Axis Mundi is a collaborative project of many hands within the Reclaiming international community. The project is anchored by Rose May Dance, Phoenix LeFae, Gwydion and Heidi Marian. Creative visuals and website produced by Bart Dority. Many Reclaiming teachers have contributed.
Preston Vargas is a witch, priest-ess, and scholar whose love of community ritual, ecstatic dance, and artful crafting are matched by his passion for deep and transformative healing. In both his personal community and in work at Familiar Spirits (www.familiar-spirits.com) , his skills as an witch, teacher, healer, and ritualist allow him to weave all the parts of himself into joyful service. And after working for over a decade in mental health and substance abuse counseling he has developed a dynamic balance of being of service and playfully enjoying the richness of life.
As a dancer, in life and in his heart, Preston undulates in the rhythms of co-creation with the gods, ancestors, spirits, animals, plants, humans, devas, and our shadows to heal our fragmented selves and communities. As a storyteller and oracular artist, Preston is sensitive to the unheard stories of not only people but the other-than-human world as well. And he enjoys exploring how humans navigate through the lenses of their own experiences, engage their creative talents, and re-present these stories for healing and transformation.
Preston has been practicing magic and facilitating rituals for over seventeen years. His ritual magic is interwoven with the knowledge he developed in his M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and upcoming Ph.D. in Consciousness as well as Transformative Studies. The gifts he offers from his training in indigenous ancestral healing traditions are tempered with healing justice, his awareness of privileged power dynamics and his commitments to anti-oppression. And Preston, a fierce dreamer, holds strong that the actions we make can stretch backward in time to heal the wounds of all our relations and stretch forward in time to manifest the best possible worlds for our future descendants.Familiar-spirits.com
Fio Santika Akheron
Fio Santika Akheron (aka Gede Parma) is a wild wanderer, a poly-traditional initiated witch, and a published author.
They are a genderless being given to somatic gnosis, lyrical poetry, and the work of turning up to love.
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. In Los Angeles, I have been weaving magic through public rituals and teaching Reclaiming classes for several years. 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.
Reclaiming grabbed me in 1995 when I overcame my fears and attended an Elements class. I immediately felt at home. The transformation of magic, the beauty of witches and the power of ritual captivate me still. Our mystical practices of divination, spirit connection and journeying beyond the known inspire me to keep digging. My homes are Vancouver Island and the rainforest temple of BC Witchcamp.
Tarot grabbed me earlier than that. It frustrated me to no end by mysteriously and consistently speaking truth. My curiosity eventually led me to a place where I knew more about the cards than anything else. Over the years I had also fallen in love with Tarot. This intuitive journey continues to delight and surprise me. The business of reading and teaching has been my most rewarding work.
I'm a story teller, brought up in the traditions of eastern Europe. I've been deeply interested in mythology and history for as long as I can remember, especially as it applies to working magick and ritual. I'm particularly fascinated in the use of ritual technology to access information and experiences that fill in the blank spots in the information that has come down to us. .
I'm also deeply interested in the natural world, and feel an especially deep connection with our insect friends. (in the mundane world, I'm a beekeeper, among other things)I currently live at the Sweetwater Community, a 500 acre conservation land trust in SW Missouri.
I have been a Reclaiming Teacher for over two decades and I'm looking forward to spending a week in the Redwoods, connecting with old friends, and making new ones, and helping participate in the creation of that magick between the Worlds that is Witchcamp.
Seraphina is a priestess, herbalist & homeopath who’s been steeped in life’s magical riches from an early age thanks to her pagan grandparents and mother. She has devoted herself to exploring the sacred since the age of 12. She’s passionate about serving the powers of Nature and the principles of Healing and believes it’s in the alchemy of these two forces blending that humans can find their dance of liberation.
She has been priestessing ceremony and magic in the Reclaiming Tradition since 2005. She’s a lover of bioregional herbs, wild animals, island living, and she’s inspired to stir our world awake through ancestral healing, practises of ecstatic joy, sacred sexuality and plant medicine. She strives to commune daily with the soft breath of Nature so she can listen deeply to the song of the wild.
She spent 8 years in an intensive Toltec shamanism apprenticeship that radically shifted the way she sees reality, and continues to facilitate a pathway towards a more humble, authentic way of living.
Since 2004 she’s worked at a busy interdisciplinary clinic, The Green Raven Centre, where she practices western herbalism and classical homeopathy. She teaches herbalism, homeopathy and magic internationally.
She lives on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Cypress Fey is walking a path of the urban wild witch. Inspired by the tarot card, Temperance, she blends the cups of the urban and the wild to make an alchemy of magic in her own life and the world around her. She is a nature mystic who loves working the ecstatic side of magic and ritual through dance, stillness practice and trance along with science and naturalist skills. She is an initiate in both the Reclaiming and Feri traditions.
Cypress’ work in the world is based in Oakland, CA where she is an orthopedic massage therapist, but she feels most at home in the Sierras where she enjoys tracking wild beings, skiing, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.
Cypress is a local Bay Area Reclaiming teacher, and has also served in a teaching capacity at a number of witchcamps including Dragonrise, U.K., Midwest, Spiral Heart, California, Dreamroads, and Free Activist Witchcamp.
Abel is a queer witch, writer, performer, and activist ever in love with the unfolding grace of the Star Goddess. He was first introduced to Reclaiming through the San Francisco Brigid Ritual in 2006. Since then his involvement has included studying, organizing events, priestessing, and teaching with the Bay Area Reclaiming Community. Also initiated in Hindu Shakta Tantra, his practice is rooted in devotion, gratitude, song, and ancestor veneration. Abel is currently engaged in doctoral studies in upstate New York, researching the intersection of ethnic identities and sacred sites for contemporary Indigenous communities. He is teaching and practicing with Reclaiming the Radiant Wild, a Syracuse Reclaiming Circle, and deepening his personal Craft through ongoing practice in the Feri Tradition.
I was born on a commune and grew up talking to plants and chickens in rural, economically depressed Northern Vermont. I moved to California in the early 90’s and since then have been immersed in social and racial justice activism and organizing. These days I do this work with Catalyst Project, a center for movement building and anti-racism. I was raised by a kitchen witch/herbalist, and have understood myself as pagan since my twenties. I became involved in Reclaiming and discovered that I am a witch in the mid 2000’s when my family attended Witchlets in the Woods (WITW), and I’ve never looked back. Currently I am on the planning body for the WITW Camp, am the WITW rep to the Wheel, and am a member of Tendrils Coven.
Activist, witch, queer, shadow-stalker, lover of the fae and the wyrd, I am a music-making, mischief-conspiring priestess of transformation and have been teaching magic in the Reclaiming tradition of witchcraft internationally since the mid-90’s. I am a skeptic and a mystic, seeking a glimmer of understanding, a glimpse of a vision or a window of clarity, into this ocean of ineffable wonder that I inadequately call “Spirit.” I experience and priestess transformation through the exploration and integration of shadows, sprinkling my work generously with the ecstatic vibrations of music, energy, play, movement, theater, devotion, and sound, and thriving on collaborative community building, art and ecstatic magic. I teach and facilitate a variety of classes, intensives, restoratives, rituals, rites of passage, and workshops that hold the common threads of authenticity, responsibility, empowerment and transformation drawing from my training and experience in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, the Dances of Universal Peace, Sufism, and many other diverse mystical traditions.
Lisa Lind identifies as an edge-walker and a dancer in our human Divinity. She spent her childhood in the deep woods of Canada before moving to Australia. She have been practicing Reclaiming-style magic for over 15 years, and has student taught and organised at Reclaiming WitchCamps both in Australia and overseas. She connects closely with her ancestors and the Gods of her blood and bones, but also works regularly with wild Creatures from a variety of places. As a molecular biologist, she is experimental in her magic and finds her spirituality and her search for understanding inseparable. She relishs embodied magic, deep transformational work, and a good belly laugh.
Irisanya is a Witch, a priestess, international teacher, often-vegan, invocateur, ritualist, drummer, writer, moon devotee, Sagittarius, and Reclaiming initiate. She has been a Witch for over 16 years and moved to California over a decade ago. The call for community (and a fateful connection with an organizer) led her to attend her first California Witchcamp in 2008, take the core classes, organize rituals for North Bay Reclaiming, and teach classes throughout the SF Bay Area.
She is committed to facilitating community growth and connection through ritual, trance, storytelling, drumming, and conflict resolution, embracing beauty in all of its forms. She's devoted to Aphrodite, as well as Hecate, Iris, and the Norns. You’ll often find her writing poetry, crafting songs, and helping others see/claim/change their stories.
Irisanya has been fortunate to teach at CA Witchcamps, Witchlets in the Woods, British Columbia Witchcamp, Tejas Web Witchcamp, and EarthSong WitchCamp in Melbourne, Australia. You can see her current schedule of classes and goings-on, musings and nature pictures at Irisanya.com
Pandora O’Mallory has been working and teaching in the Reclaiming branch of the Feri tradition since 1981. She has taught in the United States (California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas), Canada, England, and Germany. For decades she was a professor of medieval and Irish literature. She now teaches classes in witchcraft in Albuquerque, and online, as well as working as a spiritual and life coach. She is a poet and a writer. She works in the archives at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. She is a curator on Geni.com, a genealogical site which is building the World Tree, since we are all cousins. She is a poet and a writer. She can be reached through the contact tab at AnneBrannen.com.
I have been a practicing witch: doing ritual, performance and community organizing/activist/social work with people who live in poverty for over 25 years. I walk a spiritual path devoted to erotic and ecstatic communion with spirit in all of its faces and forms and am called to helping others to experience immanence through many roads including western queer tantric practice and shamanic journey work. I have facilitated workshops in leadership, personal growth, sacred sexuality and mask making for many years. First teaching Reclaiming classes in 2001, and then at Witchcamps starting in 2003, I am devoted to service and organizing work. Dedicated to Freya and initiated into Reclaiming, the Honey Bees Clan and the Bear clan as well as Queer Spirit - those roots and conversations inform my daily life.
I’ve been a practicing witch and ritualist within the Reclaiming Tradition since 2003. I love being in service with this community of witches and world changers.
My own magic, my own way of changing the world is through devotional practice. It’s my belief that we can re-enchant our lives by re-framing the so-called “mundane” as sacred and divine. By imbuing the familiar with a sense of wonder and infusing daily life with acts of magic, I choose to make all of life devotion.
My facilitating style incorporates all sorts of weird and wacky combinations (I thank my teachers and my teacher’s teachers for this!). I’m especially fond of music and movement - as much or as little as our bodies can do in the moment. The human voice is an incredibly expressive and magical tool, so I love to experiment with sound, singing, making guttural noises, speaking gibberish, and creating on-the-fly poetry. Drumming is a big part of my practice too. I love folding in clapping, stomping, rattle-shaking and banging pots and pans together in order to create sacred ritual. Embodied and intentional stillness play a part in learning the practical magical skills of witnessing and listening. And, of course, Mystery is met with a mix of reverence and sacred silliness. As one of my dearest mentors says “Magic is not a metaphor and has the power to transform our lives.”
I am honored and excited to be coming to Spiralheart. What a privilege it is to learn from and work with each and every one of you. The story of Medusa, her unflinching gaze, her willingness to question just what monsters are and just exactly how they are created is fascinating and delicious and the work of our time. If you are remotely interested, you can learn more about me at:To Be A Witch.com
"Helping people seek their empowerment through nature based spirituality, through taking political action, and through group and inter-personal process makes my heart sing. I find deep magic in the unfolding miracle of daily life. I consider myself a kitchen witch or, the older term, "cunning man", a village healer and magic worker. I love the transformational magic inherent in cooking, gardening, and in the other mundane tasks of living. I prefer working with simple, practical magic. I also weave my moment to moment practice of mindfulness into my work. For me, practicing the Craft of the Wise in the Reclaiming tradition is a great gift that we, the participants in any class, give to each other.
I first worked with the Reclaiming community in 1982, and moved to San Francisco to join the community a year later. I weave material gleaned from years of work, both as a student and as a teacher. In my workshops you may find material from my primary Craft teachers, Starhawk and Rose May Dance, along with the work of Stephen Levine, Robert Moss, Encompass (Natural Learning Rhythms), Cybele, Peter Walker, and from the writings of Wendy Palmer, Harville Hendrix, Connie Zweig, Anodea Judith, Shakti Gawain, along with many others. I have also learned a great deal from the co-teachers with which I've worked and have added material as I've developed it in my workshops for more than 20 years.
Gerri Ravyn Stanfield is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the healing super powers within each of us. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon and works with Acupuncturists Without Borders to build world healing exchangee, Asia and Australia. She teaches at various conferences and festivals, including EDGE, Symbiosis, Pantheacon, Spiritweavers, Bioneers, Lightning in a Bottle and various Witchcamps all over the world.
Ravyn is a cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of our times and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She creates modern ritual art, combining music, poetry and performance to make contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She uses her background in trauma recovery, neurobiology, psychology, writing and theatre to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization.
Ravyn designs trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, and Europe.
I am witch, magical geek, world bridger, playful trickster, and shapeshifter. Born and raised in Paris, France, I moved to California 19 years ago and fell in love with San Francisco, its magic, and its people. I encountered the Craft and the Goddess 17 years ago, first through Wicca and Shakta Trantra before finding my home in Reclaiming 10 years ago, drawn to the community focus on service, openness and inclusivity.
As a scientist, I find magic and science to be two sides of the same coin and enjoy bringing the science of magic and the magic of science into my workings.
I am dedicated to Hekate, Kali, and Brigitte. I connect deeply with the magic of the Goddess and love working with mystery, shadow work and rituals to create spaces for healing and transformation.
Justin is a radical introvert that has been involved in the Reclaiming tradition for the last 8 years. Although his spiritual wanderings have taken him down many paths, the consistent thread has always been an interest in ecstatic experience; currently experienced and expressed through singing, drumming, and dancing. His particular spiritual focus lies in the liberation of the masculine from the chains of patriarchal structure and expression, including the reclamation of body as fluid, sensual, sensitive, and rhythmic. Additionally, he seeks to renew holding the edges as a sacred engagement with generative power as well as a deepening understanding of intersectional experiences of race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology with his dissertation work focusing on father longing and masculine initiation. He has a private practice in the North Bay where he specializes in working with trauma.
My name is Flame. I was born in the San Francisco Bay area and has lived here all her life. I moved to San Francisco and became a punk rocker involved in the early days of the San Francisco punk rock scene and had a band named Animal Things. I found no use for religion or war or capitalism or heteronormative life. I was raised Catholic but by 1980's I was writing songs called “ No Catholic Guilt “ The drug and alcohol dependence enslaved me destroyed the band. I went to prison, then drug treatment. Was told that having a relationship with a higher power of my understanding allowed me to llet my Worship of the Goddess. I started going to public rituals at Reclaiming. When I graduated the treatment I moved in with Carol and Gwydion and took Elements and Iron in our house. I took Pearl with Thorn and Julie Rabbit. I took Rites of Passage with Brook and Hillary (who is no longer associated with ReClaiming). I served a year and a day on SF Ritual Planning Cell. I started teaching classes and was initiated. Also taught at WitchCamps. Will soon be launching a new socially conscious business focusing on bringing all kinds of change-makers together to effect changes on a larger scale for the public good.
Ivoryfly is a San Francisco Priestess and Witch in the Reclaiming Tradition since 1992. She is a multimedia artist, educator and lover of all things textural, colorful and glittery. She is an ally to animals, children and other community members and likes to keep things real with frank talk. Just ask her friends.
I am a Reclaiming/Feri witch who is also in love with the goddess, Kali Ma in all Her guises. I teach Reclaiming classes in the Bay Area, where I also practice many stripes of witchery and healing. If you believe that love is the law, as I do, join me in remembering and co-creating a radical, new world.
Robin is a theatre artist, singer, and choir director with a passion for the tarot, myth, fairy tales & magic. Robin teaches core classes with Reclaiming in the SF/Bay Area, and created classes in tarot, music, acting, aspecting, and anchoring. She has taught at Reclaiming intensives in Vermont, the Midwest, and the Mid-Atlantic area. She helps produce the Fools Journey annual tarot restorative in Northern California, and is Priestess of the Temples of Aphrodite and Dionysos in Oakland.
Robin can be heard on the Reclaiming cd's Second Chants and Let It Begin Now, as well as the Moonrise cd Songs of Love, Magic, & Other Mysteries.
A little about me. I took my first Elements in 1991 with Rose May Dance and Carol MacAnnally. I student taught my first class in 1993 with Suzanne Sterling and M. Macha NightMare. Since then I’ve taught often and regularly with many fabulous Reclaiming Witches. From time to time I take of a year or two off to keep it fresh and practice being a student. I started teaching Witchcamps in 2001 and have taught many since. My home camp is California and I attend as a camper regularly. I continue to teach what we call the Core Classes in the SF Bay Area, as well as my own work in Devotion and Aspecting, and Divination, Shadow and Pentacle work. I’m currently part of the CRAFT (California Reclaiming Assoc For Teachers) cell in the Bay Area, as well as the Spiral Dance cell.
My active fascinations consist mostly gardening and wordsmithing. Watching the successes and failures of my labors in the world. Sometimes I use the lens of astrology or tarot to try to stay a step ahead. Sometimes that is a partial success.
Suzanne Sterling is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She is founder of Voice of Change, a co-founder of Off the Mat into the World and Director of the Global Seva Challenge. An award winning musician, she has released 5 solo albums and numerous DVD soundtracks. Her life work is dedicated to inspiring others to find their unique voice and to use self-expression as a tool for community building and conscious evolution.