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

Wednesday, March 4th 8:00 -9:00 pm RUNE WORKSHOP: An Intro to the Elder Futhark
$25 per class

In this 3 part introduction to the Elder Futhark rune alphabet, we will focus mainly on the symbolism and interpretation of each symbol and its practical esoteric applications starting with the First Aett. History, bind runes, and basic runecasting techniques will be covered throughout. Attendees are invited to bring their own rune set for our workshop activities!

March 6th (1st Fridays) 6:00 - 8:00 pm Wine, Witches, & Song with Sharon Knight
$10 donations gratefully accepted

In keeping with the Frist Fridays tradition in Oakland, Sharon Knight offers an informal "Meet & Greet" style happy hour. From the hours of 6:00 - 8:00pm come bring and share a glass of wine or tea, as Sharon sings for you. Then join in! this will be part performance, part performance, part improv song jam, part Sonic Alchemy play, and part social gathering. Come sing and play as the spirit moves us.

Sharon Knight is an internationally touring musician during the summer months, traveling the land with her handsome prince, seeking to re-enchant the world with her neofolk romantique style celtic mythic music. She offers these first fridays as a way to reconnect with her home community.

Sunday, March 8th 6:00pm Lake Merritt Pagans Meet-up!
Free gathering

Lake Merritt Pagans (LaMP) is gathering on Sunday March 8 at [6 PM] at the Sacred Well to honor the memory of Margot Adler's nonstop chanting workshop at Pantheacon. We'll be relocating either to the labyrinth or to an indoor location (depending on weather) to sing through the series of chants Margot led us in every year at Pantheacon. Lyrics sheets will be provided.

March 10th (second Tuesdays) 6:30 - 8:00 pm Tarot Salon - with Grey
$10 donation gratefully accepted

This month's cards: the Emperor and the Hierophant

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!

6 Wednesday classes: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 7:00- 9:00pm Art of Tarot with Yeshe Rabbit
$35 per class or $200 for all 6 classes

Rabbit brings back one of her most popular classes, specifically designed to help you learn to tune in and trust your own intuition as a reader of tarot.

Sure, you can just look in the book at the traditional meaning of the cards, but in order to truly be a reader you must learn to listen carefully when they whisper their secrets in your mind. This class will get you OFF the book and help you turn ON your own personal intuition.

Rabbit's unique method will have you able to offer accurate readings after your very first class, as long as you are willing to dare to believe yourself and trust your inner voice. Practical exercises and demonstration readings take place in each class, so you have the opportunity to give and receive practice readings, trouble-shoot areas of insecurity, and begin to build your internal reference library of tarot symbolism. This class fills up quickly, and space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot today.

Thursday, March 19th 7:30 pm - 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, March 20th 7:00 - 9:00 pm The Archetypal Myth of Demeter and Persephone:
A Story of Mother and Daughter Celebrations
Reading and Ritual

Free of Charge

The Illustrated Archetypal Myth of Demeter and Persephone presents the story of the seasons, which is connected to the special bond between mothers and their daughters. This pre-classical version of the myth is significantly different from the "rape and abduction" Greek story which appears in textbooks. The pre-classical version is an interpretation that could be centuries older and sends an empowering message to young girls.

The Cult of Demeter, based in Eleusis, Greece was fundamental to ancient Greek spirituality, and its mysteries were practiced for 2,000 years, well into the Roman era. Celebrating the death and rebiirth of the seasons each year, women enacted this myth in secret ceremonies. We will join in a reading of the myth and create a ritual together in honor of Persephone's return each spring. Mothers and daughters of all ages will be especially welcome!

Marjorie Meyers Graham, M.A., taught community college English, Humanities and Women's Studies in MA, CA and IL for 23 years. She was also a volunteer docent at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Since retiring from college teaching, Marge has rediscovered her early love of making art and has developed a new career as a watercolor artist and instructor. In 2012, she and her husband moved to the East Bay and she has become an adult literacy tutor for the Oakland Public Library. She hopes to offer a seminar called "A Scholarly Look at Female Divine" in the near future.

Monthly Spiritual Services at The Sacred Well

Cancelled for March Temple of Aphrodite
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.

Please note there are no long in person sessions at TSW
Tea & Chanting Sangha: A Coven for Dharma Pagans
Online every Tuesday: 7pm
Online every Sunday
White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual: 10 am
Donations welcome

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 21 Tara Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7 pm PST, starting Jan 6
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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 White Conch & Skull Cup Ritual
Sundays, 10 am PST, starting Jan 11
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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.

March 27th (4th Fridays) 7:30 - 8:30 pm Goddess of the Month
with Phoenix LeFae and Ella

Goddess of the Month: Durga
Donations gratefully accepted

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.

Join us as we explore the myth and magic of the Hindu Goddess Durga. She is the divine source of all the present and the past. She helps us to create boundaries and control the forces around us. She is the mother of the universe that offers salvation to humanity.