I’m going to Alchemy to be part of the tsunami of feminine spirit


There are so many reasons why I am excited about being part of the reunion of souls at Alchemy: Occupy Your Sacred Self. Yes, I want to be part of the tsunami of feminine spirit that is going to transform our world and it feels like this Alchemy gathering will keep the edge of that wave building and moving.I want to fly up above this gathering like a hawk and catch a glimpse of the amazing web of women, organizations, networks, impulses, passions, ideas and visions gathered there – a web tha … [Read more...]

I’m going to Alchemy because I’m ready to roar


I grew up in an America that discouraged women from openly exhibiting our power. I married and had two children, at which time safety for my family often required my public silence. My children are now grown and don’t share my last name. I am ready to roar and want to be with women who aren’t afraid to assert themselves and don’t see all success as competition with them.I am proud of what my country has accomplished since the sixties, but I am worried by the many who want to return to the pai … [Read more...]

Why I’m saying “Yes!” to Alchemy?


During the past two years I have experienced the power of saying "Yes" to an invitation or idea at the very tiniest resonance I feel. How do you explain saying "Yes" when you don't know why, when it makes no sense, when there is no time, when there is no money, when there is just a little inner twang that says: "Hey, I want to be there!"Like so many situations in a life of expanding, experience is the teacher and words cannot explain. Anyone else who has had the experience will simply begin … [Read more...]

I’m going to Alchemy because the first one BLEW MY MIND


There are conferences you go to and forget about, and then there are those that BLOW YOUR MIND. For me, the 2011 Alchemy conference was the latter.Even how I got there was mind blowing. Looking for funding for my PhD, I sat down at my school computer and googled: "Women, spirituality and scholarships." Up popped this website for "Women of Spirit and Faith" of which I read everything, and understood nothing. I was about to close the window when I noticed that they were holding an "Alchemy" … [Read more...]

Why come to “Alchemy: Occupy your sacred self”?


Ask someone why they went to the grocery store and you're likely to get a fairly simple answer ("Duh, I needed groceries"). Ask them why they went to school to study and you might get slightly more varied responses: (I needed the qualification / I was interested in the subject / I wanted to drink lots of beer and have my parents pay, etc).Ask a woman why she's going to "Alchemy: Occupy Your Sacred Self" and you just let yourself in for a really, really interesting conversation. In fact her … [Read more...]

Did your most profound learning experience happen in a classroom?

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Looking back over your whole life, what was the most profound learning experience you ever had, either inside or outside the classroom?This is the question I have been asking all of the women I am interviewing for my PhD. I'm yet to properly look at the "data" but something I've already noticed: whilst many of the women have a lot of formal education under their belt, not one has mentioned anything that happened in a classroom.In my own life, school has certainly played a large role – I … [Read more...]

Dreaming of Spiritual Development of Children and Adults


I have a dream that we in the United States will ensure that we include spiritual development of children and adults in our schools, churches, community centers and in the media. I would like to see experiential learning programs that are interactive, co-creative and spiritual grow global citizens. It is great to be an American, and it is an ever greater and higher calling to be a global citizen.Let’s teach that the power of love is what the world needs now instead of power-over and it is l … [Read more...]

Educating the next generation: Faith Not of Our Fathers


Passing faith onto my children has been exceedingly tricky for me. I was brought up in a very strict version of the pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic religion. In this religion, all thoughts and actions were codified as either venial or mortal sins. Any attempts to identify one’s own actions as good were, in themselves, sins of pride. It is difficult to guide a family when one is prostrate before an all powerful, all-knowing presence who seeks to keep us groveling on the ground in absolute o … [Read more...]

Educating the next generation: To Grace Through Grace


I got my mother’s artistic eye, my grandfather’s sharp mind and my grandmother’s storytelling flair.As I wrote Big Topics at Midnight, the only way I knew to move forward was to look back.  The single-perspective history I’d learned in school was too limited, so I started reading other versions by women and people of color. To my horror, I found many of these new stories in direct conflict with the “official” accounts.Wondering how my ancestors fit into this bigger picture of history, I d … [Read more...]

Teaching our children authentic, spirit filled living


My Dream and Vision for our children stems from the concept of Truth and Veracity in our adult lives as guides and mentors.   Faith: trust, belief, hope, optimism, all integral for spiritual balance within our hearts, minds and bodies. I see the “passing on” of this knowledge only through our influence in living authentic, spirit filled lives. Being stellar models of a faith that stems from acceptance of Spirit in all her forms, cultures, traditions, and possibilities. Traveling a path that shows … [Read more...]