Gather with the Tarot Tribe and
Experience the Excitement of Readers Studio!
Join our international event as hundreds of tarot readers, teachers, authors and artists gather for three extraordinary days of tarot study and play.
Readers Studio is a magical place, a rich and multi-layered community that comes together each year for three intense and enchanted days of sharing, passionate teaching and learning, socializing and all things Tarot.
It's where even accomplished Tarot luminaries come to drink from a deep river of Tarot wisdom.
You'll experience a warm, heartfelt welcome and acceptance because here you are understood. You are accepted into a community of people like you, who value and appreciate the beauty, mystery and wisdom that is Tarot.
Whether you are a veteran practitioner or just past getting your feet wet, you are home.
Keep reading this page and be sure to check the links on the navigation bar to your left for all the details of this year's event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Hello, we are Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone, directors and teachers at The Tarot School and lifelong Tarot students. We created The Readers Studio in 2003 as a way to express our love of Tarot, and our love for the people who love Tarot, by bringing cutting-edge, practical techniques to the Tarot community.
Each year Readers Studio has grown and become better and better as it has evolved into a community in its own right. And by being part of Readers Studio, you help to shape the direction of the Tarot community going forward.
We celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Readers Studio in 2012. At the dinner banquet, we were presented with a beautiful box created by Ciro Marchetti, filled with little love notes from all the attendees. It was a glorious gift and we'd like to share a few of them with you. We've scattered them throughout the website. Just look for the little red heart like this one:
It's impossible to write what you have given to all of us by creating this space in time to be with others who are connected to us through this wondrous thing called Tarot. Thank you! — Shari
Readers Studio is a diverse, dynamic, international community of the most amazing people you'll ever want to meet, and it is so much more…
It is THE place to expand your Tarot horizons and deepen your knowledge as you participate in instructional intensives with top-drawer Tarot masters and study groups with rising Tarot stars. You will stretch your mind by learning practical, cutting-edge techniques that you can take away with you and use immediately.
Nancy (Nucc) is literally a mover and shaker in the Tarot world. As the Readers Studio co-director of Theater and Ritual, her leadership has grown in spades (wands). She describes this gathering as a potent sandbox. Her book Psychic Tarot — Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards is an offering of the first 20 years of her fierce, creative exploration of Tarot and the Psychic. Learn More
Major Tom Schick
Taking a practical, common sensical and irreverent approach to tarot, Major Tom inspires students to find their own answers. Best known as the editor/publisher of the Tarot Lovers' Calendars and Major Tom's Tarot of Marseilles, he has attracted a loyal following throughout the international tarot community. His Master Class promises to be both eye-opening and fun! Learn More
Ferol Humphrey teaches curiosity, adventure, and discovery in the liberation of the human spirit. Well known for her global Tarot community networking and content-rich Living Tarot Facebook, Ferol's most enjoyable work is her rapid, hilarious, and radical teaching styles, Living Tarot Method and Blue Lotus Heart Chi Gong. Experience Ferol's atypical, unexpected methods~ and quickly ease out of culturally ingrained habits of language and emotion, for smooth, confident reading skill. Master Class with Ferol is a dynamic acceleration!
Beyond Ideas of Right and Wrong, there is a space where knowledge and Magick within expands. Thank you for providing such a place for my mind, heart & soul. — Bernadette
But that's not all…
It's THE place to make and renew connections with friends, network, and create strategic alliances. With participants ranging from first-timers to veterans, from Tarot students to Tarot luminaries, from established artists and authors to publishers, you are in a world of possibilities, and you never know what wonderful things might happen.
Readers Studio is just what the Tarot Doctor ordered
if you want to…
Spend time with those who love Tarot as you do.
Many Tarot lovers who live in an unsupportive environment, and those who lack a support system, downplay their talent. If that's you, the RS three-day immersion is the perfect tonic to boost your confidence and take your skills to the next level. Perhaps you'll start accepting paying clients or advance your practice from part-time to full-time.
If you have been toying with the idea of supporting yourself full-time through your Tarot skills, the support, contacts, and strategic alliances you make at Readers Studio may be just the push you need to make the leap or get you pointed in the right direction.
Reinvigorate your practice and take it to the next level, wherever you are in your Tarot journey.
You can't help but be inspired by the infusion of energy, knowledge, skills, and passionate sharing that is the Readers Studio experience.
Find an appreciative audience and critical feedback for that book you've been writing or deck you've been creating.
Some past attendees have even snagged a publishing deal. New Age publishers know that Readers Studio is fertile ground to meet aspiring and published authors. You're likely to find at least one lurking at the conference.
Make invaluable contacts.
You'll have a golden opportunity to connect with other Tarot lovers from all over the world, make lasting friendships and dynamic business partnerships. You will have easy access to presenters and celebrity guests all weekend-long, so you can ask questions, get feedback on your readings, learn a secret or two, and even get some books signed by the authors.
Here's Just Some Of What You'll Get With Your
2013 Readers Studio Registration…
Three in-depth Master Classes with world-class Tarot instructors
The Readers Studio signature Foundation Reading:
Two Breakfast Roundtables: Each interactive session is led by a well-known member of the Tarot community and focuses on an engaging topic. A gentle, guided Tarot Meditation is available as a quiet alternative to the lively discussion.
Impromptu readings, passionate conversation, late-night chats, socializing, and loads of practice.
The Merchant Faire: Colorful tables piled high with irresistible Tarot Merchandise including jewelry, books, learning materials, prints by your favorite tarot deck creators, and a full selection of tarot decks provided by The Tarot Garden.
Free Swap Table: Give a little something, pick up something new! Exchange unneeded Tarot books, decks, and other paraphernalia to make room for new treasures.
The oasis and sanctuary of the Meditation Room available when you need to recharge.
The cool hangout that is the Readers Studio Lounge. Our own private space to kick back with friends.
Public recognition and celebration with your friends at a fabulous awards ceremony.
A beautiful parchment Certificate of Advanced Tarot Training credential to add to your portfolio or frame for your office.
Invitations to the Year-long Party through our private Readers Studio Ning social network and monthy community teleconferences,
Included In Your Registration:
Friday Luncheon Buffet!
Saturday Night Readers Studio Banquet!
Dressing in your “tarot finest” for the banquet is entirely optional — you're welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. That said, if you'd like to dress up for this special occasion, we highly encourage it!
We have a special surprise in store, too — and we promise you won't want to miss it!
You'll Also Get These Perks…
Come in on Wednesday and we'll give you a Free Bus Ride into Manhattan for a night of sight-seeing and socializing with your friends in the Big Apple.
Free Gift from Llewellyn when you sign in at our registration table.
“Endless” Giveaways of Tarot Goodies from your favorite publishers, merchants, and generous members of the tarot community.
And If That's Not Enough,
You Can Enjoy These Optional Activities…
Select from 12 After-Hours Study Groups presented by Tarot Experts.
Get a reading from your favorite Tarot Author at the Celebrity Psychic Fair on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Readers Studio takes a quantum leap forward into the 21st century! We proudly present the first Readers Studio Tarot & Psychology Conference.
This exciting full-day conference takes place on Thursday, April 25th. The presenters are all distinguished PhD. psychologists who use tarot in their practice. You can attend just for the day, or combine it with your Readers Studio registration and get a $100 discount.
Join us as we bridge the psychology and tarot professions for the first time in a public forum!
Dr. Arthur Rosengarten is an experienced Jungian psychologist, published author, Graduate Professor, and Tarot teacher based in San Diego, California. Art wrote the first accredited doctoral dissertation on Tarot, entitled: Accessing the Unconscious: A Comparative Study of Dreams, TAT, and Tarot (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, 1985). He has been a pioneer and a leading voice in the emerging field of “Tarot Psychology” for over 25 years. His book Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility (Paragon House, 2000) shows innovative and powerful examples of the skillful blending of Tarot with psychotherapy.
Elinor Greenberg, PhD, CGP, CPTR is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice as a Gestalt Therapist for over thirty years. She is internationally known for her lectures and papers on personality disorders and is a member of the editorial board of the Gestalt Review. Dr. Greenberg holds a Tarot School Third Degree, is certified as a professional tarot reader, and has developed her own blend of tarot and psychotherapy that she calls “Tarot Counseling.”
Dr. David Van Nuys is psychology professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. In addition, his market research business, e-FocusGroups, has served such distinguished clients as The New York Times and Apple Computer. A University of Michigan trained clinical psychologist, he leads workshops across the U.S. and Europe. A prolific author and speaker, he collaborated on a book about the infamous Zodiac serial killer. He also produces two popular podcasts: Shrink Rap Radio and Wise Counsel.
Is The Readers Studio for Me?
Are you are a Tarot reader without a lot of experience?
If you are not a veteran reader yet, Readers Studio is a fantastic place to jumpstart your Tarot skills and soar to the next level.
The weekend begins with the warm hospitality of the Readers Studio staff. And it's carried through with roving Tarot Ambassadors who are here to help you settle in and answer your questions. There is also a special ceremony to welcome first-timers.
For three days you are immersed in a community of fellow Tarot lovers and kindred spirits who will meet you at your level and carry you to new heights. Drink to your heart's content from a flowing river of Tarot knowledge, and do it at your own pace.
No need to feel intimidated. The presenters, including high profile Tarot masters, are friendly and accessible. After all, once upon a time we were all novices.
If you can do a basic three-card reading without the aid of an open book then Readers Studio is for you. Your fresh perspective makes a welcome contribution to our community. Just bring your energy and enthusiasm.
Meal times and social times give you lots of opportunity to connect with fellow participants and presenters in an enjoyable, casual manner so that you can ask questions and build connections.
Opportunities abound for shopping where you can pick up everything from the coolest Tarot decks and books to clothing and original pieces of art.
And the best part?
Thanks so very much for all the work and dedication you have put in such a magical event. I am thrilled to be here for my first time. I will return for sure! — Wanda
Are you a Tarot pro or serious long-time student?
There is nothing like the company of fellow Tarot lovers and professionals to revitalize you and your business.
If you've attended Readers Studio in the past, you know that each year brings a fresh perspective and the chance to renew existing connections and generate new ones.
The Amberstones go out of their way to ensure that each Readers Studio conference offers content that is outside the general knowledge base and contains a touch of the unusual; information that you will get nowhere else.
That is why you will find highly acclaimed Tarot authors and teachers sitting in the audience as students; they are as eager to learn as you are.
Not only will you have the opportunity to hobnob with the superstars of the Tarot world, but you will also get to know the up-and-comers and reconnect with your peers.
And if you are one of the Tarot celebrities or rising stars you can share your skill and your knowledge with the wider Tarot community. Whoever you are, you will help shape the Tarot community with your talent, experience and energy. Come and join us at RS13.
If You Live Outside the US
We Extend You a Special Welcome!
One of the most exciting developments in the Tarot world is the growth of Tarot communities world-wide. Nothing strengthens and revitalizes your growth, and ours, like the exchange of information and cross-connections across national borders and continents.
We have so much to learn and to teach each other. As the world becomes increasingly complex, it is more important than ever to transcend the limits of our national borders and thinking.
Past RS conferences had participants from Singapore, China, India, Great Britain, Germany, Iceland, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Japan, as well as Canada and the US.
Help us build an international Tarot community so that any reader or practitioner can feel at home and supported no matter where he or she lives.
In return, not only will you make wonderful new friends and new connections, but you will be exposed to the latest cutting-edge information and techniques. If you are serious about Tarot, you can't afford to miss out.
RS13, with its location just outside New York's La Guardia Airport and close to JFK International Airport, is convenient from anywhere around the world.
Readers Studio is a non-stop party where everyone loves Tarot! Enjoy a continuous opportunity to mix, mingle and practice your new-found skills. Take a look at our Video, Flickr Stream and Slideshows to see the Studio spirit for yourself!
And, if you find yourself reluctant to leave at the conference close, extend the RS experience and stay an extra day. You'll have lots of company!
We think so, too! Here's what to do to get in on all the fun…
First Things First: Mark Your Calendar NOW!
April 26 — 28, 2013
Pre-Studio Bus Trip To Manhattan: Wednesday, April 24
Tarot & Psychology Conference: Thursday, April 25
After you've marked your calendar, register online or call us at 800-804-2184. If you'd like to join us for the all-day Tarot & Psychology Conference on Thursday, be sure to add it to your cart. You can use our convenient order form to register.
Next, give the hotel a call at 718-565-8900 and reserve your room NOW at our special room rate of $155 for the nights you'll be joining us. You won't get the bill until you check out, but if you don't reserve your room now, you might be out of luck later!
Remember, we invite you to give yourself a real vacation and come early!!
The Readers Studio Offers Great Value!
Your registration investment of $435 includes three intensive, value-packed days, buffet lunch on Friday, Saturday night's sit-down sumptuous buffet, foundation reading, three hands-on workshop intensives with Tarot luminaries, two breakfast round-table discussions, access to the Meditation room, optional pre-conference bus ride to Manhattan, Merchant Faire and swap table, gifts and give-aways, public recognition and a parchment certificate of achievement, invitation to participate on our private Readers Studio Ning social network, and monthly teleconference calls.
Not to mention the new and renewed contacts you'll make, the opportunity to stretch your mind and change your life!
And if you add the Thursday, Tarot & Psychology Conference to your Readers Studio registration, it's only an additional $95 for the full-day event plus a fabulous cocktail party, especially for Thursday conference attendees!
We don't recommend such extreme measures (and doubt that Val would actually do that), but we certainly appreciate the sentiment! If you're on a tight budget, don't forget to check out our convenient Payment Plan. You'll find more financial details, including our generous cancellation policy, through the navigation bar links.
So, if you…
love the Tarot
then you must join us!
The Readers Studio is Tax Deductible
for Tarot Professionals!
Treasury regulation 1.1625 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses — including registration fees, tuition, travel, meals, and lodging — for courses taken to improve or maintain skills required in employment or business.