Montreal Witches’ Masquerade Samhain Ball

This isn’t a Reclaiming-organized event, per se, but for the last few years the ritual has been based on the format of the large Samhain Spiral Dance ritual in San Francisco, and quite a few Montreal Reclaiming folks are involved in it. The ritual is collaboratively organized by individuals from across the Montreal Pagan community.

Montreal Witches’ Masquerade Samhain Ball
Saturday October 27th

https://www.facebook.com/events/395920203805446/

The Montreal Art Centre
1844 William (corner de Seigneur — George Vanier metro)
Montreal, QC

Samhain Ritual/rituel (free/gratuit): 7pm (18 years/ans +)
Celebration: 8:30pm (all ages)

Wear your wildest masks! / Portez vos masque les plus fantastiques!
Prizes and raffles! / Prix a gagner
Music spun by / Musique par: DJ Marcus Aurelius

Tickets sold @ / Billets en vente @:
Melange Magique (1928 Ste. Catherine Street West, Montreal)
Charme et Sortilège (4933, Rue De Grand-Pre, Montreal)
$12 advanced purchase
$15 at the door
(Tickets will be available in October 2012)

Sponsored by / Presente par:
Montreal Pagan Resource Centre
Centre de Resource Paienne de Montreal

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Iron Pentacle November 2012 in Montreal

Weekend Intensive
November 17th and 18th,  930am-6pm
Cost:  $135 – $70 sliding scale

We ask that participants be committed to attending the workshop in its entirety.

Description
Step into your authentic self for a weekend and explore your relationship with the five points of the Iron Pentacle: Sex, Pride, Self, Power, and Passion. We believe that these points are our sacred birthrights, and we’re willing to claim them.

The Iron Pentacle is one of the core elements of Reclaiming Tradition of contemporary American witchcraft. It challenges us to look at our relationships with the qualities/energies of sex, pride, self, power and passion; and then integrate these energies into our lives and magic. It is definitely shadow work!.

Using trance, spellwork and ritual, we will experience the connections between these points and what happens when the points become out of balance. We will access each point of the pentacle using techniques including guided meditation, art, creativity, song, movement, and sacred play. Together, we will learn to balance the Iron Pentacle within ourselves and bring it more fully into our lives.

Teaching Team
Claudia Manifest is a Reclaiming initiate and a devote to Feri who strives to combine the knowledge to be learned from her Elders in the craft with the Wisdom she has gained from discovering and developing her own personal practices and magical arts. She has been teaching witchcraft at camps, intensives, workshops and classes for the past 15 years. She loves the practical, manifestation magics of creating, recognizing, and honoring the sacred in our daily lives. Her magical daily practice includes Iron Pentacle work, grounding, Time magic, Yoga, Tarot, child rearing and cooking; all as magical and intentional acts. Striving always to welcome in and acknowledge more beauty, balance, and delight in her life, she is excited to share, learn, and practice the Art and Craft of living a sensual, magical, grounded life with you all.

Amanda is an ecstatic Witch following an initiatory mystery tradition of North American witchcraft. She has been involved in Reclaiming since 2003 and teaching within the tradition since 2006. She is currently a member of the Reclaiming Teachers in Training and Service (RTITS) guild in New England. Her personal practice celebrates life and places a strong emphasis on personal responsibility and relationship with Mystery, including deity, the ancestors, spirits, nature, and our selves. She believes strongly in having an extensive magical toolkit that complements real-world skills.

Pre-requisite
This is intermediate-level work. Participants should be comfortable with basic personal energy work and should be able to solidly ground and participate in creating sacred space with a group. This is shadow work. Participants must be willing to face their triumphs, flaws, and faults.

Prior completion of Elements of Magic, a core course in the Reclaiming tradition, is a prerequisite for this course. On occasion, comparable work can be substituted. It is our goal to create a supportive environment together in which to do this work.

Please do not use drugs or alcohol during our time together in the workshop.

While this work can be deeply healing and truly transformative, it is not a substitute for professional counselling.

Space is limited. All students accepted at the discretion of the instructors.

Registration
The fee for the workshop is on a sliding scale ($135-$70) – you choose where you fit on the scale based on the sustainability of your finances in the world. The actual cost of the weekend is somewhere just above the middle. If you need additional help in order to attend, please let us know.

We expect this workshop to fill up. To reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required before September 24th. (The deposit is transferable.) Payment in full is appreciated before October 31st.

The costs of putting on this workshop include two full days of studio rental in a space located near a metro and large enough to accommodate movement; travel and billeting for Claudia, as well as childcare while she is in Montreal with us; and healthy food and snacks. We also hope to offer each teacher an honorarium if funds permit. If any money is left over, it will go to a fund to help bring another teacher to Montreal for a weekend intensive in 2013.

More Information
For more information or to register, please e-mail ravenka(at)cosmic-muse(dot)com

Also, updates are posted to our facebook event page

Summer & Fall Schedule for the New Moon Drum, Chant and Song Circles

The new moon chant, drum and song circles are held every month near the new moon. They are an open space to share and expand our drumming skills and song/chant repertoires. All skill levels are welcome (and encouraged!) Bring any songs or chants that you want to share and drums and other instruments if you have them.

Here are the dates for the rest of the new moon song, drum and chant circles this calendar year.

July: Friday July 20th, 2012 Facilitator: Melissa Moon
August: Wednesday August 15th, 2012
September: Friday September 14th
October: Wednesday October 17th
November: Wednesday November 14th
December: Friday December 14th

These monthly celebrations are organized by individual members of the Montreal Reclaiming community. All traditions are welcome.  They are generally held in a private home easily accessible by public transit (metro) and car.

Typically we will share songs and chant, share/learn drum rhythms, do some drum circle style drumming, and do some exercises to help us feel more comfortable improvising and harmonizing either as drummers or with our voice.

Let us know if you want to facilitate one of circles.

All circles start at 7:30pm and wrap up at 9:30 pm (out of courtesy to the neighbours!). Please arrive 5-10 minutes early so we can start on time.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the Facebook group for the events.

Please check the event page for the individual circles and contact the organiser for the exact location of each month’s circle. If you do not use Facebook, you can also email us at montrealreclaiming(at)grmail(dot)com for more information.

Iron Pentacle Weekend Intensive (Montreal)

Reclaiming core class
Weekend intensive
November 17-18, 9:30 am to 6pm both days
Price $TBD  sliding scale
Location: TBD

We ask that participants be committed to attending the workshop in its entirety.

Please direct any questions to ravenka (at) cosmic-muse (dot) com .

DESCRIPTION
Step into your authentic self for a weekend and explore your relationship with the five points of the Iron Pentacle: Sex, Pride, Self, Power, and Passion. We believe that these points are our sacred birthrights, and we’re willing to claim them.

The Iron Pentacle is one of the core elements of Reclaiming Tradition of contemporary American witchcraft. It challenges us to look at our relationships with the qualities/energies of sex, pride, self, power and passion; and then integrate these energies into our lives and magic. It is definitely shadow work!.

Using trance, spellwork and ritual, we will experience the connections between these points and what happens when the points become out of balance. We will access each point of the pentacle using techniques including guided meditation, art, creativity, song, movement, and sacred play. Together, we will learn to balance the Iron Pentacle within ourselves and bring it more fully into our lives.

TEACHING TEAM
Claudia Manifest (New Hampshire) is a Reclaiming initiate and a devote to Feri who strives to combine the knowledge to be learned from her Elders in the craft with the Wisdom she has gained from discovering and developing her own personal practices and magical arts. She has been teaching witchcraft at camps, intensives, workshops and classes for the past 15 years. She loves the practical, manifestation magics of creating, recognizing, and honoring the sacred in our daily lives. Her magical daily practice includes Iron Pentacle work, grounding, Time magic, Yoga, Tarot, child rearing and cooking; all as magical and intentional acts. Striving always to welcome in and acknowledge more beauty, balance, and delight in her life, she is excited to share, learn, and practice the Art and Craft of living a sensual, magical, grounded life with you all.

Amanda  (Montreal) is an ecstatic Witch following an initiatory mystery tradition of North American witchcraft. She has been involved in Reclaiming since 2003 and teaching within the tradition since 2006. She is currently a member of the Reclaiming Teachers in Training and Service (RTITS) guild in New England. Her personal practice celebrates life and places a strong emphasis on personal responsibility and relationship with Mystery, including deity, the ancestors, spirits, nature, and our selves. She believes strongly in having an extensive magical toolkit that complements real-world skills.

PRE-REQUISITES
This is intermediate-level work. Participants should be comfortable with basic personal energy work and should be able to solidly ground and participate in creating sacred space with a group.

This is shadow work. Participants must be willing to face their triumphs, flaws, and faults.

Prior completion of Elements of Magic, a core course in the Reclaiming tradition, is a prerequisite for this course. On occasion, comparable work can be substituted. If you think you have comparable work and experience, please contact Amanda at ravenka (at) cosmic-muse (dot) com. It is our goal to create a supportive environment together in which to do this work.

Please do not use drugs or alcohol during our time together in the workshop.

While this work can be deeply healing and truly transformative, it is not a substitute for professional counselling.

Space is limited. All students accepted at the discretion of the instructors.

REGISTRATION
We are currently calculating the costs of the workshop. The registration fee for the intensive will be on a sliding scale — you choose where you fit on the scale based on the sustainability of your finances in the world. The actual cost of the weekend is somewhere in the middle. If you need additional help in order to attend, please let us know.

April and May New Moon Chant, Drum and Song Circle

The new moon chant, drum and song circles are held every month near the new moon. They The a collaborative and an open space to and expand our drumming skills and song/chant repertoires. All skill levels are welcome (and encouraged!) Bring any songs or chants that you want to share and drums and other instruments if you have them.

These monthly celebrations are organized by individual members of the Montreal Reclaiming community. All traditions are welcome.  They are generally held in a private home easily accessible by public transit (metro) and car.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the Facebook group for the events.

The dates of the next circles are Friday April 20th (FB event here) and Tuesday May 22nd (FB event here), 2012.

Please check the event page for the individual circles and contact the organiser for the exact location of each month’s circle. You can also email us at montrealreclaiming(at)grmail(dot)com.

New Moon Chant, Drum and Song Circles

The new moon chant, drum and song circles are held every month near the new moon. They The a collaborative and an open space to and expand our drumming skills and song/chant repertoires. All skill levels are welcome (and encouraged!) Bring any songs or chants that you want to share and drums and other instruments if you have them.

These monthly celebrations are organized by individual members of the Montreal Reclaiming community. All traditions are welcome.  They are generally held in a private home easily accessible by public transit (metro) and car.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the Facebook group for the events.

The dates of the next circles are Friday February 24th (FB event here) and Thursday March 22nd (FB event here), 2012.

Please check the event page for the individual circles and contact the organiser for the exact location of each month’s circle. You can also email us at montrealreclaiming(at)grmail(dot)com.

Activism and Montreal Reclaiming

Reclaiming witchcraft is deeply rooted in environmental and socio-political activism. As practitioners of an earth-based spirituality, we bring magic into action and action into magic, with the goal of changing global consciousness.

Our activism covers many areas, including:

  • environmentalism and sustainable living
  • feminism and women’s rights, including reproductive rights
  • LGBTQ rights
  • peace and non-violence
  • social justice and empowerment for individuals and communities

Food Activism

Food systems is of the main areas of activism that interests many of us who participate in Reclaiming in Montreal.

One of the easiest things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment is also one of the most effective. Below we’ve provided a list of actions that we can take, as well as some links to other organizations or sources of information promoting healthy and sustainable food habits.

Eating local foods…

  • dramatically reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation
  • supports local farmers and the local economy
  • helps us become more aware of the changing seasons in our local environment
  • ensures better food quality due to reduced travel and stockage time

You can find local foods…

  • at farmer’s markets
  • at health food stores (a fairly comprehensive list can be found here, below the list of vegetarian restaurants)

What are some easy things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment?

March for Peace

In March, 2007, a group of us participated in the anti-war march and rally marking the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq. We created colorful banners invoking the elements; some of them can be seen in this photo from the Montreal Mirror, behind the first group of people.



Photo by Rachel Granofsky for the Montreal Mirror