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Between The Worlds
A Spiritual Gathering For Men Who Love Men

Festival Guests

Each year, Between the Worlds invites a speaker to give a keynote address (and often to present workshops or rituals) and a musical guest to give an evening concert/performance. Our community is also blessed with a number of prominent presenters who regularly offer workshops and rituals at the festival.

Patron God • Veles
Veles Each year, the BTW Council chooses a patron for the festival. For Between the Worlds 2018, our patron is Veles. Also called Volos and Weles, Veles is the Slavic god of the underworld, the waters, animals, and the forests. As the keeper of the realm of the dead, Veles is a walker between the worlds of the living and the dead who knows past, present, and future. As a god of the earth and waters he walks between the worlds of the wild and the civilized as he is Lord of the Forest and patron of the animals as well as master of cattle and protector of the wealth and prosperity of family and clan. He shows us a way beyond our comforts and into deeper and wilder mysteries. In 2017 Agni taught us to tend our fires and make offerings to reach the divine. In 2018 we step beyond the fire’s light and into the wild, the underworld, and seek what wisdom and transformation might be had to ensure our peace and prosperity.

2017 Keynote Speaker • Kirk Thomas

Kirk Thomas is an Archdruid Emeritus of Ar nDraiocht Fein : A Druid Fellowship (ADF) and an ordained Senior Priest in that religion. He is also the author of, “Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods”, available on He holds a Masters degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales - Trinity St. David as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Certificate from the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK. A resident of Washington State, USA, Kirk co-owns a retreat center and organic farm called Trout Lake Abbey, located at the base of Mt. Adams. He has built an impressive stone circle and Druidic sanctuary there where he plans to open an ADF seminary and intentional community. He spends much of his time traveling for ADF, visiting groves, solitaries and festivals, presenting on various topics and participating in public, group ritual.

Previous Guests
Click Below to see what previous guests we've had at Between the Worlds
Past Gods Past Keynote
Past Entertainment
In Memoriam