Spiritual Women Leaders Met in Taos

Worldwide Women's Traditions Leading the Future, an international event featuring workshops, lectures, dances, more

By Teresa Dovalpage
Published on LatinoLA: October 9, 2015

Spiritual Women Leaders Met in Taos

Taos is a magnet. People come from all places to the many events that are held in our corner of the Land of Enchantment. They are attracted by artistic pursuits, literary conferences, concerts and the joys of skiing.

They also come to attend spiritual gatherings like Worldwide Women's Traditions Leading the Future, an international event featuring workshops, lectures, dances, ceremonies, and more that took place at SMU-in-Taos during October 2nd, 3rd and 4th .
"Our speakers have come from faraway places like New Zealand and Malaysia," said organizer Magdala Ramirez. "They also came from El Salvador and Mexico, from California and Santa Fe."

"This program weaves together the authentic wisdom that resides in all women," said co-organizer Patrice Lange.

Sacred Woman

The event was brought to Taos by Sacred Woman, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping women realize their highest potential.

It was created in 2006 by a group of women who were seeking to raise their own consciousness, with an emphasis on ancient wisdom from different traditions.
"In that sense, we are very eclectic," said Ramirez, who is Sacred Woman executive director. "We are not attached to just one religion or faith. Our purpose is to create experiences that allow people to grow spiritually and psychologically, no matter what their background is. We value honor, holism, multiculturalism, community, sisterhood, and the wisdom of the ages."

Ramirez has worked with women from many ethnic origins, religions, and cultures.
"Women need to discover their own power and voice to heal themselves and help heal their communities," she said. "That's why we put together this conference."

The organizers Magdala Ramirez is a spiritual leader and healer from the Maya Mexika lineage. She was born and raised in Mexico and has made Taos her home since August 2014. She leads seminars, ceremonies, vision quests, and journeys based on Maya teachings.

Ramirez is the author of a variety of books about the power of feminine wisdom, Among them "I am You," "Story of Quetzalcoatl," "World of the Enchanted Flower," "Sacredness of the Union of Polarities," "Sacred Sex," "The 13th Mirror," and many more.
Patrice Lange is one of the co-founders of Sacred Woman.

"Organizing and planning are my main skills," Lange said. "In my prior work life, I was a strategy officer at a large health system in Akron Ohio."

The presenters

Grandmother Marian Dawn Skyweaver has Native American and African ancestors.
"I want to remind all that we are indigenous to Mother Earth and that we have the responsibility to show respect, walk with wisdom, consider balance in everything, and recognize peace as the right of all," Grandmother Marian said.

Her workshops include "Never giving up on you" and "Let's just have fun discovering relationships and how they serve us."

Other speakers were Kirar Taraishia Te Wairangi, who traveled from New Zealand to attend the gathering, and Amma Muktiswari Mayi, a native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Taraishia taught several workshops about the sacredness of ceremonies. Muktiswari led sessions about self-healing, the power of intention, and the Law of Attraction.
Michele Rozbitsky is a shamanic practitioner, ceremonialist, teacher and author from Santa Fe. She taught the workshop "Birthing the New Earth through the 'Rainbow Circle' of the Women of the World".

Louisah Teish is an Oshun chief in the Yoruba Lucumi tradition. A native of New Orleans, she now lives in California. She talked about the spiritual cultures of the African Diaspora. In her workshops, she introduced participants to Yemaya, the great mother of the ocean; Oya, the queen of the winds of change; and Oshun, the goddess of love, art, and sensuality.

To find out more about Sacred Woman visit http://www.sacredwoman.org

About Teresa Dovalpage:
Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana, Cuba and now lives in New Mexico. She is the author of eight novels and several short story collections. She writes in English and Spanish.
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