What is a WitchCamp?

WitchCamps are magical intensives. We think of CloudCatcher as an annual village that comes together for four nights. WitchCamps offer the opportunity to sink deeply into studying a Path – of magic, activism or personal growth – and to come together as a community, celebrating and working for empowerment and change, both personally and in the world. They are highly participative, non-prescriptive and exciting cauldrons for transformation.

WitchCamp is a training ground for those looking to make magic, ritual and transformation part of their daily lives. It is also a wonderful place to be refreshed, reminded and re-inspired.

What does this word ‘witch’ mean?


Witch symbolises someone who is outside the norms of society, those who believe in magic and believe growth and change are their responsibility. In this case, it is not gendered, many men in the Reclaiming tradition consider themselves witches. Some people at WitchCamp call themselves witches; others call themselves shamans, meditators, activists, magicians, pagans, priestesses, elders, wise-women, queers, feminists and radicals.

Who is it for/who can come?


We strive to make our Witchcamp accessible and inclusive. Men, women, and people of all faiths and levels of experience are welcome. In alignment with Reclaiming Principles of Unity we welcome all ages at CloudCatcher.

What actually happens at WitchCamp?


Great question! In the mornings everyone attends one of four Paths, and in the afternoon there is a chance for resting, optional offerings, time in the bower, exercise and other activities. In the evenings we gather together for our amazing all-Camp rituals that follow a chosen Story.

What if I am a complete beginner?


We welcome complete beginners. We expect at least half the people attending any Camp to have never been to a WitchCamp before. Of those, many have little or no magical or ritual experience. There is a special Elements Path at Camp which teaches the basics of Reclaiming Magic. In this Path, many aspects of magic, the evening rituals and of personal practice are discussed.
We also have Affinity Groups. You'll be randomly assigned to a small group, which provides support and is a great way of finding out more about everything at Camp.

What if I have my own magical/spiritual practice?


We welcome people with different experiences, understandings and practices. Reclaiming draws together and openly welcomes a very diverse group, of earth-based Pagans, activists, and people who practise or originate from many other faiths. You may wish to offer an Optional Offering one afternoon to share or discuss your beliefs with others. At a WitchCamp, we ask everyone to uphold the Principles of Unity and to ensure the event remains drug and alcohol free.

What is the link with Reclaiming magic and Starhawk?


Reclaiming is a world wide organisation which Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance, was instrumental in beginning. WitchCamps are an integral part of the structure of Reclaiming, and they happen through North America, in Canada, Europe and England – and now Australia. Reclaiming’s international site is: www.reclaiming.org and it has many links and resources. Australian Reclaiming Community’s main website is: www.australiareclaiming.org.au and there are two WitchCamps in Australia; CloudCatcher in SE Queensland and EarthSong in Victoria.

 Who organises CloudCatcher WitchCamp?


The organisers for CloudCatcher can be found here: http://cloudcatcherwitchcamp.com.au/index.php/cloudcatcher/organisers

CloudCatcher uses a gradually fluid organising collective, with a some rotating off and new people joining the organising team each year.

Who are the teachers?


The teachers for 2021 have not yet been selected.

There are generally two teachers for each path, a full teacher and a student, with a mix of local and international. 

When the teaching team has been finalised Teacher information can be found here:
http://cloudcatcherwitchcamp.com.au/index.php/cloudcatcher/teaching-team

Will I need to be ‘tech savvy’ for this online camp?

No. The organisers and teachers will be doing their best to guide you through the online camp experience, and are prepared for people who may not consider themselves technically proficient. We will have a dedicated tech team to address any issues or troubleshoot through problems if they arise. The main software components of the online camp are free to use, and commonly known. 

We will be using Zoom for our video calls, which requires that you download the app (for free) onto your desktop, laptop or mobile. Go to https://zoom.us/download and select ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ to download to your computer. 

We will be using Facebook & emails for general communication in the lead-up to camp.

What tech requirements will I need to be ready for the online camp?

A desktop or laptop computer with a basic webcam, microphone & headphones/speakers. An internet connection. The Zoom app installed.
Your mobile phone may also be able to provide you with all of these.
If you are unsure if your computer/laptop/mobile will be able to handle the tech requirements, please reach out to us at
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How will I get there?

CloudCatcher 2021 is an online event based in the timezone of the land CloudCatcher is born from and connected with. 

When CloudCatcher is an in-person Camp the closest airport is the Gold Coast Airport. Driving times are approximately:


From Brisbane: 1.5 hours
From the Gold Coast: 40 minutes to an hour
From Byron Bay: 2 hours.

Carpooling can be facilitated by the Camp organisers but is not guaranteed. You are ultimately responsible for getting to the venue yourself. If you have the capacity to pick up and transport someone else (from the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron) your assistance is gratefully appreciated.
Maps and directions will be included in the Registration Pack.

Tell me about the location

When an in person camp is possible CloudCatcher WitchCamp is held each year on unceded Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Yugambeh and Bundjalung Peoples, who—in the North and in the South—have cultivated and sustained the Dreaming of this vast and sacred landscape for tens of thousands of years.

We pay our respects to the Elders of this Land, past, present, and emerging, and honour the Dreaming of this Country.

And we are humble in acknowledging complexity in these relationships with Land—that the erosion of culture caused by over two hundred years and wave after wave of colonisation, displacement, and violence, make it difficult to say today with any precision or subtlety whose Land we walk upon at Camp.

We acknowledge these past and present injustices and displacement. We seek to be in right relationship with the living custodians and the spirits of this Land, and hope that the work we as witches do together shifts our world each day closer to regeneration and justice.

CloudCatcher WitchCamp is held on the so-called Springbrook Plateau halfway between so-called Brisbane and Byron Bay.  It is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and rainforest communities.  More information on the venue will be provided on registration.  Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any specific questions regarding venue.

(In future years it would be good to list accessibility information here as is discussed here: https://www.and.org.au/pages/event-checklist.html)

What about food, sleeping arrangements etc?

For an online camp these arrangements are up to you! Please ensure that you are as comfortable as possible to enjoy and engage fully with the online camp experience. Depending on your community and bio-region you may be able to share the experience in person with other witches by creating online camp nests! We’ll leave that to you, your imagination and what is available to you!

For an in-person camp the food provided is vegetarian, three meals a day, from and including Thursday dinner through to and including Monday lunch. If you have any significant dietary requirements, please notify us PRIOR to Camp. The accommodation is dormitory style, each room sleeping up to eight people. There is no linen hire available so your own bedding must be arranged, though there is a laundry on site. There is also an option to camp in your own tent if you prefer.

How much does it cost?


Prices for WitchCamp can be found by under the "Camp Information" Menu item.

How do I register?


We have an on-line registration system (See "Camp Information" in the main menu). It takes only a few moments to fill in. We can also send you out a printed application form, if you prefer that. We are accepting payment through bank transfer, as well as by cheque or money order.


When the money is in the bank account, we send out a receipt, and in January we send out a Registration Pack to everyone who has registered, going into more detail about the practical aspects of Camp, including instructions on what to bring and how to get there.

What should I bring?


A full list of what to bring will be provided in the Registration Pack. Registration Packs will be provided to those who have registered before the commencement of camp.

Consider bringing: raincoat, torch, journal, musical instruments, clothes for cool weather, clothes for evening rituals, appropriate footwear and insect protection for a bush setting.

What should I leave at home?


Please leave your pets, recreational drugs and alcohol at home. CloudCatcher WitchCamp is a pet, recreational drug and alcohol FREE event.

Are children allowed at Camp?


Due to the intensive nature of the Camp, CloudCatcher was originally a camp for adults 18 years and over. Since 2017 we have moved to an all ages approach, allowing young people under the age of 18 to attend with their guardian. For more details see Safer Spaces Policy _ All Age Camp. http://cloudcatcherwitchcamp.com.au/index.php/safer-spaces/all-age-camp

Is CloudCatcher WitchCamp an Adult Space?

CloudCatcher has until 2017 been for over 18s, and there are some cultures and spaces we have fostered, such as the Bower, and the option of nudity at times at camp. Particularly we wish any parents attending with young people to be aware of this.

  • The Bower: At CloudCatcher WitchCamp there is a room dedicated to the Sacred Body. This is a sex-positive temple space, tended by a devoted priestessing team, a welcoming 18+ space where the body and pleasure are honoured as sacred. It is a luscious space for sharing, discussion, and healing. The Bower hosts optional offerings exploring relevant work and is also available for personal and shared work outside of this. As befits sacred space, all activities within it are with sensitive awareness of self and others, and in full consent and communication. Respecting personal and legal boundaries, any nudity or sexual acts are to occur only between fully consenting adults, 18 years or older, in private. Bower agreements and information are clearly posted outside the bower space at camp.
  • Nudity: Nudity may be a component of some Paths or Bower offerings and this will be made clear beforehand. Some nudity is possible in the evening rituals. There is strictly NO NUDITY in the dining hall and kitchen due to health and safety reasons. This is a dynamic chance for people to explore, challenge and negotiate boundaries in a safe, supportive environment.

 

What do I need to know if I want to bring a child with me?

Information for parents:

We welcome parents to contact the organisers directly if they have any particular concerns. Our intention is for parents to be able to make the most informed choice possible when deciding to participate at CloudCatcher. Also please discuss camp with your young person and ensure this is an experience they understand and would like to participate in.

WitchCamp is run as a structured intensive of powerful magical work. CloudCatcher is not a slow-paced, ‘drop in and out of offerings’ kind of camp. Our rituals and paths are participatory and experiential. We expect that all campers including young people will participate in the full experience of camp as they are able.

We ask parents understand this and accept the following to support our camp’s workings:

- Supporting their young person’s experience of camp will be the responsibility of parents. We ask that parents carefully consider their ability to engage both their own camp work and be available as a parent. Especially if it’s your first Witchcamp, consider if you might prefer to experience it alone.

- There will be 1 adult (over the age of 18) per 1 child. The child’s legal guardian must be present at camp.

- The supervision of children is the responsibility of their paired adult at all times during camp, including path, rituals, meals, affinity groups and optional offerings. “Child centred” activities, entertainment and supervision will not be provided.

- The parent must commit to be with their child at all times.

- This year there will not be a path offered specifically for young people. Children and their paired adult are expected to take the Elements of Magic path together. It might be possible, by negotiation with the organisers and path teachers, that in the case of a teen-parent pairing, they might take another path, if they have both previously taken elements.

- Parents should be aware that CloudCatcher has until now been for over 18s, and there are some cultures and spaces we have fostered, such as the Bower, and the option of nudity at times at camp. Parents need to be aware of this when considering whether camp is an appropriate environment for their child.

What guidelines exist for behaviour?

The Principles of Unity are adhered to at all Reclaiming gatherings. Also, the Safer Spaces and Code of Conduct are available from the main menu.

Smoking and mobile phone use will be kept to designated areas, for the comfort of all.

How do I find out more?


Please feel free to contact us using the menu link above.

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