Mt Shasta Goddess Temple

Our Temple

Mission & Vision

Image of lenticular cloud over Mt Shasta, 12/30/17

Image of lenticular cloud over Mt Shasta, 12/30/17

Mt Shasta Goddess Temple Mission

The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple is a living mandala honoring the female divine with online and in-person divination, ceremonies, and retreats. We create experiences and services to help people connect with the primal female force of life, death, and rebirth. We honor the Earth, especially our beloved Mt Shasta, and make pilgrimage to sacred wells, healing springs, and other holy waters worldwide.

 

Practices

The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple offers a combination of online and in-person practices. Our global membership takes part in weekday divinations and monthly online Mandala of the Moon ceremonies, as well as online classes, in-person retreats, and activities offered through our partner The Sacred Well. Priestess Yeshe offers free daily Kuan Yin chanting practice Monday-Friday at 8:30am Pacific on Facebook. Click below to participate in the practice.

Patrons & Membership

Mt Shasta Goddess Temple membership is open to all who are committed to goddess devotion. Through Patreon, Temple members receive weekly divinations, sections from Yeshe's forthcoming book PRIESTESS: Maxims for Sacred Service, and online devotionals. Membership begins at $5 per month to access these features, with additional levels and benefits including text support, priestess training, personal sessions, and private retreats.

When participating in the Quan Yin Practice with Yeshe online, I always feel closer to the Great Mother. And the card readings/ lesson for the day is very uplifting/informative. It really speaks to me. I have found that this practice has been especially helpful to me since the passing of my dear sister, Jan.
— Mary Elizabeth
 

Becoming a Member

When you join the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple, you help to support and sustain our physical space, our daily offerings of candles, incense, and prayer, our unique monthly altars, and the many services we offer free of charge or at low cost to women in need. In appreciation for your support, we offer the following levels of membership to the Temple:

Mandala of the Moon members of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple receive weekday divinations, invitations to participate in monthly online Full Moon and Dark Moon ceremonies, and access to current writings from Temple Priestess Yeshe Matthews. You also receive advance invitation to attend in-person Temple retreats and events, which are discounted for members. $5 per month.

Mandala of the Sun members who sponsor the Temple's work at this level will receive weekday divinations, invitations to participate in monthly online Full Moon and Dark Moon ceremonies, and access to current writings from Temple Priestess Yeshe Matthews. You also receive advance invitation to attend in-person Temple retreats and events, which are discounted for members. Mandala of the Sun members also receive personal text and email support from Priestess Yeshe, and a free digital copy of the book PRIESTESS: Maxims for Sacred Service, when it is published. $10 per month.

Mandala of the Stars I - members who join at this level receive all of the benefits of Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun, and in addition, Priestess Yeshe will burn a candle for you each month on the Temple altar to support your well-being. You will be able to text or email with Yeshe to share your intentions for your monthly candle, and you will receive text or email reports about your candle each month when it is complete. $25 per month.

Mandala of the Stars II - Members of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple at this level receive all of the benefits of Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun, and in addition, Priestess Yeshe will burn two candles for you each month on the Temple altar to support your well-being. You will be able to text or email with Yeshe to share your intentions for your Full and Dark Moon candles, and you will receive text or email reports about your candles each month when they are complete. $40 per month.

Woman Shaman Priestess Training: NEXT TRAINING CYCLE BEGINS JANUARY 2020. This tier is for those enrolled in the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple's Woman Shaman Priestess training program. Students who subscribe to this training at $60 per month receive all the benefits of Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun membership (weekday divinations, invitations to Full Moons, Dark Moon ceremonies, & text support) plus you will receive six emails per month with Priestess Training lessons featuring spiritual and shamanic techniques, animal medicine exploration, curated articles about historical and current lineages of female shamans and priestesses worldwide, monthly live and recorded video classes, and the option to attend in-person retreats to fine-tune your skills and connect with the Mt Shasta Priestess sisterhood. This program is designed for women who want to connect with their innate power and magic, who wish to create lives of adventure for themselves, and who are ready to serve as emissaries of the Goddess on Earth. $60 per month.

Flight of the Skydancer Training: OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ONE YEAR OF WOMAN SHAMAN PRIESTESS TRAINING. Flight of the Skydancer is the second spiral of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple's Priestess Training. This tier is reserved for those who have completed the first year of the Woman Shaman Priestess program, and who wish to deepen their practice in the use of their sacred tools, ceremonial skills, and relationships with Goddesses and Ancestresses. Students who subscribe to this training at $65 per month receive all the benefits of Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun membership (read Yeshe's writings, invitations to Full Moons, Dark Moon ceremonies, & text support) plus you will receive six emails per month with detailed Priestess Training lessons featuring advanced magical techniques and information about connection with Goddesses, Ancestresses, and magical allies. There will be a monthly video class for students in this program to help build confidence and proficiency in ritual, divination, and healing arts. NEXT TRAINING CYCLE BEGINS JANUARY 2020. $65 per month.

Mandala of the Heart: In addition to the rewards in the Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun tiers, everyone who sponsors the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple at this level will also have a 1-on-1 monthly Illumination Session with Priestess Yeshe, who will divine about your questions and discuss your progress on your path. Your session might include a tarot reading, open discussion, or specific suggestions for magical processes you might want to undertake to empower you on the next steps of your journey. This is an excellent choice for those who seek regular spiritual counsel and guidance for themselves, their projects, and their community efforts. If you wish to enroll in Woman Shaman Priestess or Flight of the Skydancer, training and you also want to include a monthly session with Yeshe to discuss your progress, this Tier is for you. $108 per month.

Mandala of the Earth: Everyone who sponsors the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple at this level will receive weekday divinations, invitations to online Full and Dark Moon ceremonies, advance notice of events and retreats, and will have the opportunity to attend 2 Temple retreats per year (including all lodging and retreat activities, and excepting travel costs, meals, and add-on services such as spa visits, massages, or things you might want to schedule personally while you are in town). You will be able to select from the Temple's annual cycle of retreats, or schedule private retreats, or a combination of both. Retreat activities typically include purifications, hands-on ceremonial activities, divinations, chanting and singing, ritual offerings and prayers in the sacred landscape, and immersion in living waters. This is an excellent option for students in the Woman Shaman Priestess or Flight of the Skydancer programs who'd like to spread out the cost of their retreats over the course of monthly payments instead of making lump-sum payments. $250 per month.

To join the Temple, please take a few moments to make your pledge through our Patreon page. You can create a login and password, and use their secure checkout to set up your monthly pledge. You’ll begin receiving the benefits of membership right away. If you have any questions, please direct them to Priestess Yeshe at yeshematthews@gmail.com

Priestess

The Priestess of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple is Yeshe Matthews, a goddess devotee, dharma practitioner, and licensed minister ordained and initiated in several different mystery traditions. Her vision for the Temple is to serve Mt Shasta spiritual pilgrims and goddess devotees worldwide with online and in-person classes, ceremonies, and retreats. Yeshe has dedicated her life to female mysteries, sacred healing practices and the ways of the Goddess. With a Master's degree in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she has studied women's mysticism, shamanism, and matriarchal communities for over twenty years. She brings more than a decade as a Priestess and soul guide to the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple.  Yeshe is an experienced, legally-vested wedding officiant, and she would be delighted to perform your perfect Mt Shasta wedding.

Projects

Current projects of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple include:

Goddess Without Borders
Facebook group for sharing stories of women's leadership & empowerment as well as goddess research and mythos. Open to all.

Mandala of the Moon
Monthly online Full Moon ceremonies open to all members, focused around our lunar themes, including shamanic drum journeys with animal spirits and guides, as well as Dark Moon ceremonies for wombyn members.

Mandala of the Sun
Seasonal in-person and online ceremonies honoring the equinoxes, solstices, and Temple holy days with divination, chanting, singing, crafts, and devotional activities. Some events are for members only, some are open to all.

Order of the Black Madonna
Devotees of the dark mother creating community service initiatives and contemplative practices. Contact their site for membership.

Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism
Institute for personal spiritual development, female shamanism, women’s religious history, and the preservation of ancient and living lineages of holy women and female practitioners.

Skydancer Sangha
The community of participants in the Temple's daily online Kuan Yin Practice. Open to all.

The Witch's Garden
Facebook group sharing herbal recipes, home remedies, and lore. Open to all.

Woman Shaman Priestess Training
Two-year cycle of training for women who wish to become priestesses of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple, or who wish to start Temples of their own. The first year is a study of shamanic and spiritual tools and practices, the second year is an advanced study in leadership and devotion.

Community Care
Our way of supporting the good works of other organizations. 4 quarterly fundraisers per year for the benefit of women and girls.

 

Temple Protocol

We treat each other with respect. We treat altars with reverence. We make offerings. We protect nature and make use of her resources gently, thankfully. We respect ceremony and tradition. We treat elders with kindness and regard. We raise children to be creative and considerate. We care for our bodies, develop our minds, and nourish our spirits. We look out for one another. We cultivate patience. We allow ourselves to be human. We live and let live. We honor our word. We move from love. We forgive. We thank our teachers, and one another. We dedicate the merit of our practices. We value female genius specifically. We observe holy days. We embody gratitude. We take the time for devotion. We create works of art. We embrace the unknown. We live in the magic. We trust Goddess.

 

Plans

Phase I: Host weekly divinations and monthly ceremonies online for members; collaborate with The Sacred Well to create classes, intimate group retreats and private retreats in Mt Shasta; publish Yeshe's book PRIESTESS: Maxims for Sacred Service; host Mandala of the Sun in-person rituals and Mandala of the Moon monthly online ceremonies for Temple members; begin to gather 1000 statues of Kuan Yin for the Temple shrine.

Phase II: Host physical pilgrimages to TukJeChenPo Kuan Yin Temple in Amdo, Tibet; to sacred sites of Virgen de Guadalupe and Santissima Muerte in Mexico City; to Glastonbury for the annual Goddess Conference; and other pilgrimages that may arise. During this phase we will continue to gather 1000 statues of Kuan Yin for the permanent shrine. Yeshe slated to work on her second book.

Phase III: Receive a donation or purchase a building and land to house the 1000 statue Kuan Yin Shrine. Create an animal sanctuary in or near Mt Shasta.

Phase IV: Build a shrine to Maiden Magu in Crestone, CO.