- Reclaiming Tradition
- WitchCamp Council
Reclaiming is a community of people working to unify spirit and politics. Our vision is rooted in the religion and magic of the Goddess — the Immanent Life Force. We see our work as teaching and making magic — the art of empowering ourselves and each other. In our classes, workshops, and public rituals, we train our voices, bodies, energy, 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 bring to birth a vision of a new culture.
Reclaiming is a Tradition of Witchcraft that began in the 1980s in Northern California and by the year 2000 had adherents throughout North America and in parts of Western Europe. (See "Reclaiming Communities" below.)
Reclaiming is a non-profit religious organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area which has tax-exempt status under federal and state law. On the Reclaiming Website you will find information describing the structure and history of the organization and a description of who does what.
1. Start a Twelve Wild Swans reading group.
The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey Into Magic, Healing and Action, by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine, was published by HarperSanFrancisco in 2000. The book is a wonderful resource for exploring one's personal path, and well-suited for group study. You can use these suggestions and study guidelines to help create a group in your area.
2. Contact a Reclaiming Tradition "Resource" person to give a class or help you create local community.
A call was put out to local Reclaiming communities around the world, asking for those with teaching, organizing, priestessing and activism experience to be a part of a public list as a "Resource" to the greater witchcraft/pagan community. Use this list to find people close to your area who can help.
3. Attend a nearby WitchCamp.
WitchCamp is a wonderful way to meet people from the surrounding areas. Check out which one is local to you!
"My law is love unto all beings..."
–from The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
Reclaiming Principles of Unity – consensed by the Reclaiming Collective in 1997. Updated by consensus at the BIRCH council meeting of Dandelion Gathering 5 in 2012 and at the BIRCH Council meeting in January 2021.
For more information on the Reclaiming Tradition, visit the reclaiming.org website.
Here are several Reclaiming-identified communities throughout North America, Western Europe, and Australia that are electronically accessible:
Australian Reclaiming Community - Melbourne, Australia
Baltimore Reclaiming - Baltimore, Maryland, US
BCWC - British Columbia, Canada
British Reclaiming - Great Britain, UK
Hive Tribe - Chicago, Illinois, US
The Dragon's Cauldron - Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill/Research Triangle, North Carolina, US
Gaia Reclaiming - Atlanta, Georgia, US
Heart of the Witch - online group spanning the US and Europe, but concentrating on Germany and The Netherlands
Kentucky Reclaiming (email address only) - Kentucky, US
Midwest Reclaiming - Midwest Region, US
Montreal Reclaiming - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Niedersachsen Reclaiming - Northern Germany
New York Reclaiming (email address only) - New York City, New York, US
North Bay Reclaiming - North Bay Region (Sebastopol), California, US
Reclaiming Earth Activist Network - Europe - Pan-European
Reclaiming Deutschland - Germany
Reclaiming España - Spain
Reclaiming Spirit - Denver, Colorado, US
San Francisco Bay Area Reclaiming - San Francisco, California, US
Seattle Reclaiming - Seattle, Washington State, US
Suisse romande (email address only) - Switzerland
Suomi Helena Kivela (email address only) - Finland
Tejas Web - Southeastern Texas, US
Toronto Reclaiming Community - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Trillium Reclaiming - Southeastern Michigan, US
Vancouver Reclaiming - Vancouver, BC, Canada
VWC - Vermont, US