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Bay Area Reclaiming Classes

Welcome to Reclaiming Bay Area class listings! Introductory classes are open to all adults. Some classes are also open to youth. Advanced classes sometimes have pre-requisites - see listings or contact teachers for more information.

Six-week classes are $90-240 sliding scale unless otherwise listed. Some scholarship assistance is often available. Classes welcome all genders unless otherwise specified. For the health of all participants, please refrain from using scented products, including natural and organic scents. All classes are drug and alcohol free - thank you!

Please Note: Although studying and practicing the Reclaiming Tradition can be profoundly healing, Reclaiming classes are not a substitute for medical or psychiatric care. Teachers are not responsible for diagnosing illnesses or recommending treatments. The teachers' cell holds students responsible for seeking professional help if they need it.

There are several types of classes listed here:

Bay Area Core Classes

Core Classes are Reclaiming Classes which have been designated by the Bay Area Teachers' Cells as the basic curriculum in the Reclaiming Tradition. Completion of one or more of the Core Classes may be a prerequisite for other classes.

More Bay Area Reclaiming Classes

Additional classes taught by two or more teachers. These classes offer advanced training in specific aspects of the Craft. Contact teachers for more information.

Additional Bay Area Classes Offered by Reclaiming Teachers

Additional classes taught by a single Reclaiming teacher. While these are not official Reclaiming classes (which require two or more teachers), they offer advanced training in specific aspects of the Craft. Contact teachers for more information.

Witchcamps offer weeklong intensives in the Reclaiming tradition - click here for more info.


Reclaiming Core Class Listings

Elements of Magic

With the art of magic, we deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world. In this class we begin the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Goddess spirituality by working with the Elements of Magic: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. Techniques include: visualization, sensing and projecting energy, chanting, trance, creating magical space, spellcraft, and structuring rituals. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We hope to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants.

Each class is structured as a ritual, and includes practical ritual and magical skills. Elements of Magic allows us to explore these skills in a supportive group setting. This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming-tradition magic and witchcraft.

We welcome both beginning students, and advanced students who want to deepen their experience of the sacred elements.

Prerequisite: Reading of the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We ask that applicants be committed to attending all classes, or let us know in advance if not.


Elements of Magic in the East Bay
Teachers Riyana, Rebecca Tidewalker, and Claire Chuck Bohman
Date and Time Weekend Intensive April 25 - 27
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location East Bay location given at registration
Contact Chuck, claire.bohman@gmail.com
Additional Information
Elements of Magic is the core of the Reclaiming tradition, the basis of the work done at every ritual. It's also the prerequisite for taking many of the other Reclaiming classes, or more advanced Witchcamp paths. The tools learned in this class will serve you well in your personal practice, in work with a coven or cirlce, in public rituals, and throughout your life as you deepen your magical and spiritual work.

With this class, we begin the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Earth-based spirituality by working with the elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Each week we will practice the art of magic and ritual to deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world. We will cultivate the skills of visualization and imagery, sensing and projecting energy, and creating magical space, and we will use trance, spell craft, movement, our senses, voices and bodies to reignite our connection to nature, ourselves and one another.

We welcome both beginning students and those who want to deepen their experience of the sacred elements, and try their Priestessing wings.

Prerequisite: Read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk.

Elements of Magic in San Francisco
Teachers Irisanya and Ewa and Thibaut
Date and Time Weekend Intensive - August 22-24, 2014
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location San Francisco
Contact Irisanya, irisanya@yahoo.com, or call Ewa, (415) 364-1853
Additional Information
With this class, we begin the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Earth-based spirituality by working with the elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Each week we will practice the art of magic and ritual to deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world. We will cultivate the skills of visualization and imagery, sensing and projecting energy, and creating magical space, and we will use trance, spell craft, movement, our senses, voices and bodies to reignite our connection to nature, ourselves and one another.

We welcome both beginning students, and those who want to deepen their experience of the sacred elements.

Prerequisite: Read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We ask that you be committed to attending all six classes.

Elements of Magic in Sonoma
Teachers Phoenix LeFae, Gwion, and Root
Date and Time Six Wednesday evenings beginning January 15, 2014
7-10pm
Cost $90-240 slidng scale
Location The Yurt, Sebastopol
Contact Contact Phoenix LeFae, phoenix_lefae@comcast.net
Additional Information
We welcome both beginning students, and advanced students who want to deepen their experience of the sacred elements.

Prerequisite: Reading of the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We ask that applicants be committed to attending the whole class, or let us know in advance if not.

Elements of Magic in Los Angeles
Teachers Laurie Lovekraft with Caduceus
Date and Time Six Wednesday eves beginning January 15
7:30-10pm
Cost $250-120 sliding scale
Location The Green Man Store, North Hollywood
Contact Laurie, laurie@lovekraft.com
Additional Information
Join us for a magical journey based in the Elements - Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and that mysterious fifth element known as Center. We will return to The Green Man Store, conveniently located in North Hollywood.

We welcome beginning or advanced students - Elemental magic can be worked at multiple levels, and specific exercises and focus change from class to class.

Contact Reclaimingla.org/classes-events/ for future classes in the Los Angeles area.

Iron Pentacle

Using our magical skills, moving and shaping energy, transforming ourselves through trance to explore the five points of our inner pentacle: Sex (primal energy), Self, Passion, Pride (self-esteem), and Power (effectiveness in the worlds). Six or seven classes depending upon the teachers; the final class is a ritual created by the students. We ask that all applicants be committed to attending all classes.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic class.

Iron Pentacle - Sonoma
Teachers Phoenix and Irisanya
Date and Time Wednesday evenings September 17 through October 22, 2014 - 7pm
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location Santa Rosa
Contact Phoenix, phoenix@phoenixlefae.com
Additional Information
In this 6-week Reclaiming core class we transform ourselves by exploring the five points of our inner pentacle: Sex, Self, Passion, Pride and Power. These points are our birthright as free human beings. Through our work with the Iron Pentacle we can learn to reclaim these points and integrate them into our lives.

During this intermediate workshop we will explore the Iron Pentacle through different exercises and techniques including ritual, trance, energy work, self-awareness, communication, journaling, and art. We'll also work on areas where growth and balance are required, and learn tools to take this work out into our daily lives.

Although the Iron Pentacle can be challenging, it is a powerful tool for personal transformation.

Elements of Magic or equivalent magical/energetic experience.


Pentacle of Pearl

We will work with the deep, healing energies of the Pentacle of Pearl, moving through the five points: Love, Law, Wisdom, Power and Knowledge.

Pearl Pentacle - Sonoma
Teachers Cypress, Gwion, and Root
Date and Time Weekend intensive - September 12-14, 2014
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location The Yurt, Sebastopol
Contact Gwion, gwionraven@comcast.net
Additional Information
Through trance, movement, singing, journaling and interactive exercises, we will be exploring and balancing those points of the Pearl Pentacle. Step into your whole radiant self...

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic, Witchcamp, or equivalent magical experience. Class size limited, Pre-registration required.

Pearl Pentacle - San Francisco
Teachers Moss, Ewa, and Tarin
Date and Time Six Thursdays, beginning May 1, 2014
Cost $90-240 sliding scale.
Location San Francisco
Contact Tarin, tarintowers@mac.com or call 415-271-1418
Additional Information
The five points of the Pearl Pentacle are Love, Law, Knowledge, Liberty, and Wisdom.

Through trance, movement, singing, journaling and interactive exercises, we will be exploring and balancing those points of the Pearl Pentacle. Step into your whole radiant self...

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic and Iron Pentacle, or equivalent. Class size limited, Pre-registration required.

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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage focuses on dreams, myths, and language, using traditional and non-traditional tales and techniques to create a personal rite of passage. Through storytelling, trance, release work and dreams we receive our challenge(s), meet our helpers, work through our blocks and emerge renewed, reborn. Six classes (or weekend intensive), culminating with a ritual created by the students.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic class or equivalent.


Rites of Passage - San Francisco
Teachers Cypress, Brook, and Thibaut
Date and Time Weekend Intensive beginning November 21, 2014
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location San Francisco
Contact Thibaut, petitpot@gmail.com.
Additional Information
Dream weavers, myth makers, trance travellers craft magic from the dreamy mythscape of personal story. Meet your helpers, work through blocks and obstacles, emerge with the ability to manifest the change you want as you work with a dream. You may find this process takes you through familiar territory, or you might discover roads not yet travelled. Wherever you follow your magic, your life is liable to change.

This class will offer you skills to work with your dreams through trance in order to craft the rites of passage you need. Using storytelling, trance, release work we receive challenge(s), meet helpers, work through blocks and emerge renewed, even perhaps reborn?

Since this class is an intensive, we ask that you register by Friday Nov 7th as there will be some pre-work that you need to do before we meet together on the weekend. This work will not be time consuming - contact us for questions.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic or equivalent experience.

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Rites of Passage - Sebastopol
Teachers Irisanya, Phoenix, and Justin
Date and Time Weekend intensive beginning November 7, 2014
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location The Yurt, Sebastopol
Contact irisanya, irisanya@yahoo.com
Additional Information
Rites of Passage focuses on dreams, myths, and language, using traditional and non-traditional tales and techniques to create a personal rite of passage. Through storytelling, trance, release work and dreams we receive our challenge(s), meet our helpers, work through our blocks and emerge renewed, reborn.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic or equivalent experience.

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More Reclaiming Classes

More Reclaiming classes taught by two or more teachers, at least one of whom is a Reclaiming teacher. These classes offer advanced training in specific aspects of the Craft. Contact teachers for more information.


Anchoring and Tending (Especially for the Spiral Dance)
Teachers Moss and Brook
Dates and Time Saturday September 13
10am-5pm
Cost $20-80 sliding scale
Location East Bay TBA
Contact Brook, brook@magicbrook.com
More Information  
Anchoring is: So deeply caring about the whole of a ritual that you can let every detail pass by. So deeply connected to energy that the energy flows through with out consideration. So deeply engaged that the mind observes in wonder. So deeply attached to the whole, that you sit in non-attachment to all detail. Moment-to-moment practice meets ritual energetics.

Big, complex rituals often benefit from having one or more "anchors." The anchor provides a point where the energy of the ritual is held firmly, so that it is difficult for the ritual to "fly off the handle." Thus, the steady energy state of the anchor is like a tent stake holding the base of a ritual as it is buffeted in the winds of a ritual's energies. Having a skilled anchor enables the ritual to build and direct more energy than is possible without an anchor. The anchor has become an important ritual role.

Anchoring for the Reclaiming Spiral Dance ritual, with its 1000-plus participants, has been called, "one of the most psychedelic experiences ever." But there's no hangover, no drug kick, no foreign substances in the body. If you've never anchored, you may never have had an experience like this one?

We are looking for people who are interested in exploring this form of priestessing. We are especially looking for people who would like to do it for the Spiral Dance this year or in the future. Brook and Moss are offering a day long workshop in Anchoring and Tending on Saturday September 13 from 10am to 5pm.

Prerequisite is any type of meditation practice and a familiarity with ritual.

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Queer Pentacle
Teachers Ian and Urania
Dates and Time Wednesdays eves May 14 to June 18, 2014
7:30-10pm
Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location San Rafael
Contact Ian, ianwaisler@gmail.com
More Information  
The Queer Pentacle: Grace, Initiation, Desire, Beauty, Self-Knowledge.

In this class we will explore the Queer pentacle as an aid to cultivate our truest self, access our life force, and free our evolutionary nature.

We will employ ritual tools including chant, trance, divination and creative projects as we work Magic and explore our Wild Hearts.

We welcome all genders and orientations; it is not necessary to identify as queer to join us in this work.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic OR equivalent magical experience.

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Mysteries of Samhain: A Reclaiming Retreat
Teachers Gwion, Ian, Jamie, Marie-Laure, Tarin, Thibaut, George
Dates and Time October 10-13, 2014
Cost Earlybird thru July 31: adults $250-up / youth $150-up
August 1 forward: Adults $300 / youth 5-25 $175 / age 0-4 free - some partial scholarship support available.
Location Mendocino Woodlands - Campsite Three
Contact George, samhainmysteries@gmail.com, or call (510) 589-0897
More Information  
Share in four days of Reclaiming style, Earth-based spirituality, magic, and community!

2014 Theme: Eurydice and Orpheus; A Wild Requiem

Bay Area Reclaiming ritual planners invite you to join us in the redwoods at Mendocino Woodlands as we weave a web that crosses the generations.

Mysteries of Samhain is a do-it-ourselves, community-style camp. This is a magical intensive, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

This is a community retreat, not a festival or a drop-in camp. We ask that people plan to attend the entire event (unless advance arrangements are made) and be committed to creating camp culture.

All adults, as well as teens with parent or guardian, are welcome! We also welcome younger kids with parent - however, this camp will not be offering separate kids' activities (email us if you have questions - contact us for info on our family camps.)

Reclaiming is an inclusive tradition. You do not need prior magical classes or Reclaiming training. We ask that all participants agree to work within Reclaiming's Principles of Unity. Visit our website for more info.

The Mendocino Woodlands are a state park operated by a local nonprofit. The site is located just far enough inland from the town of Mendocino to avoid coastal fog. The camp is set among a mature Redwood/Douglas Fir forest, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting. A small creek runs alongside the camp.

For more info, visit http://reclaimingquarterly.org/web/samhain/

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Teen Earth Magic 2015 - California
Teachers Recent teams have included Riyana, Allison, Jason Scarecrow, George, Seneca, Captain, Sid, Sophie, Lindsey, Trillium, and Meagan
Date Northern California - June 15-20, 2015 (tentative dates)
Cost $199-399, with some scholarships and parent work exchange available
Location Camp Epic, near Nevada City, CA
Contact Email us, or call (510) 589-0897
 
Join us for our annual California Teen Earth Magic retreat - six days of deepening our relations with the Earth and with one another.

Come together with other young people ages 13-25 who care about the world. Group building will be part of our work, and we hope to create lasting connections.

Camp includes a mentoring/service path for youth 19-25 - this limited path is by application.

We'll be doing tarot, habitat restoration, spellwork, composting, labyrinth rituals, singing and music, campfires....

The retreat was initiated by teachers from Witchlets in the Woods family camp, with the support of parents and site-owners. Teachers and organizers from several other Witchcamps (Winter, Free Activist, Vermont, and Loreley) have been part of our teaching teams.

We are keeping the sliding scale as low as possible, and offer some scholarship and parent-work-trades. Basically, we want any teen who wants to attend to be able to join us. Parents' consent required for age 17 and under.

Contact us if you have questions or suggestions.

Click here for photos and brochures from past Teen Earth Magic retreats.

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Additional Classes by Reclaiming Teachers

Additional classes taught by a single Reclaiming teacher. While these are not official Reclaiming classes (which require two or more teachers), they offer advanced training in specific aspects of the Craft.


Animal Spirit, Stone Medicine
Teachers Cybele
Date Twelve Saturdays beginning December 15, 2013
10am-6pm
Cost $80-110 per month
Location Oakland
Contact Contact Cybele, garnet8@sonic.net or call (707) 347-6704
 
Expand your relationship with animal spirits and with stones. Join a year-long cycle of monthly workshops with Cybele linking animal spirit work with stone medicine work. The trances, meditations, movement, rituals and laying-on of stones will deepen your connections to the animal and mineral kingdoms, to their living pulse. You will develop allies between the worlds and in this middle world of form.

Working with two new stones per month, you will get a chance to experience old stone friends in new ways, and to connect with new stone helpers. Learn and enjoy animal lore and myths, connecting with our brothers and sisters. Honor All your Relations. Cultivate healing relationships and empower yourself in diverse ways through stone and animal spirit.

Twelve Saturdays from Noon-6p.m. in Oakland $80-$110 per month. Commitment to/payment for all sessions required. Deposit of final month's tuition asked to register. This is non-refundable. There will be a couple of texts for this course. Students supply their own stones - list given upon registration.


Awakening the Heart, Spirit and Voice
Teacher Evelie
Dates and Time Friday afternoons 4-5pm
Cost Sliding scale of $20-30 (discount for full sessions)
Location Garden Gate Creativity Center - Berkeley
Contact Email Evelie at Evelie511@gmail.com or call (650) 275-3884
 
Lessons will cover general music theory, harmony, improv CircleSinging, Sound Healing through Chant, Mantra, Toning, world genres (classical to gypsy; Brazilian jazz to folk-rock; musical theatre to Balkan; catches/rounds to creating your soul song) including singing in many mother tongues. Discover the beauty, joy, strength and sweetness of your voice when it arrives from an open and loving heart. Please RSVP so I can prepare a space for you.

Also offered are lessons in hand drumming, guitar and other sacred world instruments; music consultation; band or ensemble coaching; sacred hoop medicine drum-making playshops. Please inquire.

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The Magical Writer - Berkeley and Online-Skype Classes
Teacher George Franklin
Dates and Time
Berkeley class - six weekday evenings

Online skype class - meets six Sunday afternoons from Noon-1:30pm Pacific Time via skype-audio (free web-based program)

Visit our webpage for information on upcoming classes!

Cost $90-240 sliding scale
Location Berkeley (One block from Ashby BART) / or Online via skype
Contact Email George at george@directaction.org
 
Want to write a novel, memoir, or other narrative? Working on a dissertation, magazine articles, or an epic poem? Want to jump-start your writing, regardless of the style?

Let Reclaiming magic help!

In this class, we will work with both the craft of writing and the emotional blocks that keep us from reaching our full artistic potential. We will do plenty of free and directed writing and share our work in a supportive circle.

Click here for a syllabus and a free downloadable workbook for the class.

Class meets in sacred space. With magical tools such as circle-casting, ancestor invocations, trances, and spellwork, we'll free our expressive gifts and strengthen our belief in ourselves as artists.

We will spend at least half of each class writing, and will work on expressing our unique voice, creating simple plot-structures, developing characters, and other aspects of the writers' craft.

This class is suitable for those already writing who want a supportive circle and new inspiration, and those looking to begin the process. Although you'll determine your own work-pace, be prepared to dedicate time each week to your writing.

This class is also offered online - visit our webpage for upcoming classes. We meet via skype-audio for about 90 minutes each Sunday, at Noon West Coast time. Contact me if you have questions.

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Drum Class for Intermediate/Beginners
Teacher Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney
Dates and Time Monday evenings - 7-9pm - ongoing
Cost TBA
Location 1668 Page St. near Clayton St., San Francisco
Contact Call Alphonsus, (415) 867-8268
 
We practice energy raising and grounding techniques

Trance states. Body awareness. Deep grooves. Voice work with drum.

Magic.

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