South Bay Circles (SBC) is an association of several local member groups and covens that come together for the specific purpose of presenting shared ritual celebrations of the Eight Sabbats of the year in the San Francisco South Bay Area. Celebrations are inclusive, and in most cases fully accessible to the physically challenged.
The Sabbats we celebrate are the eight points (Solstices, Equinoxes and Cross-quarter days) at which we connect the inner and outer cycles: the interstices where the seasonal, the celestial, the communal, the creative and the personal all meet.
It is our intention that these gatherings be joyous, fulfilling, and enlightening for all present. All celebrations include the ritual and afterwards, a potluck meal together. Sometimes presenters will include additional features, such as games, music, swap meets, or collection of canned goods or other items for local charities.
Most of our rituals have a Wiccan flavor, but we’ve been honored to have Druids, Heathens, and Hellenics present rituals with us also.
All kinds of people attend SBC’s events, from longtime experienced Witches, to those completely new to Paganism, and everything in-between. Anywhere from 20 to 70 attendees participate in each SBC ritual. They are open to anyone interested in the Pagan Path. Festive attire is encouraged, though not required. Well-behaved children are welcome, but should remain under the watchful eyes of their parents or other guardians; occasional winter events may not be appropriate to children. (This will be specifically listed as such.)
During the summer half of the year, Equinox to Equinox inclusive, the meetings are held outdoors; the three winter festivals are held in rented halls. We ask for a donation of $10 per person (or $20 per family) at all festivals, in order to cover the cost of the winter hall rentals, since the winter events run us deeply in the red. SBC is entirely run by volunteers, we have no paid staff of any kind.
SBC has celebrated every Sabbat since Beltane 1987.
The SBC Staff
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