Saturday, November 18, 2017

Free Online Course: How to Host a Pagan Coffee Talk or Meetup

I have turned my live How to Host a Pagan Coffee Talk webinar into a FREE online course that can be accessed at any time! 

A Pagan coffee talk or other casual networking event is a great way for folks in your local Pagan community to connect in a safe and welcoming environment. This course gives you the information you need to plan, promote and host a Pagan coffee talk or meet up!

You will learn:

  • How much time is needed to plan a coffee talk
  • Finding a location.
  • Spreading the word
  • Covering your costs
  • Getting the assistance you need to run the event
  • How to make your event welcoming
I'm also including my FREE event checklist to help you stay organized when planning your first event. 

Register HERE today!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: The Wisdom Seekers Tarot

I reviewed The Wisdom Seekers Tarot for Spiral Nature Magazine.  It is a deck created by Jungian analyst and symbol expert, David Fontana.  Check it and Spiral Nature out HERE.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Winter Live Music Belly Dance -


Dates:  January 27, February 17, March 17, April 21
Time:  10:30 – 12:00
Location:  Bright Star World Dance (Portland, ME)

Prerequisite:  1 session of belly dance classes

Cost: Drop in: $20

Preregistration:  Single Class $15/All four sessions: $50

A fun monthly 90-minute belly dance class focused on live music and improvisation.  Each session focuses on belly dance technique with 1 - 3 musicians playing live music, including rhythm, melody and drum solo improvisation!

This monthly mini-workshop will provide students with the opportunity to increase their dance technique and endurance as well as gaining a comfort level dancing to live music. Intended for dancers who have taken at least one session of belly dance, each class includes a warm-up, drills, extended improvisation session and cool down.

Students will also be provided information on the music and rhythms played in class.

Bring comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement, you may want to dress in layers as we will sweat, sweat, sweat! A water bottle and yoga mat are also recommended. 

Holiday Gift Idea!

Dance classes make a great holiday gift.  Gift purchases are good for any of the four workshop dates!  Be sure to include the name of the person you are purchasing the gift for in the notes section when you check out.  I'll email you a printable certificate that you may use to share your gift!


Select Class

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

December 3rd - Open Community Circle: Full Moon

Date:  November 12, 7:30PM
Location:  Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

These open circles are held monthly, generally on the first Sunday evening of the month (there are some exceptions). The intent is to provide a space for members of the Pagan community to come together to celebrate and create connection. The circle ritual focus will be different each month.

December Circle: Full Moon


A full moon during the darkest time of the year. In this month's circle we will focus on finding illumination in dark times. Guests are welcome to bring a crystal, talisman, or other item to place on the altar to charge during the ritual as a moon charm to remind us that we all carry the our own light to guide us. Folks are also welcome to bring a snack to share for the post-circle community time.

Schedule:
7:30 - 8:00:Arrival and introductions
8:00 - 8:30ish: Circle
8:30 - 9:30: Commuity/socializing time

This event is free but donations to cover costs, such as space rental, are welcome. The venue is mobility accessible.

Questions?  Please use the CONTACT FORM

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Weekly Tarot Bonus Video: Three Card Spread



My weekly tarot series offers information about individual cards, reading techniques and various tarot spreads, such as the three card spread in this bonus video shown above.

If you'd like to keep up on my Tarot series, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Also, if you'd like a reading (online or in person) you may contact me HERE.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

November 12th - Open Circle - Ancestors

Date:  November 12, 7:30PM
Location:  Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine

These open circles are held monthly, generally on the first Sunday evening of the month (there are some exceptions - November is one of them). The intent is to provide a space for members of the Pagan community to come together to celebrate and create connection. 

The circle ritual focus will be different each month.

November Circle: Ancestors

With Samhain behind us we have entered the dark time of the year. In some traditions this is the time of the ancestors; a time to listen to their stories and learn from their wisdom.

Guests are welcome to bring a representation of their ancestors to the place on the altar. Folks are also welcome to bring a snack to share for the post-circle community time.  


Schedule:

7:30 - 8:00:  Arrival and introductions
8:00 - 8:30-ish:  Circle
8:30 - 9:30:   Commuity/socializing time


This event is free but donations to cover costs, such as space rental, are welcome.  The venue is mobility accessible.

Questions?  Please use the CONTACT FORM

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heretica: Creating with the Muse (Registration)

Registration is now open for the second fall session of Heretica Movement Exploration: Creating with the Muse.

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm
Six Week session
October 24 - November 28
Bright Star World Dance, Portland, Maine

Cost: $60 per full session (no drop-in)/$75 day of (full session only, no dropins)

Inspiration: Creating with the Muse

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation, Heretica is deep exploration of movement. Creating with the Muse guides students through the process of moving a performance piece from concept to creation.

Heretica utilizes techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, to aid students in creating physical expressions of emotion through movement and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action. Students will use these movement concepts to create a choreography or a directed improvisation .  The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down. Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered.

You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class. Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance style.

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression. The class is open to all genders and movement forms. Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance form.


Heretica Class Session

Workshop: Live Music & Improvisation (belly dance)


Dates:  October 21, November 18, December 16
Time:  10:30 – 12:00
Location:  Bright Star World Dance (Portland, ME)

Prerequisite:  1 session of belly dance classes

Cost: Drop in: $20

Preregistration:  Single Class $15/All three sessions: $40

A fun monthly 90-minute belly dance class focused on live music and improvisation.  Each session focuses on belly dance technique with 1 - 3 musicians playing live music, including rhythm, melody and drum solo improvisation!

This monthly mini-workshop will provide students with the opportunity to increase their dance technique and endurance as well as gaining a comfort level dancing to live music. Intended for dancers who have taken at least one session of belly dance, each class includes a warm-up, drills, extended improvisation session and cool down.

Students will also be provided information on the music and rhythms played in class.

Bring comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement, you may want to dress in layers as we will sweat, sweat, sweat! A water bottle and yoga mat are also recommended. 


Class Registration

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Webinar: How to Host a Pagan Coffee Talk - November 15

Date: November 15, 2017

Time: 7:00PM

If done well, a Pagan coffee talk or other casual networking event is a great way for folks in your local Pagan community to connect in a safe and welcoming environment. 

But how do you go about creating such an event? 
What if you have no experience with event planning at all? 
And how does one make an event safe and welcoming?

This FREE one hour webinar will cover:

  • How much time is needed to plan a coffee talk?
  • Deciding the event structure
  • Finding a location
  • Spreading the word
  • Covering your costs
  • Getting the assistance you need to run the event
  • and of course, how to make your event welcoming

Preregistration is required. If you can't attend live that evening, a recording of the event will be shared with all registrants. You may register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/957256ac052d1dce66858a512be5123a

If you'd like to support these free webinars please consider becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/joiegrandboiscreatrix



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monthly Open Pagan Community Circles

I am very excited to announce a series of open Pagan community circles to be held monthly, generally on the first Sunday evening of the month (there are some exceptions) in Portland, Maine.

The intent is to provide a space for members of the Pagan community to come together to celebrate and create connection. The circle is open to all Pagan traditions.  Ritual focus of the circle will be different each month but likely tied to some aspect of the season in which it falls.

Information on the first circle is below.

Date:   October 1, 2017 - 7:30-9:30PM

Place:  Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME

October Circle:  The Hearth

The first of new monthly open pagan community circles in Portland, Maine this circle will be a celebration of the hearth.  The hearth is the place we gather around to celebrate, to share and to join in community.  At this rite we will consecrate our community hearth and light a communal flame.

Guests are invited to bring a item that symbolizes community or the hearth to place on the altar. People are also welcome to bring a snack to share for the post-circle community time.

Schedule:

7:30 - 8:00:  Arrival and introductions
8:00 - 8:30-ish:  Circle
8:30 - 9:30:   Commuity/socializing time


This event is free but donations to cover costs, such as space rental, are welcome.  The venue is mobility accessible.

Questions?  Please use the CONTACT FORM

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Webinar: How to Create and Run a Pagan Community Event

Date:  September 13 - 6:00PM EST

Cost: FREE

Registration:  GO HERE

Do you want to offer open circles or seasonal celebrations? Maybe you want to start a Pagan coffee talk in your town? Or perhaps you want to start a metaphysical/Pagan themed bookclub? Many folks would like to offer community events but are not sure how to go about doing so.

This FREE onnline workshop covers how to create, promote and run a pagan community event. It is designed to guide you from concept to fruition whatever your event may be and will cover:

-How to decide what sort of event you'd like to host.
-Finding the right location
-Promoting the event
-How to cover your costs
-Getting the help you need to run it.
-and more!

You can register for the online workshop at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/73fafe7c4a34f58a4ac87b605f06faf5

Joie Grandbois is a Portland, Maine based performance artist, dance teacher and Pagan community activist. She has many years of experience coordinating Pagan community events. She was one of the co-founders of the long running Beans, Leaves & Deities coffee talks, has run many open circles in the Portland area, and currently serves as the President of the Pagan Unity Association.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Joie Grandbois: Creatrix on Patreon

I create art in a variety of mediums: dance, words, music, fiber and more.  I see any creation as a collaboration between myself and the medium I am working with and often bring multiple mediums together in one piece; word and movement, dance and paint, weaving and music.  I seek to connect deeply with what I call deep center or voice, and to create from that place.  

I am also a teacher and community builder. A big part of why I have created a Patreon page is to help support the work that I do in assisting others to find and connect with their creative voice. I believe that all of us have an authentic creative voice and that everyone, regardless of economic circumstances, should have the opportunity to connect with that voice.  I work to keep my classes as affordable as possible and to work with students who need financial assistance.

I also see to create opportunities for community connection through creative events, seasonal celebrations and educational forums. 

Many hours of work go into both creating art and the curriculum for my classes.  The product, the work of art or the class, are what is seen but there are dozens of hours behind the scenes to create these offerings. There are also instruments, studio space, technology support, and so much more that must be paid for.  The cost of an admission ticket or a class fee is often not equal to the number of hours, effort or material costs that go into creating a piece or a class. 

Those who lend their support via Patreon will have access to video updates, behind the scenes footage of works in progress, discounts on classes and tickets, and more.  Also, for any monthly contribution of $100 or more I will pass $5 along to another Patreon artist because I love supporting artists too! 

Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing with you!  You can find my Patreon Page Here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fall Heretica Class: Expanding the Boundaries of Movement




Heretica Class: Expanding the Boundaries of Movement

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm
             Six Week sessions
             September 12 - October 17
             October 24 - November 28

Cost:    $60 per full session (no drop-in)/$75 day of (full session only, no dropins)

Location:  Bright Star World Dance, Portland, Maine


This class has two six week sessions.  Each session will explore a particular theme.

Session 1 (9/12 - 10/17) - Deep Improvisation
Session 2 (10/24 - 11/28) - Inspiration: Creating with the Muse

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation, Heretica is deep exploration of movement.

Heretica utilizes techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, to aid students in creating physical expressions of emotion through movement and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action. The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down.  Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered. Students who participate in either full session may be eligible to join the Heretica Student Troupe in 2018.

You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement.  You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance style.

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression.  The class is open to all genders and movement forms.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance form.



Heretica Class Session

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heretica: Exploring the boundaries of movement

When: Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30PM, July 20th to August 24th (Six Weeks)

Where:  Bright Star World Dance
               108 High Street3rd Floor
               Portland, ME 

Cost: $60 Advanced Registration/$75 Day Of (full session only – no drop-ins)

Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation this class is a six week movement exploration.  Students who attend the six week program have the option to join the fall session of Heretica, an exploratory dance performance student troupe.

Utilizing techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, students will learn to create physical expressions of emotion and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action.  The class is conducted to live music.

Each class includes a warm-up with drills, theatrical dance exercises and cool down.  Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement style.  You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement.  You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle. 

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression.  The class is open to all genders and movement forms.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Practical Zils!


Time: July 11th to August 1st, 6:45 – 7:45PM

Location:  Bright Star World Dance
                  108 High Street, 3rd Floor
                  Portland, Maine

Cost: Full Session $45 Advance/ $55 First Class (no drop-ins)


…I’m never sure if I’m doing it right.  I swear I practice but when I get to class it seems I’m playing something totally different from what the teacher is playing.

…I can play the zils just fine, but as soon as I move I get all mixed up.

...OMG!  My zils are too loud! (my neighbors complain and it scares my cat)

The biggest obstacle to learning the zils is finding a way to practice on a consistent basis, and there are so many things that can prevent that!  This four-week special session addresses the issues that get in the way of practice by providing you with practical techniques that will build your skill and nurture your zil confidence.

Zil technique will be covered in class as well as…

  •             Exercises to build rhythmic skill
  •        How to use a metronome app for practicing at home
  •        A few tricks that will aid in zilling while actually dancing!
  •        Warmup exercises to strengthen your hands and fingers.
  •        Games that make learning zils fun!
  •        And of course, how to practice quietly!

Students will be provided with access to short online videos of warm-up exercises and practice patterns for learning at home. 

This class will meet weekly over four weeks and is open to all levels of zil players – yes, even total beginners.  Students must provide their own zils.  Links for ordering and guidance on purchasing are available upon request.


Live music accompaniment will be provided by drummer Stephen Carpenter. 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Why Was My Performance Video Removed From YouTube?

Date:  July 6th, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Location: Bright Star World Dance
                 108 High Street, 3rd Floor
                 Portland Maine

Cost: $10 in advance (closed)/$15 at the door (register below)

It is a common problem.  You have a video recording of a performance you are proud of.  You post the video to YouTube or Facebook, only to have it removed for a copyright violation a few hours later.  Yet a dancer who performed at the same show posted her video and it has had no issues at all.

What happened?

This workshop for dancers and other performers will help answer questions such as…

·       What are music rights and why are they important?

·       What is the difference between private use, public performance and using a piece of music in a video?

·       Why are some videos allowed to remain on YouTube and why are others taken down?

·       Is there a way to find out in advance how YouTube may treat a video?

·                  ·       How to navigate the YouTube copyright dispute process.

The workshop will include real world examples and a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s music database.  Students are encouraged to bring a piece of music they are considering performing to. 
  
A question and answer period will follow the presentation.


Note:  The information presented in this workshop is an overview only and is in no way intended to replace the legal advice that could be obtained by engaging the services of an attorney.