Yeshe Matthewsis creating Mt Shasta Goddess Temple
Mandala of the Moon members of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple receive weekday divinations, invitations to participate in monthly online Full Moon and Dark Moon ceremonies, and access to current writings from Temple Priestess Yeshe Matthews. You also receive advance invitation to attend in-person Temple retreats and events, which are discounted for members.
Mandala of the Sun members who sponsor the Temple's work at this level will receive weekday divinations, invitations to participate in monthly online Full Moon and Dark Moon ceremonies, and access to current writings from Temple Priestess Yeshe Matthews. You also receive advance invitation to attend in-person Temple retreats and events, which are discounted for members. Mandala of the Sun members also receive personal text and email support from Priestess Yeshe, and a free digital copy of the book PRIESTESS: Maxims for Sacred Service, when it is published.
Members of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple at this level receive all of the benefits of Mandala of the Moon and Mandala of the Sun, and in addition, Priestess Yeshe will burn a candle for you each month on the Temple altar to support your well-being. You will be able to text or email with Yeshe to share your intentions for your monthly candle, and you will receive text or email reports about your candle each month when it is complete.
About Yeshe Matthews
Our eco-feminist Temple honors the Earth, especially beloved Mt Shasta and her sacred waters, as the Mother of All, and we also make pilgrimages to sacred wells, healing springs, and other holy sites worldwide. We place a significant emphasis on ancestral healing and devotion to women's mysteries in our ceremonies and projects.
Our Temple welcomes Goddess and women's spirituality practitioners from any geographic location to become members, and offers several different ways to connect with Temple classes, projects, and ceremonies.
Projects of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple that are free and open to the public include:
Goddess Without Borders
Facebook group for sharing stories of women's leadership & empowerment as well as goddess research and mythos. A mostly non-commercial and very supportive group.
Order of the Black Madonna
Devotees of the holy mother, creating interfaith community service initiatives and contemplative practices. Contact the Order directly for membership via their website.
A Facebook group for the community of participants in Yeshe's daily online Kuan Yin Practice Monday-Friday at 10:30am Pacific.
The Witch's Garden
A Facebook group and in-person karma yoga experience at The Sacred Well shop. Together, we learn about magical and mythic uses of plant medicine and the formation of relationships with plant allies. Sharing herbal recipes, home remedies, and lore. For those who would like to attend in-person karma yoga sessions in Dunsmuir, please sign up to receive our newsletter on the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple website. We work in the garden and drink tea, wearing big fancy hats.
Community ceremonies in Mt Shasta
Please sign up for our mailing list and join the Temple to be notified of events in Mt Shasta. Sometimes there is a suggested donation, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
The Temple also offers special services for members who join this Patreon:
Each weekday Yeshe posts a divination for the Temple using the oracle deck of the month related to our 12-Goddess Mandala, Mayan calendar, Odu of the day, and lunar information.
Mandala of the Moon
Monthly online video ceremonies around our Temple's monthly lunar themes, featuring shamanic journeys with animal spirits and guides, Full Moon ceremonies for all, and Dark Moon ceremonies for wombyn. Open to members who donate at the $5 level or above on this Patreon.
Writings, Perks, and Prayer Services
Yeshe shares excepts from her writings, photos from her pilgrimages, and perks such as vials of water gathered at holy places, bracelets made with intention, and other gifts. She also carries prayers and petitions to sacred sites for members of the Temple.
Mandala of the Sun
All of the activities of the Mandala of the Moon, plus local in-person events near the equinoxes, solstices, and Temple holy days. Our gatherings feature divination, chanting, singing, crafts, and devotional activities.
Text and email support for day-to-day prayer requests and personal needs is available to members of the Temple who support this Patreon at the $10 Mandala of the Sun level or above.
Mandala of Stars I & II
Yeshe prepares and lights a one or two novena candles each month on the Temple altar, and sends a report about how it burned, to members of the Temple who support this Patreon at the $25 or $40 Mandala of the Stars levels.
Skydancer Center for Female Mysticism
Offers local and online classes, workshops, lectures, ceremonies, and gatherings that support women’s mysteries, rituals, and ways of knowing. Special focus is placed on practices rooted in the female body, its unique rites of passage, and its intuitive nature. Some events are open to all, others are women only.
Woman Shaman Priestess is a 12-month journey of discovery, featuring video conferences, in-person retreats, and e-mailed weekly lessons to help students connect with spiritual practices, gather and bless sacred tools, establish relationships with goddesses and guides, and learn about authentic historical and contemporary female spiritual lineages of shamans, priestesses, and practitioners. The next cycle of priestess training begins in January 2020, and is available to those who support this Patreon at the $60 Woman Shaman Priestess level.
For those who have completed Woman Shaman Priestess, the Temple also offers a second journey around the Mandala with Flight of the Skydancer training. This training is designed to deepen each woman's connection and trust with her spiritual allies and Goddesses, to help her commune with nature, and to bring forward her own power and leadership skills. In this training, Priestesses develop an advanced set of tools, begin to commit more fully to relationships with ancestral and spirit teachers, and begin to see significant shifts in their lives that draw them nearer to their path of joyful service. The next cycle of Skydancer training begins in January 2020, and is open to those who have completed Woman Shaman Priestess and who subscribe to this Patreon at the $65 Flight of the Skydancer level.
When students have completed Priestess training with two years of Lessons, activities, tools, skills, and ceremonies, and have taken their vows as Priestesses of the Temple, they are invited to join our Council of Wisewomen. This supportive group meets monthly, helps to create the Temple's offerings, pilgrimages, and retreats, and contributes to the Temple's body of knowledge and experience.
Personal, monthly divination or consultation sessions with Yeshe to discuss life, priestesshood, spiritual growth, or related topics are available for Temple members who support this Patreon at the $108 level or above. This is a great option for those who are in times of transformation, for those who want to go deeper with Woman Shaman Priestess Training, or those who are leaders or healers and need sacred space with another experienced practitioner to talk about issues that arise.
Temple members who support this Patreon at the $250 level are welcome to attend two private or small group retreats or pilgrimages per year, where expenses are paid including lodging and retreat fees. Temple members at this level are invited to choose from the menu of options offered by the Temple, or to connect with Yeshe to plan an independent, private, personal or small group retreat.
Please know that your support of this Patreon enables Priestess Yeshe to also attend to the needs of vulnerable women, unemployed women, and low-income women with candle and prayer services, free or low-cost retreats, and divination. Due to your generosity in supporting the Temple, Yeshe is able to offer individuals with limited means spiritual support when they need it, free of charge, in times of joblessness. cancer, healing, survival, trauma, and soul loss.
The Temple also supports other religious and cultural organizations that promote women's leadership and spirituality:
The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple sponsors 4 seasonal fundraisers per year that benefit women and girls. Past recipients include: Jnanasukha, The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and MISSSEY: Motivating, Inspiring, Serving, & Supporting Sexually-Exploited Youth.
The Phases of Development of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple include:
Phase I: Host weekly divinations and monthly ceremonies online for members; collaborate with The Sacred Well to create classes, intimate group retreats and private retreats in Mt Shasta; publish Yeshe's book PRIESTESS: Maxims for Sacred Service; host Mandala of the Sun in-person rituals and Mandala of the Moon monthly online ceremonies for Temple members; begin to gather 1000 statues of Kuan Yin for the Temple shrine.
Phase II: Host a physical pilgrimage to TukJeChenPo Kuan Yin Temple in Amdo, Tibet as well as other pilgrimages, continue to develop monthly events in Mt Shasta; continue to gather 1000 statues of Kuan Yin. Yeshe begins working on her second book, MYSTIC: Pilgrimage As a Way of Life.
Phase III: Receive a donation or purchase a building or land to house the 1000 Kuan Yin Statue Shrine. Begin to make plans for land to house an animal sanctuary.
Phase IV: Establish a second Temple site in Crestone, CO, with a large statue of Maiden Magu and a deer sanctuary.
Please join the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple Patreon today, and let's take the journey of this work and Goddess consciousness together. Blessings from our Temple at the foot of the sacred mountain.