Teacher and Ritual Facilitation Applications

We are currently accepting applications for teachers and ritual facilitation team for 2019! Please read below for more info, and apply by sending an email to info@wildmainewitchcamp.org

“The Bremen Town Musicians: Community as Hero”

The Bremen Town Musicians is the story of four animals who find themselves displaced from their present lives, and they run away to save themselves. Separately, as individuals they are vulnerable, lacking in the full complement of resources to sustain meaningful life.  But they meet each other along the way and decide to join together, developing a strong cohort that brings them all safety, resilience, and abundance.

Their individual voices blend together to create a beautiful community song of mutual respect, support, justice, and happiness. In this story, no one individual stands out, for it is the community that is the hero.  Only when the community is strong can the individuals be safe and fulfilled.

This year at Wild Maine Witch Camp we explore the many meanings of sacred community.  What makes community sacred? How can disparate individuals build community on land with its own history? How do we build spirituality, justice, emotional support, and sustainable resources into sacred community?  How do we include the natural world in our community? How do we find our individual voices and blend them together to create our sacred community song?

We are inviting proposals for paths that will, through spiritual and experiential work, help us find the deeper meaning in the concepts of sacred community and community as hero.  We are also inviting ritual planning facilitators to guide the camp community in developing transformative nightly rituals using the story arc of this old folktale.

Wild Maine Witchcamp always centers themes of deep-rooted nature connection, community interdependence, and the defense of Earth.  We want camp to support the three elements of the Great Turning as described by Joanna Macy: holding actions, life-sustaining systems and structures, and a shift in consciousness.

For additional information about camp please check out our website, wildmainewitchcamp.org. Applications for both positions will be accepted through Beltane and we will communicate our decisions by June 1st. Note: we are a “no one turned away for lack of funds” camp, so while we hope to eventually support teachers and facilitators by covering their travel expenses and ideally offering additional money as well, we cannot promise that at this time. Thank you!

More information about leading a path

Organizers’ dream paths include how to be a heroic community, a musical path, a path centering our animal allies, paths with kinetic elements, fundamentals of witchcraft, practical earth connection, magical activism, and many other tantalizing possibilities- and we are thrilled to know that you will surprise us with even more wonderful plans.

We encourage co-teachers to apply together as a path. All paths at our camp model shared leadership. However, if you don’t have a specific path or co-facilitator in mind we would still love to hear from you and will work to connect you with possible co-leaders.

Last year paths met 4 times for 2 and three-quarters hours each time, and we anticipate a similar schedule this year. Paths should plan to send spokes to each ritual planning meeting with any inspirations or messages from the wild or from Deity that will help guide camp.

All Path Teachers, Ritual Planning Facilitators, and Organizers will meet on the day before camp to start creating the container of camp, get oriented, to dream into the themes that will shape the ritual arc, and to plan the first rituals of this year’s camp.

We would especially like to know…

  • How do you feel called to camp?
  • By the story of the Bremen Town Musicians?
  •  By the wild coast and ocean?
  • By the Wild Maine community?
  • What is your strongest point of connection?
    Do you have a specific path and co-facilitator in mind? Please describe your path idea in as much detail as you have available at this time.
  • How will your path delve deeply into this year’s theme?
  • How do you imagine you might weave deep-rooted nature connection, community interdependence, and/or defense of the Earth into your path? Concrete examples welcome.
  • What experience do you have teaching/facilitating at other Witchcamps or in similar settings?
  • What energies, practices, skills, or experiences will you be bringing that you’d like us to know about?

    While we will be choosing a majority of folks with past experience facilitating paths at Reclaiming Witchcamps, we encourage everyone who’s interested to apply.  We look forward to reading all your applications and will be in touch with you soon!

To apply please send an email to: info@wildmainewitchcamp.org

More info about facilitating Ritual Planning

We will have a ritual every evening of camp, and a closing ritual on the final morning.

All Path Teachers, Ritual Planning Facilitators, and Organizers will meet on the day before camp to start creating the container of camp, get oriented, to dream into the themes that will shape the ritual arc, and to plan the first rituals of this year’s camp.

We would like at least three brave facilitators to help campers co-create ritual. In the months before camp, Ritual Planning Facilitators will dream deeply into the story and its relevance now, and will outline the camp’s opening ritual. During our pre-camp meetings in Maine, facilitators will make sure the roles in that first ritual are claimed, and will guide teachers and organizers to identify the themes that are emerging, create a rough ritual arc for the week, and plan a ritual for the second night of camp. Each afternoon during camp, RPFs will facilitate the co-creation of the next night’s ritual with the participation of all interested campers and spokes from each path.

Facilitators are primarily charged with facilitating the camp community in co-creating ritual, not with planning ritual themselves.

Among them, the facilitators need to be able to wrangle a consensus out of a morass of inspiration, connect deeply with the deities and other forces in play to include their contributions as well, and ensure that roles and tasks are delegated.
Facilitators should contribute to our community norms of earth action and nature connection.

We would especially like to know…

  • How do you feel called to camp?
  • By the story of the Bremen Town Musicians?
  • By the wild coast and ocean?
  • By the Wild Maine community?
  • What is your strongest point of connection?
  • What experience do you have facilitating at other Witchcamps or in similar settings?
  • What energies, practices, skills, or experiences will you be bringing that you’d like us to know about?
  • Specifically, what experiences do you have with consensus decisions?
  • With group ritual planning?

    We encourage everyone who’s interested to apply.  We look forward to reading all your applications and will be in touch with you soon!

To apply please send an email to: info@wildmainewitchcamp.org

Blessings!  Wild Maine Witchcamp Organizing Cell