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.


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:

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