Saturday, February 27, 2010

Green Goddess Conference

The 2010 conference of ASWM will be held April 23 to 25 at Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA. Our theme is “The Green Goddess.” Click here to register (or see below for more info). For website:

The Labyrinth at Kirkridge Retreat Center

The Labyrinth at Kirkridge Retreat Center

Keynote speakers include Max Dashu of Suppressed Histories with one of her tour de force presentations on female icons, Cristina Eisenberg (a wolf biologist who is actively engaged in ecological restoration that supports sustainability of wildlife communities and of the human spirit), Dr. Ann Filemyr on healing from the nature/culture divide, and Cristina Biaggi on the Great Goddess as a green goddess, through the lens of art and history.

The recipient of our first Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Goddess Studies will be honored.

Lydia Ruyle’s inspiring goddess banners will grace the meeting space, and she will offer a workshop.

Our film festival will host the world premiere of “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican,” about the ordination of Catholic women priests, and will feature ethnologist Sabine Jell-Bahlson’s films on Mammywata.

Poetry readings, art displays, ritual, performances (including music by Ruth Barrett and a reading by Elizabeth Cunningham) and interactive programs will be featured.

Topics include lady of the beasts, publishing goddess scholarship, spiritual geometry and the goddess, archaeomythology, the divine feminine as vortex, finding your sacred language, the wheel of the year as spiritual psychology, frog mysteries, and much more.

Registration closes April 15–or sooner if we sell out.

Requests for general information should be sent to Sid Reger at goldcrow47 @

Conference Site:

The 2010 conference will take place at the beautiful Kirkridge Retreat Center, atop the Pocono mountain ridges near the Delaware Water Gap. Kirkridge is located about 90 minutes from both New York City and Philadelphia.

Here are distances and Kirkridge directions.

Conference Schedule:
Conference check-in starts at 10 a.m. and the first session is at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon April 23 (bring your own lunch–after that all meals are part of the registration fee); the gathering closes at 2:30 on Sunday.

Conference Costs:
Conference registration includes meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch (it is not possible to opt out of the meal cost). The fee for those who opt to stay at Kirkridge is $324 for ASWM members or $369 for non-members. If you prefer to stay off-site, you will need to reserve your own accommodations in nearby Stroudsburg; fee for conference if staying offsite (includes meals) is $186 for members or $231 for non-members. (These unusual amounts include PA sales tax.) See below for cancellation policy.

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