Recovery focused. Magickally infused. Community inspired.

Our primary purpose is to offer a reclaiming inspired path to recovery from a myriad of life experiences including addiction, codependency, self-destructive behaviours, trauma, grief, and oppression. Our group recognizes and respects that there are multiple approaches to recovery. We are gathered in the spirit of curiosity for the divine, acknowledging that we are our own spiritual authorities. 

Reclaiming Recovery was brought to life on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ people. Lək̓ʷəŋən means “Place to smoke herring” and W̱SÁNEĆ means “emerging people” or “emerging land”. We welcome you, dear visitor, to take a moment to acknowledge and honour the Indigenous people of the lands you live, work, and play on. May the spaces we hold contribute to healing the wounds caused by indigenous racism and colonization. 

BI-WEEKLY ONLINE – Reclaiming Recovery Gatherings
7:00PM-8:30PM PST / 10:00-11:30PM EST

Every Second Thursday: 

SEPTEMBER 10, 24 | OCTOBER 8, 22

These bi-weekly, online, non-profit Reclaiming Recovery Gatherings are designed to help recovering individuals explore the spiritual principles of Reclaiming and share within an invitational and supportive space. A sliding scale donation of $5-$20 is suggested to help keep these circles in operation. Annual proceeds go towards funding recovering witches to attend a Witchcamp in their area.

Spaced is limited. Registration is required.

Reclaiming Recovery Community Ritual
Thursday, October 29
7:00 – 9:00PM PST

Ritual Intention: With reverence, we arrive at the waterfall of elevated ancestors. Shining threads of wisdom echo – we are stars, we are stars, we are stars.

We invite you to attend these rituals to investigate and practice the spiritual principles of Reclaiming to discover for yourself if it is valuable to your process of recovery. Intoxication or use of alcohol and/or drugs is not permitted.

We are a volunteer, community-based group of individuals. All of our offerings are by love offering. We understand during these especially precarious times funds may be limited for many folx. Please tend to your own energy and only contribute what you are able to at this time. The suggested donation is $15 – $35. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you wish to donate, please send payment via paypal to Reclaiming Recovery: C/O Lisa Nixon : lmnixon@shaw.ca 

These rituals + gatherings are recovery-oriented and designed to be a spiritual resource for recovery. They are not a replacement for addiction treatment, psychiatric, or medical care. If you are unsure if these offerings are a fit for you, please contact us.

For some, identifying as a witch or a follower of earth-based spirituality remains an unsafe experience. Due to the historical and present harm inflicted upon individuals such as: witches, healers, midwives, women, LGBTQ, people of colour, Indigenous peoples, and spiritual folk alike, we do ask that all those who are interested complete a simple application form. It is our intention to create a welcoming and healing space which does require us to get to know the intentions of all who show interest.

if you have any questions, concerns, curiosities or reflections to share please contact us.

Following a path of earth based spirituality to support my recovery feels like an awakening that all life is sacred – including me.

RR Circle Member

And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning.” – Excerpt from The Charge of the Goddess, Doreen Valiente

About the Reclaiming Tradition

The Reclaiming Tradition is an eco-feminist, non-hierarchical tradition of Witchcraft, founded by a collective of changers including Starhawk in the Bay Area in the 1980’s, and is based on the Andersen Feri Tradition. If you wish to dive into the principles of Reclaiming we recommend reading the Principles of Unity. and the first few chapters of ‘The Spiral Dance’ by Starhawk.

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 honour intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom. We are an evolving, dynamic tradition. Our diverse practices and experiences of the divine weave a tapestry of many different threads. Our community gatherings are participatory, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing. We welcome all genders, all gender histories, all races, all ages and sexual orientations and all those differences of life situation, background, and ability that increase our diversity. Read more about Reclaiming and the Principles of Unity here.

About the Word Witch

We understand this word is loaded and has a history of negative connotations. However, within the Reclaiming Tradition, we reclaim this word as its original meaning of healer, wise-one, one who is connected to the land and serves to steward the land and seeks to understand and honour the powers of nature (and ourselves) and the connection between all things. We also understand that not everyone identifies with the label witch and that is totally ok. For some, it can also unsafe. You are your own spiritual authority and it is completely up to you how you identify.

What does this have to do with recovery?

We have come to know from our own experience that through the wisdom of those who have walked this path before us, by calling upon the sacred elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, by following the cycle of our universe and honouring the rhythm within, we can deepen our recovery.

  • We are Edgewalkers. Wounded healers. Lover of all things sacred – including ourselves.
  • We may have had a (or several) dark nights of the soul. A part of us knows that to be where we are today is equal parts our own resilience, the divine nature within us, and the mystery of what is beyond us.
  • We have felt before, or may long for, the deep transformational magic that lies within the threads of community.
  • We feel the power that lies within our shadow and we are willing to journey into this darkness together, to find the treasures buried here.
  • We value investigation of both science and spirituality.
  • We hold the paradox of power and powerlessness. You might even see us smiling about it.
  • We seek to harm none – ourselves included.
  • We do not supress our emotions and characteristics, or those of another. Every part of us is welcome here.
  • We know that this path is not easy, but is is always worth it.
  • We are most magical when we are together.
  • We know that formula of intuition + intention + expression + action x letting go = potent, transformational, magic.
  • Because what happens between the worlds, changes all the worlds.

…We are sacred stewards of all that is above, within, and below. The earth, the sky, the sun, the moon, beloved ancestors & mighty dead, land, greenbloods, animals, the fae, mystery, intuition, indigenous people, elders, and each other. Why? Because they have been our allies on more than one occasion.

 

I am so grateful to be back on this path. I have been a witch of sorts since I was a kid. I had no idea it would come full circle and now be a huge part of my recovery.

RR Circle Member

13 Moons Pathway of Reclaiming Recovery

We follow the cycle of our universe and honour the rhythm within for personal and collective healing.

Moon Two: We reclaim a sense of our sacred nature through daily recovery rituals and an intentional healing process.
Affirmation: “I connect with all that is sacred”
Moon: Waxing Moon Element: Earth

I feel like I have “come home”. The reclaiming path of recovery and these meetings are the pieces I have been missing in my recovery.

RR Circle Member

Reclaiming Recovery Founding Facilitators

Vasalisa

I am Vasalisa, Co-founder of Sacred Recovery and Creatrix of Reclaiming Recovery. I am a Certified Trauma Professional, Professional Recovery Coach (with a SHE RECOVERS® Signature Coach Designation), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner. I also hold a Diploma in Addiction Medicine. I am currently studying Community Herbalism with Pacific Rim College. I have worked in the realm of addiction recovery for 13 years and have supported many individuals to discover their own magick and reclaim their sacred selves so they may thrive in recovery. 

I saw the witch in myself at age 4 and had confirmation of the supernatural at age 12. Growing up on top of a mountain, on the site of an old silver mine, nature has been a resource and a loving, safe, relentless source of support throughout my life. My earliest memories include getting intentionally lost in the woods, standing in awe of grandfather’s beard hanging from old-growth trees, co-creating with faeries, talking to animals, eating wild chives, and honeysuckle flowers, and dancing with daisies.

I followed a magickal thread to Seraphina Capranos who introduced me to Reclaiming in 2015. I immediately felt like I had “come home”. I have since completed two Apprenticeships with Reclaiming Teachers: Sacred Leadership with Suzanne Sterling & Gerri Ravyn Stanfield, and a Priestess Apprenticeship with Seraphina Capranos, Willow Kelly, and Robert Birch. I have also completed a year of mentoring with Suzanne Sterling with a focus on her Voice of Change Curriculum designed to liberate individuals to find and speak their truth. I lovingly attend Reclaiming Core Classes (Elements of Magick, Iron Pentacle, Pearl Pentacle, Rites of Passage) whenever time and resources allow. It is my hope to be a student of the Reclaiming Tradition for as long as I am on this earth.

In other words, I have come to learn a thing or two about addiction, recovery, and the way our nervous systems and brains are wired! I am also a ritualist, a lover of earth-based spirituality, invoker of the sacred, and blender of science and spirituality.

My animal companion and spiritual guide, Josie Manyhairs, is a guiding light on my path (and the path of many others!) Many people in the recovery community know me as “Josie’s Mum” as she has been working alongside me in the realm of recovery her entire life, so she deserves special mention as a part of who I am – always. As a woman in long-term recovery from codependency, workaholism, trauma, and child loss I have been blessed to have her by my side. I also live a sober lifestyle and through my recovery have transformed my hyper-vigilant, trauma-dependent, codependent system into an intuitive and grounded one. I am passionate about creating sacred space, living authentically, and teaching others how to use their limitations as signposts guiding them towards transformation.

These rituals + gatherings are recovery-oriented and designed to be a spiritual resource for recovery. They are not a replacement for addiction treatment, psychiatric, or medical care. If you are unsure if these offerings are a fit for you, please contact us.

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