Web Site by: Me!
If this is your first Witch Camp, you may be wondering what WitchCamp is.
Witch Camp is a week-long magical intensive offered to people of all levels of experience. Because of its intensive nature, camp is sequestered for the entire week. Newcomers can learn the basic skills of magic and ritual, working with the elements, movement, sound, mythology and history. Advanced paths offer the chance to apply magical tools and skills to personal healing and empowerment, or focus on taking the craft out into the community and the world.
Our practice of magic and ritual includes trancework, healing, drumming, dancing, chanting, storytelling, and energy work. We invite you to choose a path of study for the week that calls to you to explore and deepen your magic. We invite you to participate in evening rituals that take you into the heart of the story of the Dwarves and the Dreamer, creating powerful, transformative energy that builds throughout the course of the week. We invite you to drum and dance around the ritual fire beneath the stars.
We will form community with each other and with the land. The earth will hold us close. We'll dance and sing, trance and dream.
You may also wish to read Wolf's article, The Allure of WitchCamp, on WitchVox.
Sound good so far? You may now be wondering what we will do all week during Tejas Witch Camp 2007. Wonder no longer.
What Happens at Camp?
Every day at camp begins with hot coffee or tea and a hot breakfast. You may choose to join a small group for sitting meditation, watch the sunrise in solitude, savor a warm shower, or sleep until a few minutes before Path begins.
Mornings focus on Path -- week-long classes led by teams of Reclaiming teachers. Different paths focus on intense personal transformation, powerful and practical magical skills, and deepening one’s connection with the Earth.
The Reclaiming Quarterly describes their approach:
“We see our work as teaching and making magic—the art of empowering ourselves and each other…we train our voices, bodies, intuition and minds. We use the skills we learn to deepen our strength, both as individuals and as community, to voice our concerns about the world in which we live, and to bring to birth a vision of a new culture.”
In the afternoon, affinity groups give campers a chance to check in with a small circle of new friends. The work of camp can be intense, and affinity groups serve as a touchstone and resource to help you process the experience. The rest of the afternoon is free for activities of your choice—go for a hike or a stroll in the woods, settle in for a soak in the hot tub, or attend an optional offering such as drumming or Elements of Magic. Campers are encouraged to offer classes and workshops.
Under the light of the stars and the waxing moon, we will gather around the ritual fire. We will enter the story of the Dwarves and the Dreamer and the stories of our own lives to deepen the work of the week. Our ritual style is participatory, co-created, and ecstatic. There will be music, sacred theater, and ecstatic drumming and dancing. It's never the same twice, and it's always magic.
Snacks are traditionally served at the tent after ritual. Then, some of us will go to sleep in the campground and the house. Others will choose to drum and sing around a fire, or walk in the moonlight.
Our remote Hill Country venue offers an opportunity to connect with the spirits of the land, wind, clouds, starlight, fireflies, bonfires, sacred oaks, and a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pedernales river valley.
Together, we will form magical, sacred community.