Goddess Festival Presenters 2024


Susun S. Weed - a green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for five decades. Ms. Weed's six herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Susun's newest book -- Abundantly Well - Seven Medicines -- is already being hailed as a landmark, "critically needed and timely, it redefines patient-centered care."
Visit her site www.susunweed.com for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more! Go to: www.wisewomanmentor.com for Susun's free herbal ezine and also mentorship offerings for those who want to go deeper. 
z-latimes-thumbnail.jpgZsuzsanna Budapest recognized a need for a spiritual dimension so far lacking in the feminist movement and started the Women's Spirituality Movement. Founder of the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number l, the first feminist witches' coven, which became the role model for thousands of other spiritual groups being born and spreading across the nation. Author of The Aquarian Holy Book of Women's Mysteries, the seminal book of the Women's Spiritual movement. Pioneer against laws prohibiting fortune telling. Her own 1975 case paved the way for women everywhere to tap into that birthright as a way to earn a living and serve the public.
Z has led rituals, lectured, taught classes, given workshops, written articles tirelessly, and published several books on multiple topics. Her works include Grandmother Moon, The Grandmother of Time, Summoning the Fates, and Z's Easy Tarot. Her ordained Daughters include many who have gone on to teach and lead in their own right, creating a lineage of fierce, independent women who continue the legacy of raising consciousness and bringing women to the Goddess.

Miri Hunter Haruach, Ph.D. has studied tarot for over thirty years.  She has worked with many pioneers in the field including Z Budapest, Vickie Noble, and Karen Vogel.  She is the creator of the the Queen of Sheba Oracle Deck; a deck which weaves the legends and stories about the matriarchal Land of Sheba into a wisdom journey of self-knowledge.   She received her doctorate in Women’s Spirituality from the the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  At the core of her academic work is a fusion of the Sacred Feminine and the performing arts.Her studies have taken her to sacred pilgrimage sites all over the world including Greece, Turkey, Israel and Malta.

In 2013, she moved to the Hi-Desert in order to enjoy the beauty of the desert, and in 2017 she founded the Hi-Desert's Thought Theatre Morongo Basin Company and Co-Founded the Hi Desert Fringe Festival. She was awarded the honor of Best Director of a Play by Broadway World for the Palm Springs region. In 2022 Miri received the Desert Star award for directing. 
Professor Hunter is currently an adjunct associate professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA and Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree CA.

valeriebyrne-webshot.jpgValerie Byrne is deeply committed to tapping into the healing vibration of Song. She has seen the transformation in her own life through singing in harmony with Heather Houston and Yala Lati for over 15 years. Val is a licensed psychotherapist who brings her expertise in emotional consciousness and mindfulness to the experience of being in a circle as a therapeutic experience. Valerie has several song writing credits to her name within the Sisters in Harmony. She comes highly recommended by Heather Houston.









Iris Eve is a poet, songwriter, performer and mystic, drawn to unraveling the intricate connection between the conscious mind and the deep mind, exploring this through the language of archetypal symbolism, found in dreams, poetry, ritual, Tarot and magic.
Iris Eve is the curator/founder of "SHE On The Tip Of Her Tongue," a platform dedicated to amplifying the voices and art of women, where she cultivates reverence for Goddess, Earth, and women's wisdom.
As a poet and songwriter, she delves into the shared emotions and dreams that connect us, inviting self-exploration. As a mystic, she guides with Tarot and personal ritual crafting, unlocking doors to the deep mind for self-discovery and personal transformation, empowering women to embrace their innate wisdom and personal magic.
If you would like to contact Iris Eve or find out more please visit: www.wildwomanmagic.com



ritashahi.jpgRita Shahi is a Priestess of the Goddess, Ceremonialist, Healer, and Bodyworker in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rita believes that bridging body and mind is the key to living a holistic life.  In addition to massage and energetic healing work, Rita leads Circle of Her Sacred Flame, a women's spiritual ritual group in Oakland, CA. Her schedule currently offers Womyn-Only Rituals for the 8 High Holydays and a 5-part Womyn’s Elemental Magick in person course. Rita received her graduate degree from Sonoma State University in Depth Psychology and weaves Jungian Depth Practices alongside her Dianic Priestessing. She is an active student of life and dwells in Her mystery. In 2017, Rita was guided to pilgrimage to her ancestral motherland in the Balkans along the Adriatic Sea. This journey furthered her studies with Goddess-centered themes and fueled her thesis, Re-Membering the Sacred Feminine through the Motherline. Rita is dedicated to the Motherline Lineage, Raising, and Uplifting Womyn to know who they are and from where they come as a basis for Personal Empowerment and Spiritual Growth. Rita is a contributing author in the Girl God anthology Re-Membering With Goddess: Healing The Patriarchal Perpetuation of Trauma published Spring Equinox 2022. Follow her on Instagram @sacredhearthgoddesstemple.



Laura Gonzalez is a resident Bruja and professional Tarotologist. Originally from Mexico, Laura came to the United States over 22 years ago, moving to the Chicago area, where she has built a loyal fan base among both Pagans and local community members.
Born in Mexico City, she is a practitioner of traditional Mexican folk magic, Native Philosophies, North American Paganism, and the Goddess Tradition.
A Bruja in tune with the cycles of nature and the magic within, she is always willing to help those in need. Laura is a dedicated community activist, advocating for Pagan, LGBTQIA, diversity and women’s rights. She has passionately worked towards suicide prevention, supporting such organizations as The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and participating on their Out of the Darkness walks.
Laura has presented workshops privately and publicly at such events as Chicago Pagan Pride, Fort Wayne Pagan Pride, St. Louis Pagan Picnic, Circle Sanctuary, and Pagan Spirit Gathering. Ms. Gonzalez has been featured in several popular Pagan podcasts and radio shows, and has also served as a guest presenter on Saber Sanar and Pagans Tonight Radio Network. She also has her own popular Spanish-English podcast, Lunatic Mondays - Lunes Lunáticos and, produces the Spanish-Portuguese Paganos del Mundo, both for Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts