Women, Money, and Spirit
Half Day Gathering
Half Day Gathering
Sliding scale: $10 to $25
Kate Levinson, author of Emotional Currency, will lead us in conversation that illuminates the importance of women, money, and spirit in our lives. Those who attended the gathering in February heard stories of the intersections of money and spirit in many women lives. In this morning we will touch in again to the power we experienced and go deeper. New attendees are welcome to join us.
Gwen Heistand will lead us in personal ritual relating to transition and money. Gwen has had careers in both the corporate world and the natural sciences. Some of the questions we will explore include: Does your relationship to how and where you earn money impact your decision making process? Is this different from what your spirit desires? What is the role of money in times of transition? Does it influence how you use your resources, including time? Through written exercises and discussion we will explore using ritual.
“Whether we are rich or poor or somewhere in between, money tests what we truly value in life,” says author and conference organizer Kate Levinson, Ph.D. “Hearing of others’ challenges and insights with money not only makes us more mindful of our relationship with money, but also enlivens our heart and connects us to one another.”
Dr. Kate Levinson is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael. The author of Emotional Currency, A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, she teaches about our psychological and symbolic relationship with money in a variety of settings and leads Emotional Currency workshops throughout the United States. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 15955), she holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and was on the supervising faculty at The Psychotherapy Institute and J.F.K. University’s Graduate School of Clinical Psychology. She is the co-owner, along with her husband, of Point Reyes Books.
Gwen Heistand is currently the Resident Biologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 1000 acre Martin Griffin Preserve where she teaches classes in all aspects of natural history along with supervising long-term bio-monitoring, basic and applied conservation research, and resource management and restoration programs. Gwen has a master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management/Applied Ecology. Her PhD work focused on chemosensory ecology of marine organisms. Gwen’s prior work in the corporate world was in the fields of software design, banking, and transportation.
Registration and coffee
Welcome and presentation on women, money, and spirit.
Morning Plenary: The Connection Between Money and Spirit in Our Lives
Speakers: Georgette Wong, Sage LaPena, Nedra Ginwright
Morning Breakout Sessions
Kate Levinson: Exploring our emotional and psychological relationship.
Understanding what money means to us not only helps us see our financial lives more clearly, but also brings light to the darkness of money.
Georgette Wong: Aligning your money to your life’s purpose
Whether alleviating poverty, mitigating the effects of climate change, or focusing on women’s equality, there are various options available to you to make this happen.
Nedra Ginwright: How money impacts our spirit and emotions
Fully experiencing the pain and joy of money and how to have gratitude during financial hardship and recognize abundance.
Gwen Heistand: Creating personal ritual in transition:
How your relationship to how and where you earn money colors the way you mark space and time.
Deborah Price: Money, Faith and Consciousness
Money can trigger feelings of fear and scarcity in even the most spiritual among us. How do we reconcile our material needs with our spiritual beliefs in the world today?
Mayuri Onerheim: Spirit and Matter
In the West, many of us have been almost entirely focused on what we can acquire and accomplish in the world and have lost touch with the who and why behind all that effort. We have neglected the inner life that connects us to the spiritual dimension and even our own heart. In this session we will explore those issues that have contributed to this separation and how that plays out in our money.
Sage La Pena: An Indigenous Economic Reality
The inherent challenges of selling knowledge and skills that are sacred to us.
Lunch and Hosted Table Discussions
Afternoon Plenary: How are generosity and sufficiency reflected in our relationships to money?
Speakers: Kim Klein, Barbara Sargent, Sister Carla Kovak
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Deborah Price: Cultivating a Rich Life from the Inside Out:
Often our capacity to feel that we have enough to be generous is a reflection of our inner life. We will discuss spiritual practice as a means of restoring our capacity to give and receive more abundantly in our lives.
Eden Trenor: Gathering at the Well: Between Wealth and Poverty; Generosity, Gratitude and Resilience
The gap between wealth and poverty can only be bridged by a radical shift in perspective, redefining our relationships with resources.
Mayuri Onerheim: Generosity and Sufficiency
In this session we will explore the ways in which, where there once was fear, emptiness, greed, scarcity, hoarding, and striving, there can grow satisfaction, truth, happiness, trust, love, and fulfillment.
Alejandra Siroka: Conscious Business: Setting Boundaries with Compassion
Sometimes, not being able to set boundaries—saying “yes” when we really mean “no”—can be a type of spiritual bypassing.
An exploration of alchemy as a lens for women to embody the feminine qualities that are necessary in the world today in relationship to one another, to money, and to the spiritual aspects of life.
Kim Klein: Money and Social Justice
What does it mean to have a spiritual attitude toward money? An exploration of how our spirituality can inform the ways we used money to work for social justice.
Barbara Sargent: Spiritual Stewardship
If we accept the notion that we are spiritual beings living in a spiritually alive universe, what are the implications for how we steward resources outside of what we need for basic living?
Reconvening of the whole
Sharing one thought: What have you learned today? What’s the take away? One action you are going to take written down on index card and posted on bulletin board.
Closing Ceremony: Chris Fortin