2017 Preliminary 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 7, 2017

7:30 – 8:00am

Morning Hula Meditation with Michelle Manu

Join Kumu Michelle for a powerful moving morning meditation as Akua (the sun) has risen. Connect with the Kupuna (ancestors), Haumea (Mother Earth), her offspring (keiki) – the wind (wiliwili), animals (holoholona), and spirits (uhane). To silence our mind and bring the spirit back into the body to feel one’s breath and love for self as Ahi Ula (Female Principle is the sacred flame) and Makaula (oracle) accesses prophetic role of ‘ike papalua (second sight). (Please no noise making jewelry during this workshop.)

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast 

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

Bilawara

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. The black cockatoo represents the power of spirit coming into your life. It could be a strengthening of your own spirit and soul, or a celebration of any spirits or gods or goddess that you happen to believe in. Black cockatoo energy tends to be celebratory and can bring about empowerment, happiness and contentment. Bilawara aims to provide a forum for the sharing of spiritual knowledge and wisdom and to promote discussion in order to assist with navigating this process of change  What you can expect  Be prepared and willing to share why you are in need of healing – choose just one issue

  • Anything shared within the circle, remains within the circle
  • Other than the facilitator, only the person with the “talking stick” may speak; participants are
  • requested not to counsel or make suggestions while the circle is held
  • Participants are given a second opportunity to speak on their issue if they wish
  • When the circle is complete, we direct white light into our crystals and out into our heart
  • chakras and call on our spiritual ancestors to assist us with healing our wounds and lifting our burdens
  • If you have a favorite crystal, bring it along so that it may resonate to the energy of the group.

Limited to 20 people

Carolyn Hillyer

THE WORLD CAULDRON: Our Deep Returning to the Sacred Source

We circle around this great thrumming bowl, the sacred vessel that contains our most ancient understandings of the world; this belly of eternal rhythms that rock and churn and pound into the hollows of our bones. The songs of this great cauldron fill our bodies with primordial resonances. Our skin vibrates with echoes from the voices of grandmothers singing softly or robustly far out around the rim. We keep returning to this bowl; we cannot help ourselves for we yearn to merge with far more primal versions of ourselves. We watch those old ones as they stir the magic all around, mix and blend until it spills the brim. And so we crouch beside the cauldron, binding our world together, each sister strong beside her sisters, clans and keepers of the changing earth…

With her most recent work, Weavers’ Oracle, at the core of this workshop, Carolyn will guide a journey of mystic tale, intuitive ritual and profound song around the rim of the world cauldron…

 For more information about Carolyn’s work: www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk

 Vicki Noble

Dakini (Khandro in Tibetan) means “sky-going woman” or a woman who flies through space,

referring to the concept of “emptiness” and practices of female shamanism. A Dakini is understood to be a female deity, but Dakinis also take form as liberated human women whose presence in the world benefits beings. You know the Dakini is at work in your life whenever synchronicities occur and when magic is afoot. Dakinis are playful, magical shapeshifters, and we invoke them in order to invite them to transform our lives. The practice itself is similar to a soul retrieval, bringing healing on all levels and wholeness.

This workshop will ground the teachings through transmission, sadhana and healing work. Vicki will share daily practices and offer tools that can aid you in maintaining a connection to this powerful female energy.

Rowan Storm

 Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

 12:00 – 2:00pm  LUNCH 

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

Bilawara

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. The black cockatoo represents the power of spirit coming into your life. It could be a strengthening of your own spirit and soul, or a celebration of any spirits or gods or goddess that you happen to believe in. Black cockatoo energy tends to be celebratory and can bring about empowerment, happiness and contentment. Bilawara aims to provide a forum for the sharing of spiritual knowledge and wisdom and to promote discussion in order to assist with navigating this process of change  What you can expect  Be prepared and willing to share why you are in need of healing – choose just one issue

  • Anything shared within the circle, remains within the circle
  • Other than the facilitator, only the person with the “talking stick” may speak; participants are
  • requested not to counsel or make suggestions while the circle is held
  • Participants are given a second opportunity to speak on their issue if they wish
  • When the circle is complete, we direct white light into our crystals and out into our heart
  • chakras and call on our spiritual ancestors to assist us with healing our wounds and lifting our burdens
  • If you have a favorite crystal, bring it along so that it may resonate to the energy of the group.

Limited to 20 people

Carolyn Hillyer

THE WORLD CAULDRON: Our Deep Returning to the Sacred Source

We circle around this great thrumming bowl, the sacred vessel that contains our most ancient understandings of the world; this belly of eternal rhythms that rock and churn and pound into the hollows of our bones. The songs of this great cauldron fill our bodies with primordial resonances. Our skin vibrates with echoes from the voices of grandmothers singing softly or robustly far out around the rim. We keep returning to this bowl; we cannot help ourselves for we yearn to merge with far more primal versions of ourselves. We watch those old ones as they stir the magic all around, mix and blend until it spills the brim. And so we crouch beside the cauldron, binding our world together, each sister strong beside her sisters, clans and keepers of the changing earth…

With her most recent work, Weavers’ Oracle, at the core of this workshop, Carolyn will guide a journey of mystic tale, intuitive ritual and profound song around the rim of the world cauldron…

 For more information about Carolyn’s work: www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk

Judy Piazza

Sisters of the Heartbeat Rhythm & Song Workshop

Bring your hearts and hands to the drum! This workshop will be primarily focused on the larger drums such as djembes, ashikos, cajons, with demonstrations of frame drums from around the world.   Learn to speak the language of these drums, resonating with the heartbeat of Gaia.  We’ll play rhythms from around the world, as well as from our own indigenous self, creating healing vibrations of harmony and joy.  Bring a drum or use one that may be available.  Any drum, percussion instrument (and voice!) welcome, but instruction will be primarily focused on the larger drums.

Susun Weed

Magical Plants

Flying ointments, love potions, third-eye opening tinctures, visionary smokes, dream pillows, star-gate smudges, and so much more. Tuck a sprig of Artemisia behind your ear and join Susun for a magical romp through aromatic fields of mind-altering, magical plants. We’ll encounter an array of deadly – and ever so useful – green (and purple) allies, including blissful ananadine, the-insides-of-things mushrooms, and happy, high herbs galore. Bring your questions and your experiences to add to our magical cauldron.

Alisa Starkweather

6:00 – 7:00pm  Dinner 

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

Friday September 8th, 2017

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

Morning Meditation – With Judy Piazza

Chanting from the Heart of Devotion 

Begin your day in devotion and communal song. Chant / hum / sing to the formless feminine that takes so many forms!  Explore the world of Sanskrit chants in simple call and response style and other sacred languages.  We sing to still the mind, open the heart, and let our spirit soar!  No experience necessary.  Just come with an open heart.

Morning Hula Meditation – With Michelle Manu

Join Kumu Michelle for a powerful moving morning meditation as Akua (the sun) has risen. Connect with the Kupuna (ancestors), Haumea (Mother Earth), her offspring (keiki) – the wind (wiliwili), animals (holoholona), and spirits (uhane). To silence our mind and bring the spirit back into the body to feel one’s breath and love for self as Ahi Ula (Female Principle is the sacred flame) and Makaula (oracle) accesses prophetic role of ‘ike papalua (second sight). (Please no noise making jewelry during this workshop.)

8:00 – 9:00am  Breakfast 

9:00 – 11:00am  Opening Ceremony 

Featuring BJ Long 

I am a Circle…

Part 1 The Yggdrasil’

At the base of the Yggdrasil (the World Tree), The Weavers of Destiny the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone have lost their way….. Big Time. In the shadows the Beast lays in wait and the Yggdrasil is dying.

And so, the quest begins for a Woman to heal her ancestral wounds in The Labyrinth of Life, reawaken her matriarchal lineage, reclaim her true self and restore Divine Feminine Energy.

This beautiful performance event invites the audience to hold the rim of the Sacred Women’s Circle, deeply experience its mythology and honour the 9 initiations of a Woman’s awakening through, story, song, music, movement, and theatre.

Written and performed by BJ Long

Director Celia White

Music Roberto and Mauricio Iregui

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 – 12:20am  Choose from the Following Workshops

Star Goode

Sheela na gigs, the Origins of Culture, and the Return of the Sacred Female Body

Our ancestors perceived the powers of the Feminine to be the creative source of reality. The startling image of a female displaying the power of her sex manifests as a reoccurring theme across time and space all over the world in the sacred arts of India, Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and Europe. From Kali to Sheela na gigs, all are archetypal expressions of the yoni of the Great Goddess. By reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies, we are seeding the foundation of a life-affirming culture, to experience the world as unified, meaningful, and alive.

Lisa Levart

In this workshop, we will explore the creative artwork of various artists in America- myself included- that have used Goddess imagery as an affirmation of female power and independence. The first half will be a presentation of the seminal artwork of the artists from the 1960’s and 1970’s, and a screening of the short (13 min.) film Goddess on Earth. The second half will be experiential- we will use these Goddess images to bring deeper mindfulness to our everyday life; physically embody the ancient myths through action and play, and invigorate our collective memory while sharing our journeys.

Amalya Peck

DANCE OF THE 7 CHAKRAS / VEILS!  

Honor your body and soul with your own personal movement to stimulate the 7 energy centres of your being! Using colorful 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!

Sandra Roman

Healing Our First Blood with the “Ñustas” of the Southern Cross

In the Quechua language of Andinean people, Ñusta means “princess”. Far from being glamorous, Ñustas were fierce warrioresses, guiding bravely their people to be free of Spanish conquerors who brought violence, rape and terror to the “new discovered” continent.

Ñustas were maidens who faced the power of their king fathers and affirmed their own sovereignty. As them, we need to heal our Ñusta within, in order to recover our lost innocence and to heal the wounds we suffered as women born in patriarchal times.

As “ñustas” in this modern times, we need to return to honor our menstrual cycle, the blood of life. We will heal our wounded self-esteem, by owning our female powers, so we will help to heal the entire planet, our Mother Goddess which is the Earth.

Come to meet your Ñusta within and restore your powers of love and healing!

12:30– 2:00pm   LUNCH 

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

Rev. Judith Laxer

Persephone’s Descent: A Journey to Womanhood

As the season blazes in Autumn color, Persephone, daughter of the Great Grain Goddess Demeter, descends to the underworld. Pulling back the layers of patriarchal myth that tells us Hades abducted Her against Her will, we find something else, something deeper and more spiritually profound; a non-violent tale in which Persephone chooses a sovereign journey propelled by Her own desire. In the world below, Persephone is initiated into the deeper mysteries of love, death and rebirth so that She may emerge in season having gained experience and insight in living this metaphoric love story between darkness and light.

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.

Constance Tippett

The Body of The Goddess

Do you have the body of a Goddess? We Goddesses come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors. And, we are all simply divine. Come have some fun in a creative and expressive workshop were you can sculpt yourself as the Goddess that you are.  Constance Tippett, the world famous Goddess sculptress, will be there to help you form your own personal vision of beauty, using air-dry clay. Relax, breath and enjoy the creative process with friends in this beautiful festive atmosphere, and go home with a Goddess!

Kellianna Girouard

Sing Your Warrior Song with Kellianna

She rests inside of you, always ready when you need her. She is courage, power, passion and protector. In this SpiritSong vocal healing circle, Kellianna will guide you on a journey of release and personal discovery as we delve deep down inside to seek out our greatest strengths and to honor those things that have helped us to be become the Warrior Women that we are today, strong, loving and resilient. We go inside and we claim her. Then we give her voice. And then we sing her song. She, that Warrior inside each of us, will sing a song of undeniable power and individuality. Be it a battle cry or lullaby, we sing our Warrior Song.

3:30-5:00

Cristina Biaggi

Volcano Goddesses and My Volcanoes I Have Climbed

In this power point presentation accompanied by images I will examine volcano Goddesses and talk about my experiences climbing various volacanoes around the world.  In many cultures fire and mountains are considered female and people living near volcanoes often perceive them as particularly powerful Goddesses. Some of the  volcano Goddesses I will talk about are Aetna from Sicily in Italy, Pele, from Hawaii, Lahalon from the Philippines, Chuginadak from Aleut Islands off the coast of Alaska and others. I will also describe and illustrate some of the more memorable volcano climbs I have accomplished

Kim Duckett                          

“The Wheel of the Year:

 An Earth-based Spiritual Psychology for Women” 

This workshop is an educational and experiential overview of the Wheel of the Year as an ancient and contemporary spiritual psychology. The Seasons and the corresponding “seasons” of women’s lives come to life in this multifaceted teaching. Whether you are already formally trained in spiritual traditions that honor the holy days such as Beltane, Winter Solstice, and Samhain, or are just curious and want to know more… Come hear this unique teaching on the psychological significance of the Wheel of the Year.

Kim has this to say about her work regarding the Wheel:

“Although my interests and my work encompass all aspects of women’s spirituality generally, and Dianic Goddess traditions in particular, for the last 16 years much of my work has focused on European earth-based shamanic and magical traditions. The centrality of the Wheel of the Year or the Wheel of Life in these traditions has become a beloved tool in my personal spiritual practice. I have also discovered, along with my sisters who have followed the Wheel together as a community for many years now, that the Wheel is not simply a teaching or illustrative tool about the seasons, or planting, or a backdrop for the agricultural myths of antiquity. I have come to see it as an ancient “psychology” and a spiritual Path and teach it as such.”

 

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)

Michelle Manu

Perla Daly

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.

 

Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D

The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom 

In this interactive workshop, we will use some of the divinatory methods that Nancy has gathered in her new book The World Is Your Oracle to explore a number of ways that ancient, indigenous, and contemporary cultures have tapped into the wisdom that resides within each of us. After eliciting questions that need answers, we will invite our inner wisdom to respond.  As opposed to the pre-programmed answers provided by Tarot, the I Ching, or runes, the techniques we will investigate employ the three major intuitive senses: the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  Such embodied oracles help us to turn inward in order to develop deep listening, deep vision, and deep sensing of our flashes of insight.

Opening to our inner depths in this way allows us to set priorities, meet challenges, and find creative solutions.  Such practices can strengthen us in our insight, determination, and courage, empowering us on our spiritual paths as well as in our daily life.  This workshop is an ideal introduction for those who are just beginning to perform oracles as well as an opportunity for those experienced with divination to find fresh inspiration. Come and sink deeply into your inner knowing, fine-tune your life’s trajectory, and renew your connection with Spirit.

5:30-6:30pm  Dinner

7:00 – 10:00pm  Concert

Saturday September 9th, 2017

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

Morning Meditation – With Judy Piazza

Chanting from the Heart of Devotion

Begin your day in devotion and communal song. Chant / hum / sing to the formless feminine that takes so many forms!  Explore the world of Sanskrit chants in simple call and response style and other sacred languages.  We sing to still the mind, open the heart, and let our spirit soar!  No experience necessary.  Just come with an open heart.

Morning Hula Meditation – With Michelle Manu

Join Kumu Michelle for a powerful moving morning meditation as Akua (the sun) has risen. Connect with the Kupuna (ancestors), Haumea (Mother Earth), her offspring (keiki) – the wind (wiliwili), animals (holoholona), and spirits (uhane). To silence our mind and bring the spirit back into the body to feel one’s breath and love for self as Ahi Ula (Female Principle is the sacred flame) and Makaula (oracle) accesses prophetic role of ‘ike papalua (second sight). (Please no noise making jewelry during this workshop.)

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast

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

Max Dashu

The Cosmic Weaver

Creator goddesses and spinners of fate around the world: Neith, “Mother of the Gods” in Egypt, and the Seventh Nummo of the Dogon. Xi Wangmu, the cosmic pivot of the Big Dipper, and the Weaver Maiden in China. The Moirae of Greece and the Roman Parcae. Grandmother Spider in the Mississippian and Pueblo cultures, as well as in Navajo tradition. Maya Chak Chel and Aztec Tocí / Tlazolteotl, and Takutsi Nakawé of the Huichol. Weaver in the Moon in Iroquois and other North American sacred story. The Wyrd Sisters in Britain, Scandinavian Norns, Fatas and Sudice and Laimas. And more from the Andaman Islands, Iraq, Bali, Aotearoa, Peru, and among the Kuna of Panamá

Ella Hope

The High-Frequency Shift of Mother Earth:

Heeding the Call on the Individual and Communal Level

Mother Earth is engaged in a high-frequency shift — whether we as humans choose to partcipate or not. The emergent paradigm is simply happening at an accelerated rate. Persons from all backgrounds, around the globe, are feeling this urgency.  In the NY Times, German Chancellor Merkel pleaded on the national level, “Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth”. This presentation addresses: How do we engage with this high-frequency shift, in Service to Mother Earth, on the individual level, and on the communal level?  One approach to this answer is as follows: On an individual level, through a self-healing practice with nature that develops fundamental life-skills, in alignment with Elemental Ethics; and two, on a comunal level, through sharing and translating this practice, via the format of community Connection Circles.

Nadine Newlight

Femaling Our Future: How to Restore Women’s Voice

To correct the unsustainable trajectory of our civilization, the female voice must be restored to the decision-making arena. Because of our biochemical makeup, women are less aggressive and more compassionate. Our awareness is required to extricate society from servitude (to banks, corporations, and demigods), and to redirect it toward service, and a radiant horizon of planetary well-being, and conscious decision-making.

The restoration of a women’s house (Council of Matrons’) to government, first locally (as voluntary advisors), and eventually, as elected legislators, on both local and central government bodies, will bring women’s voice back to the equation (without disempowering men).

Ava Park

WOMAN’s REAL SUPERPOWER 

We are taught at every turn that it is right for us to learn, to grow, to work to evolve, to make an effort to become better, to strive for improvement. Do we not attend these sorts of workshops to do just that? But what if this commonly accepted assumption is just yet another sneaky patriarchal reversal in disguise? Consider a radically different view of who you as Woman are …  how you as Woman are meant to live on Mother Earth … and, in ritual space, receive a marvelous, spontaneous hands-on gift of support for your own natural superpower from your sisters. You will go forth peaceful, clear and calm as a mountain lake.    

The QUEEN TEACHINGS for WOMEN with AVA ©  

714/392-0558  info@GoddessTempleOC.org   www.GoddessTempleOC.org   

 

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

Veronica Iglesias & Anne Key

Fierce, Compassionate and Protective: Goddesses From Central Mexico

In this workshop, participants will explore the archetypes of thirteen ancient Goddesses of Central Mexico: Tonantzin; La Gran Diosa de Teotihuacan; Coatlicue; Cihuateteo; Itzpapalotl; Coyolxauhqul; Tlaltecuhtli; Malinalxochitl; Xochiquetzal; Mayahuel; Chantico; Cihuacoatl; and Tlazolteotl. Using power point, we will show images from codices, statuary, and carvings that exemplify the rich history and symbolism of these deities. For each Goddess, we will discuss the elements, rituals, and spiritual practices that have been used (and still used) to honor them.

Central Mexican deities have much to teach us, about the spirituality, behavior, and the life/death cycles. These archetypes can help us feel whole—complete–as women. The workshop will be interactive, combining divination and ritual with scholarship and research to bring these Goddesses into the present.

Wendy Rule

THE DESCENT OF THE GODDESS: 

Loss, Fear and Transformation in the Myth of Persephone

Join Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule as she explores the central themes of one of Western Cultures most important myths – the Ancient Greek story of the descent into the Underworld of the maiden goddess Persephone, and the subsequent grief of her mother Demeter, the goddess of the grain. Wendy will use songs from her current project ‘Persephone’ (new album to be released in 2018), as well as stories from her ongoing travels to the myth’s sacred sites in Greece to unveil some of the most vital aspects of this complex and transformative myth. Combining ritual, music, meditation, discussion and story, Wendy’s workshops are powerful and joyful experiences that deepen our understanding of Myth, Magic and The Goddess.

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

12:00 – 2:00pm   LUNCH

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

Bilawara 

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.

Limit 20 people

ALisa Starkweather

Rowan Storm

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

Lithia Brigan

Rite of the Warrior Queen

Did you know that all women have super-powers? These powers are your birthrite, handed down to you through your mother’s line across time immemorial—all the way back to the womb of the Cosmos herself. You are not merely a reflection of divinity, but Divinity itself rendered from stardust into fierce female form. These powers are not intended to hold dominion over, but rather emanate from within to radiate out in support of all that is real and true and holy in the world. In this hands-on workshop/ritual, we will invoke the great Warrior Queens of history and legend, lay claim to our sacred tools, and step into our personal power to achieve our full potential in all aspects of life.

Genevieve Mitchell & Kathryn Ravenwood

In Honor of Water

Join us to honor, bless, and journey to the Sacred Waters of Gaia. In this interactive workshop participants will co-create a Sacred Water Altar and participate in a ritual to honor the Waters of the World.  Using a guided meditation we will journey to witness the current condition of Gaia’s Waters. Then, using a co-created Water Altar, we offer our prayers and blessings to Gaia and her Waters. Returning to the journey we observe the transformation of the Water after working the Water  Altar. We conclude with a ritual for the Waters of the World. Participants will share the water from the Water Altar to take home to their communities.

 Vicki Noble

Motherpeace Tarot with Vicki Noble

The Motherpeace Tarot cards were co-created in the late 1970s as a feminist revisioning of history (putting women back into it), as well as a fresh approach to tarot and esoteric science. Designed by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel, the contemporary Motherpeace images have attained worldwide distribution since then (printed and distributed by US Games Systems, Inc.). The round feminist cards function as a shared symbolic language among women (and some men) in various countries around the world, regardless of diverse languages, cultures, and borders. Embedded within the symbolic language of the diverse Motherpeace cards are the paradigms of matriarchal and ethnic studies, shamanism, yoga, and paganism, as well as the core principles of western occult and esoteric studies. The Motherpeace images contain, in a fresh stylized form resembling “folk art,” reproductions of artifacts, images, and knowledge from the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, history, and art. And now in 2017, thanks to the visionary thinking of Maria Grazia, the new Artistic Director at Christian Dior, the Motherpeace images have become the focal point of a fresh new line of clothing to be released this fall.

This workshop is a general introduction to the Motherpeace images as a simple oracle to be used in women’s everyday lives.

5:30 – 6:30pm  Dinner

7:00 –   Ritual into Trance Dance

Featuring Kim Duckett

Sunday September 10, 2017

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

Morning Meditation – With Judy Piazza

Chanting from the Heart of Devotion

Begin your day in devotion and communal song. Chant / hum / sing to the formless feminine that takes so many forms!  Explore the world of Sanskrit chants in simple call and response style and other sacred languages.  We sing to still the mind, open the heart, and let our spirit soar!  No experience necessary.  Just come with an open heart.

Morning Hula Meditation – With Michelle Manu

Join Kumu Michelle for a powerful moving morning meditation as Akua (the sun) has risen. Connect with the Kupuna (ancestors), Haumea (Mother Earth), her offspring (keiki) – the wind (wiliwili), animals (holoholona), and spirits (uhane). To silence our mind and bring the spirit back into the body to feel one’s breath and love for self as Ahi Ula (Female Principle is the sacred flame) and Makaula (oracle) accesses prophetic role of ‘ike papalua (second sight). (Please no noise making jewelry during this workshop.)

8:00 – 9:00am  Breakfast

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

Morgan May

Crystal Therapy

Crystal therapy is an alternative medical technique that  involves placing crystals on and around the human body. This practice promotes mind, body, and spirit wellness by activating your alignment with Higher Self. In this workshop you will learn about the healing properties of crystals and how to incorporate them into your own healing practice.

Constance Tippett

The Goddess Timeline

Constance Tippett will be giving a slide show on “The Goddess Timeline” Come and hear some of the discoveries she has made while compiling 30,000 years of Goddess imagery. “The Goddess Timeline“ is an incredible tool for teachers and priestesses to help them convey the vast history of the Divine Feminine to students. Limit 20 people

Max Dashu

Witches and Pagans

The spiritual heritages of pagan Europe: wisewomen, healers, seers, enchantresses and nightfarers. We’ll look at folk names for the witch, and female sacraments of spinning, weaving, herbcraft, divination, incantation and sacred dance. Fatas, faeries, and the “good women who go by night” with the Old Goddess: Diana, Holle, Nicnevin, Abundia, Andra Mari, Perchta. Though the bishops fought to suppress it, this ancient veneration persisted in Europe: Norns, the Weird Sisters, Befana, faerie godmothers, Eorthan Mother and her serpents, Sapiente Sibillia, the Baba Yaga, Diana—and shamanic myths of the witches’ flight and ecstatic dances.

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

Carolyn Hillyer

THE WILD ENVISIONING:  When women heed strange songs and hidden drums

 A journey through ancient totemic sounds and the distant echoes of our ancestral motherlines. When strange songs and hidden drums stir the profound layers of our intuitive memory, how do we heed the summoning call? Perhaps with reckless courage, fathomless conviction and abundant kindness to wayfarers we encounter on the way.

A workshop with voice, drum, rattle and rhythmic feet; bring yours along!

For more information about Carolyn’s work: www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk

Rev. Judith Laxer

Athena: A Goddess for Our Time

Athena, known as the Goddess of Wisdom, is often maligned because her myth relays that She was born from Her father’s head rather than Her mother’s womb. Peeling back the patriarchal layers of this tale, we notice some discrepancies which clue us in to how Athena, like most strong women, is often considered a traitor to her sex. Athena as fair, tough, wise and protective is alive in every woman. Exploring Athena’s origins, we’ll investigate the nature of androgyny, and discover how Athena models courage, intuition, authority and strength; the principals of feminine leadership sorely needed in present times.

Judy Piazza

Sounding Our Elemental Nature

Through various sound textures including didjeridu, voice, bells, bowls, drums, rattles, and dulsitar TM, we’ll explore our elemental nature, associating various sound textures with inner and outer Nature, and specifically the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether.  Experience a healing soundbath, and conclude with group drumming!  Optional … Bring a drum or other smaller percussion.

Sandra Roman

Travelling with the Maiden Goddess

My Journey in Search of My True Self…

Talk with Sandra Román, Priestess of Avalon

Sandra Román is a “Gipsy” Priestess. Following the Call of the Goddess, she travelled 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 Goddesses of the Southern Cross. As the wheel turns, she felt the voice of her Spanish ancestresses and became a pioneer in the discovering of Iberian Goddesses. Ecuador, Egypt and Mexico are other lands where hidden Goddesses were waiting for her to tell their stories… She couldn´t accomplish her task without the presence of her inner maiden who took different names and faces along her journey: Princess Enchantress of Worlds (Princesa Encantamundos), Elen of the Ways (Europe), Brigit (British Islands)  and Brígida in the Camino (Spain), Chaxiraxi (Canary Islands), Anahí (Paraguay), Ñusta Huillac (Chile), Xaratanga (Mexico), Akewa (Argentina) and many others…

Come and enjoy a true-life story, with songs, dancing and the closing meditation: “Ancient Gipsy Way to Call the Goddess Spirit”.

Susun Weed

Open Consultations

“Ask Herbal Health Expert Susun Weed,” my weekly blog-talk show has garnered tens of thousands of fans who delight in learning about healing by nourishing, the Wise Woman Way. This live session will offer you a chance to step into the action and get your health and herbal questions answered. Or a chance to sit in and listen to a green witch who has been called “the encyclopedia of women’s health.”

12:00 – 1:30pm   LUNCH

1:30pm  Closing Ritual