Temple of the Spiral Path

Our Covens

The Temple of the Spiral Path practices the Shadowfolk Tradition of Wicca, which emphasizes a deep, personal connection to the spirits and forces of Nature and the Gods. There are two covens within the Temple: Stranger's Gate Coven, and the North Wyldewood Coven.  Members of both covens work together to facilitate public rituals, host workshops, and teach our Grove and Hearthfire study programs as members of our Teaching Collective. (See our GROVE and HEARTHFIRE pages for more on these programs.) On this page, we've listed a little bit more about each coven, and their particular style of celebration and work within the tradition.







North Wyldewood Coven

Denise Cruci, High Priestess.

JoAnna Farrer, Assistant High Priestess.

Founded in New York City in 2003, the North Wyldewood Coven (NWC) honors the natural world and the embodiments of the divine around and within us. We do so by bringing ourselves into balance with the seasons of the Earth and cycles of the Moon through the Shadowfolk Tradition. The members of NWC are creative-minded teachers, herbalists, musicians, healers, and permaculturalists. Individually, we practice various forms of meditation and journey work, and these elements infuse our rituals.  Coven rituals are often held out doors (Prospect and Central Parks, the Appalachian trail in NJ, the forests of Vermont and upstate NY, Brighton Beach). Annually, we go on a coven retreat.  We are “Wylde” Witches of the Woods, the place where this world and the Otherworld meet.  We are not only dedicated to the protection of the land and our Tradition, but also to one another's growth along the Spiral Path.

Strangers' Gate Coven

Strangers' Gate Coven (SGC) was established in 2001 and currently consists of Ruthann, Athena, and Nanci, all Elders within the Shadowfolk Tradition. We meet regularly to celebrate the eight Sabbats and most Esbats, outdoors whenever possible to better connect with Nature's sacred energy, and have taken to invoking the Power of Three in many of our rituals -- calling upon the Divine Androgyne as well as a God and Goddess -- as we take on all of the roles that are a part of our ritual format. We enjoy being active members of the Shadowfolk Teaching Collective, sharing and expanding upon the knowledge we've attained through many years of study and co-teaching with our fellow Temple members, and look forward to welcoming new seekers in the future. Blessed Be!