March 18, 2012

Events & Publishing


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Women’s Spirituality graduate studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is excited to announce Women Rising! New Visions for a Post-Patriarchal World, a dynamic 2.5-day conference to be held October 12–14 2018 at the CIIS campus.

Women Rising! will gather 200 visionaries, educators, artists, practitioners, care workers, and social justice activists, including keynote speaker Sherri Mitchell and other Women’s Spirituality trailblazers, such as Charlene Spretnak, Starhawk, Arisika Razak, and Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum to celebrate the inspiring and groundbreaking eco-social justice work that women do.

WHERE: CIIS, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

WHEN: October 12–14. Friday, 5:00 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.;  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

“We are at critical juncture in human evolution,” says Dr. Alka Arora, core faculty in Women’s Spirituality at CIIS.  “Movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BlackLivesMatter, #IdleNoMore, and #NeverAgain are creating profound global change. Women are at the forefront of such movements, and Women Rising! grows out of the spiritual and political movements of today, seeking to redress the misogyny, sexual violence, institutionalized racism, economic oppression, and ecological devastation that patriarchal societies have wrought.”

This landmark conference includes breakout sessions, workshops, live performances, ceremonies, film screenings, networking opportunities, an evening with Jennifer Berezan & Friends in concert, the Once and Future Goddess art exhibition, AmyJo Mattheis’ one-woman play From Eve to Me, the Women’s Spirituality 25th Anniversary Book Awards, and more. It seeks to honor, ignite, connect, and empower every person’s innate divinity and invites participants to celebrate and co-create a visionary culture and activism that promotes a plurality of voices and change-makers who are actively building a new, post-patriarchal world.

My presentation:

Sacred Female Communions with Nature: Stories of Glaciers

To register or to learn more about Women Rising!, visit


Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR/SBL & ASOR

2018 Annual Meeting

Hosted by

Pacific Lutheran University


Tacoma, Washington

May 11-13, 2018

My presentation:

The Creation Myth as Metaphysical Model: Original Female Consciousness and Parthenogenetic Power

For more information on the conference, please visit

  Previous events:

 2018 Conference

Scholarly Speculations: Animal, Earth, Person, Story

March 16 – 17, 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada

I was part of the Archaeomythology Panel, facilitated by Joan Marler, founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Archaeomythology that addressed  Archaeomythological Explorations: Honoring Sacred Kinship Between Women, Plants, and Animals along with scholars Mara Keller, Joan Cichon, and Susan Moulton

My presentation can be viewed here around the 56:00 mark

The Personhood of Nature and an Indigenous Consciousness of Communion – Stories of Bees and Glaciers

For more information on the conference, please visit ASWM’s website.

I am proud to be published in Vol. 1 and Vol. 3 of She Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality, which is a juicy representation of contemporary Women’s Spirituality writing and scholarship.

The contributors published in this series are some of the most innovative thinkers in academia, including the fields of religion, theology, philosophy, shamanism, and art.

Women Spirituality researchers are some of the hardest working scholars on the planet because we are often dismissed, not for the merits of our intensive scholarship, but because of our content. I think of us as excavators of subaltern history who “dance backwards in high heels.”

This series of three anthologies are the brain child of the great Dr. Lucia Birnbaum.

Available here and also on Amazon.

I am also proud to have published an article in tandem with my mother, Karol Sikie, who was an advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children, and a pioneer in this field in California for a decade before her passing in 2011.

The Violence and Abuse in Society SeriesWe collaborated on “How the Legal System Revictimizes Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Children: Systemic Abuse in the California Family Court,” which was published in the four volume set Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding A Global Crisis, edited by Angela Browne-MIller, PhD. Our piece was included in volume 2, Faces of Intimate Partner Violence, 299 – 309.

The Violence and Abuse in Society Series

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