Faculty

Ardantane faculty members come from many places, and teach both at Ardantane and at Ardantane classes held at other locations. They bring a wide variety of expertise and experience to each class, and since Ardantane classes are taught by a team of at least two instructors, each class is a very dynamic experience.

Ardantane has a rigorous internal faculty accreditation process intended to encourage continued development of faculty members and a consistent teaching approach across all programs.

The Faculty Council (Accredited Faculty Members)

Amber K

amber photoAmber K was not trained in the Craft at her grandmother’s knee, and does not come from a long line of hereditary Witches.

In 1978, she joined the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago, and received her initiation and ordination there. She has worked with Circle, New Earth Circle, and The Pool of Bast, and helped found the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) and the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca. She has served as Publications Officer and National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, and taught in the Cella (priestess) training program of RCG, a national Dianic network.

Amber is the author of True Magick, Covencraft, and other books on the Craft and magick including co-writing Candlemas with Azrael K, The Heart of Tarot, and the award-winning RitualCraft. She is also the Executive Director of Ardantane, Dean of the School of Pagan Leadership, and a Blessed Beavers Coordinator.

She is married to Azrael Arynn K, and has a son, Starfire. Amber’s interests include mountains and forests, dolphins, travel, science fiction, collecting large antique keys, art, reading, and all things magickal. Her role models include Doreen Valiente, Lao Tse, Xena the Warrior Princess, and Snoopy.

Azrael Arynn K

Azrael photoAzrael Arynn K brings to the Craft her experience as a police officer, race car driver, stockbroker, and architectural designer, as well as a a law degree. She is a talented costume designer and ritualist, and a third degree priestess in the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca.

She is Dean of the School of Sacred Living and is the primary designer of the Ardantane campus.

Azrael met Amber K at a Wicca 101 sponsored by Our Lady of the Woods in 1992 and they were handfasted in 1994 and were legally married in Iowa in 2011. With Amber she has taught many workshops at Pagan festivals and conferences. They have co-written Candlemas, The Heart of Tarot, the award-winning RitualCraft and How to Become a Witch.

She has served as National 2nd Officer for Covenant of the Goddess, and First Officer of Chamisa Local Council of COG.

Her interests include enjoying the outdoors, foxes, travel, mystery novels, collecting pink china, art, watching figure skating, gardening, and all things British.

Kerr Cuhulain

KCstandingWiccan author Kerr Cuhulain is a retired police officer/dispatcher who has been a Wiccan for 46 years and was involved in anti-defamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community for decades. Kerr was awarded the Shield of Valour by the Witches League for Public Awareness.

Kerr is the author of the Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Witch Hunts,, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, Pagan Religions: A Handbook for Diversity Training, Modern Knighthood, How to Be Glorious: Step by Step Empowerment, Stand Like a Tree: Mastering the Movement of Energy, and The Wizard: The Story of the First Wiccan Cop to go Public About His Pagan Beliefs. Kerr is the co author of a safety book for social workers and nurses: Safe Approach. Kerr is also the author of Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens, a cookbook of ancient recipes. He writes sword and sorcery fantasy fiction as C.A. Ennis and paranormal romance as Carrie Bryce.

Kerr is the former Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon, an organization representing Neo-Pagan professionals in the emergency services (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians). Kerr retired from the Vancouver Police Department in November 2005 after serving 28 years with them. He was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. Kerr’s past job assignments within the VPD include the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiator, Child Abuse Investigator, Gang Crime Unit, and the Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. Kerr went on to be a police dispatcher and trainer for ECOMM for Southwestern BC from 2005 to 2013. He has now retired from law enforcement work.

Kerr is the Grand Master and founder of a Wiccan order of Knighthood called the Order of Paladins. The Order of Paladins embraces the Warrior philosophies, precepts and code of chivalry outlined in Kerr’s books. The Order of Paladins is a study group for people interested in Wiccan magick, energy work and rituals related to the Warrior path, focusing on empowerment, personal development and creative expression. The training focuses on the effective use of magickal energy and developing psychic skills. The Order of Paladins is constantly developing new rituals, and magick and studying our Warrior philosophy. Our members are spread across the globe and connect through local preceptories and on line.

Chris EchoHawk

Chris is a student of his native Pawnee traditions, Buddhism, Taoist philosophy, and the shamanic elements underlying all of them. He actively explores the universal foundations of spiritual practices and traditions, including the role of science in exploring these mysteries. Chris is a Shamanic Practitioner certified through the Ardantane School of Shamanic Studies.

He served on the Ardantane Board of Directors from 2004-2008, and has been an instructor at Ardantane since 2005.

Chris has a day job as an environmental scientist working on environmental remediation in northern New Mexico. He is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation.

Chris enjoys spending time in wilderness as often as possible, which is not often enough.

Moonbeam Mage

Moonbeam Mage Bio PicMoonbeam Mage caught a glimpse of the path that might be some twenty-five years ago. Fifteen years ago she heard herself asserting that she was on that path, and has solidly placed one foot after the other upon it since. In 2010 she found Ardantane and began her pursuit of all that formal training in the Craft could offer. In 2014, she received the Ardantane Level Three, Master of Magick and Witchcraft Certificate.

In 2010, a simultaneous inspiration brought her back to the study of Astrology. After having left the skills she developed in the 1970s unhoned, a synchronistic opportunity initiated a twofold intention: to be a Witch and an Astrologer. In 2013, she completed the Kepler College Certificate in the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology and in 2014, their Certificate: Moving the Chart in Time.

In 2013, Moonbeam Mage taught her first course for Ardantane: Astrology for Pagans One. Since then she has continued to teach a series of Astrology courses for Ardantane, including Astrology for Pagans Two and Evolutionary Astrology for Pagans. She has also taught Astrology classes for various local venues, as well as other Craft related topics such as Crystal Allies and Herbal Magick.

Moonbeam Mage is a first degree initiate in the Ladywood Tradition working within her Florida community to grow the Sacred Pentacle Coven of the Ladywood Tradition.

In her mundane life, Moonbeam Mage is a Certified Interpreter for the Deaf. She has two grown children who are a constant source of pride and amazement. Her spouse of 30 plus years is the quintessential loyal Leo and the light of her life.

She received her training as an Interpreter at Gallaudet University and later received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Linguistics as well as her Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Maine.

InaraMichelle

InaraMichelle has been a lifelong Pagan at heart. She doesn’t follow any particular religious path, but practices a more eclectic spiritual path. She has been studying magick and witchcraft mostly as a solitary since 1996.

She has been involved with Ardatane for the past several years.

In her mundane life she is an elementary school teacher, a seamstress, a drummer, and a belly dancer.

Rowan

Rowan (Laura Liles) has been involved in the Pagan/Wiccan community in northern New Mexico since 1986. She has been designing rituals and facilitating groups and classes since long before she knew what she was doing. She is a third degree initiate in the Ladywoods tradition. She has taught Magick and Witchcraft extensively at Ardantane. A former Second Officer for the Covenant of the Goddess, she has taught at Merry Meet, Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG), Magickal Mountian Mabon and Dragonfest.

Rowan currently serves as the Registrar and Ardantane Herald (email newsletter) coordinator for Ardantane, in addition to being the Dean of the School of Magick and Witchcraft.

She holds a BS in Education and an MBA. Her hobbies include but are not limited to old movies, reading, especially biography and history, sewing, and gardening.

Starweaver (Tom Waters)

Tom Waters (Starweaver) has been teaching at Ardantane since 2003, where he has served as a former Dean of the School of Magic and Witchcraft. He is a Wiccan priest and co-author (with Mary K. Greer) of Understanding the Tarot Court.

Tom served on the Ardantane Board of Directors from 2002-2008. At various times, he has been active in the Unitarian Universalist church, the Coyote Willow chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans in Albuquerque, Prism Wheel teaching coven in Santa Fe, and the international tarot community.

He has presented workshops at the World Tarot Congress in Chicago and the Toronto Tarot Symposium.

Tom has degrees in physics and computer science, and holds a PhD in astronomy. He has worked as a university professor and technical writer, and is currently a health physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His hobbies include cooking, gardening, and artwork.

Tehom

Tehom began teaching with Ardantane in 1996 and has taught classes in tarot, group dynamics, leadership, ritual, and witchcraft. She is a Wiccan priestess and former High Priestess of Our Lady of the Woods. Tehom has presented workshops at DragonFest (Colorado), Merry Meet (Covenant of the Goddess), and Magickal Mountain Mabon (New Mexico).

In addition to her affiliation with Our Lady of the Woods, she has studied with BOTA (Builders of the Adytum) and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She has contributed a chapter on group dynamics to The Pagan Path, and has written numerous articles for Lady Letter, a publication of OLW and Ardantane.

Tehom has a BA and MA in English. She is employed as a technical writer and editor.

Her hobbies include playing mandolin and guitar, reading, and baking.

Guest Speakers

William Bainbridge

William has practiced Asatru since 1987, becaming involved through the somewhat improbable dual inspiration of a long love of German music and literature, and a Summer internship with the Navajo Supreme Court. He was present at the founding of the Asatru Alliance and later became active with The Troth, serving at various times as an Elder, member of the Board of Directors, Steersman, and mentor in the clergy program, as well as contributing several articles to the Troth journal, Idunna. He currently follows an approach based as much as possible on spiritual practice rather than organizational involvement, and is highly interested in expanding our understanding of Wyrd and helping to evolve a distinctively Heathen expression of ontology.

Besides Asatru, William has spent significant time in study and practice within the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition, receiving teachings and techniques from both “mainstream” Buddhist and Bön teachers. After pursuing careers in classical music and law with indifferent success, William has settled happily into living by his wits as a programmer.

Sabine Green

Sabine Green is a shamanic practitioner in southern New Mexico. She is a hereditary intuitive, staying in tradition with her family’s gifts. She works with techniques such as journeying, kinetic intuitive readings and hands-on healing, guided meditation, and empowerment ceremonies. Her spiritual focus is on gathering information involving working with Shadow Man, particularly for individuals diagnosed with PTSD.

Sabine also works closely with the plant world, as she holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture. She works with the pagan community through networking, and coordinating the Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day. She holds a lifetime ordination through Naturopathic and Shamanic Services, Inc.

Otis Price

Otis has studied wilderness survival and primitive skills for over 25 years. A student of Tom Brown Jr.’s tracking, nature and wilderness survival school, he has taught primitive skills for Natural History museums, Boy Scout troops, Petroglyph National Monument, Tijeras Ranger station and Coronado National Monument and various other groups as well.

Currently a resident of Albuquerque, NM he enjoys the pursuit of the ancient ways as often as possible, particularly flint knapping.

Jennifer M. Primeaux

Jennifer PJennifer is from the Ponca and, Creek Nations of Oklahoma. She has had many encounters with spirits and other unexplained phenomina since she was a child. As a quiet, sensitive child she was always amazed when people didn’t believe, or they thought she was being haunted by evil. It wasn’t until she spent time as a teenager on the Ponca Reservation in Oklahoma that she was able to meet other people who had experienced similar encounters. Most of her classes are taught from personal experiences, and knowledge given to her during dream- time vision. She will also include experiences that family and, friends have shared with her. Currently, Jennifer is an artist, teacher, and licensed massage therapist practicing in NM. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she attended the University of Oklahoma for Art History. She now lives in Santa Fe, NM with her family.

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