Spiral Dance – Complete Ritual Online!

2021 Spiral Dance – Full Ritual Online!

The complete online 2021 Spiral Dance ritual – over two hours of magic – is now available online. From the opening conches to the ecstatic spiral, you can experience reclaiming’s most festive and powerful magic.

The Spiral Dance has been held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1979. The past two years have been held online due to covid safety concerns.

Spiral Dance archives – click here – 40+ year of magic in PDF form!

Dancing the Spiral – free download of our book-in-progress – click here

2022 BIRCH Dates Announced

BIRCH is the all-Reclaiming representative council. For more info, visit About BIRCH

Dear Reclaiming Communities,

The BIRCH Committee announces the dates, timeline and agenda for our 2022 meeting.  We appreciate the feedback from the last meeting and have responded with changes.

We have shortened the meeting and reduced the number of Zoom sessions. In order to reflect the changes made in the POU at our last meeting we will focus the agenda of this meeting entirely on the proposal that will be in its second cycle of discussion:  guidelines for principles of accountability (working title). This is a huge and important topic and reflects many years of calls for inclusion and accountability from DARC, BIPOC, Trans, Non-Binary, and Disabled witches in our tradition. NOW is the time to focus on and craft processes to support our evolution.

Thank you for engaging in this journey. The BIRCH Committee: Alex, Lilo, Lore, Morgana, Raven, and Sav

For future updates please join the current BIRCH google group: reclaiming-birch@googlegroups.com.
There will be more information soon. If you have questions contact Birchcommittee@gmail.com.


BIRCH Meeting 2022

March 5th/6th – March 19th/20th

March 5th/6th BIRCH MEETING opens with a Zoom meeting that will be recorded and live-streamed. We will create sacred space, introduce the agenda, and initiate the topics for Asynchronous discussion in the 2 weeks immediately following .

March 7th-18th Facilitated Asynchronous meeting, closing 24 hours before the decision- making Zoom meeting. Attended by all reps and open to the whole community. 

March 19th/20th Decision-making Zoom meeting, attended by all reps.

Times of the Zoom calls will be confirmed after registration to include as many time zones as are represented.

2022 BIRCH Timeline

Mid -August 2021: BIRCH Committee will publish descriptions for meeting roles.

September: The agenda is published with last meetings notes and guidance. Further guidance for community discussion and reps published. Seek a liaison with each community to be sure that the information is being widely distributed.

Call for facilitators, minute takers, other support roles along with guidance for what roles mean aka job descriptions, offer roles first to 2020 facilitator group and then recruit from community. 

October: Local Community Meetings and Discussions. Registration opens.  Zoom training for Facilitators and other support roles, with more to be scheduled if required.

Call for agenda items for 2023 meeting – these will be shared with the community in the final stages of the asynchronous meeting so that communities can begin to consider them

November: Local Community Meetings and Discussions.

Registration remains open. Zoom Training for Community Reps to answer questions.

January: 8th/9th or 15th/16th: Tech rehearsal for Committee, facilitators and support folk. 

31st January: Call for future agenda items closes

February: 1st: Call for community folk to create sacred space and maintain the container for the meeting, Zoom call mid-month if required.

20th February: Registration closes.

For future updates please join the current BIRCH google group: reclaiming-birch@googlegroups.com.

Questions: Birchcommittee@gmail.com.

AIRA – Ableism-Impacted Reclaiming Alliance

Are you a Reclaiming witch? Are you disabled, differently abled, and/or neurodivergent?

Consider joining the Ableism Impacted Reclaiming Alliance (AIRA)!

We seek to increase accessibility in Reclaiming spaces for the 25% of the population who are disabled, and thus further the work of decolonisation of capitalistic values within Reclaiming.

We hope to discuss, process, heal, and try to help bring our diverse perspectives to making Reclaiming spaces more adaptive and accessible. Your input and participation are valuable whether it’s joining meetings, discussions in the online group, sharing personal stories, witnessing the stories of others, joining rituals, or simply watching it all unfold. We encourage a level of participation that works for you and your needs. 

Join the Ableism Impacted Reclaiming Alliance (AIRA) if this work calls to you! 

Visit our facebook group for more information and to get involved – click here!

*Allies, we see and appreciate you! Stay tuned for a space for allies and the larger community.*

April’s Book of Games

Creative Exercises for Classes, Camps, and Communities

by April Cotte / new edition by Reclaiming Quarterly

April’s Book of Games is a resource for teachers and grassroots organizers for all age groups – and a keepsake for those who loved her.

New editionprint (color cover/B&W pages) | free PDF

When she co-taught at Witchlets and Redwood Magic family camps, April shared a xeroxed version of her book of games, exercises, and activities. Originally crafted for grades K-8, we’ve found it useful for all ages. It became part of our toolkit.

The original xerox-of-a-xerox got the job done – but the book needed a full production.  The new version includes the original text – nearly 100 pages of games and exercises – plus several of April’s writings. 

It also features memories from many who loved, worked, and played with April.

Available both as a print edition and as a free PDF. Like our other Reclaiming Quarterly publications, we hope thousands of people will download and use this amazing teaching tool.

– Rosa De Anda, Rock, and George Franklin for Reclaiming Quarterly

More RQ publications & resources – click here

Reclaiming Updates Principles of Unity

Culminating six months of discussions and meetings, the all-Reclaiming BIRCH Council consensed on January 30, 2021 to amend the Reclaiming Principles of Unity.

The following paragraph was amended. The strike-through was removed, and the italic-underline phrases added.

“Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, “Harm none, and do what you will.”We work in diverse ways, including nonviolent direct action, for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. We are an anti-racist tradition that strives to uplift and center BIPOC voices (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.”

The full Reclaiming Principles of Unity can be found here.

For more information about the BIRCH Council, visit the BIRCH page.

Chants Revue – Brigid – Never Lose Our Way to the Well

Reclaiming’s audio alchemists have worked overtime to extract this classic chant from a longer meditation recording – we got both verses and all the harmonies! It’s a seasonal favorite, sure to be sung at Brigid rituals this weekend.

“Never Lose Our Way to the Well” – by Anne Hill, Suzanne Sterling, and Starhawk

Chanthttps://youtu.be/N-iZ7rvtYUE

Full Meditationhttps://youtu.be/OOgYUqgloLQ

Reclaiming Chants Playlistshttps://www.weaveandspin.org/playlists

BIRCH – updates re January 2021 meetings

Click here to download the word version

Click here for more about BIRCH

Questions and more information: BirchCommittee@gmail.com

BIRCH 2021 Important Information 

DATES

Now: Community Conversations on BIRCH proposals. Fundraising.

December 31: Registration deadline for BIRCH

January 11, 2021: Training and BIRCH Meetings Part II on Loomio begin.

January 16-17, 23-24, 30-31: BIRCH Meeting Part II. Three 3-hour Zoom Meetings.

BIRCH 2021 Registration:

Please use the link below to register, first as a participant and then as a representative if you have been selected by your community. In order to attend BIRCH 2021 you must register as a participant, even if you were already registered for BIRCH 2020 or if you are coming as a representative.

  1. Participants: https://forms.gle/N7NJg696i2LoTtFb6
  2. Representative: https://forms.gle/KWxFQDdfLU9QRHee9

E-mail list. We are currently compiling a BIRCH list to streamline our communications. Please email Reclaiming-BIRCH-subscribe@googlegroups.com to be added to this list. 

Call for BIRCH Committee members

Guidelines for Friendly Amendments

BIRCH 2020 Budget Statement

BIRCH Budget 2020/2021

BIRCH 2021Consensus Agenda:

Proposal #1: Revise BIRCH Structure and Process

Replace the original BIRCH structure from 2004. The new structure discusses proposals in communities BEFORE the meetings to inform Community Representatives’ consensus decision-making. This allows full participation with a more concise and nimbler consensus process. Anyone in Reclaiming may participate in the facilitated portion (Loomio) of the BIRCH meetings. All communities (5 or more) may select 1 Representative and 1 Shadow/Alternate to attend the online BIRCH meeting (Zoom). Ideally, every other year is an in-person meeting. 

Proposal #2: Change Principles of Unity to support Reclaiming’s evolution into an anti-racist tradition. Final proposal from DARC http://tinyurl.com/birch-darc-proposal

Proposal #3: Principles of Accountability

Draft to be expanded with community input: http://tinyurl.com/birch-account-proposal

•Create policies/accountability for transphobia in our communities 

•Create policies/accountability for racism in our communities. Commitment to an anti-racist change in our tradition 

•How will we implement it in our PoA in our communities? 

•We encourage trans/non-binary folks, people with disabilities, and BIPOC interested in refinining the Principles of Accountabilty to contact BirchCommittee@gmail.com.

Proposal #4: Magically and financially support marginalized people/communities to create the structures that they need to be in and support leadership.  

Questions and more information: BirchCommittee@gmail.com

New Anti-Racist Curriculum from Reclaiming’s DARC Group

DARC (Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming Communities), a group of Black, Indigenous, and Mixed Race people from around Reclaiming, has created a booklet detailing a participatory workshop for local communities and camps, including readings, videos, and discussion questions.

Download the PDF here.

This is an open-hearted invitation to Reclaiming communities, covens, camps, and other groups to tackle the big issues of race, racism, anti-racism, and decolonization.

This resource outlines a participatory workshop, with readings, videos, and discussion questions throughout. If you are facilitating this workshop, please read through the entire document first, then feel free to pick and choose which items your group will focus on, based on the group’s composition, interests, level of understanding, and time. Hopefully all groups – from the 101 level on up – will find something valuable to spark discussion here.

Depending on the nature of the group, you might wish to create sacred space or use other techniques such as icebreakers, rounds, or small-group activities to build relationships and trust between community members and thus create a reflective space for listening within and without, a safe(r) space for speaking truth, a brave space for taking risks and daring to make mistakes.

Doing anti-racist work can be tricky and may require strong facilitation skills. Facilitators might want to work in pairs or teams or rotate leadership. We are hoping that members of the Reclaiming community will find ways to support each other in this work.

Download the PDF here.