By David Salisbury and Maria Aquila
Drummers drummed, dancers danced, and the gods of union were called down on the breath of all who attended T. Thorn Coyle's weekend workshop at the DC Pagan Community Center. The three days of events included two workshops. Friday night saw a class on sacred rhythm, Drumming up the Light: Rhythm as an Entry to the Sub-Conscious. While Saturday and Sunday focused on self-possession and aligning the soul with Self-Possession: Activating the "I AM". The participants learned practices such as finding center and circumference, drawing down their "I Am," and sitting with different forms of personal polarity.
T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected author and teacher of the magical and esoteric arts. She tends to visit the mid-Atlantic region of the east coast once or twice a year and most recently taught a weekend workshop called Your Divine Work in Ashton, Maryland last fall.
This past weekend was hosted by the Open Hearth Foundation which runs the DC Pagan Community Center and coordinates its major programming activities. It marked the OHF's first full-weekend teaching event since the Center opened its doors in January. Pagans from all over the DC Metropolitan region and beyond came to visit the Center, some as close as two blocks away to as far away as New York City.
Could bringing in more national teachers be a trend for the Center? If so, what effect will that have on the Center when students from wider areas arrive to seek training from their favorite teacher? As always, PNC-DC will keep you abreast of these new possibilities for our area.