Women, Spirit, and Peace is a series of KPFA FM Pacifica Radio conversations with remarkable women from Northern California and beyond. Women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are featured with a wide range of backgrounds and a fascinating array of personal philosophies. Working in a multiplicity of disciplines and using their creativity they each promote peace—within themselves, their communities, and the larger world.
Over a period of four months, our weekly guests include scholars of Women’s Spirituality, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, recording artists and poets, political activists, anthropologists, shamans, musicians, dancers, journalists, painters, gardeners, teachers, psychiatrists, and more. Thanks to Amadou & Mariam for the opening theme music, “A Radio Mogo” (Thanks for Our Radio Friends).
Related to this series, Sandy was awarded a Master’s degree in Philosophy & Religion (Women’s Spirituality) from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Graduation was held at the historic Palace of Fine Arts.
Marion is renowned as a profound chronicler of women’s experience. She was trained in Zurich as a Jungian analyst and was also an English teacher. She has been talking about the divine feminine, the sacred feminine, for decades. Marion teaches us how to use dreams and imagery, self-reflection, and bodywork, in both traditional and alternative
Luisah Teish is a writer, performer, priestess of Oshun, and ritual designer. She has taught at J.F.K. University, New College of San Francisco, The University of Creation Spirituality, CIIS, and beyond. Luisah joins us today with wonderful stories from her book Jambalaya. www.yeyeteish.com
From the very beginning of her musical career, Joan Baez has never sought to draw lines between real world, real time events and her own artistic vision. Her instincts have often been that of a journalist–or an incurable romantic. There are plenty of both to be found on her album of studio recordings, Dark Chords
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. She is also the author of Possessing the Secret of Joy, By the Light of My Father’s Smile, and many other poems, essays, and short stories. Alice joins Sandy in the studio to read from her new book
Starhawk (right) is the author/coauthor of nine books, including The Spiral Dance, now in its 20th anniversary edition, Truth or Dare, and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Active in social change and earth-based spirituality movements for over thirty years, she lives in San Francisco and the Cazadero Hills. More recently, she is a leader in the
Arisika Razak (second from left) has been a midwife, healer, and spiritual dancer for over thirty years. She directed the Integrative Health Studies Program at CIIS, San Francisco. She brings three leading African-American healers from the community into the studio. Arisika’s guests on this show are Linda Compton (left), Earthlyn Manual (second from right), and
Daughters of Yam devorah major is a former San Francisco poet laureate and is a novelist and an essayist. She has published prize-winning works of fiction and poetry. Among her books is Where River Meets Ocean. Opal Palmer Adisa is a literary critic, poet, prose writer, storyteller, artist, and professor. Her novel, It Begins with Tears (1977), gives an
Angeles Arrien, PhD was an anthropologist, educator, award-winning author, and corporate consultant. She lectured worldwide, conducting workshops that bridge cultural anthropology, psychology, and mediation skills. She founded the Anthropology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her work with multi-cultural issues, mediation, and conflict resolution has been used with the International
Jennifer Berezan is a multi-faceted singer-songwriter, teacher, producer, and ritualist, who has been performing and recording for 20 years. Her intense and personal approach to music explores alienation, transformation, and finding a sense of place in a constantly changing world. She recorded an historic cd in the Hypogeum in Malta where the underground caverns were
An early pioneer of post-modern dance, Anna blurred the boundaries between life and art, influencing generations of performing artists. Now in her 90’s, she continues to explore new thresholds. She was an incredible guest, and absolutely glowed when she arrived at the studio. She was a lot of fun to talk with. Check out her
Patti Boucher has been interested in the language of the heart for many years. Patti teaches about speaking the truth without blame or judgment, and she applies this practice to promote healing in the community. Patti is a specialist in adoption and working with children and parents. firstname.lastname@example.org Thaïs Mazur is a mother, writer, choreographer,
Mayumi Oda’s paintings of goddesses are exhibited internationally, and her recent work as an activist includes coordination of the World Court Project, an effort to make nuclear weapons illegal. http://www.robynbuntin.com/MoreByArtist.asp?ArtistID=121 Silvia Nakkach is a pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness. She is the founding director of the Vox Mundi Project which preserves
Jean Shinoda Bolen is a psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst in private practice, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a feminist and former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is the author of the just out Crones
Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., is a member of the faculties of Dominican University of California, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where she teaches courses on women and religion. Her pioneering research on female deities and women’s religious leadership in the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond has appeared in various
Bringing a feminist perspective to contemporary findings of geneticists and archeologists, Professor Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, PhD and feminist cultural historian, points out that the oldest veneration we know is of a dark mother of central and south Africa, whose signs–ochre red and the pubic V–were taken by African migrants after 50,000 BCE to caves and
Mara Lynn Keller, PhD, (left) is former Director of Women’s Spirituality, Philosophy & Religion, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She co-founded the Global Peace Studies program at San Francisco State University, and helped in the formation of the Green Party in California. She is a scholar and ritualist of the