Laura first began her spiritual work in 1986 at the Berkeley Psychic Institute studying meditation, energy work, and psychic healing. A year later she became involved with the Reclaiming Collective of San Francisco: taking magic classes, attending WitchCamps, dancing in the Spiral Dance, and radically transforming herself. Laura has taught at more than 17 Reclaiming WitchCamps since 1993, including those in Texas, Missouri, Michigan, California, Vermont, and Vancouver, BC.
Laura has taught and led workshops in dance, ritual, magic, and drumming at the Omega Institute in New York, as well as other locations around the U.S. She has recorded two drumming tapes and performed in numerous Goddess-themed theater pieces. In 1994 Laura moved to Los Angeles to teach yoga and was also one of the original founding members of Reweaving. Since 2004 she has been deeply immersed in the study and practice of Brazilian Spiritual Traditions and is initiated in the Umbanda tradition. She loves to hang from the trees and feels most at home dancing with the faeries in the woods…
Laurie is a 30-year magical practitioner who has studied Wicca, Thelema, Herbalism, Chaos Magick, Feri Tradition (with Gabriel Carrillo) and Tibetan Buddhism. She has taught and performed at the Starwood Festival, PantheaCon, Code Pink Women for Peace, and other national events. Laurie is a contributor to the Huffington Post’s Religion section and is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Department of Religious Studies. She was profiled in the book Modern Pagans (RE/Search, 2001) and her writings have appeared in PanGaia magazine, Green Egg, and Bitch Goddess: The Spiritual Path of the Dominant Woman (Greenery Press, 1998).
Laurie began attending Reclaiming rituals in 1992, first attended California WitchCamp in 1995, and is co-founder of Reclaiming’s Redwood Magic Family Camp. She priestessed with the Church of All Worlds, and was a member of the Crescent Hellions magical group with Tara and Sam Webster, Sharon Knight and Winter. Laurie studied at the Southern California Psychic Institute and graduated from the Berkeley Psychic Institute’s Women’s Clairvoyant Training program. A long-time environmentalist, she loves attending climate rallies with her kids and their adorable homemade signs.
Phoenix LeFae has been intertwined with the Reclaiming community for almost 15 years, taking a more active role, with teaching and ritual planning, in the last three. She is a Northern California native with a deep and intimate connection to the trees, animals, rivers, and Pacific Ocean that cover and surround the land. Phoenix believes that magick and ritual can transform lives and much of her work is connected to Rites of Passages, honoring the transitions in life. After taking a pilgrimage to Glastonbury, Phoenix became immersed in the mysteries of Avalon where she often walks between the worlds.
A lover of the liminal spaces, all that is and isn’t, Phoenix is a child of paradox. A professional Priestess, writer, body worker, and Doula, Phoenix is always immersed in the mystery that is the world around us. You can find Phoenix’s writing in SageWoman and Circle magazines, as well as online at Goddess Oracle, SF Paganism Examiner and her personal blog AMuse of the Goddess.
Urania makes her home north of San Francisco in the rolling hills of San Rafael with her beloved family. She came to Reclaiming in 1991 and began to teach Reclaiming core classes and priestess in 1993. In 1998 she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Her practice of Witchcraft is informed by Taoist principles and the ecstatic practices of all faiths. Her daily practices vary, but she is particularly fond of gardening, cooking, Tarot and divination, sex magic, making offerings to the Fey that live in her neighborhood and moon bathing. She considers herself to be one of Hekate’s Daughters and as such, loves crossroads, thresholds and moon rivers. She believes in the power of timing, destiny and free will — paradox is what she uses most often to explore the Mystery. She loves Reclaiming — paradox that it is.
Gwion has been an actor, singer, and improvisational performer for much of his life. Most recently, he has been working with the Reclaiming community as a drummer, teacher, and ritualist. In Gwion’s words: “I am a pagan. I’m a searcher. I crave the delicious elixer that the Goddess and god brew in their cauldrons. I push the limits of what is possible and what is expected. I run in the dense forest. I swim in the blue/black waters. I fly with my brother and sister Ravens. I burn myself to ashes in the fires of transformation. And then, return humbly to the cauldron once more to begin again.”
As a witch, I like to work with the more subtle threads of community-weaving, both in priestessing in my community of Los Angeles and in interweaving magic into the tapestry of the overculture. I have been weaving magic through public rituals and teaching Reclaiming classes for several years, including both in Los Angeles area, the San Francisco Bay area, and California Witchcamp. I have always enjoyed exploring myriad aspects of magic in both settings, including community spell work and the decoding ancient stories. In all my magic, I seek to mediate the gaps between what was, what is, and what could be through co-created, ecstatic ritual, transformative trance work, and a deep connection to the divine. I am guided by deities ranging from Iberia to Sumeria and use magic and deed to rebuild that ancient, amorphous connection humanity had with ourselves and our world — for in that connection we can all reclaim our birthright.
Ana Maria Bahiana
Originally from Brazil, Ana Maria has been on her spiritual path from an early age when the Goddess Yemaya called to her. Ana Maria has studied Candomble, tarot and Ceremonial Magic before settling on a Feri/Reclaiming Path and studying with Sage Goode and T. Thorn Coyle. She is a McFarland Dianic initiate and has seeded a Reclaiming community in Rio de Janeiro. She is currently studying with T. Thorn Coyle and lives with her cat familiars in Los Angeles.
Rebecca “MoonSong” Fowler has been a practicing witch and ever-growing wise woman since 1992. She attended her first Reclaiming public ritual at Ostara 1997, and fell in love. Rebecca became an active member of Reweaving in Southern California, the predecessor to Reclaiming LA, planning and facilitating rituals, and, after completing her year and a day Advanced Magical Studies, began teaching Reclaiming core classes in 2000. Rebecca has attended five California Witchcamps, and will this year be taking on an organizing role, and was a member of the original Dandelion Gathering of worldwide Reclaiming communities in Austin, TX in 2003. Rebecca shares her life with two cats, her partner, her teenaged son, and 8000 books in Irvine, CA.
Samantha Ravenna Shay is a young artist, witch, and priestess. Dedicated to creating her art from the sacred acknowledgement of its foundation in ritual, she seeks to break down the barriers of artistic discipline to create something new and unprecedented through acts of spiritual devotion. Her work is at it’s best, a collaboration between the body and its senses, performing on the body like a welcomed hallucination. She is the founder of internationally recognised artist collective Source Material, under which she premiered two notable original works: A Thousand Tongues (at the Theatre Olympics/European Capital of Culture in Wroclaw, Poland) and of Light in Reykjavik, Iceland, which garnered international attention, including endorsements from Marina Abramovic who mentored the project, and Björk, who listed Ravenna as an inspirational young artist in The Guardian after attending the premier. Also a sometime filmmaker, she has made music videos and short films with JFDR, Jodie Landau, Johanna Warren, K Á R Y Y N , and Sóley. She holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts, is currently pursuing a MFA in Live Performance at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and has been a member of the Reclaiming community for 5 years, where she has been a student teacher and priestess in different areas of the west coast. Reclaiming is a deeply sacred community to Ravenna, a place in which she sees leadership modeled with innovation and thoughtfulness, and feels privileged to grow, be of service in community, and aspire among an exceptional community. For more information, visit www.samantha-shay.com.