2020/21 Teachers & Mentors

Phoenix LeFae (she/her)

You might catch me flying along with Baba Yaga in her mortar and pestle or scaring small children with my sharp teeth and unending appetite. I am a devotee of Baba Yaga (I mean, what’s not to love?) as well as several other Divine beings with a penchant for devotional work. I currently reside on the land of my daughter’s people, the Coastal Miwok. I’ve been exploring the mystery of Reclaiming magick since 1995, stepping into leadership in 2010, and it is a large part of who as I am as a Witch and magickal practitioner. I am an initiate in Reclaiming, the Avalon Druid Order, and Gardnerian Wicca. In this life I find that I am also blessed to be a professional Witch, published author, and owner of the Goddess shop Milk & Honey in Sebastopol California.

Willow Kelly (she/they and sometimes he)

I live along the Great Warriors Path on the lands of the Monacan Nation and Tutelo -Saponi People, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This is a rich, verdant land of serviceberries, redbuds, fairy shrimp and the big brown bat; the biodiversity of this land is extraordinary. I am both heartbroken and humbly grateful to live in this fertile beauty.

I can often be found with a cosmic headlamp beaming over my third eye pointed inward as I hunt for shadow treasures. Pluto in my first house clapped the lens of initiation over my life and relentlessly holds me to the underworldly art of transformation. I dance with despair. I entice hope. I embrace imperfection while striving to be a better accomplice to this gorgeous planet and all who share it.

Death midwife and caregiver, musician, lover and rehabber of bats, student, teacher, seeker of wild places, shadow-stalker, lover of the Greenbloods and mycelium, sceptic and mystic, I discovered Reclaiming in 1996 and felt like I came home. It was messy, imperfect, complicated, powerful, healing, and beautiful and 24 years later, it still is.

I am grateful to be returning to BC Witchcamp to weave the magic of Baba Yaga, claiming and wielding greater world-renewing magic. I can feel the magic building.

Alessandra Nacarrato (she/her)

I was born in a circle of underground midwives, above the buried Garrison River, on the land now often referred to as Toronto, from the Kanien’kéha word Tkaronto: where the trees meet the water. I am humbled to live here, on the traditional lands of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, and the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. With gratitude and humility, I will continue to strive to be in service to the past, present and future of these living lands and ecosystems, as a settler living and creating on these territories.

Just up the street from the apartment where I was born, two blocks from where I live now, coyotes and foxes have returned to the old water systems, and are again making their home in they ravine. They remind me to consider my place in the cycle of all living things, the history of this place, and the unknown possibilities of regeneration. I carry this reminder with me as a storyteller, a witch, a teacher, and an eternal student, and as I step into my first year as a student teacher in Reclaiming. I feel called into this role by lineage, by the whisper of my ancestors and cackle of Baba Yaga, by my love of listening and my profound gratitude to the BCWC community. I see initiation throughout our world, I feel Vasalisa close beside me, and I sense the healing flame that can be gathered through generations, as we meet Baba Yaga in her woods.

Bridgid McGowan (she/her)

I am a cisgender Queer Femme living with disability whose ancestral roots are working-class Irish and Scottish, and use she/her pronouns. I grew up on unceded Peskotomuhkati land in the south of colonially named New Brunswick, and am deeply grateful to live on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in colonially named Vancouver.

My first Witch Camp was in 1987, since then I have studied, priestessed, and taught magic classes and workshops in community and at Witch Camps. I’m very excited to dip my toes back into co- teaching a path at camp this year. As a priestess and teacher I work to create and facilitate experiences that help folks go into deep Mysterious realms to find their own healing and magical relationships and expression, including how to be moved by and move ritual energy. I also bring humour and a wicked cackle wherever I go.

I have long relationships with the Fae and several Dark Mysterious Ones. As a ‘Crone in training’ I am excited (with a healthy dose of respectful fear) to renew my acquaintance with Baba Yaga, welcoming any teaching She is willing to offer me on this journey.

Horizon (she/her)

I am a queer fat femme who comes from a lineage of open-hearted-justice-weavers. Born onto lands belonging to the Cheyenne peoples, and making my home on lands belonging to the Duwamish peoples, my ancestors of bone and blood are those of Jewish-Polish, Jewish-Russian and Jewish-German descent.

A trauma worker and somatic therapist, I believe and practice that healing happens at the pace of the body, in relationship. I also believe, as adrienne maree brown says, that our pleasure is a measure of our liberation. My commitment to pleasure, liberation and justice is foundational to my magic, my teaching and my witchcraft.

The magic of Baba Yaga stirs my wild heart, and I boldly accept her invitation to meet pain, grief and fear with limitless depths of love, empathy and compassion. Believing absolutely in the power of our collective world-changing magics, and knowing that we are the ones we have been waiting for, I sing prayerfully to our journey, opening my whole-self to the mystery and magic of the witches healing flame.

Heidi Marian

I’m a fierce, oceanic witch and priestess dedicated to authenticity and heartfulness. I was born and still live in Raymutush Ohlone territory, now called San Francisco. I spent my childhood building gardens in my backyard and creating secret forts in Golden Gate Park. I am a Reclaiming initiate and my craft training comes from Reclaiming and Anderson Feri. My work in the world is focused on protecting free-flowing rivers and restoring ecosystems. I also spend a fair amount of time collaborating on community rituals, classes, and devotional offerings.

BCWC holds a special place for me, and I’m thrilled to be weaving magic with Baba Yaga and this community. I’ll meet you there with my mortar and pestle. The time for sorting seeds has begun!

Suzanne Sterling (she/her)

I am a daughter of Brigid’s flame, having been taken by the Goddess at a very early age. I had concurrent training in theatre, music, magic and activism. I am both Reclaiming and Feri trained, and have been teaching in the tradition since being inducted into the Reclaiming Collective in 1989. I co-founded the LA Reweaving Collective, created Teacher Trainings, Apprenticeships and taught at many witchcamps (30?). Since 2007 I have been offering sacred activism trainings through my co-founded organization Off The Mat, Into the World, spending time in the US and abroad working in anti oppression and community resilience. In 2010, I founded Voice of Change programs that inspire others to use self expression as a tool for conscious evolution.

I am primarily traveling, teaching and performing but spend much of my time in territories of the Ohlone, Tongva and Chumash. I have a deep affection for the land and people of BC and am thrilled to be coming to BCWC. A post menopausal queer witch, I find that Baba Yaga speaks to me with long fingernails down my spine, an urge to run fast and far, and a cackle that reminds me of my wildness and my wyrdness.

Tidal Fox (she/they)

I am a White cis queer femme Virgo of Generation X, a BCWC camper since 1991, a teacher of conscious dance-movement, born English-Scottish-Irish working class, and devoted to the unceded Coast Salish lands which raised me. My body is my primary magical tool.

Embodiment did not come easily to me, and that affected my ability to make magic. Having experienced body as a place I did not want to be, working with energy was both exhilarating and challenging.

Baba Yaga’s “now you see me, now you don’t” ability to pick up and relocate with sense of Self, ground and purpose intact echoes what I’ve learned on the dance floor and from trauma, moving through changing circumstances without losing touch with my own dance, and finding spaces of comfort and possibility within and around myself. This feels important in reconciliation work and in climate adaptation, as well as in community magic-weaving.

Inhabiting spaces between, I bridge worlds. Inhabiting the Dance, I re-source at will from available elements. Inhabiting myself, I draw on Baba Yaga’s fierce, boundaried discernment.

R A V E N N A   S Ó L E Y

I am an artist, creative alchemist, witch, priestess, and performer. I believe that art and ritual is the bridge through which the stars fall to the earth and reform destiny. I work to be a sovereign conduit through which our ancestors, descendants, and beloved allies may come and dance with us to reshape and reclaim all of our divine wild parts for ourselves and Mother Earth.

I began my journey as a performer, and it was a myriad of experiences ranging from classical study at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia, to discovering my artistic spiritual anarchist in Marina Abramovic performances, to the power of numerology in the structural verses of Shakespeare, that lead me to wonder about the roots of performance, longing to understand the intrinsic relationship I saw between art and healing.

This journey led me to study sorcery, herbalism, alchemy, sacred leadership, lamentation, and the Reclaiming Tradition of magic, where I found a home community, where I priestess and teach.

I am also a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, holding a BFA in Acting, and I am the founder of award winning international artist collective Source Material, and am a teacher in training at Shakespeare & Company.

As proudly as I claim the identity Artist, I claim Witch as a way to stand with the lineage of changers whom were marginalised for doing the powerful healing work this world so desperately needs and craves.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFERING

Raising Energy with Rhythm, Movement and Sound: Interactive Community Priestessing

We BC Witchcampers have worked hard to grow our drumming and energy skills as a community. It is a joy to continue this process. At this year’s camp we will have:

Teachings on energy-raising priestessing

Regular “everyone welcome” drum, dance and sound opportunities outside of ritual

Facilitated play dates with energy and rhythm during optional offerings

Ritual rhythm and soundscape experiments

Continued deepening of drum work within ritual

All are invited to bring instruments and drums, dancing feet and singing voices to join in the ecstatic flow. No experience required! Please jump in and let the magic lead you.

C o m m u n i t y   R e s o u r c e   T e a c h e r   L i n d a   B e e t

I am delighted to be continuing our community work of building energy-raising practices and interactive drum culture and skills at BCWC. When I received my magical name of Beet many years ago I had no idea how important drumming would become to my path. I think the Godds were being a little silly with that one.

My musical and magical work centres the ecstatic, mystical, healing and intuitive. I have been attending witchcamps for 17 years, teaching at camps and in community for 10 years. BCWC is my spiritual home base. I am pleased to be joining the teaching team and the campers this year to bring a fresh focus on energy raising skills to our gathering.

If you have the means to help the BC Witchcamp support the community, please consider donating. Thank you!