Piedmont Pagan Pride Day

2017 Workshops

Our Inspirations: The Elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth


airair Air: Education

Air is the element of clarity and communication, therefore,
education is an important part of what Pagan Pride is all about.
We attempt each year to have classes that will appeal
to Pagans and non-pagans alike.


Our workshops this year are centered around building up and protecting our community.

Our Interfaith Panel will be discussing community building through differing faith systems in a panel titled, “Bridging the Gap: Uniting Communities in Activism, Celebrations, and Traditions.”

Our Interfaith Panel this year includes Byron Ballard, our Keynote Speaker, learn more about her Here.


Mortellus – Gardnerian Wiccan

Mortellus is the High Priestess of the Coven of Leaves in Rutherfordton NC, a Gardnerian Coven operating an Outer Court training group who like to say that they are a bubbling cauldron of bitter esoterica slithering their way through Western North Carolina. She currently resides on 3 acres that are hastily becoming overgrown again with her husband, daughter, two chickens, and one really, really ridiculous dog.

Sekhti – Co-freemason and Student of Esoterics

I’ve been a practicing Druid for the past 20 years. For most of those years, I have been solitary, due to the group I was a part of dissolving for political and ethical reasons. In that time, I moved to South Florida and helped with the Ft. Lauderdale Unitarian Universalist CUUPS group. I’m a founding member of the women’s priestess group Adel Adom in South Florida and found the art of working with the Egyptian Pantheon. I became a Co-Freemason in the Order of Le Droit Humain, American Federation. I continue to practice as a Co-Freemason in a Lodge in the Orient of Atlanta, Georgia. I hold a BA in English Literature, an M.A.T. in Secondary English, and an M.A. in English Literature. I have a passion for Medieval Literature and Research, presenting research at conferences, in which one on linguistics was published. I’m currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina.

Michelle Mathis – Christ-follower

Michelle Mathis is co-founder of Olive Branch Ministry, a faith-based harm reduction ministry. She is a recovering Southern Baptist and considers herself to be a Christ-follower who believes strongly that interfaith collaboration is a vital part of a healthy community. She was ordained in 2005 and has served in a variety of ministerial roles. She is the former VP of Catawba Valley Interfaith Council. Michelle and her wife Karen live in Hickory, along with their two fur babies, Dagney and Saraiah.

Duston Barto – Muslim

Duston Barto was born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina where he has lived for most of his life. He converted to Islam in May of 1999 and completed his lifetime Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) in 2003. For the last 18 years, he has been an avid student of Islam, seeking out scholars from various parts of the world and schools of thought to gain a comprehensive understanding of Islam. Over the years he has worked in a Muslim non-profit humanitarian aid organization, hosted his own radio program, has written articles for the Muslim and non-Muslim audience and has been the editor of Muslim American magazine. Currently, he is the co-director of Foothills Interfaith Assembly.
Currently, Duston and his wife operate their own business and have a 7-year-old daughter.

Tony Brown – Eclectic Wiccan

Tony Brown is a High Priest Emeritus of the North Carolina Piedmont Church of Wicca. He is proud to have been a founding member of NCPCOW. He has been an Eclectic Wiccan for about twenty years and has served as clergy for the last dozen or so of those.
Tony is a devotee of Dionysos, the Greek God of rebirth, transformation, tragedy, comedy, unresolved paradox and wine.

Donald Ervin – Druid

 I am Donald Ervin, aka Domhnall Irvine, aka Myrddin Wolfe. I am a Celtic Pagan and I live the role of a Druid for those I consider my tribe. I have walked in the shoes of “Druid” for about 25+ years and was a practicing Pagan for a few years before that. I have no particular patron God or Goddess, as a Druid I pay honour to the Celtic gods (Irish and Welsh mostly).


For information on past PPD workshops, check out the Workshops Tab above.

Pagan Pride Day’s 2017 Kid’s Zone is proudly sponsored by
Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle

Time Title Description
10:00 – 11:00 Setting up a Ritual Space and Setting Intent This class will teach the kids how to set up the main altar, quarter altars and other parts of the circle. We will also learn what “intent” means and how to decide what intent we want to set for our rituals.
11:00-12:00 Cleansing This class will go over how to prepare our space and ourselves for our rituals.
12:00-1:00 Calling Quarters This class will teach kids about the elements and why we need their energies in our rituals. It will also discuss how to respectfully ask for their witness.
1:00 – 2:00 Calling Deity This class will teach about a few of the Gods and Goddesses in our Pagan religion and why we need them in our rituals and how to respectfully ask for their witness.
2:00-3:00 Prayers, Offerings, and Cakes and Ale This class we help to guide the kids on ways to pray to deity and offerings to give to honor them. We will also learn about what “cakes and ale” are and why we consume them during rituals.
3:00-4:00 Kids’ Ritual This will be a kid planned, kid-led pagan ceremony. All are welcome to attend!


Tree of Life Children’s Learning Circle
It is our belief that our children should be a part of our traditions.
We strive to do that by teaching basic ritual knowledge and skills
and a base knowledge of deity to help the kids understand what is
going on and grow to be strong leaders in our community.

Class is held every Sunday morning from 11-Noon at Goat Island Park in Cramerton, NC.
Come join us! Many Blessings!

Your contributions to Piedmont Pagan Pride help support our mission and purpose! Even small amounts of love are welcomed and cherished.