Women & Spirituality Conference

An annual conference celebrating the Divine Feminine. The Women and Spirituality Conference is Dedicated to Deepening our Connections, Embracing our Wholeness and Awakening our Wisdom
 

40th Annual Women & Spirituality Conference

October 4th, 5th & 6th 2024
St. Mary’s University Cascade Meadows Campus, Rochester, MN

Over 36 workshops to choose from, vendors, exhibitors and more. So many women’s voices sharing their wisdom, offering their healing, together in community since 1981. Explore the beauty of the land, experience art in the Maker’s Space, find solace in the Chaplain’s Corner and so much more!

In Celebration of our 40th Conference,
Join us for a special Ceremonial Evening
Friday October 4th, 2024 at 7:00 pm
at the Chateau Theater in Rochester, MN

Featuring our Keynote Speaker, Lauren Raine
Presenting “The Masks of the Goddess Project”

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Telling Her Stories, Finding Her Faces

“What the audience saw when a dancer looked through the eyes of the mask was the Goddess Herself, ancient and yet utterly contemporary, looking across time, across the miles.”

Diane Darling, Director, Playwright

In traditional societies masks are regarded as “vessels for the gods“, transformative tools to bless, heal, or offer prophecy within sacred ritual theatre.  After studying mask arts in Bali artist Lauren Raine was inspired to create contemporaryTemple Masks” devoted to the Divine Feminine for communities to use. 
She found herself in a conversation that grew as priestesses, theologians,  dancers, storytellers,  playwrights and communities used the collection, bringing new meaning to the ancient stories of the Divine Feminine.

What does the story of Sedna, ocean mother of the Inuit, have to teach us about ecology and reciprocity with the environment? 
What is the Gnostic “Mirror of Sophia”?  
How is the “Descent of Inanna” a potent story of psychological death and rebirth as we journey toward wholeness?  
How is Spider Woman, the ubiquitous Weaver/Creatrix of the Americas, a vital metaphor for our time? 

The Masks of the Goddess Collection traveled throughout the U.S.A. for over 20 years as Lauren and her colleagues found unique ways to work with the masks, which they hope will continue to evolve with new communities, storytellers, and mask makers.   

“Myth comes alive as it enters the cauldron of evolution,  drawing new life from the storytellers who shape it.”

Elizabeth Fuller, The Independent Eye Theater

www.masksofthegoddess.com

LAUREN RAINE MFA is a mask artist, sculptor, community arts facilitator, and author. She received her BFA from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MFA from the University of Arizona. In the 90’s she became interested in  sacred mask traditions, and went to Bali to study with Ida Bagus Anom and other traditional Balinese mask makers. Returning to the U.S. she created 30 multi-cultural masks based on worldwide female mythologies for the Invocation of the Goddess at Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. She dedicated the Collection as “Temple Masks” for the Divine Feminine, and for over 20 years  the Masks of the Goddess travelled throughout the U.S., used by dancers, storytellers, ritualists and communities, including the 2015 and 2023  Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, the Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors in New York, the Muse Community Arts Center in Arizona, the New College of California, and many other venues.  In 2019 the Project was formally closed with an exhibition and performance  at HerChurch in San Francisco.

Lauren Raine has received an Alden Dow Fellowship for her “Spider Woman’s Hands” Community Arts Project, was resident artist at the Henry Luce Center for Arts and Religion in Washington, D.C., and was resident artist for Cherry Hill Seminary. Most recently she received a Puffin Foundation grant to create a “Shrine for the 6th Extinction” for Dia de los Muertos in Tucson, Arizona and she exhibited a group of sculptures called “Our Lady of the Shards” at the Tucson Clay Co-op Gallery and at the Tucson Sculpture Festival.

2024 is the Year of Flow

Flow: Aligned with our creativity, imagination, personal power, alignment with our highest & best self

How do we get into a flow state?

Once we find our flow – how do we stay there? What are our obstacles and how do we (release, let go, confront, admit, own up, step up, clear out blockages) them.

2023 was a year for immersion into the Land, our relationship with earth, her connection to the divine feminine… our messaging was also focused on finding our soul’s purpose and owning and accepting the work we were born to do. As we begin to walk down that path with determination and ownership of our authenticity – life will present challenges. How we face those challenges – whether we are able to rise to the challenge or if we continue to fall down and make excuses and play it safe by staying numb – will determine the outcome of the future we are co-creating as humanity is clearly on the edge of global change, societal upheaval and paradigm shift. We are the ones we have been waiting for.

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Mission & Vision Statement

Vision: To embody the wisdom of the divine feminine through spiritual awakening and alignment with our soul’s purpose, empowering women to co-create a balanced, harmonious world through community, sisterhood and inclusion.

Mission: To provide a safe, welcoming environment for women in all stages of life, from all cultures and backgrounds where they can experience meaningful engagement, interaction and community through workshops, celebrations and ceremonies designed to create an empowering, transformational holistic healing experience. We strive to embody the values of the divine feminine including compassion, belonging, cooperation, gentleness, acceptance, with honor and reverence for the earth and all her gifts. 

We recognize the challenges presented by gender normative social constraints and seek to create a space where we are passionate about inclusion. If you are called to hear the wisdom of the divine feminine then this is a safe space for you. We do not seek to create division or sew discord but to open our hearts and minds to the value in understanding our differences. Only then can we collaborate and find true community. 


“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815 – 1902

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