Altars

West Altar 1998 © Patty Davis

Copyright © Richard Man
Copyright © Richard Man

At the Spiral Dance, we build elaborate and beautiful altars.   Altars provide a way of showing honor and respect for the elements , spirits and deities,  to remember and acknowledge our beloved dead, to pray for healing and transformation.  Our altar building tradition is heavily influenced by the Latino Dia de los Muertos traditions of building home altars for our friends and relations who have passed.   Here in this section we offer space for altar builders to share pictures and descriptions of altars from previous years and intentions for this year.

Copyright © Richard Man

Copyright © Richard Man

  • 2013 Intention


    With our ancestors, we weave the web of connection
    to protect and regenerate Life's resilience!

  • 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!

    Thanks to those who made donations through Paypal.

    Online donations for the Spiral Dance is now closed. Please bring cash for admission later today, Oct 26.

    Admission is sliding scale $25 to $125+. Again, this is sliding scale. $15+ for Disabled, Elder (60+), Youth (12 to 17).

    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


  • 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