New Staff Writers to Join No Unsacred Place!

November 1, 2011 by Categorized: Nature in the News.

With the start of the new year, No Unsacred Place is thrilled to welcome two new writers to the staff: Lupa, and Eli Effinger-Weintraub!


Lupa is a (neo)shaman, pagan author, dead critter artist, and wannabe polymath living in Portland, OR. When she isn’t immersed in creativity-fueled self-employment, she’s either hiding in the woods somewhere, figuring out how to use her MA in Counseling Psychology for the forces of good, or indulging in Nintendo-circa-1985. She’s all over the place online, including The Green Wolf, Pagan Book Reviews, and Antler Runes.


Lupa will be writing the newly re-envisioned Earthly Rites column here on No Unsacred Place, exploring themes of environmentalism and nature spirituality in ritual and liturgy within a Pagan context as well as sharing her expertise and personal experience in Therioshamanism, totemism, shamanism and ecopsychology.


Eli Effinger-Weintraub practices naturalistic Reclaiming-tradition hearthcraft in the Twin Cities watershed. She plants her beliefs and practices in the Earth and her butt on a bicycle saddle. She writes plays, essays, and short fiction (especially of the steampunk variety) and is attempting to wrestle a novel into submission. Previous works have appeared in Witches & Pagans Magazine, Circle Magazine, and Steampunk Tales, as well as at the Clarion Foundation blog, I’m From Driftwood, and Humanistic Paganism. Eli earns her daily bread as a comma wrangler. She shares her life and art with her wife, visual artist Leora Effinger-Weintraub, and two buffalo disguised as cats. Check out Eli’s corner of the Internet: Back Booth.


Eli has already graced the pages of No Unsacred Place as a guest writer with her piece “Bee and Orchid.” In her new column, Restorying the Sacred, she’ll be exploring the process of re-storying and how it can help Pagans today connect with their own time and place by honoring the ancient myths of the ancestors and cultivating a new corpus of tales that reflect a modern scientific understanding of the world.


Welcome to the NUP team, Lupa and Eli!

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  1. Looking forward to reading your essays here! Welcome!

  2. Welcome! As the tech coordinator for the PNC overall, if either of you need any help, let me know!

  3. It’s a joy and a privilege to be here; I’ve loved reading NUP for a good long while, and I’m incredibly pleased to be able to contribute to it! Thank you for the opportunity–and it appears I am in excellent company in my new-ness :)

  4. That is great news for the readers, and for both of you! Congrats, Lupa and Eli!

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