We are a diverse group of neopagans, paleopagans and witches practicing in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area who have a common interest in offering Wheel of the Year and full moon rituals, classes, and focus groups to anyone who has an interest in archaic or neopagan customs, and to practicing pagans who are just looking to gather with a group of like-minded people.
Read our Statement of Principles…
Lyceum’s “birth” was on Samhain, 2000, as a group of eclectic, solitary pagans who came together to share their thoughts and beliefs. The group spent about a year defining what they really wanted to do, and realistically could do, and began taking their first actions with the Yule celebration of 2001.
In 2002, Lyceum began offering the Year and a Day course, open to anyone anyone interested in an overview of contemporary pagan practices.
Lyceum incorporated under Oregon law as “Lyceum of Trees, Inc.” in 2005, as a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.
In 2006, Four of Lyceum’s Elders studied for, and became ordained clergy under Oregon law
Lyceum of Trees developed into an Inner Circle of roughly a dozen participants who organize the rituals and classes, and an Outer Circle of several dozen who attend rituals and other events. Over one hundred students have attended the Year and a Day sessions. Over time, the concepts of Inner and Outer Circle were replaced with Participant, Member and Initiate. Participation is open to anyone. Members may vote in our annual elections. For those seeking a higher level of service or who would like to pursue ordination studies, initiation is available. Initiation carries with it no expectation to hold a certain set of beliefs.
Read our Statement of Principles…
Lyceum’s business is conducted at our monthly Board of Directors meetings. These are open to anyone who cares to drop by. Our decisions are made by consensus of the Lyceum Board of Directors. Meetings are generally 1-2 hours long. Please refer to the Calendar Page for the dates, times and place of our next meeting. There is a general membership meeting once a year.
Meet & Greet Sessions at Powell’s Books
Several members of Lyceum will be at the Powell’s City of Books coffee shop on the 1st Monday of each month to answer questions from those curious about us, and to give anyone who comes by an opportunity to look us over. We will be at the table with the Lyceum of Trees sign and usually a bunch of crafts books being passed around. Feel free to join us and ask questions about Lyceum, or just observe us at a distance.
The Year and a Day Classes
These are abbreviated as ‘Y&D’ (preferred), or ‘YaaD’ or sometimes as ‘YaD’ in some of our writings.
When Lyceum first got together we noticed that there was nowhere in the local Pagan community to get entry level training/information on Paganism that didn’t require you to adopt a specific tradition. The founders of Lyceum are solitaries and as such don’t follow a path-in-common, but rather honor many paths, so we decided to “fill in the gap”. Beginning in 2002, Lyceum has offered a “Year and a Day” class, a 13 month course for anyone interested in an overview of contemporary pagan practices. The next Year and a Day class is tentatively scheduled for early 2018.
It is our goal that upon completion of this class, students will be informed enough to be able to incorporate spirituality into their daily lives, and evaluate a variety of spiritual paths to determine which— if any— appeals most to them, to be proficient in the most common magical practices, and be at least familiar with several others.
The Year and a Day class meets monthly. Each session is 3 hours long and presented by a panel of typically two to four Lyceum members in a seminar format. There is a one-time fee (TBD) for the course. This fee covers rent for the meeting place, materials and snacks for the break. The instructors donate their time and travel costs.
We thought long and hard about whether Lyceum should offer ordination and what the requirements would be. After all, if you just want the ordination certificate you can go on line. We decided on a 3+ year course of study including History of Paganism, Counseling, Ritual Writing and Conducting, Life Passages, and Legal Issues. Candidates must have completed the Y&D series, be initiates of Lyceum of Tress, and be dues paying members* in good standing of the Lyceum of Trees organization.
The 1st class was ordained in June 2006. The 2nd class celebrated its ordination ritual on Samhain, 2014. The third class began studies in the Spring of 2015. Interested Lyceum initiates should contact one of the Elders or a member of the Board of Directors.
* Dues are $20 per year.
Pagan Community Connections
We have no official ties to any other group, but we do have strong working relationships and partnerships within the pagan community. PACT Coven of Portland and Grove Tor Bjorn are long-term friends. We participate in events such as the Portland Pagan Pride celebration where our members have been known to conduct workshops on varying topics.
Lyceum also co-sponsors OPAL, a pagan study and discussion group, with Eastrose UU.