ELEMENTS OF MAGIC :: July 5-7th

$158.00$317.00

Taught by Samantha Ravenna Shay & Preston Coyote Vargas
in Reykjavik, Iceland @ Rvk Ritual

Can you feel the rhythm of the Land?

The spirits of This Place are calling to us.
Air invites us to dance our histories and hopes.
Earth call us close to feel their ancient healing wisdoms.
Water shines with the gifts of prophecy,
and the life spark within the winged, fanged, fined and hoofed ignites our magic with the passion of Fire. Spirit sings of a Love that connects us to the elements of magic – Earth Air, Fire, Water, Spirit – and each other.

This is a class taught in the Reclaiming tradition, an ecofeminist, anti-oppressive form of magic, founded by a collective of activists, including Starhawk, in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s. This weekend course is an exploration of magical philosophies, and honoring and connection to our ancestors.. We touch the foundations of manifestation magic, and healing arts, and we join together to remember the wisdom of our intuition in a spirit of playfulness, and experimentation, and fierce, feral courage.  We also look at oppressive forces (like white supremacy, colonization, and patriarchy) in the face while singing out our magical wildness. We can heal the rifts of alienation between all our relations with fierce commitment, and tender love. Belonging is the soft home place, the arousing rhythm, the passionate embrace that we seek together. We find what we seek in each other, and in the animal, plant, earth, and water bodies around us.

This weekend course as an opportunity to unplug, and go deep in ritual space, and centers your consent. It is open to people of all gender identities, over the age of 18.  All Reclaiming events are clean and sober events.

This class will take place at Reykjavik Ritual, and if and when weather permits, outdoors in nature.

Dates and times:
July 5th from 19-21h
July 6th from 11 – 18h (with a lunch break)
July 7th from 11 – 18h (with a lunch break)

Price:

This class is offered sliding scale, a tool of economic justice & equity.

You may pay from 22.000 kr, 33.000 kr., to 44.000 kr.

For more information on sliding scale, and why we do it, read here.

ABOUT THE TEACHERS 

SAMANTHA SHAY

Ravenna Soley (she/her) also known as Samantha Shay in the muggle world, is a witch and priestess whose primary form of magic is through the practice of art and performance.  She is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, director of theatre and film, and movement artist. As a creative instigator, catalyzer and master collaborator, her acclaimed body of work challenges traditional boundaries, creates new connections, and dances across the fault lines between disciplines. She is currently a Special Research Fellow in Theatre Directing at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, and is also the Artistic Director of Source Material, an interdisciplinary production company and artist collective, which she founded in 2014. From 2021 – 2023 Ravenna was a Guest Artist & Researcher at the Pina Bausch Dance Theatre, where she began as a Fulbright Scholar in 2021. During that time she created and launched numerous projects, some of which are still in development. She is based between Wuppertal, Germany, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Ravenna works in diverse and extreme environments – from Witchcamp to Ivy league institutions.  She seeks to bring the power of counternormative belonging to the places it is least expected.  This relates deeply to her specifically American, queer, biracial, and disabled identity: with acute and intimate childhood experiences of privilege, marginalization, and intersectionality, her witchcraft is about leveraging her power, privilege, access, and ever growing awareness to create change not only in the art she makes, but the platforms she has access to.

Dancing between underground magic in the dominant culture, and the deep and intimate magic in the forest with beloveds, she is grateful for all the ways we as we can walk in the world, gather, heal and create change.

Preston Coyote Vargas

     Preston CoyoteVargas , is a Black queer spirit-worker, author, artist-healer, and scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies and a M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness. He is currently the Director of the Center for Black and Indigenous Praxis at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is passionate about supporting Black and Indigenous folx to reclaim their ancestral wisdom traditions, in present-day context, to heal their communities’ souls through oracular art and ceremonial collaborations with their ancestors, deities, and spirits of the Land. He enlivens his passions through his lived experiences as an Ifa practitioner, animistic healer, Reclaiming Tradition witch and community ritualist.

     At heart, Coyote is a storyteller and oracular artist. He enjoys exploring how humans navigate through the lenses of their own experiences, engage their creative talents, and re-present these stories for healing and transformation. He weaves the gifts of his ancestral traditions and scholarship with a commitment to anti-oppression, Pleasure Activism, and his embodiment of Decolonial Love.

          Coyote is the author Cala F’ Iya, Book One: Initiation- Part 1. The first novel in this Black liberatory, queer, and magical series, Cala F’ Iya; Queen of Cala F’orn Iya. It is reauthoring of the narrative of the Black warrior queen famed for riding atop a griffin, Califia, Queen of California; for which his home state is named.

          Coyote has taught all of the core classes in the Reclaiming Witchcraft tradition as well as workshops and  Witchcamps in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. He is excited to weave magic with you in the spirit of deep Belonging.