Mt Shasta Goddess Temple

Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism

Women’s Mysteries

Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism

The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple invites individuals and groups to learn about the historical and contemporary beliefs and practices of holy women, shamankas, priestesses, healers, and ecstatic devotees. Our Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism offers local and online classes, workshops, lectures, ceremonies, and gatherings that support women’s mysteries, rituals, and ways of knowing. Our special focus is placed on practices rooted in the female body, its unique rites of passage, and its intuitive nature.

Female Mysticism is where women of spirit from all over the world can find mutual respect, exchange, appreciation, inspiration, and common ground. The Skydancer Center is a meeting ground for Buddhist dharma teachings, female shamanism and indigenous wisdom, curanderismo, Ifa and African diaspora spirituality, modern Goddess spirituality, and more. Some of our classes and workshops are open to all, and some are for women only. We welcome guest speakers and ceremonialists from all over the world to offer classes, rituals and retreats locally in Mt Shasta.

Priestesses in the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple complete two years of training in the Skydancer Center’s Priestess Training program, learning about the roots and branches of ancient and contemporary women’s mysteries, before beginning individual leadership projects of their own.

“Woman is, by nature, a shaman.”
-Chukchee Proverb

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Upcoming Events

Wisdomkeepers Series

Wisdomkeepers is a collection of interviews with female elders, spiritual practitioners, priestesses, scholars, and diviners. It is the mission of the Skydancer Center to uplift their voices and preserve their vision so that the next generation of priestesses and healers can benefit from their experience, teachings, and work. Below, please find the interviews we have conducted to date. If there is a female elder or priestess you think we should interview for this series, please let us know by using our Contact page. Thank you for your support and interest in our Wisdom Keepers.


In this video, Priestess Yeshe Matthews of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple interviews Katie Hoffner, niece of the late Goddess artist Lydia Ruyle, about their adventures finding images of the Goddess.

In this video, Priestess Yeshe Matthews of the Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism interviews Mago scholar and author Helen Hye-Sook Hwang about the lunar cycle and the ways in which we can liberate our minds by contemplating time differently than we have been taught.

In this interview, Priestess Yeshe Matthews of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple invites Mayan Aj'qi'j Shuni Giron to teach about the Mayan cosmological calendar, day-keeping, and decolonizing the mind by stepping away from the Gregorian calendar.

In this video, Priestess Yeshe Matthews of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple interviews Yoruba Chief, Priestess of Osun, storyteller, and magical woman Yeye Luisah Teish about life, love, and the art of divination.


Take Flight With Us

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Woman Shaman Priestess

In the Woman Shaman Priestess training program, students learn about practices of women’s spirituality and female mysteries in a global context. Each month a theme relevant to women’s shamanism, mysticism, and spiritual service is featured and examples from world cultures are offered, including information about living lineages and traditions. Students in the course read articles, create invocations and songs, craft their own sacred tools, and deepen their practices. They are also encouraged to participate in Full and Dark Moon online ceremonies, in-person retreats, and to embrace their natural magical abilities.


Guest Teachers

Guest teachers from around the world come to sacred Mt Shasta to share their wisdom and practices, to explore the holy mountain, and to connect with the power of nature. The Skydancer Center welcomes women who hold spiritual lineages, carry ancestral practices, or who have developed new work relevant to female mysteries to apply to offer programs and teachings. Our Center can help you secure the right space for your event, publicize your offering, and provide practical guidance about lodging, dining, and teaching here. Please fill out our interest form if you’d like to offer a class, ceremony or retreat through the Skydancer Center.