Chasing The Rainbow: Facilitating A Pagan Festival Without Losing Your Mind

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Chasing The Rainbow is destined to become the quintessential guide for facilitating Pagan festivals. Author Tish Owen draws from over a decade of experience running one of the Mid-south's largest alternative-spirituality gatherings. In her down to earth and often humorous style, she offers sound advice and common sense planning techniques for any and all festival coordinators.

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About Tish Owen

Tish Owen is a woman of abundance. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Patrick, a very silly Rottweiler, a cat who bosses everyone, a Vietnamese Fire-Bellied Tree frog, and an African Gray parrot who is much smarter than most humans in the room. She loves her life and is grateful for more things then there is room to list here.

Tish is a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, owner of The Goddess and the Moon shop in Nashville since 1991, a published author, a seamstress, a sailor, and a brewer.

Long recognized as an authority in the area of psychic phenomena and occult activity, she has lent her expertise to occult crime investigations.

She is the coordinator of the Pagan Unity Festival Now in it's thirteenth year, it is the largest festival in the Mid-South. The festival is a four day event and brings in Pagan authors that many in the area have never gotten a chance to see in person.

Tish reads tarot cards professionally, her down-to-earth manner of laying out the situation and her good advice has kept clients coming back to her for eighteen-plus years. She also employs other divination tools such as numerology, pendulum, graphology and palmistry.

Tish is a media staple apearing on WWTN, WLAC, WRVW, WRLT, and WSM radio, The Morning News with Larry Britton, Channel 4 News at 6 and 10, The Talk of the Town, and CMT's "Gone Country". She's also been featured in the Tennessean, the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, and other local publications. Now they have gone and let her write books and there is no telling what that may lead to or what happens next! Stay tuned!

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Review by: Mike Gleason on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Chasing the Rainbow by Tish Owen © 2007 WillowTree Press eBook $6.99 (U.S.)

Okay, how many of you have ever attended a Pagan festival? Okay, how many of those have felt “I could do a better job of running a festival?” Want to bet? Do you think these things grow organically? Just plant the seed of an idea and it will all come together. Sure it will…and if you believe that I have some ocean-front property in Arizona I want to unload.

I started reading this book and was immediately transported to some of the festivals I attended years ago, during the infancy of the festival movement. Admittedly, it has been years since I have been able to attend, but I definitely could sympathize with some of the events she related.

My first experience of festival attendance was an over-nighter in the Midwest and everything went perfectly (except for the biker gang that wanted to have a “witch hunt”). We managed to survive that encounter without any bloodshed and only a few hangovers in the morning.

Tish offers plenty of suggestions and personal experiences to illustrate the joys, and sorrows, of running a festival. She writes in a friendly, easy to understand style. This book is one that has needed writing for quite a while. I am gratified that it has finally made its way into print. No, I don’t plan to run a festival, but I really feel that the festival-going Pagan community needs to know what goes into make a festival happen.

Of course, there are some things at any festival that you will not be happy with. Maybe this will inspire you to offer constructive suggestions, and perhaps even cause you to volunteer your time and experience to make the next festival more enjoyable for all.

After reading this book you will, I hope, have more understanding of what the festival organizers have gone through in order to attract you, your friends, and all those VIPs to the festival. And you will, I sincerely hope, take the time to express your appreciation to those individuals.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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