Classes & Events

 

Ostara Ritual

Ostara
Illustration by Helen Nelson-Reed

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:30 pm Doors Open & Bardic “Open Mic”
8:00 pm Ritual

Green Man Store
5712 Lankershim Blvd,
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-2010

$10 – $20 suggested donation

Join Reclaiming LA to celebrate the Spring Equinox! Also known as Ostara, this ritual celebrates the halfway mark between winter and summer when day and night are equal length. The Spring Equinox marks one of four special points on the Earth’s rotation around the Sun when light and dark hang in perfect balance.

In ritual space we’ll come together to celebrate springtime and growth – the renewal of life that appears on the earth after winter. This is a time to break free from that which has been holding us back. It’s a time to shed the baggage and make a fresh start – to move on, to look forward rather than behind.

All Genders Welcome!
Children welcome with adult supervision

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WHAT TO BRING

  • Please bring flowers for the altar!
  • Please bring food and drink to share for the post-ritual potluck.
  • Please bring your own reusable and washable plate, cup, utensils, and napkin.
  • We will be hosting a bardic pre-ritual gathering in the Green Man’s classroom area prior to the ritual. Please consider bringing a devotional or bardic offering to share with your fellow celebrants before the ritual – a song, a poem, a piece of art – in honor of the season and the turning of the Wheel.

To support those in recovery, this ritual is clean and sober.


Elements of Magic

“Magic is art — that is, it has to do with forms, with structures, with images that can shift us out of the limitations imposed by our culture in a way that words alone cannot, with visions that hint at possibilities of fulfillment not offered by the empty world.”—Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark

This transformative weekend intensive is the first of several core classes taught in the Reclaiming Tradition, an anarchist, ecofeminist, non-hierarchical strand of Witchcraft that was born in the California Bay Area in the early 1980’s.  With the five sacred Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, we begin the practice of Magic: the art of changing consciousness at will, empowering us to act in our lives, our community, and our world, for greater personal sovereignty, justice and liberation.

Each Element is a participatory ritual through which you will learn technologies and tools to create sacred space, honor divinity, and focus your will to manifest change for the good of all. These tools and technologies include the altar, the blade, the wand, the cone of power, the chalice, the pentacle, the cauldron, dance, drumming, chanting, trance, visualization, wish birds, sensing & projecting energy, spell craft, and creating and structuring rituals.

This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming Tradition magic and witchcraft. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We aim to provide an accessible, fair, and nurturing environment for all participants.

PREREQUISITE
Please read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We kindly ask that students commit to attending the full weekend. (Elements of Magic is a prerequisite for all other Reclaiming classes and Reclaiming LA’s Ritual Planning Cell..)

WHEN
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00AM to 7:00PM
-and-
Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00AM to 6:00PM

WHERE
Los Angeles. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Laura Wyrd and Rebecca

COST
$120 – $250 (self-determined sliding scale) with a limited number of partial scholarships available for those in need

Questions and pre-registration: laura@lauramorganhypnotherapy.com or (310)358-5018


The Sound of Ritual: Soundscaping and Sacred Noise

WHENRitual Soundscaping Flyer
Saturday, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

and

Sunday, March 11
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE
Los Angeles. Address shared upon registration.

Taught by Gwion and Rainy

COST
$120 – $240 (self-determined sliding scale)
(a limited number of partial scholarships are available for those in need)

Email gwionraven@gmail.com to pre-register; $50 deposit required to hold your spot.

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?

Gwion and Rainy 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 the “just right” sounds as they emerge and 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 provides us to nurture and support life enhancing change and action.

No musical experience required. Bring a drum if you have one or shakers or a kazoo or just your hands and a voice. This is not a drumming workshop, but it is a sound playshop and drums might be used.

Facilitator Bios:

Gwion has been a practicing witch and ritualist within the Reclaiming Tradition since 2003. He loves being in service with this community of witches and world changers and has taught Reclaiming Core classes, week-long witchcamps, and embodied devotional work across the U.S and Canada. As a drummer and musician, Gwion draws inspiration from music and improvisational theatre. He has a willingness to embrace and explore the power in the Shadow. Gwion has studied Tibetan Buddhism with his beloved Ven. Segyu Rinpoche, Druidry and adores myths, especially those from the British Isles. He is often found conversing with Ravens, running through the redwoods, and drumming with the Unseen Ones. Gwion is dedicated to Ceridwen and the transformation She brings through her cauldron of Initiation. You can follow Gwion at www.tobeawitch.com

Rainy – I’ve known I was a witch since my college days (nearly 30 years ago now), practicing mostly as a solitary until I found my home in Reclaiming. Since 2004 I’ve attended six Witchcamps (California Witchcamp and Tejas Web in TX) and one Tejas Dandelion Gathering, returning from each camp more in love with this tradition and with a deepening commitment to nurturing community at home. I’m currently serving on the Reclaiming LA Ritual Planning Cell and have helped to craft and priestess many public rituals in the last three years. My personal practice includes restorative yoga, meditation, divination, and journaling. You can often find me at the community garden or curled up with my two cats and a good book.


 

Reclaiming Tradition Core Classes

Elements of Magic

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.

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 classes (or weekend intensive), culminating with a ritual created by the students. Learn more about the Iron Pentacle in the Reclaiming Quarterly.

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic class or equivalent.

Pearl Pentacle

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

Prerequisite: Elements of Magic class or equivalent.

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.


Sliding Scale

At Reclaiming LA, we’ve chosen to offer a sliding scale fee to make it easier for more students to participate in our classes by paying what they can afford. We also have scholarships available for students who need additional assistance. It is up to each student to self-assess their ability to pay.