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At Ancient Light we offer informative yet affordable classes. We hold classes for both adults and kids. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult, but there is no extra charge for the adult.

Please call or sign up to reserve your class space as there are limits to class sizes. In some cases, if no one is signed up for a class, it may be cancelled or postponed. Classes are usually held at the Ancient Light store in Waldport, OR.

You can help us hold classes that fit *your* interests by filling in our class survey, or simply e-mail and ask, "When?"

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MEDITATION WORKSHOPS


A number of folks have been asking to have a regular meditation session again, since we often include them in the Sabbats, but this practice is not covered in any depth in the regular classes except the 108/208 class. Now's your chance! No experience necessary.

Once I have a class list we'll get going at some point after October 1 and we'll have a set day of the week and time at that point.

This will be an ongoing session after the class itself finishes (4 sessions) Some experienced people want to lead group meditations, some folks just want to be involved and get practice or motivation.

The class will cover:

  • active and quiet forms of meditation
  • finding your own style
  • topics
  • chants
  • guided and group meditations, both participating and leading

The ongoing sessions will start when we close the shop, so show up before 5 or let me know you're coming. This could be a 1/2 hour session with Q&A and sharing or go on for longer.

When: To be decided
Where: Ancient Light store,145 Highway 101, Waldport, OR, See driving directions.
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CLASSES CURRENTLY OFFERED


WICCA 101 - Basics

When: New session forming in Waldport! If you haven't taken this because Thursday nights are a problem, now's your chance to ask for *your* night of the week. (No Wednesday evenings, sorry!) Class runs for 6-10 weeks. We're hoping to begin during the 2nd week of September, (9/8) so that we can continue into a 102 class and finish up by Yule. Aradian reading
Time: 7pm - 10pm (might run longer)
Fee: $45 per student, couple or family
Where: Ancient Light store,145 Highway 101, Waldport, OR, See driving directions.
Details: See course details below.
More Info: tel: 541-563-7154 – email: ancientlight@peak.org

WICCA 103 - Deconstruction and Reconstructing Magick

When: Next session will begin after we have enough people (usually total of 8) who have finished 101 and 102. Aradian reading
Time: TBA
Fee: $45 for printed handout, $15 for electronic
Where: TBA
Details: See course details below.
More Info: tel: 541-563-7154 – email: ancientlight@peak.org

HERB CLASS

When: Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, starting March 14th and ongoing. herbs
Time: 2 hours, not concurrent: Thursdays 7-8pm and Saturdays 3-4pm. See course details below.
Fee: Free.
Where: Ancient Light store,145 Highway 101, Waldport, OR, See driving directions.
Details: See course details below.
More Info: tel: 541-563-7154 – email: ancientlight@peak.org

BASIC SEWING SKILLS

When: Ongoing most Fridays & Sundaysembroidery
Time: 3 hours – Fridays, 3-6pm & Sunday, 1-4pm
Fee: Free
Where: Ancient Light store, Ancient Light store,145 Highway 101, Waldport, OR,
See driving directions.
Details: See course details below.
More Info: tel: 541-563-7154 – email: ancientlight@peak.org

WINEMAKING

When: Thursdayswine glass
Time: 1 hour, 8-9pm
Fee: Free
Where: Ancient Light store,145 Highway 101, Waldport, OR, See driving directions.
Details: See course details below.
More Info: tel: 541-563-7154 – email: ancientlight@peak.org


Sponsored by Rose of the Sea

Wicca 101 The Basics, Morals & Ethics, Worldview & Deities, the Wheel of the Year, Living Pagan, Ritual, Magick and Tools (see details)
Wicca 101 for Teens and Parents – Same as above, but slanted to the needs of this special group (see details)
Wicca 102 Deconstructing and Reconstructing Ritual (see details)
Wicca 103 Deconstructing and Reconstructing Magick (see details)
Wicca 104 Finding, Performing and Writing for Groups - Spells, Mediations & Rituals
 
Wicca 201 Mythologies and Godforms
Wicca 202 Divination
Wicca 211 Animal Magick
Wicca 221 Hoodoo
 
Wicca 333 Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief - Discussions from the book Wicca 333 (see details)

Ongoing Classes
• Herb Class (see details)
• Sewing Skills Workshop (see details)
• Home Wine-making Class (see details)

Miscellaneous Classes
• Life Masks
• Goddess Beads and Life Beads
• Making Liqueurs
• Compounding Incense
• Soapmaking
• Papyrus
• Making Paper
• Special Papers for Spells and Other Such Purposes

Embroidery
• Basic Embroidery (see details)
• Magickal Embroidery
• Blackwork/Holbeinwork Embroidery (see details)

Daniel, one of our teachers, clowning
Daniel, one of our teachers, clowning

Crafts Classes – Ask if there's something you want to learn!
• Basic Crafting Techniques
• Crafts for Kids

Free Classes
(offered with the Psychic Fairs) These change every month. Check the store for details. Each class runs about an hour and usually costs nothing. Occasionally we will ask for a small donation for materials.


WICCA 101 - BASICS


Come learn the basics of Wicca and get your questions answered. This is a 8-week class is meant to help people learn the basics of Wicca, whether for real life practice or just for the knowledge of what it is. Teens, parents and family units are very welcome.

Class size: Minimum of three people.
Fee: $45 per student, couple, household or family unit for the full series of 8 classes
($15 for an electronic copy....bring a flash drive)
Materials: Handouts and materials are included.
What to Bring: Bring a notebook and writing materials

Event Details: This is a 8-week class in basic Wicca. We will cover:

Anja, our main teacher
Anja, our main teacher
Class 1
What a witch is and is not, Magick, witchcraft and History
Class 2
Magic and Ethics, safety precautions and what magic is, the basic "laws" and the Ardains and what they're about.
Class 3
Definitions of terms and archetypes, Cosmology, Theology and the God, and gender-queer deities
Class 4
Thealogy and the Goddess, the Creation Myths
Class 5
Living Pagan/Living Wiccan
Class 6
The Wheel of the Year - Sabbats and Esbats
Class 7
Meditation, daily practice and correspondences
Class 8
What this practice means, tools & altars

This class also leads into a Wicca 102 class for further study and practice. This second part of the course gets much more into the practical, actually making/finding/consecrating tools, casting the circle and so on.


WICCA 101 FOR TEENS AND THEIR PARENTS


This is a class for serious beginners or those who want to learn more about Wicca. Come learn the basics of Wicca and get your folks' questions answered.

Class size: Minimum of three people
Fee: $30 per student, couple, household or family unit for the full series of 6 classes
Materials: Handouts and materials are included.
What to Bring: Bring a notebook and writing materials(and the parent)

Event Details: This is a 6-week class in basic Wicca aimed at teenagers and set up to accommodate their learning style instead of adults. The reason that we're including parents and teens together is to develop an understanding of what the teens are up to, since often parental units get left out of the loop and see only to odd parts of what young people are up to, instead of the good involved in this old/new religious practice.

A typical Sunday class at the shop
A typical Sunday class at the shop
Class 1What a witch is and is not, magic and Ethics, safety precautions and what magic is, the basic "laws" and the Ardains and what they're about.
Class 2Some of the history of Wicca and witchcraft, the creation myths, definitions of terms and archetypes
Class 3Living Pagan - The Wheel of the Year, Manifesting the God/dess within, spells and divination
Class 4The Wheel of the Year - Sabbats and Esbats
Class 5Meditation, daily practice and correspondences
Class 6What this practice means, tools, altars and ritual.

This class also leads into a Wicca 102 class for further study and practice. This second part of the course gets much more into the practical, actually making/finding/consecrating tools, casting the circle and so on.


WICCA 101 BASICS INTENSIVE


Don't have a lot of time? From far enough away you can't make the weeknight class series? Need a refresher? This is the opportunity for you!

This is the same information as the regular course condensed into 16 hours. It's grueling, but a *lot* of fun!

We'll have class from 9-6 both days with a one hour lunch break and then do something fun Saturday evening. Chinese Food, anyone? How about WiccaTrivia?

This Intensive will be followed in December by a similar condensed version of Wicca 102 - Deconstructing and Reconstructing Ritual.

Class cost is $45 for a full-color printed (nearly 300 page!) handout or an electronic version for $15. (bring a flash drive, please!)



WICCA 102 - DECONSTRUCTING AND RECONSTRUCTING RITUAL


102 picks up where 101 leaves off, in the basics of ritual, deconstruction and reconstructing this important part of our practice. It covers not just the why and what, but the how, including practical rehearsal of each part as we go, sources for ritual parts and how to put the whole back together in a coherent piece.


WICCA 103 - DECONSTRUCTING AND RECONSTRUCTING MAGICK


This class is open to those who have taken our 101 class. As the other classes at this level, it is a 6-lesson series. We will cover the basics of magick, starting with Ritual Tools and what they symbolize and why, go on to elements & correspondences, the magick of science, the science of magick, paradigms of belief, then cover practical applications in spellwork and ritual and the beginnings of creating your own.


WICCA 202 - DIVINATION


Everyone starts out knowing that "divination is something witches do...." Often we pick one style and stick with it for years, but what if it doesn't work well for you? Or stops working? Or what if you want to try something else that you've heard about, but not gotten into?

This class is an introduction to the various types of divination, with opportunities to try lots of fun tools and helpful hints to make it all easier.

Basic tools to work with will be provided. Many tools are available through the shop for purchase.

The first class is just the basics, more of a survey of different types of divination and the practices that are common to all types. At that time we will discuss which things you have to bring with you and what things you might want to collect up.

Class size: Minimum of three people
Fee: $30 per student, couple, household or family unit for the full series of 6 classes
Materials: Bring a binder for handouts


WICCA 333


Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief by Kaatryn MacMorgan

This is a discussion seminar based on the book Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief by Kaatryn MacMorgan. The class, sponsored by Rose of the Sea, will have no set teacher. Instead we will be taking turns leading the discussions for each week. The texts can be ordered through Ancient Light, if you ask Anja soonest, or they can be purchased on Amazon. We will also take turns buying or providing munchies for each class. The class dates are set to run on the off weeks between Esbats & Sabbats.

Class size: Minimum of three people
Fee: Course text and munchies



HERB CLASS


herbs Our Herb Class happens on Thursdays & Saturdays in two sections, each one hour long. There is no charge for this class except for the work put in during class.

Herbalism has always been taught in practical settings: in the garden, in the kitchen, in the stillroom, with a patient or in ritual. Hands-on is the right way to learn this ancient craft, by getting your hands dirty! We do use modern shortcuts (microwave, anyone?) but in general we'll be working with the same stuff as our ancestors have for millennia.

Section One, Herbs Outdoors – From 7-8pm most Thursdays (weather permitting, e-mail us for days) This is practical garden work: identifying herbs and properties, planting, cultivation, harvesting and harvesting by moon phase, care of soil. This class becomes intermittent between November and February.

Section Two, Herbs Indoors – For 1 hour somewhere between 1 & 4pm all Saturdays (e-mail us for specific times) Practical indoor work: hanging and drying herbs in both traditional and modern methods, identification of herbs in the dry state and properties, preparation for storage and storage techniques, infusions, decoctions & tinctures, making bath salts, compounding incense, making magickal oils, soaps and candles and so on. Occasionally we work on the planter boxes in front of the shop and the herbs out back.

When: Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, starting March 14th and ongoing (see above description)
Fee: No charge


SEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP


Our Sewing Skills workshop happens twice in a week, two different styles. You may attend either or both. There is no charge for this class except for the work put in during class.

Friday Workshop – From 12-2pm most Fridays (Thursdays in summer) - This is practical stitching. We start where you are and cover basic seams, hems, materials, lining and inter-lining, cutting out techniques, pattern-work (both following and creating) & clothing repair and sewing both by hand and by machine. If you don't know how to thread a needle, that's where we start!!!! Most non-sewers begin with a small pouch, and go on to creating simple garments such as aprons, drawstring skirts and capes and practical household items, such as tableclothes, pillows and curtains. This is the more intensive class.

Sunday Stitch 'n Bitch – From 2- 4pm Sundays - Bring your projects, bring your mending, bring your munchies and just hang out. People who can't make the weekday class can catch up on classwork at this time.

When: Fridays (Thursdays) or Sundays, 2 hours (see above description)
Fee: No charge

HOME WINE-MAKING CLASS


Our Wine Class happens on Thursdays from 8-9pm (get directions from Ancient Light during store hours)

This is a hands-on class in making wines at home. We cover equipment, techniques, starting a wine, racking and bottling, aging, types, ingredients, etc. We usually have 2-3 wines going in different stages. Current wines are an apple wine intended for Mabon/Samhain and a spiced mead/metheglin that may be ready for Litha of 2010. We just finished an elderberry that is aging and may be ready for Samhain.

When: Sundays, 1 hour (see above description)
Fee: No charge
wine glass


BASIC EMBROIDERY


Have you ever wanted to learn how to embroider, but never found the time or a teacher? Or, the directions were just too complicated? Here's your chance!

Class size: Minimum of two people.
Fee: $10 per 2-hour class. $30 for the full series of 4 classes.
Materials: Suggested materials are around $25.
embroidery


BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY


This is a style of embroidery that is very easy in technique, but can get very complicated – as complicated as you want to get!

blackwork embroidery sample

Class size: Minimum of two people.
Fee: $10 per 2-hour class. $30 for the full series of 4 classes.
Materials: Suggested materials are around $25.

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