2017 Goddess Conference Presenters
Here are our Preliminary 2017 presenters!!!
Bilawara is an Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin Northern Territory, Australia, she is acknowledged and respected as a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of aboriginal spirituality and healing. Her life is dedicated to helping us discover the wholeness and boundless beauty within our spirits and hearts. Bilawara travels nationally and internationally to conduct special life-changing events and ceremonies of wisdoms of Star Dreaming and as a Grandmother of the oldest, continuous surviving cultures on Earth, she will share with you wisdoms from Ancestors for your spiritual journey to the stars. Bilawara is an internationally published author with two books: Star Dreaming and Healing from the Dilly Bag.
Blurring the line between music, theater and ritual, Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule weaves her dark ambient mystical folk songs along magical paths of storytelling and mythology to create a uniquely beautiful, powerful and transformative live experience.
Wild, wise and empowering, Wendy’s music honors her deep spiritual and magical connection to Nature. Her extraordinary voice and insightful lyrics, combined with her passionate and personal storytelling, invite us to celebrate and connect with our own deep Magic.
Over the past two decades, Wendy has released 10 studio albums and numerous side projects, and has toured the world extensively as both a performer and an inspirational Magical Life Coach and workshop presenter. Alongside her busy touring schedule, Wendy also facilitates the online mystery school “Living a Life of Magic”, co presented with her husband and Magical partner Timothy Van Diest.
Originally from Melbourne Australia, Wendy relocated to the USA in 2014, and is now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico – allowing her an even stronger connection to her ever growing US fan base, and providing daily access to the wild Nature that inspires her unique and transformational work.
Rosmarinus is a Living Work of Art in Perpetual Motion~ Oneiromancer, Shadow Worker, Fine Arts Visionary, Intergalactic Creatrix of Sight Sound and Movement, Cosmick Witch, Thelemic Priestess, Astrologer, Iconoclast, Feminist Futurist, Occult Practitioner, Conduit of the Mysteries, Martial Artist, and overall Oracular Warrioress. She is an Initiate of Many Secret Orders and Eclectic Paths spanning over two decades; she has seasoned experience unfolding within diverse Magickal contexts: some of which include such Honoured placements of Leadership and Practicum in Realms of The O.T.O, The Temple Serpentarius (a Canadian Grove of the Internationally respected Fellowship of ISIS residing under the umbrella of Olivia Robertson’s Vision), The Path of both Traditional and Dianic Witchcraft, and the Full engagement of Practice in the Ways of Shaolin Kung FU, culminating with her medal-award winning participation in the 10th Zhengzhou International Wushu Championship in China in October of 2014. Exhibiting refined levels of leadership, Rosmarinus has participated in many Martial Arts tournaments and demonstrations, and was selected by 34th Generation Shaolin Grand Master Warrior Monk, Shifu Shi Guo Song, to stand before a Global Athletic Council and swear an Oath of Integrity on behalf of an International Contingent of Athletes in Deng Feng for what is known as the Olympics of Kung FU before thousands of spectators, participants and judges. She is the student of Shaolin disciple Shi Chang Dao, and was selected to become an instructor of the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, teaching Kung Fu empowerment to Adults and Children alike. she is also a pioneering member of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Artists of Imagination, and an Active Facilitator of Sacred Space that serves to Invoke Humanity’s Deepest Soul Incarnation in accordance with the Higher Wisdom of the Universal Order of the Cosmos, everyday. Rosmarinus is a multidimensional Priestess whose Spirituality embodies a vast paradigm of Cosmick Consciousness. Her values reside in the capacity for Honouring the Sacredness and diversity inherent in the multifarious voices of the pagan world; co-creation, Humanitarian Unity, Freedom of Creative Expression, Occult Integrity, Feminist Spirituality, Cosmick Consciousness and living by Thelemic Philosophies are but a few aspects that are of primary importance to her, with a Vision of Reverence, and Gentle Loving Kindness at its center. Informed by a Spiritual Paradigm that is Cosmick, she fosters Interfaith dialogue within diverse Occult Spheres, motivated by a core ethos of Love and Mindfulness. Rosmarinus Stehlik is a Multidisciplinary Artist and graduate of McMaster University in Canada, holding two Honours B.A Degrees in Fine Arts and Art History, respectively; with a minor degree in Religious Studies- specializing in Cross-Cultural Spirituality, Feminist Witchcraft, Transpersonal Mysticism, Astrology and the Tarot.
Shamanka, singer, initiatress, teacher.
Sandra is author of five books in Spanish. One of them “Los Rostros de la Diosa”, is recently editing in English with the title: Faces of the Goddess, where she includes experiences from her personal journey.
Creative mother of the cards deck “Goddesses in your Daily Life”, she´s a Priestess of Avalon, Past Lives Therapist, Tarot Reader and Yoga Teacher.
Like a “Gipsy” Priestess, Sandra followed the Goddess Call, journeying from South America to Glastonbury where she was initiated in the Misteries of Avalon. Later, Pachamama and Chak-Anna called her back to her country, Argentina, to explore the Sacred Wheel of the Southern Cross. Then, she felt the voice of her Spanish ancestresses as well as her Mexican sisters, creating Priestess trainings in all these countries.
From The United Kingdom
Julie Felix is an American born, British–based folk artist. When Julie was about 7, she saw a movie with Loretta oung and wanted to be a nun. Now, at 75, she thinks of this and smiles. Shealso saw a movie called “Ann of the Indies” and thought about being a sword fighter.
Julie was a devout Catholic until her late teens, when she started asking questions and decided to leave the church. After graduating college she left for Europe and didn’t follow any faith except her belief in adventure and the human spirit. After hitchhiking through Europe she became part of the love and peace movement of the 60’s. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s Julie’s career flourished, and her music reflects not only her protest songs, but also her love of nature.
Through leading tours to sacred sites and tuning into the sacredness of the land, and discovering the myths and stories of ancient cultures, that Julie became a follower of the Goddess. Julie sings every year at The Goddess Conference in Glastonbury which celebrates the mysteries of the Great Mother.
Carolyn Hillyer is a renowned artist, musician, writer, drum maker and workshop teacher of thirty years standing, who lives and works on an ancient farmstead amid the wild hills of Dartmoor, southwest England. She sings of ancient spirit and hidden memory, and has released 14 music albums (solo projects and collaborations). She writes about ancestral roots and the deep experience of women in their weaving of courageous life paths; her books include Sacred House: Where Women Weave Words into the Earth and, more recently, Weavers’ Oracle: Journey Cards and Travel Guide. She paints life-size images of archetypal and mythological women, which are regularly exhibited as large shrine installations. For many years she has been creating (and teaching the making of) traditional skin drums using the hides of deer, wild horse, reindeer and salmon. The ceremonial neolithic-style roundhouse built at her farm is the focal point for her work around the deep ancestry of the British Isles. Carolyn travels widely with her work, most recently to Arctic Siberia’s frozen edge, the northwest Pacific ocean rim and the Negev Desert’s burning heart. Dartmoor, however, continues through long decades to be her profound source of inspiration.
From The United States
We are entering a period that is receptive to the Goddess in her unique power. Belief in the Goddess brings us back to our roots, when women were equal to men. I find that people who use goddesses as a metaphor for their own spiritual lives have enormous spiritual power.” Dr. Biaggi is a popular lecturer and the author of: Habitations of the Great Goddess (KIT, Inc. 1994), In the Footsteps of the Goddess (KIT, Inc. 2000) and The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy (KIT, Inc. 2006) as well as countless articles. To her work as an artist, Dr. Biaggi brings a strong background in the classics, art and art history, archaeology, literature, and languages acquired at Vassar College, Harvard University, the University of Mexico City, The University of Utah, and New York University. She has taught art history, sculpture, mythology and drawing and is widely renowned for her contribution to the field of Goddess-centered art and prehistory. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Dr. Biaggi is a pilot, a scuba diver, a photographer, a costume and set designer, a mountain climber with Mount Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua (Argentina’s “Goddess of the clouds”) to her credit, a Fifth Degree Black Belt in the Korean martial arts of Tae Kwan Do, and a first degree Black Sash in Shaolin Kung Fu.
Lithia is an educator, folk artist, and hereditary witch in the European matrilineal tradition. As a Dianic Priestess, she facilitates circles for women and girls that focus on Women’s Mysteries and the activation of personal power through hands-on projects and embodied, kinetic experiences. She founded and directs the Red Tent at Lost Forest Lodge, the Wicked Sisterhood of Wildheart Grove, and Witches Rising, an online community rooted in raising consciousness and feminist activism.
Max Dashu is a history sibyl who uses images to teach women’s global history and heritages. Her legendary slideshows bring to light women of power who have been hidden from view, from ancient icons to female leaders, culture-makers, rebels, and medicine women. In 1970 Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives to research women in the global cultural record – not only individual women, but female spheres of power and egalitarian cultures, and patriarchy and other patterns of domination. From her collection of over 30,000 images, Dashu has created and presented hundreds of slideshows at universities, women’s centers, bookstores, conferences, festivals, libraries, prisons, museums, and schools. She also teaches via webcasts, online courses, and a daily facebook Suppressed Histories blog. Dashu has keynoted at numerous conferences, and presented at international conferences in Australia (2014), Germany (2010), Mexico (2006), Bulgaria (2004), Britain (2007), and the US (2005). Her articles have appeared in Goddesses in World Culture (Praeger, 2010), Feminist Theology and other journals and anthologies. Many articles and book excerpts are on the Suppressed Histories Archives site and on Academia.edu . She has produced two dvds: Woman Shaman: the Ancients (2013) and Women’s Power in Global Perspective (2008), and is preparing to publish the first volumes of her sourcebook Secret History of the Witches. She is also an artist whose paintings are well known in the women’s spirituality community
Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic singer and songwriter internationally renowned for her powerful performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places, and ancient times. With guitar and vocals, she brings to life the stories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With primal frame drumming and soaring vocal chants, she honors the Earth and the Ancestors. Since 2003, Kellianna has performed her music in 10 countries on 3 continents, with regular visits to Canada, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, and Australia.
In 2014, she began developing a book trilogy, the Warrior Queen Chronicles, inspired by the song “Warrior Queen” from her 2004 debut album, Lady Moon. While the song tells of a mighty queen who dies on the battlefield, the trilogy of novels narrates the events of her life leading up to the battle. Helping her in the process of the creating series creation is Australian author Kaalii Cargill. After meeting Cargill in Sydney in October 2013, and again in the United Kingdom in 2014 when she picked up the author’s latest book, “Daughters of Time,” Kellianna knew that she had found the perfect person to help her bring her vision of the Warrior Queen’s story to life. Book One of the Warrior Queen Chronicles, “Tapestry of Dark and Light,” was released by Sappho Books in March of 2016, with book two scheduled for a late 2017 release.
Starr Goode, MA, teaches literature at Santa Monica College, Producer and moderator for cable TV series, The Goddess in Art, it is now available on YouTube. Her latest essay, Adventures She Has Brought My Way” appears in Elders and Visionaries Anthology. Her latest book Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power. She can be reached at www.starrgoode.com
Hecate’s Wheel is Vicki Scotti, & LuAnn Morris. We are an acoustic folk duo, inspired by the Divine Feminine, and we perform an eclectic variety of cover songs and original music dedicated to the Goddess in all her guises. We have been singing in the Tampa Bay area for many years, and occasionally our melodies are completemented by the interpretive dance of Astarte Moondancer.
What they say about Hecate’s Wheel: “Described as ‘the ultimate in Girl Power Pagan music’, Hecate’s Wheel enchants and inspires Witches and Muggles alike! The ladies deliver outstanding vocal harmonies while telling tales of the Goddess, love and life.’
You can find our music, lyrics and tour information at www.HecatesWheel.com. Enjoy the tunes, Peace, Love and Light!
Ella Hope was Called to the Goddess-Shamanic Path 28 years ago, marked by cycles of Initiation, tempered by guidance with contemporary and indigenous shamanic teachers, and teachers in Women’s Spirituality. She is author of three 500-page textbooks: Healing Through Nature: A Self-Healing Practice & Reference Guide: Volumes I & II, and Initiation: Teachings of the Forest. She teaches at Conferences in the USA/Canada/Britain, and has Intensives at her 3000sq/ft Mother Earth Temple, north of Seattle. Ella is a technically-trained Ritual Dance Artist at Festivals, and co-creator of photographic art: The Body in Nature.
Maria Veronica Iglesias
Maria Veronica Iglesias was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She has a Bachelor´s degree in Library Sciences and a Master´s Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). She grew up in a family that always honors the Earth, the plants and all the living beings. She was initiated as a sahumadora (bearer of the Sacred Sahumerio) when she was 8 years old. She studied about medicinal plants, crystal therapy and healing with gems. She also was initiated in the sacred knowledge of Mesoamerican shamanism and she became a Portadora de la Palabra, bearer of the Sacred Word. She is also a Priestess of Ix´Cheel, the Mayan Goddess of Medicine. She is currently researching gem stones and their therapeutic use, Pre-Hispanic medicine, Feminine Shamanism in Mesoamerica, Feminine rites of passage and Goddesses from Mesoamerica.
Veronica and Anne Key now lead tours to Mexico! Join them at www.sacredtoursofmexico.com.
Anne Key is adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies. She has authored several articles on Mesoamerican Goddesses and her dissertation focused on the Cihuateteo, women who died in childbirth and were deified. She has been traveling to Mexico City since 1988. Co-founder of the independent press Goddess Ink, Dr. Key was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, located in Nevada, from 2004-2007. She is the author of Desert Priestess: a memoir and Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love: A Memoir of Life under the Albuquerque Sun and she is co-editor of The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet and Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses. Anne resides in Albuquerque with her husband, his three cats and her snake.
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Rev. Judith Laxer
Rev. Judith Laxer is a modern day mystic and Priestess of the Goddess who believes that beauty, humor and the wonders of nature make life worth living. She is the founding Priestess of Gaia’s Temple, an inclusive ministry with over fifteen years of service that fosters love of the Divine Feminine by honoring nature and qualities of compassion and relatedness. Judith enjoys a successful private practice as a psychic, spiritual counselor, hypnotherapist and shamanic practitioner. She founded and teaches women’s mysteries in MoonWise Mystery School since 1993. Her recently published book Along the Wheel of Time: Sacred Stories for Nature Lovers is a collection of short stories that accompany the seasonal changes on the Wheel of the Year. web: www.judithlaxer.com or www.gaiastemple.org.
Lisa Levart is an award-winning photographer and frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, where her blogs explore the intersection between art, the divine feminine, women’s empowerment and current issues. Her luxurious book “Goddess on Earth, Portraits of the Divine Feminine” is a visual symphony of the wisdom, courage and personal strength of the female spirit and won a Gold Nautilus Book Award (Books for a Better World). Lisa has appeared on a Huff Post Live segment entitled “Celebrating the Strength of the Female Spirit”, and her photographs have been published in Fast Company, New York Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Time Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as exhibitions worldwide. For more info, visit www.goddessonearth.com.
Contact info: Lisa Levart Lisa@goddessonearth.com
Letecia Layson is a Filipina, Feminist, Futurist, Priestess of Morphogenesis (Form Coming Into Being), High Priestess of Diana; Priestess Hierophant in FOI/TOI-LA. Letecia is one of the founding Mothers of the Center for Babaylan Studies; a member ofInternational Feminists for Gift Economy, Modern Matriarchal Studies Network
Morgan May Dickerson
Morgan‘s path as a healer has been lifelong and emerged at the age of four when she had near death experience which she believes has contributed to her connection to the other side. Morgan‘s psychic abilities include work as a medical intuitive, certified crystal healer, clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, claircognizance, all of which provide her clients with a unique perspective on their healing journey. Presently, Morgan is in the master’s program at USC’s School of Social Work and is a UCLA biology graduate.
Michelle Manu/Kumu and Dame
Michelle is an empathic metaphysician that regularly counsels on non-duality, control of mind, self-value, and lokahi (balance). She is a Senior Black Belt and teacher (Kumu) in the ancient warrior combat art, the Hawaiian Lua (of the Kaihewalu Family). For her work in the Lua, Michelle is the only woman to be awarded the Knight Commander designation by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I for perpetuating, promoting, preserving and protecting the Hawaiian culture, the people, and the land. She makes and sells Lua warrior wood weaponry. She actively holds international workshops on empowerment, awareness and defense for women only called “SHE” (Super Hero Experience). Michelle works as a crisis consultant in business and legal affairs. She has earned a Juris Doctorate, and holds business redentials from Harvard Business School and George Washington University. She is a double doctorate candidate in Metaphysical Sciences (MscD) and Philosophy of Human Behaviors (PhD) in 2020. World Black Belt named her Martial Artist of the Month (2002) and she has been inducted into the Master’s Hall of Fame (2006), Argentina Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2016), Munich Hall of Honours (2017), and Kenpo International Hall of Fame (2017). Michelle has graced the pages of Inside Kung Fu (2002), Masters Magazine (2015), Seni Beladiri Malaysian (2015) and Tae Kwon Do Times Korea (2015), All About Martial Arts (2016), Germany’s Warrior Magazine (2016), and Martial Arts Illustrated UK (2017). She continues in her work of igniting the wild, wise and powerful feminine: the Mana Wahine!
Nadine (Nai`a) Newlight
Nai’a is a native New Yorker, started performing at age three. After her studies, she taught science for seven years, managed tri-lingual international tour groups for fourteen years, and launched successful entrepreneurial ventures in fashion (Paris, four years), performing (nineteen countries, five years) food (Hong Kong, seven years) and academia (Maui, six years). She took early retirement in 2008, and actively sought an avenue to utilize her many diverse talents for maximum beneficial effect.
Drawing upon her many years of volunteer work as a political (Voter-owned Elections), environmental (Al Goreʻs Climate Project, GMO-free Maui) and womenʻs (chair, Maui County Committee on the Status of Women) activist, she envisioned a global solution, which would offer a unified approach to the many problems that mark the current unsustainable trajectory of our civilization. It had to be a method that anyone could do, alone, from home, without cost or prerequisites, and which, cumulatively, would have a global effect in a relatively short time (two to five years).
For nineteen months, she dedicated her daily practice to that quest, eventually developing her seminal thesis, and the basis for her forthcoming book, “FEMALING OUR FUTURE: How to Restore Women’s Voice.”
Vicki Noble is an artist, a healer, an independent research scholar and a foremother of the Goddess movement in the U.S. In 1981 she co-created the beloved and bestselling round Motherpeace tarot cards with Karen Vogle, and she is the author of eight books, including Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World (1991) and The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power (2003). She founded and directed a school for women healers in Oakland (1987-1991), has led groups of women on pilgrimage to sacred Goddess sites around the world, and travels and teaches internationally; her books are published in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and French. She is a professional astrologer and teaches private tutorials at her home in Santa Cruz, California, adapting Tibetan Buddhist Dakini practices for her mostly non-Buddhist students. For the last seven years, she has spent part of each year transmitting these teachings to groups of women all over Italy.
Vicki is part of the Women’s Spirituality Master’s program at Sofia University (formerly ITP) in Palo Alto serving as associate core faculty, specializing in Archaeomythology, Matriarchal Studies, and Female Shamanism, as well as guiding graduate students in thesis exploration and development. Her Master’s thesis was on women’s sacred textile traditions around the world and the intensive rituals involved in production, as well as the encoded symbols, scripts, and calendars woven and embroidered into the fabrics. She is currently at work on two books, editing an anthology of Woman Shamans, and collaborating on a work on Goddess (pre-Durga) motifs found in the ancient Indus-Sarasvati Valley culture of Pakistan and India.
Rev. Ava lives to find new and creative ways to “empower Woman as the world’s natural spiritual authority. “She is the founder and Presiding Priestess of The Goddess Temple of Orange County, a world sacred site of devotional pilgrimage, historical education and spiritual ceremony. The Goddess Temple, in its eleventh year as the only temple of its kind in the world, exists to empower women and to educate people about hunmanity’s oldest and most widespread religion, the veneration of the “Great Mother”, going back 250,000 years or more. Visit The Temple’s beautiful sacred space, with the Museum of Goddess History and Culture, Fridays noon to 8 pm and Saturdays, noon to 5 pm. Sunday Services 11 am; Fourth Sundays for all; all other Sundays for adult women. 17905 Sky Park Circle #A, Irvine Ca. 9216
Amalya, ordained Minister-Priestess, is the creatrix of the beautiful Goddess Studio in Escondido —a private dance and “temple” space near San Diego , California which she founded in 2003. At the studio she presents, teaches and hosts a variety of events including Priestess Training programs; women’s ceremonies, workshops and Red Tents; Meetup circles and Sabbat celebrations; and belly dance classes.
She has been Priestessing and dancing for almost twenty years, and has presented or taught at many venues including Goddess conferences, The Goddess Temple of Orange County, the Emissaries of Glen Ivy, and at various health spas, women’s retreats and private gatherings. Amalya is also an accomplished painter and photographer, and produces original photo-digital Goddess art and commissioned Glorious Goddess Portraits of women. (She is the artist behind our conference materials too!)
Amalya is passionate about empowering women and mainstreaming the paradigm of the Sacred Feminine through artistic expression, ceremony and service as Her Priestess.
Jade River is the Co-founder of the Re-formed Congregation of The Goddess—International; the first legally incorporated tax-exempt religion serving the women’s spiritual community. She is the creator of the Women’s Thealogical Institute the first organization to nationally offer in-depth training for women seeking training in Goddess religion and for some ordination as Priestesses. She is the author of several books about women’s spirituality and the Goddess.
Lydia Ruyle an Artist Scholar Emeritus of the Visual Arts faculty, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where the Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art was dedicated in 2010. Her research into sacred images of women has taken her around the globe. Ruyle created and exhibited her art, did workshops and lead women’s journeys throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her Goddess Icon Spirit Banners, which made their debut at Ephesus, Turkey, have flown all over the world spreading their sacred feminine energies. Her book ‘Goddess Icons: Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine‘ was published in 2002.
ALisa Starkweather has been involved with women’s empowerment and spirituality for three decades. She is the visionary founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement, Daughters of the Earth Gatherings, the Women’s Belly and Womb Conferences, and the acclaimed women’s two year mystery school, Priestess Path Apprenticeship. Certified facilitator of Shadow Work, ALisa is the co-founder of the international archetypal program, Women in Power; Women’s Stories from the Red Tent and is published in the anthologies, Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership; Where Grace Meets Power, Stepping Into Ourselves and Voices of the Sacred Feminine. Her online Fierce Feminine Life course teaches women to move forward with conviction and vulnerability hand in hand. Alisa has three CD recordings of her chants and spoken word and is presently studying directly with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and writing her first book. http://www.alisastarkweather.com
Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a Middle Eastern percussionist, singer, educator, drum circle facilitator and frame drum designer for Remo and Cooperman drum companies. Rowan is pioneering the Symmetrical Frame Drum Method, which gives voice to the Non-Dominant Hand. As both hands become equal partners in creative expression, dormant brain capacities are awakened, forging deep integration between dualities including the rational and intuitive, masculine and feminine. www.rowanstorm.com
Constance Tippett is the creator of “ The Goddess Timeline”, she will be giving a slide show about images of the Goddess from 30,000 B.C.E. to 2000 A.D. The Goddess Timeline is an incredible tool for teachers and priestesses to convey the vast history Divine Feminines to their students. Constance also creates museum quality replicas of Goddesses in Terra-cotta clay.
Julie was trained by her father, Vincent Tumamait, and later assisted him in his cultural presentations until his death in 1992. She carries on the traditions of her family through programs and presentations of Chumash culture, history and song, within the tradition of Chumash storytelling and her personal family’s native roots and experience in the Ojai Valley. Julie is on the California Indian Advisory Committee for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and C.A.U.S.E. (CENTRAL COAST ALLIANCE FOR A SUSTANIABLE ECOMONY) , a non-profit agency . She is a former member of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Committee on the “Repatriation” of Native American ceremonial artifacts. Julie also served on the board at the Oakbrook Park Chumash Interpretive center in Thousand Oaks .Ca. In 1995 Julie was named Community Services Volunteer by the Ventura County Commission for Women and an Ojai Living Treasure in 1997. Julie is a commissioner of the Native American Heritage Commission, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger. The mission of this agency is to protect Native American sacred sites and cemeteries. As Tribal Chair of the Chumash Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians, Julie is leading her band in their effort to federal recognition and full Tribal status .