Terra’s Temple has a new home as of Dec. 3rd!

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Greetings Friends of Terra’s Temple, Have you heard the amazing news? We are moving from our snuggly Oakland hill to the bustle of downtown Berkeley. That’s right! We have secured a new home at 3051 Adeline (cross street: Essex Ave). We are hard at work already and could use your support getting our new space all set to go. Work party info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1382565328654110/ Our current location will close officially on Nov 24 as we’ll spend the week before Thanksgiving packing it up and moving everything over. Our blessings to you for your holiday season and if you can lend a hand let us know! Best to you, Terra’s Temple Priestess Circle!           Read more »

RED TENT- Listening to our Elders for guidance

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Join us for the Red Tent at Terra’s Temple on August 11, 2013 5-8pm for Listening to Our Elders for guidance with Elenna Rubin Goodman and Nicki Koethner Terra’s Temple 654 Oakland Ave, Oakland 94611. What are your dreams? Your Visions? Your fears and hopes? Who are your elders? Who guides you when you are challenged? Take time out to listen to elders: elders like our trees and the earth, to your inner guidance and the guidance of other women. Let’s share with each other what truly matters right now so we can support one another in fully being alive. Let the trees tell us how to be grounded in times of chaos, upheaval and pain. You are welcome just as you are. Tears – Laughter- Joy -Grief Elenna and Nicki will be guiding us gently through the evening, responding and listening to what is needed and offering meditations, wisdom and creative grounding.  Art materials and natural elements will support us in the gathering. Elenna Rubin Goodman, founder and convener of the Bay Area Daré, is a ceremonialist, spiritual guide, teacher and writer. Deeply aligned with the wisdom ways of the sacred Feminine she  has convened and guided women’s gatherings for more than 25 years.  Elenna’s work with individuals and groups addresses personal, community, and transpersonal healing as sacred journeys of transformation. Her work is informed by indigenous healing ways, values and practices. Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Multi-media artist, priestess at Terra’s Temple and community organizer. She loves and connects to the divine in all of us through creativity, the body and nature and has facilitated circles, groups and gatherings for several years.  She offers herself through deep listening and creative expression and guides others from trauma to empowerment in her private practice in Oakland. Red […] Read more »

Where to go with all the fear? Animal spirits and other guides

There is a lot of fear on the planet and there is a lot of new energy emerging asking us to step forward in our light.   When we enter the unknown of our own being, we are called to trust and allow the unfolding and yet often our fears and wounds reemerge in the process: anxiety, depression, addictions, physical diseases and other imbalances will show up. Our expansion (soul) brings forth contraction (ego).  States of contraction are based in fear and states of expansion are based in love.  It is easy to fall back into patterns that no longer serve us in this time and get stuck in our fears instead of following love.  In order for us to fully step into the light of our being, we need to be able to face our fears and embrace our shadows.  This can be overwhelming and very confusing if we try to do it on our own. The resources of nature – our mother earth – are here to assist us in the longing to be more fully connected and live from the place of the heart within the matrix of the universe, respecting all beings.  Engaging in practices such as yoga, meditation, Qigong, spending time in nature and truly listening to the energy of trees, plants, animals, the waters, the sun and the moon, can support us to transcend our identification with the ego. There are guides that can support our growth- our need to be connected to our soul: healers, therapists, body workers, energy workers, artists, shamans as well as animals.  Connecting with animal spirits is a powerful gateway to not feeling alone in our quest for the truth and dark nights of the soul.  They are here to teach and remind us of our true calling, to be […] Read more »

A time to honor our unknown ancestors

It is Samhain. It’s the time of the year when the air is crisp and cold. Our harvests are done. It is the time when we here in the Western Hemisphere can gather the last of what we had planted so many months ago. With the final harvest, this is a time to understand that there is life in death and death in life. As a priestess of Wicca and a student of Ifa, this time of year is wonderful and divine for me. I have come to understand the circle of life and the thin line between the living and the dying. That’s what this time of the year is for me. The other night I was sitting with my fellow sister priestess’s of Terra’s Temple. We were telling the tales of our ancestors remembering those that we have already connected to or hoping to connect with on a deeper level. I recall my story one of  my own desire to connect with my paternal grandmother who was lost to the family when my father was 11. I never knew her, like so many in my extended family that left before my birth. The roots of my family tree are deep and dark. They reach across the Pacific to the lands that have colonized by Kings and Queens from so many other nations. The roots branch out over this land, digging deep to the indigenous souls that are still walking this earth. There are places where the roots go to that I don’t even know and can’t imagine. These peoples are the peoples that are unknown to me. I don’t know their names and I don’t know their faces. I have no information or family documents to pull out of the archives. I only have access to the manifestos […] Read more »

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Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art….It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world. – Joanna Macy Opening to the wisdom inside and the wisdom of others, From July 30 until Fall Equinox Terra’s Temple will be sharing inspiring quotes in the spirit of service to self, community and world, inspiring you to be yourself and follow your heart. Join us on a path of wisdom. ~~~ Sign up today and to receive your quotes via Email or if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and you will recieve the daily quotes in your news feed. Feel free to share this invite with your friends. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. Terra’s Temple is a sacred community space founded on the premise of service and sustained by its community. We invite you all to join us in service to ourselves, each other and She Who Cradles Us All. You will only recieve the quotes in your email, no other communications. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter please visit our website at www.terrastemple.com Read more »

Myra Jackson coming to Terra’s Temple!

Myra Jackson coming to Terra’s Temple, by Aumatma I met Myra Jackson a few months back as my partner and I traveled the country. She actually organized a film-screening event that brought in about 70 people. Not only was that incredible, she did it with extreme grace and efficiency. That was my introduction to Myra Jackson. She is an incredibly established woman who has done many things in many fields. Asking her questions about her life story was fascinating- I kept being surprised by the incredible depth of life experience she brought with her. Then, I learned she was in the midst of writing a book, Living Alchemy of Synthesis and Distinction, that seemed very connected to the divine  feminine earth consciousness. So, I told her about Terra’s Temple, an awe-some sanctuary dedicated to Gaia and immediately we had a deep connection! I invited her to come to the Temple to share about her book and mission as we parted ways and she said yes! So… the opportunity has arrived to host Myra, a well-distinguished leader, to gain from her wisdom and experience. I’m so looking forward to our time with her on Monday, October 4th at 7pm! Read more »