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Enrollment is open-ended, $31. per month (USD).
(If qualified for a low-income scholarship, $21. /mo. Info here.) Participants get readings and participate in a discussion forum, plus access to live webcasts and web photo essays. No grades, no papers, no credits: just hard-to-find knowledge and rare, juicy images.

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If you can't participate in the course right now, consider donating to the Suppressed Histories Archives. Current needs: funds to digitize the Suppressed Histories slide collection. So far several thousand done, with over 10,000 images to go.

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This 2014 -15 course is Part IV of a series based on these questions:
What are the authentic spiritual traditions of Europe--and what happened to them? How can we reconstruct women's spiritual leadership and practice from historical and archaeological sources?

In this session we'll look at how old female traditions were suppressed, distorted, recast and transformed over centuries of romanization and christianization.

New Online Course: Sept 2014 to May 2015
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Secret History of the Witches IV

witches and the way of Wyrd

witches and Fates

Read more about what the course covers (outline of topics in a timeframe of roughly 700-1000 CE)

Subscribers to this course are the first to preview early volumes in Max Dashu's (forthcoming series) Secret History of the Witches (see book outline). We'll go into more than is possible to publish in the print edition, with live visual talks and teleconference discussions.

It's conducted through the Veleda listserv, a private yahoo group for subscribers. Articles, images, commentary, discussion, and links to other online resources are sent to you by email. You access these materials at your own pace, at any time convenient for you, and participate in discussion as you desire. Don't worry about schedules or meeting times: there aren't any, except for occasional real-time webcasts of slideshows. There are no grades, no required papers, and no credits for this course. You are invited to contribute your insights, comments, questions, and relevant resources -- but this is up to you.

One month's subscription is $31. (No refunds.) For a reduced rate of $25/month, you can prepay your sub for three months or more (but keep in mind the hiatus from Nov. 1- Jan 3.) Low-income scholarship subs are available; please honor our intention of making the course accessible to women who are truly low income. If you would like to be a Sustainer, sponsoring a low-income subscribe while also contributing toward the Suppressed Histories Archives, you can contribute $50. a month and in thanks, receive a signed poster or print of your choice.

You can join the course at any time. You are not required to sign up for the entire course, but can subscribe month to month, and sign off whenever you want. This session runs from September 2014 through April or May 2015, with a hiatus from late Oct to late Nov.

The webcasts are live slideshows on your computer screen; I show images and comment on them; you are invited to ask questions and make comments. You can either speak via headset mic or a phone-in interface (VOIP). Or you can type in questions/comments via a comments box. See webcast info link in column at upper left for minimum computer system requirements, including DSL, for the webcasts.

All course webcasts are announced via the Veleda listserv. Two or three showings (of the same visual presentation) will be offered to accommodate time zones of all participants. (Other non-course webcasts will also be offered on other topics, by separate one-off subscriptions. Descriptions of these will be linked at Webcast Schedule at the upper left column of this page.)

You get access to all course discussion logs and files, including those for the two previous courses, for as long as you are subscribed. There is a condition for access to the old course logs: Yahoogroups now requires people to create a Yahoo ID and give a mobile phone number to access the web interface where the message logs are stored. You can however participate in the Veleda listserve (through which the readings, discussion, and course business all happen) without a Yahoo ID. The webcasts are run through a different service which has nothing to do with Yahoo.

This video summarizes some of the topics covered in the first two courses.

When it's time for you to renew, use the Subscription link on this page. I'll post it periodically on the listserv. Looking forward to having you join us.

woman drummer with starry sky and fireWoman Shaman
course will be offered again, but not sure when yet

Drummers, dreamers, diviners. Oracles, seers, and prophets. Medicine women, healers, curanderas, and herbalists.
Women who invoke spirit. Rainmakers. Ecstatic dancers, shapeshifters, sky-goers. A global view of female shamans, from chant and sacramental dance to shamanic flight and animal spirits.


Woman Shaman: the Ancients - DVD is sold out; a second edition is in production and due in Sept 2014

View trailer for the double disc video

"Woman is by nature a shaman," says a Chukchee proverb of northeast Asia. Many ethnic traditions say that the first shaman was female. Experience this expansive visual record of female shamans worldwide, from ancient times to the present. We'll look at Saharan and South African rock art, Greek ceramic paintings, Aztec manuscripts, Chinese bronzes, clay sculptures from ancient Ecuador and Iraq, soapstone sculptures from Alaska and ivory from Greenland, and modern photos from around the world. We'll discuss articles, books, incantations, psychic technologies, cosmologies, and video clips about holy women and curanderas. We'll talk about broad patterns and local specifics, about repression by patriarchal lords and colonial masters, cultural resistance and resurgence. More.

The information in this course is based on decades of study and practice,
with profound respect and a desire to foreground the authentic guardians
of the ancient cultural traditions.