The heart of the Woman and the Owl Project are the stories and experiences of real women spiritual leaders who have made a courageous and creative commitment to follow and develop their callings and share them with the world.
These are women who are doing the work to teach, heal, nourish, transmit, channel, and embody the Divine — and, in their own styles to lead — for themselves, their families, and their communities. Each woman is doing it a different way, with diverse visions, and unique combinations of the sacred and the worldly.
In the Aviary of Interviews, we invite you to discover interviews with women about their spiritual calling, their leadership, women’s spirituality, and their paths to sharing their visions and gifts. Some of these women have sacred businesses, some don’t; many of these women belong to ancient spiritual traditions, others are creating their own, syncretic practices and beliefs.
All of these women are making a gift of their personal stories to you; to inspire, mend, and support you. With utmost respect and gratitude for their ‘giveaways’, we welcome you to this space of sisterhood, truth-telling, and beauty. May it be shared and received in a good and sacred way.
“My purpose since I was very young and I was really encouraged to follow this, is that it is my destiny; it is my purpose. It is my path to honor the medicine and share it with whoever comes to me asking for help. To be of service, with no judgment, unconditionally. And to share everything that has been shared with me. The wisdom and knowledge from all my ancestors and elders, fully, in an inclusive way so others may learn how to heal themselves.
It is not my place to heal them. It is my place to guide them, support them, so they may find that is within themselves to heal themselves. I was taught that, not to have people dependent to come see ‘Dona Laura’ to get healing, but to come to learn how to heal themselves so they can take that back to their homes, to their families, to the communities, and on and on, for that kind of healing. And, I think about it in that domino effect, that can happen. You know I teach one person and that person takes it back. So, I feel that is my purpose is just teaching someone how to find that healing within themself.” — Laura Alonzo de Franklin of the Kalpulli Teocali Ollin
Would you like to be featured on this website, sharing your journey as a spiritual leader and your thoughts about women’s spirituality?
The Woman and the Owl Project invites women from all traditions and stages of their journey to take part in 10-15 minute video interviews.
If you’d like to contribute your story to the Woman and the Owl Project community, we encourage you to contact Jessamine at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself and your spiritual life.