Teachers

ALisavisionarysmi-fs-1ALisa Starkweather

is the founder of the 15th Women’s Belly and Womb Conference because she wanted women to respect the power of womanhood that is held in the wisdom of our collective women embodied stories. ALisa is also the founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement, Daughters of the Earth Gathering, Priestess Path Women’s Mystery School and co-founder of Women in Power. She is a contributing author in Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership; Where Grace Meets Power and the co-producer of Isadora Leidenfrost’s documentary film, Things We Don’t Talk About; Healing Stories from the Red Tent which features many scenes from the Women’s Belly and Womb Conference.


IMG_2965Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN

is committed to the healing of the planet one womb at a time. She embodies her commitment through her private bodywork, health and nutritional coaching and spiritual/emotional counseling with women in Northampton, MA. The main forms of bodywork she practices to support pelvic health and embodiment, are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Holistic Pelvic Care. Another great passion is to facilitate transformational healing and empowerment through the practice of tribal belly dance. Through this modality she embodies the Goddess and supports women to recognize the Goddess within by connecting with our deep sensual expression, as well as connecting physiologically to the pelvic structures and moving muscles, ligaments and organs in new ways, creating spaciousness and joyful self-expression. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, Chaya transforms the planet through conscious mothering of a young developing toddler boy.www.purpleroseabdominalmassage.com


webWINSTON4Sheri Winston CNM, RN, BSN, LMT

Celebrated Wholistic Sexuality teacher is a groundbreaking, award-winning author, teacher, blogger and ‘sexpert’ who offers empowering entertaining erotic education for everyone. Founder of the Center for the Intimate Arts, Sheri offers programs for the general public as well as professional presentations and trainings for sexuality educators, therapists and health care providers. She’s the author of Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure (AASECT 2010 Book of the Year) and Succulent SexCraft: Your Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice. Sheri’s unique holistic teachings are informed by her 16 years as a sexuality teacher, on top of decades of practice as a certified nurse-midwife, gynecology practitioner, registered nurse, childbirth educator and massage therapist. Sheri delights in inspiring folks of all kinds and ages to have a lot more pleasure, fun and fulfillment with her wide variety of transformational, educational, inspired, yet practical teachings. Note: Sheri Winston will be teaching a pre-conference class on Friday night 7:30 to 10pm open to men and women and people who are not registered for the conference on Saturday. Follow the links.


AJG-author-photo-ByShelbySharieCohenPhotography©Amy Jo Goddard

as a Sexual Empowerment expert and thought leader,  has guided thousands of people towards the wholeness and fulfillment they want, sexually and in other aspects of their lives. She earned her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has over 20 years of experience in the sexuality field. As a renowned speaker and teacher, Amy Jo travels to colleges, communities, and conferences teaching classes and offering keynotes that help people to connect the dots around sexuality and money, expand their creativity, grow their confidence and learn to be bigger in their relationships, in business, and in the world. Amy Jo teaches her unique 9-month Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, maintains a private coaching practice, and hosts events and VIP days with private clients in Napa Valley and New York City. She co-authored the highly successful book Lesbian Sex Secrets For Men, recently released in second edition, and her second book Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence was published by Penguin Random House on September 29th, 2015. www.amyjogoddard.comNote: Amy Jo Goddard is facilitating a full day workshop on Sunday. This is open to women in the general public even if they are not coming to the Women’s Belly and Womb Conference.


Bethany_118_for_web-2[1] (1)Bethany Webster

is a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and what you could call a midwife of the heart. Her work is focused on helping women heal the mother wound so that they can fully claim their brilliance, own their power and live as their authentic selves. Her work has appeared in Elephant Journal and the California Journal of Women Writers. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Healing the Mother Wound: Move Beyond What Your Mother Never Gave You and Become the Woman You’re Meant to Be.” www.womboflight.com


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visionary drummer, ceremonialist and vocalist has studied with the late Grandmother Twyla Nitsch of the Seneca Wolf clan.  And with African-American drum masters Edwina Lee Tyler, Ubaka Hill, as well as the late Baba Olatunji. She has taught at ALisa Starkweather’s Daughters of the Earth gathering, produced and performed in Shawna Carol’s Goddess Chant at the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, England. Laney is part Cherokee of the eastern door in the Great Smoky Mountains. She is also of German, English and Scot/Irish ancestry. For more information on Laney’s work, please visit: www.sacredwavesofrhythm.com


IMG_3240Alisa Wright Tanny, MA, e-RYT500, R-DTR

is the Co-Founder and Director of The Embodiment Institute.  Her presence provides the space and safety for inquiry and exploration, transformation and CORE integration, and the reclaiming of joyful embodied trust and empowerment with over 30 years of somatic movement experience.  She has created multiple embodiment programs and teacher trainings:  BodyDance™ ChakraFlow – a Womens’ Embodiment Immersion/200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training, BodyDance™ BalanceCORE Spinal Therapeutics,  Bodydance™ Girls’ Circles, ages 6-16.  Alisa’s private practice as an Embodiment Coach is in Western MA. www.theembodimentinstitute.com


IMG_4874 - Version 2Kristen Avonti

is a homesteading mama, practical visionary and wise woman herbalist who is passionately committed to cultivating our collective light. Founder and Program Director of Tree of Dreams, Inc., Kristen blends her rich knowledge with her innate wisdom, spiritual insight and deep healing capacity to craft programs which are deeply life changing and inspiring. Kristen’s writings on pregnancy and birth have been published in Birthing Mama, Round the Circle, The Sacred Nature of Birth, and Sacred Pregnancy’s, The Art of Sacred Postpartum. She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience surrounding women’s health, pregnancy and birth. To find out more about Kristen’s work and her wisdom school, Tree of Dreams, please visit: www.windyroots.com


MotherTurtleMarsia Shuron Harris aka Mother Turtle

resides in the hills of Western Massachusetts where she sings amongst the trees in her sanctuary in the forest. She is a natural facilitator, photographer and musician, with over 25 years of performing her original compositions. She is the author of the popular chant “Rise Up,” featured in the Red Tent Movie: “Things We Don’t Talk About” Produced by ALisa Starkweather and Isadora Liedenfrost, and she is the creator of “Healing The Stories We Tell Ourselves With Mother Turtle,” a unique, interactive, personal enrichment experience that helps women and men shift the heaviness of their limiting beliefs to lighter more empowering stories that better serve their lives.  Using her voice as a tool for healing, Mother Turtle can lift you to great heights through her song, as well as take you to those deep places within that are seeking illumination.To learn more about Mother Turtle visit: http://www.MotherTurtle.com


Hilary in UttarkashiHilary Lake

is a healing artist and community minister who spans her ministry across diverse communities through bringing her embodied awareness and expression and by honoring the land and our relationships to the larger forces of our beings as we organize for more sustainable and generative lives in community.  She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an MDiv in Buddhist Ministry, has been dancing and singing from a young age, studying many forms, from the classical to improvisational. Most recently she journeyed to India and Nepal this past year to study tantric Buddhism and dance. Her practice of Moving in Grace is a synthesis of synthesis of aspects of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist insight meditation, shamanic journeying, Authentic Movement, Body Mind Centering and improvisational dance expression. She currently lives, works, and plays as a co-owner and manager of Nine Mountain Retreat Center next to Earthdance in Western Massachusetts, regularly co-facilitates Mandala Dance, a co-creative sacred community dance and continues to deepen and expand her ministry in service for the well being of All. For more information about Hilary and Moving in Grace, please visit: www.movingingrace.com


 JCW_ Red Dress_ 13Julie Woods

I’m a spiritual being committed to learning about mythopoetic skinbag I choose to inhabit.  And because I remember this, I ALSO do my best to share my lessons with everyone I have the pleasure and privilege of meeting.  I do that as a Grammy-candidate musician; as an international award-winning writer; as a 25-year-committed-and-blissed-in lifepartner; as The Urban Bliss Shaman™ who’s also an Imaginal Engineer; as the Founder of a food abundance organization that’s fed over 165,000 families in 4 states; and as a lunatic, visionary Queen of a cult of empower-meant dedicated empowering others to empowering themselves.
I’m Julie Woods and I’m a tribe-sourced human.  I look eagerly forward to sharing with you at the 2016 Belly and Womb Conference.


Beautiful TiffanyTiffany Gray

Tiffany Gray, International dancer and instructor has been a student of dance since childhood. After being trained in ballet, tap and African dance, ATS (american tribal style) and Fusion bellydance are her current dance passions! Whether dancing with fire or flags, ecstatic, elemental or improvisational dance, sacred movement of all kind is her favorite form of self expression.  “By awakening the dancer within we become alive, we dance the fire within us, we pour out our waters and sway with the winds, we crawl through the earth with intentional steps and feel it with bare feet, open hearts and souls hungry for more.”


MeggieMeggie Winchell, M.Ed.

is a certified life coach, mindset mentor, ritualist, and women’s empowerment facilitator. She is a practitioner of The Work of Byron Katie and Transformational Kinesiology. As an initiated Priestess she received training in sacred feminine leadership and became core staff at the Priestess Path Apprenticeship: A Women’s Mystery School. Meggie has taught at the Belly & Womb Conference, Daughters of the Earth, Red Tents, and Sacred Sisters Rising. Her passion is creating opportunities for transformational growth for women in sacred space. She is the founder and facilitator of Women’s Wisdom Rising: A 6-Month Journey in TransformationalSelf-Care, Ritual, and Personal Empowerment. http://www.soulcenteredlifecoaching.com/


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Our beloved ecstatic quiet yet deeply dynamic sister who brings to the conference her time, her gifts, her cloths, her support and the power of her drumming. We are very blessed to have her with us at the Women’s Belly and Womb celebration. She brings us alive!

 

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Venus Zephyr is an Artist, Activist, Spoken Word Poet & Word Priestess a.k.a Tha VHerbalist, Wise Woman Herbalist, Herbal Re-Sourceress, Plant Spirit Practitioner, Radical Doula, Mother of Sela Jade, & a dedicated participant in cultural evolutionary activism. Venus uses art in many guises as a tool for personal and collective transformation, social change, alternative education and radical healing. Venus offers a catalyst to both educate and expose cultural injustices using art, plant magick, poetry & purpose to fuel the fire for our future generations. Venus is available for poetic performances, soulutionaries spoken word cyphers, creating installations art at the intersections of social justice, live art installations, group herbal discussions,  private herbal consultations, and co-created alternative educational experiences

Contact Venus: boneflowerbotanikals@gmail.com or boneflowerbotanika.com


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