2019 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 12, 2019

7:00am – 7:30am

Morning Exercise Choose one from the following workshops

Yoga with Willow Tucker 

Cardio with Nikki Lian

7:30am – 8:00am Morning Meditation

                          With Staci Mintz

8:00am – 9:00am  BREAKFAST 

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

Celia Farran – Vocal Empowerment for Women

Your voice is an amazing instrument. It is always with you. Come and uncover your “consistent instrument” thru vocal games & discovery. Celia will guide the group through imaginative play & exercises that will leave you with a new appreciation for this incredible expressive part of you called your voice. Expect to become more present in your body and vocal singing or speech expression whether you want to lead singing circles, audition for American Idol, or simply rock out behind your steering wheel with the windows up. We will play & sing together. You might even have a fantastic time!

Celia has been performing for over 30 years with training in stage speech & vocal singing. She currently tours the nation as a singer/songwriter/comedienne and is also a recording artist with 13 recordings to date. Celia teaches vocal workshops as well as private voice in person or via the internet. She specializes in guiding singers to finding new tones & soundscapes they didn’t even know they had.

Windwalker – Healing of the Inner Waters

Participants will receive an introduction to the Native American teachings in healing inner waters of the body and instruction for healing (through water ceremonies) the oceans, rivers, ponds and all bodies of water, including the water that is consumed within. The workshop covers:

  • Learning the meaning of healing external waters
  • Learning the techniques and applying these techniques to healing the inner waters
  • Participants will learn to do a healing and have healings performed on themselves
  • Learn the usage of various items in healing which includes drum, flute, stones, shells, feathers, horse tail, rattles, deer staff, corn meal, tobacco, sea salt and water
  • Various water songs and dance

Susun Weed – The Green Goddess

Who is the Green Goddess? How can we meet Her? How can we hear Her call? How can we be Her?

In this circle of womb-ones, we will weave ourselves back into the healing cloak of the Ancients. In this spiral of wimmin, we will vibrate with green blessings. We will honor Lady Beauty. We will step into True Glamour. With a little help from my friend Annie Sprinkle, we will make love to the Earth. Wear wonderful colors. Come as a Goddess.

We will start with a Talking Stick Ceremony, then continue with Earth Attunement. We will also consider a Goddess Pageant and, of course, partake of the green wisdom growing around us.

This is a scent-free workshop. No essential oils please.

 12:00 – 2:00pm – LUNCH

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

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. 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. Be prepared and willing to share why you are in need of healing – please 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.

Wendy Rule – The Descent of Persephone

Join Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule for this 3-hour ritual workshop as she explores the central themes of one of Western Culture’s 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. This powerful myth explains the turning of the seasons, and the cycles of human emotion.

Wendy will use songs from her new ‘Persephone’ double album (released February 2nd 2019) – 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.

Juilie Tumamait-Stenslie – Basket Weaving

Pine needle basket weaving with Julie

5:00pm – 6:00pm DINNER

6:30pm – 7:30pm – OPENING CEREMONY

7:30pm – 9:00pm – MAYAN FIRE CEREMONY

Elizabeth Aurjo

A Ceremony is an offering given to our Creator.  In the Maya tradition we call our Creator Ahaw, others call him God, Dios, Jehova, Goddess etc. There are many different names, but all reflect the one.  In the Mayan Ceremony we work with the sacred fire. The fire is the spirit of the ceremony, so we bring our prayers to the fire, our requests, and all our concerns. These are elevated through the smoke.

The fire is sacred because it unifies, purifies, transforms, and liberates. Fire is the only element that does not get contaminated. The Mayan Ceremony is the heart of the Tradition, our ancestral medicine, and it was blessed by the Creator from the very beginning thousands of years ago.

We rely on the ceremony for everything, like issues relating to health, legal issues, asking for success on a business or new projects, or simply to give thanks for something received. The ceremony is also a portal that allows us to communicate with spiritual hierarchies. There is nothing else we can offer our Creator but our prayers with flowers, light, and incense. This is what we put in our ceremonies, then we open our hearts to receive its blessings.

Friday September 13th, 2019

7:00am – 7:30am

Morning Exercise Choose one from the following workshops

Yoga with Willow Tucker

Cardio with Nikki Lian

7:30am – 8:00am Morning Meditation

                       with Yeshe Matthews

For three years (and counting) Yeshe Matthews has been offering Kuan Yin meditation live on Facebook every Monday-Friday. She and the Skydancer Sangha are in the process of accumulating 100,000 recitations of the mantras Namo Kuan Shi Yin Pusa and Om Mani Padme Hum. Each meditation includes traditional prayers for the benefit of all beings, a divination, and a short dharma discussion about the wisdom that is arising in the moment. Join Yeshe for a special Goddess Spirit Rising edition of her Kuan Yin devotional, and raise your voice to contribute to the chorus of 100,000 mantras building a healing force in our world.

8:00am – 9:00am  BREAKFAST

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

Nikki Lian – Change Nothing and Nothing Changes

How to Step into Your Goddess Power. This presentation will be focusing on becoming the best version of ourselves.  We will discuss the use of aspecting to draw down the Goddess to Step into your power and how we can create a persona that helps us achieve success and the life we want?

Beverly Little Thunder and Lushanya Echeverria

Beverly and Lushanya will share stories of courage, commitment and leadership through the experiences of holding, for 30 years, the only all women’s Lakota Sundance ceremony in the United States.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn from decades of experience of following spirits’ guidance from motherhood, womanhood and into eldership.

Laurel M. Sofia-Ravens – The Intuitive Artist Channeling the Goddess through creativity

Step into the realm of the Goddess and your own intuitive powers through the use of visualization, journeying, and creativity. In this workshop we will enter the other realms, meet the Goddess, connect in the ways that are most powerful and important to us now, and receive guidance. Primed from this deep work, we will then allow the energy and insights to flow through us onto to the canvas, using acrylic paints. No prior art or journeying experience necessary. Come as you are and receive.

Jill Towensend – Moon Lodge 

Jill will offer the teachings of The Moon Lodge taught to her by her Lakota family from the Rosebud Reservation. These teachings and ceremony are ancient and not to be shared with the men folk.

Suzan Vaughn – The Magic of Animal Communication

What is your animal saying? How animals communicate, case studies and stories, your questions answered about telepathy and animal communication.

Marla Vander Meer – The Labyrinth: Her Sacred Path

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness and the journey through life. It also represents the sacred path that allows us to journey between the worlds. Come learn more about this ancient path, its use through the ages and history dating back to ancient Goddess-Worshiping Cultures.

10:30am – 12:00pm Choose one from the following workshops

Judith Laxer – Letting Ourselves off the Hook

The rich story of the ancient Sumerian Goddess Inanna and her Underworld sister Ereshkigal is one of depth and power. Inanna, as the Queen of Heaven, embodies the beauty and majesty of sensuality in the upper world of light, while Ereshkigal, as the Queen of the Great Below, embodies the harsh and unrelenting ways of death in the world of shadow.  When Inanna chooses to visit her dark sister, Ereshkigal turns the eye of death upon her and has her hung on a hook in the underworld. Their story of power struggle, acceptance, compassion and liberation can be worked with as a metaphor for both the relationships we have with other women, and between our own conscious and unconscious selves. In this workshop, through storytelling and dialogue, we will explore these dynamics and discover how we can let ourselves off the hook that keeps us disempowered in a world that needs our compassionate leadership.

Miri Hunter – The Queen of Sheba, An Ancient Woman for Modern Times

The Queen of a Wisdom Sheba Oracle is a divination tool based on the myths and legends of the Queen of Sheba. Symbols, derived from the ancient Semitic language of Himyaritic, which pre-dates Arabic, Amharic and Hebrew, are used to create an oracular system similar to the Tarot.  The Oracle consist of a 22 card deck with symbols in red on a white background with black letters.

In the workshop, we will use the cards to guide us through an exploration of the myths and legends of this ancient land as we delve into the themes of the stories surrounding the Queen of Sheba’s wisdom.  This workshop will consist of storytelling, guided meditation and movement, all geared to bring the participant closer to the roots of her own personal wisdom.

Miranda Katz – Creating Sacred Yoni Self Portraits

This safe workshop space creates opportunity to discover the unique beauty of lines, contours,

colors, textures and shapes creating your Sacred Temple Gateway. Allow space to examine this usually unexplored view and interact with your Yoni as art.

In self-portrait format you will come in contact with your own form as Sacred art. With paper, pencil, watercolors, mirror and whatever support you need as well as space and privacy, you will craft your own experience of looking and creating a personal interpretation of this part of your Sacred Body. Expressions take as many forms as can be imagined, whimsical, symbolic, realistic, sacred.

Max Dashu – Healers, Curanderas and Medicine Women

An international view of women healers and their work with herbs, touch, smoke, stones, wands, knives, and rattles, and the many ways of removing energies of illness from the body. We look at ecstatic healing ceremonies, and the widespread theme of medicine women whose curing power was so great that they were able to raise the dead. We see healers from Mexico, Philippines, Namibia, California, Korea, South Africa, Honduras, Hungary, Britain and Wisconsin; among the Aztecs, Kirghiz, Irish, Thai, Ainu, Tibetan and Māori. Visual talk, with a taste from the new show on Prophetic Women.

Yeshe Matthews – Shooting Star Women: Psychedelic Priestesses of the Ancient Future

Recent advances in the therapeutic use of psychedelics have opened doors previously closed in the North American medical establishment, and have opened minds to critical inquiry about the racist and sexist ignorance present in the modern war on drugs. However, the movement to legalize, medicalize, and regulate psychedelics has also taken a traditional path of healing that previously featured a shamanic woman conducting an intensive ritual, and isolated the medicine from its original context. In this presentation, Yeshe Matthews will offer a feminist perspective on ancient and emerging approaches to psychedelic healing, with an eye toward supporting the restoration of its indigenous context. Her thesis: that the medicine is one of the most powerful methods for decolonizing the mind that is currently available.

12:00– 1:00pm   LUNCH 

1:10pm – 2:30pm  Choose one from the following workshops

Jade River – Living Tarot

Learning to read tarot can be easy and accessible.  The tarot comes alive in this presentation and you will leave with an understanding of tarot cards and their meaning.  Chances are good that by the time you finish this workshop, you will be able to do a tarot reading for yourself or your friends.

Ariella Moon – Defense Against the Dark Arts

Learn techniques of shielding yourself and your personal space from emotional vampires and psychic attacks. This is especially useful for empaths, mediums, channels, and for ordinary people who work in a draining or hostile environment, or who have attracted the unwelcome attention of a hostile entity, muggle, or magic practitioner.

Wendy Rule – The Magic of the Elements: A Reconnection with Nature

Reignite your connection with Nature and be guided on a magical musical meditation through the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit with Visionary Songstress Wendy Rule and her husband, guitarist Timothy Van Diest. Through the use of beautiful live musical soundscapes, guided meditations, and improvised ritual, Wendy and Timothy lead us into a world of deep Magic. Working with the Elements and the wild energies of Nature has been at the core of Wendy’s spiritual path for almost three decades. This joyous workshop is a powerful way to explore your own unique relationship with the Elements and the many gifts that they offer us.

Willow Tucker – Magical Manifestation and the Pentacle of Prosperity

Changing consciousness at will is the definition of being a witch and doing magic. But often our negative thoughts and beliefs taint our consciousness. When this happens we are unable to hold the vibration of creation. The Magic of Manifestation workshop is for you if you are committed to breaking through the blocks of your Manifestation. Manfiestation is taking your thoughts, ideas and dreams, your co-creative energy with Goddess and bringing it onto the earth plane into physical form. To Matter. To Mother.

Learn how to manifest what you DO want. You are always manifesting; do you like what you are creating?

Understand the principles and elements of Prosperity (money is less than 1/5 of this equation). Commit to your healing process, all manifestation involves a level of self-mastery: letting go for specific tools and guidance.  Uncover your blocks, fears and unworthiness. Follow up sessions and coaching are available in person and remotely. Willow is committed to the empowerment of women throught creating what they want in their life.

Step into the power of Manifestation!


2:40pm – 4:00pm  Choose one from the following workshops

Zsuzsanna Budapest – The Goddess Ethics and Goddess Morality

What are they? We rarely talk about them. We believed that all women are of the same opinions about war and peace. Then I found out about the Goddess of Discord. So then it got complicated. The witches have only the Golden Rule to go by: Do as you will and harm none. Is this a wide enough definition, for example, that includes abortion? What about sisterhood? Is this actually a tangible reality?  Media lacks sisterhood stories. In fact, it avoids showing any other examples of behavior except man-on-man fights, with or without machines.  We will explore the idea of Feminist Morality particularly shaming as a punishment. There is very little praising each other and elevating each other. The Goddess is still fragmented. How do we rise above collective shaming? Goddess bless all women in this struggle.

 Alexandra and Joan Chicon – She Can Be Silenced No More: Using Sacred Drama as a Tool to Transform the World.

Illustrated with live performance excerpts of Goddess and Her Divine Feminist “Greek” Khoros, music, and slide images, Alexandra sounds a call to reclaim Goddess’s ancient rite of Sacred Drama, to revivify from dead, twisted, patriarchal chronicles, Her myths. The template is the sacred drama Gathering of the Ancient Goddesses: Return of the “Top Girls,” Alexandra directed for the 2017 Glastonbury Goddess Conference.

Joan looks, with accompanying visuals, at the Glastonbury performance as an example of how sacred drama can elucidate Marija Gimbutas’s visionary worldview, and invigorate and invoke our visions for the future.

We will need a projector and screen with audio hook-up for video file with audio (as if playing a film).

 Constance Tippit – 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 where 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 Goddesses!

Lani Yamasaki – Live Lōkahi: The Healerʻs Journey

We all have the ability to heal ourselves. Lōkahi is the Hawaiian ancestral wellness blueprint. Learn holistic Hawaiian values and practices to heal your spirit, mind and body following Lōkahi principles.

Dr. Renee Lemus and Dr. Cristine Rose-Smith – Semillas de las Abuelas: Teaching to Reclaim Rhythms of Mother Earth

 I’m sorry, mijita, I’m sorry, my child, but I’ve used up all the ruda I had and none of the

neighbors grow it.”

– Prietita and the Ghost Woman / Prietita y la llorona

by Gloria E. Anzaldua and Maya Christina Gonzalez

Our workshop creates Mother Earth rooted traditions in our family and community. As professors and

mothers, we situate our work in a critique of this country’s history of colonization that perpetuated

violence on our motherline. We respond, particularly, to a pedagogical framework entrenched in systems

of power meant to sustain a patriarchal, white supremacist, capitalist ideology in our children. It is in that

spirit that we create this workshop as an introduction to a book which will be a collection of tools both

practical and theoretical to celebrate our mothers’ cultures and histories.

4:10pm – 5:30pm

Dr. Isadora Liedenfrost – “Herstory: The Lydia Ruyle Movie”

Grab your seat for the California premiere of “Herstory: The Lydia Ruyle Movie” (forthcoming August 2019) a new film by Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost, which honors the extraordinary life and Goddess Banners of Lydia Ruyle.

5:30pm – 6:30pm  DINNER

7:00 – …  Concert/Entertainment

Saturday September 14th, 2019

7:00am – 7:30am 

Morning Exercise Choose From the Following

Yoga with Willow Tucker

Cardio with Nikki Lian

7:30am – 8:00am Morning Meditation 

                                     With Jennifer Grais

8:00am – 9:00am BREAKFAST

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

Michelle Manu Warrior Workshop – Divine Feminine Power

Join your fellow goddesses in a safe place to meet your alter ego and some past emotional pain to increase your wholeness. We will let go of some past events, find forgiveness and value for ourselves, and access and display our inherent power. Set your intention and focus for 90 minutes to yourself as we bring our spirits back into our bodies to allow movements of connection to your true inner warrior. If you cannot, come and dedicate your time to someone you know who has experienced a sexual, emotional, or violent trauma. Come and participate as you are able (injured are welcome).

Hawaiian Hula (dance) and Hawaiian Lua (combat art of the ancient women rulers and war chiefs), metaphysical clearing, and modern day self-defense. All fitness levels welcomed. No bracelets, jewelry, or earrings. Please bring a sarong or piece of material, and water.


Constance Tippett – How Understanding Haudenosaunee Women’s Mysteries, Decoded the Secrets of                                                  Serpent Mound

Ohio’s Serpent Mound is North American’s largest effigy mound. My interest in Indigenous Matriarchal Cultures helped me to learn the Haudenosaunee’s understanding of women mysteries, and that knowledge helped me to decode the secrets of Serpent Mound.   Scholars had already known that Serpent Mound was able to mark the solstices and equinoxes.  But I discovered that Serpent Mound, was actually built as a lunar calculator that charts the full moons that are closets to the solstices and equinoxes. Indigenous people where interested balance and so knowing where the full moon and sun where at the beginning of the seasons, was important. Their understanding of women’s mysteries coupled with Serpent Mound’s ability to count the full moons, shows the mounds had practical applications for women. Serpent Mound could, and still can, be used to chart the best time for conception, measure the duration of a pregnancy and anticipate the time of birth. Come and learn how the Haudenosaunee women may have used Serpent Mound then, and how today, it can contribute to a greater and deeper understanding of the true meaning of women’s mysteries.

Windwalker – Healing of the Waters Workshop

Participants will receive an introduction to the Native American teachings of how to heal (through water ceremonies), the oceans, rivers, ponds and all bodies of water, including the water that is consumed within. The workshop covers:

  • Learning the meaning of healing internal and external waters
  • Learning the techniques and applying these techniques to healing the inner waters
  • Being introduced to the ceremonial procedures in healing the external bodies of waters (ocean, river, lakes, ponds, etc.)
  • Learn a water dance
  • Songs to use in the water ceremony
  • Being a part of the ceremony

Ella Hope – Self-Healing Ritual Practice with the Sycamores & Land

We Re-member She Who is All, as we engage in a 40-minute Self-Healing Ritual Practice with the Sycamores and invited Spirit-Energies of the Land. During the Connection Circle, you learn how the ritual’s seven deeper layers of perception— correspond to high-vibrational Life-Skills of Her Paradigm: 1. Quieting the Mind; 2. Manifestation; 3. Sensory Development; 4. Immunity & Protection; 5. Self-Healing; 6. Joyful Cellular Memory; and 7. Giving Back/ Reciprocity.  This Work was Gifted from the “Ferocious Dark Goddess” 20 years ago, and is the subject of Ella’s two 500-page textbooks, and most recent book on personal and group change: Earth Shifting.


A personal History of feminist Art.

10:30am – 12:00am  Choose from the following workshops

Starr Goode – The Icon of the Vulva, A Basis of Civilization

A new spirit stirs the consciousness of our times. Women are reclaiming the vulva as an icon of primal creative energy. Unbounded by time or space, this sacred image can be found in uncountable representations from Paleolithic caves to Sheela na gigs to pink pussy hats.
Words like vulva, vagina, and now pussy are part of the zeitgeist of our culture—with all their potency to sanctify not demonize the female body and subvert patriarchal toxicity. To name a few examples: The Women’s March on Washington, the #MeToo movement, Pynk by Janelle Monáe, the work of Amy Schumer, New York Times best seller Pussy, A Reclamation, The Great Wall of Vagina, The Vagina Monologues, The Dinner Party.

It feels as if from the deepest parts of ourselves, the Great Mother herself is offering up these gifts to us so that all life may be preserved. One of the fundamental crises of our culture is a lack of connection to images that originate from this most transformative layer of our psyches. Media conglomerates feed us spectacles of illusion. Such cosmological images legitimize political systems. The worldwide expansion of patriarchy over the millennia has nothing to do with a superiority of culture in ideas or artistic expression or spiritual content or human relations but rather in a superiority of physical force. We look beyond the outworn images of the patriarchy and its unsustainable destructiveness. When the whole world is imagined as the offspring of the womb of the Great Mother, everything is in relationship, not made for exploitation. A Great Creatrix replaces a dour War God.

The powers of the vulva are part of our true, natural heritage as illuminated by the Return of the Goddess. For an historical foundation of this necessary resurgence, one need only look for the startling image of a female displaying her sex. She can be seen on almost every continent of the planet throughout time. This universal symbol of the ever renewing life force appears in the visual and narrative arts of India, Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and Europe as Kālī, Lajjā Gaurīs, the Kathmandu exhibitionist, the African guardian, Itiba Cahubaba, Atabey, the Manabí stones, the Dilukái, Sheela na gigs, Baubo, Gorgons, Frog Goddesses. All are timeless patterns of energy expressive of the yoni of the Great Goddess. So universal in fact, the vulva has been abstracted over the centuries into the diamond glyph seen in textiles around the world going back to the 80,000 year old Blombos Cave engravings. Female divinity, widely symbolized as a downward pointing triangle, suggests her ontological primacy.

Contemporary scholars and artists have experienced a new theme emerging in their work—the iconography of the vulva traceable back to the origins of art and spirituality. So rooted in our psyches is this image, it seems as if the icon of the vulva is the original cosmological center of the human imagination and a basis of civilization

Bilawara Lee

Celia Ferran – Adventures of an “Everyday Goddess”

Unplugged Stories & Songs from the Creative Journey of the Traveling Bardic life of “Everyday Goddess” Celia Farran. Request “Beyond the Music” Back Stories of how certain songs & characters came to be.  Hear untold tales from the “You Can’t Make this Sh*t Up” file!  Learn tips and tricks of being a full time Traveler & Bard.  Learn more about how to play the Bodhran (Irish Drum) & how Live Looping works.  Learn what it is *really* like to choose the *Glamorous* life of the touring musician.  Expect to be inspired & entertained!

Gina Martin – Creating Sacred Heart

Using meditation, toning, group journey work and body percussion, this workshop will lead women into their hearts and support them in a creation of their own personal sacred chant. Each participant is a songwriter, a composer of their own glory songs to the Goddess. Come and let your creative juices flow with laughter and safety and a beautiful praise to Her. No “singing voice” or experience necessary!

Genevieve Mitchell – Women and Money

Join Genevieve in this workshop bringing together spirituality, money and creating a world that is just, life affirming and sustainable. Explore your money story and how that affects how you think and your decisions about money. We will talk about practical ways to work with money and how to engage money as a wisdom tool for creating impact in your world. Join us for an empowering session on a practical subject.

12:00pm – 1:00pm   LUNCH

1:10pm – 2:30pm  Choose from the following workshops

Anne Key and Veronica Iglesias – Tlazohteotl: Goddess of Love and the Jade Oracle

Veronica and Anne will present new original scholarship on the origins of Tlazohteotl, an Aztec Goddess with Huastec origins.  Included will be descriptions of her rituals as well as ancient and modern prayers.  There will also be a reading for the group using the Jade oracle, an oracle deck based on Ancient Mexican deities and symbols,


Bring your hearts and hands to the drum! This workshop will integrate djembe, as well as frame drums and is open to all drums and voices.  We’ll play rhythms and songs of and for the Sacred Feminine!  Learn basic djembe and frame drum strokes, the language of rhythm, and play from the heartbeat of Gaia as we come together in a community of rhythm and song!  Bring your voice and a drum if possible … or just come and dance!  Some drums and lots of rhythm instruments will be available for use.

Joan Marler – THE GORGON MEDUSA: Her Significance for Women of Our Time

Who is this frightening female creature with gnashing teeth, lolling tongue, glaring eyes, and writhing serpents for hair? Why has she has haunted the western imagination for more than 2500 years? For the ancient Greeks, the Gorgon was the ultimate female monster. Her decapitation by the Greek hero Perseus and the usurping of her life-giving and death-wielding powers was a 
central motif throughout the Greek world. Her demonization and decapitation – the ultimate silencing – has continued to the present day. But long before she was demonized, her powers were honored as the source of life itself.

This lavishly illustrated presentation will trace the ancient roots of the Gorgon Medusa’s multi-layered powers, and explore her myths, stories, and iconography that reveal her timeless significance and radiant wholeness as we unite her severed head onto her Wisdom Body within ourselves, here and now.

Lyn Pacificar – An Introduction to Traditional Filipino Plant Medicine

This workshop will present the different traditional Filipino plants, intention oils, and herbal medicines, including their benefits and how to use them for healing.

Eliza Simpson – Healing the Ancestral Narrative

A creative writing workshop that will allow you to access the voices of your maternal line. Epigenetics and modern science are proving what the ancients already knew: the connection of the Mother Line, womb to womb, is a conduit for instinct and inherited knowledge. The Mother Line Story Project has a mission to explore the stories of this connection. No previous writing or storytelling experience required.

2:40pm – 5:00pm 

Lisa Levart & Myles Aronowitz–  film screening and discussion, “Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation”

Filmmaker Myles Aronowitz’ poetic short film explores artist Lisa Levart’s creative process as she engages with women from Ramapough Lenape Nation, the indigenous peoples of the lower Hudson Valley.  Two years in the making, this moving film reveals the women’s deep connections to their ancestral stories and beliefs.  Following the screening will be a short discussion between Lisa Levart, Myles Aronowitz and Windwalker, whose musical score weaves evocatively throughout the film. Lisa will also share images from her series “Women of the Wabanki Confederacy,” (including Sherri Mitchell and others).

Sherri Mitchell – Sacred Instructions

5:30pm – 6:30pm  DINNER

7:00pm –   Ritual

10:00pm – Drumming Circle

Sunday September 15, 2019

7:00am – 7:30am 

Morning Exercise Choose From the Following

Yoga with Willow Tucker

Cardio with Nikki Lian

7:30am – 8:00am Morning Meditation

                                     With Judith Piazza

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

8:00am – 9:00am  BREAKFAST

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

Lithia – Rite of the Virago

A sacred call to arms (Archery) All women have innate super-powers, handed down through our foremothers across time immemorial to create and fiercely protect all that is sacred in the world.  In this hands-on workshop, we’ll invoke the great heroines of history and legend, design our own coat of arms charged with magical intention, and step into our power in all aspects of life through the ancient art of intuitive archery.

Krystal Raine – Healing Ancestral Trauma – Releasing the Ties That Bind You

We’re told changing the world begins with each one of us.  Well, maybe that feels very daunting, or like a drop in an ocean, and how exactly do we go about doing that anyway? Healer, herbalist, shaman and social justice advocate, Krystal Rains, has some important insights on this very topic.  Come hear the various modalities available to each one of us to heal not just ourselves but our ancestral trauma, which is a very real thing affecting our lives.  Learn how you can move forward and past many of the wounds that hold you back from reaching your fullest potential or becoming your authentic self.  Listen to Krystal’s self-guided path focused on Healing Ancestral Trauma, composed of a kaleidoscope of tools and experiences.  Hear how she weaves these practices and wisdom gained into solutions to heal not just society’s wounds but ourselves as a way to help our ancestors and communities.

Ifalade TaShia Asanti – We Are the Magic: Conjuring Woman Power, Living Our Own Dream

Ifalade TaShia Asanti, award-winning writer, journalist and renowned Yoruba/Ifa Priestess, author of 6 books and founder/director of the I-Teach Love Institute, leads participants in a “Manifesting Ritual & Conjuring Woman Power Workshop” to activate woman power and assist women in realizing or catapulting dreams and goals.  Workshop includes a keepsake of Ifalade’s famous “Soul Scroll,” which bears a personalized spiritual message channeled for each participant.

Jen Grais – Sacrament: Ceremony or Ritual, Imparting Divine Grace

Drop into ecstatic stillness in the sonic vibrations of voice, crystal bowls, drums, rattles, guided visualization and original music with shamanic practitioner and professional singer Jennifer Grais. Jennifer’s intention is to sanctify the space, to bless, to make whole/holy…creating a harmonic environment in which one can clear blockages in the physical, emotional, and etheric bodies, allowing for restorative healing, and a blissful flow of inner wisdom.

Participants will need a soft mat to lie down on the floor, eye cover, and pillow.


We all have deep feelings about what is needed in this world to feel safe and joy-filled. As Priestesses and expressions of the Light, we know deep in our bones what we can do to bring about the Motherworld…a place that embraces all expressions of life as equal and valuable.  As Priestesses, we have developed skills to create sacred space, a cauldron if you like, where transformation/magic can and does occur.

During this workshop, we will journey together to the Motherworld, see and experience the joy of Being in a world that embraces us and all life on the planet and uncover what we might bring forward as a Global Priestess Community to co-create the change that is so desperately needed.  This work will help shape the Priestess Convocation in Crete and hopefully inspire many Priestesses to step into their power and make an offering for the Convocation.

We shall chant, create sacred space and discuss in sisterhood the possibilities.  May beauty unfold.

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

Taylor Phinny Russell – Coming into the Presence of the Lady of Avalon

The Lady of the ancient Isle of Avalon is calling out through the mists, inviting us to transform our deepest fears in order to become embodiments of Her Love. My personal journey of initiation to become a Priestess of Avalon included spending many months with the Dark Goddess in the Underworld, healing through breast cancer. Having walked through the alchemical fire, I am honored to share about the profound beauty and healing available when fear and perceived crisis are held as an opportunity to deeply surrender and trust in Goddess. Together we will ceremonially open a gateway to Avalon, experiencing the Love and healing power of the Lady of the Sacred Isle.

Kathryn Ravenwood – Becoming the High Priestess: Serving at the Altar of  Wisdom

To understand the wisdom of who we are is an eternal process. The High Priestess of the Tarot holds the scrolls, the cosmic records, of our story, our truth, our as-yet to be manifested potential.  In our workshop we will journey to meet the High Priestess. Her altar sits across the Great Abyss, the darkness of the unknown of who we are. She will reveal to you the hidden truth and insight you need now to help you navigate your life and expand your consciousness.

As priestesses we are called to serve ourselves, our community, and the Cosmic Truth. We are the cosmic power of the Universe embodied now in this lifetime. As our consciousness expands, so does the consciousness of the Universe. To what is the High Priestess calling you? What do you need to access the hidden scrolls within you? What truth needs to be supported?

Align to the frequency to the High Priestess; find yourself at her altar and discover that her altar is you. The scroll she holds is your story. The wisdom she carries is already within you.

Letecia Layson – She of Many Colors

Sandra Roman – Blessing of the Grail: Healing the Wounds of the Female Soul

When you receive the Blessing of the Grail, you are initiating yourself into a process that will bring profound changes to your life. The Goddess returns to her Temple– your feminine soul returns to your body to heal your wounds, erase the memory of pain and awaken all your creative potential.

In this workshop you will learn a simple and powerful technique of Self-healing of the uterus which we call the Grail since the physical organ is the manifestation of a very important energy center in which memories of pain are stored.

In this course you will learn:

– A self-healing technique of the uterus, by means of a simple and powerful meditation, invoking the energies of the Lady of Avalon.

– Recognition and healing of the physical points where the 5 feminine archetypes are reflected with which you develop around your life. Those archetypes represent the different faces in the life of a woman, her main rites of passage, symbolized in the myths and stories of five Celt Goddesses, you will love to remember and re-discover…

… And you will take with you a state of deep spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being!

Susun Weed – Chant and Trance

Join Susun for a heart-centered class of Goddess chants and Trance journeys. Share your favorite songs; learn new ones. Let your heart beat as one with the Earth’s heart.

12:00pm – 1:00pm   LUNCH