2019 Teachers

Coyote

I live in the ancestral lands of the people known to us today as Coast Miwok and Suisun where Big Sagebrush and Madrone trees freely grow. I honor their ancestors. My place of birth, southeastern Massachusetts, is the lands of my grandmother’s ancestral people, the Wampanoag, “People of the First Light”. It is a place where freed black slaves found embrace in the remnants of the local indigenous communities. It is also the land where my mother’s Cape Verdean immigrant ancestors first arrived. So, though I now live in the San Francisco Bay, the land spirits of Massachusetts and the water spirits of Cape Cod periodically draw me back.

My bio-cultural heritage combines African American, Cape Verdean, Wampanoag, Irish, West Indian, and much more. Yet my identity is something else.

I am Coyote. Preston Vargas. I am a Reclaiming witch and priest-ess. I am an crowned with the Orisha Obatala and strive to uplift Ifa and my Ile. I am a mesa carrier and shamanic healer. I am a black man. A queer man. I am an anti-oppression scholar and activist. I am an artist of the spirits.

I am Oracular Artist and trust in the healing guidance of spirits who wish to have their stories re-presented in works of art. My ancestors are ever present in my journey. My ritual practice is a blend of witchcraft, shamanic inspiration, ancestral medicine training, Orisha guidance, hoodoo, sorcery, and Fey magic. The medicine I carry is interwoven with the knowledge I developed in my postgraduate degrees in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness as well as Transformative Studies.

The gifts I offer from my training in indigenous ancestral healing traditions are tempered with healing justice, my awareness of privileged power dynamics and my commitments to anti-oppression. I am imperfect and ever-growing. Overall, I believe 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 future. www.Tituba.com

Dawn IsidoraDawn

I was born in the land of the Ohlone people and the vibration of that place resonates in my bones as Home.  In 1989, I was washed north by one of the waves of that city’s prosperity. I made my new home on the side of a dormant volcano in the beautiful green and grey land of the Multnomah and Clackamas Chinook people, also called Portland, Oregon.  I have raised my two sons here, gardened in this dense, rich clay soil – so different from the thin layer of sandy soil atop sandstone of my birthplace.  I live in the shadow of tall straight Douglas Firs and awake to the sound of crows and if the red tailed hawks of my childhood fly overhead, I cannot see them thru the trees.  I honor the Ohlone, the Multnomah and the Clackamas Chinook Peoples.I was born in the land of the Ohlone people and the vibration of that place resonates in my bones as Home.  In 1989, I was washed north by one of the waves of that city’s prosperity. I made my new home on the side of a dormant volcano in the beautiful green and grey land of the Multnomah and Clackamas Chinook people, also called Portland, Oregon.  I have raised my two sons here, gardened in this dense, rich clay soil – so different from the thin layer of sandy soil atop sandstone of my birthplace.  I live in the shadow of tall straight Douglas Firs and awake to the sound of crows and if the red tailed hawks of my childhood fly overhead, I cannot see them thru the trees.  I honor the Ohlone, the Multnomah and the Clackamas Chinook Peoples.

My ancestors of blood are of Jewish and possibly Romani descent. Before they worshipped a God whose name could not be spoken, my ancestors worshipped many Goddesses and Gods of Sumerian, Babylonian and Mesopotamian origins. My Romani ancestors come from Northern India – modern day Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.  They brought with them many Goddesses and Gods from that land of 330,000,000 Gods; among them Mata Kali (Black Mother) who is still worshipped as Sara e Kali (Sara the Black) and as St. Sara – patron saint of the Romani people. Many of my ancestors were nomadic peoples – following the scarce water of those dry, dry lands.  Perhaps it is because of this that I so fiercely love my home and its small lush patch of domesticated land. I honor my ancestors.

I came to the Reclaiming Tradition in the early 80’s while still living in San Francisco.  Drawn to it’s feminist, Goddess, Earth-based spirituality that centered activism for the earth and civil liberties for for all peoples, I found my spiritual home.  My first teacher of Elements and other core classes was Rose May Dance.  I have learned from many over the years primarily my friends and initiators: Deborah Oak, T. Thorn Coyle and Anne Hill and my coven-mates: Lilith, Scott Mist and Kate Flint.  My first witchcamp path teacher was Ruby (of the West) and there have been many since.  I continue to learn from the many insightful and talented folks who people our communities across this beautiful planet.  I honor my teachers.

I first came to WWC in 2007 and this West coast girl, was fairly convinced she’d die in the cold; but I was inevitably drawn by my beloveds and I discovered what I had suspected and so much more… a deep and abiding love of this place and this community.  I feel deeply honored to be able to serve as continuity teacher. I honor the Winter Witch Camp Community.

Ember

I live on land that is the home of the DkhʷDuw’Absh people, the Duwamish, “the People of the Inside.” I live on a peninsula of land that was carved by the river carrying their name. It once wandered freely across the estuary that is now Seattle’s harbor and industrial zone. My altar is a boulder in a restored urban creek, which is a tributary of the Duwamish river, which carved this land, which is anchored by cedar and sword fern and alder and snowberry and cottonwood. I look into the tops of the cedars for sleeping owls. Owl is my ally, as are my ancestors. I listen to the voices of the wild and those beloved dead who love me beyond reason as I traverse the dual labyrinths of this life: the one without and the one within.

My home camp is BCWC, and I am also a Diana’s Grove witch. I met my first labyrinth there, mowed in the tall grass of the meadow. It called me to magic and to this work. In the years since, I found my way to Winter Witch Camp, and I’m honored to be teaching here again. In my teaching in and in my life, I work with the magic of story. I am an air and earth witch with a dose of fire – I find water in my creek and in the living waters of Puget Sound and anywhere that I can sneak, leap, dive into the deep, into the cold. I will jump through the ice three times. I will go to the center, stand there listening, and come back out to tell the tale that mystery wrote.

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith is an author and ritualist who lives in Australia and likes to travel. Her books include ‘Aspecting the Goddess’, ‘Journey to the Dark Goddess’, and ‘Magic of the Iron Pentacle’ (co-authored with Gede Parma). She has created relationships with a few labyrinths – at the Crystal Castle in Byron Shire, at Centennial Park in Sydney and at the Katoomba Community Gardens, in the Blue Mountains. Last year she met with the ice labyrinth at WinterCamp, and looks forward to deepening that relationship…

Her current fascinations and fields of unfolding work include embodied intimacy and deep relating, Tree of Life/Kabbalah journeying and exploration, and creating effective mentoring and peer support networks within Australian Reclaiming. She is delighted to be returning to Winter WitchCamp.

Jane’s ancestral lineage is European – French, and Polish Jew. Her delights include myth and magic, trees, rivers, white cockatoos and dark chocolate. CloudCatcher WitchCamp is her home Camp and she has been involved with it from its very beginning. Jane teaches Reclaiming Core Classes, Kabbalah, Goddess, Tarot and ritual work worldwide and by distance course. Her website is www.janemeredith.com

Justin

I am a lover of the wild beauty of the natural world and one of my greatest joys is to find my own stillness and presence within the dance of being. My magical work in the sacred and mundane centers on liberation of the psyche and the body. As a trauma therapist, my daily challenge is to journey along with clients on the winding internal paths to reclaim their story, see their inner beauty and resilience, and to remember how to trust themselves.

My teaching work in Reclaiming is informed by my studies of psychology, martial arts, reiki, sacred medicines, dancing, and drumming. I have become especially focused recently on movement practices and embodied awareness as a vehicle for connecting with the divine, deepening self-expression, embracing intuition, and changing self-narratives.

I currently live on unceded land of the Wappo, Ohlone, Pomo, and Coast Miwok peoples, 50 miles north of San Francisco. Being away from my place of birth for an extended time has taught me about the importance of place; the history, the rhythms, the music that reside within us as well as the land itself. It has also helped me learn to work in harmony with the land as a form of communion and shared respect. I look forward to engaging with the land and our own bodies through the magic of the labyrinth.

SusanneRae

I was born on the banks of the Gwydir River in north-western NSW Australia. The wide-open spaces of Kamiliroy Country, cypress pines ,sheep and sapphire skies, country sing in my soul. I have travelled this earth, and now I live on Dharawal country, in Campbelltown. Between the two mighty rivers: Georges and Nepean on the south-western edge of the sprawling city of Sydney. Here I teach yoga and meditation and work labyrinth magic with the community.

I found Reclaiming Tradition magic in 1980 when a group of my feminist sisters and I read and worked the Spiral Dance. It has been a thread I held for many years, never dreaming I would find this Community. I found the Reclaiming Community in Australia 5 years ago and started attending WitchCamps, teaching and organising. I love WitchCamps. I love magic, I love reclaiming community: the will and power to change, grow, hold and love this earth and each other. I am a Priestess of the Earth, gardener, healer, teacher, mother, traveller, activist and friend. I work with many deity, Goddess, Nature beings, Mystical Buddhism and Seidre I love the mystery that the search to find the path to de-colonise within has led me.

At home in the Labyrinth, I have made them on four continents on this planet so far. Working labyrinth is my all time favourite pass time, I have travelled the world to find them and they have taught me how to be still and listen as well as how to run with wild delight.

So I am beyond excited to be coming to Winter WitchCamp in 2019 with Labyrinth. I look forward to connecting with those I love and those I am yet to meet, to do magic in the mysterious snow of deep winter, to go within and continue to imagine a world that works for all beings.

My website: https://www.ishtarsdrum.com

Willow Firefly KellyWillow

I can often be found with a cosmic headlamp beaming over my third eye pointed inward as I hunt for shadow treasures. Pluto in my first house clapped the lens of initiation over my life and relentlessly holds me to the underworldly art of transformation. I dance with despair, I entice hope, I enchant my world with music, rhythm and daring authenticity. I help to co-create containers in which transformation can unfold despite the messiness that is often part of the process. I embrace imperfection while striving to be a better accomplice to this gorgeous planet and all who share it.

I discovered Reclaiming in 1996 and felt like I came home. I was standing at one of those pivotal crossroads where my life radically changed. It was messy, imperfect, complicated, powerful, healing, and beautiful and 22 years later, it still is. One of the treasured gifts I received in this tradition was the Labyrinth and while I still don’t understand how or why its magic works, I know that it does and has for ages. There is a 7-circuit Labyrinth in my backyard that stands as a teacher to me where I do my daily practice. The form is etched in my memory so I can walk it anywhere I find myself. I look forward to exploring the mysteries of the Labyrinth together within one of my favorite containers, Winter Witchcamp!

Yule DanuYule Danu teacher picture

We give honor and thanks to the first people of the Patwin, Wintun, and the Miwok. We say, “Oooh, to the teachings, songs and medicine” we share. We honor the land and the people and are blessed to share in the sacred circles that are our homes. Yule is a Mexican American Indian (Aztec, Apache, Cherokee) and Irish woman. Her grandfather and grandmother people lived in Californian and New Mexico before it was part of the United States. Her red hair, fair skin and blue eye reflect her Irish heritage where she has a deep connection to the land thru the Mother Danu; Danu whom is the Land, the Sea and the Sky. Yule finds no conflict in these two paths. In respect and honor, these two paths are not mixed, though they share many similarities.

Yule lives in California and Winter camp is her home camp. The magical land of fire and ice call her down deep. Deep into magick, deep into community, deep into mystery. Yule is a Priestess, witch and scientist. The sacred geometry of labyrinth invokes her science mind and my spiritual depths. Her connections to labyrinths in the Sierra Nevada, mountains and in her home town, invoke her devotion, reverence and healing. Yule uses her knowledge and intuitive understanding of matter, systems, and energy to reach higher and higher states of ecstasy, bonding with the divine in all. This alchemical formula of science with the mystery of magick enhances her abilities to heal, priestess and change consciousness and reality at will. Her fiery passion and loving spirit are contagious, she hopes to ignite sacred fires of lave, passion and devotion with you.