The Sisterhood of Avalon
Remembering, Reclaiming, Renewing

Ninefold Festival


2023 Ninefold Festival is back in person! Join us in Hinsdale, MA September 15-17, 2023! Registration is open!

The theme for our 2023 festival, finally completing our in-person journey of the three realms, is Realm of Land.

This event is sponsored by the Sisterhood of Avalon, and is open to all women, especially those with an interest in British and Celtic Paganism, Welsh Traditions, Druidism, Goddess Spirituality, and Wise Women’s Ways.

Ninefold Festival features engaging speakers and teachers, talented musical guests, unique vendors, all alongside the warmth of community as women gather together from around the world to circle our festival hearthfire!

The Ninefold Vision

The Sisterhood of Avalon’s Ninefold festival embodies a vision dedicated to creating diverse community in sacred space, building bonds of sisterhood across cultures, and celebrating the unique reflection of the Divine Feminine in every woman. With an emphasis on the Avalonian Tradition and aligned teachings, the Ninefold Festival seeks to hold a space where Avalon’s gifts of safety, healing, and sovereignty can be experienced in the here and now. The Sisterhood welcomes all women to participate in the mysteries of the Ninefold – whether for a weekend…or a lifetime.

Founded in 1995, the Sisterhood of Avalon is a non-profit organization with international membership that focuses on Celtic women’s mysteries and which seeks to balance intuitive wisdom with scholastic achievement. Among its activities, the SOA sponsors the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary; facilitates international training intensives; hosts spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites in the UK and Ireland through Mythic Seeker; publishes devotional anthologies, keepsake datebooks, and religious calendars through Ninth Wave Press, as well as “The Tor Stone” a digital Journal of Women’s Spirituality, and “The Barge”, our member newsletter; hosts an annual Celtic women’s spirituality gathering called the Ninefold Festival; connects with women around the world through AvaCon, an online conference; and provides a variety of learning opportunities both through local hearth groups and online community support.

Keynote Speakers

Mhara Starling

Mhara Starling

The Witch in Welsh Legend and Lore

The Welsh long had a complex relationship with the concept of the Witch. Despite having numerous magical characters in our mythology and folklore, including divine figures such as Cerridwen and Aranrhod, what exactly defines a “Witch” within the Welsh cultural context is filled with contradiction. In this talk we will explore the concept of the Witch in the Welsh cultural continuum. Delving into the history, lore, terminology, and classification of the Witch in Wales. From the mythos of the Witch Goddess Cerridwen, to the strange history of the Witch hunts in Wales, and even intriguing Welsh folk magical traditions and customs. 


Mhara Starling was born in North Wales, raised on the Isle of Anglesey, and is a native Welsh speaker. Mhara is currently based in Chester, Cheshire (England) where she runs her own coven, as well as facilitates local classes, gatherings and moots. Mhara is the author of the book ‘Welsh Witchcraft: a Guide to the Spirits, Lore, and Magic of Wales’, and shares her love of Welsh folklore, mythology, and magic via her YouTube channel, social media pages, and podcast ‘The Welsh Witch Podcast’.

Jane Cartwright

Jane Cartwright

The Female Saints of Wales

While most people are familiar with St David, the patron saint of Wales, fewer are familiar with the traditions associated with the holy women of Wales. Indeed, J. W. Willis Bund, more than a century ago, claimed that women rarely became saints in Wales and Ireland ‘for a woman would not be the head of a monastery, the chief of a tribe of a Saint, and so could never become a Saint or entitled to be so called…a woman could never fill the office which certainly among the Welsh entitled a person to become a saint’.  Sainthood was, in his view, gender specific and incompatible with the traditional roles played by women. Yet rich Welsh hagiographical traditions shed light on popular beliefs concerning numerous Welsh female saints who will be examined in this paper. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including Middle Welsh, Irish and Latin saints’ Lives, medieval poetry, holy wells, church dedications, prayers, charms, folklore traditions and visual iconography, we will examine the religious traditions associated with a number of Welsh female saints including Dwynwen (patron saint of lovers), Melangell (patron saint of hares), Brigit (San Ffraid), Gwenfrewy (Winefride) and Non (St David’s mother).


Jane Cartwright is Professor of Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, U.K., where she is Director of the MA in Celtic Studies and the MA in Medieval Studies. Jane also validated the first distance-learning BA in Celtic Studies and contributes to the BA in History. She lectures through the medium of Welsh and English on medieval Welsh history and literature and she is particularly interested in women’s history, religious literature, hagiography and saints’ cults. Her first book Y Forwyn Fair, Santesau a Lleianod: Agweddau ar Wyryfdod a Diweirdeb yng Nghymru’r Oesoedd Canol (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999) traced the cult of the Virgin Mary and female saints in Wales and also provided a history of the Welsh nunneries. She extended her study of female spirituality and examined the sources for numerous saints in Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008) and she brought together studies on Welsh, Irish, Breton and Cornish hagiography in her edition of Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003). Her volume Mary Magdalene and her Sister Martha (Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC, 2013) was awarded the Edwin Mellen Prize for its contribution to the study of medieval prose. Jane enjoys discovering neglected texts in the medieval Welsh manuscripts, transcribing, editing and translating these with the aim of making them available to a wider international audience. Her most recent volume, published by the Modern Humanities Research Association in Cambridge in 2020, provided the first scholarly edition of the little-known Middle Welsh version of the legend of St Ursula. Reputedly a Brythonic princess, Ursula and her 11,000 virginal companions became associated with the church at Llangwyryfon in Ceredigion and other minor Welsh chapels. Jane discusses her Welsh cult and the wider international cultural context of the legend in The Cult of St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2016). Jane was Co-investigator on a major AHRC-funded project on Saints in Wales and her studies and editions of the Life of St Winefride and the Life of Ieuan Gwas Padrig are forthcoming on the Saints in Wales website. Jane acted as a consultant for CADW on its ‘Pan-Wales heritage interpretation plan: Celtic saints, spiritual places and pilgrimage’. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Learned Society of Wales.


Presenters & Workshops

Francesca Aniballi

Red Thread Creative Circle

The Red Thread is a symbol of connection to the first ancestral mother, and through her to all humanity. A workshop focused on creative process and connection among women, exploring the symbol and the stories of the Red Thread in Wales and across the world.

Francesca Aniballi is a creative facilitator and writer weaving together various experiences and practices underpinned by the creative imagination, in order to bring about healing, inspiration, empowerment. The focus of her work is to foster increased self-awareness and interconnection among women, as well as a sense of belonging to the Earth and the Cosmos through creativity.

You can find out more about her work and offerings at and

Seeking Mother Water

Water is abundant on our planet and in our own bodies. It is one of the most precious natural resources we have, and we depend on it to live. Water is much more than just a physical resource. It is the Well Spring of life, a pathway for the spirit and the body to become balanced. In this class, we will Seek Mother Water through the framework of the watery Welsh Landscape. We will discuss bodies of water specifically found within Wales as well as Welsh Water Goddesses and Water Spirits. However, our physical bodies are also bodies of water that need tending! What can we learn from water that will help us to tend to the sacredness of our own bodies and souls. How can Mother Water teach us about tending ourselves like we tend the waters in the sacred landscape? Together we will seek Mother Water to find opportunities to love, heal and prosper in our own lives. Water is life… let’s truly live it! 

Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions, and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia Witches’ Handbook for Resistance, This Witch, and Witchology Magazine. She is the author of the Patheos Blog “The Water Witch” as well as the books Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic TraditionThe Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic, and her forthcoming book published by Weiser Books in 2023. Visit her at

Laurelei BlackThree Drops of Wisdom: Maxims, Myths & Mysteries in the Welsh Triads

Contained within the collection of short verses known as the Welsh Triads are advice for living rightly, legends of the British Isles, and keys to pre-Christian Welsh spirituality. If we are diligent, persistent, and attentive, we might draw great inspiration and wisdom from just three little drops!

Laurelei Black is a hedge-rider, a Cunning Woman, a traveler on the crooked path. She is  a priestess of love and pleasure, an Ishtar-woman, an Aphrodite-woman. She is a friend to daemons and a mate to the Red God. A bone collector and a temple dancer, Laurelei is the author of 13 books (including Temple of Love and The Witches’ Key to the Legion: A Guide to Solomonic Sorcery), a co-Director and frequent presenter at the Babalon Rising Festival, an OTO initiate, a co-owner of Camp Midian, and the proud proprietress of Asteria Books and Events and of Blade & Broom.

Ness BoschWounded Goddesses: Seeking Healing and Empowerment Working with Welsh Goddesses

In this presentation Ness Bosch takes us by the hand to learn about different Welsh Goddesses, their wounds and their magic. Many of these Goddesses share stories full of shadows, betrayal, grief… But within those wounds they offer us an opportunity to work on our empowerment, connection and transformation through the Magic and Fate of these Goddesses. As part of this presentation, Ness will also share a Ritual to connect with the Welsh Goddesses.

Ness Bosch is a shamaness and Priestess, Independent Researcher and the Head of the Goddess Temple in Alba and director of the Priesthood of Alba. She is a recognized member of the International Hispanic Pagan Community for her work over the years. Before moving to Scotland, Ness was also Regional Coordinator for the Pagan Federation International in Spain.

Ness was Torch Bearer of the Covenant of Hekate, the First Spanish to hold this position in the Covenant, where she actively participated in ritual creation groups and other activities for the Covenant community. Ness edited the first devotional guide of the Goddess Hekate in Spanish. 

Since 2012 Ness is the Head of the Temple of the Waters and the Covenant of Waters. She is also Founding Member of the Council of Near Eastern Pagan Religions and Founder of COARCI, the Council of Ancient Religions and Cults of Iberia. She is also a Member of the Pagan Heathen Symposium. 

Ness coordinated the Online Conference for the SPF in 2020 and previously, organized the International Symposium of the Fellowship of Isis (of which she is Hierophant Priestess, Dame Commander and Archdruidess) and other popular events both Online and physical. She is the Organiser of the Scottish Goddess Conference. 

Ness has walked the Shamanic path for years. She travels to different countries sharing her knowledge and experiences. She is the Founder of the Path of Bones and El Clan de la Huesera. She lives in Scotland with her children where she is also a Pagan Legal Celebrant and active member of the Pagan Community.

Robin CorakMothering Ourselves: Self Care with the Avalonian Goddesses

In these times of chaos and stress, it is  important  that we provide ourselves with nurturing.The Avalonian goddesses can teach us how to tend to our own needs for holistic sustenance and growth. Through the exploration of Welsh myths and hands on techniques, this workshop shows attendees how to:

  • Take time to mourn our losses in a self defined way without guilt or shame (Branwen)
  • Find an ally for strength, sovereignty, and inspiration (Arianrhod)
  • Develop our own personal power “potion”  (Cerridwen)
  • Experience emotional and spiritual nourishment, self love, and greater confidence (Rhiannon)
  • Rebirth ourselves in alignment with our own strengths, needs, and desires (Bloduewedd)

This presentation will include handouts with guided meditation and activities. 

Robin Corak is the author of the Moon Books Pagan Portals titles “Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power” and “Demeter” (Oct. 2022), and is working on a forthcoming Llewellyn book about dream magick . Robin has presented locally and at national conferences including Paganicon, Pantheacon, the SOA Ninefold Festival, and Mooncon. A member of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Robin has immersed herself in the Avalonian tradition over the past 20 years to include serving as Board Secretary, completion of Quests and the first year of Seminary, and attending pilgrimage in Glastonbury and Wales. She currently writes a blog for Agora Patheos entitled “Phoenix Rising”. 

Robin has presented at a variety of local and national conferences including Paganicon, Ninefold Festival, Pantheacon, Mooncon, and the “A Year with our Gods” conference series. She is trained as an End of Life doula and has several years of experience with modalities such as Reiki, coaching, and tarot reading. Passionate about helping others achieve their full potential, Robin is also the CEO of a large, non-profit social services organization in Washington state.

Kris HughesReflections on the Identity of Rhiannon

Kris will guide participants through a fearless exploration of the importance of Modron, and others, in a better understanding of Rhiannon.

Kris Hughes is a writer, ritualist, hedge teacher, and storyteller. She is a devotee of the three Celtic horse goddesses – Epona, Rhiannon, and Macha. Her writing and teaching focuses on Celtic mythology, folklore and folk customs, and Celtic Paganism. A prolific blogger and essayist, she also writes poetry and occasional short fiction. 

Originally from rural Colorado, Kris spent much of her adult life in Edinburgh, Scotland where she worked as a professional musician. She returned to Colorado in 2009 and tried ranching, but it was too hot, so now she lives in NW Oregon.

Tiffany LazicCloaked in Fire: The Wonder and Mystery of Y Ddraig Goch

Many are familiar with the red dragon that graces the Welsh flag. That bold striding powerful creature first strode across a band of white and green to become that flag in 1959 but her connection to Wales reaches far further back in its history. This presentation weaves history, mythology, and meditation to meet Y Ddraig Goch.

Tiffany Lazic is a Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director, and Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner. She is an international retreat facilitator and organizer; the originator of Hynni energy healing, and author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Publications, 2015) and The Noble Art: From Shadow to Essence Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Publications, 2021). Tiffany has recently pulled up her maple leaf roots to transplant to her beloved Wales where she looks forward to communing with ancient stones and many red dragons. Visit Tiffany at

Phoenix LeFaeBeing a Spiritual Rebel

Many of us find our way to the practice of Witchcraft because we are seeking change, connection, and let’s be honest, power. Witches and heretics are the outsiders of mainstream culture. They are the edge-walkers and the world changers. In this workshop, we will explore the potential of our own personal spiritual rebellion and step closer to our own inner heretic. Part lecture, part ritual, during our time together we will speak the names of the rebels of the past and seek their influence, wisdom, and magick on the rebellions we wish to create in the world today.

Phoenix LeFae (she/her) started on the path of Witchcraft in 1993. She has trained in several Witchcraft traditions, always looking to learn more and expand her knowledge. She is initiated into the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, the Avalon Druid Order, and Gardnerian Wicca. Phoenix is a professional Witch, author, reader, teacher, and owner of the Witchy shop Milk & Honey in Sebastopol, CA (

Michelle SkyeA New Style of Leadership for Within and Without: The Round Table

Michelle Skye is the author of three goddess books, Goddess AliveGoddess Afoot, and Goddess Aloud (Llewellyn Publications), and two children’s books Harriet Tubman: Follow Your Star and Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield (Chicken Scratch Press).  She is committed to helping individuals find their inner gifts and power through these books, individualized healing sessions, and group ritual experience. Michelle has been a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon for eleven years. She lives in southeastern Massachusetts, where she meets with clients and holds ceremony on the Sabbats.

Jhenah TelyndruThe Physicians of Myddfai and the Lady of the Lake

In this session, we will delve into the legendary heritage of the Meddygon Myddfai, the 500 year-long lineage of famous Welsh physicians said to have descended from the Lady of the Lake of Llyn y Fan Fach. We will examine details of their world-famous herbal formulary, discuss its importance within a medieval context, and spend time exploring the underlying significance of their supernatural origins.

Jhenah Telyndru holds an MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David. She is the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon and serves as Academic Dean of the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary.

Her published works include “Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom” (Llewellyn, 2010), “The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle” (Schiffer Books, 2016), “Pagan Portals – Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons” (Moon Books, 2018), “The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar and Herbal Wisdom from the Isle of Healing” (Llewellyn, 2019), “Pagan Portals – Blodeuwedd: Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty” (Moon Books, 2021), and the forthcoming “Awakening Avalon: The Ninefold Path of the Priestess” (Llewellyn 2023).

Jhenah teaches four day residential training retreats around North America and the UK, hosts online learning immersions and workshops, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland through Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition for over three decades, Jhenah has been walking a Pagan path since 1986. For more information about her work and offerings, please visit:


Carys Eleri

Carys will share with us her favourite Welsh folk songs as well as songs she has written is response to her grief in losing her father, David, her best friend, Trystan and her connection to the natural world.

Carys Eleri is an award winning Welsh singer, writer, composer, actor & presenter who produces many different kinds of work in her mother tongue of Welsh and in English. She is several times BAFTA nominated, winner of Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe Festival and Best Actress at Welsh theatre awards.



Kellianna sings song and chant of the Goddesses that inspire and empower you. She will lead you around the world while honoring Goddesses from many different places and traditions, and share the stories that sparked the creation of her music.

Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic singer and songwriter internationally renowned for her powerful performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. With guitar and vocals she brings to life the stories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With frame drum and chant she honors the Earth and the Ancestors with primal drumming and soaring vocals. Since 2003 Kellianna has performed her music in 11 countries on 3 continents with regular visits to Canada, the United Kingdom, Western Europe and Australia.  Kellianna is a certified teacher of the vocal practice SpiritSong, a powerful tool for freeing your voice and honoring the divine within. Experienced in the art of ritual chant, she uses song to move energy, to celebrate the ancient mysteries, and to empower intention.