Sunday, September 11, 2005

Finding Groups and Teachers?

I got asked if I'd teach a class at our local Pagan Pride (which is October 2nd) on the subject of finding groups and teachers. (Programming chair this year knows our group well, and wanted someone to teach it who has experience with a range of people seeking.)

I've obviously got lots of ideas, but I thought I'd ask here (because anecdotes and other experiences make for a better class!) if anyone here had ideas or stories or whatever they wanted to share.

Stuff I'm curious about (aka questions to get the discussion started: feel free to ramble on the subject in general too).

* Have you searched for a group or teacher? What worked for you? What didn't?

* What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your search?

* If you're still in the searching phase, what do you wish you knew more about? What would make it easier for you to search?

* What safety or practical tips do you think are particularly important to pass along? Warning signs of unhealthy groups or situations?

Our metro area has a very active and vibrant Pagan community: I'm not sure how far away people will be coming from, but smaller cities further out obviously have less of a Pagan population base. I'm going to be talking about how numbers influence some kinds of options or may require more flexibility, but I'm also curious if anyone has any particular suggestions on that front.

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