-host of the Radio Free Golgotha podcast.

Ivo Dominguez Jr


Ivo Domínguez, Jr. has been active in Wicca and the Pagan community since 1978, has been teaching since 1982. Ivo was a founding member, and a past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. He currently serves as one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. His techniques and insights are rooted in a synthesis of traditional metaphysical teachings, modern science, and memories from past lives. 

Ivo has been published in numerous periodicals and is the author of Keys To Perception: A Practical Guide to Psychic Development, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work; Casting Sacred Space: The Core Of All Magickal Work; Spirit Speak: Knowing and Understanding Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Ghosts, Angels, and the Divine; Beneath the Skins. There are several other books in the pipeline as well. 

Tara-Love Maguire


Tara-Love Maguire has been a practicing witch for over 30 years, on a path which has been crookedly influenced by Isobel Gowdie, Marie Laveau, and William S. Burroughs. Growing up as a weird kid in and around the New Jersey Pine Barrens, she found witchcraft within the tales and shadows that dwell there. She co-hosts the podcast, Down at the Crossroads, with her sweetheart, Christopher Orapello, and together, they founded Blacktree Coven- a traditional witchcraft coven which exists in the heart of southern New Jersey. Her first book, Besom, Stang, and Sword co-written with Chris, is available now wherever books are sold from Red Wheel/Weiser Books.

Katrina Messenger 


Katrina Messenger is a poet, priestess, warrior and witch. Katrina is a full time Wiccan mystic and an ordained minister. In 2004, Katrina opened the Reflections Mystery School in order to offer a structured apprenticeship program plus continue to offer quality magickal instruction to the Washington Metro area and to the entire MidAtlantic region. Katrina is a DC native with over fifty years of experience as a grassroots activist and community leader. She has taken on leadership roles in almost every group she has joined, including her election to the state presidency of Maryland NOW and later when she served eighteen months as the acting minister for the Sojourner Truth Congregation of Unitarian Universalists.

Katrina has studied mythology, esoteric sciences and human development for over thirty years. Katrina is a certified Archetypal and Dream Patterning Analyst.  She is the author of Elemental Psychology: Using Jungian Psychology and the Sacred Elements for Spiritual Development, Descent: A Journey for Women, and Dark Beauty. She has published articles in the Assisi Institute Journal, and the Reclaiming Quarterly. She has contributed to the highly successful Twelve Wild Swans, and taught at Reclaiming witch camps from 1997 to 2003. She is an elder in her community and a recognized leader and teacher worldwide.

Thorn Mooney


Thorn Mooney is the high priestess of Foxfire Coven, in the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca. Active in witchcraft and Pagan communities since the late nineties, Thorn takes a scholarly approach to her practice of the Craft. With graduate degrees in religious studies and English literature, Thorn has spent her career teaching religious history, critical theory, literature, and writing to students of all ages, at both the university and grade school level. She is interested in how witchcraft communities construct authenticity, establish boundaries, and interact with other traditions in an increasingly diverse religious landscape, particularly in the American South. She runs a popular YouTube channel and is an active blogger. Her publications include Traditional Wicca: A Seekers Guide and the forthcoming Next Level Witchcraft, with more in the works. Thorn’s work has appeared in Witches & Pagans Magazine, on Patheos Pagan, and in assorted Llewellyn annuals. Visit her at and follow her on Instagram @thornthewitch.

Christopher Orapello


Christopher Orapello is an artist, witch, and animist with a background in western occultism, ceremonial magick, Freemasonry and has been on his journey for over 25 years. He co-hosts the podcast Down at the Crossroads with his partner, Tara-Love Maguire, and is a signature artist with Sacred Source (a leading producer and distributor of ancient deity images in North America). After a growing desire for a more locally-based form of witchcraft, he and Tara founded Blacktree coven in 2014, where they set out to forge a modern approach to Traditional Witchcraft for a new era of praxis. His first book, Besom, Stang, and Sword co-written with Tara, is available now wherever books are sold from Red Wheel/Weiser Books.

Christopher Penczak


Christopher Penczak is the co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft religious nonprofit organization and the creator of the Temple of Witchcraft Mystery School and Seminary education programs. Developed through his extensive work as an award winning author, ritualist and minister, the educational core of the program comes from his six book and CD set Temple of Witchcraft series. After many years independently teaching the program, he worked with the graduates to create a cooperative organization to expand and apply the teachings and serve the greater community with a wide range of ministries. With a current focus on expanding the culture of the Witchcraft community, he co-founded Copper Cauldron, an independent publishing company to support his own vision and that of the Temple of Witchcraft community. Today Christopher continues to teach internationally, write, see private clients, design jewelry and travel to sacred sites with small groups. For more information, please visit and


Sandra Santiago
Sandra Santiago, formerly known as Yaya Nsasi Vence Guerra, comes from a family of seers. She is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman from Chicago. She is a radical educator, activist, and poet. She has been published in Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism (2012) and in Shade of Ritual (2014)  Sandra is  a Santera and Priestess of Obatala. and does integrative light work via Reiki and intuitive divination.  She is a certified Reiki Master and is accredited  by  the World Metaphysical Association and The Accreditation Council of Holistic Healers. Her work can be defined as decolonization therapy. It is a healing process.  She creates a space where wounded spirits and souls from disenfranchised groups can work to recover from historical trauma, racism, and other collective social ills caused by the long-term negative effects of colonization.  Yaya Nsasi provides a holistic approach to healing the mind, body, spirit, and soul with the use of sacred and divine energy.  She provides womb care support, using traditional and integrative ancestral healing practices.

Michael G. Smith


Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and and formally served as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition's New Alexandrian Library.

He is a Priest of both Horus and Bast, and works extensively with the Egyptian deities in his personal practices where he uses a syncretic array of esoteric disciplines from Wicca and the Western magickal and shamanic traditions, and is inspired and sustained by his studies of Astrology, Qabalah, Ritual, and Natural Magick. He was trained as a Water Pourer by Shiverah Stonewater, and since 1995 has led sweat lodge ceremonies at Seelie Court and various pagan events, and is finishing a book on the sweat lodge ceremony from a pagan perspective. He is currently dividing his time between Ancient Egyptian Studies and balancing the Magick, Religion, and Spirituality of Wicca. He has a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Delaware. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religions and its Contemporary Pagan Studies Group. He sits on the Board of several different contemporary pagan/magickal community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Sacred Space Conference, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Seminary.

He lives in southern Delaware where he works, loves, and teaches, and is one of the stewards of Seelie Court, 102 acres of pagan-owned land dedicated to the growth and evolution of the pagan paths.


Jhenah Telyndru
Jhenah Telyndru holds an MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David. The founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Jhenah’s published works include "Avalon Within”, “The Avalonian Oracle”, “Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons”, “The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar and Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing”, as well as the forthcoming “Pagan Portals - Blodeuwedd”. Jhenah teaches four day residential training retreats around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland through Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition for almost three decades, Jhenah has been following a Pagan path since 1986. For more information about Jhenah's work and offerings, please visit her website:

Courtney Weber


Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, and The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might (to be released late 2019). She is a co-host of That Witch Life podcast. Courtney produced and designed Tarot of the Boroughs, a modern tarot deck set in New York City. She has been featured in the New York Times, Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show.  She lives in Oregon with her husband and critters. Visit her online at

Laura Tempest Zakroff


Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. Laura is the author of Weave The Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft, Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels, the co-author of The Witch's Altar, and the editor of The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance. 

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