Events: Priestess Training Course
The Goddess Studio of Escondido
“First Veil Priestess Path”
A Full Year, in person,
Priestess Training Program 2020-2021 (Hive Three*)
*This will be our 3rd time offering this year long program. It is only offered every two years.
The Goddess Studio of Escondido
“First Veil Priestess Path”
A Full Year, in person,
Priestess Training Program
Do you intend to be a facilitator/officiant of women’s circles, ceremony and rites of passage? Are you wishing for a clearer connection to the Divine Mother in one or all of her forms? Do you desire to be a wiser Grandmother, Mother, Daughter, sister or friend? Do you want to empower your uniquely female creative, artistic, intuitive, or healing abilities?
Do you want to understand your uniquely female life experiences in the context of the Sacred, and experience greater Self love? What does it mean to be a Priestess of The Goddess today?
If these questions resonate in your heart, I invite you to join in a unique circle of women and journey together along this path of unveiling our sacred gifts, talents and transformative visions that we, as women, have to offer the world! I have designed this Priestess Training program to edify you with a broad overview about the ideal of the Sacred Feminine and the legacy of Goddess mythology, as well as to encourage a deeper understanding of your own spiritual path as a woman and to offer you tools for ritual and personal growth. This program incorporates wisdom from diverse spiritualities including, but not limited to, WICCAN, PAGAN, Shamanic, Woman’s spirituality and other metaphysical teachings.
Over the course of the year we will gather together at the private Goddess Studio of Escondido, CA as we study the ancient Herstories and myths of Global Goddesses, learn about Sacred Space and ritual, review “tools of the trade”, heal our wounds, reclaim our heritage and reinvent our future roles as women in service to the Sacred Feminine.
Classes will involve learning through a combination of professional workshops, lectures and experiential processes facilitated by Rev. Priestess Amalya (Amy Peck M.A.) and well-known guest presenters possibly including, but not limited to, scholars such as Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, Max Dashu, and Dr. Linda Savage; plus ceremonialist/psychic Rev. Judith Laxer; astrologer Simone Butler, and drummer Miranda Rondeau.
Learning participation will include videos, Power Point slide shows, group discussions, reading/research, journaling, ceremony, crafting, and yes, a little bit of homework too!
Topics will include subjects such as: Overview of Goddesses of the World; Wheel of the Year/Sabbats & Elements; Creating Sacred Space & Designing Ceremony; Blood Mysteries & Rites of Passage; Sacred Sexuality; Loss of the Goddess; Finding the wisdom in our wounds; Tools & Crafts of the Priestess and Magic and Manifestation!
You will learn not only “Theaology” of the Goddess and the concept of the Wheel of the Year, but practical skills as well such as designing a ritual, calling in the directions/elements, holding space, crafting altars, how to present yourself as a leader and Priestess, how to sanctify and bless, and methods for manifesting your intent. Plus you will also be introduced to drumming techniques and a few oracular methods. In addition you will enjoy experiential processes involving group ritual, meditation, dancing, chanting, and healing art expressions. Most importantly, you will experience a sacred sisterhood of like minded women.
The training culminates with a final initiation as a "Priestess of the Sacred Feminine ~ First Veil". Additionally, you will be given an option to take one further step to receive Ordination by making a vow of Ministry to authorize you to be regarded as a spiritual officiant or Minister and receive the title Reverend-Priestess.
This year long program will
consist of at least 18 Sundays, required meetings in person as follows:
CLASSES: 5-hour classes (One Sunday a month from 9:30-3:30. Plus, we will have a 45min-1hr lunch break--BYO lunch.)
- 4 SABBAT CEREMONIES (also on Sundays): participation in minimum
of four of the eight Sabbat Ceremonies (1-2 Sabbats you will co-plan &
- 1 FINAL
INITIATION CEREMONY: The training culminates with a final initiation, if you
have met course requirements, as a “Priestess
of the Sacred Feminine ~ First Veil”.
- 1 other optional day may be added for possible additional “Ordination” ceremony that would be open to family and friends. See additional discussion in the “Q & A” of the Course Syllabus pdf. (Some additional nominal fees may apply.)
CLASS REQUIREMENTS TO FULFILL TRAINING:
In order to qualify to receive the final Initiation as “Priestess of the Sacred Feminine ~ First Veil” and to receive final certificate of program completion, all these class requirements must be met: including…
1. Full Attendance in person: of at least 11 of the 13 classes, and full attendance to at least 4 of the 8 Sabbats
2. Completion of 2 simple class project contributions: (Book or resource review + a Goddess Gallery page)
3. Co-plan/present 1 or 2* of the Sabbats (*this will depend on the number of students)
4. Final Project of your choosing: something that you will research, or write or create, or offer and then present as a final project in a 15 minute presentation at our last class.
5. Misc homework assignments (various writings/poems/pics of art, etc) will be requested to be posted on our private FB page.
6. Payment in full by Sept 2020 class.
SUMMARY OF CLASS TOPICS:
Please see the pdf document of Course Syllabus for more description and dates. See bright orange box above.
(Note this is a general outline. Topics, dates & guest presenters are subject to change!)
I. Introduction: Remember the Goddess
2. Goddesses & Priestesses of the World
3. Wheel of the Year & Seasonal Sabbats
4. Honoring the Elements and Directions
5. Creating Sacred Space & Designing Ceremony & Conflict Resolution
6. Tools & Crafts of the Priestess
7. Sacred Sexuality
8. Blood Mysteries & Rites of Passage
9. Loss of the Goddess
10. Wounds to Wisdoms
11. Magic & Manifestation & Spells & Frame Drum & Chanting
12. Considering the Priestess Path
13. Presentation of Final Projects
14. Final Initiation Ceremony
15. Optional Ordination Ceremony
FACILITATORS & Potential Guest Presenters:
(see Course Syllabus pdf
for presenter bios. Presenters subject to change.)
Rev. Priestess Amalya:
Rev.Dr. Karen Tate:
Dr. Linda Savage:
Rev. Judith Laxer:
TUITION & PAYMENT INFO:
(This is a summary, please see the Course Syllabus and Application Form for explicit details.)
Total cost for all 13 instruction classes & Final Initiation is $1200. (No charge for the eight Sabbat Ceremonies or the Initiation Day. Optional Ordination may have an additional nominal fee.) Note: Meeting all the time requirements including at least 4 Sabbat participations will be equal to a value of about 90 - 100+ hours of instruction and experience.
- Payment due in 3 installments as follows: $400 initial deposit due by December 31, 2019 with the application; + 2nd installment of $400 due by May 2020 class; and final installment of $400 due by the Sept 2020 class.
$400 installment Payments can be made via PayPal at this secure link but see APPLICATION FORM for instructions:
- If you are completely committed to this training and finances are an issue, please contract Amalya to discuss options.
- CLASS SIZE LIMITS: To make the program viable
we need a MINIMUM of 8 students. If we don’t meet the minimum requirement, I
will have to postpone the program. Conversely, the maximum number of students
is limited to 18, at which time I will close the enrollment. Thus, thank you
for enrolling sooner than later!
- **IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: There are no refunds for missed classes,
or for leaving the program.** However,
if part or all of the program is cancelled by Amalya due to failure to fill, or
to an emergency situation with Amalya or the Goddess Studio, Amalya will refund
your money for cancelled classes. Please see further comments in the Course Syllabus.
LOCATION: All Classes and Sabbats will be held at the beautiful Goddess Studio in Escondido. (near San Diego, California). At the moment, there is no "on-line" study course option.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN from doing this Priestess Training Program?
It is my deepest hope that you will gain knowledge, wisdom, broader perspectives of the nature of spirituality, and most importantly a deeper commitment to your own spiritual path. Ultimately this training is intended to foster self empowerment, self esteem, and a greater acceptance of your own sacredness as a female being so that you can be the role model or leader you aspire to be.
Whether you decide to make an outward commitment to presiding as a Priestess in some manner or other in service to the community; or whether you decide to make an inward commitment to yourself, the objective of this program is to offer you knowledge and tools that support your intentions. If your desire is to design and lead ritual or facilitate women’s circles, or be a “minister” to others in some capacity (be it healer or counselor, artist or activist, mother or daughter etc), then you will gain from this program the practical information and resources, and new Priestess Sister allies to aid you along your path! You will also receive a certificate of course completion and a token of initiation.
I have designed this Priestess Training program to edify you with a broad overview about the ideal of the Sacred Feminine and the legacy of Goddess mythology, as well as to encourage a deeper understanding of your own spiritual path as a woman, and to offer you tools for ritual and personal growth.
There are many paths of spiritual advancement and service, and there are many different Priestess Training programs becoming available today and all are valid and valuable. I offer this training from a deep desire that has evolved over my twenty years of walking the path of the Sacred Feminine, from my experience of leading hundreds of circles and rituals, from my love and devotion of the Great Mother, and in fulfillment of my vows as Priestess.
Blessed Be My Sisters, Love Amalya
TESTIMONIALS from previous course graduates
From Denise~ (1st Hive 2014)
On my First Veil Priestess Path, Amalya passed on her knowledge of the Sacred Feminine. She taught me of Her existence in different cultures all over the world, Her story in history, and Her presence now. In Her many roles as Goddess, priestess, shaman, heroine, etc., She is loving, nurturing, protective and fierce. I learned of nature spirituality, the directions, the elements, sabbats and symbolism. Musical instruments and spiritual tools were introduced. My experience was enriched by presentations from Karen Tate, Max Dashu, Miranda Rondeau, Dr. Linda Savage and Toni Ann Ruehl. Along the way, I received love and knowledge from my fellow priestess sisters; and at the end of the year, was privileged to be ordained by Rev. Priestess Amalya and Rev. Priestess Karen Tate. Amalya has encouraged me with her bright light and wisdom to keep growing spiritually and I am blessed to have her on my Priestess Path. In Love and Light~ Denise
From Sheryl~ (1st Hive 2014)
This is the type of class you take to help renew your faith in humanity, as you open yourself and share with other women, and you find yourself loved and supported in return. As a Wiccan for over a decade, some of the material was familiar but a lot was not. Centering on Goddess Spirituality allows you to explore your relationship with yourself and what it means to be a woman for you. The guest presenters were wonderful, sharing their lives' work and information that enables you to realize how much we have forgotten about our ancient ways when women were seen as equals to men. This class will make you angry at the centuries of Goddess worship that's been removed from our history; it will make you cry as you realize how ALL women (and men!) are made to suffer under patriarchy, and it will bring you great joy and peace as you realize you are not alone, there are things you can do to help yourself and others who are suffering, and that you are always loved by the Goddess.
From Seka~ (2nd Hive 2018)
For a very comprehensive description of Seka's priestess program in 2018, please read her story posted at her blog:
See MORE Testimonials in Course Syllabus.
Come Join Us and Unveil Your Priestess!Please see the COURSE SYLLABUS
for all the detailsor Contact Amalya: AmalyaGoddess@aol.com
Slide Show from the 2014-2015
1st Veil Priestess Training Program at the Goddess Studio... (see below)