Classes & Events


Yule

Mary Katherine Hopkins

Join Reclaiming LA to celebrate WINTER SOLSTICE at the beach! This mid-winter solar festival, also known as Yule, occurs when the sun is at its lowest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere, and marks the shortest day of the year. From the moment of Winter Solstice, the sun begins to wax and embark on its journey towards Spring, bringing hope and the promise of new life and growth.

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Ritual Intention

We journey through the holy dark, to be reborn in the sacred light, singing with the gods.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
12:00pm Gather & Potluck
1:15om Potluck cleanup
1:30pm Beach Yoga
2:00pm Ritual

Please allow extra travel time and carpool if possible.

Suggested Donation: Love Donation. Money raised will go to support the Reclaiming Los Angeles community.

Nicholas Canyon County Beach
33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Parking

The parking entrance can be hard to see. If you’ve gotten to Leo Carrillo you’ve gone too far. You can park on PCH for free and trek in, or park in the lot for $8. If you park in the lot, there are two levels of spots, and if you drive down one level, there are closer spots to the stairs leading to the beach and the ritual site. There are also ramped walkways.

Ritual Site: After descending the stairs to the beach from the parking lot, turn right (North) and you’ll find us there.

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All Genders Welcome!

Children welcome with adult supervision
If the beach presents accessibility challenges for you, please email reclaiming.la@gmail.com.

What to Bring

You’re invited to go into the ocean either before or after the ritual.

  • Please dress warmly because we won’t have a fire.
  • Please bring Flowers for the altars.
  • Please bring your own swimsuit, towels, and a change of clothes.
  • Please bring your own sunhat, sunscreen, etc.
  • Please bring food and drink to share for the pre-ritual potluck.
  • Please bring your own reusable/washable plate, cup, utensils, and napkin. There will be NO paper plates or plastic ware available.

To support those in recovery, all of our rituals are clean and sober.


Drawing Down the Moon

The Art and Practice of Aspecting

With Urania, Laura Wyrd, and Caduceus

When: January 13 and 14, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $160-$350 (self-determined sliding scale)

Aspecting is a pathway to personal encounters with the Gods. It is beautiful and transformative. It can lead us to the deepest, most intimate relationships with the Divine.

In this playshop we will explore techniques and the practice of Aspecting as it’s done in the Reclaiming Tradition. We’ll play with why this interests us, what calls us, what calls our ego and our hearts. We’ll step into the practice by considering wards and boundaries, exploring dropped and open attention, precautions, and other techniques that prepare and open us to receive as well as let go and return to ourselves. Some of the skills we’ll be working with are: Aspecting our Priestess Selves, Anchoring, Drum Trance to connect with a Goddess/God who is calling us, Aspecting this Goddess/God, Tending those in Aspect, Receiving Counsel from those who are in Aspect, & more Aspecting! And we’ll play with the Divine; that which resides within us and that which can be invoked from without.

Prerequisites: Elements of Magic or equivalent and one other Reclaiming Core Class or Witchcamp.

Laura, Urania & Caduceus are longtime dedicants to this practice and have succeeded through trial and error with the Gods, who are often patient and always forgiving.

Registration: Laura Wyrd at lynxmagic@hotmail.com or (310) 358-5018


Brigid Ritual

Illustration by Hellen Mask

Saturday, February 3, 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 us to Celebrate the festival of Brigid – also known as Imbolc, Candlemas, or Lady Day! This is a great time of year to replenish your creative wells and perhaps make a commitment to your spiritual growth and healing journey (personal and planetary).

Brigid is the mighty Celtic Triple Goddess of inspiration, art & poetry, healing, childbirth, and smithcraft. This ritual will invite you to cast off that which no longer serves you and make a pledge for the coming year before Brigid’s flaming cauldron.

All Genders Welcome!
Children welcome with adult supervision

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WHAT TO BRING

  • Please bring small samples of “waters of the world” (water from your home or a special place) to share in Brigid’s Well and to take home.
  • 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
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00AM to 6:00PM

WHERE
In the Los Angeles area. 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


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.