Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Green Goddess Conference Program

We are delighted to be able to share with you the program of the Green Goddess Conference, the first big event presented by Association for Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) April 23- 25 in Pennsylvania near the Delaware Water Gap.

Two awards will be presented at this event: The Demeter Award for Leadership in Women's Spirituality and the Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Goddess Studies. Margot Adler will be recipient of the Demeter Award. The recipient of the Kore Award has not yet been announced.

Featured speakers include Cristina Biaggi, Cristina Eisenberg, Ann Filemyr, Max Dashú and Lydia Ruyle. Featured performers include Diane Wolkstein, Annie Finch, Elizabeth Cunningham, and Ruth Barrett.

Featured films include the world premiere of "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican," about ordination of women Catholic priests.

Yes, you can still register for the conference at

Here's a more detailed schedule of events and workshops:
Friday April 23
1:30 p.m.

2:30-3 p.m.
Plenary: Grandmother Stones of Megalithic Europe, Max Dashú.

3:30-5:00 pm
Panel: Environmental Messages in Goddess Spirituality, (1) Impermanent and Continuous Labyrinths: Sustainable eco-practices in Kolam designs in South India; (2) The Mythology and Iconography of the West African Water Goddesses; (3) Xi Wang Mu: Nature as Divine Matrix
Workshop: Inner Pilgrimage: Trance Postures and the Sacred Landscape
Workshop: Her Terrible Creativity: The Divine Feminine as Vortex
Divinities of a Matri-Centered Earth Consciousness

6-7 p.m.

Women and Wildness, Cristina Eisenberg

Poetry Reading:
Annie Finch

Movie premiere: Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, with filmmaker Jules Hart.

Performance (with audience participation): Tarantella, Women’s Ritual Dance

Saturday, April 24
7:30 am
Seneca Grandmothers Dance: The Seven Directions Movement Meditation.

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Panel: Goddess Studies: Methods, Approaches, Controversies, (1) Forever Cycling: The Heroine’s Journey and the Cycle of Nature, (2) Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Sacred Female, (3) The Stuff of Life: Clay, Figurines, Women, and Shamanism in Mesoamerica, (4) Conceptualizing Paganism as a World Religion: Who gains? Who loses?
Panel: Approaches to Goddess Studies: (1) Lilith, the Primordial Feminine, (2) Archaeomythology of Religion in the Sesklo culture, (3) The Body of Woman as Sacred Metaphor
Frog Mysteries
Film Festival

10:30-12 noon
Panel: Lady of the Beasts and Bees: (1) Golden Glimpses of the Bee Goddess: Her Evolution in Ancient Crete, (2) The Deer Mother: Earth’s Nurturing Epicenter of Life and Death, (3) The Wolf’s Tooth (4) Snakes, Tigers, and Other Animal Spirits
Workshop: The Female Body as the Foundation for Religion: mythological, historical and contemporary
Workshop: World Icons & Herstories of Mother Earth
Film Festival


Holy Wind: Mythic Inspiration in the Visual Arts
Panel: The Experience of Goddess: (1) The Hem of Her Cloak: How Modern Brigid Worship Spread into the Southern Highlands of Appalachia, (2) Pilgrimage to Éire, (3) The Creative Experience of Goddess
The Sanctified Womb Ceremony
Film Festival

Panel: Goddesses in Contemporary Literature: (1) Salvation and Survival in the Works of Margaret Atwood, (2) Reclaiming their Inheritance: Ecofeminism and Black Women’s Writings, (3) The maternal maize fields of Deep Rivers by José María Arguedas
Finding your Sacred Language
Womb Workshop continues
Activity (depending upon weather): Walking the Labyrinth
Film Festival

6-7 p.m.

Plenary: The Goddess as the Original Environmentalist: A Historic and Artistic Examination of the Great Goddess as a Green Goddess, Cristina Biaggi

Performance: Quanyin by Diane Wolkstein

9:00 pm:
Presentation of Demeter and Kore Awards.

Concert/performance: Dramatic Monologue, Elizabeth Cunningham;
Concert for Gaia: Ruth Barrett

Sunday, April 25

7 am
Seneca Grandmothers Dance/Qigong

8 am

9:00-10:30 am
Panel: Mythic Images of Nurturance: (1) Visualizing Emptiness: Exploring the Transformative Power of Green Tara, (2) The Eternal Return: The Myth of Demeter and Persephone in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, (3) Demeter Stories in Sicily
Panel: Publishing Goddess Scholarship: Editors Speak
The Wheel of the Year as a Spiritual Psychology for Women
Film Festival

Plenary: Above, Below, Around, Between and Within All: A Woman's Journey Following the Path of the Sacred: Ann Filemyr


1 pm
Formal Closing.

Thanks to Patricia Monaghan, one of the program's planners, for supplying this information.

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