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.



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One Step Sideways


Gaia's Womb Presents, One Step Sideways


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


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.



$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. 

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

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Earlier Event: June 27