A Weekend Intensive in Santa Barbara, California
with Christine and Sarah
Friday, August 18th - Sunday, August 20th
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 God/dess spirituality by working
with the Sacred Elements of Magic: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.
Techniques include: visualization, sensing and projecting energy,
chanting, trance, sacred movement, creating magical space, spell-craft,
and structuring rituals.
Elements of Magic is a core class in the Reclaiming Tradition of
Witchcraft (http://www.reclaiming.org). You do not need to be part of
this tradition to participate. Group experience happens in the
framework of feminist consensus process. We hope to provide a fair and
nurturing environment for all participants.
$150 to $75 sliding scale.
Work exchange/scholarship may be available.
To register please contact Sarah at whedon at umail dot ucsb dot edu.
To hold your space you will need to give her a $50 nonrefundable
deposit along with a registration form by July 21, 2006.
Please be committed to promptness and attendance of the whole weekend.
All genders welcome. Reclaiming events are drug and alcohol free.
Prerequisite: Read the first six chapters of Starhawk's Spiral Dance.
Christine received a B.A. in Plan II and English from the University of
Texas at Austin in December 2000 and entered a graduate program in
Religion and Literature at Boston University in September 2002. In the
intervening period, she worked as an office manager at Trinity United
Methodist Church, a progressive, creation spirituality-centered
congregation, where she was also heavily involved as a volunteer,
writing original liturgy for worship and organizing the Women's
Spirituality group. Currently, Christine has managed to reduce the
description of her religious orientation down to "post-Christian
feminist neopagan." She is an organizer and the financial manager for a
two-year apprenticeship with Feri priestess T. Thorn Coyle (being held
in New Hampshire), and participates in the Reclaiming tradition through
workshops and Midwest Witch Camp. Her dissertation project is
tentatively titled, "Beyond the Fringe: Alternative Religion and
Sexuality in American Culture Since 1960." Christine lives in a cozy
Jamaica Plain house with one husband, two noisy cats, one large garden,
and over 1200 pounds of books.
Sarah has been practicing Witchcraft for fourteen years and has been
priestessing, studying, and making magic in Reclaiming community for
three. Professionally, she has an MA in Religious Studies from CU
Boulder, is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at UCSB (with an
emphasis in Women's Studies), and is an ALACE trained birth doula.
Sarah studied with Diana's Grove Mystery School in 2005, celebrates the
Sabbats with Sbrites, and is nurturing a passionate love affair with
contact improv and ecstatic dance. She is committed to facilitating
processes by which individuals and groups can come into their own
knowledge and power, and is particularly thrilled by opportunities to
mentor both a Goddessdaughter and Godson.