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Living Our Values

Part of being the change we want to see in the world is trying to bring our values into every action and decision. In planning D5, that means we’re doing everything we can to keep the event in line with our views on environmental sustainability, social justice, and shared power.

This means doing what we can to keep D5 economically accessible with scholarships and other support. It means keeping our travel footprint as small as we can while bringing witches in from around the country and around the world. It means holding a sex positive space, and trying to plan ahead to use as much locally and sustainably grown, ethical produce as possible.

It also means thinking about other ways we can live our values - do you have ideas? E-mail us!

This year’s Dandelion gathering of the tribes will be host to BIRCH discussions on, among other topics, whether to revise the Principles of Unity to include language more embracing of all genders (see the ‘About Dandelion’ tab for more information on BIRCH). What follows is the current manifestation of the Reclaiming Principles of Unity.

Reclaiming Principles of Unity

“My law is love unto all beings...”
The Charge of the Goddess

The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth's cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.

Each of us embodies the divine. Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.

We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches. Honoring both Goddess and God, we work with female and male images of divinity, always remembering that their essence is a mystery which goes beyond form. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.

We know that everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic, the art of changing consciousness at will. We strive to teach and practice in ways that foster personal and collective empowerment, to model shared power and to open leadership roles to all. We make decisions by consensus, and balance individual autonomy with social responsibility.

Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, "Harm none, and do what you will." We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.

We welcome all genders, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe. We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.

All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values, that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.


We will be setting aside tent space in a semi-secluded area to provide private space for adults to explore, feast and revel in acts of love and pleasure. There will be an optional offering of an opening ritual to dedicate the space that all campers are invited to attend.

You can help! Please let us know if you are called to assist in any or all of the following ways:

  • If you have an extra tent, air mattress or sheets that we could borrow for the duration of Dandelion.
  • Priestesses and Priests to assist in the joyful obligation of tending the space.
  • If you have decorations; including but not limited to: fabric, throw pillows, sex positive books, and sex positive toys.
  • If you can donate safer sex supplies; including but not limited to: condoms, dental dams and lube.
  • For more information, E-mail us!

    Food Magic

    Camp Adams has a skilled and caring staff that hosts an incredible kitchen. They prepare exquisite dishes and for the Dandelion 2012 event will be focusing on fresh, local, organic, whole foods to the greatest extent possible. Event organizers from the local Reclaiming community are committed to working with Camp Adams staff and gatherers to accommodate specific dietary needs and food sensitivities.

    As powerful individuals who are creating the world in which we wish to live, we have the ability to work together to manifest as much ethical food as is possible for D5. This can be done in various ways: by growing it ourselves or asking other folks (who are driving to the event) to plant/grow/store/bring extra goodies. Event organizers can work to find local (to Camp Adams), small family farms that might offer us fair prices on foods for the gathering. We can coordinate with volunteers who might be willing to make/bring snacks or other food items for the event. These are just some ideas.

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