Reading Pagans & Witches is a Non Profit Organization serving the Berks County (Pennsylvania) and Greater Reading Area. was formed with the intention to serve the community with a focus on celebrating Pagans, Witches, and other nature-based and alternative faiths in the Berks County and Greater Reading Area. We will do this by providing a place that is open to all, regardless of their individual beliefs, and as a growing haven to advance pagan ideals non-invasively to the wider world. We are founded for education and community outreach purposes, with a focus on celebrating Pagans & Witches as well as other nature-based and alternative faiths. Our goal is to passively educate the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community, as well as promote the happiness and enjoyment of members of the community. We further our purposes under this program by celebrating various nature-based faiths.
We began in October, 2004, as a discussion group and a face to face social gathering for the local Pagan community. From our meager beginning with only one person at our first meeting to having almost four dozen people attending our meetings less than a year later, our group has grown and evolved. In January, 2009, we incorporated as a non profit organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In April, 2012, we received our federal 501-c-3 status
Until recently we held four events each year. In 2011 we elected to take a two-year hiatus and began refocusing the vision of Reading Pagans & Witches. While working on getting more people interested on various levels, which we are hoping will bring even more people to our events in the future. This is a temporary shift of focus, to make the events we will be putting on, once more, in the future even better for everyone. Our three festivals and expos include a mixture of music, entertainment, ritual, discussions & lectures, children's activities, healers, readers, and vendors with spiritual wares. In late January we hold the Imbolc Gathering & Expo (returning soon). Early May will find us hosting the PA May Faire (returning in 2013). In the autumn we have the Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival (returning in 2014). We end the year each December with the Yule Ball , where guests dress in everything from cocktail to full formal wear to Renaissance gear to Steampunk and come out for a great evening with music, dancing, food, and friends.
We also are currently involved in community service projects, including Pennsylvania’s Adopt-A-Highway project and working with Berks Women in Crisis and the Berks AIDS Network, part of the Co-County Wellness Center.