CloudCatcher Teaching Team 2018

 

CloudCatcher Teaching Team 2018

 

Ravyn Stanfield

Ravyn Stanfield

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 Ravyn Stanfield is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the super powers within each of us. Ravyn works with Acupuncturists Without Borders to serve communities hit by disasters and build world healing exchange programs. She designs trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She teaches at various conferences and festivals worldwide, including EDGE, Symbiosis, Pantheacon, Spiritweavers, Bioneers, Lightning in a Bottle, and Witchcamps. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon.

Ravyn is a cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of our times and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She creates modern ritual art, combining music, poetry, and performance to make contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She uses her background in trauma recovery, writing, neurobiology, psychology, and theatre to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization.www.gerriravynstanfield.com

Jenn Byers

Jenn Byers

I make my home on lands stolen from Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) and Dakota Sioux peoples, known in colonizer-speak as Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I found Reclaiming in 2003, and have since been learning and teaching across the US and Canada.  I am a queer witch-poet who thrives on art and music, with over 30 years of experience in professional theatre and performance.

I work deeply with the Ancestors and Descendants, rooting my activism/magic in justice and love.  I want to nurture our capacity to look honestly at the intersections of capitalism, white supremacy, oppression, climate change and our collective power for right action.  I believe that connection (to self, to other – human and non-human) is vital if we are going to manifest the loving change that is so needed in the world.

My craft is influenced by my initiators, as well as T. Thorn Coyle and Diana’s Grove Mystery School.  I tend towards creativity, embodiment, sensuality, mindfulness and humor, and strongly value daily practice, self-awareness, integrity and the potency of kindness.

Jarrah Staggard

Jarrah Staggard

Jarrah Staggard

Jarrah is a passionate witch with a background in theatre and counselling. He cares about creating powerful containers for self exploration and rituals of meaning, miracle and transformation. He also LOVES his garden and wild places, and his fascination with the interconnected biodiverse world informs his witchcraft. He has taught witchcraft for a number of years, particularly in the WildWood and Reclaiming traditions.

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith is an author, ritualist and Reclaiming teacher living in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. She has been with CloudCatcher from the very beginning and loves all its parts and variations. Jane teaches Reclaiming core classes within the community, as well as her own work within the realms of the Goddess, Kabbalah and mythology. She also teaches distance courses and presents at conferences and gatherings, including Seven Sisters Festival in Victoria and the Glastonbury Goddess Conference in the UK. She loves to travel and France is one of her favourite places.

Jane’s books include Journey to the Dark Goddess, Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth and, co-authored with Gede Parma, Magic of the Iron Pentacle. Her next book, Aspecting the Goddess will be published in May 2018.

Jane has strong ties to the Byron Shire and the bio-region which includes, and was generated by, the Mt Warning/Wollumbin caldera, where CloudCatcher WitchCamp takes place. She is passionate about trees and rivers, white cockatoos, magic and co-created ritual and considers CloudCatcher to be one of her beloveds. Along with many others, she has been waiting for the story of bees to arrive for a while... She keeps a blog on local magic at: http://witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/local-magic.html and her website is: www.janemeredith.com

Fio Aengus Santika

Gede Parma Fio Aengus Santika (Gede Parma)

Born in Bali, raised in Queensland, a pretty serious traveller for a decade now, I am a spirit-worker, sorcerer, practising and professional cunning person and witch, author of books (under Gede Parma), and a dedicated and passionate teacher of the Craft. I have been practising and teaching Reclaiming Tradition witchcraft for the past 8 years, and have spent nearly two decades working magic as a witch; I have been initiated into three traditions of witchcraft and am an eternal student of the mysteries of initiation.

 

Currently I reside in the occupied country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, in what British settlers/invaders named Melbourne. From an oak-guarded and vine-wrapped house in a traditionally privileged and upper-class suburb I help to facilitate ecstatic ritual, I read the cards and talk to peoples' spirits and beloved dead, cast spells, and teach magic, ritual, witchcraft, and pagan folk customs. I have been lighting candles to Hermes since high school; back in the days of dial-up Internet he would be the one I would call to, to help facilitate the flow of information. Our relationship has grown and deepened significantly in the past fifteen years and in 2010 I agreed to become a priest of Hermes. Alongside this relationship I have a familial and cultural connection to the Hindu pantheon of deities. I am deeply embedded in the magic and mysteries of the Witches' Gods I know as the Wildwood Sacred Four; share vows with Persephone, Aphrodite, and Hekate; and work with several saints, including St. Brigid, St. Michael, and St. Anne. Engaging with certain Fae and Angelic spirits and mysteries is also core to my Craft.

 

I value ancestral wisdoms; the artistry of magic; the power of reaching out and reaching in; and the perilous quest (as my beloved Jarrah has said it) and the risk of love. I have a deep, deep love of CloudCatcher the WitchCamp and CloudCatcher the Landscape; these are the lands of important initiations. I am deeply humbled by this camp community and I return for this seventh time with mercurial cunning, apollonian mindfulness, and melissa love.

Shiray

Shiray

Shiray, Brendan or Brenny Bear is a queer witch from Brisbane. Establishing a relationship with Hermes when they first dedicated to witchcraft back in 2000, Shiray has grown to develop a familiar relationship with this tricksy messenger deity. Having been an active member of public pagan community for over a decade. Shiray's loyalty to CloudCatcher has seen them take on many roles within camp and they are excited to be engaging a teaching role in 2018. Their work engages Sacred sexuality, storytelling, death processes, deepening connection with nature and creative magic.

Laura

Laura Helona Moverin

I have been a witch for many moons now. I must be one of those people who is an ambivert both extrovert and introvert. My introverted nature leads me into painting and writing, I write a lot of poetry. My extroverted nature leads me into ritual, performance and friendship. My experience with the pagan community has mostly been in Southeast Queensland. I had my start with the coven of the Wildwood. I am passionate about the environment, education, art and making mischief. I particularly love mythology and the way the myths give us insight into our own beings and stories. That is what is so wonderful about Witch camps for me. I feel honoured to be going on that journey with you.

Julie

Julie

I’ve spent my whole life in love with and devoted to the Blue Mountains and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Darug, Gundungurra, Gumbaingirr and Bundjalung Country. From the sandstone cliffs and waterfalls of Kedumba up the forested spine of the Great Connecting Range to Wollumbin and the caldera that holds this camp. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands and pay my respect to the elders past, present and emerging. I commit to listening, learning and change.

I’m passionate about health - for individuals, communities, ecosystems and planets. I find the work that Reclaiming contributes on all of these levels profoundly inspiring. The magic of Reclaiming has been an important part of our family life for a decade, and a treasured part of our community life for the past few years as we’ve woven local magic in small groups and in seasonal public rituals. I’m so grateful to have attended CloudCatcher WitchCamp with my family in 2017.

In the Northern Rivers I studied environmental science, and lived off grid for eight years. Now I live in the Blue Mountains with my blended family, studying creative arts and teaching workshops for all ages. For the past six years I’ve been immersed in program creation and community development for the Blue Mountains homeschooling community, in support of education that is based in power from within and power with, with a growing focus on environmental education. Happily, our bushcare group has recently been learning about native bees and crafting bee homes. With the pressing importance of action on climate change I’ve felt fortunate to be able to spend stints of time learning from traditional custodians and activists at the Bentley Blockade, the Pilliga Push, Break Free in Newcastle and with the Stop Adani group in the Blue Mountains.  As an artist I’m interested in the ways that creations can form seeds and spells for healthy communities and a healthy earth. As a gardener I’ve been attempting to grow food for decades, with varying degrees of success (at times I have successfully fed many possums). My very favourite thing to do is to walk to meet forests and beaches, if I’m ever able to meet both in the same walk I’m in total rapture.