Public Rituals

The Vancouver Reclaiming Community usually celebrates the Wheel of the Year with public rituals on or near the eight Sabbats. All rituals are done in the Reclaiming style of magic and in accordance with the Principles of Unity.

All rituals are clean and sober (ie. no recreational drugs or alcohol).

For more information on circle etiquette in Reclaiming, see M. Macha NightMare’s article on the international Reclaiming site.

2017

YULE  Dec 21 2017

We respectfully acknowledge that this ritual is being held on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

You are invited to join
the Vancouver Reclaiming Yule Ritual
at Trout Lake Picnic Shelter (SE side of lake)
Thursday, December 21, 7:00pm

Dress warmly, bring a candle to hold and food to share.
Information about the ritual or to volunteer, contact scentimental@shaw.ca

SAMHAIN AND SPIRAL DANCE  OCT 29 2017

We respectfully acknowledge that this ritual is being held on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

You are invited to join Vancouver Reclaiming 
for our 25th Annual
Public Samhain Ritual and Spiral Dance.

The event will be held at the Maritime Labour Centre,
located at 1880 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4C3

Please note Samhain has Gaelic origins and was first celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. See: http://vancouverreclaiming.org/samhain-the-witches-new-year . It is intended that at the Samhain ritual, our collective magic will direct us to journey and connect with our own personal ancestors. 

TICKETS are $15-$25 sliding scale (children under 12 free).
Buy online http://vancouversamhain2017.brownpapertickets.com/
Tickets will also be available at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

5:45pm Doors open
6:00pm Intro to Samhain and Reclaiming rituals
7:00pm Doors closed. SORRY NO LATECOMERS!

Is this your first time at a Reclaiming ritual, or Samhain?
Pre-ritual newcomers info session 

6:00pm-6:45pm
This is a great opportunity to get some brief info and have your questions answered.

Bring water to drink, food to share and a blanket and pillows for sitting

Vancouver Reclaiming Rituals are drug, alcohol, and fragrance free!

Information about the ritual or to volunteer, contact vancouversamhain@gmail.com


Event Accessibility
We are committed to Samhain being welcoming and accessible and have invited feedback with a survey held after our 2016 event. Please continue to provide us with feedback and watch for our 2017 survey.

This venue will have:

  • Multi-stall non-gendered washrooms.
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance, seating areas, and washroom.
  • Moderately padded chairs for seating for elders and people with access needs in the ritual space.
  • Reserved seating close to the ritual for those who are hard of hearing.
  • Free street parking available throughout the neighbourhood.
  • Public transit (#4 & #7 at Victoria and Powell/ #14 & #16 at Victoria and Hastings)
  • Buy your tickets in advance or bring cash to the door. There is no ATM onsite.

Scent Reduced Event
In order to support the attendance of those with allergies and sensitivities to chemicals, please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes, essential oils or other scented or chemical products to the event.

  • No smoking within 10 feet of the event entrance.
  • Scent-free soap will be provided in the washrooms.
  • The venue is maintained with the use of scented and chemical cleaners
    For more information on how to be fragrance  free:  www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html

RAMP Audit
This audit of the Maritime Labour Centre was originally performed by the Radical Access Mapping Project in August 2011. For questions please contact rampvancouver@gmail.com.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zi9oawYfDuVNc7ILtZnDqaiciyh4YDEeXD7Yeh8YDrE/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

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Public Imbolc Ritual (Skyclad)

February 5th 2017

7:30-9PM (Doors open 6:45pm*)

Templeton Pool, Vancouver BC

This Little Light of Mine : A ritual to re-member our Divine Light.
On this Imbolc we honour Brigit. We ask for strength and healing. May our Divine Light be bright and pure in the service of the Earth and all Her Beings.
Please bring a towel, drink, snack, a candle in a non-glass holder, and a donation to help pay for renting the pool and paying the awesome lifeguards. Suggested donation $10-$20.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Remember Reclaiming Rituals are drug, alcohol and scent free events! The changing rooms for this event are non-gendered. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact Trivia at bibliogoddess@gmail.com

NOTE: because of the location of the ritual and the fact it is skyclad, doors will be closed at 7:30pm. Latecomers will not be admitted. Sorry.

We will meet in the lobby until @ 7:15 at which point we will move to the changing rooms.

 

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OCTOBER 2016

             24th Annual Vancouver Reclaiming           

  Public Samhain Ritual and Spiral Dance

Sunday October 30th  Korean Hall – 1320 East Hasting St, Vancouver, BC

 

Under the dark moon, we

Crack ourselves open,

Own our role in oppression, and

Commit to change

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Doors Open5:45pm          Newcomers Info 6:00pm Doors Close 7:00pm                           SORRY NO LATECOMERS!

Tickets $15-$25 sliding scale Available online at BrownPaperTickets or at the door

Please bring: water to drink, food to share and a blanket for trance comfort

Remember Vancouver Reclaiming Rituals are drug, alcohol, and fragrance-free

Info or to volunteer? Contact TarotBySharon@gmail.com

 

To find out more about Samhain

More information on Reclaiming and the Principles of Unity

 

AUGUST 2016

Monday, August 1, 1 PM
Queen Elizabeth Park – West side of centre gardens
Vancouver Reclaiming
Lammas

LammasBy the grace of Demeter, we feed each other and are nurtured.

  • Bring water to drink, food to share and a donation of live food (fruit, veg, etc.) for the food bank, and cut herbs if you have them.
    Information and volunteering – Ashtare  valkryie@shaw.ca

 

JUNE 2016

Vancouver Reclaiming Summer Solstice

June 20, 2016, 7PM

Queen Elizabeth Park, west side of centre gardens

“THE HOT SUN OF THE LONGEST DAY DRAWNS US TO THE SACREDNESS OF AIR, WATER, FIRE, EARTH AND SPIRIT. WE HONOUR THEIR PART IN US AND OUR PART IN THEM”

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Bring water to drink, something to sit on, food to share, donation for times when rituals have to be inside. Please were a colour connected to an element, and bring an item representing an element that can be charged in the ritual (stone, shell, feather, etc.)

To volunteer for a role, contact: Ashtare at valkryie@shaw.ca or Orrin at scentimental@shaw.ca

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Queen Elizabeth Park info: Come up from Cambie at #2, enter into park area at foot path where #1 says there will be priestesses, (no priestesses will be there!!!). Come up path and turn left at first path intersection. Follow path, for short walk and ritual space is on the left in flat area surrounded by trees.

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MARCH 2016

Vancouver Reclaiming Spring Equinox Ritual – Ostara

March 20th 4pm, Trout Lake Park

 

“We come out of isolation of the dark of the year and join with the green world in eagerness for the stirring of Spring.”

BRING WATER TO DRINK, FOOD TO SHARE, SOMETHING TO SIT ON, DONATIONS FOR INDOOR RITUALS, COMFORTABLE CLOTHING FOR THIS OUTDOOR RITUAL

FOR INFORMATION AND VOLUNTEERING FOR PRIESTESSING ROLES, CONTACT ASHTARE AT valkryie@shaw.ca

JANUARY/FEBURARY 2016

VANCOUVER RECLAIMING OUTSIDE IMBOLC RITUAL (see below for info on the Skyclad ritual)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016 at 2PM

BEHOLD THE WONDERS OF BRIGID: IN HER FORGE OF TRANSFORMATION SHE SOFTENS US, TO MAKE US STRONG. AT IMBOLC, WE BEGIN AGAIN.

2PM at Trout lake, South East side, by parking lot, covered area with tables next to bathroom

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Bring chairs to sit on, weather appropriate clothing, donations for rituals inside, food to share, and your own sweet self.

To volunteer, email Ashtare at valkryie@shaw.ca

BEHOLD THE WONDERS OF BRIGID:

IN HER FORGE OF TRANSFORMATION SHE SOFTENS US, TO MAKE US STRONG. AT IMBOLC, WE BEGIN AGAIN.

Reclaiming rituals are drug, alcohol and scent-free

IMBOLC SKYCLAD RITUAL

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The Magic
We immerse ourselves into the warm waters of Brigit’s living womb. A place to renew and replenish. A time to rediscover and rehabilitate ourselves. Time for regeneration. In Her womb we gestate awaiting Spring and rebirth.

The Mundane                                                                                                                                                     WHEN: Saturday February 13th Ritual Starts 7:30pm (see timeline below)                    WHERE: Templeton Pool Unceded Coast Salish Lands  (Vancouver BC)                                      *If you would like to volunteer, please message Trivia. There are both magickal and mundane tasks.
*We will be meeting in inside the entry way to the pool starting at 6:45pm and then move to the shower room (showers all gender) by 7:15pm. Ritual will start promptly at 7:30pm (since we only have the pool for 90minutes!)
Sorry NO LATECOMERS!
*Please bring a towel and any snacks and drinks you require.
Sliding scale donation $15-$30. (helps cover cost of faclities rental and lifeguards.)
*Candles in NON-glass holders that completely capture the wax are OK and encouraged!
*Bring a small symbol or token of that which you wish to renew, replenish, rediscover or rehabiltate. We will use the magick we create to infuse the symbols so that later as we gestate we have a powerful reminder/ energy source to use as we re-member ourselves.

 

DECEMBER 2015

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Sunday, December 20, 7pm
Britannia/ Canuck Family Place upstairs
1655 William Street
Vancouver – Unceded Coast Salish Land
Just west of Commercial Drive

Bring water to drink, a blanket or such for trance comfort, something for the feast, and a contribution to ritual costs
Bring an offering to the Food Bank
All Vancouver Reclaiming Rituals are drug-, alcohol- and scent-free.

OCTOBER 2015FriggSpinning

23RD Annual Vancouver Reclaiming

Samhain Public Ritual and Spiral Dance

Walking in silence and darkness with our Shadow
We find balance through release and acceptance
Reconnecting to the Web of Life and Death

 October 25th

Wise Hall 1882 Adnac St Vancouver BC

5:45pm Doors open
6:00pm First Time? an intro to Samhain & Reclaiming rituals
7:00pm Ritual begins

LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED

$15-$25 sliding scale.

ONLINE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Available online at BrownBagTickets (Vancouver Samhain 2015)

Or starting  September 30th at Tierra del Sol 2018 Commercial Drive

Visit our Samhain page for information about the holiday.

 

DONEE GROUP and Food bank donations

50% of the money made after the event is paid for will be given to the the selected donee group.

This year’s donee group is VRTAS (Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society).

VRTAS is the board which supports the Art Studios: a unique Occupational Therapy program that offers

a safe supportive environment for individuals with a mental illness and addiction to learn art skills in free

10 week classes in Beginners Drawing, Printmaking, Acrylic painting, Watercolour painting, Pottery and Mixed Media.

Once they have completed those classes they can sign up for Intermediate classes as well.

VRTAS has charitable status, so anyone donating funds can receive an income tax receipt for their donation.

For more information, including a video and other stories about the members of the Studios, visit their website VRTAS

Food Bank donations

In the past we have collected cans and non-perishable items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. This year we will NOT be accepting food donations but WELCOME cash donations as the GVFB can turn every dollar donated into approximately $3 in food.

2015 LAMMAS Public Ritual

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2015 Summer Solstice Public Ritual

“Expanding our awareness with the life force of the earth, we connect to the pulse of our inner fire.”

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When: Sunday, June 21st at 5 pm – meet at 4:30pm

Where: Clark Park on 14th Avenue at Commercial Drive,
halfway between Woodland and Commercial  – The spot we will be in is to the right (south) of the tennis courts on 14th Avenue

Come, bring friends, to connect to the energies of the season of the south’s heat, and celebrate Summer Solstice (also National Aboriginal Day).    Bring fruit/food to share, water to drink, comfortable seating, colourful clothing, scarves and belly dance items to make noise.    Please bring a donation for inside rituals in winter.

To volunteer for a priestessing role, contact: Ashtare at valkryie@telus.net or Lucinda at abravelion@gmail.com

 

2015 Spring Equinox Public Ritual

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As we walk the labyrinth with Beloved Within we ask Who is the Flower Above Me with wonder at the blossoms that are blooming.  

Saturday, March 21     4pm-6pm

Saturday March 21 4-6pm (meet at 3:30pm)

St Paul’s Labyrinth

130 Jervis Street, Vancouver, BC    between Davie and Pendrell Streets

Suggested Donation: $5 to help pay for space

 Everyone is welcome to The Vancouver Reclaiming Spring Equinox Ritual. All Reclaiming Rituals are alcohol and drug free. Please do not wear scents or bring food to this ritual.  

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2015 Skyclad Imbolc Public Ritual  acecups_wisdomtarotSaturday February 7th – 7:15PM-9:30PM Templeton Pool (map)

We allow the relentless force

to break open our hearts

and shed the husk of the past

to transform our slumber into wakefulness

Join the Vancouver Reclaiming Witches as we celebrate Imbolc in the buff and welcome with open hearts this sacred period of our own germination. We join to transform and awaken so that we may be as persistent as the waves of Her healing oceans in reforging the landscape of ourselves, our communities and our world.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME! The doors to the pool will be locked at 7:40pm.
Folks should gather in the activity room (off the main waiting room to the pool).

We will begin pre-ritual info and the Honoring of the Land and Fey in the activity room at 7:20pm so that we can enter the dressing rooms promptly at 7:30pm.

Please note that all Reclaiming rituals are drug, alcohol and scent free!

What to bring:

*Towel

*Donation to help pay for the space. Suggested donation $15/ea.

*Candles in NON-GLASS containers for around the tub. There is no glass on the pool deck. period! So make sure your water bottles are metal or plastic.

*Snack/drink for self after the ritual
(note: we cannot eat in the pool area so unfortunately our ability to share food with each other is limited to our time in the dressing rooms as we leave. We will have time after the ritual though to play in the pool or use the sauna and hot tub ans decompress and share.)

If you have any questions, please contact Trivia at bibliogoddess@gmail.com

Winter Solstice 2014

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In Winter’s Silence there is Knowledge, In Waiting there is Trust, In Darkness there is Beauty, In Opening there is Love

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014, 7pm BRITANNIA COMMUNITY CENTRE      South Room (see directions below)

Directions: The inside ritual space is on the south most corner of Britannia Community Centre, above the ball field and to the right of Grandview Park, in the back lane West of Commercial Drive at Williams Street.

We will be working with the magic of the Star Goddess. Please come dressed in Black or White clothing.  

Bring water to drink, comfortable floor seating, a white candle, food to share and funds to donate to pay for space costs for rituals in cold weather.

For more information: email Ashtare at valkryie@telus.net, and Lucinda at abravelion@gmail.com

 

22nd Annual Vancouver Reclaiming Samhain Ritual and Spiral Dance

Sunday October 26th

Doors open at 6:15pm (Closed promptly at 7pm)
NO LATECOMERS ADMITTED!

Location

Unceded Salish Territory

Maritime Labour Centre

1880Triumph St  (Vancouver BC)  (map)

Join us as we celebrate and remember.

ALL ARE WELCOME

United with Ancestors in silence and joy; we gather to Dance the Spiral of Life

Tickets $15-$25 sliding scale (cash only, please)

VANCOUVER TICKET VENDORS

Gaia Garden

2672 W. Broadway (1 1/2 blocks east of MacDonald in Kitsilano)

Hours:  Mon-Wed. 10am-6pm, Thurs-Fri. 10am-7pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12noon-5pm

604-734-4372

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Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium

1238 Davie Street (West End)

Hours:  Monday to Sunday 10am-11pm

604-669-1753


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Tierra del Sol

2018 Commercial Drive (between 4th and 5th Ave, East Vancouver)

Hours:  Daily 11:30am-5:30pm  (hours can be fluid, you may want to phone first if you’re going at the beginning or the end of the day)

604-254-1188

Web connection: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tierra-del-Sol/178915478857209

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LIMITED number will be available at the door

Please bring:
a pillow to sit on
water
finger food to share (please label foods for allergies)

NO:
Drugs or alcohol (Reclaiming events are sober)
Perfumes or scented products (including essential oils)

Hall is wheelchair accessible.

Proceeds from the event to be split between Female Two-Spirit Sweat Lodge and BC Witchcamp Scholarship Fund.

Samhain (pronounced sow-in) or Hallowe’en is the New Year of the Witches. This is a time when the veil that divides the worlds of the living and dead is thin – when Ancestors return to us, and the unborn possibilities of change circle around us. It is a time of power. We dance the spiral, the ancient dance of rebirth and renewal and raise the power we need to realize our visions of healing and social change. (adapted from “Let It Begin Now: Music from the Spiral Dance” by Starhawk, Reclaiming collective, and friends)
And DON’T FORGET to share the event with others. Please feel free to print and share the flyer in your neighbourhood and favourite haunts.
PLEASE HAVE PERMISSION BEFORE POSTING AS UNAUTHORIZED POSTINGS MAY INCUR FINES 🙁

2014Samhain  (Click here for PDF)

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Summer Solstice 2014 (CANCELED!)

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“Going into the Darkness, We embrace our Shadow, and

Bring it forth into the

Light of Summer Solstice”

Visit the dark self in the brightness of the year, bring food to share, a donation

for indoor ritual costs in the winter, water to drink, bring a mirror big enough to

see in, comfortable sitting if needed, dress flamboyantly, wear a mask, bring

noise makers, and a very large scarf that will cover your head completely.

Sunday June 22nd  10 am 

Jericho Beach (near the area of the Folk Festival—marked by streamers)

All Reclaiming events are drug and alcohol free. Please refrain from wearing scents

 

To volunteer for a role: contact Ashtare at valkryie@telus.net

 

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Mabon Ritual Sunday September 19th