Weaver Intention for 2018:
We are weaving a thriving Winter Witch Camp community: for our past, for our future, and for those who may one day join us. We are grounded and rooted as we do the work of relationship building. We nourish ourselves and we nourish others. We acknowledge that we are holding the potential of what is to come.
Carey‘s first Reclaiming experience was Winter Witchcamp 2014, where he quickly fell in love with this community. He is studying under Christopher Penczak and is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow his knowledge and abilities. Carey’s work in the pharmaceutical industry keeps him traveling throughout the USA often, but between trips you will find him at his peaceful Minnesota hobby farm where currently has honeybees, a few cows, and an uncatchable goat. He enjoys distance running, camping, climbing trees, entertaining, pretty much anything with chocolate on it, and spending time with his three kids.
Copper Persephone: In 2004, Freyja called me to Winter Witchcamp and I have been walking a devotional path with both ever since which led me to move from California where I lived for over 20 years, on Pomo,Coast Miwok, Wappo and Olohne land, to Minneapolis where I now live on Dakota, Ojibwe and Anishinabeg land.
Walking a spiritual path devoted to erotic and ecstatic communion with spirit in all of its faces and forms, I am called to helping others experience immanence through many roads including western queer tantric practice and shamanic journey work. Dedicated to Freya and the Runes and initiated into Reclaiming, the Honey Bees and the Bear clan as well as Queer Spirit – those roots and conversations inform my daily life.
I have been a practicing witch: doing ritual, performance and community organizing / activist / social work with people who live with oppression and in poverty for over 25 years. First teaching Reclaiming classes in 2001, and then at International Witch Camps starting in 2003, I am also devoted to service, healing, organizing and community building work and have been a long time organizer at Witchlets family camp and Winter Witchcamp as well as local community ritual planning and teaching.
Karin is a queer Reclaiming witch with a strong affinity for bears and mischief. Originally from the Chicago area, with strong connections to Lake Michigan, she now has a budding relationship with the Land of 10,000 Lakes and calls Minneapolis home. She is an artist and reader of runes with a keen devotion to ancestor work. She finds her ancestral roots in Lithuania and Scandinavia, inspiring many of her relationships with Mysterious Ones, including Freya, Sunna, Baba Yaga, Birch, and Bear. Ecstatic ritual and embodied magic are ways in which she honors her spiritual connections. She believes that the hard and scary work of truly caring for the health and well-being of family and self is some of the most significant activism one can perform. Part of this work includes learning to be seen and to let others in to help even when it is terrifying. Reclaiming and Winter Witchcamp have been essential on her life path, offering her many transformative experiences. Being a part of the Weaving Team offers her the opportunity to show her gratitude and be of service to the beloved Winter Witchcamp community that has helped her to radically change her life for the better.
Harper Evan is a queer trans* witch who has been practicing in the Reclaiming Tradition for 4 years. They have extensive practice in consensus based community organizing, having lived in co-ops for the majority of their adult life. They are passionate about accessible healthcare in LGBT communities, hanging out with plants, making potions, and snuggling their 6 year old pit bull, Zazie. Harper is still psyched to be serving on the Weaver team.
Miles I very much enjoy holding space for the participatory process of making camp happen. A large part of my daily practice is dedicated to chanting and prayer, and I continue working with Qi Gong as a form of personal and energetic development. My facilitation skills have been honed by over 20 years working in the Mankind Project, an international men’s organization dedicated to helping men lead lives of emotional awareness, integrity, and service to community. I happily reside in the gorgeous, soggy grandeur of Portland, Oregon. I am delighted and honored to be a Weaver of WWC!
Call for new Weavers (we need to fill spots for 2 new Weavers each year)
Camp is organized by a rotating group of people called the Weavers. Each Weaver hold the role for a 3-year term, and these overlap for continuity.
We are looking for two new Weavers each year. All those interested in being an integral part of working this magic, please send us an email with why you’re interested, what strengths and experience you would bring to the role, and how you meet the below qualifications. Please email us at WWCregister@gmail.com. The decision is made at Camp and announced at the final ritual on Monday.
In addition to maintaining the finances, structure, and making group decisions about WWC throughout the year, the Weavers hold a number of basic coordination roles. These roles, chosen among the team each year, include: Community Liaison; Treasurer; Teacher Liaison; Teacher and Theme Selection Rep(s); Facilities; Inventory; Fundraising at Camp; Kitchen Liaison; Witchcamp Council Rep; Freya’s Bower Liaison; Registrar; Website and Tech. Weavers also hire the Kitchen lead(s) and work with them to select the Hearth/Kitchen team. Weavers fill other positions as needed, and remain connected to WWC spinners throughout the year.
WEAVER DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Has attended Winter Witchcamp for at least one year (could be this year or any previous year(s));
- Approaches organizing Winter Witchcamp as a joyful obligation;
- Is open to integrating magic into organizing work;
- Has organizing skills and previous organizing experience;
- Works effectively and respectfully in groups;
- Is able to compassionately deal with campers’ needs;
- Works creatively and effectively with people of diverse points of view;
- Acts in a professional manner when representing the Weavers and Winter Witchcamp;
- Communicates regularly with the other Weavers via email and phone;
- Is reliable and follows through on commitments;
- Is willing and able to attend 8 or more meetings per year (virtually or in person);
- Participates in email discussion in a timely and thoughtful manner;
- Is able to make a three year commitment to the position.
We’d also really love to hear if you have any interest or experience with online communication tools like Skype, Zoom, Google hangouts and drive, email groups and social media, and maintaining WordPress websites.
Additional skills to help add strength and diversity to the Weaver team may include but are not limited to: board or management experience, and experience as a Witchcamp teacher or organizer.
CHOOSING NEW WEAVERS
- The serving Weaver team is responsible for choosing replacement Weavers;
- In evaluating candidates, the Weavers will consider the strengths and weaknesses of the team as a whole and look for candidates who would add balance, diversity, and strength to the team;
- The Weavers may contact potential candidates, but this contact is not a guarantee that the position will be given to that person;
- The Weavers will seek diverse ways to develop new leaders in the community and will solicit feedback from the community about the job we are doing in that regard;
- New Weavers are chosen by consensus of the current Weaving team during the final few days of Camp;
- There will be a Weaver Breakfast during Camp on Saturday at 8am where community members can learn more about Weaving and come forward as a candidate, even if they haven’t yet sent an email expressing their interest.
- The new Weavers will be announced during the closing ritual at Camp (if they didn’t attend Camp that year, they may still be selected, and will be called with the news as soon as possible).