Christened <i><strong>Aida</strong></i> by the great spiritual mothers of The Gambia, Africa, as “The Aida” meaning noble daughter/helper, goddess of the rainbow, the medium between heaven and earth, the patron of fertility, birth, the elements, she has studied and practiced tarot and astrology for over 10 years sharing her knowledge with numerous sisters through personal sessions, workshops, seminars, and women’s circles. She is an astrologer, Tarotista, certified Reiki Practitioner, spiritual escort, and healing artist, linking querents with an abundant resource network of experienced medicine women. Aida serves as spiritual consultant to the Red Moon Lodge of Baltimore, MD.
Aida is a Baltimore native who has served as a historical interpreter and program administrator with the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta Georgia. She is the producer of several national Black music history radio promotional campaigns and author of a variety of articles on Black history and women’s studies.
Under her birth name, <i><strong>Tonya Taliaferro</strong></i>, she authored African American Entertainment In Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing), a photographic history of Baltimore’s arts and entertainment legacy, which has received outstanding reviews.
Ms Taliaferro a.k.a. Aida is diligently working on her next historic photographic essays for Arcadia Publishing, entitled The Religious Roots of Baltimore, which highlights Baltimore’s religious landmarks and institutions and Coastal Anne Arundel, a collection of Anne Arundel County and Annapolis Maryland’s cultural highlights. She is the owner and operator of <i><strong>The Flyin Lion</strong></i>, a full service administrative services outsourcing agency. Aida is the mother of one daughter and lives in Baltimore City.
Alex is 38 years old and works in West Yorkshire. She is a self-dedicated Priestess of the Goddess, a role that involves work as a ceremonialist, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer through the organisation Goddess Within.
Ama has been living in Somerset since 1980. Some of her visual art work can be seen on her page at <a href="http://www.somersetartweek.org.uk/">www.somersetartweek.org.uk</a>. She has had haiku printed in The Guardian, The Independent, "Blithe Spirit" and "Snapshots", and was recently a prizewinner in the Barnet Open Poetry competition. "Warp", a cycle of poems about the return of Odysseus to Ithaca, is available as a limited-edition hand-made book.
<strong>André</strong> writes: "I’m a complementary therapist, living in London, working mainly with people experiencing emotional, psychological problems and trauma; stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, body image problems, eating disorders, etc. I became interested in complementary therapies while researching aspects of Eastern religions as a postgraduate student of Religious Studies at the University of London. Further studies of the close relationship between religion and health in Eastern cultures have inspired me to train in Reflexology and in various Oriental and European styles of Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork. I studied Psychology, and later Occupational Therapy at the London Hospital Medical College, and have also participated in research relating to the psychological aspects of therapeutic bodywork, touch and touch deprivation. My academic studies of Comparative Religion including Tao and Tantra and have also guided me to discover the Goddess. See: <a href="http://www.bodywork-londonvienna.co.uk/">www.bodywork-londonvienna.co.uk</a>
For 20 years and more, Anique has dedicated her life and her talents to assisting women and girls to awaken the great Feminine Divine within them. Gifted with a miraculous voice and the ability to open women’s hearts with her singing, she has facilitated women’s mystery workshops/events, celebrating the Goddess through ritual and song in the United Sates, England, France, Athens, Singapore, Taipei, Australia and New Zealand. A keen scholar, author, singer/songwriter, artist and political activist since 1973, Anique’s love for the Earth, women and the feminine principle she lovingly calls the Goddess, has been the motivating force behind her extraordinary music and the work she does in the world. As well as leading powerful and transformational rituals, presenting workshops and writing/singing inspiring music, Anique is an artist creating sacred objects such as drums and rattles from gourds for spiritual work. Anique lives in the country in Australia with her life partner and three feline familiars and one canine companion. Her art and her garden complement her music and teaching and provide the serenity of a balanced, peaceful heart. You can read more about Anique at her own <a href="http://www.herwill.net/">website</a>.
Anna Maria Espsäter is a Swedish freelance writer and translator based in London for many years. Her travels have taken her to 69 countries so far and she’s lived in various parts of Europe as well as Latin America, where her interest in witchcraft and paganism began. Since 2002 she has been attending the Glastonbury Goddess Conference and she writes regularly on her favourite subjects in a variety of publications, both UK and US-based.
Anna has had poetry published in Obsessed with Pipework, Cadenza and Sentinel Poetry Quarterly. Six of her poems were made into short films by students at the Central School of Speech and Drama this year, a project she hopes to repeat. She currently lives in London but dreams of moving to live by the sea.
Annabel is an author, artist, therapist and priestess based in Glastonbury with over twenty years of experiential journeying with Goddess through shamanism and paganism. She completed her MSc degree and MPhil research at the LSE in the Sociology of Religion, specializing in goddess paganism, feminist theology and women's rights. Annabel used this research to write her witchburnings novel The Serpent's Tale, an allegorical story that explores the Gnostic myth of the Black Goddess Sophia.
Annabel is also a transpersonal regression therapist and workshop facilitator, with experience of working both in private practice and for a leading mental health charity with sufferers of severe and enduring mental health difficulties. She raises awareness of women's rights, mental health and disability issues through the talks she gives.
As a wounded healer, Annabel is passionate about helping people to discover the light of Goddess shining within the shadowy depths of their souls' experience.
For further information, to book onto a Healing Womb workshop and to buy Annabel's book and prints, please visit her company website <a href="http://www.belashka.com">www.belashka.com</a>.
Annabell Alexander is a spiritual and soul counsellor, who for the past three years has been working with Circle of the Old Ways. She does not follow any set path but lives the life of The Old Ways, believing that it is for each of us to find our own truths and to take the path that we feel comfortable with.
Annabell's passion is female empowerment, as well as working on International Women's Day, she is working on setting up Goddess Groups all around the UK.
She is married with five grandchildren and lives on the West Sussex coastline, which is a wonderful location for full moon rituals and handfastings. She can be seen most days, regardless of the weather, standing facing out to sea connecting with her element - The Wind.
Annelinde resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, USA, where she devotes her work to the reemergence of the Goddess. Annelinde's poetry has been featured in the We'Moon Datebook as well as in Goddess Pages. She composes solo songs, chamber and choral music and produces concerts of her music and poetry including dance and puppetry. Her songbook of 21 praise songs for the Goddess called "Lady of Ten Thousand Names" is available at her poetry blog, <a href="http://www.annelindesworld.blogspot.com">"Annelinde's World"</a>. She directs two choirs, offers workshops and teaches privately. Annelinde can be contacted at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.</a>
Atasha has been a past life therapist for nearly 20 years, living in Glastonbury for most of that time. She is the author of <strong><em><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Past-Lives-Discover-Connect-Positive/dp/1781802653/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417445159&sr=1-3&keywords=Atasha+Fyfe">Past Lives</a></em></strong> and <strong><em><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Past-Lives-Discover-Positive/dp/1848509510/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395158282&sr=1-1&keywords=atasha+fyfe">Magic Past Lives</a></em></strong>, published by Hay House.
Information about past lives and regression is on her <a href="http://www.pastlivesglastonbury.co.uk/">website</a>. For articles about the magic and mysteries of life, have a look at her <a href="https://atashafyfe.wordpress.com/">blogsite</a>.
You’re welcome to join her <a href="http://pastlivesglastonbury.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4c9e05fc94fdc7f6a26367659&id=ff44e587c3">mailing circle</a> for occasional newsletters, find her on <a href="https://twitter.com/AtashaFyfe">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/atasha.fyfe?_rdr">Facebook</a>, or contact her from <a href="http://www.pastlivesglastonbury.co.uk/CONTACT---BOOKINGS.html">this page</a> on her website.
<b>Atiya Walker Dykes</b> resides in Philadelphia, PA, US with her husband and 3 children. She is a photographer and poet, and enjoys reading and research, belly dance practice, sci-fi, and good music.
Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. (<a href="http://www.barbaraardinger.com/">www.barbaraardinger.com</a>), is the author of <em>Secret Lives</em>, a new novel about crones and other magical folks, and <em>Pagan Every Day,</em> a unique daybook of daily meditations. Her montly blogs appear on her website and on<a href="http://feminismandreligion.com/"> Feminism and Religion</a>, where she is a regular Pagan contributor. She has been writing for the Llewellyn annuals since 2004, and her work has also been published in devotionals to Isis, Athena and Brigid.
Barbara's day job is freelance editing for people who have good ideas but don’t want to embarrass themselves in print. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her two rescued Maine coon cats, Schroedinger and Heisenberg.
Barbara writes: “I qualified as a Crystal Healer in 1998, after my first career in the law. I work with crystal therapy in a holistic way. I am a Reiki Master and practise and teach at the Lincoln Complementary Medical Centre. I run meditation groups and workshops in crystal healing, reiki, kabbalah and tarot.
I have worked with Kabbalah for twelve years under the guidance of Will Parfitt. I completed a course on the Elements of Psychosynthesis in June 2010. I am now studying a second psychosynthesis course: Visions and Values.
I have been published on a number of occasions on the subject of kabbalah. I am working on my first novel.
My other interests include circle dance, literature and travel. Glastonbury is a very special place for me. I am 61 years young.”
Becky lives in West Wales with her partner and children where she works as a midwife and holistic therapist. Becky is passionate about reclaiming birth as a sacred women's mystery experience and was recently shortlisted for a PhD fellowship in normal birth. Becky has walked a pagan path for many years and is currently training as a Priestess of Avalon. In her spare time she enjoys sacred dance, drumming, chant, writing and enjoying the beauty of her local Welsh landscape.
Brenda lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and shares a home with her beloved husband and her fourteen year old cat. Besides writing, she facilitates women's healing groups, motorcycle rides with her husband, reads a lot, and runs a part time massaging insole business. She can be reached at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>, and her website is <a href="http://brendamarroyauthor.wordpress.com/">here</a>.
Brian, a Priest of Avalon, is a co-founder of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and a former teacher on the Priest/ess of Avalon training course. He is currently in Hungary, where he is researching, writing and teaching.
Caeia March, born in the Isle of Man in 1946, grew up in south Yorkshire and read social science at London University. Publishing her first non-fiction at twenty five, Caeia then moved into the feminist world of women’s literature, history and poetry in her twenties and thirties. She taught Social Anthropology at Avery Hill College, then Creative Writing and Women’s International History for Goldsmiths’ College. Leaving London during 1988-9, Caeia settled in Cornwall where she co-founded the West Cornwall Women’s Land Trust – a tree planting and conservation project for women.
Caeia now lives in Devon with her life partner Cynth Morris, has two married sons and is looking forward to her first grandchildren in the coming year. She is a passionate gardener, tree-planter, recycler and conservationist. She has recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and enjoys walking, swimming, dancing and every aspect of Devon’s beautiful heritage coast.
Carolyn was born in 1958, spent many years tracking creative roads and wild land, and has lived on Dartmoor, in the south-west of England, since 1992.
She is a painter, musician, traditional drum-maker, workshop creator and writer. Her home is a thousand-year-old longhouse farm in the centre of wild moors, which she shares with her partner and family, as well as with the many people who visit the farm for workshops, exhibitions, and festival events. She travels extensively with her work, and has given concerts and workshops in the USA, Australia, Japan, Russia, Arctic, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, elsewhere in Europe and throughout the UK.
Carolyn is a New Englander who writes fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and memoirs celebrating the spirituality and creativity in women’s everyday lives. Over the past three decades, she has published in women’s and feminist literary, art, and spirituality magazines, both in print and online. You may read her occasional musings and published writings at her blog, <a href="https://goddessinateapot.com/">Goddess in a Teapot</a>. When she isn't writing, she grows herbs and native flowers, raises a family, and props up her constantly falling-down Victorian house.
<strong>Cheryl Straffon</strong> is editor of <a href="https://goddess-pages.co.uk/goddessalive"><em>Goddess Alive!</em></a> magazine and author of several books on the Goddess, including <a href="http://www.meynmamvro.co.uk/publicat.htm"><em>Pagan Cornwall: Land of the Goddess</em></a>, <em>The Earth Goddess: Celtic and Pagan legacy of the Land</em> and <a href="http://www.o-books.com/product_info.php?products_id=411"><em>Daughters of the Earth: ancient wisdom for a modern age</em></a> (pub. July 2007). She lives in West Cornwall, where she helps co-faciliate the Goddess in Cornwall Event. She has just had her second Saturn return and survived!
Chrissy is a Goddess-loving woman, a mother and grandmother. She is owned by two beautiful (spoilt rotten!) black rescue cats. Her love of all cats – domestic and big cats – has led her to focus her healing work on cat healing, which she loves to do. She gives her services free to Cats Protection.
Chrissy is dedicated to Lilith and Medusa and connects with their energies often. She has been visiting Glastonbury Avalon regularly for over 10 years and first became aware of the call of the Goddess whilst there. She is now training to be a Priestess of Avalon and is revelling in her continuing awakening.
Chrissy enjoys writing, painting and crafting and occasionally gives talks/workshops on things spiritual.
<strong>Claire Hamilton's</strong> story of Brighid comes from her book: Maiden, Mother, Crone: Voices of the Goddess which is published by O Books and which contains eleven other tales. Claire has written several books on Celtic and Arthurian Myths. Besides being a writer, she is also a harpist and storyteller. She was a speaker at the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury last year and says she feels particular inspired to help bring the stories of the Celtic Goddesses out of obscurity and into general consciousness. She believes that these powerful stories which have been preserved for thousands of years, are the vehicle through which the ancient Goddesses are rising to greatness once again. She also believes that modern society is desperately in need of the particular female blend of empathy and wisdom found in these stories, which can guide, instruct and nourish the souls of all spiritual seekers today. You can get more information about Claire's books and CDs on her website: <a href="http://www.livingmyths.com/"><strong>http://www.livingmyths.com/</strong></a>
Clarise is a Canadian author, originally from New Jersey, and she presently resides in Montreal with her husband and two children. She has a Rutgers PhD in German literature, and her book on the Holocaust poetry of Paul Celan, based on her doctoral dissertation, can be found in major university libraries. Her poetry collection, <em>Fairy Tales for the Bourgeoisie,</em> received praise from <em>Books in Canada. </em>She has published a slew of short stories, two of which have been anthologized. <em>Loving Brynhild</em> is her debut novel. When she is not writing, Clarise is an active patient advocate who enjoys doing art work, crocheting, and taking care of her family and her dog.
<strong>Dr. Cristina Biaggi</strong> is an artist, sculptor, lecturer and author/editor whose works are a reflection and an extension of her lifelong interest in the classics, art and art history, archaeology, literature, and languages.
When she isn't creating art, lecturing and writing, Dr. Biaggi is practicing Tae Kwon Do as a 4th Degree Black Belt, working with the Children's Shakespeare Theatre of Palisades, New York, or spending time with her teenage twin sons and their four dachshunds. In the past year, she lectured at the Goddess Conversations conference in Turkey, exhibited an installation piece in Switzerland, created controversial collages for an exhibit at New York City's Ceres Gallery, and worked on a new book.
As a speaker, Dr. Biaggi has presented papers at the World Archaeological Conference, The Women and Earth Conference and The Archaeomythology Conference. She has lectured at The Smithsonian Institute, American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Society of Women Geographers, The Glastonbury Conference, and the Beijing Women's Conference.
"<a href="http://www.goddessmound.com/">The Goddess Mound</a>" is Dr. Biaggi's pet project. It's a formidable outdoor sculpture that she designed and hopes to create as a temple to the Great Goddess at a museum, university or sculpture park.
Dr. Biaggi's first book, <em>Habitations of the Great Goddess</em>, remains a classic study of the Goddess tombs, temples and art of Malta and the Orkney and Shetland islands off Scotland. Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas praised the book and contributed a Foreword.
In 1999, Dr. Biaggi edited <em>In the Footsteps of the Goddess</em>, a compilation of deeply moving stories from men and women about their personal experiences with the female divine.
Dr. Biaggi has long been intrigued about the origins of patriarchy and has studied the past for clues to the origin of male dominance in Crete, the Middle East, and the steppe lands of Russia and other places. Recently, she invited a group of scholars, historians and philosophers to contribute to a comprehensive volume on patriarchy entitled <a href="http://localhost/gpages/RuleOfMars.html">The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy.</a>
Crystal Dawn is currently in her thesis year in the Women’s Spirituality Master’s (WSMA) Program at Sofia University <em>(formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), </em>in Palo Alto, California. Her thesis topic is <em>Claiming My Place Within The Circle: A Priestess-Queen’s Embrace of Wimmin’s Community Within a Wimmin/Women’s 55+ Co-Housing Eco-Village.</em> Her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and is titled: <em>Wimmin’s Empowerment: Integration of Spiritual Self into Career and Relationships.</em> Crystal Dawn is a Priestess of Seven Sisters Mystery School, and has been ordained through Universal Life Church. She plans to be the founder of 501(c)3 Sister Circle Alliance Eco-Village—Women’s Sanctuary, Moon Lodge Retreat Center, and Divine Mother Temple. She is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator with over 5 years’ experience creating /leading labyrinth workshops and facilitating labyrinth walks. She is also a Queen of herself. You can contact Crystal at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
As a child, Daniel daydreamed of distant lands and enchanted forests. Being spiritually aware at a young age was confusing and often challenging; being gay didn't help matters either. The descent into the underworld is always perilous, and his own decent came at a cost, at aged sixteen he called death, and death came that night in the form of meningitis meningococcal septicaemia. Twenty four hours later he was in resus. Despite what the doctors and surgeons told him, he made a full miraculous recovery, limbs intact. But something changed, still the journey was long dorm in the underworld, but something new was born. The journey lasted for almost another two decades before he found his true calling, in the form of a healing with a shaman - death was finally removed. And so it began, the path of shaman-hood, the path of a healer and the quest to portray the image of the Divine Feminine for all to see, through art and poetry, bringing Her back into our culture and society; back to our hearts and soul.
Daniel lives in Berkshire where he practises shamanic healing sessions. He lives with his husband and their 20 month old son, and a cat called smudge.
Deborah Garrett lives in a suburb of Detroit where she is involved in many things. She is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and works with local recovery advocacy groups and as a facilitator for educational groups on the subject. She is a strong supporter of efforts to end violence against women and girls. In addition to her journey to Isla Mujeres mentioned in the article, she has traveled to England, Ireland, and Guatemala in sacred circles of women
My name is Dora Wright and I am a member of three writing groups. I've been writing for ten years and have been published in Newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and online. I live at Loch Lomond and enjoy the beauty all around me - very inspirational.
Doreen writes: "I live beside beautiful Loch Lomond in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. I am a therapist teaching relaxation techniques, yoga stretches, and Indian head massage. I also work with crystals and vibrational healing. Much of my poetry is Goddess focused and deeply influenced by ancient myth and folklore. I also enjoy hosting Goddess events celebrating the Goddess in all Her aspects. E mail me at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>."
Lynne is a Poet and a Priestess Healer and offers service as Melissa in the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. She works as a healer, soul companion, retreat facilitator, leadership developer and supports the growth of women into their true power and potential.
Her first collection of poetry "Enlivenment" was published in 2013 and in 2016 she was named as one of the UK's "100 Women of Spirit" by the Brama Kumaris. She is a mother, stepmother and grandmother and lives near Glastonbury in a beautifully restored Georgian Chapel. She recently retired from working as Chief Executive and corporate mystic in vocational education to focus on Goddess spirituality and soul companionship with others. Her Doctorate is in spiritual leadership.
Karen Tate, speaker, author, workshop presenter, and social justice activist is the radio show hostess of the long-running internet podcast, "Voices of the Sacred Feminine" on Blog Talk Radio. She has been invited to speak at prestigious institutions such as the Council for the Parliament of World Religions, Glastonbury Goddess Festival, American Academy of Religion, Joseph Campbell RoundTables, conferences, theosophical societies, colleges, churches and many private organizations. She can be seen in the influential docu-film, "Femme: Women Healing the World", produced by Wonderland Entertainment and actress, Sharon Stone. She is an associate with the Joseph Campbell Foundation and organizes the Joseph Campbell Roundtables held at the Museum of Woman in Irvine. Karen is the author of three books and she's curated three anthologies, referred to as the "manifesting a new normal" trilogy. The most recent, "Awaken the Feminine", is just out in early 2019. Karen is a certified Caring Economy Conversation Leader and Power of Partnership Practitioner with Riane Eisler’s Center for Partnership Studies. She has a certification from Smith College in the Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World and she’s been named one of the Thirteen Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement. She lives in her mountain sanctuary with feline daughter, Lilly, and Roy, her husband and partner of more than thirty years. You can find out more about her and her work at her website, <a href="http://www.karentate.net">www.karentate.net</a>.
Eileen is a bodacious poet, performer, and active in the local Goddess community. Her work has been published and performed in a variety of places including, We’Moon, Breadcrumb Scabs, and Minnesota Fringe. She stirs life up from her hometown of Blue Mounds, WI just over the hill from Patricia's Brigit Rest. She is very proud that her poem Forging will appear in Patricia and Michael's upcoming book "Brigit: Sun of Womanhood".
Elizabeth A. Kaufman resides at Toadstool Condo in South Florida, USA with her husband of almost thirty years and her cat, Stirling B. Elizabeth has been a witch and dedicated priestess to Hekate for over thirty years. She is a Traditional Usui & Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Crystal Healer, avid needlewoman and writer whose adventures and ramblings can be read at her blog <a href="http://www.witchofstitches.blogspot.com/">www.witchofstitches.blogspot.com</a>. She is the author of a chapbook, <em>Enchanted, Poems, Spells & Other Enchantments</em> as well as <em>Unbound, A Devotional Anthology for Artemis</em> and <i>Bearing Torches, A Devotional Anthology for Hekate</i>, both available from Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Amazon.com. She can be contacted at her blog.
A thought leader in new frontiers for modern, feminist theology and religious studies. A passionate theorist on “Nomadic Theology”—with a deep affinity for goddess-related history. Actively sharing ideas through online/offline publications, speaking engagements, and lecturing/teaching. Intellectual explorer. Asker of questions that challenge boundaries. Collector of lost stories. A curious woman in love with the mysteries of the world.
Recent publications include:
"From Scotland to the Aegean Sea: Diving Deep in Conversation with Carol P. Christ”, Goddess Thealogy, An International Journal for the Study of the Divine Feminine.
"Nomadic Theology: Crossing the Lines of Traditions in Theology", published in Testing the Boundaries: Self, Faith, Interpretation and Changing Trends in Religious Studies. Cambridge Scholars Press.
Frances is a poet, storyteller and filmmaker. She has published numerous short stories, articles and poems and she has been a guest author on CBC Radio. Her <i>Green Man</i> chapbook is published by Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS), and her poem <i>Song of the Rose</i> was awarded TOPS Most Popular Poem in 2007.
The League of Canadian Poets featured her poems for National Poetry Month and she was twice invited to contribute her poems in honor of Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the famous WWI poem <i>In Flanders Fields</i> in celebration of Canada Day on July 1st.
Born in England of Welsh Romany ancestry, she came to Canada in 1977. She began writing seriously in 1972, whilst working at BBC television in London, England. After making award-winning documentaries, she earned an Honors degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto. She makes her homes in Guelph, Ontario and Gulfport, Florida.
Georgina Sirett-Armstrong-Smith is a Priestess of Avalon and an experienced Karmic Astrologer, looking at past lives and the challenges and patterns within your birth chart. She is also a gifted Tarot Reader with over 40 years' experience. In addition, Georgina is an Esoteric Soul Healer and teaches Astrology and Tarot workshops. As a teacher/trainer she has travelled all over the world and has also appeared on TV in the BBC's 'Heaven and Earth' programme and is also a presenter on Sky TV's 'Psychic Circle'. She has also appeared on BBC Radios 2 and 3.
Georgina is also a Spiritual Counsellor and very active in wonderful Avalon. In addition she is a Ceremonialist for beautiful Handfastings and many other ceremonies and travels all over the world to conduct them.
Georgina lives in magical Avalon with her partner, six cats and a rescue puppy. Her website is<a href="http://www.sunflowerhealing.co.uk/"> www.sunflowerhealing.co.uk</a>.
Geraldine is the founder and editor of <em>Goddess Pages</em>. She is also a Priestess of the Goddess, a founder member of the <a href="/www.goddesstemple.co.uk/%5C%22">Glastonbury Goddess Temple</a> and a former Glastonbury Goddess Conference ceremonialist.
A web designer and all-round computer person, Geraldine is responsible for a number of websites. In her spare time she writes articles and poems, loves researching Goddess in mythology and also produces artwork on her beloved computer. She also runs an online correspondence course called "<a href="http://www.geraldinecharles.co.uk/index.php/courses">Getting to know the Goddess</a>".
The topic of Glenys Livingstone’s doctoral work in Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney was “The Female Metaphor – Virgin, Mother, Crone – of the Dynamic Cosmological Unfolding” and Her embodiment in seasonal ritual. A version of this was published as PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion (iUniverse 2005). Glenys has been passionately involved in the resurgence of Goddess for almost three decades. She teaches classes in Re-storying Goddess and Celebrating Cosmogenesis, and facilitates the annual cycle of eight seasonal rituals according to her place on the planet – which is in the Blue Mountains Australia. She understands herself as priestess. She grew up in country Australia and has a background in post-graduate theological studies from Berkeley California.
Her book PaGaian Cosmology, which combines personal, academic and practical style, is freely available to be read on-line as well as purchased at <a href="http://pagaian.org/"><strong>http://pagaian.org</strong></a>.
Glenys is a mother, grandmother, and beloved partner.
Hannah writes: "I write both fiction and non-fiction in between working on a dairy sheep farm, where many hours in the milking parlour provide much scope for reflection. My main interests are history, spirituality, folklore and all things considered paranormal, which reflect in the themes of my writing.
My first novel, The Story of Light, has been published by Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing." Hannah's website is <a href="http://light-onecandle.blogspot.co.uk">http://light-onecandle.blogspot.co.uk</a>.
<a href="http://www.hmeenee.com/">Harita</a> is a Greek independent scholar researching women’s history, the Greco-Roman world and the Goddess. She lives in Athens, Greece, but spends part of her time in Southern California. She studied classical literature and language; her graduate studies were in the field of counseling. She has translated poetry, published in several literary magazines, as well as prose, such as W.K.C. Guthrie’s <em>Orpheus and the Greek Religion</em>.Harita has delivered talks in many parts of her country, as well as in Britain, Uzbekistan (Central Asia) and the USA. Her articles have appeared in many Hellenic and American magazines<em>.</em> She is the author of four books:<em>- Neo-Paganism: The Rebirth of the Old Religion</em> <em>- On the Path of Aphrodite </em><em>- The Women’s Olympics and the Great Goddess</em> <em>- The Sacred Feminine and Mary Magdalene</em>Harita teaches the online seminars "Myths and Archetypes" and "Discovering the Wisdom of Dreams." For more information visit <a href="http://www.hmeenee.com/">www.hmeenee.com</a>.
Hazel is a priestess of Avalon who works as an interpreter and lecturer in Bristol. She is also a student on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa. She is particularly drawn to the energies of the lover goddess and is also passionate about sacred geography and earth based spirituality.
Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth was born in Thuringia (Germany) in 1941 and is the mother of two daughters and one son. Ph.D. in philosophy and theory of science at the University of Munich where she taught philosophy for ten years (1973-1983). She published extensively on theory of science and various books on matriarchal society and culture and, by her lifelong research on this topic, has become the founder of Modern Matriarchal Studies.In 1986, she founded the “International ACADEMY HAGIA. Academy for Matriarchal Studies and Matriarchal Spirituality” in Germany, and since then has been the director. In 1980, Heide was visiting professor at the University of Montreal, Canada and, in 1992, at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.In 2003, Heide organized and guided the “1st World Congress on Matriarchal Studies” in Luxembourg, and in 2005, the “2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies” in San Marcos, Texas. In 2005, she was elected by the international initiative “1000 Peace Women Across the Globe” as one of these women from all over the world who were nominated for the Peace Nobel Prize 2005.For more information, see: <a href="http://www.goettner-abendroth.de">http://www.goettner-abendroth.de</a> and <a href="http://www.hagia.de">http://www.hagia.de</a>.
Helen is a Priestess of the Goddess who follows a Celtic spiritual path - dedicated particularly to Brigid and also devoted to Arianrhod. Based in Glasgow, she leads a spirituality group - now in its 15th year.
As an active Crone, she has experienced renewed energy for a wide range of interests since turning 70. Her lifelong love of astronomy started at age 10 with distance - learning courses taught by Sir Patrick Moore ( 1923-2012 ). Helen is also passionate about service to older people, animal welfare -especially cats, poetry and networking to make and maintain connections between people and their ideas and enthusiasms.
Helen is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been writing non-fiction articles on science and the environment for both UK and International audiences for over a decade. She also writes poetry and has a flash fiction memoir, which can be found at: <a href="http://livesofvancouver.wordpress.com/">http://livesofvancouver.wordpress.com</a>
<strong>Isabella Lazlo</strong> is Artist, Facilitator and Co-Editor of ‘She Who Knows Magazine’ a new and revolutionary magazine for women that offers a more reliable and accurate reflection of who we are as women than most mainstream magazines at this time. Her work is in service of the new world we are dreaming. <a href="http://www.shewhoknowsmagazine.com">www.shewhoknowsmagazine.com</a>, <a href="http://www.ancientfuturedreaming.co.uk">www.ancientfuturedreaming.co.uk</a>
<strong>J.L. Stanley</strong> writes: I was born in Spokane, Washington, and after many travels, eventually ended up in Northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area where I work in the software industry. I am also an artist and single parent who was blessed to raise the most wonderful son.
I think I've always been a poet...some years the words flow, other years they're in that chaos state before birth. I have had many inspirations and muses in the course of my life - my loves and friends and family, my insatiable curiosity getting me into trouble, but most especially I am inspired by that spirit of being which has always seemed to me to flow through everything. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, it speaks to me. It's a tender, gentle voice at times, and at other times a ravaging cry... is it Dionysus, Ariadne, the sun or moon, my ancestors, my own soul? The world and life become more mysterious and unknowable the older I get. My collected works of poetry - Labyrinth Poems - are posted on my site at <a href="http://www.jlstanley.com/"><strong>http://www.jlstanley.com/</strong></a>
Jacqui is a Priestess of Avalon, trained in Glastonbury and living in London. She facilitates the group Tribe of Avalon, which meets to connect to and celebrate the ancient British Goddesses through the festivals in the Wheel of the Year and the turning of the moon. She is passionate about connecting to the land as sacred, particularly in London, and about working to heal the wounds to the Sacred Feminine in all of us. She is a writer and a poet and has given many talks in London about the Goddess and the sacred land. She is a director both of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and of the Southwark Mysteries, a community arts organisation which offers creative ways for people to respond and interact with their inner-city environment. She is also a Pagan Prison Chaplain. She can be contacted at <a href="mailto:Avalon@pflondon.org"><strong>Avalon@pflondon.org</strong></a>
You can see more of Jan’s silk paintings, as well as wire work by her daughter, Rachel Reilly, at <a href="http://www.facetsofavalon.com/">Facets of Avalon</a>. Or stay at <a href="http://www.berachah.co.uk">Berachah</a>, a beautiful B&B located on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor, and where Jan’s artwork is displayed throughout the house.
Jan Foster-Bartlett, born in West London, moved to Rural Norfolk in 2009, the county of her ancestral roots. She is a professional genealogist and writer. Her writing to date has mainly been short stories, usually with an air of mystery, one of which will be included in a Norfolk Mystery Anthology due to be published in 2011. She is currently working on her first novel.
Jan has always felt a strong connection with nature, Mother Earth and the universe and slowly realised that Paganism was the path she wished to follow. As a member of the Pagan Federation for over 20 years she enjoys the sharing of views of fellow pagans through Pagan Dawn magazine and also the Stonewylde community but prefers to honour the God and Goddess in a solitary way.
You can contact Jan via her ancestry research web page at www.jfbresearch.moonfruit.com.
I was born in 1933 and grew up on a farm in Illinois, deeply connected to the earth. A mother and grandmother, I have performed music all my life, inspired as a child by listening to my mother’s beautiful low voice. After graduating from Monmouth College, I married and raised my three children in Davenport, Iowa, at a time when neither of the words “relationship” or “sexual abuse” existed, and where much was suffered, especially by my children. After forty-six years in the mid-west I moved to Berkeley California, received a master’s degree in clinical psychology, 1983, from John F. Kennedy University, expecting to be a healer in the world. Instead, I began a profound spiritual journey inward, initiated by separation from Ed Jackson, a man I deeply loved and recognized as my soul mate.<em>The loss of the Mother, the sacred feminine, crushed by the patriarchal domination of the maternal spirit—a spirit that once filled our world with wisdom and compassion—and the subsequent devastating abuse of planet Earth, and all her inhabitants was powerfully revealed to me through that “crack in the cosmic egg.”</em> <strong>All of my words and music and art and life are devoted to “heralding the return of the Mother, our Great Ancestress, from the depth of soul into awakening consciousness.” </strong>I am a programmer on listener-supported radio, KZYX in Mendocino County, on Women’s Voices, interviewing courageous women who devote their lives to making a difference in this troubled world. <a href="http://www.janierezner.com">www.janierezner.com</a> has photos of my early life, my writings, and art work—paintings, sculptures and ocarinas. And my CD, <em>Oquawka Speaks the Words and Music of Mother God</em>.
Jeri writes about ancient goddesses. In addition to <em>Breaking the Mother Goose Code</em>, she’s written <em>Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future</em>. With her Akita Cassandra and her calico cat Helen of Troy, she lives at the edge of a great fairy-tale forest in Maine that stretches all the way back from their backyard hundreds of miles north into Canada.
Jill is an artist and writer living in the Western Isles of Scotland. Known as Jill Bruce she was, in the 70s/early 80s, a celebratory, ceremonial, ritual Performance Artist, who then made ritual journeys through the sacred landscapes of the British Isles before settling in the Hebrides. For more of her story and work, visit her <a href="http://www.jill-smith.co.uk/">website</a>.
A graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts, Jim Malachi resides in the Pacific Northwest where he earns his living as an artist, writer, and musician. He is a published <a href="http://enfolded-press.blogspot.com/">novelist</a> as well as a fragmentary writer whose work has also appeared in <a href="http://fraglit.com/flit/archives/category/s-2009/page/13"> FragLit Magazine</a>, an online publication devoted to the art of fragmentary writing.
<strong>Jocelyn Chaplin</strong> is a psychotherapist (soul healer) with over 30 years experience. She co-founded the Serpent Institute training Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counsellors and Psychotherapists in a framework of Goddess Spirituality. Jocelyn has run many workshops and courses on the Goddess in London, Malta and Greece. She also paints rhythmic flowing pictures as acts of attunement to Her energies.
These explorations are developed further in Jocelyn’s new book <em>Deep Equality - Living in the Flow of Natural Rhythms</em>. Published by O-books.net in May 2008. Her web site is<a href="http://www.serpentinstitute.com"> www.serpentinstitute.com</a>.
John is a writer and performer, best known for his Sha-Manic Plays, his stage adaptation of Gormenghast, The Southwark Mysteries and Secret Bankside – Walks In The Outlaw Borough – all published by Oberon Books. As John Crow he performs his magical songs and poems, conducts workshops, including Shamanic Playhouse, and rituals such as south London’s annual Halloween of Cross Bones.* all poems quoted are from The Southwark Mysteries by John Constable (Oberon Books)To find out more visit: <a href="http://www.crossbones.org.uk">www.crossbones.org.uk</a>
and please sign our online petition for a Garden of Remembrance: <a href="http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/cross-bones-graveyard-heritage-site/signatures.html">http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/cross-bones-graveyard-heritage-site/signatures.html </a>
Joyce is a priestess of the Goddess living in Holland. She works as an astrologer, healer and flower remedy therapist.
Joyce gives trainings on the wheel and the Goddess and writes poetry and articles.
JP is a singer/songwriter (singing name Julie Patchouli) and tarotist, with a day job is as a community learning development worker. She sings 'Songs of Love and Cheese' at Cafe Galatea in Glastonbury, UK every Wednesday evening.
Judith is author of three Goddess spirituality books and two novels. The second enlarged edition of her book, <em>Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century,</em> is Winner of the USA Best Book Award 2009 in the comparative religion category. Her most recent book, <em>Goddess Matters</em>, was <strong><a href="https://goddess-pages.co.uk/goddess-matters-the-mystical-practical-and-controversial-by-judith-laura/">reviewed in the Winter 2011 issue of Goddess Pages</a> </strong>and has received 2 finalist awards (in Spiritual: General" and "Women's Issues" categories) from the International Book Awards 2012.
Her novel, <em>Beyond All Desiring</em> won three awards. Her Goddess writings have also appeared in the journals <em>WomanSpirit, SageWoman, Broomstick, Matrifocus</em>, and <em>Goddess Pages</em>. Material from her Goddess books has been included in the "Dancing the Goddess Home" ritual of the Goddess 2000 Project,<em> </em><em>A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual</em>, and the anthologies <em>SageWoman Cauldron, A Pagan's Muse,</em> and <em>Talking to Goddess</em>. Her fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of print and online journals.She blogs as Medusa in <strong><a href="http://medusacoils.blogspot.com/">http://medusacoils.blogspot.com</a>/.</strong>More info about all this and more at her website, <strong><a href="http://www.judithlaura.com/">http://www.judithlaura.com</a>/.</strong>
<strong>Katara Moon</strong> is the pen name of artist Debora Whitehouse. She was born in Colorado Springs in 1951.
After a 30-year career in the arts (including a BFA, years of staff and freelance work in New York and Los Angeles) she left the Arts field due to severe fibromyalgia.
Now residing in Arizona, she prefers writing humorous musings about art, illness and everything under the Goddess. Current attacks on Women's Rights in the US, however, have urged her to stretch her feminist/protest muscles to enter the fray. <a href="mailto:email@example.com">Send her</a> and the women of America your blessings.
You can see Baubo Biggins' facebook page <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003771666737&sk=wall">here</a>.
Kathy is a Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of the Goddess who lives in Glastonbury, England. She is a healer, writer, teacher, ceremonialist and initiator. She teaches with Ren Chapman, a Priestess of Avalon training in Glastonbury. She is the Founder and Webster/Organiser of the international Glastonbury Goddess Conference and a Founder and Creative Director of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. She also teaches an Esoteric Soul Healing course, and leads Goddess Pilgrimages to many sacred places around the world, including Greece - June 2010, Maui - February 2011 and Tibet - 2012. You can find more information about all Kathy’s Goddess activities at <a href="http://www.kathyjones.co.uk">www.kathyjones.co.uk</a>.
Keli lives in Pflugerville, near Austin, Texas, with her husband of five years and their four dogs, two cats and a couple of goldfish. She is currently working to set up the Goddess Temple of Central Texas.
Kirsten, originally Danish, has lived in Stockholm, Sweden for 30 years. Skilled in weaving since she was 20. Storyteller and writer of the original goddesses and wise mothers of old Scandinavia: Hel, Braido, Omma and Källingen (Braid, Mamma, Cailleach).Kirsten has undertaken long-term university studies in theology and later dived into thealogy. She is a psychosomatic physiotherapist, intertwining body, soul, feelings and intellect. A passionate herbalist, shaman and belly dancer, Kirsten deeply enjoys women connecting with one another, drawing up threads from our peaceful, life-oriented history of old to make a strong web for the future. Since 2008 she has organized six Swedish Goddess Conferences. Feel welcome to contact Kirsten at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.">email@example.com</a>.
Laura is an artist and illustrator from the UK. A proud Pagan of 14 years, her work is influenced by deities, animals and nature. You can see more of her work at her <a href="http://www.mymysticalart.blogspot.co.uk">website</a>.
Laura was born in Scotland but went to Italy after leaving university. She lived and worked in Lunigiana and the parallel Val di Vara for more than 25 years. Walking the hills, talking to the people in the hidden valleys is probably her greatest pleasure. However much you discover, more is just round the next corner or below the next stone - it is an amazing place. No-one with a taste for the past, and a respect for old cultures should miss this untainted place.
Cariad is married with a 3 year old son and an 8 month old daughter and lives in Wiltshire. She has followed a Celtic Avalonian tradition for over 12 years and is a Celtic Reiki Master.Her interests include crystal lore, music, art, history, the Kabbalah and Goddess study and mythology.Cariad's previous career was as a Stage Manager in the Theatre. She is now studying for a degree in Acupuncture. Cariad can be contacted at <a href="mailto:Cariad@cariadnet.com">Cariad@cariadnet.com</a>.
<strong>Laura Shannon</strong> is one of the 'grandmothers' of the worldwide Sacred / Circle Dance movement. She trained in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, and has been researching and teaching traditional women's ritual dances for nearly thirty years. In Balkan, Greek and Armenian villages, Laura searches out women's songs, dances, rituals and textile patterns which embody an age-old worldview of sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth. Blending folk dance, circle dance and dance/movement therapy, Laura's teaching seeks to rekindle this awareness and to rediscover the hidden wisdom encoded in the dances, which she believes is rooted in the Goddess culture of Neolithic times.Laura gives workshops all over the world and her articles have been published in many languages. Her essay on Women's Ritual Dances appeared in Dancing on the Earth (Findhorn Press, available from <a href="http://www.laurashannon.net">www.laurashannon.net</a>). In between her travels for research and teaching, Laura lives in Greece and in the ecological community of Findhorn in northern Scotland.
Laura is a priestess of the Goddess living in Folkestone, Kent. She has been involved in a pagan path for over 15 years and at present is nearing the end of her third spiral training with the Goddess temple in Glastonbury. Laura is the co-founder of the <a href="http://www.folkestonepagancircle.co.uk/">Folkestone Pagan Circle</a>, helping to facilitate ceremonies, temple spaces and much more - which can be found at and via facebook. Laura's personal <a href="http://www.laura-slowe.co.uk">website</a> details her work and celebrant services.
Lauren was born in the United States in Atlanta, Georgia. She finished her undergraduate education at Spelman College in the Spring of 2009. Though finishing as a Comparative Women's Studies major, she also studied sociology-anthropology, music, history, and others. In the area of Comparative Women's Studies her areas included the following: African, African-descended (Caribbean), Native/Indigenous, Asian, Arab, Latina, and European women in the areas of performing/visuals arts, literature, spirituality/religion, and health. Miss Clark also received the opportunities to study in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, Jordan, and Israel.
Miss Clark is also the founder of WUFF (Women United in Faith and Feminism), an organization dedicated to using the Sacred Feminine in activism. She will begin her graduate studies with the American University in Cairo, Egypt in Gender and Women's Studies and Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in the summer of 2010. Miss Clark enjoys traveling, fully engaging with other cultures, and community service!
Lene is a Norwegian woman who came to know of the Goddess through Michael Jackson's poem "God" and the novel "Endymion Oracles: Nina's Story". She was diagnosed with the mild form of autism, Asperger syndrome, at the age of 16, and is a dedicated vegan who favours organic food and does her best to heal the world for the better. Her favourite animal is the wolf, of which there are only 44 left in Norway right now. An updated version of her book "Different but Perfect" will be available soon: <a href="http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lenema88">http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lenema88</a>.
Beginning with a teaching career in Canadian academia, Leona branched out to embrace a wider world. After her global travels she settled down for several years in the Findhorn Foundation Community in NE Scotland, where she worked closely with the Founders. After further stints in the Canadian university system, Leona settled down with her second husband Richard Elen in the Glastonbury Community, working closely with Kathy Jones and others to found and develop various Avalonian institutions, including the Library of Avalon, the University of Avalon (now the Isle of Avalon Trust), Ariadne Productions, the burgeoning Goddess Movement and with Margaret Kimber and friends, The Wise Crone Café and The Sustainable Living Company. Moving to the USA, she and her husband ran a communications consultancy near Nashville, Tennessee, and the Los Angeles area, later returning to the UK in the Cambridgeshire area. For many years she has been working in the field of conservation with The WILD Foundation and the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Leona’s website is <a href="http://www.thegreatreturning.org/">www.thegreatreturning.org</a>, and she also has a joint website with Richard at <a href="http://www.brideswell.com/">http://www.brideswell.com</a>.
Leslene is a mother, priestess, shamanic voyager, “shemama” (shamanic spiritual midwife) author, TV host and holder of Sacred Female shamanic wisdom. She has taught the feminist shamanic healing arts for 30 years and has traveled the shamanic path for over 40 years beginning her journey with plant medicines during the Haight/Ashbury era, and living the peaceful r/evolution of the pioneering flower child on The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee for nearly 11 years. There she gave birth to her two daughters, now the dynamic sister duo of the musical collective <i>The Goddess Alchemy Project</i>. As an initiated daughter of the Nepalese Goddess, <i>Ajima</i>, and an initiated pipe carrier in the tradition of<i>Grandmother Mahad’yuni</i>, she carries cross-cultural wisdom of the Sacred Female. Her groundbreaking book, <i>Midwifing Death : Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mother </i>has inspired many people to revision death and dying from a Sacred Female approach. She has appeared on numerous Elder’s Panels at tribal/music festivals such as <i>Earthdance</i>, and was an honored elder at the multimedia event <i>Ancestors Wisdom</i> in November 2009 in San Francisco, CA.
Grandmother Agnes, chairwoman of the <i>Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers</i>, says “Leslene has an important message and many people need to hear it.”
Lesley has a lifelong interest in archaeology, ancient history and sacred myth. She is a devotee of the Egyptian deities and loves studying and writing about them. Lesley is the author of three books, published by Avalonia. The first is <i>Thoth: The History of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom</i>. The second is <i>Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess</i>. It is an in depth study of a beloved Goddess who ought to be better known. Recently published is <i>Isis: The Eternal Goddess of Egypt and Rome</i>. This follows Isis from her origins in the Old Kingdom to the All-Goddess of the Greco-Roman Period and beyond. Lesley lives in the very un-Egyptian East Riding of Yorkshire. She enjoys baking and traveling and looks for goddesses wherever she goes.
<strong>Linda Foubister</strong> is a writer, researcher and public speaker. As a biologist, she became fascinated by snakes as unique animals and later, as symbols of feminism. Her work on mythology looks at the interplay between mythology and popular culture. Her articles have been published in several magazines, newspapers, and ezines, including Headline Muse and Encyclopedia Mythica.
Lisa is a Priestess of Avalon living and working in Glastonbury, Somerset. She loves writing, dance , creating community, running workshops and walking the sacred landscape. Lisa is an avid home educator and has been home educating her son for 7 years. She is an NLP Practitioner facinated by language and its many uses, and has successfully gained a variety of training in holistic therapies and mentoring. Lisa can be contacted on <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>
A former university instructor, <b>Lisa Wersal</b> is now a writer, musician, and quilter. Her previous work has appeared in a variety of publications, including <i>The Edge, Art Times Journal, SageWoman, Crone Magazine, the Phoenix Spirit, Bellowing Ark, Minnesota Women’s Press, Ars Lyrica</i>, and the <i>Minneapolis StarTribune</i>.
<strong>Liz Perkins</strong> was brought up a Quaker, earned her living in health-related research for many years, and went through Priestess training in Glastonbury, UK. She now keeps a foot firmly planted in each spiritual camp. She has run a long series of workshops for women in the second half of life, and has published <em>Journeys through Menopause</em>, an edited collection of women’s experiences, and E<em>xploring New Paths: emotional and spiritual growth for women at midlife</em>. Check out her <a href="http://www.midlifeandmenopause.co.uk">website</a>, or contact her at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a> for the books.
Lorraine is a Priestess of the Goddess and of Avalon, self initiating in 2009. She is an active member of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. Lorraine was also ordained this summer as an inter faith minister with One Spirit Foundation.
Lorraine has always written to try to make sense of the world, and has been performing her quirky poems for over thirty years. 'Clarissa the Corn Maiden' is one of a collection of Goddess/seasonal poems to be found on her CD ' The Soul Catchers' produced and released at Yule 2015.
Lorraine is currently in the process of completing Book 1 of 'The Old Crone Mysteries,' a Goddess crime novel featuring Keridwen, who is taking a gap year to solve murders.
Louise is a bestselling independent author, blogger, traveller and investigator of Herstory (women in history). She holds an MA in Educational Psychology and a BA in Social Education.
You can find her website at <a href="http://www.louisesommer.com">www.louisesommer.com</a> and more information at <a href="https://www.pinterest.com.au/Authorlousommer/">Pinterest</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Writerlouisesommer">Facebook</a>. There is also a former blog post by Louise <a href="https://www.louisesommer.com/single-post/2015/05/12/The-Oracle-of-Delphi-a-documentary">here</a>.
Lydia was an artist scholar on the Visual Arts faculty of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Arts from UNC, Lydia also studied with Syracuse University in Italy, France, Spain, and with the Art Institute of Chicago in Indonesia. She worked regularly at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago. Her research into sacred images of women took her around the globe. For seven years, Lydia led women’s pilgrimage journeys to sacred places. Lydia created and exhibited her art and did workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her Goddess Icon Spirit Banners have flown in Australia, Canada, Britain, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China and the U.S. spreading their divine feminine energies. A book about her work, Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, was published in 2002.
Marcia has been a practicing Eclectic Pagan and Taoist for twenty years and a Unitarian Universalist as well for five. She is ordained Pagan clergy through the Southern Delta Church of Wicca-ATC and currently facilitates her local group, Circle of the Phoenix, as well as co-facilitates the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) group at Neshoba UU Church in Cordova, TN. She lives in Jackson, TN with her husband of eleven years and the Winged Corgle (their beagle/Cardigan Welsh Corgi mix who believes she can fly).
In the interest of healing self, others and the planet, <b>Mari</b> has been following the call of earth based/divine female energies for 20 years. Drawn to walk a heart path in the midst of the beauty and paradox of the earth plane, Mari continues to be engaged by the personal and planetary need to rebalance the feminine and masculine energies. Find out more about her work at: <a href="http://www.spiritmaa.webs.com">www.spiritmaa.webs.com</a>
Maria comes from a large family in Liverpool, England and has lived in Muskoka, Canada since 1993. She is a counsellor and educational trainer, also a motivational speaker. She has written numerous short stories and poetry, magazine and newspaper articles in Britain and Canada. She writes a regular column for Muskoka Magazine. Writes her own column called "What's Up Bracebridge". She has published her first book of poetry called, 'Carrying Our Altars Within-Inspirational Sacred Poetry'. She is featured in eight anthologies of poetry and short story writing.
She is involved with photography and has won prizes for her work. Maria loves the written word, loves being a storyteller and teaching writing and poetry workshops.
Maria was a semi-finalist for the short story at the Moondance Film Festival 2009 and has reached the semi-finals again in 2010.
She is presently writing and directing a documentary on Women and Aging - Aging A Work in Process.
Maria loves people and is excited when she midwifes them towards change, she adores the work she does. Her key word is integrity and she is living her True, authentic life and loving every moment of it. Maria’s involvement with personal growth stems from recognizing the holistic aspects of spirit, mind and body and the connection they portray.
Marija is a filmmaker, writer and an artist working with pagan, spiritual and gothic themes. She enjoys friendships with people from many different cultures. Her publishing credits for 2013 alone include: "A Hymn to the Sun" - Paganpoet.com, 6 poems for the summer and fall issues of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, and "The Quiet Fire" For the Northern Cardinal Review. Marija is a writer for "The Spread", a UK online magazine for a non-profit film organization called CinemaJam.
<b>Dr. Marilyn Steele</b> is a Jungian psychologist, author, speaker, shamanic dreamer and mentor to PrimeTime (50+) women. She works with writers, healers, creatives, consultants, visionary entrepreneurs and transformational leaders who yearn for greater access to their feminine power, their Wild Feminine souls, and a path to bring their wild wisdom into the world.
Her book, <i>The Wild Feminine: Stories to Inspire and Embolden</i>, was released in May 2013 and recently chosen as one of The Spirited Woman Foundation’s Top Book Picks. A second book, <i>The Way of the Wild Feminine: Dream a New Story, Draw a New Map for the World</i>, is forthcoming. <i>Wild Cards</i> is a small deck of poetry quotations illustrated with her painting to inspire women, as the “wild cards” and carriers of the emerging possible story in the world published in 2012.
More information about Dream consultations, Jungian psychotherapy, classes and retreats, visit <a href="http://www.thewildfeminine.com">www.thewildfeminine.com</a>.
Mary writes: I'm 53 (54 in December and therefore a Crone!) I live in Knaresborough, of Mother Shipton fame, and work in York as an administrator with the City of York Council's Marketing dept. I first heard of the Goddess when I was at school in Sheffield, and she has been calling me since then. I have been so happy since we finally came together but maybe it was the right time. I am very interested in holy wells and healing with crystals. I have also studied herbal medicine. I have particular devotion to Isis, Hecate and Bride, quite a broad span across the pantheons!
<strong>Mary Saracino</strong> is a novelist, poet, and memoir writer who lives in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her most recent novel, <em>Heretics: A Love Story</em>, was published by Pearlsong Press in June 2014. Her novel, <em>The Singing of Swans</em> (Pearlsong Press, 2006), was a 2007 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She is the co-editor (with Mary Beth Moser) of <em>She Is Everywhere! Volume 3: An anthology of writings in womanist/feminist spirituality</em> (iUniverse 2012), which earned the 2013 Enheduanna Award for Excellence in Women-Centered Literature from Sofia University. Mary's short story, "Vicky's Secret," earned the 2007 Glass Woman Prize. Mary's other book-length work includes the novels<em> No Matter What</em> (Spinsters Ink, 1993) and <em>Finding Grace</em> (Spinsters Ink, 1999), and the memoir, <em>Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior</em> (Spinsters Ink Books, 2001). Her poetry and stories (creative nonfiction and fiction) have been published in a variety of literary and cultural journals and anthologies, both online and in print. Mary is a member of the editorial board for Return to Mago: Magoism the Way of S/HE; <a href="http://magoism.net/">http://magoism.net</a>. She is also a writing coach/teacher/editor and the founder of MOTHEROOT, an enterprise that offers embodied art-making and creative writing workshops and classes centered on the Dark Mother/Divine Female. For more information visit <a href="http://www.marysaracino.com/">www.marysaracino.com</a>; <a href="http://www.pearlsong.com/newsroom/marysaracino/marysaracino.htm">www.pearlsong.com/newsroom/marysaracino/marysaracino.htm</a>; <a href="http://magoism.net/people-3/contributors-2/">http://magoism.net/people-3/contributors-2/</a>
Mary Tidbury is a priestess dedicated to the service of Goddess Bridget and a lover of all things Celtic. She teaches in her local village primary school in Somerset and when she’s not teaching she loves to learn!
Max is a Pagan historian who has created many visual presentations on Goddess iconography, including <em>Icons of the Matrix; Sacra Vulva; Goddess Cosmologies</em>; and<em> Matrikas</em>. She recently released her first DVD, <em>Women’s Power</em>. For information, video clips, and dvd orders, see <a href="http://www.suppressedhistories.net/womenspowerdvd.html">http://www.suppressedhistories.net/womenspowerdvd.html</a>.
Meggie lives in a little thatched cottage in Rutland with her partner and a large fluffy cat. She works as a lecturer, writer and musician. She has performed at events such as the Mercian Gathering with her folk group, the Northstow Mummers. You can read some more of her poems online at: <a title="blocked::http://paganpoetry.tripod.com/dindrane/dindrane.html" href="http://paganpoetry.tripod.com/dindrane/dindrane.html">http://paganpoetry.tripod.com/dindrane/dindrane.html</a>, or visit her website <a title="blocked::http://www.margarethiley.com/" href="http://www.margarethiley.com/">www.margarethiley.com</a>.
Melissa C. Reardon is the author of “<i>Marketing Creative Work</i>”, a workbook for artists, writers and artisans. Her writing has been included in the <i>Fishtrap</i> and <i>VoiceCatcher</i> anthologies, in print magazines and online. Her fine art photography has been included in many corporate art collections, shown in New York and Slovenia, and published in several venues.
She has spent many years in independent study of comparative religions, having a special connection to the Yogi, Taoist, Mahayana Buddhist, Native American and Celtic belief systems. She spends her time writing children’s books, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. To support her creative process, Melissa woodcarves, plays music and works on projects that promote sustainability. Visit her website: <a href="http://www.earthdharma.com/">earthdharma.com</a>.
Michael writes: "I was exceptionally fortunate to study under Professor Alan R. White. (In my opinion, which I arrived at only after he died, he was something that's as rare as hen's teeth - nowadays, even rarer: a philosopher in an academic department of philosophy.) I'm professionally unemployed, long term."
Michele Arista holds an MA in Women’s Spirituality from New College of CA. She seeks to recreate images of the Divine Feminine through poetry, art and dance. She is an iconographer of traditional Russian icons and of world Goddess images. She seeks to reinstitute images of the Divine Mother in the Roman Catholic Church. She has also reinterpreted the Hail Mary and rosary for a modern, feminist and scientifically conscious community. Her version of the Hail Mary will be published this fall in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, edited by Harvard Divinity School. Her painting of “Our Loving Mother” can be seen in the upcoming OCRE Journal sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is an experienced belly dancer and owns and choreographs at Dance International Studio in Manchester, NH.
Michele has been writing poems (and stories) since she was a young teenager as a therapeutic way of understanding her feelings. She loves imagery and symbolism and enjoys the discipline of trying to say what she feels in a concise and interesting way. Michele works as a mental health nurse for the elderly mentally ill, an experience which has led her to realise the importance of communciating one's feelings, and, as it were, "not being afraid to cry!.She is also involved in <a href="http://www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org/"><strong>Dances of Universal Peace</strong></a> in which our world's spiritual traditions are danced and sung (mostly in circles) to promote both inner peace and peace in the wider community. There are some beautiful, and powerful, celtic and goddess dances!
Michelle Crowningshield wrote the poetry books titled Soul Love Saga and Quantum Spirituality. These books turned into videos that incorporated each poem with a collage of models and artist.
She has been published in a few magazines like Ascent Aspirations, Montague Reporter, Mentertainment, Gallery and Savior Flair as well as 30 articles for Textbroker.
She has read her work at openings for Swan, Vagina Monologues, Fire and Water, Lilith and the Goddess Rock Festival with abundant power.
Her most rewarding accomplishment is being a mom to her 3 kids and foster mom to 8 over the past 7 years. She is hoping to adopt her baby girl who is now a wild 3 year old she has raised since birth.
<strong>Milina Jovanović</strong> came to the U.S. in 1994 from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where she completed her college education and received a J.D. and M.A. in Sociology of Law and Women’s Studies. Between 1991 and 1994 she worked as a sociologist at the Sociological and Criminological Institute in Belgrade researching changes in the Yugoslav family, youth, gender relations, and Sociology of Love. Upon coming to the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Jovanović received another M.A. in Social Sciences and Women’s Studies from San Jose State University. As a graduate researcher she compared women’s education and employment in California and Yugoslavia and published the results of her study.Between 1999 and 2001, as a member of a small team, she conducted research on immigrant contributions and integration practices in Santa Clara County, CA. She contributed to a nationally recognized study <a href="http://www.gcir.org/node/349">Bridging Borders in Silicon Valley</a> and co-edited <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/KIN.html?id=S1UBGwAACAAJ">KIN: Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities</a>. This research was funded by the Santa Clara County’s Office of Human Relations. Milina is still working at the same office, designing and monitoring programs for immigrants and providing mediation services.Her interests and publications include the following areas: Women and Gender Studies, Ecofeminism, history of immigration, history of Yugoslavs in the U.S., foreign policy, political history of Yugoslavia, Global Studies and Sociology of Love (Erich Fromm’s and bell hooks’ theories).In addition to her regular work, she advocates for immigrants, human rights, peace, rights of the Mother Earth, environmentally responsible policies, and social justice. Milina has written poetry since 1975, and her first collection of poems entitled <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Bridging+Borders+in+Silicon+Valley#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Milina+Jovanovic+&rh=i%73Aaps%2Ck%3AMilina+Jovanovic+">A Dog Violet in My Hair</a> was published in 2007.
Miriam is a Priestess of Avalon and a Priestess of Brighde. She loves writing and has written her PhD on British feminist authors. She is currently teaching at university with a focus on literature and gender and is working on a study of occult women authors. She also writes inspired Goddess poetry. She is the co-funder of the women's spirituality project (<a href="http://www.polythea.com">www.polythea.com</a>). Apart from serving in the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and Conference as ceremonialist and workshop facilitator, she teaches regular Goddess workshops in Germany and practises as an Esoteric Soul Healer (<a href="http://www.die-heilende-insel.de">http://www.die-heilende-insel.de</a>). For more information she can be contacted at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
<strong>Morgan Daimler</strong> is an Irish Re-constructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the early 1990s. She is a Druid in the Order of the White Oak and witch who follows a path inspired by the Irish Fairy Faith. A priestess of Macha, she teaches classes on Irish and Norse magical practices, fairies, and related subjects around the northeastern United States. Morgan's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including <em>By Blood, Bone</em>, and <em>Blade</em>:<em> A Tribute to the Morrigan</em>. Morgan is also the author of ten books including <em>Fairy Witchcraft</em> and the forthcoming <em>Pagan Portals: The Morrigan</em>. She blogs regularly at <a href="http://lairbhan.blogspot.co.uk/">Living Liminally</a>.
Myfanwy has been working with the Goddesses of the wheel of Avalon since getting involved with Jacqui Woodward-Smith's Tribe of Avalon group (then Avalon in London) a few years ago. She is currently studying English literature, rediscovering feminism and wondering how best to combine her different interests.
Nataliya writes: I was born in Ukraine and came to UK at the age of 15. I am a trained nurse and currently at the end of my midwifery training. My intererest in women and their fascinating cyclic nature brought the flow of writing poems in English language. I am fascinated by women and positive energy they bring into this world and how their changing nature keeps this world alive. I am passionate about supporting women and celebrating women’s strengths.
<b>Nicole Schwab</b> is an earth-loving, deep-thinking author and social entrepreneur who spent the last twenty years living and working across cultures and horizons. Her first book, <i>The Heart of the Labyrinth</i>, gives voice to her engagement on behalf of a world that values and honors the feminine principle and is rooted in our connection to the Earth as a living being. She wrote it beneath the mystical ruins of Delphi, Greece.
For more on Nicole and her blog, Spread Your Wings, see: <a href="http://nicoleschwab.com">http://nicoleschwab.com</a>
You can read the Goddess Pages <a href="https://goddess-pages.co.uk/the-heart-of-the-labyrinth-by-nicole-schwab/">review of her book here</a>.
North Wind Woman describes herself thus: Lefty /Vegetarian /Activist /Poet; Crafter /Weaver, maker of <i>things</i> (lotions & potions / doorstops from rocks) gifted from the everyday natural world around me; my pathway to the Goddess. Drawn to Celtic /Arthurian / Druid, with a slice of Shamanic thrown in. Living & learning on the edge of the cold North Sea. That's me. Blessed Be!
Pamela is a mother of two adopted children, a psychotherapist, and professional storyteller. She trained as a Priestess of the Goddess, and also runs courses and retreats in West Wales. The website: <a href="http://www.heartofthedragonwales.org">www.heartofthedragonwales.org</a> gives more information and you can see/hear or order the CDs and DVD. Also, look at the independent town website: <a href="http://www.newcastle-emlyn.com">www.newcastle-emlyn.com</a> .Next year’s festival will be on July 4th, please email <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a> if you would like to be kept informed, help at the festival or come and step into the story.Pamela is a freelance artistic director and storyteller, so if you want help with how to tell stories and bring alive your own local legend, then please make contact. Also, do let Pamela know if you have a local Dragon story which needs rebalancing or healing with a visit from the new born Baby Dragon.
Patricia died in November 2012. She had been professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University and was a widely-published author, a winner of the Pushcart Prize and the Friends of Literature award for her work. She produced four books of poetry, including <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1903392276/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=goddesspages-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1903392276%22%3EDancing%20with%20Chaos%3C/a%3E%3Cimg%20mce_tsrc=%22http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=goddesspages-21&l=as2&o=2&a=1903392276%22%20width=%221%22%20height=%221%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20style=%22border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;%22%20/%3E"><em>Dancing with Chaos</em></a> (Salmon Poetry), a book that explores chaos theory through poetic images. Her most recent book of poetry is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1933456094/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=goddesspages-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1933456094%22%3EHomefront%3C/a%3E%3Cimg%20mce_tsrc=%22http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=goddesspages-21&l=as2&o=2&a=1933456094%22%20width=%221%22%20height=%221%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20style=%22border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;%22%20/%3E">Homefront</a> </em>(Word Tech Editions), a book that explores the lasting impact of war on families of psychologically-wounded veterans.
She was a frequent collaborator with musicians who set her work to music, most recently folk composer Michael Smith, whose Celtic-inspired art-song settings of Patricia's poetry have been released on the CD, <em>Songs of the Kerry Madwoman</em>, while the Alaska a capella group the Derry Aires did a two-CD compilation of Patricia's poetry under the title, <em>Seasons of the Witch.</em>
In nonfiction, Patricia was an active scholar and author. She wrote two encyclopediae of mythology: <em>The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines</em> (Greenwood Press) and <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0816075565/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=goddesspages-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0816075565%22%3EThe%20Encyclopedia%20of%20Celtic%20Mythology%20and%20Folklore%20(Concise%20Encyclopedia)%20(Facts%20on%20File%20Library%20of%20Religion%20and%20Mythology)%3C/a%3E%3Cimg%20mce_tsrc=%22http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=goddesspages-21&l=as2&o=2&a=0816075565%22%20width=%221%22%20height=%221%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20style=%22border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;%22%20/%3E"><em>The Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Folklore</em></a> (Facts on File). Her most recent nonfiction book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004CYF91K/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=goddesspages-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B004CYF91K%22%3EThe%20Red-Haired%20Girl%20from%20the%20Bog:%20The%20Landscape%20of%20Celtic%20Myth%20and%20Spirit%3C/a%3E%3Cimg%20mce_tsrc=%22http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=goddesspages-21&l=as2&o=2&a=B004CYF91K%22%20width=%221%22%20height=%221%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20style=%22border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;%22%20/%3E">The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog</a> ,</em> explores ecology, myth and folklore in Ireland. She was also author of an introduction to goddess spirituality entitled <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1567184677/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=goddesspages-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1567184677%22%3EThe%20Goddess%20Path:%20Myths,%20Invocations%20and%20Rituals%3C/a%3E%3Cimg%20mce_tsrc=%22http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=goddesspages-21&l=as2&o=2&a=1567184677%22%20width=%221%22%20height=%221%22%20border=%220%22%20alt=%22%22%20style=%22border:none%20!important;%20margin:0px%20!important;%22%20/%3E"><em>The Goddess Path</em></a> (Llewellyn Worldwide), a book of translations of classic goddess poetry (<em>The Goddess Companion,</em> Llewellyn Worldwide) and a book of goddess stories for girls (<em>Wild Girls,</em> Creatrix Press).
Patricia was also one of the founders of <em><a href="http://www.blackearthinstitute.org/index.shtml">Black Earth Institute</a>:</em> connecting earth, spirit and society through the arts.
Paul lives in Yorkshire and loves the dales and moors. After an extended pilgrimage around the British Isles in search of Brighid he created the website: <a href="http://www.brighid.org.uk">Brighid Goddess and Saint</a>. A long-standing Apple Mac user, he delights in page layout and typography.
Canadian poet, performer and playwright <b>Penn Kemp</b> has been lauded as a trailblazer and a poetic El Nino. Her 2018 books of poetry are "Local Heroes" (Insomniac), and "Fox Haunts" (Aeolus House). Forthcoming is <a href="https://riverrevery.ca">"River Revery"</a>, (Insomniac Press, 2019). See <a href="http://www.pennkemp.weebly.com">www.pennkemp.weebly.com</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com.pennkemppoet">www.facebook.com.pennkemppoet</a>.
Peter Knight (a Pagan dowser, shamanic drummer, and author) has published the most comprehensive guide ever to West Kennet Long Barrow, the finest Neolithic long barrow in Britain. He deals with the burials, astronomy, it’s place in the landscape, shamanism, acoustics, earth energies, symbolism and more. His study of the monument was multifaceted and ‘holistic’, and also how we can use it today - respectfully.
Rachael is a Glastonbury-based psychotherapist, Goddess artist, writer and poet. Her self-help book, "Breaking the Spell - the Key to Recovering Self-esteem" (PSAvalon 2005) is available in Kindle and paperback. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies and she has a collection, "She Who Walks with Stones and Sings" (PSAvalon 2006). Both books can be bought via Amazon, or from her website: <a href="http://www.rachaelclyne.com/">www.rachaelclyne.com/</a>, as can her powerful Goddess artwork. Her articles and poems appear on her public <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RachaelClynePsychotherapy?fref=ts">Facebook Page</a>.
Rachel writes: I'm a 50 year old mother, artist, witch and author. I trained in a coven in Essex during the late 1980s after studying as a solitary since 1973, afterwards running workshops and magical groups in East Anglia. I also trained in Reiki and became a Master in 1998. In 1999 I relocated back to Kent where I now work at the University of Kent at Canterbury.My path has included working in ceremonial magic and Celtic shamanism and is fairly eclectic in its nature. My first book Nature's Children - celebrating the seasons in a pagan family (Capall Bann UK) was published in 2007 and my latest - <em>T</em><em>h</em>e Silver Hearth Witches Workbook was published by lulu.com in 2008. Currently working on 2 further writing projects and a series of Goddess artworks, I am hoping to begin a new circle in the Canterbury area in the near future. I can be contacted via my website: <a href="http://www.raewytch.blogspot.co.uk"><strong>www.raewytch.blogspot.co.uk</strong></a>.
Rachel is a published poet and writer. This poem was inspired by the Goddess Conference and Carolyn Hillyer's invitation to hold a Salmon skin. Rachel first encountered the wisdom of Salmon whilst working as Co-ordinator of an Outdoor Education Centre which was housed in an ancient salmon fishing station on the Isle of Mull. She recently moved to Glastonbury where she is enjoying living in and learning from the landscape of Avalon. She is a Priestess of Brighid and is passionate about seeing the sacred in everyday moments.
Rita Lewis is a homeopath, herbalist and shaman. These exciting activities, as did the world of the Goddess, seemingly came late to her. After several nudges and many beautiful visions, the Goddess spoke through the plants in the garden. Here, Rita was inspired to bring together the different strands of her life's experience and, with the help of the Goddess, began to create flower essences and natural skincare balms.
Rita presently lives in the heart of England with her partner of over forty years, and a very dignified Birman cat who also loves the plants. The countryside where she lives is wonderful and her garden is brimmingly alive with the Goddess, though Rita yearns to return to Norfolk, the place where she was born. She will always inhabit a garden with herbs, flowers and Goddesses, but she longs for the sea and the big Eastern skies full of flocks of travelling birds.
Rohase (pronounced 'Rose') was born in London in 1958 and moved to Brighton, East Sussex, in 1986. She is the author of three published novels: <em>My Dearest Holmes</em> (the original Holmes/Watson romance!); <em>The Coward Does It With A Kiss</em> (a fictionalised diary of Constance Wilde); and <em>What Brave Bulls Do</em> (an anti-bullfighting story for older children and adults alike, illustrated by Nina Falaise). As 'Rose Alba', she co-authored <em>Blessings and Invocations for Everyday Life</em> (Asphodel Press, 2008) with Penny Barham.
Rohase is an eclectic Pagan with a special interest in the Deities of the Ancient Near East and the Classical era. She still lives in Brighton with her husband Leslie, and she has two grown-up daughters, Morgana and Pip.
Rose is a Priestess of Avalon, a poet and art therapist. She teaches Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Bristol University and works as a writer in healthcare in the hospital and community of Salisbury.
Winner of numerous awards for poetry including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, she has four collections. Her first was <em>Blue Horse of Morning</em> (Seren) followed by <em>Firesigns</em> (<a href="http://www.poetrysalzburg.com/psr.htm">Poetry Salzburg</a>) which uses the Wheel of the Year to frame poems that move through the brightness and potential of Imbolc, to the fire of Beltane and the thoughtfulness of Lammas into the ancestral places of Samhain, and beyond.
<em>Nekyia</em> (<a href="http://www.stridebooks.co.uk/">Stride</a>) is an extended meditation on the changes that time makes to a a woman, to a marriage, to land. Taking the form of a quest the poems move through an inner, spiritual journey.
<em>Mother of Pearl</em> (<a href="http://www.willparfitt.com/psanew.html">PSAvalon</a>) contains poems in praise of the Goddess, mothers and daughters, witches, healers - and always Grandmother Earth.
<strong>Sophia</strong> is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of <em>Womb of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey of Menopause</em>, now available through her website and <em>Heart of the Earth, Nurturing the Sacred Feminine</em>, now available directly from Sophia through PayPal. Please email her for ordering and shipping details. Sophia’s website is <a href="http://www.wildheartwisdom.com">www.wildheartwisdom.com</a> and her email <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
Healer, writer, teacher, priestess and crone, <strong>Roz Bound</strong> nurtures writers in their transformational process, facilitating writing courses and monthly Open floor Readings in her island home in Ontario. She leads public rituals celebrating Mother Earth and offers meditation circles and labyrinth walks. Roz has two poetry books in print, <i>Spirit of Lyme</i> and <i>The Fireman’s Child</i>, and she recently completed her D. Min. in Wisdom Spiritualities, writing a dissertation on <i>Aging Consciously, Dying Awake</i>.
Ruth writes: “I am a midwife and mother of two living in Bristol, and have been consciously following a Goddess path since 2011. I am also studying the Bardic grade of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I am a passionate believer in women's circles as a powerful force for change, as well as support and inspiration, in our lives.”
Currently based in London, <strong>Samjhana Moon</strong> is primarily focussing on Goddess Portraiture and entering negotiations with galleries for exhibition. She is available for assignment or commission both locally and internationally, specialising in creative portraiture, healing portraiture, fine art landscapes and travel photography. Assignments benefitting disadvantaged women in developing countries are of particular interest.
Samjhana has travelled independently around the world and she continues to be enchanted by human expression, cultural variety and the endless diversity of terrain across the globe. Creating visual accounts of her journey through life, Samjhana frames intuitively and from the heart. Adventuring into wilderness and forming close relationships with people of foreign lands is an area in which she excels. Her work today combines her passion for people and locations which is primarily in the field. A selection of her images has been published in a collective picture essay and she has exhibited in a number of juried shows internationally. Samjhana was recently shortlisted for Wanderlust Magazine’s Photo of the Year Award. As a contributing artist to Photomonth 09, the East London Photography Festival, Samjhana held two solo exhibitions, “Earth Walk” and “The Goddess Within”. Electronic versions of these exhibitions can be viewed at her website: <a href="http://www.samjhanamoon.com">www.samjhanamoon.com</a>.
Sandra is a Priestess of Avalon. She's the author of the book and cards "Los Rostros de la Diosa" (The Faces of the Goddess), published by Kier on April, 2005. Sandra lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she teaches a four-year Priest/ess Training to serve Chak-Anna, the Goddess of the Southern Cross. She teaches a similar Priest/ess Training in Spain, honouring Hispania/Iberia, Goddess of Sun and Blood. She also runs online workshops for Spanish speakers. You can find her website at: <a href="http://www.geocities.com/sacerdotisasdeladiosa/">http://www.geocities.com/sacerdotisasdeladiosa</a> and contact her at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
Seren Bertrand is a womb mystic and midwife of feminine consciousness, who has been a visionary leader in women’s empowerment for over two decades. She is the co-founder of The Fountain of Life feminine mystery school and co-author of Womb Awakening – Initiatory Wisdom From the Creatrix of All Life – described as a “Revelation and a Masterpiece”. She graduated with a degree in English Literature and Modern Philosophy, before embarking on the twin-paths of a career in writing, as well as journeying deeply into the spiritual feminine traditions. Her writing on female Tibetan refugees was nominated for an Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting. She is passionate about the practical, embodied awakening of women and men, in a mystical yet no-nonsense way, which calls us into our true feelings, brings us back into the body, and roots us into the wisdom of Earth.
<a href="http://www.thefountainoflife.org/"> The Fountain of Life</a> offers in-depth online Womb Awakening Apprenticeships.
Serene is a healer, writer and witch who lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a reconnective healing practitioner and has studied magical and medicinal herbalism, reiki and many other healing modalities, as well as politics and journalism. Her first book, Seven Sacred Sites: Magical Journeys That Will Change Your Life, has just been published. Contact Serene at <a href="http://www.SevenSacredSites.com.au.">her website</a>.
Sheila was initiated into the Dianic tradition in 1983 and has walked a Goddess path with her sisters ever since. She is a Priestess of Brigid and Crone. Singing is one of her greatest joys; she has dedicated her voice to Brigid and she is an ardent collector of sacred songs and chants.
At Samhain 2012 she crossed the threshold into old age with magical croning celebrations in Avebury and Glastonbury. She is now looking forward to retiring from her accounting and astrology work. "Being free to create a life doing what I want to do and thinking about what I want to think about should lead me to A Better Cronehood (ABC)."
She is/was co-organiser of the Goddess in Cornwall Event, co-founder of <a href="https://goddess-pages.co.uk/goddessalive">Goddess Alive! Magazine</a>, and the author of numerous Goddess-related articles and the booklet <em>The Eleusinian Mysteries – a Modern Pilgrimage</em> (available from the <a href="http://www.goddesstemplegifts.co.uk/">Goddess Temple website</a>).
Shekhinah Morgan is the author and producer of the very popular Moon Diary and associated products. She originally trained in classical music and dance and worked as a school teacher for 13 years. In 1989 Shekhinah shifted her artistic focus to Middle Eastern Dance and Music. She trained with the Egyptian dancer Suraya Hilal and undertook studies in Arabic tabla. Shekhinah says “Dance, drumming and the Moon Diary are all ways for women to reclaim their own spiritual heritage, to bring the energies of the ‘sacred feminine’ into our ordinary day to day lives. My work is about fanning the flame of the Divine Feminine. As we honour the Feminine in our daily lives, we enable ourselves to take up the qualities and values of diversity, spontaneity, compassion, beauty and self-empowerment.” Shekhinah lives on the beautiful sub-tropical Mid North Coast of Eastern Australia. To find out more about Shekhinah and her work go to <a href="http://www.moondiary.com.au">www.moondiary.com.au</a>.
<b>Stuart McHardy</b> is a writer, researcher and lecturer on Scottish history and folklore. He is also a professional storyteller and musician, and worked for many years as a journalist and broadcaster. Over the past few years his work on the interface between folklore and archaeology/history has led to the development of a new approach to understanding our past as humans, called Geomythography, which he has been <a href="http://www.stuartmchardy.wordpress.com/"> recently teaching</a>. A founder member and past President of the Pictish Arts Society, he was Director of the Scots Language Centre 1993-98.
Susa writes: By the time you read this I will have moved to Mexico (Ajijic, Jalisco) to begin a new chapter in this glorious life. Stay tuned by subscribing to my blog at <a href="http://susasilvermarie.com" />susasilvermarie.com</a>. And I would love to hear from you. (<a href="https://goddess-pages.co.uk/contact-us/contact-us-forward-to-contributor/">Contact Goddess Pages</a> and we will pass on your email to Susa).
All is one and we are One with She-Who-Is.
Susan McCaslin is a Canadian poet who has published thirteen volumes of poetry, including <i>The Disarmed Heart</i> (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014), and <a href="http://www.members.shaw.ca/smccaslin/demeter_goes_skydiving.pdf"><i>Demeter Goes Skydiving</i></a> (University of Alberta Press, 2011), a volume short-listed for the BC Book Prize and first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Susan has recently published an autobiography, <i>Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga</i> (Inanna Publications, 2014), about her relationship with the Canadian mystic Olga Park (1891-1985). In 2012, she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to save a local rainforest outside Fort Langley in the Fraser Valley. Susan, who completed her Ph.D. in English at UBC in 1984, is Faculty Emerita of Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. Susan has a new volume of poetry forthcoming from Quattro Books (Toronto, Oct. 2016) titled <i>Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne</i>. <a href="http://www.susanmccaslin.ca">www.susanmccaslin.ca</a>.
Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades.
Ms. Weed's five herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Browse the publishing site <a href="http://www.wisewomanbookshop.com">www.wisewomanbookshop.com</a> for books, DVDs, audio downloads and gifts. Visit her site <a href="http://www.susunweed.com">www.susunweed.com</a> for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more! Go to: <a href="http://www.wisewomanmentor.com">www.wisewomanmentor.com</a> for Susun's free herbal ezine and also mentorship offerings for those who want to go deeper.
Suzanne Cheryl Gardner is calling up feminine energy: “The image of the ‘feminine/Goddess’ is key to the transformation of our culture. As we begin to physically see new symbols of female power we are spiritually reminded of the importance of a life balanced with both feminine and masculine energy. Through symbolism, colour, and subject matter my images reveal a world that has been secreted away for too long. ‘Painting the Goddess’ or ‘The Sacred Divine Feminine’ has been my celebration of the ongoing rhythm of life.”
Creating images for commercial ventures and illustration pieces for projects is part of Suzanne’s goal towards encouraging others to remember the feminine. You may purchase prints, one-time rights to digital images, or note cards on her website at <a href="http://www.suzannesart.com">www.suzannesart.com</a> or email her at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
T.Y. Chambers is the author of a collection of sacred feminine poetry entitled ‘Don’t you dare teach my daughter to fear the forest’. Keep updated with her work by liking her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chambersty/">Facebook page</a>
Tara is a writer, researcher, mythologist, student of history and the ancient mysteries. Studying the lives, myth and religion of ancient people is a passion of hers. Much of her inspiration comes from her own spiritual path which is that of a feminine based spirituality, involving worship of the ancient Mother Goddess. Tara is currently working on becoming an independent scholar in the field of Neolithic and ancient cultures, as well as working to become an author, in order to teach other women about the mysteries of the Goddess. You can find Tara at her blog <a href="http://loveofthegoddess.blogspot.com/">http://loveofthegoddess.blogspot.com/</a>
Theresa is the author of seven books including her most recent Tree Medicine Trilogy which includes, <i>Teachings from the Trees: Spiritual Mentoring from the Standing Ones</i>. She is an ancestral Strega (wise woman and witch in the Italian tradition) who founded the Strega Center in Sebastopol CA, and the Strega Tree Apothecary which crafts products for spiritual care, support and healing. Learn more about Theresa and her work by visiting <a href="http://stregatree.com"> stregatree.com</a> or <a href="http://ritualgoddess.com">ritualgoddess.com</a>.
Theresa writes: "I accidentally got old and was accosted by Goddess to enter into crone-hood and complete my PhD dissertation on Her divine secrets invulving Vulva, as divulged by Herself. She pulled me to a powerful petroglyph sight in Nevada, and I was hit over the head with Her energy. Later I received a psychic reading and was told, "I see a large 'V.' There is some ancient knowledge that has disappeared due to the genocide of women and the influx of the (patriarchal) sky-gods." Anyway, my job is to allow myself communion with the collective unconscious, reclaim Her sacred knowledge, and welcome it forward. This is to retrieve the divinity of Vulva from Her distortion through the sterilization of medical science and the defication of pornography . If you have any info, please contact! (To contact Theresa write to Goddess Pages and we'll forward your email or letter).
Thorskegga Thorn is a priestess of the Heathen tradition dedicated the Norse thunder-god Thor. She runs the Heathen networking group Heathens For Progress, is a member of Pebble and helps to run several active Heathen Kindreds (ritual groups) in southern England.
She has been writing articles on Heathen theology and giving talks and workshops for the last 15 years. She is a regular speaker at Heathenfest, the Beltane Bash, Halloween Festival and Pagancon.
Thorskegga's spirituality emphasises the natural world, agricultural year and domestic skills which allies her with the agricultural deities of Heathenry and its goddesses. One of Thorskegga's ongoing projects is to reconstruct the myths from the perspective of a farmer or housewife rather than the military theme more familiar from the worship of Odin.
Thorskegga's interests also spill over into social history, textile crafts, folksong and folkart. She is an obsessive craftswoman and has created two parade giants and numerous hand sewn parade parades which have been used in street parades as far afield as Tintagel and Canterbury. She has also created over 80 paintings depicting the Heathen gods and goddesses.
Some of her work can be found on the <a href="http://www.thorshof.org">Thorshof website</a>
Tiziana is a priestess, writer and adventurer with a particular interest in ancient rituals, yoga and sacred sexuality. Follow her travels at <a href="http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Travelling-Priestess/">www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Travelling-Priestess/</a>
Perth Goddess Advocate/female advocate, <strong>Tracey Jewel</strong>, has completed many years of research and education into feminine energy and ancient cultures. She is the owner of "Goddess in a Bottle" – selling inspired products – and faciliates Goddess workshops. She lives with her husband Jake and daughter Grace.
I am a Priestess of Avalon and Priestess of the Goddess, having dedicated as a Priestess of Avalon in 2010 after 3 years of training. I currently live in Glastonbury/Isle of Avalon where I often Melissa in the Goddess Temple, Priestess at Healing days in the Goddess Hall and also at the Embodiment Evenings held in the Goddess Temple. I also Priestess at the seasonal ceremonies held at the Goddess Hall.
I am a poet and writer and currently have two books published – ‘The Goddess Temple and Ceremonies at the Goddess Hall’ and ‘Avalon Dreaming’ my poetry book which includes poems written by me on the Isle of Avalon. I have published a 2010/11 Sabbat calendar ‘Avalon Reflecting’ again all poems written on the Isle of Avalon and accompanied by beautiful photographs.
My third book in the Avalon series is due out soon and is called ‘Avalon Journeying’, this includes poems written on the Isle of Avalon about a journey I experienced over the summer of 2010. I am working on further poetry and writing.
I have given talks in Derbyshire and Staffordshire about my journey to become a Priestess of Avalon and also held moonlodges in Derbyshire. I can create ceremony for moonlodges, rites of passage, handfasting, funeral and seasonal and am willing to travel. I can also create bespoke poems/verse for special occasions or people.
Victoria is a mystical artist, writer, sociologist and eco-feminist. She is the head editor as well as a contributing writer and artist in her upcoming book, Feminine Mysticism in Art: Artists Envisioning the Divine. For more information about her artwork and books, visit her website at <a href="http://www.victoriachristian.com/">www.victoriachristian.com</a>
Weeza writes: "I live with my 2 children in rural Somerset where I value my contact with the Lady through nature and close knowledge of the changing seasons. For many years I practiced as a self taught kitchen witch and still enjoy growing and cooking my own food.
I am a Priestess of Avalon. I have completed the 3-year training "In the Heart of the Goddess" led by Kathy Jones in Glastonbury.
My love of being in nature, and a longing to celebrate the seasons and of Celtic legend, led me to Goddess spirituality. For many years circling round the fire with my women friends has been a source of healing and comfort to me. Training as a Priestess had enabled me to deepen this kind of simple experience and share it with others."
Zoé first saw light of day in September 1946 and has spent the greater part of her life exploring the world in which she found herself. Many years were spent in the eastern tropics, north and south of the equator, leaving her with wondrous memories of adventures and no schooling to speak of. Her life of frequent changes was imposed by circumstances and she pursued her own interests seriously, with no thought of making a living from them, or indeed from anything. A natural trespasser, and regardless of the logic that refutes it, she is blessed with the sense that the whole world is hers.
Zoé was encouraged to complete a Masters degree in 1996, and, moving to North Queensland to do it, promptly took up Scuba Diving. While travelling through Turkey, Kurdistan and Uzbekistan in the late ‘80s she was also instrumental in rescuing a few Kurds along the way and for writing a liberating Constitution for those who managed to reach Australia. She spent many years rescuing wild animals from various barbaric practices Downunder and, knowing she wanted to live amidst a gentler consciousness, one more attuned to the coexistence of the natural world, Zoé returned in 2000 to live in Glastonbury. In 2009 she initiated and coordinated the Twinning between the town and the Greek island of Patmos.