Facilitators ’14

 

Rose May Dance

…b. 1948, an anarcho-frenzied feminist witch.   Pisces sun, Pisces rising, Leo moon.  I have grown wily in the ways of the Goddess, whom I have worshiped since 1979, but am a life-long religious nut.  Having been in Reclaiming a heck of a long time (1981), I  participate in the life of the tradition.  I am an energy worker, healer and explorer of the realms within and beyond. My partner, Bill Simpich, and I have an 18-year-old, Kore, born 1996.  I enjoy family life in my big collective-household.  I am reunited with my birth daughter, Melissa, b. 1970, and have two grand-daughters, Kali and CeAyra.  Open adoption is an important issue for me and I participate from two sides of the adoption triangle. I have taught witchcraft and related subjects since the 80s, and have been politically active in direct action politics and affinity groups since that time as well. I observe birds and revel in nature worship. Heavy on the devotional side of magical practice, and somewhat skilled in ritual making and healing, my co-teachers have branded me a whacked-out mystic.  I have taught in community since 1981 and in witchcamps since the beginning.  I am retired from many years of work in research with injection drugs users around public health issues.  In 2005 I became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and I practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rumi says “Let the beauty you love be what you do.  There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground”.

 

Jude Elf

…lives for paradigm shifts, lightbulb moments,ecstatic transformative ritual and deep personal magic. She rejoices in sharing her passion for connecting to the divine through music, dance, and song .A life long activist, she loves the alchemy of mixing magic with the work of the great turning, combining spell work, stewardship, egalitarian group process, non-violent action, and emancipated sexuality. An anarchist circus freak, song catcher, fire spinner, green witch and moon dancer, she teaches magic and sacred sexuality, and offers pastoral services including support with rites of passage. She has taught at, and helped organize, Reclaiming Witchcamps throughout the U.S. for over a decade. A member of Kidsfest, she helps to facilitate large public rituals that gather the community to turn the wheel and honor the seasons.

 

Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi MSW

In 1981, I read, The Spiral Dance and knew I had found my spiritual home. I began circling with friends in the woods; creating rituals using the works of Starhawk and Joanna Macy to express my longings for ecological justice and reunion with Nature. Ritual, trance work and the everyday practical magicks of art, poetry, song, peer-counseling, & grounding continue to anchor my life 33 years later. I continue to evolve and shape shift; weaving together a vast array of spiritual traditions and trainings in Wicca, Ceremonial Magick, Tibetan Buddhism in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche through Reginald Ray, and the Tantric lineage of Swami Rama as practiced by Rudolph Ballantine. Personal educational benchmarks include: a BA in Human Ecology, A MSW in Psychiatric Social Work, Ordination in Fellowship of Isis, and my current enrollment in the Lewis & Clark EcoPsychology certificate program. My teachings, sessions, events and group workings are held as the Living Love Revolution.

As an EcoMagicks practitioner, I translate the teachings of mycelium, bees and stardust into useable human social skills. As an EcoSexual, I write and lead collaborative workshops and events that honor the innately erotic connections between humans and the living Earth. With the intention of femmifesting a culture based on Love, Immanence and Sovereignty, I currently generate: quarterly Aphrodite Temples, Surrender:The EcoSex Convergence, Cascadia Holistic Peer Counseling and a podcast radio show on: www.SexTalkRadioNetwork.com . It is delightful to be living an integrated witchy, queer-centric, poly-normative life in the Cascadia Bioregion.

At FCWC I will be facilitating a path working with Hali Ma focused on Weaving and Re-Membering the Whole Time existence of Tree, Well and Norns; “listening in” and noticing how we are Interbeing with them.

 

Hali Ma Suda

Born in 1979, a pivotal year for the reawakening of the Goddess. Ever since, I have a followed a path of discovery and enthusiasm for life and magickal practice. In my early twenties, powerful personal experiences with Nature opened my eyes and heart to the interrelatedness and connection of Humans and Earth, on both a practical and spiritual level. My explorations led me to the discovery of Reclaiming tradition, ‘witch’ resonated with every aspect of my being and belief system. My learnings at California Witchcamp opened me further to a world of magick and ritual, providing me with tools and memories that continue to influence and enrich my life.

As a fervent explorer of the Wild WoMan archetype, I am dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and enhancing the wild instinctual nature with playful and passionate participation. Observations of animal behavior and forest scenes, myths and stories, dynamic movement and dance, cathartic practices, and creative visualization, are some of the ways I consciously converge and nourish my Wild Self. After years of envisioning, my Soul desire to connect others to their own unique wild landscape, led to the birth of my workshop offering, ‘Awakening the Wild Within.’ A perpetually flourishing endeavor, where various techniques and exercises are experienced and performed in a safe, sacred container, continues to inspire me to new learning and levels of thriving.

A proponent of radical self-expression, frequent laughter, and delving into the depths of heart and soul, I honor individuation, self-actualization and the gift of community and intentional gathering, in high regard. At the very root of things, I believe we are here to live in harmony and union with the Earth, grow and expand with the cycles and seasons, and have tons of fun doing it.

I am thrilled in anticipation for my first experience at Free Cascadia Witchcamp. I am honored to be co-facilitating the path “Weaving and Remembering” with the renowned and accomplished Rev. Teri Ciacchi.

 

Beverly Frederick

…brings us together to co-create a soulful, heart-centered, bliss-field by weaving breath, body, rhythm & blues/gospel vocals to transports us to the Place-Where-We-Are-One.

Her humor, fiery spirit, and ability to create space where we not only accept our myriad aspects, but make offerings of them to deepen the circle, are honored by those who have circled with her before. Gratitude & a fierce, wild love that necessitates an engaged eroticism with the Earth color her practice of activism & re-indigenation.

Beverly is a devoted yogi and meditator, as well as a dancin’ fool who at 56 overcame end-stage Osteo-arthritis with a strict auto-immune recovery diet and a titanium hip she received on her 5th trip to INDIA. To her own amazement and delight she can be found these days at Laughing Buddha, her newest adventure, in Ashland, Oregon, where she dances West African and Contact Improv as often as possible and continues to explore the wisdom of the Pentacle of Source, her latest fascination/creation.

She collaborated for decades, weaving music & community with Starhawk and Reclaiming, first with the original San Francisco Reclaiming Collective, then with the year-round Apprenticeship and weekly Reclaiming classes she created and taught for nine years in San Francisco’s North Bay before moving to Hawaii’s Big Island to open The WisdomWay Center in 2003.

Other influences are Engaged Buddhist Joanna Macy, HH The Dalai Lama, Stan Dale of the Human Awareness Institute (HAI) and her partner of 24 years, Cartoonist and Rock Songwriter Doug Orton.

For more info on her CDs of devotional chants & songs, In the Arms of the Wild , Through the Darkness & Sea Sutras or her Instructional Yoga CD, Pain & Stress Relief for Every Body visit http://www.beverlyfrederick.org

 

Chuck

…is a life long lover of magic and the land. She became involved with a Unitarian Universalist Pagan community in Virginia as a child and draws on over 20 years of magical practice in the Reclaiming and the UU Pagan tradition. Her spiritual practice has played a critical role in her activism and she is deeply committed to the work of justice with roots in Pagan practice. She currently serves the bay area community as an herbal healer and an Interfaith Chaplain at a local public hospital. Chuck has been involved with the Free Camp for over 8 years and regularly feels grateful and blessed to be a part of this community.

 

Ian Waisler

…is a lifelong student of astrology and other mystery traditions. In addition to client work, and serving as president of the San Francisco Astrological Society, he organized the first ever Queer Astrology conference at CIIS in 2013. As a teacher of Integral Hatha Yoga, he’s been leading trances weekly since 2002. Participation with Reclaiming allows joyful experimentation in bridging the various ways these lineages convey elements, directions, and embodiment. He enjoys exploring the gaps between received wisdom and lived experience, and prefers circle-shaped learning spaces over lecturing from the front of the room.

 

Glimmer

(pixie path)

I love witchcamps and am deeply committed to the idea of witchcamp as the magical “spark” that we build, nurture, tend and grow as we work towards our own and community growth and transformation.

I have been organizing witchcamps since 2008.  I have organized for Free Cascadia Witchcamp for the past 6 years. I was a Winter Witchcamp Weaver from 2010 to 2013.   I am skilled at helping others to grow, and also in helping others to see a situation in a new light.

My daily practice is to work with Gratitude.  I try to say “thank you” to the Multiverse about a hundred times a day.  My tools are my breath, along with yoga, and/or daily energy work.  I love to dance. My body and my five senses are my worship tools. My body and my five senses are how I ground. I am a grandmother of three and a mother of three. I like the number 3. I work devotionally with deity as it presents itself to me: most often in the presence of the elements and in listening to the voices of the ancestors, the land, and goddess/goddesses, such as the mysterious blue dragon, who came to me during Path last year at WinterWitchCamp.

 

quinoa

(pixie path)

“Qween Wah here! I am super excited to be a facilitator of Pixie Path this year. I have been on Pixie path at Free Cascadia Witch Camp for the past two years, and feel the call again to be with the little humans during path time. I’ve been working with kids for the past 15 years (give or take) as a nanny, camp counselor, adventurer, co-learner, storyteller, fiber arts teacher, sex ed teacher, face painter, and family friend. I am very interested in the ongoing work of creating kid/parent allyship in camp culture, incorporating pixies into ritual, and honoring the sacred place children hold in our community. I truly believe that all children have an inherent desire to learn about the world around them, and I see my role as a child educator being simply to facilitate and encourage that inherent curiosity. Also, I am a laughable ever changing-tumble-of-genderer wackadoodle time traveling water-elephant creature, who is often muddy, and might vaguely remind you of your great uncle or your great great great aunt. I am hoping to follow to lead of the pixies to create a flow for our path time this year, while also incorporating the broader theme and rhythm of the camp as a whole. I’m looking forward to creating opportunities for the pixies to be adventurous, hilarious, creative, curious, relaxed, safe, and hydrated in the high summer heat- so that everyone is able to fully sink into their deep pixie woo!”

I have been organizing witchcamps since 2008. I have organized for Free Cascadia Witchcamp for the past 6 years. I was a Winter Witchcamp Weaver from 2010 to 2013. I am skilled at helping others to grow, and also in helping others to see a situation in a new light.

My daily practice is to work with Gratitude. I try to say “thank you” to the Multiverse about a hundred times a day. My tools are my breath, along with yoga, and/or daily energy work. I love to dance. My body and my five senses are my worship tools. My body and my five senses are how I ground. I am a grandmother of three and a mother of three. I like the number 3. I work devotionally with deity as it presents itself to me: most often in the presence of the elements and in listening to the voices of the ancestors, the land, and goddess/goddesses, such as the mysterious blue dragon, who came to me during Path last year at WinterWitchCamp.

 

Maren Ward

(pixie path)

My name is Maren. I live in Minneapolis where I spend most of my time engaged in projects of a theatrical nature. For 20 years I’ve been working in all kinds of groups doing all kinds of theater as an actor, director, maker. Minneapolis is home to two annual pageant events that are giant public rituals of a sort: The Mayday Parade and Ceremony and the Barebones Halloween Show. It’s through working deeply on these two events for many years that I developed a passion for spectacle, pageants, collaborative community creation. These events are also what connected me to local witches and exposed me to the world of magic. A few of those witches and I practiced together our own brand of “traditional hardcore acapella ritual sex magick performance” under the moniker “The Psycick Slutz” for many years which is how I developed as a witch.

I worked for ten years at a collectively run cafe here in the Twin Cities where I learned the art of consensus decision making and facilitation and cooking for large groups. Actually now that I mention it, someone there gave me Starhawks “Truth or Dare” to read and that was another transformer. That was 20 or so years ago – though I still feel relatively new to Reclaiming. And yet.. I have been with you from the beginning.

 

Simon Beckford

I have been a lover of magic and wildness as far back as I can remember. I grew up on my parents homestead in rural Maine, never went to school, and have spent my life exploring and playing ever since. As an older teen Reclaiming and magical craft was a path that rose up to meet my feet and helped shape and give form to my intuition. I now work as a wilderness instructor, among other things, and when I have a spare moment I tend to go right back into nature with any one who will join me. I’m excited to explore the world tree this year, and I can’t wait to see you all!

 

Laura Maples

…was born in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and raised in the wise-women ways by grandmothers and trained in herbalism by the local nurse mid wife and chiropractor. She reconnected with her Cherokee community as a young adult and brings the wisdom and knowledge of the native ways to her magical practice. Depending on the seasons and cycles for food and nourishment, she learned from a young age the mysteries of land, of planting and harvesting by the moon and the art of preservation. Laura has had a lifelong dedication to the healing arts and is a nurse well practiced in the Intensive Care Unit. Having been teaching and facilitating in Reclaiming for over a decade, she teaches the core Reclaiming classes as well as sex magic and aphrodisiatic herbalism, among many other things. She has been an activist since Quebec 2000, and has organized camps, Dandelion Gatherings, and regional gatherings as well as Spokes Councils and Birch meetings. She is a weaver of community magic through conflict resolution and having a keen sense of container. She is looking forward to weaving the magic of whole time with such an inspiring community!

 

rain crowe

…belongs to the lineage of spell-telling folk witchery, and spirit-spoken dream-priestessing.  She came to the Reclaiming tradition in 2000 and since then has been active in the Pagan Cluster, organizing for the Dandelion Gathering, and a facilitator and organizer for Free Cascadia Witch camp since 2007.

She aspires to consciously embody resiliency, imagination, and intimacy, in all her workings as a bridge between the ancestors of Path and the descendants of Life.  Magic and ritual, praise, prayer and offerings to feed the Holy in nature, personal and cultural de-colonizing, regenerative interdependence, the community arts, ecstatic connection to the sacred, and empowered organizing are my favorite things to teach right now.  She works with a spectrum of intersecting and distinctive magical, political, permacultural and ancestral skills communities.

This is her second year serving camp as a ritual coordinator.

 

Patricia Miller

I am an edge walker, an alchemist and a storyteller and I work in many different modalities. My roots are in the deep green beauty of England and I moved to San Francisco and became a Reclaiming witch in 1992.

My professional life experience is rooted in storytelling as a theatre maker. teacher, director and ritual leader. I am interested in creating containers in real time and space that offer potential transformation. I am very interested in the concept of Radical Play: the role of improvisation in activist action a real life application of theatre games and a new context for play. My professional life stretches from London, Edinburgh Festival, Eastern Europe to California stages, workshops and rehearsal rooms. My teaching credits include University of California and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

The practice of magic and creation of ritual are very important to me. I am honored to have worked with Suzanne Sterling, Starhawk, Raven Stansfield, Pepe Ozan and Paradox Pollack in creation of a diversity of expression and transformative experience.

I intend to incorporate the practice of Playback Theatre into path. This form of improvisation goes hand in hand with Augusto Boal’sTheatre of the Oppressed, both allowing the participant to re enact key moments in past/present/future in order to understand, heal or redirect histories or patterns of behavior. This pratcise goes hand in hand with trigger therapy, and the exploration of mythology through abstract or humorous expression. Incorporation of music, song, rhythm is a must. Artistic Director for Polinator.

 

Scout and Angela

… will be holding the co-created new moon path for this first time after having been participants for many years, and having led groups in our respective home towns in this embodied magic. They are excited and humble to have been passed the torch from a mighty team who have come before them weaving this collaborative and mysterious dance that has grown up alongside Free Camp.

 

Aja

I’ve been coming to Free Camp since 2007 and I think it’s the closest thing to utopia I’ve ever found (so far) and it keeps getting better! Last year I took the leap into Hearth and this will be my second year co-facilitating this path. I’m still trying to get a handle on the leap in scale – cooking for a few to cooking for a few hundred… I still have so much to learn, but feel really great about this year’s team of Kitchen Queens and trust we’ve got what it takes. I bring 5 years experience organizing magickal community, co-facilitating public and private rituals with my crew WOEVAN and I recently founded the Witches* Union Hall, a project that is currently creating a zine and workshop on cultural appropriation in spirituality to be offered at BC Witchcamp later this summer, but I’ll be sharing at bit at Free Camp, too, when I’m not in the kitchen!

 

Stella Maris

…is a queer kitchen witch and crone-in-training, a cauldron-stirring Radical Faerie templekeeper, priest/ess, and gathering organizer. She lives in Portland and is dedicated in love and service to House O. Butter, the goddesses Portlandia and Ravenna Ravine, all rivers, and Nomenus Wolf Creek Sanctuary.

 

Rabbit the Reaper

(formerly known as SAGITA) Rabbit is NASSTY, period.

 

Juniper Juicyfruit

Hi, I’m Juniper Juicyfruit, and I’m a seeker and a philosopher, a priestess, healer, and a passionate lover with a penchant for the taboo.  A lover of life, not just sex—Goddess forbid that I restrict that juiciness to just my sex life!  My strongest magic is my deep love and reverence for all life; to touch into unity consciousness is to touch into the humility of knowing yourself as sacred.  One of the truest descriptions of who I am that I could give you is, how I feel when I have boundless power raging through me:  I am a grain of sand.  I am a blade of grass.  I am a cell in God’s body.

In this life, I have been passionately driven to answer the question of “How could the divine let this happen?” as I stared into the face of the cruelest most inhumane activities my fellow humans are engaging in.  That question burned inside of me with all the fiery intensity of Pluto, pressuring me to become unbound, to claim my power and wield it.  The transformation through the stages of power from victim consciousness to unity consciousness was a hard road through hell.  I brought back a bag of treats.  Pluto ain’t so bad.

My spiritual quest has been one of facing the darkest aspects of myself, also reflected to me in others, and embracing those parts of me with unconditional love.   I don’t know about you, but for me 2014 has been INTENSE!!!  Anyone else out there having direct events related to the Restoration of this planet? Troubled heart events, one after another, that were directly related to the definition of your relationship to Goddess, and power, and authority?  I’ve been through the wringer.  It has wrung me out of any resistance to complete alignment with Divine will.  I’m still in process, still learning, still fumbling.   I’m highly empathic, and for me the awareness that my liberation is bound up with yours is something I’m reminded of on a body, sensory, feeling level every moment of the day.  The magic and power I have claimed through surrender has been beyond what I could have imagined.  I am eager to hold space for you to unleash the fierce joy inside you.

 

Briana Cavanaugh

…has been a sex educator for 22 years and a accountant for 10. It’s her passion to dive deep and to confuse the issues by combing the sacred, the mundane and confronting expectations. She has a passion for economic justice and has done everything from write legislation to counsel welfare moms. But she’s more committed to love. Even more committed to love than to justice.

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