Welcome to the Web site of Ariadne Institute for the Study of Myth and Ritual.
We invite you to join us in exploring the ancient and contemporary myths and rituals of the Goddesses. Our current program is "Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete."
Offering life-transforming programs for women in Greece
Carol Christ, Ph.D., a pioneer and founding mother of the Goddess, women's spirituality, and feminist theology movements, directs Ariadne Institute. She has been teaching in feminist educational settings in Greece since 1981. Ariadne Institute programs address the mind, body, and spirit, encouraging "embodied thinking" and personal transformation. Several hundred women of all ages—including artists, writers, educators, students, businesswomen, and homemakers— have participated in our programs since 1993. We are joined in the Ariadne sisterhood and keep in touch through our newsletter Ariadne's Thread.
Ariadne Institute is a non-profit educational and charitable organization based in the United States. We welcome tax-deductible contributions in support of our activities and scholarship fund.
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 Womanspirit Rising (1979/1989) which have changed women's lives and revolutionized the teaching and study of religion in North America. (See our books page for more information about Carol's books.)
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.