Staff

Maryanne Pearce – Steward

Maryanne, also known as “MA,” is one of the Stewards of Raven’s Knoll. Maryanne has a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and a background in Women’s Studies. In 2013 she finished a doctorate in law, with a focus on missing and murdered women in Canada. She is writing two books based on An Akward Silence. She has a full time career, as well as running Raven’s Knoll and the Kaleidoscope Gathering with her husband, Austin Lawrence. Maryanne is of Mohawk and Celtic ancestry, whose spirituality is grounded in the Mother Earth. Maryanne is involved with Great Pyrenees rescue, does the taxes for all of the women’s shelters in Ottawa, and is on the board of Minwaashin Lodge.
Austin “Auz” Lawrence – Steward

Austin, sometimes known as “Auz,” is one of the Stewards of Raven’s Knoll. Auz has a Master’s degree in Anthropology, which has lead to a full time career that he does alongside the “hobby” of running Raven’s Knoll and the Kaleidoscope Gathering with his wife, Maryanne Pearce. Austin is a Heathen who is an oathed goði associated with the American Vinland Association, since 2008. Auz is interested in Medieval Martial Arts and all things Old Norse. Auz is also a former Stag King of the Kaleidoscope Gathering.
Brendan “the Handy” Roche – Land Manager

Brendan Roche is also called “Brendan the Handy” because he is often around other people named Brendan, but more importantly because he is a Mr. Fix-It. He is the Groundskeeper of Raven’s Knoll, living at the property and keeping everything in order and running. He makes sure everyone in the surrounding area is connected to cyberspace by risking his life climbing tall towers for Bonnechere Community Internet. For years, he has been a dedicated maintenance volunteer behind the scenes at many Pagan events, in particular the Kaleidoscope Gathering.
Gypsy Birch

Gypsy Birch serves Raven's Knoll in a variety of ways. In addition to assisting with maintenance tasks, he is involved in the organization and planning of some Knoll events, and has also begun taking on various beautification projects.

Primarily, he works as the Raven's Knoll Head of Security for most Knoll events.
Myst

From the Spring 2010 opening of Raven’s Knoll Myst has welcomed the opportunity to help make Raven's Knoll barrier-free; that no matter the mobility, all should be able to enjoy the warmth, energy, and freedom of this amazing place and the people in attendance. This has led to her considering The Knoll a second home!

Myst follows an eclectic Pagan path, though a Witch at heart, she welcomes the opportunity to learn about all Pagan paths, as well as honoring her Native Ancestors and Guides. She has trained with, and is a member of, Feathers Academy of Clairvoyants and Holistic Therapies, Norwich, UK. As a Clairvoyant/Psychic Medium, she has helped with Spirit Rescue and with things that "go bump in the night"! Myst has also enjoyed sharing the techniques for Grounding & Protecting, working with our Chakras, using pendulums, and connecting with Spirit and Spirit Guides. Myst has been instrumental in the development and promotion of "after-care" for esoteric rituals; demonstrating a genuine commitment to the spiritual well-being of those attending events at Raven's Knoll.