2019 PRESENTERS

In Alphabetical Order

Ruth Barrett (Michigan)

RUTH BARRETT is a Dianic high priestess, ritualist, educator, author, and award-winning recording artist of original Goddess songs. Ruth's numerous recordings, with musical collaborator Cyntia Smith beginning in 1980, and with numerous solo projects, have been among the pioneering musical works in the Goddess Spirituality Movement.  Ruth began her formal Goddess studies with founding Goddess Movement muse Shekhinah Mountainwater in 1975. Since inheriting Z Budapest's Los Angeles ministry in 1980, Ruth has taught magical and ritual arts in the Dianic tradition at festivals and conferences across the United States, in Canada, and Great Britain. In 1997 Ruth was honored as recipient of the L.A.C.E. award for outstanding contributions in the area of Spirituality from the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles. In 2000, Ruth co-founded Temple of Diana, Inc, a national Dianic Temple, with life partner, Falcon River. Ruth and Falcon also facilitate The Spiral Door Women’s Mystery School of Magick and Ritual Arts. Ruth is author of Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation, and is celebrating the newly republished the 3rd edition (Tidal Time Publishing). She been a contributing writer for several books, most recently, Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries. At the 2011 National Women’s Music Festival, Ruth was presented with the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women’s music from Women in the Arts. Ruth is the editor for the anthology called Female Erasure – What You Need To Know About Gender Politics’ War on Women, the Female Sex and Human Rights. http://www.guardiansofthegrove.org

Janet Berres (Illinois)

JANET BERRES is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She was the founder and President of the International Tarot Society, from 1996-2003. As President of ITS, Janet created and organized the three World Tarot Congresses (1997, 1999 and 2002) that changed the face of the tarot community. As a professional Tarot reader and teacher for almost forty years, Janet has taught tarot card reading at Northeastern University, Triton College, and Northwestern University, all for their continuing education departments. Janet Berres has also studied astrology since the mid-'70's when she decided that understand what her astrologer friends were talking about. Her book, Your Guide to the Tarot, included in Llewellyn's Tarot Kit For Beginners was published in 2005. Janet is currently President of the Northern Illinois Chapter of NCGR (National Council Geocosmic Research )--an astrological organization she’s belonged to since 1983. Janet has been heavily involved in the tarot, astrology, pagan and Goddess communities for all of her adult life and maintains a private practice in the Chicago area. Her website is www.janetberres.com

Kathy Crocco (Ohio)

KATHY CROCCO picked up the bow at Temple of Diana’s 1st Daughters of Diana Gathering in Wisconsin. It was clear to hear, at that moment, that the Dianic practice of Archery provided women with a direct, tangible connection to Artemis and that SHE embodies. Kathy is a Spiral Door graduate, and taught archery at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for five years before the festival closed, and also at Daughters of Diana Gathering in southern California. Kathy freely gives of her experience with the connectedness, healing, meditative, and transformative possibilities of this Amazon Art.

Sandra Cybele (California)

SANDY CYBELE is a crone and hereditary witch initiated into Dianic Wicca in the mid-nineties with her daughter through Circle of Aradia and Ruth Barrett.  A graduate of the Spiral Door program and an ordained priestess of Temple of Diana, she serves on the Temple of Diana board and is the convening priestess for Chalice Moon Grove. She firmly supports female sovereign space and works tirelessly to empower all womyn to think and live outside the box promoted by the current patriarchal paradigm. Using her psychic skills as "priestess of inner knowing," Sandy is an accomplished ritualist and has been teaching and holding moon circles since 2005.  She is also a facilitator at Circle of Aradia rituals and a melissae priestess for the Goddess Temple of Orange County.

Nicki Harris (California)          

NICKI HARRIS is an ordained Temple of Diana Priestess. She is a graduate of the Spiral Door program and has served as a teaching assistant for the program for nine years. Nicki is a member of the Westside Threshold Choir and is co-facilitator of a Los Angeles area monthly women’s singing circle inspired by the work of Kay Gardner and Shelley Graff. Nicki has facilitated rituals with Circle of Aradia and Wild Witches in the Woods and serves as current president of the Temple of Diana Board of Directors.

Queen Hollins (California)

QUEEN HOLLINS is a community spiritual activist, lightworker, and Earth steward/guardian/ midwife/channel. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, spiritual counselor/activator and has a successful transformative practice at the Earth Lodge for individual, group sessions and retreats. The philosophy here at the Earth Lodge is to see each HUman being as a sovereign entity that holds power and the inner technology to create in a way that we can all benefit individually and globally. Queen’s journey/ study/ remembrance as a Practitioner of universal/indigenous spiritual practices include her Grandmother Naomi and grandfather Reverend Willie, grandfather Enoch, Earth ITself, Baptist Church, Aboriginal medicine, Lakota and other Native American traditions, Yorban traditions, Japanese traditions, Celtic traditions, Black Gnostic Aquarian gospel, sacred Afrikan dance and Drum medicine, Science of mind, travels abroad to study plant medicine Elemental /Crystal spiritwisdom, listening to the stories of my elders which includes Trees, Sacred Earth pit journey which includes Sacred Blood rites, Lunar/Solar rites, Seasonal rites, and Light ascension work. As a Spirit appointed ritualist, she strongly believes that ritual and ceremonial mobilization is key to radical global transformation. Queen also shares contemporary Aquarian concepts.(current zodiacal time on our planet. the theme of this Aquarian energy is Know Thyself and to thine own self be true first and foremost. It also speaks to the rise of the Feminine this does not negate masculine energy, however, Summons balance and right now the planet is out of balance. Some of these teachings and concepts are bought by way of honoring our Ancestral Womb journeys (epigenetics) and Moontime (menstrual) blood medicine.

Tracie Jones (California)

TRACIE JONES is a graduate of the Spiral Door program and has served as a teaching assistant for the program for four years.  Tracie is co-facilitator of a Los Angeles area monthly women’s singing circle inspired by the work of Kay Gardner and Shelley Graff.  Tracie has facilitated rituals with Circle of Aradia and Wild Witches in the Woods and is a current at-large member of the Temple of Diana Board of Directors.

Vajra Ma (Oregon)

Rev. Vajra Ma is the leading exponent of women’s womb awakening in Feminist Spirituality, based in her work with women’s subtle bodyknowing since the mid-1980’s. She is the creator and curator of the award winning Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality, 30 interviews with founders of the spirituality component of Second Wave feminism (www.womens-spirituality.org). She is author of From a Hidden Stream: The Natural Spiritual Authority of Woman and contributor to several anthologies including Foremothers of the Women's Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries (2015). Voices of the Sacred Feminine (2014) and Female Erasure (2016) Vajra Ma is an ordained Dianic Priestess since 1992, with ministerial credentials through The Temple of Diana, Inc. She is co-founder and president of Shakti Moon Foundation (SMF) whose mission is foster connection to the Source of life defined as Earth and Woman as the holder of community, culture and future generations. With her husband Wolfgang Nebmaier she has established The Archetypal Theatre, a project of SMF, to produce women-affirming original plays. She is an accomplished singer, dancer and actress in stage, film and TV.​


  

Judith Martin-Straw (California)

Judith has been teaching yoga since 2002, with a focus on breathwork. She has long experience with hatha and has just recently earned a certificate in kundalini. She regularly does classes and private clients in Culver City. Judith is a writer, yoga teacher, mother and witch who lives in Culver City. She publishes a daily news site - CulverCityCrossroads.com - and writes freelance journalism, poetry and short stories as well. She has been involved with the Circle of Aradia since the 1980's and the Temple of Diana since its founding. She has done rituals with Starhawk, Z. Budapest. Ava Park and Ruth Barrett and was formally initiated by Kerry Noonan. She is a graduate of the Spiral Door (LA #2) and the mother of two daughters - an artist and an actor. 

Caterina Nelli (California)

CATERINA FIORDELLISI NELLI began classes in the Dianic Tradition in the 1990s and deepened her training as a graduate of the Spiral Door Women’s Mystery Program in Los Angeles, CA.  She was Ordained "Priestess of Her Simple Ways" by Ruth Barrett in 2015 and has served on the boards of both Circle of Aradia and Temple of Diana, Inc.  She has served on the Daughter of Diana Gathering committees for the past three years.  Caterina has been in 2 covens over the past 20 years, facilitates for Circle of Aradia Grove and regularly attends events for Wild Witches in the Woods.  She has hosted monthly Red Tents for the past three years.  A lover of circling and gathering with women, honoring and ritualizing special life's moments gives her deepest joy. She lives with her husband, 3 children and many critters.

Cerridwyn (California) amd Jennifer White (California)

Cerridwyn (on right), Jennifer White (on left)

Cerridwyn has over 20 years of bellydance experience. She began her education in American Tribal Style in 1998 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and became a member of the student dance troupe Ahatti two years later. She taught classes in the East San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California from 2002 to 2007. She was trained and is certified as an American Tribal Style teacher by Carolena Nericcio, founder of Fat Chance Belly Dance in San Francisco, and taught as a Sister Studio. Kristin developed three student troupes from her dance classes. The advanced troupe, the Blue Stars of Tanit took a first place trophy in the Tribal Category at the annual Bellydancer of the Universe Competition in 2006. Kristin (Cerridwyn) is an ordained Dianic High Priestess with Circle of Aradia, a Grove of Temple of Diana, and founded by Ruth Rhiannon Barrett and Falcon River.

Jennifer White has 6 years of tribal belly dance experience.  She studied exclusively with certified American

Tribal Style teacher, Kristin (Cerridwyn) Ohman, in the Inland Empire of Southern California beginning in 2002. After one to two years of study and local performance work, she was invited to join the advanced troupe, The Blue Stars of Tanit for five years. Jennifer is an administrator at a metropolitan trauma center and has over thirty years experience in the health care industry.

Cristina Pandolfo (Sicily/Wales)

CRISTINA PANDOLFO is owner of "Domina Lunae Apothecary" and founder of the Dianic Spiritual Organization "Domina Lunae", Cristina has been initiated in the Dianic Tradition and officially ordained Dianic Clergy (Priestess) by the Temple of Diana (Los Angeles, CA). She is also an author, esoteric herbalist, Plant Spirit Healing practitioner and landscape architect specialized in Healing Gardens and ecospirituality. She has been teaching classes and workshops about esoteric herbalism and female spirituality in Italy and abroad since 2010. 

www.cristinapandolfo.com

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Rev. Ava Park (California)

So, yes, the sons of patriarchy did their level best to stall, stymie, and stop Ava at every turn, but, with the Great Goodness of Goddess, she prevailed and founded, and maintained for decades, three communities intent upon bringing the compassion, power and beauty of Goddess to women of the world: The Museum of Woman, a unique feminist museum telling the heroic herstory of Woman through the inspiring tales of Goddesses, Queens and Wisewomen, along with powerful presentations of Goddess culture from the Paleolithic to the present; The Goddess Temple of Orange County, a women’s feminist spirituality organization meeting at The Museum of Woman; and Orange County People for Animals, Orange County’s largest and most active animal rights group, revealing the relationships among Goddess, Woman, Animals and Mother Earth. 

Rev. DiAnna Ritola (New York City)

DiAnna is a Dianic Priestess and Interfaith Minister who has spent the past decade as a counselor and teacher at the intersections of feminism, sexuality, and spiritual practice. Though DiAnna was a solo witch for 15 years, she felt called to serve a community after coming out as lesbian following her divorce from her children’s father in the early 2000s. She served as clergy with The Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville, NC for 4 years (2013-2017), and is currently a trustee with The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft. DiAnna has raised 2 daughters (now young adults) who still like her and want to share their experiences with her, which she considers a total parenting win! DiAnna knows that the path of awakening is not always easy, nor does it always feel especially spiritual. The messiness of daily life is where she finds her joy and her lessons, and she loves walking this path with others who are also finding their way in the messy middle. She offers counseling via video chat platforms to clients around the world. www.diannaritola.com

Falcon River (Michigan)

FALCON RIVER is an ordained Dianic Priestess of the Guardian Path.  She has helped create and support women's ritual circles since 1976. Falcon is passionately committed to awakening women to the mysteries of the guardian path, teaching practical energetic and magical skills for daily life. In 1999, Falcon co-founded Temple of Diana with Ruth Barrett, where she is on the core faculty for The Spiral Door Women's Mystery School of Magick and Ritual Arts. Falcon grew up in the Appalachian mountains of southern West Virginia, climbing and singing with the trees and crawling into every cave she could find.  As a child, she was trained in traditional folk magic and medicine by her granny, aunt and uncle. In her early 30’s Falcon studied and apprenticed intensively with Dr. Dawna Markova, author of The Open Mind, a body of work dealing with perceptual learning modalities.  Falcon also studied for several years with Linda Tellington-Jones and Robin Hood, learning the Tellington Touch/TEAM Techniques for working with horses and other companion animals in their healing and training. For more than 30 years, she has been a professional body worker, healer, and clairvoyant working with animals and people. Falcon is an avid archer and is a Level II instructor with the National Association for the Development of Archery and the National Archery Association. Go to www.guardiansofthegrove.org to see her work.

Willow Tucker (California)

WILLOW TUCKER has been practicing Manifestation and honing her art for many years, she is a graduate of the Spiral Door Program and walking her priestess path. She has been teaching for 17 years everything from homeschooling to aromatherapy to the healing arts. Make no mistake about it, learning to Manifest is a healing art.

Pele Yemaya (Michigan)

PELE YEMAYA (PJ Young) was formally trained in piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago Illinois from 6-16. Beethoven soon became Boogie. In 1990, the tragic loss of her sister first made her give up on music, however, time passed, and she was quietly led to the path of the drum. Unknowingly, she let go of her thinking of never playing another note again, and learned to say “never say never.” Pele found herself intrigued with the rhythms of Ubaka Hill at Michfest in 1993, and this began her path with the drum with the 1st Drumsong Orchestra.For 25 years, Pele has studied with Ubaka Hill, Fasi (Linda Thomas Jones), Edwinda Lee Tyler, Fatu, Deb Mc Gee,  Paloma, and Afia Walking Tree. She has had the pleasure of being a part of The Drumsong Orchestra on Ubaka Hill’s CDs Dance the Spiral Dance and ShapeShifters. In 2008, she traveled to Roume, Guinea (Africa) to study drum and dance with Afia Walking Tree and M. Lamine ‘Dibo’ Camara, principle soloist for Les Ballets d’Afrique Noire de Mansour Gueye. During that time, she fell in love with traditional African dance and became Qween’s lead drummer for Nu Traditional African Dance for nine years at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival prior to its closing in 2015. Pele has not only studied djembe but has also learned rhythm with Dundun, Samban, and Kenkeni drums for past nine years and has fallen in love with helping others in their path with traditional drum rhythms geared towards African Dance, Afro Cuban traditions and loves integrating hand drumming with many other genres of music. Most recently, in the fall of 2017, Pele was honored to provide a three-lecture series at Michigan State University entitled African Drumming, A Womon’s Perspective and is also serving as the percussionist for Ruth Barrett’s seasonal concert series in Lansing Michigan.

Jennifer Vallely (California)

Jenn loves to share rhythm through drumming. She is an educator with over 20 years of experience. As a drum teacher, rhythm circle facilitator and performer, Jenn approaches drumming with reverence and plays from her heart.  She uses rhythm to work with children, adults and the elderly. "It is amazing to watch people open up to their natural rhythmic gifts and to the joy that opening brings."  Jenn hails from the Inland Empire. As a life-long learner, Jenn has completed recently the UCLArts Social Emotional Arts (SEA )Program  and is now a facilitator of Expressive Arts. She specializes in the expressive arts of drumming and poetry. www.rhythmmuse.org

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