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The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, National Conference: “Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity in  Goddess Studies

San Francisco, California, 2012

Ana Castillo’s KEYNOTE


Mandisa Wood in “TranscenDance”, an ASWM performance in San Francisco, May 11, 2012

Sid Reger, co-Founder (with Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D.) of ASWM and co-Chair (with Anne Key) of the 2102 National Conference: “Creating the Chalice”

California Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality: A Gathering of Wise Hearts. Top row: Letecia Layson, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Z Budapest.  Bottom row:  AfraShe Asungi, Marguerite Rigoglioso (sitting in for Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum), Macha Nightmare.  Morning Glory Zell, not pictured, was speaking at the podium.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of “Goddesses in Every Woman” who is pioneering a grassroots initiative for a UN sponsored 5th World Conference on Women

Mara Keller with her multi-media presentation “Goddesses Around the World”

The lauded poet Annie Finch dramatized her breakthrough book, “Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams”

Lydia Ruyle filled the conference space with the vibrant force of her colorful spirit in her person and her world goddess banners.

Vicki Noble, a mystic healer co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot delivered a paper on “The History and Development of Matriarchal Studies in the USA.”

Midwife healer Arisika Razak “Calling in Our Bodies” during the evening festivities hosted by the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology: May 11, 2012

Chief Luisah Teish delivering the Opening Invocation: “Honoring the Ancestors of the Dead”

GRRRL BRIGADE presented by Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco



  1. Barbara Says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for your posts on this amazing ASWM conference, which I was so blessed to attend. I wanted to note a couple of places where the names you have listed are not quite correct.
    Under your first photo, this is not Frances Santiago, although Frances did dance/present on the Babaylan. I believe this is Mandisa Wood – TranscenDance. I’m sorry I do not have more information about her.
    As your descriptor for the 2nd photo, you have listed the invited guests, but not all who were invited were able to attend.
    Present in the back row, L-R, I think it’s Letecia Layson, then Jean Shinoda Bolen, then Z Budapest. In the front row, it’s AfraShe Asungi, then Marguerite Rigoglioso (but I’m not sure who she was sitting in for), then Macha Nightmare. Morning Glory Zell was there, but is not present in the photo. Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum was not present.
    In the sixth photo, Lydia Ruyle spells her last name with a Y.
    I hope you find this information helpful. I know how I hate to my name/image incorrect.

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