The 7 Initiations

The Illuminated Priestess Path is a women’s process, this means that if you experience life as a woman, feel as a woman, are genetically a woman, or any other category of experience or identity that equals female, you are welcome here.

The IPP cycle lasts for approximately 9 months and consists of 7 weekends of retreat and inner work. This is a process for every woman, no matter your religious background or beliefs, no matter your gender identity. We study archetypes, connect with the Divine Feminine as a lost archetype in our spiritual world and move deeply into your stories, your feelings, and your deepest needs.

We begin with an Introductory weekend where we focus on the The Inner Maiden.

The next Initiation *is* Initiation.

This is an Initiation Cycle intended to activate your inner Priestess. By participating you will heal and whole into your life as a more authentic woman and into your sacred work as an empowered, in-power-ed woman.

Are you sitting there thinking, ‘This is all SO mysterious! What IS the Illuminated Priestess Path?” Read on.

Introduction: Theme One
The Inner Maiden

Theme One is a special introduction designed to allow women to experience the priestess archetype within, to get to know how the process is going to work, what it’s like to work both with Be, and independently.

During this Initiation we explore the ancient-future role of the priestess as wisdom keeper and chalice for Sacred Presence on Earth. We discover our unique priestess expression through wisdom teachings, music, movement, journaling, journeying and sharing. You will learn the archetypes, stages, myths and stories of the Divine Feminine. In a powerful co-created ceremony, we will connect and merge with our inner maiden by sharing stories of our first blood, therein laying the foundation for “living ceremony.” Join us and discover the feminine spiritual journey as a path of beauty, power, self-love and service.

Theme Two
This theme centers around understanding the significance of the Heroine’s Journey of the feminine. We explore the paths we’ve traveled to get to this point in our lives with guided meditation, a powerful film, and by creating a safe, nurturing space for ritual foot washing as a means of honoring the journey each of us has taken to the return of the priestess on earth. Prepare ourselves for “initiation” through journaling, movement and sharing. During this weekend you will begin to build a strong foundation for your inner work as you create a space of trust, non-judgement and complete self-acceptance. You will co-create an Initiation ceremony during which you will step fully onto the Illuminated Priestess Path.

Theme Three

Enlightening the Shadow Between Women
Use powerful processes to explore Projection, the Inner Patriarch, and the roles and patterns women inherit that keep them from walking in full consciousness. Understand more about how Patriarchy has affected you through sexism and racism, how we are taught to be critical and to overly admire the masculine. Gain tools for conflict dialogue. Learn how to live with a strong supportive inner masculine, a healthy heart, and an expressive emotional body fully serving the Divine Feminine within.

Theme Four
Telling the Stories of our Spiritual Journey
You will be honored with nurturing and complete presence within a womb of safety and comfort. Call back the lost essence of your priestess self and weave together the threads of your tapestry by telling the story of your own personal spiritual journey. Revel in the blessing of special music and ceremony. Enjoy a quiet day looking deeply into your questions for your guides as you journey both physically and shamanically by participating in a Medicine Journey, as created by Be.

Theme Five
Astrological Archetypes and Sacred Marriage

Work with the Wheel of the Year and the phases of the Moon as a basis of planetary sacred timings and your personal power days. You will explore the archetypes of your inner feminine and masculine, and your own relationship path through the vehicle of Shamanic Astrology. Create an experiential medicine wheel to acknowledge all of your personal archetypes as represented by the planets and alignments in your chart.
Refine & Integrate the dance of inner feminine and masculine through mystical, guided journeys, music, dance and a Sacred Marriage Ceremony. Connect with the inner heiros-gamos.

Theme Six
Conscious Death and Sacred Rebirth
Using Shamanic Journeying, Sacred Art, and Living Ceremony, you will clear blockages to  access full life force energy and full chakra alignment. Travel between the worlds to say good-by to our old selves and Old Earth. Using concrete tools such as art, and writing and a dusk time fire, release all that no longer serves.
Call forth a vision of the New Earth Illuminated Priestess and her highest destiny, and co-creatively rebirth into your priestess self.

Theme Seven
Embodiment & Emergence of the Priestess Within

Integrate your 6-9 month process with self-care, journaling and sharing, and prepare for your Emergence Ceremony. On this last day we prepare & host our Emergence Ceremony & a feast for our guests and allies on this Sacred Path.

The Illuminated Priestess Path is not a religious process. We do not attach ourselves to one spiritual school over another, and all women, from all beliefs, are welcome in circle. This process is not about learning spells or the teaching of rituals, though we do co-create ceremonies and rituals in the moment. Women from all religious backgrounds come through the circle: Pagan; Druid; Wiccan; Jewish; Muslim; Christian; Agnostic; Atheist. We work with archetypes not dogma.

*The Shamanic Priestess ProcessTM comes through the lineage of my teacher, Anyaa McAndrew, MA, NCC, LPC, and to her through the lineage of her teacher, creatrix of the Priestess ProcessTM, Nicole Christine, with contributions by Linda Star Wolf

 Contact Be for more information on one-on-one work, upcoming circles or to host a Preview evening for yourself and your friends.

LINKS for articles and blog posts on the Shamanic Priestess Process:

Claiming Your Shamanic Priestess Self

Priestessing During Gaia’s Dark Night Before the Dawn


A Homeschool Literary Magazine

Later, Miss Slater

Writing for Wholeness


All things human

Appalachian Ink ~ Home of Anna Wess (and Granny)

Home of Anna Wess, Writer & Ghost Chaser

Daughter of the Sun

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Moontime Rising

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Nourished Kitchen

Reviving Traditional Foods


a Shamanic Path

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Elemental Meridian

Elemental-simple; pertaining to the 4 elements or forces of nature. Meridian: point of highest development.

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