36th Annual Spiral Dance • Saturday October 31, 2015 • Kezar Pavilion

A ritual to honor our beloved dead and dance the spiral of rebirth


Photo by Michael Starkman

The holiday popularly known as Halloween is the time of year known to witches as Samhain, when 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 this year, we also mourn the losses and pain suffered by the Earth, our Mother. Yet even as we grieve we also 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 1,200 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, young and old together, we remember and honor our own past at that same time that we renew our vision and embrace the future. Let it begin now!


Thank you for coming to the 35th Annual Reclaiming Spiral Dance Ritual!

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Thank you!


  • 2015 Intention

    Rooted in the Wisdom of the Old Ones, we Re-member our place in the Timeless Dance and step into Action once more.

  • Admission

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

    Get your Early Bird tickets till September 30, 2015:
    Admission is sliding scale $20 to $150+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $10+. Children 11 & under: free. Click here: BrownPaperTickets

    You may also obtain tickets through Paypal – just click the Donate button below and indicate the amount and for how many tickets you are getting or send money to ReclaimingSpiralDance@gmail.com.

    For Online tickets:You should receive an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

    For local tickets: You can now get your Spiral Dance tickets at Sacred Well, Ancient Ways, Milk and Honey, and Scarlet Sage. Just stop by any of these local retailers to purchase your paper ticket.

  • When and where

    755 Stanyan Street
    Here's a map

    Doors open at 6 PM for Altar viewing, Prelude music, and Listening Meditation of the Reading of the Names of the Beloved Dead.
    Ritual begins at 7:30 PM

    Apologies: Bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

  • 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