Primal Ordeal

August 18-20th

Primal Ordeal is a sacred kink festival held at Windward Education & Research center in Wahkiacus, WA. Our mission is to provide a risk-aware space in which to celebrate our Primal Natures and conduct sacred ordeals work in a natural setting.

Katessa Harkey (Co-Producer)

Photograph by John Green. Rope work by Tantrika.



     Katessa Harkey is the Storyteller of Spiral Cult Circus, a Hermetic organization providing education and initiations to the Portland magical community. Her life's work is this full-time ministry. The daughter of two festival & convention organizers, she has been "behind the scenes" her whole life. Her experience in every aspect of event management allows Katessa to bring a practical approach to building successful events. Recently she has serves as Hearthkeeper (kitchen management) to Network for New Culture NW's Summer Camp.

     As a Consent and Queer activist, it is her goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for all attendees. She conceived of this event upon witnessing the amazing work of the ORBS team at KinkFest 2015. As a member of the Sacred Kink community, she has experienced first-hand just how limited the availability of spaces in which to carry out such practices really are.

     Katessa is also an artistic Fetish model and dancer. She appears here with her companion animal, a dancing snake: the marvelous Mr. Houdini.

Jonathan Mooney (Co-Producer, Hearthkeeper)

I believe that, as humans, we must strike a balance between our need for nature and our need to live together in cities; and that to do so we need to change our fundamental outlook on both.
— J. Mooney

     Jonathan Mooney is a practicing Hermetic magician and chef of 14 years; and Seneschal of the Spiral Cult Circus.  He studies and practices the culinary arts, herbalism, brewing, nutrition, and alchemy.  He has long been involved in activism and community, previously serving two years as the Secretary of the Portland branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.

     It is his conviction that food and drink are more than just a necessity, or an art, or even a way to share a wonderful time with friends.  He believes that food is a way to heal:

  • Our bodies through nutrition and understanding our needs as human creatures;
  • Our spirits through sharing of meals and experiences with one another;
  • and our planet by understanding where and how our food is produced.

     By creating a community that shares food, we may become more aware of the choices we may make to reduce our impact while expanding our horizons.