Elements of Magic Class
6 Wednesday Nights Beginning Jan. 11, 2012
w/ Laura Wyrd & Laurie Lovekraft
With the art of magic, we deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world. In this class we begin the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Goddess spirituality by working with the Elements of Magic: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. Each class is structured as a participatory ritual and includes practical ritual and magical tools. You will learn the ritual technologies we use in Reclaiming to create sacred space, honor divinity, and wield magical tools, such as the sword, the wand, the cone of power, the chalice, the pentacle, the cauldron, and our own bodies and breath. Techniques we will use and explore include dancing, drumming, chanting, trance, visualization, wish birds, sensing and projecting energy, working boundaries and will, spellcraft, and creating and structuring rituals. Elements of Magic allows us to explore these skills in a supportive group setting. This class is a great way to connect with other people exploring Reclaiming-tradition magic and witchcraft. Group experience follows feminist consensus process. We hope to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants. The elements class is a pre-requisite for all other reclaiming classes and the ritual planning cell.
We welcome both beginning students, and advanced students who want to deepen their experience of the sacred elements.
Prerequisite: Reading of the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. We ask that applicants be committed to attending all classes, or let us know in advance if not.
Dates: 6 Wednesday nights 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Jan. 11, 18, 25 & Feb. 1, 8, 15
Cost: $120-$250 sliding scale (50% deposit required to register and save your space. Balance due the first day of class.)
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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. Laura is currently working with a beautiful group of people to birth and create ReclaimingLA. She loves to hang from the trees and feels most at home dancing with the faeries in the woods….
Laurie is a 20-year magical practitioner who has studied Wicca, Faery Tradition, Thelema, Herbalism, Chaos Magick, and New Age “Woo.” Laurie has taught and performed at the Starwood Festival, PantheaCon, Ancient Ways, Burning Man, and the Harmony Festival’s Techno Tribal Dance, among others. She studied North Indian Classical voice and has performed with Sharon Knight, Wynne Paris and Robin Silver. Laurie’s writings have appeared in Green Egg, Widdershins, and PanGaia Magazine as well as Bitch Goddess: The Spiritual Path of the Dominant Woman (Greenery Press). She also appeared in the book, Modern Pagans, by RE/Search Publications.
Laurie began attending Reclaiming Collective rituals in 1992 and attended WitchCamp in 1995. A graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute’s Women’s Clairvoyant Training program, she has also circled with the Church of All Worlds, co-led rituals at Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Center, and was a founding member of the Crescent Hellions, a Northern CA coven that produced large group rituals. A long-time environmentalist, Laurie was an anti-nukes protestor in the ’80s, worked to save Headwaters Forest and the South Central Farm, and continues to support environmental and social justice causes.
About Reclaiming LA: www.reclaimingla.org
Reclaiming LA is a community of women and men in the greater Los Angeles area who celebrate earth-based spirituality in support of justice in all its forms – environmental, social, political, racial, gender, and economic.
Our vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess, the Immanent Life Force. Our work is about teaching and making magic: the art of empowering ourselves and each other; healing ourselves, each other, and the earth.
Reclaiming LA’s ceremonies are open to the public. Our classes, workshops and public rituals are multigenerational, multicultural, sober, and ecstatic. We train our voices, bodies, energy, intuition, and minds in an effort to strengthen our community and ourselves.
We are concerned about the world in which we live. Join us as we help birth a vision of a new culture.
The Green Man 5712 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601 North of the 101/134 Fwys
East of the 170, off at Burbank
Just north of the Red Line/Orange Line North Hollywood stations
(approx 5 min walk north from station)
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