October 6 - 9, 2017
In the twilight of the year, we gather together to set time apart from our daily lives for study, reflection, dreaming, and seeking visions.
A time apart.
Feel the current of change
As the season turns.
Flow with the tide.
Find yourself held in community,
Honoring the spirit of the Earth.
Breathe in the cool crisp air
Cross the bridge from autumn
Into the dark of winter.
Step into a three-day ritual of deep spiritual connection, learning and magic.
Twilight Covening is a continuous 3-day ritual which holds and shapes an institute of Earth spirituality and a time to develop our collective wisdom in a shared sacred space as we move into the dark time of the year.
Each year since 1986, members of the EarthSpirit Community gather deep into ourselves and into communion with this time of year and with all of Nature. We explore the depths of a range of spiritual practices, learn new skills together and experience the joy and power of a living community ritual. We invite you to join us.
Twilight Covening is held in the autumn during the strong natural transition taking place all around us from light into dark, summer into winter, and outward focus to inward contemplation. During the gathering, we use this current of change, along with our focused practices, to find inspiration and insight that can feed us in the dark months to come and motivate us to make changes that we can use to deepen our own spiritual practice.
The intensive work of Twilight Covening takes place in practice-specific Clans of 10-20 people and in full-community rituals that flow together through the weekend.
The rituals include:
- Releasing Fire Ritual on Friday night,
- Rituals for Dreaming, Healing and Trance on Saturday night,
- A Visioning Ritual on Sunday night
- Four "Attunements" each day which mark the solar quarters of the day
Many participants have found that Twilight Covening provides a model for maintaining an earth-centered practice on a daily basis and is a wonderful opportunity for developing strong and lasting connections with others on a similar path.
Deirdre Arthen, a witch for almost 40 years, loves creating different kinds of gateways along the boundary between the seen world and the unseen and sharing the experience of passing through those gateways with her community. Deirdre is the Executive Director of EarthSpirit and partner in Tamelin Productions with Andras Corban Arthen. She coordinates Twilight Covening, selecting and overseeing all of the clan leaders and shaping the ritual content for the weekend.
Twilight Covening Application
Admission to Twilight Covening is by pre-registration only. One fee includes the cost of the program, lodging in either a regular cabin or your own tent, and a total of 8 meals, starting with dinner on Friday night through breakfast on Monday.
- Paper reg postmarked by Sept 20
- Online Reg closes at 11:59pm ET on Sept 23
- The early rate is $295, all inclusive.
- After September 1, the rate will be $325.00
- Heated sleeping space is an additional $60.
If you want to register after the deadline and we are still able to accommodate you, Clan choices will be limited and a $25 late fee will be added to the cost of registration.
Current EarthSpirit members, Associate and above, may deduct $5 from their total cost.
Twilight Covening Housing Choices
Standard cabins have eight to fifteen beds each. All have electricity, shared bathrooms and shower-house are nearby. There are also heated sleeping spaces available in shared space for between 5 and 15 people which cost an additional $60 per person paid at the time of registration.
Unless you are in a Clan that is sharing a cabin for the weekend, you will choose your particular cabin or room when you arrive. Please let us know in advance, however, if you have a large group that would like to share cabin space. Plenty of grassy or wooded tenting space is also available.
Twilight Covening Confirmation
Confirmation of registration, with directions and the clan assignment, will be sent out no later than October 1.
E-mail is by far the most efficient. If you have changed your email or mailing address from the time of registration, you need to let us know asap so that your information can reach you in a timely manner. Send us an email at Tamelin Productions with the subject: "Twilight address change".
Given the atmosphere we create at Twilight Covening, the number of people we can accommodate is limited. Please register early to ensure admission. If cost is an issue and paying in installments will help you attend, please call 413-238-4240 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible and we will try to help. A few work exchange positions may be possible for individuals with construction or carpentry skills.
Twilight Covening Online Registration Instructions
To register online, click the link below. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with your registration number. Please do not register more than once. If you have questions, additions, changes, or cancellations, e-mail us at email@example.com. Online payment options are: credit card (via PayPal), check, or money order. If you choose PayPal, you'll be taken to the PayPal site at the appropriate time in the registration process. If you choose check or money order, please write your registration number on your payment and mail it to:
Tamelin Productions PO Box 340 Williamsburg, MA 01096
This method is fast, secure and helps us process things quickly.
Twilight Covening Registration by mail - instructions
Please fill out the form completely, answering all questions regarding your preferences of Clan, experience, housing and food choice. If you have a desire for certain roommates, please write their names on the back of your form. Make sure to note that some clans will be sleeping in the same cabin throughout the weekend. If you are assigned to one of those clans you will automatically be assigned to their cabin.
To register by Mail with check or money order use this:
If you have not received your assignment by October 1, please contact the Tamelin Productions office at 413-238-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not able to attend Twilight Covening and would like to receive a credit you must request it in writing by September 26 if you need to have your money refunded, let us know before September 10. After that date, your registration money is committed toward the rental of the site, food purchases, and other expenses for which we have to pay in advance whether you attend or not. Please do not ask us for any kind of refund after September 26.
A $25 service charge will be applied to all refunds and bounced checks.
You can mail your application (and make checks out) to:
PO Box 340
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Volunteers for pre-event kitchen work and especially for final clean up are welcome. Please call the office at (413) 238-4240 if you want to help.
Choosing your Twilight Covening 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 it calls to you right now and include a description of your training, skills and practice with this 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 26. We will have a master list in the office; please call if you have not received your assignment by October 1st.
Twilight Covening Clans 2017
October 6-9, 2017
Barred Owl *
The ancient visiting traditions of England and beyond beg to be revived and so we shall! With song and revelry, blessings and gifts, many of these traditions are joyous, but "bad luck" awaits those who don't respond where and when they should. These ritual forms illuminate what is expected of us: We are responsible to participate in the greater good. We are expected to give gifts to those in need. We are required to cease hostilities, honor our ancestors, and joyously thank the cattle, bees, apples, laborers, etc. that work for and feed us. All of this is encoded in the songs. The Barred Owl clan will delve into these indigenous European visiting traditions, from Maying to Souling to Wassailing, learning lore, song and ritual to enrich our communities, including EarthSpirit's on-going revival of these traditions. We will sing and move actively (ranging from silliness to serious blessing in short order) in service of ritual. *Screech owl, Bard owl, Wassailing or "Maying" experience (such as a workshop) or a letter explaining your interest required.
Sarah Stockwell Arthen, Leader
The Buffalo's majesty and sense of purpose as it moves over the land inspires us to hear Spirit’s call, and create the path that speaks to our hearts. The buffalo symbolizes manifestation, via right intention and right action. In fact, the buffalo’s work is both sacred and practical. In this clan, we will explore magickal techniques to connect with Spirit, define and experience our intention, and manifest our vision. As the buffalo travel together over the land, our clan will actively build connection with one another and with our Mountain. Using meditation, energy work, movement, art and ritual, we will walk the path we create for ourselves, and explore how our work is in service to our community. Our weekend’s work will harness the power of the seen and unseen to bring to life that which calls to us. This clan will be very physically active and will spend significant time outdoors.
This clan will share a sleeping cabin.
Tatiana and Tim Lyons, leaders
On the mountain, we will join our voices together as a chorus of crickets, each of us lending our unique voice to the web of sound we sense and create. We will spend the weekend listening to nature, learning from it, opening up our voices and entraining them with chanting and singing together. Using breath, melody, gentle movement, and trance, we will sculpt sacred sonic space for our personal work as well as the work of the larger gathering. Singing experience is not required, all you need is the ability to listen and a willingness to open to the music all around us. Add your song to our Cricket magic. Our clan will spend time outdoors.
In heathenry, there are various families of gods and spirits. Most people are familiar with the Aesir--Thor, Odin, Frigga. But the other tribe of gods, the Vanir, and the spirits of the Earth such as the alfar and the land wights, seem to get less attention, even though they were at least as important. In Falcon Clan we will study the lore and mythology surrounding the Vanir, the alfar, and the spirits of land and nature, and examine the practices our ancestors used to connect with these Earth-focused beings. We will create ritual tools and a ritual space, or Ve, through which to commune with these beings. The clan will focus on sharing the lore, making tools and talismans, creating rituals for connecting with the gods and spirits of the land and water, and meditation, alone or in group, with a special emphasis on lore and ritual connected to the Harvest season and the transition into winter. There is an opportunity for Falcon Clan to interact with other Clans at Twilight.
Ulfr and Trevor, leaders
As like attracts like sometimes we have to go to our inner darkness to release, empower, or learn the hidden truths that lie within. The Gryphon clan explores the techniques of Dark Eros, utilizing guided meditation, breathing, and physical sensation work to help us on a journey to find our winter work. The clan is designed to allow you the freedom to push your own boundaries in a safe, sane, consensual and nurturing environment. The clan is advanced, and involves techniques sometimes associated with BDSM, those with touch issues or frank discussion of human sexuality, sensuality and introspection, might find the clan too challenging.
Cerillian and Zanne, leaders
Honey Bee Clan
Honey Bees dance in circular patterns to tell the colony of nearby flowers containing nectar which they transform into life-sustaining honey. Since ancient times, people have gathered in community to dance in circles. We dance to celebrate our lives, to honor the Divine, to follow and attune to the rhythms and cycles of nature. We dance to deepen into meditative states that connect us to Spirit and the Mysteries. By dancing in a circle, the very symbol of unity and wholeness, we create sacred space to strengthen our connection to All-That-Is and to our community. By learning and dancing Sacred Circle Dances of many cultures and traditions, old and new, we will dance our path to the source of the golden honey of sweetness that will sustain us through the dark time. Much of our time will be held outdoors.
Juniper Talbot, leader
Using Tarot to embrace change. In life we experience many changes; some we seek and some arrive uninvited, and often unwelcome. The ones we seek often do not turn out as we had hoped, and the ones that arrive on their own can be gifts, in the long run. We can embrace change and find a way to dance with it, rather than resisting it, clinging to what was or forcing it to fit our vision. We will learn and work with tarot techniques that can be used later for making decisions or interpreting dreams and more. No tarot experience needed. If you have a tarot deck, bring it. Extra decks will also be available for use.
Susan Curewitz Arthen, 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
Whereas Butterflies bring the energy of the sun, Moths bring the energy of the Moon. It asks us to become aware of our own cycles and the tides of emotions and reactions that flow through us and our lives. Moth Clan will introduce and build on basic energy-work methods, with a focus on Daily Practice, and will use Compassion and Gratitude as focus points. Clan Times will be ritualized and will include: gentle stretching and Tai Chi based movements, Buddhist inspired Metta Meditation, energy exercises and Shamanic Journeywork.
Moths will share a sleeping cabin.
Rhythm is all around us; music is an essential facet of who we are. In Monkey Clan we shall learn to work--and play--together, bringing forth transformational sound via the drum, bell, and other percussive voices. While some drumming experience is helpful, it is not required.
This clan will share a sleeping cabin.
Mark Girard, Morwen Two Feathers, Leaders
Immersing ourselves in the old ways of the Norse and the Saami, the Reindeer Clan will focus on traditional Scandinavian lore, as well as on runes and other sigils and symbols. Among other things, we will make and charge personal amulets with them. Working with the three elements of the northern world and trance journeying along with the beat of a drum, we will familiarize ourselves with the plant and animal spirits of the wild North, and share their rich history in the old story-telling tradition as we enter the dark time of the year. Clan members are invited to share a cabin in order to enhance the experience of being immersed in this ancient culture.
This clan will share a sleeping cabin.
Jane Sibley and Rose Starwind, leaders
Aging and health challenges can deprive us of the physical abilities we've counted on all our lives. Where do we find our power in a fast-paced culture where the old are seen as irrelevant and the word "aging" is too often prefixed with "anti-"? Giant Tortoise moves slowly, but lives a hundred years or longer. As our bodies force us to slow down and let go of more physically active roles, what gives our lives meaning? In this Clan we will employ mirror work, gentle movement, and other techniques to explore and appreciate our changing physical and mental selves, while sharing our experience, collectively feeling our way toward wisdom. Together let us explore the ways slowing down can be an advantage, even a blessing.
Miriam Klamkin, Tchipakkan, leaders
White Raven Clan *
The White Raven is guardian of the deep Ancestral Wisdoms stored in the dark spaces within the earth, and our guide into the hidden Ancestral Memories stirring in our blood. In this clan, we draw on the lore and practices of Faery Seership to call upon this Keeper of Secrets, to guide us into the Ancestral Memory of the Underworld, and to bring us into contact with the stream of human presence known as the River of Blood. We will use simple rites to honor and engage the Ancestors, both human and other. Come prepared to engage in the redemptive work of healing our ancestral paradoxes, and invite the voices within our blood to speak. No prior experience with ancestral working is required. Some of our workings will be done during the witching hour.
Lanna Lee Maheux & Giariel Foxwood, Leaders
Wolf Clan *
Wolves are creatures of twilight, living between the spaces of night and day and seeing the world with eyes adapted for the shadows. In Wolf Clan, we too will explore the shadow times by going deep into dark landscapes. A wolf pack is a family, and we will rely on each other as we practice moving through the woods, breathing into liminal spaces, and sinking into the in-between places between human and other. Our work will focus on finding connection to each other over distance and practice communicating beyond human words. We will move together, work together, tell stories together, and howl together - exploring what it means to provide service to one's self, to the pack and to the community as a whole. This clan will be physically active, including moving through the woods during the day and night. Be prepared to work late into the night and interact closely with the other clan members.
This clan will share a sleeping cabin.
Donovan Arthen and Wolfhame (aka Adam Katrick), Leaders
Where does your magic lie? Is it a snake, coiled in slumber, or is it a wyrm, unfurled? This clan will journey through the chakras taking a shamanic path using guided meditation, gentle movement, and subtle shapeshifting. In our work we will bring our mindfulness into our bodies, and awareness to the obstacles blocking our energy meridians. What stands between you and spirit? In Wyrm Clan, we will transform these blocks allies as we strengthen our connection to the greater web of magic.
This clan will share a cabin.
Sarah Lyn, leader
Cerillian (Gryphon Clan) currently resides in Charlotte NC, and has been leading clans and workshops for over 18 years. Being a practitioner of the craft since his youth, a priest of Eros, and a recognized Master in the S/M community, he has become a voice for incorporation of Dark Eros work into gatherings. His goal is to create a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for the work, while balancing respect, reverence, and humor.
Donovan Arthen (Wolf Clan) is a lifetime member of the Earthspirit Community and has grown through the guidance and training that its teachers and elders have offered over the 30 years of his life. He is a practitioner of Anamanta and explores his spirituality through loosening his shape and embracing the experience of the moment and the mystery surrounding us. His deepest passions lie in building community and creating connections between individuals, fostering interdependence and a strengthening of the web of life.
Eric Arthen (Lynx Clan) is a Glenshire witch who has been an avid student of psychic and dream phenomena for over thirty years. He has lead clans and workshops since the first Twilight Covening. Some of these skills have not come easily to him, so he has paid particular attention on how to learn and teach them.
Giariel Foxwood (White Raven Clan) is a queer witch, presenter, and priest of Foxwood. The Foxwood tradition is founded on the spiritual, mystical, and magickal practices of its founding Elder and High Priest, Orion Foxwood. Giariel is also an apprentice in Faery Seership, and coordinator for the House of Brigh. Using the techniques, folklore, and practices of Witchery, Faery Seership, and Southern Conjure practices, Giariel has devoted his spiritual practice to helping others come into direct relationship and communion with their ancestral spirits, the spirits of nature, and the natures of their spirit.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D. (Reindeer Clan) is a traditional Norse practitioner who has been teaching at Pagan events for many years. She is the author of "The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods" , "The Hammer of the Smith" (historical novel), "Norse Mythology... According to Uncle Einar" (humor) and "A Different Dragon" . Her most recent book, "The Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine" is at the publisher, and may be out in time for Twilight Covening.
Juniper Talbot (Honey Bee Clan) has over 35 years of experience with ritual and magic. She was initiated into Lenai Aine, a Celtic-based witchcraft coven in 1982, and is currently an Elder in this coven. As a professional dancer, Juniper has travelled often to the sacred sites of the British Isles to teach and perform and to learn from the land itself. She has been facilitating Sacred Dance workshops, classes and events for many years.
Kelley (Moth Clan) has been walking a Spiritual Path for more than 20 years. She has attended Rites of Spring for 15 years, leading many workshops, and has lead a Clan at Twlight Covening for 8 years. She believes in a strong Daily practice and her Work holds the influences of the Bodhisattva Traditions, Service to Community, and The Spirit of Crow.
Lanna Lee Maheux (White Raven Clan) is a Faery Seer, podcaster, balloon twister, actor, geek, silly person, writer, singer, twit, & recovering Stand-Up Comic. She hosts Lounging with LannaLee (http://lannalee.com), an audio podcast, and blogs occasionally at Musings of Lanna Lee Maheux (http://lannaleemaheux.com). Lanna has been student in Orion Foxwood's Faery Seership Apprentice program and has presented at the HOBCON, the National Faery Seership Conference. Lanna likes shiny things.
Mark Girard (Monkey Clan) is an artist, musician, and woodworker. He loves to make things happen with his hands and heart; be it music, art, or object. He still has both his thumbs.
Miriam Klamkin (Tortoise Clan) is a Glainn Sidhr Witch, astrologer, spiritual coach, and Certified Death Midwife. She has led numerous Clans over the past 20+ years. Her experiences with her own and her parents' aging process inspired her to work toward a more meaningful old age outside the limited perceptions of the mainstream culture.
Morwen Two Feathers (Monkey Clan) is a member of EarthSpirit since 1985, and co-founded Earth Drum Council. In 2012, Morwen developed aphasia, and in early 2013 a cancerous tumor was discovered and removed from her brain. During her recovery, Morwen found that Taketina and drumming were important tools for healing. While her expressive language center was damaged by the glioma, she still drums and teaches rhythm. She is exciting to be returning to the Monkey Clan
Rose Starwind (Reindeer Clan) is a mother, shaman, green witch, and a member of the first Reindeer Clan offered by Jane Sibley in 1996 before inheriting it from her. Blending her livelihood as an environmental biologist with her duties as a shaman, she brings a practical, earthy power to her workings and teaching, and is very excited to offer Reindeer together with Jane for the first time!
Sarahluna (Cricket Clan) has been using her voice to connect to Spirit since she can remember. She has leant her voice to sacred spaces around the world, and learned from several traditions while seeking the Divine. She is an animist, a seer, and an instigator.
Sarah Lyn (Wyrm Clan)is a writer and ritualist in the midst of transformation by fire. She connects to Otherworld through animistic shamanism, dreamings, and deep ancestor work, a journey she shares in her blog Walking with Ancestors. For over fifteen years she has been facilitating large group rituals and workshops, including chant circles, labyrinth walks, and formal dumb suppers. (http://walkingwithancestors.blogspot.com/)
Sarah Stockwell Arthen (Barred Owl Clan) In the last few years Sarah has dived deeply into the traditions of Wassail and visiting, falling in love with the exuberance of the customs and the meaning of the songs, their specific and local origins in the British Isles, and the long tendrils of meaning connecting to Heathenry and other European traditions back in time. Long-time EarthSpirit ritualist and bard, she is in the Glainn Sidhr Order.
Susan Curewitz Arthen (Koala Clan)has been associated with EarthSpirit Community since 1981 and holds the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors. This association has allowed her to develop skills as a teacher at many EarthSpirit events, and to function as a legal minister for weddings and other life rituals. Sue is a long time tarot reader and teacher and has taught classes on-line about Rites of Passage.
Tatiana Lyons (Buffalo Clan) describes her magickal work as building Vision and Walking the Path toward it, in co-creation with Spirit. She loves teaching, and has led numerous workshops on vision-building, gratitude and energy work, and she’s led clans previously at Twilight Covening. Tatiana is a 3rd degree Wiccan High Priestess who has led a wonderful coven, and who is part of an elder’s coven in the Gardnerian/NorthStar tradition. A business leader and coach, she enjoys practicing her craft both in the woods, and on her daily train ride into Manhattan. Tatiana happily lives in a very green part of NJ with her husband and co-Clan leader Tim, their 2 children and cats.
Tim Lyons (Buffalo Clan) practices Shamanic journeying as a path to health in body, mind, and spirit – and a gateway into other worlds. He credits dozens of books and teachers for inspiring him to “fly,” from Yogananda to Michael Harner, the spectacular Eagle Clan of Twilight Covening, a beautiful Priestess named Tatiana, and a whole lot of witches in his native New Jersey. In recent years he has been exploring the spiritual paths opened by long-distance running and trail running.
Tchipakkan (Tortoise Clan) is an artist, writer, and healer, who studies both the modern neo-pagan movement and historical paganism. She practices and teaches many forms of divination and healing, including herbalism and energy work (previous clans include the Snowy Owl, Dolphin, Moose, and Forest Cat).
Trevor (Falcon Clan) is the goÃ°i (priest) of Chase Hill Folk, a Heathen community in Southern Vermont, which he has led for seven years. Together with other members of that community, he has helped publish two songbooks of music for Heathen and pagan ritual. He is a practicing witch and spaeman (seer) in the Heathen tradition and has followed a pagan path for much of his life.
Ulfr (Falcon Clan) has been a practicing heathen for many years. He is the founding member of Hammer Kindred in Connecticut, and has taught and led numerous classes and groups at Rites of Spring and Twilight Covening.
Wolfhame, aka. Adam Katrick, (Wolf Clan) is a member of the Heathen kindred Chase Hill Folk, who gave him his name meaning “wolf shape.” He is the founder of Wolfgard Northeast (www.wolfgardne.org) where he teaches about wolves, wildlife, and helps people explore the wild world. At Marlboro College, he works with students to develop leadership skills, design outrageous outdoor trips, and generally cause mischief in the woods of Vermont. He has a particular interest in shapeshifting myths and practices, always searching for the places where human and non-human identities intersect.
Zanne (Gryphon Clan)a practicing Wiccan since 1987 and has taught workshops for the last 10 years in various disciplines. As a priestess of Dark Eros she has seen the power of healing and transformation thru her work with Cerillian that goes beyond anything she thought possible. Zanne has been so moved by this deeply magical experience that she is engaging in further academic study to make it an integral part of her life's work.