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Tejas Web WitchCamp October 2017 - Embodiment and Ecstasy at the Crossroads - Of the many paths we each follow, we find ourselves, at this very moment, standing together at the crossroads. Look back - Hekate’s torches burn brightly, illuminating where we have each journeyed from. Look ahead – Her torches illuminate the myriad paths we can choose, now.
And we have not arrived at the crossroads alone; our allies are with us. Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit surround us, speak to us, and move within us and through us.
Here, the Elements ask us to consider: How does Breath inform our voices at the crossroads? How do we tend to the inner and outer Fires, for ourselves and our communities? Can our shared stories, carried in the Waters of life, point the way to the path ahead? What is it to remember that we are not just of the Earth, but we are the Earth itself?
Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Spirit; these are the paths that have led us to the crossroads. They honor us – will you honor them in return by embodying them as we explore the Elements of Magic? We will sing and move and join in ecstatic practices - for our path is to live an ecstatic life. We will trance, do spellwork and embrace Mystery - for ours is a mysterious path.
SpiralHeart WitchCamp July 2017 - Two minutes before midnight. Each moment between then and now, an anticipation.Who knows what happens when the clock strikes twelve and the ritual begins? The moment when all is possible and nothing is certain. What delicious Mystery awaits us in the Land of Faerie? What Magic will we conjure there and bring back to this world? Let us move effortlessly between magic and the mundane, stepping into the Mystery of co-created ritual, aligning our energies, weaving them with intention and community. Engaging with our bodies, our voices, the Spirits of Place, and the very landscape we find ourselves part of, we will explore Mystery and Magic through ecstatic Ritual. We reclaim our power to create, engage and transform. I will be co-facilitating the amazing Avian Swansong and Diana Love
May 2017 - Rites of Passage - 3 day intensive - with Sylvan (Baltimore)
April 2017 - Iron Pentacle - 3 day weekend intensive - With Yule Danu (Vacaville)
February 2017 - Elements of Magic - 6 weeks class with Phoenix Lefae (Sebastopol)
SpiralHeart Witchcamp - July 10th-17th, 2016 -
What is that sound? Is it the sweet song of devotion? Could it be the furious incatations of our own Monsters? Might it be the drum beat of our community soul looking for connection in a garden of stone statues? What do you hear when you step ritual?
Let us be still and listen for the sounds of ritual. Are we shaping a call for justice? Are we crafting a chant song for community healing? does our ritual play long for a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms cascading together to make a beautiful noise that supports the magic we create?
We cordially invite you to join us as we explore the art of ritual soundscaping. Together we will delve into the mysteries of our collective voice, using it as a tool for enhancing ritual experiences. Together we’ll find that monstrous silence and sit there until the “just right” sounds emerge and we fold them seamlessly into the rich tapestry of ritual technology, honing and developing our musical skills together. Let us explore crafting magical, musical intentions, using our voices, drums, bodies and the instruments that Nature herself provides us to nurture and support life enhancing change and action.
Finding The Sacred Masculine - Weekend Intensive Date -April 2016 - . Sebastopol, California
In many ways, those who identify as men are told what masculinity is by the narrow narrative of the overculture. We are told how to hold our bodies, how to be successful, and how to conform to particular expressions of the warrior/athlete archetype.
How can we create communities that allow for both? What is it to be a man existing in a goddess tradition? What do we hold as sacred initiations and rituals of manhood? How do we embody the diversity of the sacred masculine without repeating and perpetuating the history of the Patriarchy? How do we come to terms with male privilege.This class is open to all men in any of the wonderful forms we take.
Mysteries of Samhain - Four Day Intensive Retreat October 9-12, 2015
Mysteries of Samhain is a participatory camp. This year we'll be working with the wonderful story of Tam Lim. co-facilitated and Ancestor Devotion path.
Aurora Borealis Witch Camp - September 3rd -7th, Edmonton, Canada
With Donald Engstrom-Reese and Synnove. Facilitated work/play that focused on "Breath. Sound. Song."
January 2015 - Elements of Magic six week class with Pheonix Lefae (Cotati)
October 2014 -Mysteries of Samhain 4-day Intensive Retreat with a teaching team (Mendocino)
January 2015 - Elements of Magic with Phoenix LeFae (Sebastopol)
September 2014 - Pentacle of Pearl weekend intensive with Cypress Fey (Sebastopol)
April 2014 - Iron Pentacle weekend intensive with Irisanya Moon (Sebastopol)
January 2014 - Elements of Magic six week class with Phoenix LeFae (Sebastopol)
September 2013 - Rites of Passage weekend intensive with Eddy S. (Sebastopol)
June 2013 - California WitchCamp 7 day intensive The Descent of Inanna. -Offered "Mystery Teachings from the Underworld -The Journey of the shamanic initiate" with Melusina Gomez(Mendocino)
April 2013 -Pentacle of Pearl weekend intensive with Laura Wyrd and Phoenix Lefae (Los Angeles)
January 2013 - Devotional Drumming and Ritual Craft day long playshop - My own work (Fairfield)
November 2012-May 2013 6 month Iron Pentacle with Laurel Kadish and Ewa (San Francisco)
October 2012 - 6 week Iron Pentacle with George Franklin and Robin Dolan (Oakland)
October 2012 - Stage managed Annual Spiral dance in San Francisco
September 2012 - 3-day intensive Rites of Passage with Robin Dolan and Phoenix LeFae (Sebastopol)
June 2012 - California Witchcamp Skeleton Woman - 7 day immersive camp -Offered "Elements of Magic" with Paul Eaves (Mendocino)
May 2012 - "Drumming with the Muses" with Jeffrey Alphonsus. Co -created playshop blending my devotional work with soundscapes, extemporaneous poetry and song. (Petaluma)
March 2012 -Rites of Passage with Laura Wyrd and Phoenix LeFae intensive weekend using "12 Wild Swans" as the myth (Los Angeles)
February 2012 - Pantheacon Co-created a 90 minute ritual focusing on diversity (San Jose).
January 2012 -Elements of Magic three-day Intensive with Copper Persephone. (Sebastopol)
November 2011 - Advanced Elements of Magic with George Franklin and Sefora. This six week class focused on embodying of the elements, taking them out into the world, understanding them as biology, myth and practical tools. All of the work was experiential and centered on creating daily practices.(Oakland)
October 2011 - Stage managed Spiral Dance SF
California Camp 2011 - I stepped into a leadership as a resource teacher co-creating the music/drumming for each of the nightly rituals and the camper lead healing ritual. I worked closely with the ritual planning team and teaching team each day to understand the ritual flow and what was needed both from a sound perspective and an energetic perspective. (CA)
February 2011 - Pantheacon - Co-created and participated in a 90 minute ritual featuring walking pentacle motif. (San Jose)
January 2011 - Taught an all day Devotional drumming class with Reclaiming and non reclaiming folk. Featured breath work, grounding, using drumming as a listening tool. (Sebastopol)
January 2011 -"Baba Yaga - A Witch and her servants" six week class Urania and Rosemay Dance. We focused on finding our hearts desire, cleaning our collective house and stepping into our power. (San Francisco)
December 2010 -'Drumming as devotion" workshop with Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney. We focused on grounding techniques, accessing ancestor knowledge, creating spontaneous chants, breath work and, of course, a little ritual drumming in there too.
October 2010 - Stage managed the Annual Spiral Dance in SF
California Witchcamp 2010 I co-priestessed (wow is that a word?) the opening and closing rituals for the Bower. The main ritual consisted of creating and holding a safe container and facilitating a "circle of Allies" around aspects of sexuality (ranging from desires to abuse and everything in between). Deep witnessing and energy mapping were the primary skills employed. (CA)
Additionally at 2010 California camp I stepped into several roles during the night rituals at the request of the teaching team. I participated in energy raising (through drumming), invoking ancestors, invoking elements, and trance/story telling.
June 2010 -A Rune Experience - with Irisanya Moon - Incorporating and understanding the runes through movement, sound and body art (rather than the academic study of the meanings). This exploration was offered as a three hour class in Sebastopol and as an optional offering at California Camp 2010.
I am a fully consensed teacher within Bay Area Reclaiming CRAFT (teacher's cell).
My local Reclaiming community (Northbay Reclaiming) is quite active. We create and manage eight rituals per year. Over the past decade I've been involved with this process and have participated in and co-created just about all facets of the actual rituals themselves.
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