The Circle of Oak and Mistletoe is a teaching coven in the tradition of Inclusive Wicca and is the founding coven of the Community Church of Inclusive Wicca. Via two branches, we offer both face to face and/or online learning opportunities and fellowship for seekers in a supportive, caring and ethical environment.
Oak and Mistletoe’s purpose is to respect and honour the Gods and Goddesses, our planet and all living beings as divine. Through a shared journey of friendship and mutual support, we endeavour to strengthen our personal connections with the Divine and achieve our spiritual goals.
The Circle of Oak and Mistletoe encourages membership from people who are mature, dedicated to exploring their spiritual path, prepared to contribute to coven activities and who follow the fundamental tenets of Wicca and Oak and Mistletoe. This coven and school aims to provide an environment where learning is valued, where all members feel safe and nurtured and where we can all share in the fun and joy of embracing Wicca.
The online branch offers opportunities for training, membership and fellowship via the website www.oakandmistletoe.com.au while the face to face branch offers face to face teaching, membership and fellowship via the face to face coven in Adelaide, South Australia. Online members are welcome, and encouraged, to attend certain face to face rituals and events by invitation. Face to face members are welcome, and encouraged, to be involved in the online forums. Such inter-branch activity ensures fellowship and cohesion of both branches.
The strategic and operational leadership and responsibility of both the online and face to face branches of Oak and Mistletoe will ultimately remain with the founder of Oak and Mistletoe but such leadership will be conducted in conjunction with the online Coven Council for online members and the face to face Coven Council for face to face members. The online Coven Council will consist of seven positions. Councillors can remain in their positions for longer than a year where that is approved by the online Coven Council and the online coven membership (except for the Chairperson who shall remain permanently in the same position until self relinquished). The face to face Coven Council shall consist of all initiated members of the face to face coven. Face to face Coven Council membership is automatic upon initiation and continues for the duration of face to face membership, thus all members of the face to face coven are automatically also members of the face to face Coven Council.
Student (Outer Court) membership of either branch is open to persons who wish to learn and work through the Inclusive Wiccan "Toward First Degree" teaching program of Oak and Mistletoe. Membership of the Inner Court of either branch of the coven is open to all persons who have completed the “Toward First Degree” program of Oak and Mistletoe or another approved method and who have been accepted for Inner Court membership via initiation or an approved self dedication process.
No person will be denied access to either Inner or Outer Court on the basis of race, gender, ethnic background, sexual preference, physical impairment or age, providing they have reached the age of eighteen years. However, initial and continued membership in any form is open only to persons who uphold the values and objectives of Oak and Mistletoe and who have agreed to the Inclusive Wiccan Oath of Practice. Membership shall always be at the discretion of the online Coven Council for online members and the face to face Coven Council for face to face members.
Online student members are expected to attend at least four Sabbats of a local Inclusive Wiccan coven (where possible) or create their own celebrations, engage with online activities and complete all “Toward First Degree” lessons before seeking Inner Court membership.
All online Inner Court members, regardless of their degree status, are expected to attend at least six Sabbats of a local Inclusive Wiccan coven (where possible) or create their own celebrations each year. In addition, they must conduct or attend at least nine Full Moon Esbats in any given year.
Face to face student members are expected to attend at least four Sabbats held by the coven and complete all “Toward First Degree” lessons before seeking Inner Court membership. Face to face students must physically attend at least six of the eight “Toward First Degree” training sessions (including the first three) in order to seek initiation at the completion of the training. They must also attend the Esbat held as part of lesson three and full moon Esbats as invited thereafter during “Toward First degree” training. Once “Toward First Degree” training has been completed, attendance at the full moon Esbats is at the invitation of the face to face Coven Council only until initiation.
Face to face Inner Court members, regardless of their degree status, are expected to attend at least six Sabbats held by the coven each year plus at least nine Full Moon Esbats. Face to face rituals, Sabbats, Esbats and meetings will usually be held at the Covenstead, currently in Adelaide, South Australia.
In the event we do not have any contact from a member of either branch for three months, membership may be revoked. In addition, the online Coven Council or face to face Coven Council have the right to terminate membership at any time where it is deemed such membership is detrimental to the wellbeing of the branch for which the Council is responsible.