536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610   510-444-WELL
Open Tue-Fri, Sun 12-8 & Sat 11-8; Closed Mon

Classes & Events

At The Sacred Well, we aim to share our wide knowledge of different spiritual traditions and practices by presenting classes and events to our community. Classes commonly offered cover topics such as tarot, astrology, wicca, herbs, crystal healing, candle magic, and rituals to increase abundance or attract love. We also regularly host monthly spiritual services, tea and chanting evenings, Reiki healing shares, art shows, and musical performances.

Current Events

Saturday, September 6th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Orisha Celebrations: Yemaya & Oshun
with Lou Florez

Donations gratefully accepted

Come and join in our celebrations of the Orisha- elevated divinities- who come from the Yoruba traditions of Nigeria and whose worship has spread throughout West Africa and throughout the diaspora. These divinities work on behalf of all humanity to not only avert negating energies, but to help manifest our greatest hopes, dreams, and lives.

Join us for a night of ritual drumming, dancing, and storytelling in honor of Yemaya and Oshun!

Yemaya and Oshun are Orisha, or elevated divinities, who work for the upliftment and healing of the world. They first came to be known to the Yoruba people of Nigeria, and subsequently their worship spread throughout West Africa, and the New World.

Yemaya Offerings: Melons, Molasses, Money in denominations of 7, Shells, Blue or White Candles, Coconuts, Flowers, Plantains, Mirrors, Fans, Fish, Blue and White Cloth, Sea Water, Silver, Rum, Palm Oil, Cigars

Oshun Offerings: Honey, Amber, Perfumes, Sweets/ Pastries, Strawberries, Mangos, Plantains, Coconuts, Flowers, Yellow Candles, Rum, Palm Oil, Cigars, River Water, Bells, Money in Denominations of 5, Mirrors, Peacock Feathers

September 9th (second Tuesdays) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Tarot Salon with Grey
Donations gratefully accepted

This month's cards: the Queens

Come join this monthly Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Maybe you have taken a class, perhaps tried to learn to read the Tarot from a book, or are just trying to piece it together on your own. Now you want to know how to really "dive in" to what specific cards are all about.

Bring your favorite Tarot deck with you, and be ready to share, learn (and maybe even teach) some new ideas!

Saturday, September 13th 6:00 -8:00 pm Jim Berenholtz's Neo-Ancient Art Inspired
by Egyptian & Native American Traditions
Free Event

At this evening art opening and event, Jim Berenholtz will give a talk on the iconography and symbolism in his paintings inspired by indigenous cultures and ancient civilizations. Jim specializes in the creation of mandalas and temple art in rich detail, working with the cosmologies of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and many Native American cultures. Each of his paintings is like a book, a visual teaching instrument designed to activate our consciousness in specific ways. Jim will also share some of his neo-ancient music that works in conjunction with his paintings.

Artist Info: Jim Berenholtz

Jim Berenholtz is a multifaceted artist who has been training with native cultures in the living wisdom of the Earth for well over forty years. whether as a musician or dancer, writer or speaker, painter or photographer, he is devoted to bringing forth the organic creative intelligence that is natural to our species. In this way he forges a passionate blend of arts and activism, celebrating unity in diversity and building bridges for peace.


Thursday, September 18th 7:30 - 9:30 pm astrobarry's Astrology Salon
Suggested donation $10-20

Join a lively astrology discussion led by astrobarry in this informal interactive group experience. Topics covered in each Astrology Salon will vary, based on who attends and what's going on in the sky.

The Salon is intended to provide burgeoning astrologers with a chance to practice their chart interpretation skills in a safe, fun environment. Attendees should have a good working knowledge of the astrological language.

Please bring 5-10 copies of any astrology chart you'd like us to discuss (free charts available at www.astro.com).

Friday, September 26th 6:30 pm Lake Merritt Pagans!
Free Event

A group for Pagans of all stripes who live near and/or want to commune spiritually with Lake Merritt. Activities may include: full moon lake walks, altar building, and other ideas you bring!

Friday, October 3rd 8:00 pm Making Magic - Creating Powerful Spells
Registration: $40 - $100 sliding scale (includes supplies)

Registration required space is limited

From love, to money; healing to cursing, magic takes on many forms. Magic and spell working is found in virtually every religion around the globe and creating powerful spells is an art form.

Join professional spellcasters; Lou Florez and Phoenix LeFae, in this workshop on creating powerful spells. Together we will explore the different forms of spell crafting, as well as design our own spells and rituals in order to achieve our goals.

Monthly Spiritual Services at The Sacred Well

Monthly within the three day Dark Moon window, 8:00 pm Dark of the Moon Practice
for Hermes and Hekate

Next: Wednesday, September 24th
Donations gratefully accepted

Sam Webster (founder of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, author of Tantric Thelema, and Priest of Hermes and Hekate) hosts an open Dark of the Moon practice at The Sacred Well each month, making offerings to Hermes and Hekate.

The large wooden representation of Hermes, classically called a Herm, was consecrated and worshipped at PantheaCon 2013 by Pagans, Magickians, and spiritual practitioners from many different backgrounds in a large ceremony that drew heavily on classical Greek material. The Herm now resides at The Sacred Well, and each month we gather to continue this sacred work with Dark Moon ritual for Hermes and Hekate, who were frequently honored at the crossroads together in ancient Greece.

The practice that Sam shares in this circle is one he has maintained without fail since the Dark Moon of January 1992. Study with Sam and more formal training in the Priestcraft of Hermes for those who desire to keep this rite are available. Please speak with Sam about this directly when you attend.

Sunday, September 7thth Temple of Aphrodite
6:00-8:00 pm
$20 donation
Regular Temple service at 8:00 pm
Donations gratefully accepted

The Temple of Aphrodite in Oakland was founded in 2010 at The Sacred Well, where Priest/esses maintain a monthly liturgy and support space for those who wish to experience the mysteries of the goddess in Her many forms.

Our monthly liturgy is an exploration and celebration of the many ways love, beauty, desire and pleasure shape our decisions, choices, actions, and lives.

We research and study historical aspects of Aphrodite, such as praise hymns, epithets, and classical symbolism. We also recognize Aphrodite in the world around us today, in Her contemporary guises with modern sensibilities.

In-person on the Fourth Tuesdays of each month: September 23rd
On-line on the First Sundays of each month: Cancelled
Tea & Chanting Sangha
Next on-line every Tuesday: 7pm still happening
Next online Second Sunday Dharma discussion: 7 pm still happening

Donations welcome

Over the course of the year we are progressively learning a Dharma-Pagan ritual designed to awaken and purify all the spirits of creation in the many directions, to confer blessings of relief and happiness upon all beings throughout all space and time, and to magnify our sangha's collective aspiration toward the enlightened liberation of all beings. Open to beginners as well as current sangha members.

Monthly White Conch & Skull Cup sadhana practice is cancelled Sept 7. Instead you can watch the videos on your own.

Monthly Online Dharma Discussions will still be held on Sept 14.

Weekly Tuesday night chanting will be held as usual.
All the links to the online sessions, the videos, and the practice texts are here: www.teaandchantingonline.com

Fourth Fridays of each month, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LeFae and Ella

Next: Friday, September 26th
Donations gratefully accepted

Goddess for this month: Sophia

Each month we will learn about and dive into the energy of a different Goddess from around the world. Our hope that is by meeting these different energies you will find one that resonates with your heart and you will walk away with the potential for a greater relationship with a Divine One.

This September we invite into our circle the Goddess of Wisdom; Sophia. Sophia is honored in a wide range of spiritual paths, and we call on her to bring a deepening of knowledge, a brightening of love, and a better understanding of ourselves.