536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610   510-444-WELL
Open Sunday-Friday 12pm-8pm & Saturday 11am-8pm

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

Friday, May 1 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Mark My Word: Wisdom, Wit & Prophesy
with Chief Luisah Teish
FREE • donations gratefully accepted

In these salons Yeye Teish will highlight the wisdom of the proverbs, myths, and stories found in the orature of the African diaspora. Listeners will meet Elegba the Trickster, Oshun, the Goddess of Love, Art, and Sensuality and a host of Illustrious Ancestors who've left a legacy of magic and power for us to inherit.

Teish will share the personal stories of growing up down south among the whisperings of Voudou in New Orleans and explain how spirit saved her from mean streets, slippery slopes, and rabbit holes.

And most importantly participants are invited to remember the proverbs and stories that colored and flavored their own lives, and to share them with the group.

These salons will include visualization, songs, and chants.

Tuesday, May 5 (special date for this month) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Tarot Salon with Grey
$10 donation gratefully accepted

This month's cards: Strength and The Hermit

Join this monthly Tarot discussion group for beginners and experienced readers alike. Maybe you have taken a class, 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 (& maybe even teach) some new ideas!

Wednesday, May 6 / 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crystal Visions Salon with Yeshe Rabbit
FREE • donations gratefully accepted

A monthly gathering to explore the many types of crystals & their energies; learn new methods of working with stones for healing, magic, restoring harmony, protection, love, abundance, chakra balancing and more; meditate with stones to find which allies could be helpful to us at this time; craft stone oils and elixirs; and journey with these ancient Elders of the planet.

Feel free to bring a few of your own stones that might want to come out to play.

Wednesdays, May 13, 27; June 10, 24 / 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Intermediate Art Of Tarot
with Yeshe Rabbit
$120 for all 4 classes, or $35 per class

If you have taken Rabbit’s Art of Tarot Class, and you’d like to take the next step as a reader, consider taking Intermediate Tarot. This class is designed to help the student of tarot begin to explore creativity, shift the internal landscape, and integrate the wisdom of the tarot more fully into daily life choices.

Thursday, May 21 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Astrology Salon with astrobarry
$10 - $20 donation gratefully accepted

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, May 22 / 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Oshun Party
FREE • donations gratefully accepted

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chat, nibble, sip and socialise
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sit beneath the Colonnades and enjoy wisdom, storytelling, ritual and magic as we offer our energies in song, dance, and drumming to Lake Merritt, the Oshun of Oakland.

SPECIAL GUESTS
Yoruba Chief Luisah Teish
Awo Ifadunsin Lou Florez

One of our most lively, fun, and sacred events of the Spring ! Each year in May, we offer a public devotional celebration in honour of Oshun, the Orisha of sweet waters, love, beauty, and wealth who offers us so many blessings : fresh water to drink, the beauty of the natural world, the blood in our veins. Worshipped around the world as “the sweetness that makes life worth living,” this annual event is a beautiful, elegant, and fun-filled celebration of Oshun with singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling, refreshments, fancy water, wine, champagne, and store specials on select items to help draw love, wealth, beauty and healing.

Bring an offering to Oshun if you’d like to ask Her to bless you with a favour in the coming year : honey, champagne, honey wine or ale, peacock feathers, fans, mirrors, costume jewellery, or sweets are good choices, 5 pennies, nickels, or any monetary amount in multiples of 5. Oshun is asked to bless Her adorants with love, prosperity, healing, joy, and greater beauty and grace in their lives. Your offerings will be gathered upon Her altar in the store.

Dress up for the party! Wear white, yellow, gold, green, orange, or peacock print. Wear lots of jewellery if you like, or adorn yourself festively in some way. Celebrate the beauty of who you already are and the joys of life, ever-growing into more, more, more goodness !

Monthly Spiritual Services at The Sacred Well

Sunday, May 3 / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Temple of Aphrodite
FREE - donations gratefully accepted

This month’s theme : Full Bloom

We invite ourselves to open like flowers to bloom, sharing our beauty with the world and also opening our Hearts to receive Love. We invoke Aphrodite Aprilis, the Goddess of spring, flowers, & opening.

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.

Sunday, May 17 / 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hecate, Queen of the Crossroads
with Rustic Philosopher & Susan
FREE - donations gratefully accepted

We gather under the Dark Moon to honor Hecate, Queen of the Crossroads. We explore her magic and mysteries in this circle each month, using the reflective nature of this time of the moon and the cycles of nature to gain new insight in our work and in our lives.

Beginners and seasoned devotees of Hecate are all welcome, as well as those who are on the witchcraft path, but who might not be familiar with Hecate yet.

Jake (Rustic Philosopher) has been on the pagan path for 16 years. Along the way, he has studied Wicca, Hellenic Paganism, and Druidry. He was a part of Kern County Pagan Circle (2009) and one of the founding members of Cottonwood River Grove, ADF (2011) until relocating to Oakland in 2013.

Susan has been practicing within the Reclaiming tradition of Wicca for almost twenty years. She is self-taught in Astrology and Tarot and has been reading charts for more than a decade. She is a lifelong Bay Area native.

These are no longer in-person sessions at TSW
Tea & Chanting Sangha: A Coven for Dharma Pagans
Donations welcome
Online every Sunday:
White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual: 10:00 am
Online every Monday: Kuan Yin Meditation: 6:30 pm
Online every Tuesday: Tara Tuesday: 7:00 pm

Now in its 5th year, the Tea & Chanting Sangha is both a local and a national/international group, with members from California to Newfoundland. This sangha, led by Yeshe Rabbit, brings together elements of Tibetan Buddhism and Western Paganism in our weekly online video conference sessions, and at our Online Elemental Retreats. Curious? Join us for any or all of the following special events or regular practice sessions. You can join using a computer, Smartphone, or dial in using a telephone.

Weekly White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual
Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31st
ONLINE-
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In this weekly session, we gather to practice our original sadhana, including mantra recitation, deity visualizations, and and mudras. This sadhana, or ritual, helps us learn about the Tibetan deities and generate peace, compassion, heart-centeredness, courage, transformation, and love in our everyday lives.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.

Weekly Kuan Yin Meditation Mondays
Mondays, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST, May 4, 11, 18 and 25th
ONLINE
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A series of sessions honoring the Goddess Tara in her 21 different manifestations. Each Tuesday for 21 weeks, we will learn about one of Tara's forms, perform a brief ritual for her, learn and chant her mantra, perform mudra offerings, and welcome the Divine Feminine into our hearts. Tara is said to dispel enemies and obstacles, open us to compassion, rid us of poisons, protect us from harm, and help us manifest health, wealth, and wellness.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.

Weekly 21 Tara Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST, May 5, 12, 19 and 26th
ONLINE
- sign up for mailing list to receive the weekly link here.
A series of sessions honoring the Goddess Tara in her 21 different manifestations. Each Tuesday for 21 weeks, we will learn about one of Tara's forms, perform a brief ritual for her, learn and chant her mantra, perform mudra offerings, and welcome the Divine Feminine into our hearts. Tara is said to dispel enemies and obstacles, open us to compassion, rid us of poisons, protect us from harm, and help us manifest health, wealth, and wellness.
Free of charge, donations gratefully accepted.