Carol Christ holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of the widely reprinted essay"Why Women Need the Goddess," which has introduced many to the rebirth of the ancient religion of the Goddess. She has written five influential books on women's spirituality and feminist theology: She Who Changes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), Rebirth of the Goddess (Routledge, 1998), Odyssey with the Goddess (Continuum, 1995), Laughter of Aphrodite (Harper, 1987), and Diving Deep and Surfacing (Beacon, 1980/1986/1995). With Judith Plaskow she co-edited the classic anthologies, Weaving the Visions(1989) and Womenspirit Rising (1979/1989), which have changed women's lives and revolutionized the teaching and study of religion in North America. Carol has taught at major universities in the United States, including Columbia University, Harvard Divinity School, Pomona College, San Jose State, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1987, experiencing a glass ceiling in her field and burned out after years of feminist activism, she resigned a tenured full professorship and moved to Greece, where she has continued to teach and write, in an ever more embodied way.
Carol loves the Greek land, the Greek language, and the Greek people; and shares this love with all who come on her tours. She has lived in Athens and Lesvos where she, like Sappho, has heard the muses sing. In Crete she discovered the sacred tree in the center of the garden and descended four levels into the darkness of a cave, experiencing personal transformation. It is her great joy to be able to share both knowledge and intuitive wisdom with participants in Ariadne Institute programs. Carol has been leading tours to Greece since 1981.
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Elizabeth Chloe Erdmann, Ariadne Co-Director, assists on the spring pilgrimages. As a teenager, her heart blazed with fantasies of life as a Minoan bull-leaper. This love grew deeper after her first pilgrimage when she understood the relevance of ancient Minoan wisdom for women and the world. Chloe is a practicing priestess and a member of Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Society. She holds an MTS in theology from Boston University and is completing her Ph.D. thesis on "Nomadic Theologies" at University of Stirling in Scotland.
Mikaela Willow will help you plan your trip and assists on the fall tour. On her first Goddess Pilgrimage in 2006 she discovered that two weeks of immersion in the Minoan culture left her glowing with an absolute knowledge/remembrance of a time when women's wisdom was honored. A political and social activist for much of her life, her vision of a peaceful and just world is now grounded in the archaeology of Crete. Mika is a massage therapist and stewards twenty-two acres outside of Eugene,Oregon where she lives with her two dogs, tends her garden and plays with her grand-daughter.
Cristina Nevans has assisted on Goddess Pilgrimages to Crete since 1998 and will continue to assist as needed. She has lived in Greece since 1986 and is a landscape architect who has designed gardens for several of the archaeological schools in Greece, including the Study Center at Pachia Ammos, Crete. She loves to share her insights about traditional and contemporary Greece and to tell how the Goddesses of Crete changed her life.