About these notes

These notes are intended for use by Pagan Elders and by those who are in active training to become Elders. They present some of what I have learned up until now, but they are hardly the final word on the subject. They are not intended to become the basis for the next Pagan fad, nor do they replace what you learn from your own Tradition, your Elders, and your Circle.

As usual with this series, this is a work in progress. I hope to receive advice, corrections, inspirations, great ideas, criticisms and manifestos concerning this book from its readers. Please email me to let me know what you think should be different in the next version. I appreciate your feedback. 

I dedicate these notes to all those who seek to learn how to better serve their Gods, their People, and their Earth.

About the author

I am High Priestess of Proteus Coven, a liberal Gardnerian Wiccan coven in the suburbs of New York City, and proud Grandmother of several covens in that lineage. As a retired civil servant in the best Gardnerian tradition, I am now a full-time writer, teacher and priestess, also maintaining a small private counseling practice. I hold an M.S. degree in counseling from City University of New York. I am chair-emerita of the Pastoral Counseling Program at Cherry Hill Seminary.

As you might expect from a Wiccan High Priestess, my primary religious vocabulary is Wiccan. But these notes are intended for Pagans of all Paths, and for anybody else who may find them useful. I hope that my Druid, Heathen, and Reconstructionist (and anybody else I may have missed) will not feel left out, and will make any translation that is necessary to suit their own Paths.

I have a long-term passion for sharing skills and information I learned in my secular training as a counselor with Elders and Elders-in-training of every Pagan path. Since I consider this a major part of my calling as a priestess, I do not charge fees for these workshops, but do ask for carfare and crash space.


Great thanks, as always, to my ex-wife Gwyneth. Since she was abroad during most of the writing process this time, I also want to thank Thea Collins, Misha Dutka, and Rhea Paniesin for lending their eyes, their ears, their wisdom, and their editorial discernment to this project. Special gratitude goes to the six brave people who participated so wholeheartedly in the Conflict Resolution track at the 2007 Pagan Leadership Skills Conference, in which I kitchen-tested most of these ideas, and the members of an earlier workshop at the Toronto Pagan Conference. Their sharing enriches this work.


Copyright for original portions of this work is claimed by Judith S. Harrow © 2007, 2012.  Excerpts of works by other authors presented within these notes are copyright by their respective authors and/or publishers. In accordance with Canadian and American copyright law, reproduction of the published and unpublished works of other authors is for the purpose of private study and fair dealing. You do not have the right to make further copies of the included material for distribution to other persons without the original authors' permission.

This notebook, like all the other notebooks in this series, is my free gift to the Pagan community, and we hope you will pay this gift forward. Accordingly, you may use these notes only for not-for-profit purposes of teaching and study. You may freely distribute copies of these notes for such purposes, provided that the authors are clearly identified (and contributing authors have given permission) and that the text is not altered. No further permission is required for copies made for such purposes.

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