Laura Tempest Zakroff, Author and Bellydancer, at the Sojourner!

Happy Independence Day, Sojourners!

I hope you all had a safe and happy celebration of our nation’s radical declaration of Independence from the unjust governance by Great Britain 241 years ago. May the spirit of revolution continue toward the creation of a society that consistently offers life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all people equally.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus

Like our Lady Liberty, we at the Sojourner intend to keep our lamp raised to welcome our Sojourners still yearning to breathe free in our own country.

Laura Tempest Zakroff comes to town!

MONDAY, July 17th,  Llewellyn author, Patheos Pagan blogger, and internationally renown bellydancer LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF arrives on book tour all the way from Seattle, Washington. We do hope you will all come out to greet her, buy a copy of her new book for signing, and attend her workshop and performance that night. We have a big stack of her books for purchase and signing!

We are teaming up with the good people at Crave Restaurant and Bar (across the street) to host the workshop and concert portion of this event. Plan to have dinner and drinks at Crave that night in gratitude of their awesomeness in hosting this event. We are now taking registrations at the Sojourner for the workshop and performance, $35.

If you can only attend the performance at 9:00, $10 entry fee will be taken at the door. Thanks for your ongoing support!

~Heron Michelle, Owner of the Sojourner

Event Schedule: Monday, July 17th

5:00-6:30 – The Witch’s Cauldron – Meet the Author and Book Signing
Free and open to the public, held at The Sojourner
414 Evans Street

7:00-8:30 – Stirring the Cauldron Workshop
$35 including performance
Hosted at Crave Restaurant and Bar at 409 Evans Street

9pm – 10:00 pm Mini concert: The Mechanist & The Star Goddess
($10 for performance only) At Crave Restaurant and Bar at 409 Evans Street, open to the public.

About the Author:

Laura Tempest Zakroff – Author of The Witch’s Cauldron

Laura Tempest Zakroff can be described as a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, muse, mythpunk, teacher, and witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs.

As Tempest, she has been a major pioneer of fusion bellydance for over fifteen years. Her fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance, and she strives to help others connect mind, body, and spirit through movement.

Laura has been a practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over two decades and revels in the intersection of her various paths with witchcraft. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches’ Almanac.

The Witch’s Cauldron is her first book, with a second book on sigil witchery due out in 2018. Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats. Find out more at

About the Book: The Witch’s Cauldron:
The Craft,

Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide from The Witch’s Tools Series (#6)

Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this book provides valuable information for witches of all ages and skill levels. Explore the history and development of the cauldron as well as the cauldron’s role in lore and mythology. Find unconventional cauldrons already in your home and perform some old world witchery. You’ll see the possibilities of this wonderful tool are endless, and it may just become your favorite.


Workshop: Stirring The Cauldron: A Ritual Exploration of Movement

7:00-8:30 – $35 including performance – Please register in advance at The Sojourner
Hosted at Crave Restaurant and Bar at 409 Evans Street

Movement is a key element to connecting the mind, body, and spirit. The more we can shift from static to active practice, the more embodied our magick and other metaphysical experiences become. In this ritual-meets-workshop, we’ll focus on how to incorporate dance elements into your practice regardless of age, ability, experience, or tradition, using the metaphorical cauldron as our guide


The Mechanist and the Star Goddess performing in Greenville NC July 17. 2017

The Mechanist and the Star Goddess


The Mechanist & The Star Goddess: Concert and Bellydance Performance

9:00-10:00  $10 entry fee
Held at Crave Restaurant and Bar, 409 Evans Street.
Please join them for dinner and drinks before the concert!
Co-hosted by The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions

The Mechanist & The Star Goddess is a dynamic music & dance project with Tempest, Nathaniel Johnstone, and Davis Petterson. They create improvised music and dance on the spot, inspired in the moment – as well songs from the repertoire of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band. The project title/inspiration evokes the exploration of the liminal space between the confines of the precise concrete world and the limitless divine.

Tempest is a world-renown bellydance performer and instructor, focusing on sacred and darkly inspired fusions that pull from the traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. She is also an artist, author, blogger, and designer (see

Nathaniel Johnstone is a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (violin, viola, guitar, banjo, mandolin) whose music pulls from myth, fantasy, and folklore with a vibrant sound crosses boundaries & borders, resulting in a blend of multicultural folk rock.

Davis Petterson is an Atlanta G.A. based drummer who has performed and recorded with groups such as The Ghosts Project, Juliana Finch, The Sweet Meat Love And Holy Cult, and The Changelings.

Project Website: Project FB Page:

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