Goddess Festival Presenters 2022

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Zsuzsanna Budapest - Zsuzsanna Emese Budapest recognized a need for a spiritual dimension so far lacking in the feminist movement and started the Women's Spirituality Movement. She founded the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number l, the first feminist witches' coven, which became the role model for thousands of other spiritual groups being born and spreading across the nation. She wrote The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries (Weiser Publishers, 1989) which was originally published in 1975 as The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows. This book served as the first hands-on book to lead women into their own spiritual/Goddess heritage. Z was arrested in 1975 for reading Tarot cards to an undercover policewoman. She lost the trial but won the issue, and the law against psychics was struck down nine years later. Z has led rituals, lectured, taught classes, given workshops, written articles tirelessly, and published several books on the topic. Z is the founder and leader of the Women's Spirituality Forum and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Coven.

 

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Susun Weed - Susun S. Weed, a green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for five decades. Ms. Weed's six herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Susun's newest book -- Abundantly Well - Seven Medicines -- is already being hailed as a landmark, "critically needed and timely, it redefines patient-centered care."

Visit her site www.susunweed.com for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more! Go to: www.wisewomanmentor.com for Susun's free herbal ezine and also mentorship offerings for those who want to go deeper. 

 

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Lady Jesamyn Angelica -Lady Jesamyn has over 30 years' experience in the Goddess Arts, ritual, and magick and is a seasoned Ordained High Priestess, Ritualist, Teacher, Alchemical Guide, Oracle, Green Witch, Women's Empowerment Facilitator, Holistic Health Practitioner, Red Thread Carrier, and Certified Intentional Creativity Guide.

Jesamyn brings her joie de vivre, humor, and wit to all she does, combining these qualities with serious study and the practical, foundational skills in leadership, communication, and Witchcraft she has been cultivating for over three decades.

Priestess of the Luminous Void, Founder and High Priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon, Founder and Facilitator of The Women’s Mystery School of Magick & Empowerment, Lady Jesamyn is dedicated to empowering women through truth-speaking, authenticity, and self-exploration.  You can learn more about her ritual community at SisterhoodoftheMoon.org and study directly with her at WomensMysterySchool.com.

 

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Lady Wolf -Lady Wolf was Ordained a Dianic High Priestess in 2018. She is also a Wiccan High Priestess and Mother/Creatrix of the Desert Sage Witchcraft Animist Tradition anchored in shapeshifting desert Magick. She has been practicing the craft for 26 years. She is a Master Herbalist, Green Witch, Two time International Published Author, Reiki Master, Crystal Therapist, Oracular, Initiated Bard, and Shapeshifting Priestess. Lady Wolf has actively been holding women's only circles for over 18 years. She established the FIRST permanent Red Tent in her community back in 2015. As an activist Lady Wolf also directed and participated in the "Vagina Monologues" for six years running in her local community where she helped raise thousands of dollars for the local women's crisis center.

In 2017 she and her Lover built (brick and mortar) the FIRST pagan sanctuary "Utah Goddess Temple" with their own hands from 75% recycled materials. The Utah Goddess Temple is an all inclusive space that features three walking Labyrinths, outdoor ritual space, fire ritual space, children's dome, guest house, healing herb garden and much more in the works!! Together Lady Wolf and her Lover of 21 years offer service to a rapidly growing pagan community centered on Wolfpack modality. Lady Wolf recently celebrated the publication of her second book on animistic witchcraft "The Wheel of the year with animals as guides." As an artist she has also created five oracle decks.

Lady Wolf along with her Priestess daughters will be offering a one of a kind high Magick workshop titled "Waking the Wolf Within." You can learn more about her works here: www.utahgoddesstemple.org

 

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Larissa Monfort -Larissa has been exploring her passion for West African, Congolese and Afro-Cuban rhythms since 1995 with many teachers, including Mabiba Baegne, Ubaka Hill, Carolyn Brandy, Malonga Casquelourd, Amadou Camara, Stori Davis, and Afia Walking Tree. Larissa has traveled to Guinea, West Africa several times to study dance and drum with various teachers.

Larissa teaches West African inspired drumming at women's events such as Carolyn Brandy's Born to Drum camp, the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium, and Savanna Moon. She assisted Ubaka Hill at Michfest where she helped teach and direct the Drumsong Orchestra. She has assisted, performed with, and taught with her primary mentor Afia Walking Tree in numerous venues. Larissa accompanies dance classes, women's rituals, and healing circles. In her own words Larissa shares: "Drumming allows me to express my joy, strength, and freedom, while serving the spirit of the music, the dance, and the empowerment of women."
Larissa is excited to offer an all-level drum class which will cover basic technique and engaging rhythms. The class will focus on drumming for ritual including creating the kind of magic which will transform the entire ceremony, active listening, and being in service to support specific ritual intentions. Bring your witchy playful spirit, rattles, bells, frame and hand drums. There will be a few extra drums to share. Larissa can be reached at lmontfort@comcast.net or 707-363-0596.

 

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Kris Freewoman -Kris is a strong advocate for women's empowerment and has been teaching dance fitness for over two decades. She taught the One Billion Rising "Break the Chain" Flashmob routine to womyn in Sebastopol, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa.

Kris is currently the Group Exercise Director at Parkpoint Health Club in Santa Rosa and teaches Tribal Core and AfroGroove in Sonoma County Health Clubs and Studios. Kris is also the Co-Producer of the Goddess Crafts Faire, Sebastopol.

 

 

 

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Astarte Tzighan - Astarte’s passion for music and dance inspires her to learn and grow as an artist and a dancer. She has studied various different dance styles such as Egyptian, Turkish, Romani, Persian, Indian, Flamenco and Modern Fusion. She sees a correlation between the dances and the mythology and ritual of the ancient cultures from which they originated. She views the dances as a link to the ancient cultures of the past, and embodies sacred dance as a spiritual practice. She teaches classes and workshops designed to promote sacred dance as practice for physical, spiritual and emotional well-being and empowerment. She facilitates sacred dance workshops, women’s circles and Red Tents to create sacred spaces for women to be in support of each other.

 

 

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Tinnekke Bebout - Tinnekke Bebout has been practicing the divinatory arts in many forms for over 40 years.Tinnekke is the creator of The Female Mystique Tarot, co-creator of The Hekate Tarot, and has done workshops on the tarot at such events as Paganicon, Fire on the Mountain, Chicago Pagan Pride, Goddess Festivals 2008 and 2020, and Hekate Rising. Tinnekke also has taught private classes on the topic in general, and specifically on the intricasies of The Hekate Tarot both in-person and online.

Tinnekke is a Torchbearer and Keybearer in the Covenant of Hekate and founder of the Temple of Hekate Einalian and serves as High Priestess of the Mystai within the Temple. As leader of the Mystai, Tinnekke has been teaching a woman-positive path that focuses on the Rites and Mysteries of Hekate, among other Goddesses, as well as organizing Hekate Rising, the yearly retreat where the Mysteries are celebrated, since 2009.