and open a new cycle of creation!
Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and the time when the light begins returning after a period of great darkness. It’s a holiday that can often get lost in the midst of all the holiday buzz, but if offers us an important opportunity to pause and reflect on all that’s transpired in the past year.
It gives us to a chance to take all of our year’s experiences, the highlights and the challenges, and bring them to completion and prepare for a new cycle. Only when we’ve fully digested and integrated our last cycle of experiences can we glean their true gifts and wisdom and open to what lies ahead.
To celebrate this ancient holy day, we’ll be convening a circle of wisdom keepers to share their wisdom and offer us practices for the Solstice. We’ll also be offering a Solstice ritual where you can connect with an expanded community for shared prayers and blessings. We have found that virtual rituals can be remarkably powerful when we enter into them with our full presence and intention.
Given the significant levels of violence and war that have been ravaging our planet at this tender moment, it is especially important to gather our conscious community to share wisdom and generate hope to turn the tide. A new future filled with increasing light IS possible. But we must continue standing together — especially in the face of darkness, ignorance, and fear.
So now is the time. And we are here, shining our lights into the darkness of the night. Please join us and add your own light to the bonfire of good that we will co-create.
Our Winter Solstice Wisdom Circle will feature:
- Devaa Haley Mitchell - Harvesting the Precious Wisdom From Your Year
- Stephen Dinan - A Global Perspective on Peacebuilding
- Jean Shinoda Bolen – The Return of the Light – Even When It Cannot Yet Be Seen
- Claire Zammit - Staying Connected to Your Power Through
- Anodea Judith – Nourished by the Darkness, Embraced by
- Ariel Spilsbury - A Solstice Transmission from the
- Luisah Teish - Honoring the Mother of the Deep... Sleeping, Dreaming, and Regenerating for the New Year
- Miranda MacPherson - Celebrating the Solstice with
- Mirabai Starr - Mining the Gems of Our Despair
- Elayne Doughty - Trust the Silence
- Elizabeth Purvis - Releasing the Past, Clearing Space for
- Anthony Colombo - Dream Incubation to Co-Create a
We hope you’ll convene with us starting on Sunday, December 20th starting at 12pm Pacific!
Rev Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell – Founder of Inspiring Women Summit, Co-Founder of The Shift Network. Devaa’s background includes roles in the public benefit sector (Director at Institute of Noetic Sciences and Executive Director of Full Circle Fund), as well as the business sector (Boston Consulting Group). Devaa was ordained as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute and is a Focalizer and Lineage Holder of the 13 Moon Mystery School. She received both her BA and an MA from Stanford University and her D-Min from Wisdom University.
Stephen Dinan – Co-Founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders group. As the former Director of Membership and Marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program. He is also the author of Radical Spirit (New World Library), and a forthcoming book Sacred America, Sacred World.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. – Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author of thirteen influential books in eighty-five foreign translations. Jean is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and worked as a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF. She is also a visionary and practical activist who seeds women’s circles as a means of personal and global transformation. She has been the leading advocate for a UN Fifth World Conference on Women.
Claire Zammit, Ph.D. – Founder and Leader of the Feminine Power courses and Co-Founder of Evolving Wisdom. Claire is currently completing her doctorate in the field of Transformative Learning and Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies, researching the life-changing transformations of women in her year-long Feminine Power Mastery program. Claire is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Feminine Power: Awakening to the Creative Force of Life and co-creator and co-host of the internationally acclaimed Women on the Edge of Evolution teleseries.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. – Founder and Director of Sacred Centers and Bestselling Author of Wheels of Life and Eastern Body-Western Mind. She is also a groundbreaking thinker, writer and spiritual teacher. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology and human health, with lifelong studies of alternative medicine, yoga, mythology, and mystic spirituality. She is considered the country’s foremost expert on the interpretation of the Chakra system for the Western lifestyle.
Ariel Spilsbury – Founder of 13 Moons Mystery School and Co-Author of The Mayan Oracle and Author of The Alchemy of Ecstasy: Initiates Guide and The 13 Moon Oracle. She is also a spiritual counselor, sound healer, sacred theater actress and producer who has worked with the divine feminine for more than 35 years.
Miranda MacPherson – Author and Spiritual Teacher who founded the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London where she trained and ordained over 600 ministers. She is author of Boundless Love, The Heart of Being mantra CD and countless articles. Today Miranda leads the Awakening Love & Wisdom ongoing sanghas in Marin and Sonoma counties and teaches internationally.
Mirabai Starr – Author and Spiritual Teacher who writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics. She is known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, rendering mystical masterpieces accessible, beautiful and relevant to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative. Her new spiritual memoir, Caravan of Despair, was recently released in 2015.
Luisah Teish – Writer, Performer and Public Speaker. She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, a women’s spirituality classic. She has performed in venues such as St. John the Divine Cathedral, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), La Casa de la Poesia (Caracas, Venezuela), the Galaxy Theater (Auckland, New Zealand) and the Scottish Rite Temple (Oakland, CA). Teish designs and directs ritual theater performances, and conducts workshops and delivers lectures and keynote speeches on a variety of subjects.
Elayne Doughty – Founder of the Priestess Presence Temple — Powerful Women Changing the World — and Co-Founder of The Global Gratitude Alliance which has a mission to empower and improve the lives of women, children and young adults through grassroots projects in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. Elayne is also a psychotherapist, spiritual activist, speaker, soul midwife and ordained Priestess and Focalizer of the 13 Moon Mystery School lineage.
Elizabeth Purvis – Founder of the Goddess Business School. As a mentor and online entrepreneur, Elizabeth created her first 6-figure income in under 6 months as a certified coach, then went on to create over half a million dollars in revenue in just 2 years. Using her systems, Elizabeth’s clients and students have achieved phenomenal results, including quadrupling their incomes in just a few short weeks, launching and filling their own high-end programs and more.
Anthony Colombo – Founder and CEO of Dreamspace. Anthony has devoted decades of his life to mentoring with indigenous spiritual elders and studying human consciousness. He produced award-winning cultural and environmental multimedia. While serving as the president of two tech companies, he directed multidisciplinary teams in producing educational software. As a University professor, Anthony taught interactive multimedia design, production and ethics. In 2008, he launched Imaginariums – group dreaming and creative visioning events. Today, Anthony oversees the development of DreamSpace™ immersive events.