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.

Charles

Charles

I am life long wilderness traveler who comes to you from the short grass savannas of the Mississippi river valley. I am a certified permaculture designer, wilderness guide, and woods witch. As a life long activist, I am committed to healthy communities and a belief that knowing one's place and working with one’s hands is sacred work.

Over the past three decades, I have traveled widely; from the rivers and lakes of Canada to the deserts in the southwestern US, from high in the rocky mountains to the coastal rainforests. Along with my wilderness travels, I have had the honor of stewarding many pieces of sacred land. I was the Land steward at Vermont Witch Camp, Starhawk’s Golden Rabbit Ranch and Diana’s Grove Sanctuary which was homes of a 20 year Magic and Mystery Schools.

On a constant search to connect to the land, I have delved deeply into the skills of knowing one's place. I have apprenticed to fire and water, earth and sky, striving to learn what I can from our original teachers. My work has lead to the cultivation of skills in gathering, growing and cooking food, build comfortable shelter, creating clothes and making tools. Weaving the hard skills of survival with the softer skills of thriving I attempt to walks in a life of balance and beauty.

I look forward to coming to Cloud Catcher camp. May our work this year feed the land that holds us and the spirits that surround us.

For more information about Charles: https://charlesawilliamsii.com/

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

Ravenna

Samantha Ravenna Shay

Samantha Ravenna Shay is a young artist, witch, and priestess. Dedicated to creating her art from the sacred acknowledgement of its foundation in ritual, she seeks to break down the barriers of artistic discipline to create something new and unprecedented through acts of spiritual devotion.  Her work is at it’s best, a collaboration between the body and its senses, performing on the body like a welcomed hallucination. She is the founder of internationally recognised artist collective Source Material, under which she premiered two notable original works: A Thousand Tongues (at the Theatre Olympics/European Capital of Culture in Wroclaw, Poland) and of Light in Reykjavik, Iceland, which garnered international attention, including endorsements from Marina Abramovic who mentored the project, and Björk, who listed Ravenna as an inspirational young artist in The Guardian after attending the premier. Also a sometime filmmaker, she has made music videos and short films with JFDR, Jodie Landau, Johanna Warren, K Á R Y Y N , and Sóley. She holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts, is currently pursuing a MFA in Live Performance at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and has been a member of the Reclaiming community for 5 years, where she has been a student teacher and priestess in different areas of North America and now in Iceland.  

Reclaiming is a deeply sacred community to Ravenna, a place in which she sees leadership modelled with innovation and thoughtfulness, and feels privileged to grow, be of service in community, and aspire among an exceptional community. For more information, visit
www.ravennasoley.com & www.samantha-shay.com

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.