Women Rising Rooted: How Old Celtic Stories Inspire Change


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Co-sponsored with Point Reyes Books

Friday, Sept 14, 7pm to 9pm: Evening of reading and conversation with Sharon Blackie and Claire Cummings

Saturday, Sept 15, 10am to 5pm: Daylong workshop with Sharon Blackie on "The Mythic Imagination: Re-storying Our Places"

Celtic mythology, especially in the Gaelic (Irish and Scottish) traditions, is intensely ecological. It offers up a world in which there’s a reciprocal and respectful contract between the people and the land – a world which is dominated by powerful divine women who are the creators and shapers of the land, its guardians and protectors, and who represent the moral and spiritual authority of the Otherworld. Women who represent the spirit of the Earth itself: the anima mundi. In her word-of-mouth bestselling book If Women Rose Rooted, Sharon encourages women to reclaim these ancestral stories which teach us how to walk more authentically in, and with a greater sense of belonging to, this beautiful animate Earth.

If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees. And if we rise up rooted, like trees … well then, women might indeed save not only ourselves, but the world. – from If Women Rose Rooted, by Sharon Blackie

Cancellations: No refunds for cancellations made 7 days or less before the event date. Prior to 7 days before an event, there is a $15 processing fee per ticket for cancellations.

Claire Hope Cummings

Claire Hope Cummings is an environmental lawyer, journalist, and an award-winning author. Claire’s work is about connecting people, place, and traditional knowledge through story. For the last 35 years she has worked with indigenous people advocating for the preservation of their ancestral lands and practices.

Dr. Sharon Blackie

Sharon is an award-winning writer whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, articles, online courses and residential retreats are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. Sharon is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller If Women Rose Rooted: The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging, which offers up a new Heroine’s Journey for this age of social and ecological crisis. Her latest nonfiction book, The Enchanted Life, focuses on the mythic imagination as a bridge to a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world. She is also the author of the novel The Long Delirious Burning Blue, and of Foxfire, Wolfskin, a collection of original fairy tales about shapeshifting women which will be published in 2019.

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