Diana L. Paxson
Diana L. Paxson has been a practicing priestess since 1982 with experience in several traditions, but she is best-known as an Elder in Troth, an organization dedicated to the reconstruction of the old Germanic religions, whose journal, Idunna, she edits. She pioneered the recovery of "high-seat" seidh, the oracular tradition of ancient Scandinavia, leads a Heathen kindred in Berkeley, and teaches classes on trance-work, the Runes and Old Norse lore. She is a frequent presenter at pagan conferences and festivals.
Paxson is also the author of numerous short stories and novels on legendary themes, including the Wodan’s Children trilogy about the Siegfried legend, and non-fiction such as Taking up the Runes, Essential Asatru, The Way of the Oracle, and Odin, Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic. Her next book will be Carrying a Torch for Liberty, a book on political magic.
Mama Gina is a singer/songwriter, fearless storyteller, and wanderlust. With down-to-earth, bluesy vocals, a bit of humor, and straight-ahead, rhythmic, acoustic guitar, djembe and frame drum, she tells the true stories that fall into her head and heart. She sings of our responsibility to nurture both the mundane and the Divine.
You'll also meet Nine Toes the Bard, a 15th century Welsh lass who once dealt with a Dragon. She now travels the world, singing tales of love and battle, Pirates and Vikings, damsels and elves, trolls and that wicked Dragon that left her one digit shy. And you'll encounter the intra-galactic Bard, Ava/She Walks the Stars. Come laugh, weep, laugh some more and sing along with Mama Gina and all her alter-egos!
Few of our cultural elders in America ever reach the status of “Living Legend” but 89-year-old Elspeth Odbert, just may be one. She has been enriching and strengthening the Neo Pagan movement for over 30 years. She consistently breaks through our isolating armor and bares us to the full light of, "Wake up! Take Charge of Your Life!”
Her reputation for perceptive advice and earth-based “mountain wisdom” draws people to gather in her teaching circles. Outspoken and opinionated, Elspeth is an inspirational teacher and change agent: leading her listeners along an eco-spiritual path of personal and planetary transformation. As an honored elder in the Neo-Pagan movement, she is a living example of the timeless truths that she teaches.