Choosing your Clan
Make sure that you read over all of the Clan descriptions carefully. There are many wonderful possibilities. On your registration form, you will need to list four Clans as possible choices for the weekend. We will try to give everyone their first or second choice, but it is important that you indicate four preferences since we assign the Clans primarily on a first-come first-served basis and some will fill up quickly.
Number your preferences from 1 to 4, with 1 being your first choice. Registration forms which are filled out incompletely will only delay processing time, making it less likely that first choices will be available.
So that Clan Leaders can best meet the needs of all of the members of their Clan, whatever their level of experience, we ask that everyone answer all of the questions on the registration form.
All of the Clans at Twilight Covening are designed to provide deep and fulfilling experiences. Some Clans, indicated with an asterisk (*), include work that relies on past experience or is especially challenging. If you would like to apply to join one of these Clans, please let us know why and include a description of your training, skills and practice with his kind of work in your application along with information about the kind of support system you have in place outside of Twilight Covening (coven, teacher, therapist, etc.). If you do not include all of this information, we cannot assign you to one of these Clans.
To fully complete the ritual of Twilight Covening, you should arrive by dinner time on Friday and must plan to stay on site until Monday afternoon so that you don't miss your Clan's final meeting or the closing circle.
Clan assignments will be finalized and mailed after the registration deadline of September 25. We will have a master list in the office; please call if you have not received your assignment by October 5th.
We all go through many transitions in our lives, formal and informal, easeful and challenging. In this Clan we will take the opportunity to visualize and shape a current life-transition using creative self-expression - integrating magical tools such as music, movement, Taketina, and art-making. These tools will especially help those who normally focus on their "left brain" (analyzing, thinking, planning), by developing and strengthen your right-brain skills. The tools will support your personal transitions, as well as your contributions to the community and the planet. This Clan is geared for people of all ages who are in any stage of a transition that involves your place in the world.
Morwen Two Feathers, leader
Yogis say that within the human body resides an entire ecosystem holding within in it fire, air, water and earth. Within our body an entire interior landscape exists. As we turn inward for the season of introspection let us delve deeper into our interior and find our own renewable resources within. Camels as a meditative focus provide inspiration for this task. Their ability to store fat in their humps that they can then synthesize into energy during times of scarcity calls to question – what can we store? Where do we go in times of scarcity? Where does our joy come from? What do we need to release to be present? Each clan time we will be physically active practicing yoga asanas. Pranayama (breathwork), chakra work, and meditation will also be tools we use to bring us deeper still. Camel is open to every BODY, but you should expect to sweat through physical activity.
(To help the Clan run smoothly, please indicate your physical strengths and weaknesses on your application form as well as your experience with meditation.)
Amanda Brooks-Clemeno and Dave Whitaker, leaders.
Run. Feel. Bleed. Dream. Grow your antlers. Coming together as women of magic, the Caribou Clan will focus on women's mysteries - mysteries of bleeding, mysteries of birthing, mysteries of dying and being reborn. Connecting to our goddess archetypes, we will explore our roles as powerful women, women with horns, women who are not male identified, but powerful within our spiraling, cyclonic selves. Running with the herd, the drum our beating hearts, we will shape shift, dance with the aurora, and evolve from women of promise into women of power.
Caribou Clan will share a cabin.
Rose Starwind, leader
Within our bodies lie 7 major energy centers, the chakras. In many traditions, our body’s vital energy is seen as contained within and moving among these centers. Kundalini, which rests in the root chakra at the base of the spine, is often represented by a cobra, unwinding and rising up, connecting, cleansing, and opening our pathways as it comes into its full power. The cobra’s hood opens as the energy pours into the crown chakra and consciousness expands. The classical labyrinth, an ancient tool, can be utilized to connect more consciously with the chakra centers. In this clan we will create and use the 7 circuit classical labyrinth as a tool to work with our energy centers and open our chakra pathways. Together, we will seek to find balance and experience the labyrinth on a deeper level. The work will be physically active at times and we will spend much of our time outdoors regardless of the weather. You do not need previous experience with the labyrinth or the chakras to join this clan.
Cobra Clan will share a cabin.
Tracy Andryc, leader
This Clan offers the opportunity to expand and deepen our relationship with the natural world without romanticizing or objectifying or analyzing it. Through respectful attention, we can make connections with the beings that surround us. To that end, we will spend most of our time outdoors, stilling our minds and extending our senses. We will use techniques such as gazing, energy swapping, and aura cleansing to clear our minds, increase our awareness of our surroundings, and enable us to sense and be with the other beings present.
Miriam Klamkin, leader
Forest Cat Clan
The Forest Cat slips easily between the world of the wild, and that of men, at home in a tree top, or a lap, never wasting energy on useless movements or sounds. The practice of RunValdr: the Way of Using Runes, gives us access to the powers of the ancient runes. With a drawn symbol or two we can heal, pass into other worlds, make magical objects, and more. RunValdr does not claim to be safe; there are claws within the velvet paw. Traditionally, rune's were used to curse as well as to heal, and will do what they do without expending a whit more energy than needed. This clan will explore this system like the curious cat, and patiently practice, so that when we leave we may carry the power silently within us, ready to make whatever world we walk in our own.
Great Ape Clan
Release yourself from the unnecessary, and experience the power of ritual through acts of creation. We, the family of Great Apes, are unique in our ability to find and create the tools we need to sustain us from the resources available in our natural environment. We also have an extraordinary capacity to reflect on our world through the act of creation. In this clan, we will use ourselves and the materials we find in the natural world to create tools, fire, sacred space, ritual, and art. This Clan will spend much of its time outdoors, so members should be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Great Ape Clan will share a cabin
Mark Girard, Shelly Wilson, leaders
Ibises were sacred to the ancient Egyptians, and considered them a manifestation of Thoth, who was credited him as the author of all works of, astronomy, astrology, the science of numbers, mathematics, geometry, land surveying, and sacred science. We will be working with techniques to creating our own contemporary ritualized landscape, incorporating aspects of astronomically aligned megalithic structures and sacred geometry inspired by variety of cultures and times. During this process, we will work with the land itself in constructing a “sacred site", utilizing archaeological / anthropological studies and elements of comparative mythology, we will incorporate common aspects of sacred, or ritualized, landscape, infused with sacred geometry, observational astronomy, and internal/personalized mythology, to assist in generating shifts of personal and group consciousness. We will be spending considerable time outside working with the land, both day and night, with an all night vigil on Saturday. Ibis Clan will share a cabin.
Wolf Grathwohl, leader
Lion Clan *
The lion is a social cat, living in a cooperative pride yet retaining individual responsibilities. Communal life allows the pride to thrive, yet each lion must maintain their own strength and skill to contribute. Musicians work together in a similar fashion; we hold responsibility for a larger entity, and to do this, we need developed skills and a sense of our own accountability. Many of us feel a call as drummers and identify with each other as kindred. But without regular practice and discipline, our skills may fall short of what is called for in a ritual. This clan is for experienced drummers/percussionists who are ready to do the work to deepen specific skill sets that are hard to develop without focused time. We'll use Ghanaian Ewe drums to develop sticking techniques, polyrhythmic foundations and layering, advanced drum dialogue, and take a serious look at the role of the musician not as a soloist, but as a part of a dynamic, connected ensemble. This group assumes prior experience with percussion and will proceed musically at a fast pace. It will not provide basic rhythm or drum technique instruction.
V Josselyn Price leader
Magic lives in the fibers we wear, that cover us at night, that decorate our homes and wash our bodies. We will explore breathing magic into the fibers we spin and weave and the ways we can fill our fiber art with intention and meaning. We will use garter stitch to help deepen meditation, and create patterns from visions. We will use chant to fuel our lacework, and lacework to fuel our chanting. A basic facility with knitting or crochet is required. Please bring a drop spindle, or indicate on your application that you will send a materials fee of $20 upon acceptance and we will have one for you at Twilight Covening.
Katie Birdi, leader
Seeing the smallest motion and hearing what is hidden, the Lynx knows the feel of its environment and relies on all of its senses to hunt at night and to avoid danger. How actively do you pay attention to what all of your senses are telling you, especially the inner non-physical senses? Learn and practice tuning in to your inner psychic vision, while still being aware of the world around you. Learn when the voice in your head isn't your own thinking. Tell the difference between worrying and a gut feeling or intuition that is telling you something new. Begin to explore ways that you can quickly tune in to what is around you with all of your physical and intuitive senses so you can choose if some action is needed. We will spend part of our clan time walking around the woods and water.
Eric Arthen, leader
Moth asks you to pay attention to how sensitive you are, or are not, to the world around you. Moths are evolutionary stars, continuously adapting their bodies and lifestyles to enable them to thrive as a species. In Moth Clan the core Work will be energy-work, with a focus on gratitude. The raising, various uses of and grounding of energy are central to many Paths. These skills allow one to continue to magickally learn and grow. Gentle but strong movement will be incorporated daily; we will engage in various breathing, meditative and journeywork methods to support one’s personal energy-work goals. The mind-body connection will be central to the Moth’s work and the ability to sustain energy-work, without meltdown or burnout, the Moth’s goal. Participants should be able to stand or sit comfortably for at least half an hour.
Moth Clan will share a cabin
Orb Weaver Clan*
The Orb Weavers are among a web weaving family of spiders. Each species using specific techniques and visual elements that draw the desired prey into their webs, just as the witch utilizes symbolic elements and forms to weave her intentions into manifestation. In this clan we will go deeper into the exploration of using Visual art as a tool in Ritual and magical working. Clan members will work both on collaborative and individual creations in support and reflection of the weekend's ritual journey. Clan members must have previously participated in the Spider Clan at Twilight Covening or individuals with an immersive artistic practice may join with special permission from the clan leaders.
Martin Bridge and Kaye, leaders
The Phoenix is a symbol of spirit, air and fire that is reborn through a process of death, transformation and renewal. As the Phoenix succumbs to the fire it does so willingly, ready to sacrifice, and be reborn to a higher plane. The Phoenix clan will undertake the same process of death, transformation and renewal to release that which no longer serves, revealing a new path forward, one of healing and evolution. We will sacrifice that which no longer serves and symbolically "die" and be buried in a common grave. The following day we will spend in silence with the outer-world as we focus inward and work together to transform, culminating with a vigil under the stars as we begin our process of rebirth and renewal. This clan will use shamanic journey techniques, ecstatic dance and song, meditation and journaling to facilitate our transformation. This clan will be physically active, will spend time outdoors.
Phoenix Clan will share a cabin
Liz Porter, leader
The acrid smoke arising from a small forge and the sound of a smith's hammer beating on orange-hot iron waft through the fall air, as the members of Ptarmigan Clan explore ritual smith-craft, including hands-on work at the anvil. We will explore the transformative power of fire and the process of change through the influence of one's will, Voyaging to the hammer's beat, and following the path of the Cosmic Smith. We will kindle sacred/New Fire not only for our Clan use, but also for the Community. Northern European forge-craft traditions and magic will be a part of this weekend, and this clan is open to all. Handicap-accessible.
Jane Sibley, leader, with Ed (Happy Cat) Wilson.
Turn off your inner judge and join a conspiracy of Ravens. Raven has been called the Keeper of Magic and Messenger of Mystery, a channel for magical energy. Using perception exercises, energy shifting and extended time in ritual awareness, open yourself as a conduit for the patterns and rhythms which facilitate deeper transformative experience. This clan will actively participate in the visioning and fire-releasing ritual.
Applicants for this clan, must have taken Crow clan with Moira and Duncan.
Raven Clan will share a cabin
Duncan Eagleson and Moira, leaders
The Seal dives deep into the ocean depths to seek out that which sustains her. Like the seal, we live in interrelated, overlapping realms. Our dreams connect these worlds, forming a web that links our sleeping and waking landscapes; our mythic soul and our lived experience. Utilizing techniques developed by dream pioneers such as Carl Jung, Jeremy Taylor, Robert Moss and Stephen Aizenstat, as well as ancient cultural approaches to dream work, we will dive into our own depths to search the realm of dreams for wisdom and insight. Even if you rarely remember your dreams, you will find deep meaning in exploring the world of dreams and may even be surprised how much your dreams and the dreams of others can inspire and teach you once you learn how to listen to them. This clan is for people new to dream work, as well as for those who have strong relationships and experience with dreams and dream work.
Seal Clan will share a cabin.
Juniper Talbot, leader
Who we are in the world is shaped by our experiences. Some of these events were powerful, ecstatic and nourishing. Others were grounded in loss, grief and anger. If a strand of psychic energy still connects us to one of those events, though we may be healed from it emotionally, it will deplete our core energy and drain us of vital will. Using a specific Tarot card spread and other techniques we will recover that lost energy and "grow a new limb" to replace the lost one. The prerequisite for this clan is that you state in a letter what you have done (therapy, specific magical work, etc.) to heal from the "big" life event you plan to work with since this is not about healing from the event itself but detaching from it. You must also have attended Twilight Covening before.
Susan Curewitz Arthen, leader
The Whippoorwill is a nocturnal bird that lays its eggs according to lunar cycles so that it can feed its young. The magic of the Moon, Planets, and Stars has fascinated humanity since our very beginnings. Whippoorwill clan focuses on the creation of talismans to connect with those energies and use them for magic or devotional purposes (or both). Using simple techniques that are easily learned, we will make and consecrate talismans and learn how to make more for your personal work. We will open to the shifting influence of the Moon and the planets throughout each day. We will also spend time watching the night sky and exploring the mythology behind the stars and constellations that we see. No previous astrological experience is necessary for this clan.
Chris LaFond, leader
* indicates a Clan which requires an application for admission. These Clans require past training or are more likely to induce intense experiences that may trigger fear, vulnerability or other unexpected responses. If you would like to apply to join one of these Clans, please write a paragraph about why you are interested in this Clan at this time and include in your statement a description of your training, your skills and practice with this kind of work as well as a description of the kind of support system you have in place outside of Twilight Covening (coven, teacher, therapist, etc.).