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 2003, North Wyldewood Coven (NWC) has developed a focus on healing the Earth and her inhabitants, including ourselves. We strive to apply our healing gifts for the greatest good of all, while deepening our connections to our spiritual traditions, and the Earth.

We heal through the arts (music and dance, visual arts, writing, etc.), through volunteering for animal rights and welfare, and through ecological regeneration of the Earth using Permaculture and other cooperative practices. We provide healing experiences for our fellow pathwalkers through the use of meditation, journey work, and trance, done within the Shadowfolk Tradition's ritual format.

We strengthen and heal ourselves by attunting to the rhythms of nature, the moon and seasonal cycles, and we worship the energies and spirits of our Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, the Good Folk, and the Gods. We have a deep love of learning, and are constantly working to further our scholarly and experiential knowledge.

We believe that a fundamental purpose of our practice is to offer spiritual service and community to others. We strive to lead by example, and to nurture love and respect for Nature, while fostering greater understanding of our Wiccan faith in the modern world.

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!