Confirmed Panelists and Activity Leaders 2023:


Norsewyk Grimnir. Norsewyk is a leader and teacher in the Hampton Roads Pagan community. He is active in the Eastern Beach Kindred and teaches regular classes on Northern Magic and Northern Lore at Mystic Moon.  He also regularly facilitates workshops and rituals at Mystic Moon and at events such as May Moon and Autumn Moon. -- Confirmed for 2023.



David Coffman. David is a Virginia Beach attorney. He regularly presents a workshop on "Pagans and the Law" at the Hampton Roads Autumn Moon Festival / Pagan Pride Day. David represented PagaNet, Inc. from 1998-2010, and served on its Board of Directors from 2000-2003.  David has served on the Hampton Roads Pride Board of Directors from 2017 to present. -- Confirmed for 2023.



Sir Hex Nottingham.  Raised as a Shield Knight and Priest of the Loyal Arthurian Warband by Arthur Pendragon in Stonehenge, student of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, member of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and appointed as Principle Drummer of the Stonehenge Druids. A lifelong Witch, studying the many ways of the Craft since childhood, Hex has made 5 pilgrimages to the United Kingdom visiting some of the most sacred Druid and Celtic temples, and worked with many amazing people along the way, even sharing the stage with international Pagan recording artist Damh the Bard to an audience of 400 Druids in Glastonbury and two private shows of 100 in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Hex conducted the Midsummer Sunset Ceremony inside Stonehenge to a crowd of about 30,000 people. Hex, along with Stonehenge ArchDruid Rollo Maughling, made history by being the first booked musical act at Stonehenge Summer Solstice since its 30 year ban.  Hex may also have been the first Druid to make global news on Yahoo's global news homepage. -- Confirmed for 2023.


Ignacio Ceja was born in Illinois (silent 's') and moved all around the Midwest during his upbringing, ultimately landing in Kansas. Following a twenty year career in the military, he now works as a card reader. It's hard not think of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" whenever he says that. -- Confirmed for 2023.

Mel Mystery. Mel is an eclectic Hellenistic Druid with a little bit of Norse thrown in. Mel hosts his own podcast "Discovering the Male Mysteries" for gay and bi Pagan men. Mel recently published a book on LGBT werewolves in mythology and folklore titled "The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts." Mel also dabbles in photography. -- Confirmed for 2023.
  Wes Jolly.  Rev. Wes has had a long and varied path, growing up in the Ozark mountains of Northern Arkansas. Like many who grew up in the rural South, his path began in a Christian church, in his case Southern Baptist. As a young man he suffered a crisis of faith that led to walking down many different paths, but when he found Ár nDraíocht Féin he found a place where his oddly shaped peg fit. He completed a twenty year career in the US Navy, raised five children, and too many dogs. He is currently ordained through the Universal Life Church, but he is working on completing the Dedicant Path, with the intention of seeking ordination as clergy in the ADF. He keeps a post-Viking Celtic hearth, and worships as a member of the Three Branch Rivers Grove in Hampton Roads, Virginia, where he serves as the Grove Preceptor and Purse Warden. He also serves as the Listmaster and Forum Moderator for ADF, and the Coordinator of the Military Outreach special interest group. -- Confirmed for 2023.



Confirmed Focus Groups, Panels, and Activities for 2023:

Introductions and Icebreaker

Just a chance to get to know each other better.  Everyone will get a chance to introduce themselves, tell us their path, and what they are hoping to gain from the weekend.  We'll also have some kind of icebreaker game to make it fun.

Beach Ritual -- Led by Wes Jolly

A short and simple ritual on the beach Saturday evening leading into our evening drum circle on the beach.

Bog Trivia by the Fire -- Hosted by Mel Mystery.

Test your knowledge in the four categories of Mythical Creatures; Historic (Pagan and Magickal) People; (Pagan and Magickal) Places and Events; and Folklore, Superstitions, and Magick.  Prizes will be offered to winner of each round.

Drumming on the Beach -- Led by Sir Hex Nottingham

A drum circle on the beach Saturday evening.  Please note that the drumming must end promptly by 10pm as that is when the park's quiet hours begin.

Focus Group: What is the Place of Pagan men in the community?

Some of the questions posed might include: What are the roles, experiences, and aspirations of men in the local Pagan community? What is our sense of community and connection?  What are the needs and concerns of Pagan men? How do these differ from the needs and concerns of women in the Pagan community? How do men fit into a feminine-dominated goddess-focused religion? What needs and roles aren’t being met for Pagan men? What are the challenges to us connecting and bonding as men?

Focus Group: What is the need for Diversity and Allyship in the Pagan Men's Community?

Questions might include: What are the experiences and issues for gay, bi, and trans Pagan men?  What about Pagan men of color?  Older and younger Pagan men?  Do we value our elders and our youth? How do concepts of polarity potentially exclude gay, bi, trans, and non-binary people?  What can we do to address and challenge the use of Pagan symbols by hate groups or at least distance ourselves from being associated with those groups?  As Pagan men, how do we support the women in our communities and call out sexism?  Can you follow a path your ancestors didn’t or is that cultural appropriation? Can you split into separate gender peer groups without being sexist or transphobic?

Nature Hike

The group will hike the varied terrain of First Landing State Park from the sandy beach through the forested areas to the Cypress bogs and back to camp. 

Panel Discussion: What is the Place of Men in Pagan Paths and Groups?
Panelists: Norsewyk Grimnir (Asatru / Norse Paganism), Wes Jolly (Druidry), Ignacio Ceja (Rootwork / Hoodoo / Conjure), plus one other panelist TBA.
Panelists will answer questions about the role and place of men in their respective traditions and groups.  Panelists will describe the basic beliefs of their paths and answer questions such as: Do their paths draw Pagan men?  What about LGBTQ+ individuals and People of Color?  Are there both elders and youth involved?  What masculine, feminine, and gender-variant deities and spirits are honored in their traditions?
Panel Discussion: What is the Role of Men's Rites and Rituals?
Panelists: David Coffman, Norsewyk Grimnir, and one or two additional panelists TBA.

Men’s rites of Passage were an integral part of pre-Christian Pagan communities.  They were often orchestrated by the adult men and elders of a community, or sometimes by the local shamans.  What are men’s rites of passage?  How have they been done by modern Pagans?  Has the essential role of rites of passage been neglected by the modern Pagan community?  Who, if anyone, is currently doing men’s rites of passage in our local community?  Have up to four panelists.

Lunch and Wrap-up Session at Shorebreak Pizza and Taphouse
After our retreats, we usually go out for lunch at a nearby pizza place.  This is usually a chance to decompress from the weekend, to share our personal experiences from the retreat, to look at what went right and would could have been better, and to start brainstorming themes for next year.