35th Annual Spiral Dance • Saturday Nov 1, 2014 • Kezar Pavilion

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


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!

We’d love to hear your feedback about this year’s ritual.  Please go to the feedback page by clicking here.  You’ll find feedback guidelines as well as a link to a feedback form.

We will post the feedback as soon as we can!

For 2015…

Do you love singing? We’re looking for people to help support the Spiral Dance which is shape-shifting into something amazing with many “hands on deck”!

Please calendar it  for next year. We begin rehearsals after Lammas/Lughnasa. Rehearsals alternate between SF and the East Bay near public transportation. There are also three Dress Rehearsals/Run-throughs. If you live in far-off places, please consider joining. We can set up carpools in your area. Children and youth are most welcome! Thanks for your interest; we look forward to singing with you! BlesSINGS



Co-directors Evelie and Robin, with assistance and loving support from Eileen Hazel



P.S. Please feel free to invite your family and circle of friends who love to sing!



NB: The Spiral Dance Chorus performs year-round, not just for Samhain. For more info, email Evelie511@gmail.com. Please include your name and cell# when emailing.

Join the Invocations Team

The invocations team and music directors have been hard at work organizing rehearsals and  the invitational workshop sometime in September of 2015. This is the opportunity to share your skills and work with the team if you want to be an invocation performer.  Please note there are mandatory rehearsals. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please RSVP at spiraldanceinvocations@gmail.com.
  • 2014 Intention

    With the help of Ancestors, Descendants, and the great powers of Nature, we weave Magic and Action to save our Home!

  • Admission

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

    Thanks to all who bought Early Bird tickets!
    Admission now is sliding scale $25 to $150+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $15+. 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 have received an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Be assured! Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

  • 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