38th Annual Spiral Dance • Date: October 28th, 2017 • Richmond Convention Center

The Spiral Dance has moved to the East Bay. The 2017 Spiral Dance will be held at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center

A ritual to honor our Beloved Dead and dance the spiral of rebirth

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Doors Open At 6PM for Altar Viewing and recitation of the names of the Beloved Dead. Ritual Begins promptly at 7:00 pm 

The holiday, popularly known as Halloween, is the time of year known to witches as Samhain. The veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead.

We gather to remember and honor our ancestors, our Beloved Dead, and all those who have crossed over. As we mourn for those we love who have died since last Samhain, we also mourn the loss and pain suffered by the Earth, our Mother. Yet even as we grieve, we remember and honor the sacred cycle of life, death, rebirth and regeneration, celebrating the births of our children born this year and our own vital connections to the Earth and each other, in which we ground our hope.

The first Spiral Dance ritual was held in 1979 to celebrate the publication of Starhawk’s book, The Spiral Dance (Harper and Row) Starhawk, a founding member of the Reclaiming Collective, wrote the original script which remains the heart of the ritual, though it has been altered and embellished over the years by her and many other people. Traditionally, the Spiral Dance calls upon the energy and talents of musicians, artists, poets, dancers, crafts people, singers, technicians, priests and priestesses from the Reclaiming Community and beyond, and we are grateful to everyone who helps to create this magical experience we all share.

This is a participatory ritual and pageant which has become a central event in the Wheel of the Year for many in the Reclaiming Community and beyond. Over 1,000 people join in this observance of the Witches’ New year, and the event raises funds which support the work of Reclaiming throughout the year.

When we dance the Spiral as a community we remember and honor our own past at that same time that we renew our vision and embrace the future. As with all Reclaiming events we strive for inclusiveness and diversity. Our aim is to create a ritual inspired by community, with community, that reflects the myriad faces and voices that make up the rich tapestry that is Reclaiming. Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober as an act of solidarity for those community members that are in recovery. Reclaiming rituals are open to folks of all ages, all genders, people of diverse physical abilities, peoples of color, LGBTQ+ folk, Witches, Pagans, non-pagans, activists, seekers and the curious.

Let it begin now!

 

  • 2017 Intention

    Riding the knife's edge of history, we face the great challenge of this present moment; to step off the old path and weave futures of strength and joy with the dead and the generations to come.

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE - http://bpt.me/3057558

    Donor - Suggested Donation $120.00*

    Supporter – Suggested Donation $60.00*

    Regular Admission – $25.00*

    Special Needs – $18.00*

    Youth (12-17) – $18.00*

    Senior (65+) – $18.00*

    Children under 12 years old are welcomed at no charge with a paid admission

    In keeping with our Principles of Unity, sponsorship for those with a lack of funds is encouraged.

  • When and where

    The Spiral Dance has moved to the East Bay and will be held at the Richmond Convention Center, Richmond California.

    The Spiral Dance is happening Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Doors open for Altar viewing and the reading of the Names of The Beloved Dead at 6pm. Ritual begins promptly at 7pm

    Buy You Tickets Online Now - http://bpt.me/3057558

    Spiral Dance tickets will be sold at the door from 6pm to 7pm the day of the event.

    No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    If you have have questions about tickets and cannot find the answer to those questions on this website - please email spiraldancetix@gmail.com


  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography