Teaching Team 2017

 

Teaching Team 2017

 

Alphonsus

Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney has been a Reclaiming teacher for over 20 years, teaching in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and California, as well as Canada. He presently teaches a ritualistic approach to rhythm and singing in the Bay Area(OaklandCalifornia) and has worked in schools helping with creative writing. He is part of a vibrant community where art, social justice and mysticism overlap, and lives in Oakland with his wife, Ginnette, and two dogs. He is a strong believer in "practices of collective joy" and looks forward to more of it with you.

Copper Persephone

I am so excited to have the opportunity to connect with the CloudCatcher community both human and spirits of the land.  I have been a practicing witch: doing ritual, performance and community organizing/social justice/social work with people who live in poverty for over 25 years. I walk a spiritual path devoted to erotic and ecstatic communion with spirit in all of its faces and forms and am called to helping others to experience immanence through many roads including western queer tantric practice and shamanic journey work. I have facilitated workshops in leadership, personal growth, sacred sexuality and mask making for many years.  First teaching Reclaiming classes in 2001, and then at Witchcamps starting in 2003, I am devoted to service and organizing work. Dedicated to Freya and initiated into Reclaiming, the Honey Bee clan and the Bear clan as well as Queer Spirit - those roots and conversations inform my daily life.

Gwydion

Gwydion is a queer man, born and raised on a farm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been priestessing and teaching in the Reclaiming San Francisco Bay Area and international communities for over 25 years. He is a devoted science geek, who is fascinated by protein structures and cell surface receptors but equally interested in botany, herbal medicine, and ecological interdependency. He thrives when standing at the intersection of science, magic, and mystery-- weaving spells into the cauldron of molecular sequences and genomic memory. As his beard turns increasingly gray, he can be found brewing potions and crafting magical tools.

Jack

Jack is a Brisbane witch who spent much of his life on the southern Gold Coast, and he has a strong bond with the land in which CloudCatcher takes place, where the mountains nestle behind the beach and the trees and wildlife are abundant. Jack values the timeless magic, wonder, patience and ongoing re-creation of nature in the face of adversity. He is a teacher and hopes to engender love and care for the earth, care and compassion for humankind, and a grounded and nourishing appreciation of self in his students. Jack gardens tenderly, watches the moon wistfully, whittles magickal wands earnestly, writes rhyming poetry cheekily and loves to sing and dance joyfully (and to use adverbs liberally!). He loves to bring whimsy and sparkle to magical processes, and the secret is that underneath the sparkle lays deep transformation. He strives to find ways to experience magick everyday, and a soft breeze in the stillness, the gentle sway of a leafy canopy, or a cheeky rainbow brings a smile to his face and and to his heart. Jack attended his first witchcamp in 2013 with the myth of Freya and the Brisingamen, and from the first moment knew that he had found his community and a tradition which aligned with his values. Since 2013 he has attended five more witchcamps in Australia, and looks forward to many more here and abroad, building community and creating hope and wonderment for the future. He is thrilled to be teaching at CloudCatcher, and to be giving back to a camp that has meant so much to him over the last four years.

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith is an author and ritualist who lives in the Blue Mountains. Her books include Journey to the Dark Goddess, Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth and Magic of the Iron Pentacle: Reclaiming Sex, Pride, Self, Power & Passion (co-authored with Gede Parma). Jane’s delights include myth and  magic, trees, rivers, white cockatoos and dark chocolate. She has been involved with CloudCatcher WitchCamp from its very beginning and sometimes she thinks she still lives in Huonbrook, Northern NSW. Jane teaches Reclaiming classes and her own work both here and overseas, as well as by distance course. She keeps a blog at Pagan Square onLocal Magic and her website is www.janemeredith.com

Jenneth StormSinger

I am a Priestess, Bard, Artisan & Witch. I celebrate my spiritual path on the Central Coast of NSW with a beautiful Circle of like-minded people. We celebrate the Moon phases, our Earth's Seasons through the Turning of the Wheel, and give honour to the Gods and Ancestors. I am passionate about Pathworking - the way we choose walk our individual Paths, and the guidance and support we can offer each other as we make powerful decisions for growth & change. I am dedicated to the Goddess, Elen of the Ways, and endeavour to serve her in my own Pathworking and through service to others. Ritual & Ceremony play a central role in my practice, as well as music, chanting & storytelling. I am always seeking to go deeper, stretch further and face my fears.

Jessica Dreamer

I grew up on 40 sweet and wild acres nestled along Maryland's coastal bays where I spent my childhood running free in the marsh, playing with fiddler crabs, , and listening to the murmurs of the wind through the tall reeds. In that place my Witchcraft was born, closely partnered with the Spirits and Beings who, whether seen or unseen were deeply felt as they received me with rich welcoming.
These days I find myself serving the fierce Spirits and Beings of a very different place, a place where the land is corrupted with lead and the water choked with raw sewage. Through participation in the Activist Cell and Ritual Planning Cell of Baltimore Reclaiming, I have the opportunity to craft collaborative magic and actions around questions like: What is our Witchcraft for? What is the role of the Witch in these times? What response does my Witch's honor demand?
Being invited to teach at CloudCatcher is a surprise and a delight that is humbling and a little like being a kid on Christmas Eve. I can't wait to meet you all as we share the tremendous gift of CloudCatcher Witchcamp. Until then, keep in touch at www.jessicadreamer.com

Kate Ash

I am a WildWood Initiate and Reclaiming Witch, and I’ve been involved in Reclaiming as a community here in Australia since I attended our first WitchCamp in 2011 – I remember being uncertain about my place, uncertain if any of this was right for me, right up until the opening night ritual: and we were all writhing around on the floor to the pounding of drums, being snakes and salmon and amoebas, and the small sane part of my mind that was keeping watch spoke and said: Oh yes. This is my jam.
I’ve been attending Camps and dancing with Reclaiming as a community ever since. This will be my third time teaching at a WitchCamp, and I’m thrilled that it will be at CloudCatcher – which is right in my backyard. Springbrook Mountain, as a place and as a Great Spirit and as a family and tribe of many spirits, has played a huge role in many of the big fat scary sexy intitations of my life, and I’m ecstatic to be dancing with Hir once again.
I’m a sorcerer and a writer, a lover of words and poetry and story, the power of story-telling, the doorways into Self that appear within Myth. I’m also a Clinical Nurse, a nursing educator, and a mother to a toddler – so you best believe that keeps my base chakra well grounded.
I am Priestess to the Sacred Four of the WildWood, ally to Aphrodite and to Odinn, and lover to my Fetchmate. My Witchcraft is grounded in relationship with place and dirt and blood and bone, in song and drum beat, in the wild tide of energy licking up the body like green fire. I feel blissed and blessed to have the opportunity to learn and teach with you, to work this Great Spell with you, and to be cradled in the arms of the Mountain with you – and I can’t wait to see what wonders we work together.