With great thanks to Mattie Davis-Wolfe and Sacred Circles Institute; Therese Charvet with Sacred Groves; Starfeather Marcy with Starfeather’s Lodge; and Mary Shackelford and the Board of Director’s of Woman’s Way Red Lodge. These women and their programs provided the foundational support that gave birth to the Woman Soul Gathering and continue to grow this gathering on behalf of women everywhere.
Woman Soul gives great thanks to Dr. Mattie Davis-Wolfe and her husband Dr. David Thomson, the founders of Sacred Circles Institute. Sacred Circles provided Woman Soul with financial stability in her initial year, and Mattie built our first website! Mattie felt a resonance with the spirit of Woman Soul from the first moment she was asked to come in as a guiding elder in the creation of the Woman Soul Gathering, and she continues to be a grounding and inspiring presence.
Sacred Circles Institute of the Center for Natural Systems Studies teaches the sacred relationships of the wisdom traditions of earth-centered cultures. The Institute provides home-study courses called “Walking the Sacred Wheel”, monthly circles, and extended weekend intensives for men and weekend intensives for women. Sacred Circles reaches out to prisons, offering their study course materials free of charge, and supports over forty “prisoner councils” throughout the United States. Sacred Circles has also traveled internationally, offering week-long intensives in Eastern Europe and England over many years.
Sacred Circles Institute was formed to address the world need for simple yet powerful techniques for spiritual opening, transformation, self-exploration and healing, based on the ancient wisdoms of earth-honoring people combined with insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology and perennial spiritual practices.
Woman Soul gives thanks for the support of Therese and Tere and Sacred Groves since the very beginning days of Woman Soul Gathering! They provided encouragement and faith in my readiness to bring forth this vision and they attended the first Woman Soul Gathering as honored elders. Because the Woman Soul Gathering falls so close to the fall Grief Ritual at Sacred Groves, Tere has stepped back to take on the preparation details for the grief ritual, while Therese continues to bring her heart and wisdom to Woman Soul as an honored elder.
Sacred Groves is an “eco-retreat” for overnight stays, rituals, healing work, music, learning, prayer and retreat time in the woods. Therese facilitates ceremonies, circles and classes while Tere cooks healthy, organic meals and hosts the bed and breakfast business, as well as co-facilitates most circles and ceremonies with Therese.
Their regular events include a Women’s Mysteries School, Holistic Pelvic Care (a healing modality for women provided by Therese), Passage into Elderhood, Spirit and Soul Quests, Grief Support, and Compassionate Listening Intensives. Please see their website for a listing of their current offerings!
Starfeather has been a supporter of Woman Soul since its beginnings in 2015. Starfeather was one of Woman Soul’s original Honored Elders, and she brought with her the generous gift of her creative spirit and bins of art supplies! Starfeather is an artist and medicine woman who brings her sacred relationship with the natural world into form through her Medicine Shield Retreats at La Push, and through her drum-making ceremonies. She has blessed Woman Soul each year with an open art room full of materials for the creative soul!
Woman Soul encourages you to email Starfeather at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about her ongoing women’s circles, drumming circles and ceremonies that she holds at Starfeather’s Lodge in Edmonds, WA. To learn more about Starfeather and the teachers she has learned under visit her website here.
We want to give thanks to the Board of Directors of Woman’s Way Red Lodge, for their support from the very beginning when the Woman Soul Gathering was just an inspired idea and didn’t even have a name! Mary Shackelford was instrumental in encouraging us to approach Woman’s Way Red Lodge as a sponsoring organization. We joined the WWRL Circle of Alliance and from there, WWRL actively supported us in many substantial ways. To learn more about WWRL click here.
The generous support received from Woman’s Way Red Lodge has included scholarships for women to attend the Woman Soul Gathering, publishing our poster and articles in their quarterly Hearth e-newsletter,mentioning our event on their website, providing us with liability insurance and connecting us to one of our valued founding elders, Mary Shackelford. Mary also hosts the annual September Grandmother Moon Stone Honoring Circle and has hosted many of our planning meetings at her beautiful home on Vashon Island over the years.
What underlies everything is the willingness to work together on behalf of women and their families and communities. I just want to give thanks for the ongoing support of WWRL in this shared vision of women coming together in small and large circles where they are witnessed and encouraged to bring their unique gifts that are so needed into the world right now.
Woman Soul wants to Give Thanks to the Women of Wisdom Foundation for their 25 plus years of bringing women together to learn about feminine wisdom through the voices of women of diverse experience and vision. Since the late 90’s, WOW has brought to Seattle women such as Marianne Woodman, Jean Houston, Susun Weed, Lisa Thiel, Sobonfu Some’, Jean Shinoda Bolen, and Elena Avila, along with local women of wisdom that were actively holding women’s circles and teaching ways that had been mostly forgotten, such as Eagle Song, Starfeather, Julie Charette Nunn, Therese Charvet, Fatima, Lorraine Bayes, to name a few!
In 2018, Women of Wisdom Foundation was invited to become a supporter of Woman Soul, and we want to reciprocate and let you know of the good work Women of Wisdom continues to do in our community, and internationally! Please listen to the video below and follow the link to the Women of Wisdom website to learn more about what the Women of Wisdom Foundation has for you!