Gimbutas "Goddess Salon" Discussion Groups
In our Dec. '05 newsletter
we included a survey that asked whether the reader
would be interested in hosting a Salon. We received many replies
from various locations around the world, and so the Salons were
launched in February '06. For ten months we had new sessions with
a featured host. Although we are not offering new sessions any
longer, the salons can continue using the archived material on
monthly info page.
How the Salons work:
The primary source viewing material for the salons comes from
our Behind the Screen series, featuring the complete
uncut sessions of each person who was interviewed for Signs
Out of Time. For each featured guest there is also a short
bio, a suggested book to read, and discussion questions for both
the video and the book, along with a recipe. Marija was known
for her apple pies, so in that tradition, we’ve suggested
something to cook and share, as well as some simple ritual suggestions.
You gather your friends and pick a convenient date to meet. We
suggest that meeting once a month works well for most people in
our busy culture. Each month, one interviewee from Signs Out
of Time is the featured guest. You can view the interview
in our Behind the Screen series and use the
discussion questions to follow up.
During the next weeks, you’ll have time to read the suggested
selection. At your next month's meeting, you can discuss the book
selection from the previous month and view the video of the next
featured guest. An archive of each month's salon packet is posted
on our salon
monthly info page. You can start a new salon series
any time using the archives.
We have a message
board/discussion forum integrated with our site. Anyone can
post without having to register first. We have created discussion
threads on the board specific to the particular featured guest.
You can engage in discussion there with others who are participating
in salons, at your leisure (but you will not have your email inbox
flooded with mail from a listserve!)
of Featured Guests:
Month 1 - View Signs Out of Time Donna Read and Starhawk.
Reading: Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and
Mystery by Starhawk
Month 2 - Joan Marler. View Behind the Screen interview.
Reading: The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas
(edited by Joan Marler)
Month 3 - Miriam Robbins Dexter. View Behind the Screen
interview. Reading: The Living Goddesses by Marija Gimbutas
and Miriam Robbins Dexter.
Month 4 - Carol Christ. View Behind the Screen interview.
Reading: The Rebirth of the Goddess by Carol Christ
Month 5 - Elinor Gadon. View Behind the Screen interview.
Reading: The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon
and the short article "From Blood to Fire"
Month 6 - Ralph Metzner. View Behind the Screen interview.
Reading: The Well of Remembrance by Ralph Metzner
Month 7 - Vicki Noble
Month 8 - Mara Keller
Month 9 - Riane Eisler
10 - Deena Metzger
We have the instruction packets archived on the salon
monthly info page.
Below you will find the locations of salons that are
either in the planning stages or have begun, with the email address
of the host. Below that is a list of those who would like to participate
in a salon if one that is being formed in their area.
We encourage the formation of new salons at any time. If you would
like to host, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indicate your physical location so we can post your information
here. If you would like to be a participant, send us an email
at email@example.com with
your physical location. We'll post it here, in case others in
your area want to form a salon.
Venice, CA: Jodie Evans
Oakland, CA (Lake Merritt area):
CA: (women only, 7 maximum)
Santa Cruz/Aptos, CA: Nicola Wagner
Humboldt County, CA (Arcata area):
Barbara County, CA:
Kerowyn n'ha Susanna
Wilmington, DE:Melissa Camoirano
Winder, GA: Jessie Jaramillo
Albequerque, NM: Katya Miller
Florence, MA: Joann Lutz
West Concord, MA:
A SPACE to hold a salon has been offered by Womens Well, if anyone
would like to host.
Lathrup Village, MI: Wendy Valhoff
Saline (near Ann Arbor), MI:
Traverse City area, MI:
Kansas City, MO: Vicky or Sybil at Ancient Wisdom - firstname.lastname@example.org
York City: Holly Troy
Holly is searching for a hosting location, so contact her if you
West Warwick, RI: Kate Gillis
Austin, TX: Deanne Quarrie
Burlington, VT: Beth Rice
S. Whidbey Island, WA: Beverly Rose
La Crosse, WI: Deborah Hirsch email@example.com
Ottawa, Ontario: Judith Wouk
Guelph, Ontario: Linda Borys
Bristol: Rachael O'Neill
Blue Mountains-Sydney area:
Ocean Shores (near Byron Bay NSW)
Laura-Doe Harris & Turiya Bruce
Phoenix, AZ: Joan Robinson-Blumit
Mesa, AZ: Doe Daughtrey
Berkeley, CA: Bayla Bower
CA: Nieves Hagmeier
Fairfax, CA: Jo Carson firstname.lastname@example.org
Sebastopol, CA: Robin Latham
Nevada City CA: Miki Sanders
Sacramento, CA: Cindy Nelson
Diego, CA: Sharon Johnson
Idaho Falls, ID: Julie Raymond
Elkhart, IN: Peg Wolf
Crystal River, FL: Karen Castle
Greenfield, MA: Lierre Keith
Bemidji, MN: Neen Lillquist
Weaverville, NC: Sarah Wells
Tinton Falls, NJ (Monmouth County):
Rebecca Scarborough - email@example.com
Farmingdale, NY (works in NYC):
Lorelei Schroeter - firstname.lastname@example.org
San Leon, TX: Lyryal PatternDancer email@example.com
Spokane, WA: Joan Denoo
Vancouver Island, B.C. (Duncan Area):
Marcia - firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria, B.C.: Elaine Codling
Exeter, Devon: Alice Guthrie
Perth, W. Australia: Carole Lane