Gaia's Womb

Gaia's Womb Changes Lives

Welcome to the Sisterhood!

Imaging the Divine as intimate partners helps to balance consciousness of the sacred and heal the distortions of the current, rigid patriarchal systems in both our religions and our governments. 

On this site, you’ll find weekend experiences for women, with presenters we love, whom past attendees have suggested, and whom we hold in great regard. They have made, through one medium or another, a resonant and lasting impression, which is not an easy feat in these times in which we live.

You'll find Rites of Passage that honor the phases of womanhood, from First Blood to Croning, and that attune to the Divine Feminine as a creative source both immanent and transcendent. Gaia - She who constantly gives birth to Herself.

We present our weekends in the spirit of learning, laughter, and a longing for connection and creative thinking with other human beings. We invite you to bring your heartfelt curiosity, your skepticism, your sadness, your fears, and your joy to any one of our wonderful, interactive weekends.

We want to know you. We want to know how you move through the world.

 

 


Hallowed Halls Featuring: Ellen Lorenzi-Prince and Jacki Smith
Jun
10
to Jun 12

Hallowed Halls Featuring: Ellen Lorenzi-Prince and Jacki Smith

In the hallowed halls of the Temples of the Moon where things exist outside of time, the priestesses wander in contemplation. Bare feet on marble floors, these are the guardians and the guides of the sacred and the long forgotten. Here in the belly, scented with mystery, are the chronicles that have been in existence since since the singing of the song of creation; the holy records of all that has been, all that is, and all that will be.

And in the shadows of ancient columns She waits. She of many names, She of power and suffering, of sovereignty and transformation. The Dark Goddess. She has a message just for you.

Join us as we gather on the shores of Lake Michigan to introduce and welcome two new presenters at our 18th annual summer gathering for women. 

Ellen Lorenzi-Prince   

Ellen Lorenzi-Prince 

 

Ellen Lorenzi-Prince is an artist, poet, mythographer, and spiritual adventuress. Her 30-year journey has led her into deep explorations of image and meaning through travels in Italy, Greece, England, and Egypt, reading tarot cards for English and non-English speakers along the way. She presents her inventive, experiential, and engaging approach to the goddesses, tarot, and creativity, in workshops throughout the United States. She is the creatrix of the Tarot of the Crone, the Minoan Tarot and the Dark Goddess Tarot. 

Jacki Smith

Jacki Smith

Jacki's earthy, practical approach to magic takes the spooky out, and adds the flavor of humor and lightheartedness. Author of, DIY Akashic Wisdom, Access the Library of Your Soul, (Co-authored with her sister, business partner, and wonder twin, Patty Shaw) Jacki brings to us a new tool with which to view our inner landscapes. Jacki has been making magic through her company, Coventry Creations since 1992. You may be familiar with, "Jacki's Blessed Herbal Candles" and the many other magical candle and oil lines she carries. Her best-selling book, Coventry Magic With Candles, Oils and Herbs, published in 2011, illustrates her eclectic and empowered magical style. www.DIYkashicwisdom.com

PRICING STRUCTURE:

$330.00 For registrations received postmarked before April 15th, 2016

$355.00 for registrations received postmarked after April 15th, 2016

Please note there is a $5.00 processing fee to use PayPal so add that to your total. Send to info@earthtraditions.org Checks should be made out to Earth Traditions and sent to P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015. The price includes programs, meals, and accommodations. Rooms are semi-private. Private rooms requests - add $100.00. Bathrooms are shared. There are no refunds. 

To Register For The Event Click "Registration Page" link below.

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REGISTER BY MAIL - PLEASE PRINT ABOVE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND SEND WITH YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO EARTH TRADITIONS

Gaia's Womb P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015

For further information contact Angie Buchanan at:
(224) 501-5443 or email: angie@gaiaswomb.com.

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Feb
26
to Feb 28

Enchanted: A Journey to the Otherworlds -- Dekoven Center Racine, WI

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Enchanted - one sister who dances in from the upperworlds, returns to us in all her shining. One sister whose voice spirals hallowed from the underworlds, comes new to us in all her awesomeness. Welcoming back Angi Sullins and introducing Wendy Rule, our guides to the Otherworlds. 

PRICING STRUCTURE:

$325.00 For registrations received postmarked before January 15th, 2016

$350.00 for registrations received postmarked after January 15th, 2016

Please note there is a $5.00 processing fee to use PayPal so add that to your total. Send to info@earthtraditions.org Checks should be made out to Earth Traditions and sent to P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015. The price includes programs, meals, and accommodations. Rooms are semi-private. Private rooms requests - add $100.00. Bathrooms are shared. There are no refunds. 

To Register For The Event Click "Registration Page" link below.

Registration Page

REGISTER BY MAIL - PLEASE PRINT ABOVE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND SEND WITH YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO EARTH TRADITIONS

Gaia's Womb P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015

For further information contact Angie Buchanan at:
(224) 501-5443 or email: angie@gaiaswomb.com.

Angi Sullins

Angi Sullins

Wendy Rule

Wendy Rule

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Jun
5
to Jun 7

Gaia's Womb Presents: The Mothers of Change

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She goes by many names; Gaia, Isis, Hera and Cybele, Ishtar, Astarte, and She is also the nameless one. She is Earth as Mother, an embodiment of the Divine Feminine, great symbol of the Earth’s fertility, the creative force in all nature. She is the mother of all things; ‘She who constantly gives birth to Herself.’

Throughout the centuries she has been the catalyst for change. Today, her words of wisdom still echo through our blood and our bones. Her voice still travels on the wind and the waters, and she whispers her secrets and her mysteries to those who know how to listen.

Join us as we call the sister tribe together this summer, bringing along two powerful presenters to remind us of who we are, and to teach us how to reconnect with the power of the Divine Feminine that resides within us. We'll be back at Dekoven Center, on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Racine, WI                                                    www.dekovencenter.org

 

Introducing: Anastacia Nutt

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Anastacia J. Nutt is a Working Priestess in the Western Esoteric Tradition.  Her service life began in 1997 at The StarHouse, trans-denominational temple in Boulder, Colorado. In this capacity she co-founded several spiritual education programs including, The Path of the Ceremonial Arts for Women, now entering its fifteenth year.  In 2004-8, she co-facilitated the international Palestinian/Israeli/American Women of Vision program.
Currently, Anastacia works alongside her beloved partner and fellow Western Esotericist, R.J. Stewart. Together they travel and teach in the USA, Canada, Israel, Great Britain and Europe, furthering the Inner Temple Traditions/Inner Convocation®, Faery and UnderWorld work developed by R.J. www.rjstewart.net

And

Michaela Hasko

Michaela has been a member of the Gaia’s Womb Tribe since 2004 and has been involved in the Pagan Community as teacher and healer for over 25 years. She studied meditation under Thich Nhat Hanh, and has been certified by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has also received certification from the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior’s Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine. Michaela holds meditation services weekly at her home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, The only child of immigrants, she speaks fluent German and currently spends her free time pursuing her Eastern European ancestral roots through research and travel. She feels it is now a great privilege to share her experiences and her joy of practice, by teaching. 

PRICING STRUCTURE:

$325.00 For registrations received postmarked before May 5th, 2015

$350.00 for registrations received postmarked after May 5th, 2015

Please note there is a $5.00 processing fee to use PayPal so add that to your total. Checks should be made out to Earth Traditions and sent to P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015. The price includes programs, meals, and accommodations. Rooms are semi-private. Private rooms requests - add $100.00. Bathrooms are shared. There are no refunds. 

To Register For The Event Click "Registration Page" link below.

Registration Page

REGISTER BY MAIL - PLEASE PRINT ABOVE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND SEND WITH YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO EARTH TRADITIONS

Gaia's Womb P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015

For further information contact Angie Buchanan at:
(847) 456-4833 or email: angie@gaiaswomb.com.

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Mar
6
to Mar 8

One Step Sideways

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Gaia's Womb Presents, One Step Sideways

Featuring:

Anne Benvenuti and Bam Bellows

We all have experienced times in our lives where a firmly held conviction has either shifted to a firmly held truth, or has completely shattered under the weight of one single piece of new information. Just as the light, by simply illuminating a different facet, can completely transforms our view or our understanding of an object, internal enlightenment can also transform our world view, and change the way we think about things. Sometimes it only means taking one step sideways.

Sisters by blood or sisters by choice, from the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it. It’s the magic that happens whenever the women of Gaia’s Womb gather together with open hearts to share knowledge and ideas, to create; to weave the red and golden threads of laughter and understanding into a rich tapestry of healing, comfort and growth. 

This Winter, Gaia's Womb calls together the woman-tribe for a weekend of possibility and reflection for a winter weekend retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan in a place reminiscent of Hogwarts. Please welcome:

Anne Benvenuti, Ph.D

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A published poet, writer, and photographer, Anne Benvenuti is the author of Spirit Unleashed; Reimagining Human-Animal Relations, an intellectually and emotionally rich and complex exploration. A professor of psychology and philosophy, an integrative scholar, a licensed clinical psychologist, and a priest of the Episcopal Church, Anne’s research interests include neuroscientific models of natural spirituality and natural spirituality for social policy and human-animal relations; and clinical integration of spirituality and health. Anne is a trustee on the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and co-chair of its Women’s Task Force. She also serves on the U.N. NGO Committee on Mental health.

 

Bam Bellows

Bambi Bellows is a mathematician, philosopher and metaphysician, with a love for prehistory, politics and economics.  Bam has spent nearly 40 years on a quest for Truth following a hundred different paths to the knowledge she is sharing. Co-owner of Electicity, “Chicago’s snazziest store,” and a certified geek (MS in Computer Science) Bam produces a provocative line of “Bambinars” a lecture concoction of philosophy, mathematics, mysticism, and comparative religion.

 

PRICING STRUCTURE:

$325.00 For registrations received postmarked before February 5th, 2015

$350.00 for registrations received postmarked after February 5th, 2015

Please note there is a $5.00 processing fee to use PayPal so add that to your total. Checks should be made out to Earth Traditions and sent to P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015. The price includes programs, meals, and accommodations. Rooms are semi-private. Private rooms requests - add $100.00. Bathrooms are shared. There are no refunds. 

To Register For The Event Click "Registration Page" link below.

REGISTER BY MAIL - PLEASE PRINT ABOVE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND SEND WITH YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO EARTH TRADITIONS

Gaia's Womb P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015

For further information contact Angie Buchanan at:
(847) 456-4833 or email: angie@gaiaswomb.com.

Those interested in vending please contact Angie Buchanan at (847) 456-4833 or angie@gaiaswomb.com

 

 

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                                           "Other"
Jun
27
to Jun 29

"Other"

That Which Exists Outside of Time, Space and the Five Senses

A Summer Retreat for Women.

Featuring Jessica Macbeth and Sandra Kynes


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A whisper in the woods, quiet laughter from the corner, a soft glow in the trees at night - a flash out of the corner of an eye, or perhaps just a thought that seemingly comes randomly but, makes oh-so-much sense. We call them Spirits, Faeries, Entities or "Other." They are that which exist outside of time, space and the five senses and they influence our world, our environment, and our lives in many ways. There have been legends and stories about them through the ages and across cultures. They can be helpers, or mischief makers who bring messages that are insightful and revealing. Join us as we bring together two powerful teachers to show us new ways of understanding and interacting with these energies and entities. 

 Jessica Macbeth

 Jessica Macbeth

 Jessica Macbeth is an accomplished metaphysical teacher and the author of the acclaimed, international best-selling book and card set, Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle praised as “the best modern oracle deck ever produced.” She is also the author of the books, Moon Over Water and Sun Over Mountain, two guides to meditation, imagery and self-discovery. She lives Port Townsend, WA.

“Some years back I was given a mission, which is to help bring people back to nature – back to the natural world, back to connection with Earthmama and the nature spirits of Faery, back to our own true nature. I guess that will keep me busy for a while.” – Jessica Macbeth

Sandra Kynes

Sandra Kynes

Sandra Kynes is an explorer of Celtic history, myth and magic, a writer, yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, and a member of the Bards, Ovates and Druids. Her inquisitiveness has led her to investigate the roots of her beliefs and to integrate her spiritual path with everyday life. She likes developing creative ways to explore the world, which serves as the basis for her books. Originally from New York City, she has lived in Europe, England, and now resides in coastal New England.  Her website can be found at: www.kynes.ne

 

 

 

Pricing Structure:

$325.00 For registrations received postmarked before June 5, 2014

$350.00 for registrations received postmarked after June 5, 2014

Please note there is a $5.00 processing fee to use PayPal so add that to your total. Checks should be made out to Earth Traditions and sent to P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015. The price includes programs, meals, and accommodations. Rooms are semi-private. Private rooms requests - add $100.00. Bathrooms are shared. There are no refunds. 

To Register For The Event:

REGISTER ONLINE

REGISTER BY MAIL - please print above online registration and send with your check made out to Earth Traditions

Gaia's Womb P.O. Box 647, Deerfield, IL 60015

For further information contact Angie Buchanan at:
(847) 456-4833 or email: angie@gaiaswomb.com.

Those interested in vending please contact Angie Buchanan at (847) 456-4833 or angie@gaiaswomb.com

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