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In this FREE 4-Day Online Symposium held May 22-May 25, 2020, we joined in virtual community to explore the potency of this challenging time and hear the voices of leading teachers, activists, and visionaries from a variety of spiritual traditions.

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Voices of Wisdom in Times of Crisis

An Online Symposium

Friday, May 22  – Monday, May 25, 2020


During this virtual symposium we will explore what this unprecedented time could bring. We have been stopped in our tracks – what is the possibility of change? How are we going to transform our culture? What are the messages from the past that we can apply now? What myths and prophecies are relevant? How can we take advantage of this situation to make lasting change to save humanity and the earth? How can we listen to the imperative voice of the feminine?

Guided by leading teachers, activists, and visionaries who offer tangible insights and methods, we will practice guided meditations, passed down through generations and hear stories of yoginis and dakinis, ancient myths and stories, as well as hear the message of the Native American and Mesoamerican cultures. We will also join together in movement yoga, and soulful Kirtan.

Symposium Presenters


Author of Women of Wisdom, the National Bestseller Feeding Your Demons and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Click here to learn more about Lama Tsultrim.




Shiva Rea offers movement meditation around the world collaborating with teachers, artists and activists for evolutionary change. She is the founder of Samudra Global School of Living Yoga and author of Tending the Heart Fire-Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life.


Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD is an author, poet, and ordained Zen Buddhist priest. The essence of all her transmissions come together in her teachings including these books, Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender (print and audio) and Black Angel Cards: 36 Oracles and Messages for Divining Your Life. She is contributing author to many anthologies including Dharma, Color, Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism, Hidden Lamp: Stories From Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.  Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine, CNN, CBS NEWS, On Being, Buddhadharma, and Lion’s Roar. She holds a M.A. from U.C.L.A. and a PhD. in Transformative Learning. More at



Tara Brach is the founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is the author of international bestselling Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion, and her popular weekly podcast is downloaded over 2.8 million times a month. Along with Jack Kornfield, Tara leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) serving participants in over 50 countries.


Born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, he was given the responsibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe at the age of twelve. He is widely recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe. He is the author of White Buffalo Teachings and a guest columnist for Indian Country Today. A tireless advocate of maintaining traditional spiritual practices, he is the founder of Big Foot Riders. His prayers have opened numerous sessions of the United Nations and his many awards include the Juliet Hollister Award. He lives on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.


Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Aspen, CO. She is a past President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and a past President of the Philemon Foundation that published C.G. Jung’s Red Book. She has a lifelong interest in Mesoamerican mythology focusing on the K’iche Maya creation myth, the Popol Vuh. Nancy is the author of The Dream and Its Amplification and editor of many other Jungian books. She has written book chapters and articles on the Red Book, on trauma, healing, dreams, the feminine, mythology, and our relationship to nature.


An inspiring Chant Master who will lead us in singing devotional Kirtan to the Goddess. Nominated for a Grammy award in 2012, he has devoted his life to Bhakti Yoga.  He became the first great western Kirtan singer, and was a close Guru Bhai of Ram Dass since the early 1970’s.


Tibetan translator since 1976, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, and an accomplished practitioner of the Great Perfection Chöd tradition of Troma Nagmo, the Black Wrathful Mother.


Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is a professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University, a Buddhist inspired institution in Boulder, Colorado. A lover of nature, justice, and contemplative practice, her teaching intersects issues of social and ecological justice connected to the process of worldview expansion and positive change. She is both editor and a contributor to the book Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices as well as Globalism and Localization: Emergent Approaches to Ecological and Social Crises.


Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book is WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. Mirabai is on the 2020 Watkins List of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People of the World.” She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.



Susan Smalley, PhD is Professor Emeritus at UCLA, a Behavioral geneticist, writer, activist, and the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness.  Susan is the founder of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC).


With her beloved signature burst of color (Red Head Wrap) C.C. White’s distinct Soul Kirtan concerts have won her worldwide recognition as “The Queen of Soul Kirtan.”  Her unique, soul flavored chant experiences effortlessly enrapture audiences, lifting their vibrations sky high with powerful, soaring call-and-response vocals and masterful musicianship.  C.C.’s beautiful, deep and spiritual offerings are embraced by hearts worldwide and her critically acclaimed CD “This IS Soul Kirtan!” debuted at the top of the iTunes World Chart for almost a year. Featuring a thrilling blend of timeless Kirtan, Old School Soul, Reggae, Southern Blues, Gospel, R&B & Jazz it bridges music from her roots with the timeless and devoted beauty of Kirtan.  C.C. continues touring the world sharing this divine message of love, inspiration and hope.


Miranda Shaw, PhD is the author of Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism and Buddhist Goddesses of India, and professor at the University of Richmond.


Pacific Time


Type of Event


5 – 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Lama Tsultrim Allione, Shiva Rea, & Krishna Das

Welcome & Devotional Chants


9:30 – 11 AM (Pacific Time)

Shiva Rea

Coming to the Earth – Embodying Listening, Refuge, Release and Empowerment in Soulful Times – A Universal Movement Meditation for All


11:30 – 1 PM (Pacific Time)

Nancy Swift Furlotti, PhD

Responding to the Cries of Nature


3 – 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Encountering the White Buffalo Calf Woman


5 – 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

C.C. White

Soul Kirtan


9:30 – 11 AM (Pacific Time)

Tara Brach

RAIN Meditation: A Practice of Radical Compassion


11:30 – 1 PM (Pacific Time)

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD

Opening to Our Inherent Stillness


3 – 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Susan Smalley, PhD

The Science of Mindfulness


5 – 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Jeanine Canty, PhD

Chthonic Emergence: Honoring Darkness & Creating Anew


9:30 – 11 AM (Pacific Time)

Lama Tsultrim Allione

A Journey with the Wisdom Dakini


11:30 – 1 PM (Pacific Time)

Sangye Khandro

The Force of the Mamos: Messages from the Divine Wrathful Mother


3 – 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Miranda Shaw, PhD

Female Protectors in Buddhism


5 – 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Mirabai Starr

Closing – Reclaiming Feminine Wisdom in Liminal Spaces

Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado, photo credit: Josh BrownleeTara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado, photo credit: Josh Brownlee

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You can purchase the Full Symposium Recordings and receive lifetime access to view all the sessions at your convenience.

The online symposium will be live, from Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25, 2020. Each day will include up to four sessions, each lasting from 60-90 minutes. If you cannot watch the live sessions, recordings from each day will be available afterward. Once the recordings are published, you will have up to 48 hours to rewatch them.

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