Sophia Rising: Unveiling the Wisdom of Being Human
Full conference recordings: opening, closing, three keynotes, “soul journey” presentation, and more...
List of presenters below.
FRIDAY, April 22
Welcome with Tess Parker
Spirit of Place with Micky Leach
HeartMath with Michele Mariscal
WEAVING EARTH with Angela Foster and Friends
Encountering the Celestial Goddess Anthroposophia
with Mary Stewart Adams
WEAVING AIR ArtActs
Eurythmy with Maria Ver Eecke, Singing with Jill McCormick, Call & Response with Lisa Dalton
SATURDAY, April 23
WEAVING ETHER: Eurythmy with Maria Ver Eecke, Singing with Jill McCormick
The Virgin of Guadalupe: Sophia Rising in the Americas
with Stephanie Georgieff
The Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the first recorded apparitions in the Americas. Revealing herself to a Nahuatl Native and ultimately to the Bishop of New Spain and his entourage in December of 1531, this image has continued to inspire countless souls for nearly 500 years. The symbolism and timing of her appearance presents deep mysteries for our age, and points to the ultimate Sophianic impulse for the present and future of Humanity.
Resources from Stephanie Georgieff are included, with Slides, Stars of Guadalupe 1 & 2
WEAVING STORIES with Tess Parker
Anthroposophia: Our Alchemical Soul Journey
A Union of Wisdom and Love with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg and Friends
Together we will embark on a contemplative soul journey to '"Know Thyself," engaging in group eurythmy, singing, speech, color gestures in art, and a telling of the New Isis Myth. These different elements will help to open a space within each individual to meditate upon the Trials of the Soul that become obstacles on our path. In facing these obstacles, we can then move towards the union of Warmth and Light, Wisdom and Love within ourselves, to unveil the wisdom of the human being.
WEAVING COLOR Invoking Natura: Sensing the Cosmic
within the Earthly Pastels with Helen-Ann Ireland
SUNDAY, April 24
HeartMath with Michele Mariscal
WEAVING FIRE with Carrie Schuchardt
WEAVING WATER & WHOLENESS
Closing and Water Ritual with Joyce Reilly & Angela Foster
PRESENTERS AND GUIDES
Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian and host of website and weekly public radio program and podcast “The Storyteller’s Night Sky”. Through her research in spiritual science and her education in literary arts, Mary has developed a unique, humanities-based approach to understanding our relationship with the stars. Her work is further augmented by an extensive knowledge of ancient mythologies and fairy tales, which she relates to the research and ideas of contemporary astronomy in order to understand the new star wisdom of astrosophy.
Ultra-Violet Archer is a singer and songwriter striving to use music as a tool for storytelling, healing and transformation. Her songs invite people to honor the parts of themselves they feel but can't yet put into words. After studying at Oberlin College and Conservatory, she spent a year in Sweden at the International Youth Initiative Program, and is now continuing her studies in her hometown at Columbia College of Chicago’s 'Contemporary, Urban and Popular Music' program.
Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year and the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational minister, essayist, lecturer, poet, anthroposopher. Hazel is Cultural Events and Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Eyahnna DalBo (artist of the Sophia Rising painting) came to anthroposophy 30 years ago when her daughter attended a Waldorf school. Her studies include an undergraduate degree in fine art and graduate work in psychology using the arts for healing. In her private practice, she developed various energetic modalities. Her experience with subtle energy fields gave her the opportunity to teach and take part in designing a curriculum for a 2-year program focusing on energy healing. As a consultant, Eyahnna initiated numerous therapeutic programs to assist in pioneering the field of art therapy. Through the gift of an apprenticeship with indigenous people she is able to bring their practices and ceremonies to what she offers, deepening her ability to be of service. As an artist, she continues to utilize the spoken word, movement, sound, and visual imagery to honor and create a field that fosters awareness, growth, and transformation.
Lisa Dalton is a master teacher of Michael Chekhov’s approach to performing arts and a member of the ASA since 1995. She is on the Central Regional Council and was part of the planning committee for the 2021 ASA AGM: Building of the Heart conference. Lisa’s introduction to anthroposophy began in the early 1980’s, exploring, with Ted Pugh, the Michael Chekhov Technique at the Rudolf Steiner High School in Manhattan. There, beside fellow artists the seeds of an anthroposophical karma were fertilized, with her love of eurythmy and spatial dynamics.
Angela Foster has been an active student of anthroposophy since 2008. After growing up in Texas, Angela is now embracing life in Atlanta, Georgia as an artist, teacher, and mom of two daughters, shepherd to two mini sheep. As a conscious practitioner of “beginner’s mind”, Angela has completed programs in foundation studies in anthroposophy numerous times and is currently enrolled in Foundation Studies in Goethean Science through the Nature Institute. She and her husband manage the Anthroposophical Resource Center (ARC), an initiative in Decatur, Georgia that offers space for community events and serves as a little house for Anthroposophia.
Stephanie Georgieff, MS is an author, podcaster and pilgrim. Residing mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, she has written several books on The Divine Feminine as presented through the genre of The Black Madonna, The Virgin of Guadalupe, and The Divine Sophia. She has spoken at conferences and venues throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. The Black Madonna Speaks is her latest endeavor, a weekly podcast exploring the mysteries of The Black Madonna from an anthroposophical and esoteric Christian perspective, along with artists, poets, authors and scholars on the subject.
Helena Hurrell joyfully met anthroposophy in San Fransisco in 1977 and has been working with individuals and groups as a Waldorf educator since 1981.Throughout her life she has trained to become a therapist while living in Australia, the UK and North America. She is currently in private practice in Colorado blending the therapeutic work she offers through her love of color as an Art and Metal Color Light Glass Therapist trained in the UK and Germany. Both of these trainings are certified by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum. Metal Color Light Therapy is a relatively new initiative originated by the late Marianne Altmaier who developed this therapy and training out of her deep interest in and knowledge of the Goetheanum windows in Dornach. Click here for Helena’s website, Helios Center.
Helen-Ann Ireland has been involved in anthroposophical studies for over 30 years as a Waldorf teacher, member of the School for Spiritual Science, Class holder, and now as Chair of General Council of the Anthroposophical Society of America. She holds a EdD in elementary education and currently works at the Maine Coast Waldorf School. Helen-Ann holds a special interest in the area of the Divine Feminine and the Being of Sophia.
Lucien Dante Lazar is an interdisciplinary artist whose praxis is founded in the intersections of art, science, and spirituality. He received his BA from Bard College, his MFA from California College of the Arts, and is currently working on his PhD in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program at California Institute of Integral Studies. His dissertation will concern the pedagogy of spiritual development through the diversity of the arts.
Michele Mariscal has 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field. She is a skilled facilitator in soft skills, speaker, coach, and author. She is an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist and a Trainer and Coach with the Institute of HeartMath. She facilitates greater heart-based living for individuals and organizations. Michele is also a five-time author. Her most recent publication is Growing Through Grief – The Alchemy of Healing from Loss.
Jill McCormick grew up in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Jill decided to study therapeutic recreation at California State Northridge, and asked herself the question; “How do we develop into the human beings we eventually become?” To find out, she embarked on a long career of working with special adult populations. Working at both the Highland Hall and the Santa Monica Waldorf Schools, Jill realized that in Waldorf early childhood education, she could better answer her central life question of how people become who they are. Her family moved to Santa Fe in 1998 and started working at the Santa Fe Waldorf School. Outside of Waldorf, Jill is a tone-healer and sings with the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble.
Tess Parker is the Director of Programs for the Anthroposophical Society in America, and has been committed to discovery through anthroposphy for over a decade. Prior to her director role, she spent years tending and stewarding the earth in her roles as co-founder of Common Hands Farm, a biodynamic farm in update New York. She was also the Outdoor Education teacher and Camp Director at Pasadena Waldorf School. Tess is a student and collaborator with the elemental kingdom and finds fulfillment and purpose through creating medicines, art, and ritual with plants. As an avid astrologer with an interest in astrosophy and biography work, she finds time on weekends to read and interpret birth charts for anyone seeking to understand their own individual cosmic blueprint that accompanies them through their life. You can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joyce Reilly studied psychology in college and was fascinated by the idea of a therapeutic community. She has worked in Camphill for many years, and is trained as a Waldorf and Therapeutic teacher. She founded Gheel House, a therapeutic community near Kimberton Pennsylvania, still thriving after 37 years. Joyce's interests expanded to international conflict work and refugee resettlement. She works with organizations such as the Janusz Korczak Association, Karuna Peacebuilders, Kiwimbi International, Good Grief, the Worldwide Storytelling and Puppetry Association, and especially with the New York Anthroposophical Branch, and also works part-time at the local public library. Joyce is also trained in Psychosynthesis therapy and Anthroposophical psychology, and is currently practicing as a life coach and counselor.
Carrie Schuchardt has lived and worked with refugees since 1980, first during her 15 years as a life-sharer at Camphill Village (Kimberton, PA) and then as co-founder and director of the House of Peace (Ipswich, MA). In 1990, together with her husband John, she established this small therapeutic community where refugees uprooted by war receive physical shelter and spiritual refuge in community with adults with special needs, who are at the core of the hospitatlity offered by the House of Peace. Carrie has been connected with the theme of Sophia throughout her many years of anthroposophical work.
Maria Ver Eecke is presently the therapeutic eurythmist for the School of Eurythmy, Spring Valley, NY. She taught eurythmy for 40 years in Waldorf schools, a charter school, and a home-school program. Maria met anthroposophy in Maseru, Lesotho, when she was a class teacher in an English-medium preparatory school. Currently she is the editor of the newsletters for the Eurythmy Association of North America and the Association of Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America.