2015 Program

 

The Organizers of Goddess Spirit Rising are committed to enhancing the presence of Goddess Energy in the World and so have designed this weekend as a buffet of offerings from the many paths to the Goddess.  The views or practices of the presenters may not be the same as ours but we honor their right to find the path that calls to them. In this spirit, we offer this schedule.

 

Thursday September 10, 2015

 

 7:30 – 8:00am Choose from the following

 

Morning Meditation with Jacqui Bushel

Magdalene Meditation ~ The way of Love

Join us in the Temple for a beautiful morning blessing, connecting with Magdalene energies and the heart seed source. The Magdalene’s were priestesses of the Isis Mysteries, practicing and teaching the Way of love. Through the breath of the heart, we awaken our greater spirit, coming home to ourself in joy and peace.

 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast 

Meal Blessing led by Sandra Roman

 9:00am – 12:00 Various Fringe Workshops (You must sign up in Registration for the following workshops)

 Jacqui Bushell

Wild Earth Wisdom

When you live in awareness that the world is alive, you open a doorway into sacred mystery.

Connect your wild heart with the wild soul of nature. Journey into deep communion with land, wind, water, rock and animal, exploring your unique perception and responsiveness to the earth. As we enter into open conversation with the rhythms and scents within nature we know there is no separation between us and the swoop of wing, the brush of fur, cry of hawk, greening of leaf. Come home to that soft borderland where our skin ends and wilderness begins. Nothing is outside us.

 Max Dashu

Deasophy: Goddess Wisdom

We’ll make a visual journey into the female Divine, her stories and litanies, and chant sacred Names to her images projected in light. This will be an exploration of the continuum we call Goddess: the Primordial reflected in rock art (vulvas, spirals, sacred women), the Ancestral Mothers revered in ancient figurines in clay and stone and bone, and the traditions of female creators and cosmologies.  We’ll explore aspects of Goddess as Snake, as Mother, as Waters, Sun, Spider; as Tree and Corn, as Earth or Heavens; as the numinous, primal Mystery: the Tao, Holy Wisdom, and the Fates. We’ll look at how Goddess was envisioned in statues, seals, ceramics, rock murals, megaliths, pipes, codices, ancestor carvings and masks, all over the world. We’ll talk about healing the wounds of cultural exile (of women, of Goddess, of peoples) and address colonial divides between women. We’ll come together in reverence, each bringing her own roots, to chant and dance the round.

 

Bilawara Lee

HEALING CIRCLE

If you have been thinking about your spiritual well-being and want to make some changes in your life, come and join us in a healing circle where you can open yourself to healing in a trusting and confidential environment with like-minded individuals. A healing circle is comprised of a maximum of 20 participants who take it in turns to voice an issue or burden that they want to heal using the collective energies of the circle and with the guidance, support and protection of the ancestors of the spiritual world. The healing will be conducted by Bilawara Lee who is an Aboriginal Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. She is a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of Aboriginal spirituality. Bilawara in Larrakia language means the black cockatoo. It is an ancestral spirit being and embodies the energy of change. Limited to 20 people

Brook Medicine Eagle

White Buffalo Woman’s Empowering Gifts

Brooke will share with you the rich and useful teachings brought by the American goddess, White Buffalo Calf Woman, which she has deepened into and expanded to practice over the years. You will learn WBW principles so that they can become useful and meaningful to you, as we learn that cutting edge physics and other sciences are confirming her principles, and honoring the power of the unified field.

Priestesses understand well the power of the primary feminine – the ability to move beyond the physical, to dissolve, to flow,  to come into good relationship with, to expand – an ability which opens untold realms of possibility for healing, for working in the greater unity, for using the power of the Void in service of all life here on Earth. In this crucial time, these understandings may make an important difference for you and for your work.

Come ready to learn, share, chant and dance in sacred circle.

Vicki Noble and Julie Felix

Snake Power and Healing Hands

This day of intuitive and ritual healing requires no particular knowledge or initiation, no esoteric or elaborated forms, but asks only of each person a willingness to make herself available for the larger forces of healing to come through her. Individually, in partners, and as a group, we will harness and direct a wish to alleviate suffering. When a collective of women joins together with the vibrational support of drumming and singing, the power is profound and oxytocin (the female “affiliative” hormone) is generated, lending itself to spontaneous healing of ailments and remission of dis-ease. This same power (Vicki Noble calls it “Snake Power” and Julie Felix sings “Healing Hands”) can be directed toward the healing of families or community, and can even be utilized for helping transform and heal what’s happening on the planet.   Wear comfortable clothing, bring a blanket or pad for the floor, and (optionally) a rattle, drum, or Tibetan bell to assist in the various kinds of healing work.

Georgina Sirett-Armstrong-Smith

Healing the Ice Mothers

Why on Earth did you choose your Mother at birth? Has she abandoned you? Abused you? Do you feel unloved and unsupported by her? Did you choose not to have children? Were you neglected? What is she teaching you about yourself? How can you heal yourself and learn to forgive her. This workshop will explore the stories of your Ice Mothers – working deeper with meditation, art therapy and healing – open up to the learning that your Mother has been teaching you. In turn you can help heal her and your own pain. Are you ready to heal?

 ALisa Starkweather

Shadow Work Archetypes Toolbox; Forging Powerful Partnerships from Within

In the inner landscapes of our psyche there are ancient pathways in how we are wired in our DNA coding, in our daily living, our past traumas and in our dreams of what our future holds. Though we are committed to living our highest life vision, we can also run into parts of ourselves that don’t make it easy at times to move forward effectively. With twenty years of Shadow Work facilitation, ALisa brings language, tools, and skill building to the important work of undoing our own internal oppression. Journey with her to four powerful archetypes ~the Lover, the Warrior, the Sovereign and the Magician, holding specific keys to your freedom and embrace a larger spectrum of possibility for your life. If you are ready to move through procrastination and into action, be more confident in your leadership, are ready to take risks, lift shame, face your internal saboteur, authentically express who you are, heal old generational patterns, and shift into greater awareness of you beyond your present identities and roles, this time together is magnificent support for internal emotional alliance. There is inner gold awaiting you in the stuck or disowned areas of your life—more than might have ever imagined. Join ALisa for a course that will give you specific tools and skills to harness more energy from what might be hidden in shadow and needed now for your next steps. Together we will shed some light into darkness and own the light we sometimes fear to be.

Rowan Storm

Frame Drumming & the Feminine Principle

As women’s leadership is on the rise throughout the world, how can we amplify this exhilarating progression? With our physical being and within our own hands, we hold a key to vast untapped resources. The frame drum has been uniquely associated with women throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean for millennia. Women’s work is historically rhythmic in nature, including weaving textiles, planting seeds in orderly rows, and cleaning grain with sieves. Deeply connected with the life-birthing Pulse of Mother Earth and all creation, women continue to serve as practitioners of the sacred and celebrants for rites of passage.  Rooted in Middle Eastern music and tradition, Rowan Storm is pioneering a revolutionary method for rapid drumming proficiency and deep integration of both brain hemispheres, with the narrow frame and light weight of her frame drum designs. In addition to traditional asymmetrical frame drumming, Rowan’s frame drums can be played equally by both hands. As we develop our relationship with our non-dominant hand, we access and give voice to the dormant intuitive right brain, which controls our ability to synthesize and process information simultaneously. Challenging our rule of habit and calling the non-dominant hand into action, playing the frame drum can free us to explore expanded dimensions otherwise hidden. In this practice, we actively awaken the feminine principle within our own psyche. Including musical expression, we also have a powerful tool to develop balance between both hands and both brain hemispheres, leading to a balanced dialogue of rational and intuitive, masculine and feminine, and linear and holistic perception. The more we strive to awaken this principle and reflect it in the world from our personal lives, the more we support our world in coming to balance. In Rowan Storm’s Frame Drum workshop, you will learn to: ~ activate your non-dominant hand and connect directly with the feminine powers of intuition and timekeeping ~ basics of both traditional asymmetrical frame drumming and Rowan’s pioneering symmetrical method ~ play traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and accompany others and yourself while you sing ~ move your whole body and voice, and create your unique sound as you engage both brain hemispheres equally with the pulse of creation ~ engage with each other in the spontaneous and interactive creation of rhythmic community    Rowan teaches with the ergonomic designs of her Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo, and her Signature Dayereh by Cooperman. Distinguished with very narrow frames and light weight, Rowan’s teaching method and frame drums expand creative expression and promote deep balance.   ~ Rowan’s frame drums are available for use at the workshop and also for purchase. ~ Your own frame drums are also welcome.

 Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Sea Kelp Bulb Rattle Making Workshop

You will create your own rattle using string, cloth, leather, beads and shells. We will learn a song or two. These rattles have a personality of their own and each one has in the handle a piece of Elderberry branch, the inside is filled with stones from the beautiful Moonstone beach in Cambria, Ca. as well as tobacco to say ” Woyo”, Thank-you Kelp Bulbs from the beautiful waters of Grandmother Ocean will be transformed into rattles. Julie has been working with the wonders of nature to create numerous items. She was presented with the gift of a kelp bulb rattle. “I was amazed at how beautiful it was” As She stared at it, it came to life in Her mind the bulbs reminded Her of a girl She knew the leaves at the top of the plant looked like hair. braids, pig tails, an afro, a bad hair day!

Limited to 20 people

Susun Weed

Getting Down and Dirty With Susun Weed

Here’s your chance to get down and talk dirty with Susun. We will spend the day exploring orgasms, vaginas, ovaries, our bladders and our uteruses. The specific content will be crafted to your personal needs and guided by your wishes and suggestions. What do you want to know? What do you want to talk about? What is bothering you? What are you eager to share? Join Susun for a day filled with songs and stories, talking stick and solid herbal advice.

12:00 – 2:00pm  LUNCH 

Meal Blessing led by Vicki Noble

 2:00 – 5:00pm Various Fringe Workshops (You must sign up in Registration for the following workshops)

Jacqui Bushell

Plant Spirit Wisdom

Deepen your senses into profound unity with the beauty and wisdom of our green earth, connecting with plants as teachers and wise allies. Sitting in presence with the land, deeply listening with the rhythms, scents and life, you come into harmony with the plants and the earth.  Trees and herbs whisper their secrets, which you recognize through your inner quiet voice, their resonant dance through our soft animal body and the aliveness of your wild senses. In this practical workshop immerse yourself in an experience with the trees and herbs, connecting with their spirit for transformation and healing. Your loving presence and acknowledgment is a reciprocal blessing.

Max Dashu

Woman Shaman

We’ll enter a transformative visual journey through the world of female invokers, chanters, ecstatic dancers and shapeshifters;  spirit-riders, snake-women, seeresses, oracles, and healers. “Woman is by nature a shaman,” says a Chukchi proverb from Siberia. But this knowledge has been held back from us—and these sights. You’ll have an opportunity to experience a rare array of medicine women, drummers and dreamers, serpents and staffs, and to water your dreamscape with spiritual riches. You’ll learn from witnessing these ancestors. We’ll talk about our own journeys of recovery and discovery, ways that we’ve learned to go deep and reach the Source. After imbibing the power and wisdom of these ancestral spiritual legacies—balm for the spirit—we’ll dance and chant to throw off the negative cultural spells that have bound us, calling in our beloved deities as we rise in our power and laughter.

Bilawara Lee

HEALING CIRCLE

If you have been thinking about your spiritual well-being and want to make some changes in your life, come and join us in a healing circle where you can open yourself to healing in a trusting and confidential environment with like-minded individuals. A healing circle is comprised of a maximum of 20 participants who take it in turns to voice an issue or burden that they want to heal using the collective energies of the circle and with the guidance, support and protection of the ancestors of the spiritual world. The healing will be conducted by Bilawara Lee who is an Aboriginal Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. She is a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of Aboriginal spirituality. Bilawara in Larrakia language means the black cockatoo. It is an ancestral spirit being and embodies the energy of change. Limited to 20 people

Brook Medicine Eagle

DAWN STAR WOMAN, GODDESS OF THE HEART 

To walk this sweet Mother Earth as the goddesses we can be, we must walk the Path of Heart. Brooke will share profound teachings from her FlowerSong lineage about the primacy of the heart and love in our awakening to the Golden Age, and about Dawn Star Woman, the high goddess of our time. More than simple emotion, this way is a rich and full pathway to a good and blessed life in which we offer our highest gifts, manifest our dreams, and serve our world.

Come ready to learn, share, chant and dance in sacred circle.

 Vicki Noble and Julie Felix

Snake Power and Healing Hands

This day of intuitive and ritual healing requires no particular knowledge or initiation, no esoteric or elaborated forms, but asks only of each person a willingness to make herself available for the larger forces of healing to come through her. Individually, in partners, and as a group, we will harness and direct a wish to alleviate suffering. When a collective of women joins together with the vibrational support of drumming and singing, the power is profound and oxytocin (the female “affiliative” hormone) is generated, lending itself to spontaneous healing of ailments and remission of dis-ease. This same power (Vicki Noble calls it “Snake Power” and Julie Felix sings “Healing Hands”) can be directed toward the healing of families or community, and can even be utilized for helping transform and heal what’s happening on the planet.   Wear comfortable clothing, bring a blanket or pad for the floor, and (optionally) a rattle, drum, or Tibetan bell to assist in the various kinds of healing work.

Georgina Sirett-Armstrong-Smith

Healing the Ice Mothers

Why on Earth did you choose your Mother at birth? Has she abandoned you? Abused you? Do you feel unloved and unsupported by her? Did you choose not to have children? Were you neglected? What is she teaching you about yourself? How can you heal yourself and learn to forgive her. This workshop will explore the stories of your Ice Mothers – working deeper with meditation, art therapy and healing – open up to the learning that your Mother has been teaching you. In turn you can help heal her and your own pain. Are you ready to heal?

 ALisa Starkweather

Managing the Rumble Tumble Within When Enacting Our Greatest Dreams

If you want to make it happen know what to do when you run into your “can’t” or your “won’t. Every grand vision set into motion has its underbelly. Within inspired action, your saboteur bearing resistance, fear, and doubt, shows up with the specific job of deterring you from taking important risks and next steps. Our dreams require new identities and roles of seismic proportions and inner shifts. This expansion into our larger selves often collides with our unmet needs for healing past traumas where we reluctantly discover our fragile smaller selves unwilling to budge. Out of this struggles comes our own deepest healing  amidst the beauty of our dream. It is not time to shrink or give up nor override your no with willpower alone. Changing Woman Goddess in us is real. She intends to rattle your bones into a new life if you are ready. Come form sacred alliances between what is vulnerable and mighty within because then we become formidable in our quaking .

 

Rowan Storm

Frame Drumming & the Feminine Principle

As women’s leadership is on the rise throughout the world, how can we amplify this exhilarating progression? With our physical being and within our own hands, we hold a key to vast untapped resources. The frame drum has been uniquely associated with women throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean for millennia. Women’s work is historically rhythmic in nature, including weaving textiles, planting seeds in orderly rows, and cleaning grain with sieves. Deeply connected with the life-birthing Pulse of Mother Earth and all creation, women continue to serve as practitioners of the sacred and celebrants for rites of passage.  Rooted in Middle Eastern music and tradition, Rowan Storm is pioneering a revolutionary method for rapid drumming proficiency and deep integration of both brain hemispheres, with the narrow frame and light weight of her frame drum designs. In addition to traditional asymmetrical frame drumming, Rowan’s frame drums can be played equally by both hands. As we develop our relationship with our non-dominant hand, we access and give voice to the dormant intuitive right brain, which controls our ability to synthesize and process information simultaneously. Challenging our rule of habit and calling the non-dominant hand into action, playing the frame drum can free us to explore expanded dimensions otherwise hidden. In this practice, we actively awaken the feminine principle within our own psyche. Including musical expression, we also have a powerful tool to develop balance between both hands and both brain hemispheres, leading to a balanced dialogue of rational and intuitive, masculine and feminine, and linear and holistic perception. The more we strive to awaken this principle and reflect it in the world from our personal lives, the more we support our world in coming to balance. In Rowan Storm’s Frame Drum workshop, you will learn to: ~ activate your non-dominant hand and connect directly with the feminine powers of intuition and timekeeping ~ basics of both traditional asymmetrical frame drumming and Rowan’s pioneering symmetrical method ~ play traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and accompany others and yourself while you sing ~ move your whole body and voice, and create your unique sound as you engage both brain hemispheres equally with the pulse of creation ~ engage with each other in the spontaneous and interactive creation of rhythmic community    Rowan teaches with the ergonomic designs of her Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo, and her Signature Dayereh by Cooperman. Distinguished with very narrow frames and light weight, Rowan’s teaching method and frame drums expand creative expression and promote deep balance.   ~ Rowan’s frame drums are available for use at the workshop and also for purchase. ~ Your own frame drums are also welcome.

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Sea Kelp Bulb Rattle Making Workshop

You will create your own rattle using string, cloth, leather, beads and shells. We will learn a song or two. These rattles have a personality of their own and each one has in the handle a piece of Elderberry branch, the inside is filled with stones from the beautiful Moonstone beach in Cambria, Ca. as well as tobacco to say ” Woyo”, Thank-you Kelp Bulbs from the beautiful waters of Grandmother Ocean will be transformed into rattles. Julie has been working with the wonders of nature to create numerous items. She was presented with the gift of a kelp bulb rattle. “I was amazed at how beautiful it was” As She stared at it, it came to life in Her mind the bulbs reminded Her of a girl She knew the leaves at the top of the plant looked like hair. braids, pig tails, an afro, a bad hair day!

Limited to 20 people

Susun Weed

Getting Down and Dirty With Susun Weed

Here’s your chance to get down and talk dirty with Susun. We will spend the day exploring orgasms, vaginas, ovaries, our bladders and our uteruses. The specific content will be crafted to your personal needs and guided by your wishes and suggestions. What do you want to know? What do you want to talk about? What is bothering you? What are you eager to share? Join Susun for a day filled with songs and stories, talking stick and solid herbal advice.

6:00 – 7:00pm  Dinner 

Meal Blessing led by Julie Tumamait

 7:00 – 10:00pm  Dancing and Singing in the Goddess

           Featuring Ella Hope, Lady Oxannamoon, Julie Felix and  others    

10:00pm  Choose From the Following

Drumming Circle Led by Rowan Storm

Chanting Meditation in the Temple Led by Anique Radiant Heart

 

Friday September 11, 2015

 

 7:30 – 8:00pm  Choose from the following

 Morning Meditation in the Temple With Yeshe Rabbit

  8:00 – 9:00am  Breakfast 

Meal Blessing led by Jade River

 9:00 – 10:20am  Opening Ceremony

 10:30 – 11:50am  Choose from the Following Workshops

 Letecia Layson

Voices of She of Many Colors – Sharing Perspectives and Practices of Devotion – A multicultural roundtable/workshop

Biliwara Lee (Australian Aborignal GrandMother)

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie (Chumash Elder, Ojai, CA)

Letecia Layson –Moderator

Biliwara Lee and Julie Tumamait-Stenslie will speak about perspectives and practices of devotion from the Australian Aboriginal and Chumash cultures.  They will also speak about “Earth Mother Wisdom”, how it is shared and or reflected in their culture, spiritual practices, rites and ceremonies.

Michelle Manu

Women Warriors

Warrior women, since the beginning of existence, have always protected themselves, their offspring and the people.

 HAWAIIAN HULA DANCE – The Hawaiian fighting art, Lua, was concealed in the Hula when once banned by the missionaries. Attendees will learn the basic hula steps with the kane (man; masculine; bottom half of the body) and the Wahine (woman; feminine; top half of the body). The fighting Lua techniques will be revealed in the Hula during this workshop. Areas of focus shall be lokahi (balance) and flow between the soft, hard, and duality within oneself through the Hula.

 

Georgina Sirett-Armstrong

Lilith the Dark Goddess in Astrology

In Astrology there are three entities representing Lilith. We have Black Moon Lilith, Asteroid Lilith and the lesser known Dark Moon Lilith. Together they work as a Triple Moon Goddess, which describes a process of transformation. The three Lilith’s are also useful in pinpointing which brand of Lilith energy is strongest in your birth chart and at which stage you may have the most issues with. The Asteroid Lilith describes the first stage in the mythical journey where she is suppressed, humiliated and flees in a fiery rage to the desolate wilderness. The Dark Moon Lilith depicts the pain of her exile where she plots and executes revenge. The Black Moon Lilith shows how she transmutes her distorted image back into its natural healthy expression” Discover where your dark Lilith is in your chart and where you hold your suppression and rage and learn to be free in this life time and release Her and yourself. If you can, please bring with you your date of birth, place of birth and if known your time of birth.

Karen Tate             

Reawakening Our Earliest Sacred Stories

Most of us have come to realize patriarchy – rule by a male-dominated society revering solely a male God – is not working for Mother Earth or most of the people on the planet. Despite the ubiquitous signs, symbols, and artifacts the Great She has been swept beneath the rug, Her worship dismissed, Her stories distorted, leaving Goddess either forgotten, demonized or spousified. How do we counter beliefs that there is no option but the authoritarian father? How does society go about making a course correction? How do ideas that permeate every level of society from womb to tomb, boardroom to bedroom, voting booth to the workplace shift into a more fair, equal, and just world of partnership, sharing, caring and peace? How might the world look had humankind’s earliest sacred stories not been tossed into the trash heap of history? If we can remember. If we can vision it. If we can restore ancient truths. If we can dare demand a new normal and find our sacred roar, then we can manifest it. So let’s get busy!

(Optional writing/storytelling activity)

 

 12:00– 2:00pm   LUNCH 

Meal Blessing led by Ava Park

2:00 – 3:20pm  Choose from the following workshops

 Cristina Biaggi

The Goddess in Puglia

Puglia has been inhabited for 150,000 years. There are important Paleolithic and Neolithic sites in Puglia which feature the female divine. In addition there are a large number of important Goddess sites in that region. In this workshop Cristina will be sharing slides from these sites and discussing them in the context of Goddess studies.

Brooke Medicine Eagle

THE NINE-POINTED STAR – AWAKENING IN A GOLDEN TIME

Native lineages give us powerful spiritual prophecies and metaphors to guide us in this amazing time of awaking into a renewed and bountiful life on this sweet and beautiful Lady Gaia. The nine-pointed star, akin to the throat chakra, is central to this dawning time, and using it fully is remarkably empowering. We will learn basic principles, then work with word and song, chant and dance to uplift your experience and guide your sacred walk, your healing path.

Come ready to learn, share, chant and dance in sacred circle.

 

James Schultz, D.D.

Finding the Goddess in Your Astrology Birth Chart

 “The Astrology of Ceres, Juno, Pallas Athena, Vesta and Lilith”  Of the Sun, Moon and eight planets, only two are feminine, the Moon and Venus.  Yet, six of the twelve signs are considered feminine, so … “Who are the other Feminine Energies in your Astrological Birth Chart?  What do they mean?  Where are they in your Birth Chart?”  If you’ve ever had your Astrology Birth Chart done, you may know of Ceres, Juno, Pallas Athena and Vesta, the four most common asteroid Goddesses.  But, what about Astraea, Hygeia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, Eris, Sedna, Lilith or the many other Goddesses?  Who is your patroness Goddess and what might She mean in your Birth Chart?  Join Jim and find out!

Movie Screening with Rev. Karen Tate

“Femme: Women Healing the World”

Produced by Emmanuel Itier of Wonderland Entertainment and actress Sharon Stone, Femme is a celebration of women around the world actively transforming and healing our global society, featuring an impressive cast including among others Sharon Stone, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rickie Lee Jones, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadie, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire, Gloria Steinem, Sandra Ingerman and Yoko Ono. Local women such as Miriam Robbins Dexter, Celeste Yarnall and Karen Tate are also in the film.  

3:30 – 4:50pm  Choose from the following workshops

 Max Dashu

Legacies of the Priestess 

Here we imbibe and luxuriate in the vast cultural record of women spiritual leaders in world heritages: invokers, ecstatic dancers, snake women, drummers, libators. A rich collection of images from the ancient art in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Crete, Greece, Anatolia, Cyprus, Tibet, China, Japan, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Dahomey, Nigeria, Russia, Norway, Malawi, and Eritrea. With photos from some of the living priestess traditions.

Lori C. Hops Ph.D.

Mother Knows Best: Self-Care and the Earth Mother Archetype for Health and Wellbeing Do you put yourself first? Are you treating yourself with the love and respect you deserve? Create a unique recipe of self-care, releasing blockages and enhancing your inner light. Our guides will be ancient and modern Earth Mothers, such as Gaia, Pachamama, Kali, Amma, Mother Meera and more. Their archetypal wisdom coupled with modern day wellness techniques will help you foster a practical and simple self-care plan to elevate your mind, spirit and body.

Sandra Roman

HER BODY, HER WHEEL, HER ALTAR… We need to restore our devotion to our Mother Who is the Earth and the Universe, taking care of Her and our bodies. In the Tradition of Chak-Anna, Goddess of the Southern Cross, altars represent the female body as well as the Wheel of Time. In this workshop, you´ll learn more about making altars celebrating devotion to the Goddess Within mirrored in the ancient Goddesses from the Andes: Pachamama, Ñuque Mapu, Ivy Porá, Sami Mama, Anahí, Akewa, Yara, Yacumama, Zapam Zucum and Chak-Anna. Bring your rattles and drums!

Rowan Storm

Frame Drumming and the Feminine Principle

The frame drum is the oldest documented instrument, used primarily by women for millennia in the Middle East and Mediterranean. In addition to its traditional use for rites of passage, singing accompaniment and musicality, Rowan Storm is pioneering a new approach to the frame drum. As the non-dominant hand (and corresponding feminine principle) is released from its supporting role and begins to share creative leadership with the dominant hand (and male principle), we summon and integrate dormant capacities of both brain hemispheres.
With the narrow frame and light weight of Rowan’s Thinline Frame Drum by Remo, Symmetrical Frame Drumming promotes balanced partnership between the rational and intuitive, feminine and masculine, linear and wholistic perception. As a daily practice, we gradually open the door to vast untapped resources of wellness and creativity,

See Rowan’s Symmetrical Frame Drum teaching method videos:
http://www.rowanstorm.com/teaching-method-videos.html

Rowan’s Frame Drum designs are available for use and purchase at the workshop:
Rowan Storm Thinline Frame Drum by Remo
Rowan Storm Dayereh by Remo
Rowan Storm Signature Dayereh by Cooperman

Your own frame drums are also welcome at the workshop

 5:30-6:00pm  ALisa Starkweather

 6:00 – 7:00pm  Dinner

Meal Blessing led by Brooke Medicine Eagle

 7:00 – 10:00pm  Earth Ritual

 10:00pm  Choose From the Following

Drumming Circle Led by: Rowan Storm

Chanting Meditation in the Temple Led by Anique Radiant Heart

Saturday September 12, 2015  

7:30 – 8:00am  Choose from the following

Morning Meditation with Jacqui Bushel

Magdalene Meditation ~ The way of Love

Join us in the Temple for a beautiful morning blessing, connecting with Magdalene energies and the heart seed source. The Magdalene’s were priestesses of the Isis Mysteries, practicing and teaching the Way of love. Through the breath of the heart, we awaken our greater spirit, coming home to ourself in joy and peace.

 8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast

Meal Blessing led by Lydia Ruyle

 9:00-11:50am – 3 hour Workshop

Amalya Peck and Anique Radiant Heart

Chanting and Dancing the Chakras: A combined workshop

Anique will first teach us her Goddess chants for each Chakra then Amalya will guide us in a Chakra honouring dance to Aniques’s beautiful music.

Anique says:

Do you begin each day with a deep yearning?

Are you seeking something to ease the feeling of disconnection?

Have you ever asked yourself…what is my life about really?

Healers in the Eastern traditions have long worked with chakras, or centres of consciousness located at particular points in the body. However, long before the yoga traditions of India and Asia popularised the chakra system, women shamans and medicine women understood the power of the energetic bodies to be found within the physical body and their power to affect the wellbeing of an individual and their connection to Spirit. They also understood the power of the voice and sound in working with these energy centres.

This workshop is an introduction to a way of working with the chakras based upon ancient eastern traditions, which say the body is a “body of light” and when all the chakras are in perfect alignment, our connection to Goddess is also in perfect connection.

Using voice through chanting and toning, breath work, and Goddess archetypes, you will learn how to shift energy in your body and bring your chakras into perfect alignment, thereby creating deep wellness and joy for LIFE!

Amalya Says:

DANCE OF THE 7 CHAKRAS / VEILS!   Honour your body and soul with your own personal movement to stimulate the 7 energy centres of your being! Using colourful veils (Amalya’s or your own) let your self embody, move and channel the Goddess essence of each chakra to music custom selected to inspire each dance. Amalya will offer some initial guidance and inspiration to play with the veils and then encourage you to express your own sacred dance. No dance experience is needed… just the desire to tune in to your body and express yourself with movement!

 9:00 – 10:20am  Choose from the following workshops

 Jacqui Bushel

The Radiant Heart 

Awaken to the vibrant, dynamic rhythms of your radiant heart. When your heart is deeply acknowledged you recognize your innate sacred wholeness / holiness. Step beyond self-limitations into the rich, flowing river of your heart life. Live as the divine being you truly are, precious and infinitely loved. When you come home to your body as sacred, you live as a bridge between heaven and earth.

The ‘Radiant Heart’ is an experiential journey of insight, joy and inspiration!  You will experience a new level of your body’s wisdom and beauty through transformational meditation, shamanic movement and personal guidance to explore the inner sanctum of your heart where the breath of Divine constantly sings you into being. Please bring along a pillow and blanket or yoga mat.

 Vicki Noble

Motherpeace Tarot with Vicki Noble

The Motherpeace Tarot Cards (co-created in the late 1970s by Vicki Noble & Karen Vogel) are iconoclastic; these round feminist images broke the mold in terms of bringing women, people of color, and earth-based values into this popular oracular form. Since their publication in 1981, more than 300,000 Motherpeace decks have sold around the world, contributing to a common language among women that reaches across borders and boundaries. In this workshop, Vicki Noble will share the Motherpeace cards in the context of women’s history and ancient matriarchal (indigenous) values.

Rosmarinus Stehlik

CALL of the WARRIOR/ESS Workshop:  SELF DEFENSE and Harnessing PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT via SHAOLIN KUNG FU

~ By Rosmarinus Stehlik,

Mentor Shi CHANG DAO,

And the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute of Toronto, Canada

Shaolin Kung FU Liberates the Soul. When practiced with Heart, it Transforms Lives. Prepare to come face to face with the Amazon Spirit-within, and to get in touch with your Inner Well of Zen, known as “Ch’an” in Shaolin. In this hands-on, experiential workshop, you will come in touch with your personal fighting Spirit, and the center of Serenity that is the True source of Empowerment.  Bring comfortable clothing, and prepare to engage the discipline and courage required of you in welcoming the practice of Self-Defense into your Life.  This will be achieved through the modality of Shaolin Kung Fu and its self-defense Wisdom, but it is by no means necessary to have previous experience in Martial Arts. Shaolin Kung Fu awakens one’s personal commitment to one’s self, streamlines our consciousness, strengthening mindfulness, and facilitates one in becoming an Auspiciously responsible motivator of one’s own Life; Shaolin Kung Fu reweaves the fabric of our Spirit and Thinking, and thereby invokes the motivation required in bringing one’s Life into a place of Empowerment. Kung FU literally means “hard work”, and the focus of this workshop is to Empower you via the awakening of your own Inner Warrior/ess Spirit through Shaolin discipline and methods. No experience is necessary, only the personal commitment in having the desire to reweave one’s reality through the Shaolin Virtues of: Respect, Focus, Leadership, Strive, Perseverance and Compassion. Your Kung FU Facilitator Rosmarinus Stehlik will guide you through a Basic Kung FU 101 experience that will focus on warm-ups, stretches, foundational drills, and a self-defense protocol; prepare to be introduced to the traditional five fist form known as Wu Bu Quan. You will come in touch with a program of Self Improvement that will transform your Personal and Transpersonal relationships, and get you in touch with the Sublime.

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 10:30 – 11:50am  Choose from the following workshops

Ava Park

The Four Powers of Woman

Woman was once the natural authority on earth. She guided men, children, families, businesses, cultures and countiries, ruling wisely and well and for the benefit of all. The wisdom of Four Powers supported Her. With our minds, hearts and bodies, let us remember these Four Powers together, that we may once again serve humanity as powerful priestesses, guiding all to goodness.

Lydia Ruyle

Finding Your Sacred Language Art Workshop

Art symbols, myths, archetypes are a treasure to explore. Join the Feminine Muses and creative spirits to find your own symbolic soul language. Each person will create a silk Khata/prayer scarf. The group will invest the scarves with the sacred energy of the Goddess Rising in a short ritual. Space is limited, must pre-register when registering. A 15.00 supply fee will apply.

12:00 – 2:00pm   LUNCH

Meal Blessing led by Susun Weed

 2:00 – 3:20pm  Choose from the following workshops

James Rietveld

Artemis of the Ephesians: Her Mystery, Magic and Sacred Landscape

The book ARTEMIS OF THE EPHESIANS: MYSTERY, MAGIC & HER SACRED LANDSCAPE by Dr. James Rietveld reveals for the first time the most thorough decipherment of the Cult of Artemis Ephesia as it was understood two thousand years ago. For the Goddess Spirit Rising Conference,  Dr. Rietveld will present an overview of his book, describing the importance of the cult of Artemis Ephesia in ancient times, a Universal Goddess whose temple was one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!

Jade River

Working in Spirit

Sometimes, when we begin to gather and create structure for working together, it can be difficult. We can find ourselves dealing with others who want unwarranted recognition, have mental health issues, or revert to leadership styles learned in traditional culture. How is it possible to organize “in spirit” keeping the values of spiritual women in the forefront of our work? Join Jade River who has organized for the Goddess for 40 years and currently administers the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess—International which with over 3200 members and 44 ordained Priestesses is now one of the largest organizations for Goddess Women.

Peti SongCatcher

SINGING THE CIRCLE OF JOY AND ABUNDANCE The Earth is our mother. We will raise our voices to create HER and our circle of joy, abundance and beauty. You will learn new songs and feel the peace and joy of singing together. You are invited to bring your own magical note, the note from your heart. We can only create a strong circle of deep connection if everyone brings her / his own divine presence. We will manifest easy to learn, simple songs that you can take home to your own life to celebrate The Earth Mother and your own divinity.

ALisa Starkweather

Priestess Path; Initiates of the Wild Wise Woman Rising

Out of the ordinary, into the mystical, a woman is called to her spiritual depths from her deep desire to bring forward her visions and be an intricate part of the rising feminine power in humanity’s present evolution. Let’s go for visceral embodiment of this ancient woman’s archetype because this is our time to walk our path with conviction encompassing our vulnerabilities and fiercest love. With 17 years of facilitating a women’s mystery school, ALisa gathers us up in ceremony, story and validation where wonder and our next steps are stirred in this experiential transformational cauldron cooking in the goosebump realm. This is where our potentiality meets our magic.

 3:30 – 4:50pm  Choose from the following workshops

 Rev. Judith Laxer

Lilith’s Truth: Our Legacy of Power!

Both desirable and dangerous, Lilith beckons to us from deep within our religious past. Before Eve, Lilith sacrificed a life in Eden to ensure her wholeness. Because She refused submission, She was vilified and became known as the She-demon of the night. We know better! Lilith is our instinctual self, now consciously emerging. Come meet and honor Lilith in a ritual of empowerment. Hear the call to liberation, speak your truth in sacred space and eat of the fruit of wisdom! Bring an apple and a knife to cut it with. This workshop will provide women with the safe space to explore the roots of their primal and instinctual natures, to learn how we lost our power and belief in ourselves from a religious standpoint, and to begin to reclaim that power. Knowing Lilith helps women to shed their sexual taboos and to see themselves as equal partners in relationships of all kinds. Lilith gifts us with liberation, and in that freedom arises a life of choice and sovereignty.

 

Yeshe Rabbit

The Great Deer Mother Awakening

While much has been written of the Stag King and Horned Lord, there is an equally-powerful, yet lesser-known archetypal Deer Goddess who glides through the snows, mountains, and skies. She is the Great Shamaness, the Midwife, the Navigator By the Star: The Great Deer Mother. She is the one who leads the herd in the annual migration. She is the one who writes the destiny of the world, perched in the 7-branched World Tree above a lake of milk. She is the one who knows all of the stories of time. In this workshop, we will learn more about this fascinating Goddess of many names and cultures, locate Her in literature, mythology, and contemporary practical magic, and perform a guided journey to meet Her in the high steppes, where she will teach us the ways of women’s leadership.

Susun Weed

Triple Goddess Herbs 

Maidenwort, Motherwort, Cronewort These three herbs can offer lots of help for “women’s problems,” no matter what your age. Come explore, sing, and laugh with Weed and the weed

Movie Screening with Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost PhD

“Things We Don’t Talk About: Woman’s Stories from the Red Tent”

Is a groundbreaking 72-minute documentary film by award winning filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD. Spontaneous and organic, a Red Tent is a red textile space where women gather to rest, renew, and often share deep and powerful stories about their lives. The Red Tent movement is changing the way that women interact and support each other by providing a place that honors and celebrates women, and by enabling open conversations about the things that women don’t want to talk about in other venues. Things We Don’t Talk About weaves together healing narratives from inside the Red Tent to shine a spotlight on this vital, emergent women’s tradition. The film provides us an opportunity to remember, to listen, to know, and to find what it is we need to bring back to our communities to help awaken the voices of women.

5:00 – 5:30

Video screening with Lisa Levart and special guest Susun Weed

Goddess on Earth: Portraits of the Divine Feminine

Goddess on Earth is a 14 minute, meditative video that poetically explores the life cycle of women through the triple Goddess; Maiden, Mother, Crone. The video features images and words of women from all walks of life, including some of the pioneers of the Goddess movement; Jean Shinoda Bolen,  Starhawk, and Susun Weed. Music for Goddess on Earth includes the Kitka Women’s Ensemble, drummer Layne Redmond, and vocalist Naaz Hosseini. Goddess on Earth creates a powerful interplay between images of contemporary women, videos from nature, reproductions of classical Goddess sculptures and the archetypes they draw upon.

“No one is better at revealing the goddess within, within every woman, than Lisa Levart. Cherishing her work… nourishes and enriches the goddess within us all.”

Susun Weed

 Goddess on Earth will be a resource to energize and activate the Goddess archetypes in us all and galvanize us to seek the sacred in our everyday lives.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen from the Introduction to Goddess on Earth (the book)

 “In Lisa Levart’s photographs we find the essence of the Goddess meets each woman’s personalities, and therefore the essential qualities of the Goddess helps to reveal the essential qualities of each woman”

–Starhawk

5:30 – 6:00pm  Brooke Medicine Eagle

THE GODDESS INVESTS OUR COMING TOGETHER 

Our very female bodies are keyed to feel good and be supported through circles of women. In this time, when the feminine nurturing and renewing energy is key to the transformation of our planetary experience, learning to receive all the support we can garner is a powerful key to our success. You’ll love the sweet information and experience Brooke shares!

 6:00 – 7:00pm  Dinner

Meal Blessing led by ALisa Starkweather

7:00 – 10:00pm  Concert

             Julie Felix

             Judith Laxer          

             Brooke Medicine Eagle

             Anique Radiant Heart

             Rowan Storm

             Hecates Wheel

 

Sunday September 13, 2015

 7:30 – 8:00am  Choose from the following

Morning Meditation in the Temple With Yeshe Rabbit

 8:00 – 9:00am  Breakfast

Meal Blessing led by Georgina Sirett-Armstrong

 9:00 – 10:20am  Choose from the following workshops

Morgan May Dickerson

Chakra Medicine for the Healthy Goddess

This workshop places the healing power back into the woman’s hands.  Women will learn to develop deeper into their own understanding of their seven chakras. Through the ancient practice of crystal healing and energy work, women will also learn a herstorical perspective about feminine medicine, as they learn about their bodily organs and their functions, which are associated with the seven chakras.  Come, take back your beautiful, divine, feminine health. If time permits, several women will receive free energy readings by Morgan.

 Lithia Brigan  

Mother Heart Spirit Doll Workshop and Blessing Ritual

Mother love is essential for life and it flows from each of our hearts to provide healing energy, for ourselves as well as others. In this workshop, you will create your own vision of Mother-Goddess in the form of a devotional poppet and then bring Her to life with intention and blessings. You may then bring Her home to consecrate your sacred space so that whenever you or someone you love needs comfort, She will always be there. All materials provided. You bring the magic!

Julie Tumamait

THROUGH OUR EYES

Explore the world of the Chumash through the eyes of the Feminine we will learn about our connection to Hutash Mother Earth. We will look at the Sacred Symbols painted in the caves, discover their meanings. We will see how ceremony played a power role in keeping the balance and harmony between Upper , Middle and Lower worlds. What can we do today to honor Hutash and ourselves as Womyn, Help to remove the “Warrior Myth” to return to the Power and  Grace of the Life Giver, The Eneke Wot,  The Womyn Chief.

Susan Schultz, Th.D. and James Schultz, Th.D., D.D.

The 3 Faces of Lilith

In most mythological stories, Lilith has been portrayed as a Demoness. However, while She represents one of the core elements of our Shadow, She is also capable of casting a bright light!  Through the placement of Lilith in your Astrological Birth Chart, you can gain insight into where might She be strongest in your life.  How might you better integrate Her into your life?  How might you create co-operation between Her shadow and Her light side, and integrate those energies into your life?  There are three Astrological indicators of Lilith.  Learn how She may manifest in your life, and how you can better utilize Her energies.  If you are not already in love with your Lilith, it is hoped that you will be by the end of this presentation!

10:30 – 11:50am  Choose from the following workshops

 Ella Hope

Ritual Dance as Long-term Practice with the Great Earth Mother

We deepen our skills of Ritual Dance as a life-time practice, for soul re-membering, healing, and transformation. Through moving meditation, we work with: 1. ritual-space and structure of Her-Story: I. Creation; II. Union, III. Separation, and IV. Return; 2. the practice of Invocation as long-term relationship, initiation, guidance; 3. basic movement composition;  4. the complementary elemental work-site and skills of connection/self-healing; 5. shamanic-regalia and props;  and 6. ancient symbology of the bird-tree-snake goddess and sufi-shamanic ecstatic technique.  All welcome.

Bilawara Lee

Healing with Star Dreaming Wisdom

Aboriginal cultures are the oldest continuous cultures on earth and the workshop will inform participants of her people’s ongoing relationship with the Star Nations (past, present and future). Bilawara will share information she has received from her Star Guide on how to live a spiritual life in these very difficult, rapidly changing times.

Movie Screening with Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD

“Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas”

Is the story of a western woman who became a fabric thangka maker. Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism. Fabric thangka is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year, and then only for a few hours. This film explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, India, the step-by-step by process of producing a fabric thangka, and the history and spiritual importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Through this film, we see her produce a thangka of the female Buddha Tara.

Panel – Gillian Cameron, Melody Friend, Ava Park, Karen Tate

Embracing Men and Transgenders in the Goddess Community

Is the authentic spiritual connection to Goddess limited by our genitalia or physical presentation?  Men and transgenders are largely misunderstood and rejected in many Goddess oriented circles today.  In doing this, are we being true to the Divine Feminine ideals or hypocritical sexists?  Is this exclusion the antithesis of Goddess ideals which teaches caring, sharing, nurturing, inclusiveness, community, tolerance, and compassion?  And is this exclusion of men and transgender persons from Goddess-oriented circles thwarting growth of Sacred Feminine Thealogy thereby contributing to the demise of Mother Earth?  In this workshop, we will be exploring the herstory of transgender goddesses and their clergy, the Divine Feminine in genetic men and transgender men and women and how fear, unfamiliarity and exclusivity are limiting the growth of Goddess ideals and progress toward that much needed feminine paradigm shift. Panel Discussion followed by Q & A

12:00 – 1:30pm   LUNCH

Meal Blessing led by Bilawara Lee

 1:30pm  Closing Ritual