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Grandmothers honored

Living Earth Circle&

s Annual Grandmother Council Community Conference is set for Saturday at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker St., from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The gathering offers a unique opportunity to honor women elders and learn from their wisdom. The theme of this year&

s event is: Empowering Creativity for Sustainable Wellness: Personal, Community, and Planetary. The conference is open to everyone and features a public Council of Women Elders, a broad spectrum of experiential workshops, music, art, dance, and a Community Honoring Ceremony for All Women Elders.

The event includes many community networking opportunities, booths and a catered luncheon. The Wise Women&

s Memorial altar will again be co-created by attendees, who are invited to bring pictures or writings. Volunteers and sponsors are needed to support this community conference, and scholarships are available.

Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Gangaji, Jean Mountaingrove, Harriet Rex Smith, Irene Kai, Marie Hunter-Ripper, Anne Stine, Helga Motley, Bethroot Gwynn, Dot Fisher Smith, Lama Pema Clark, Lama Yeshe Parke, and Barbara Rosen are among this year&

s 21 honorees. Honorees have been nominated by the community for their outstanding service in supporting the healing and well-being of the local or global community and/or the environment.

The center of the event is a Community Honoring Ceremony for All Women Elders offered by Lisa Pavati and Living Earth Circle. The ceremony features the debut of The Children&

s Peace Choir, SOU&

s NASSU Native American Drum, Windsong, Jen Ambrose, Duane Light, and many other special guests. The conference opens at 8:30 am with music by Gentle Thunder (Native American flute and hammer dulcimer). The opening ceremony begins at 9:00 and includes singing, movement and a presentation of 2006 Grandmother Council Honorees.

The honorees will address the healing of the people and the planet during the morning&

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session. They will share their experience and expertise, wisdom and hopes. The afternoon session is filled with experiential workshops by many of this years honorees including Bethroot Gwynn (a We&

Moon founder ) Jean Mountaingrove (Womanspirit Rising founder), Agnes Baker Pilgrim (The International Alliance of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers), Dot Fisher Smith (activist and artist), Lani Phillips Melinda Fields (Wisdom of the Crone), Mouna Wilson (Singing for Power) and many others. The dynamic event culminates at 5pm with a closing ceremony featuring melodic vibrancy of The Rogue Valley Peace Choir.

Enhancing the gathering are musical performances ranging from the debut of The Children&

s Peace Choir (led by Dave Marston) to traditional Native American Drumming to an ensemble of harp and flutes. The musical lineup also features special performances by the Rouge Valley Peace Choir, Duane Light, Gentle Thunder, Windsong, Seraphim, Irene Tukuafu, Heather Hutton, Jen Ambrose, Living Earth Circle and many others.

The Grandmother Council Project was begun by Living Earth Circle&

s founder and director, Lisa Pavati, in 2002. The projects&

intention is to honor women elders and create a forum for their wisdom to be shared for the wellness of the people and the planet. As a part of Living Earth Circle, The Grandmother Council Project integrates personal, social, and environmental wellbeing and co-creative action. The event began as a small community gathering and has blossomed into a multi-faceted project with global outreach. The project has four parts: an annual public conference, ongoing open gatherings of open to all women elders, and global networking of groups created by or honoring women elders, and &

Wisdom Weaving&

presentations and teachings by women elders.

Admission is $30-75 sliding scale for advance purchase tickets at Soundpeace in Ashland or $40-75 at the door. $10 Work-trade admissions. Vending booths and tabling for community service and environmental organizations are available. For information see the Web site www.grandmothercouncil.org or call Lisa Pavati at 541-201-0372.


Honorees have been chosen for their outstanding service in supporting the healing and well-being of the local or global community and/or the environment.

The oldest living female member of the Rogue River Indians, Takelma Band, originally from Southern Oregon, Agnes was chosen by her tribe as a &

Living Legend. Agnes is an ambassador for our Mother Earth.

Anne Stine

Anne has fully and gratefully enjoyed a life as a teacher, mentor, transpersonal psychotherapist, ecopsychologist, wilderness rites of passage guide, trainer, lover, friend, practicing Tibetan Buddhist and now a grandmother.

Barbara Rosen

Born in 1929, Rosen grew up in England during WWII, edited a book of Elizabethan witch trial documents, taught at the University of Wisconsin, and married Bill Rosen in 1960. Together at the University of Connecticut the couple wrote, taught, edited, raised children, and protested war.

Anwa Wilanci


s true name is AnwaWilanci (Isham). She is a native Californian of the Indigenous Al&


lik Peoples, also known as Ta&

taviam, &

People facing the Sun,&

of the California Western Shoshoni Nation/ Chumash Nation, She is of The Black Bird Clan. She is also of Bavarian(German) Celtic ancestry and was raised into my traditional teachings on The Chumash Reservation in Santa Ynez by the spiritual leader at that time.

Bethroot Gwynn

Bethroot Gwynn lives at Fly Away Home women&

s land in Southern Oregon, where she has been writing, growing food, tending to the land, making theater and ritual since 1976. Her most recent theater work is Women: The Longest Revolution.

Coyote Marie Hunter-Ripper

Marie is a native Oregonian with ancestry in the South Eastern area. She&

s been described as a healer, Shaman, intuitive, and is known for ridding homes, properties, people, and animals of what some call possessions and ghosts.

Jean Mountaingrove

Jean Mountaingrove, now 80, lived &

off the grid&

on women&

s land in Southern Oregon for 30 years. Her focus is on living close to nature and empowering herself and other women through creativity. She helped produce WomanSpirit, a magazine of feminist spirituality from 1974-84.

Charu Colorado

Colorado will lead the workshop: Creative &


Consciousness in a &


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Dot Fisher-Smith

Artist, counselor, group facilitator, networker, social agitator, follower of Gandhian principles of non-violent direct action, 35 years of Soto zen practice and hatha yoga.


Gangaji is an American born teacher and author, who has traveled the world since 1990, offering a simple yet profound invitation: that true peace and lasting fulfillment are our essential nature, available to all of us, now and always.

Irene Kai

Irene Kai author of The Golden Mountain: Beyond the American Dream. Her autobiography received three national awards in 2005, and it&

s being used as a textbook in colleges and universities.

Susan Bradey

Sometimes words have a way of opening the heart, other times they are mute, incapable of expressing the truth of one&

s experience. Biographically when reflecting on her life, Susan believes that both aspects are at play. She has grown through the experience of being a mother, midwife, and grandmother. She is passionate about the way new beings are welcomed onto this planet, and is grieving that the legacy of work by women and midwives, seems to have generated less compassion and tolerance within the world than ever dreamed would be manifest for our children and grandchildren to inherit.

Harriet Rex Smith

I grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana on the edge of town. I spent much time out in the woods, mostly happy. I had the blessing of good parents. After high school, where music and art were well taught, I went to The Iron School of Art in Indianapolis, though I did not graduate due to WWII and a family crisis. Instead, Is took a job with Foot, Cone and Belding, and advertising firm, and moved to Chicago. Later, after marriage, children, and divorce, I reentered formal education and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Iron School, now with Indiana University, three years later earning a Masters of Fine Arts from Notre Dame.

Mouna Wilson

Mouna Wilson has evolved during her 50+ year singing career from professional performer to master teacher. Classically trained, Mouna&

s continual years of additional study and experience in many forms of bodywork--including Feldenkrais, Rolfing, acupressure, orthobionomy, Trager, and Biodynamic Psychotherapy--allow her a wide range of approaches in her individual and group work.

Melinda Field

Melinda Field is a writer/poet from Greenview, California. Her diverse background includes poetry, prose, and plays. Her desire has always been to empower and enlighten women in all stages of their lives.

Jaya Opela

Jaya moved to the Rogue Valley in 1984. She has been walking the Red Road for many years, running the Sundance Kitchen in Goldendale, Washington. Having cooked in such a sacred manner her teaching is that food is our number one healing medicine. Jaya is an advocate for teens that have drug, alcohol, and domestic violence issues, sharing her experience of recovery with them.

— Lani Phillips

Lani Phillips is a photographic artist and gallery owner in Mt. Shasta, California. Her business Rare Images and The Eternal Art Gallery have become a hub for artists of all genres and a gathering place for women.

Meera Censor

In face of violence that was present in her youth Meera Censor discovered the power of compassion. This inspired her to study lives of compassionate humanitarians that have shaped our world. Her interest in the extraordinary people, combined with her love for artistic creation has led her to create a series of sculptures of persons who are exemplary representatives of nonviolent social change and/or service to humanity.

Helga Motley

Helga started photographing at the late age of 35, when her partner gave her a camera. It was an immediate attraction, with many hours devoted to walking the city of Boston to photograph people in an unobtrusive almost invisible manner. Life itself was an endless changing opportunity to observe and to select significant moments that told stories.