The Shakespeare Effect 2017 Series

Shakespeare, the Soul of the World, and the Goddess of Complete Being.

A new series by Peggy Rubin in 2017.

DISCOUNT if you register by January 15: $100 savings

Four sessions in 2017:

All start on Thursday evening, end on Sunday afternoon. Exact times tbd.
April 20-23
June 8-11
Sept 28-Oct 1
Nov 9-12



Practicing Joy

Month by Month Reflections for the Year of Joy.

Nine Goddesses to Nurture Nine Steps on the Path of Joy

This Year of Joy calendar gathers nine steps along the Path of Joy into nine months, composed of four ten-day weeks. The weeks invite you to explore joy through each of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air, which can be experienced as metaphors – the fires of passion, for example, or the tears of sorrow – as well as richly concrete in themselves. The nine months, 360 days, come to an end on December 26, leaving five intercalary days before the Year for Joy begins again on January 1.


Led by the Labyrinth

Recent history of an ancient story
Winter Solstice, 2016

As I remember it…

Thirty years ago, on January 10, 1987, to be exact, a new adventure for the Labyrinth began.

Scene One: A Vision in the Snow

A snow-covered open field near the “Field House,” a huge gymnasium, on the grounds of the Greenkill Conference Center in upstate New York. The snow is several feet deep.

The Players:

Jean Houston and Robert Masters are offering the initial session of a two-week residence as part of a three-year training program in Human Capacities.

Robin Van Doren, Jean’s teaching partner, who has a vision. Frank Hayes, assistant to Jean, and veteran of an earlier course.

Betty Rothenberger, also a veteran of the earlier training, guide and mentor to first time students.

Anne Georges, chef and Celtic wise woman.

A group of students, 100, or so.


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  • Social Artistry Institute 2016 with Jean Houston

    FinalEventLogoMEDWorking with Jean Houston, the great teacher of my life, is a privilege and a pleasure.  This year Jean is presenting a new Institute for Social Artistry, the work she began many years ago, a body of work which seeks to bring the vast resources of our inner world and lives to bless and heal the outer worlds.  In the process we all deepen into both, and find new skills and new commitment.  This year’s Institute is entitled Game Changers for A New World.  You’re invited to join the game, play the game, enrich the game, and change it, too.  And meet some fine allies, fellow game changers, and enjoy eight days in Ashland, Oregon. July 31-August 7.  Here’s how to play:

    Game Changers

    2016 is the Year for Writing in Retreat

    Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 12.42.55 PMThis is the cottage for my “Writing Retreat at the Oregon Coast” which your kindness and generosity have given me to produce a Book of Joy [READ MORE].  As well as other writings that form part of the ongoing, many-years mystery calling itself A Book of The Lady [READ MORE]. Thanks to you I will be able to spend three months here, reviewing, winnowing, smiling, howling, despairing, laughing, working, and sending blessings.  Plus actually putting words to paper that celebrate my love for The Lady and Her stories.

    Your name I will sing out in gratitude to the ocean waves and tides, trusting that their sumptuous energies will bathe you in joy for the goodness you have shown me through many of my unbelievable 80 years.

    May you be imbued with happiness and the causes of happiness.
    With love and vast appreciation,
    Peggy Rubin

    shadow_puppet_01Some 30 souls who enjoy travel adventures with Peggy and friends, will be traveling to Bali in September, 2016, to experience true magic and mystery on one of the few remaining places on earth that feels like visiting another planet.

    Want to join us? This is Peggy’s last trip of this kind, and it looks like we have a slot or two open for others to join us. Click HERE to read details and periodic updates from Alexander Joy, trip organizer.

    Sacred Theatre 2016

    Touching Into the Soul of the World

    The Power of Story

    GalaxySoulofWorldNo sooner had I found the title for this year, “Touching Into the Soul of the World,” than I received an internet mailing from one of my favorite genii, Michael Meade, introducing a focus for his year, “Touching the Soul of the World.” Being Michael Meade, the world’s best storyteller, he will focus on stories and poems. And soul.

    My own title is slightly different. . . .  Four workshops: Duluth, Georgia; Lake Huron, Michigan; and two in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. READ MORE.


    2016 PREVIEW: The Shakespeare Effect Series

    Shakespeare, the Soul of the World, and the Goddess of Complete Being.

    moonriseSuncropA new series by Peggy Rubin in 2017.

    You’re invited to the Preview:

    November 18-20, 2016,
    Ashland, Oregon.

    READ MORE about what’s planned for this exciting new series and sign up for the PREVIEW.

    Practicing Joy in the World

    JoyLotusVer3Month by Month Reflections for the Year of Joy

    Nine Goddesses to Nurture Nine Steps on the Path of Joy

    Imagine a lotus flower born from the earth and covering the earth. This magic lotus has eight petals, each petal lifting up, filling the world with one particular aspect of joy.

    Explore the monthly reflections for the Year of Joy HERE.


    Evolutionary Journey 2015

    The Lady who Dwells Within

    An exploration into the fundamental mythic elements of creation and how recognizing and honoring them can increase our happiness and our human artistry.

    Session One / March 26-29
    Her Presence Affirmed.

    Session Two / June 4-7
    Her Presence Made Manifest: Tracking our actions in the world.

    Session Three / September 24-27
    Her Presence Made Blessing

    Click Here to Read More.


    Sacred Theatre In 2015

    Sacred Theatre is about realizing you are the star in your own great and holy play. This year we pay attention to your play as part of the great story of life on earth. And the nature of your fellow players in this great play. How we support, thwart, defy, delight one another in the revelatory process of homing in on the truth of our selves. Holy and not-so-holy; alive and not-so-alive, whole and fragmented.


    Goddess of Complete Being: Celebrating Her Presence


    • Duluth Georgia, May 7-10 (Ginger Sewell)

    • Denver May 15-17 (Dianne Butler)

    • Overlooking Lake Huron in Michigan May 22-25 (Sandy Ladd)

    • New Jersey October 8-12, and October 15-18 (Patti Kaufman)


    Click Here to Read More. at



    Chartres2015-bannerThe New Chartres Academy

    Chartres 2015

    Dates: July 5–11, 2015
    Location: Chartres, France
    Faculty: Hans Christian, Apela Colorado, Jim Garrison, Andrew Harvey, Jean Houston, Caroline Myss, Karen Rivers, Peggy Rubin.
    Academic Credit: 4 academic credits
    Fulfills the Core Course Requirement for Mystics/The Mystical Traditions

    Click Here to Read More.


    FinalCoverSMIndepth Review of To Be and How to Be

    Read the long, reflective review by Donell Miller, Ph.D. in Coreopsis, Journal of Myth and Theater. A brief excerpt: “Her writing style appeals. She speaks directly to me throughout the book, and I’m sure it will seem so to other readers as well. This is more a first and second person rather than a third person view. She writes from her heart the truth as she knows it.

    This is no cookbook. True, she offers suggestions on how to do this or that, but one could hardly profit from them without a deep personal involvement. See her inevitable “Pause, Please” ploy through which she has us dip deep into our own life experience. She gives concrete examples, most of them from classical literature, which she digests for us, giving us only as much as we need to know to drive home her point. Students of the classics look for more, and so will persons encountering such stories for the first time, as they tumble to the fact they’ve been missing something.”


    New Chartres Academy, July 2014

    Come explore new branches of Wisdom’s Tree

    The magnificent Anne Baring, author of Dream of the Cosmos, reigns at Wisdom University’s New Chartres Academy of the Liberal Arts this summer, July 5-12, 2014. Happily for me, Jim Garrison, who dreamt this Academy, and presides over its continuing presence and wellbeing, has invited me to join the faculty.

    The New Chartres Academy celebrates one of the classical liberal arts each summer. This year is Dialectica (or Logic) and Aristotle is the presiding magus from the ancient world. I realize Aristotle deserves fame for many works, but for those of us who love the theatre, and the study of theatre, his name means “Greek Theatre Analyzed.” Aristotle is also known as a supreme master of logic.

    For our time, however, Jim Garrison invites us to lean into the discovery of a new form of logic, and this summer’s Chartres adventure will provide inspiration to lift us, as well as challenging ideas to test and explore.

    The staff and faculty at the New Chartres Academy provide elegant, meaningful, and profound experiences for people attending; and of course the town of Chartres and Chartres Cathedral are themselves exquisite teachers and wisdom carriers.

    Click HERE to go to the site for information about the Academy, as well as others of their splendid programs.


    SheWalksWithYouEvolutionary Journey Continues in 2014:
    The Lady Who Walks Beside You

    You’re invited to participate in 2014 sessions of the Evolutionary Journey.


    Read more about An Evolutionary Journey HERE


    The Mother Maker by Denise Kester

    The Grand Mother is the Maker by Denise Kester

    home-featured3Sacred Theatre In 2014

    The Goddess of Complete Being
    Welcoming Her Embrace



    by Holly Sierra

    Duluth, Georgia
    April 4-7

    The Power of Expression
    For the Fullness of Being

    Contact Ginger Sewell
    With wholeness our goal and joy our primary medium, we spend this time together exploring new ways of expressing our life work, our personal “letter to the world,” and the truth about the holy role we were born to play– fully, freely, passionately, and compassionately.


    durgaDetailNear Detroit Michigan
    June 25-29

    Engaging the Power of Conflict
    To Honor a New Incarnation

    Contact Sandy Ladd
    During these magical days together, next to a holy inland sea, we declare our intention to move the story of humankind forward through our own lives: the way we live, the way we see, the way we care about ourselves, about others. We will each be envisioning and igniting a refreshed, refreshing and empowered model for ourselves and our world. Embracing this model with all our hearts, souls, bodies, and minds must and will benefit each of us. Come add your glorious self to the mix of incubating possibilities. The future story of humankind always depends on you.


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    by Patti Kaufman

    Ocean Grove, New Jersey
    October 9-13
    October 16-19

    Diving Into the Ocean of Bliss

    Contact Patti Kaufman
    Bliss is the birthright of human beings. We will seek it together, inhabit its vast oceanic wonders together, and create from its mysteries. And design ways to maintain the reality of this bliss miracle throughout our daily lives.

    Three sessions in Ashland Oregon

    April 17-20 (Easter weekend)
    October 30-to November 2 (Halloween weekend_
    And a year-end retreat, December 26-31 (the birthdays of the joyful gods)
    Contact Peggy Rubin

    The work for 2014 honors the presence of the Feminine Divine One(s) in our lives. We will create and re-create words, art, movement, and music for A Book of the Lady, or Goddess Bible, “for our daughters’ sakes.” This project has permeated my life for the past 15 years. 2014, 2015, 2016, are the designated years for this idea (assignment) to come into form through the work of sacred players who feel called to participate.

    Jane Montague _ oestre fugitSESSION ONE: THE INITIATOR
    April 17-20
    We begin. Through meditation, conversation, process, we enter into a covenant for the work together, dedicating ourselves to the process, and all our work to the benefit of the children of the future.


    October 30-November 2
    We stay the course. Acknowledging the power of these hallowed days at the end of the Celtic year, we review the paths where The Lady has guided us, harvest our learning, and prepare for deeper revelation as we enter the dark months of the year.



    December 26-December 31
    In The Lady’s Year of Joy, these days at the close of the calendar year provide open moments for the birth of the gods of joy: five kinds of gods, five kinds of joy. During this retreat we discover Her power to change us through the alchemy of radiant happiness.



    Ashland Retreats are held at
    The Center for Sacred Theatre
    323 Oak Street
    Ashland, OR 97520


    EJlogoPassion Play

    Recently a close friend reminded me of how close I am to the final years of my life – in fact, I’m living them now. She gently chastised me for focusing on extraneous work and worries, saying, “You’ve got to get on your own horse, and pull your own wagon to the finish line.” Meaning, I realized, that I need to focus on the work I want to accomplish and to complete in this lifetime, and also that the ‘finish line’ draws closer every single day. I took what she said seriously and began a practice of discerning what ‘my wagon’ is. In the process I remembered this:
    My earliest experience of professional theatre happened when I was a girl in Texas. The family made a trek to a huge Houston auditorium to see what they told me was called a Passion Play. I didn’t know until I got into the theatre what that Passion meant: Easter week in the life of Jesus. Certainly a story I knew well in those days; my family members were dedicated Christians, Methodists. And passion was what I felt. Not just for the story itself, but for the tremendous difference I experienced when the story was enacted. To see actors alive on stage, living a story before my eyes! What was born in me that day so many years ago was certainly passion, a passion for live theatre, for sacred plays.

    In a recent conversation with another dear friend, I realized that’s what I want to do with the remainder of my years: provide a “stage” for people to recognize, celebrate, perhaps even enact, the passionate stories of their lives.

    Thus was born my work for 2013: a series of Gatherings in which participants make a journey from the creation of the universe all the way to active, individual creativity, learning to know themselves as passionate artists of life. It’s called an Evolutionary Journey, from Creation to Creativity, and we will meet here in Ashland, OR.

    August, 2013: Summer and Smoke and Fifty Shades of Gray

    Yesterday, mists and gentle rain fell from a sky made buoyant by clouds carrying many shapes and shades of grey. The blistered Oregon earth welcomed the rain and the promise of rain as only she can, with wide-open welcoming arms. After so many weeks of fires all around us, and smoke dense enough to cut, the sky looked beautiful beyond description with all that rain in its bosom.

    The teaching of the summer weather and events can be summarized: Creativity is the Default Position. No matter what is happening around us, we can generate something new – a drawing, a poem, a pot, a prayer, an image – to help express the story of what we discover while creating. Even in the middle of a world on fire.

    Autumn/Winter Dreams

    During the two final sessions of our Evolutionary Journey, we explore the root systems of creativity. How do we source our creativity? How do we nurture it? How do we sustain it? How do we share it appropriately?

    Enriching the Roots of Creativity

    November focus will be on the root systems of the Trees of Life, Love, and Joy, and how our dreams provide sacred material to feed those roots.

    In December, we honor the source and support of the Trees of Beauty, Inspiration, and Imagination, and pay attention to how we seed our lives as art for the days and years to come.

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    Where the White Snake fell in love with a human. Today lovers walk sharing an umbrella, as the White Snake and her beloved did. And they dance western steps to Chinese music in this pavilion by the bridge

    Spring, 2013: Home from China

    Traveling as the “entourage” of Dr. Jean Houston, and feeling resistant but resigned to the whole thing (China being “the last country I have any desire to see”) what to my wondering eyes should appear there but beauty, kindness, courtesy, hospitality, greenness, a sense of solid groundedness in a history that includes every possible thing, and an ocean of legend, tradition, and story.  All alive and welcoming.

    We were guests of the government of China at a conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, to listen and discuss issues of creating an Ecological Civilization. Ervin Laszlo, noted artist, scientist, educator, philosopher, writer, and one of the founders of this Forum, was the reason Jean was invited, and I got to go as her companion.  We listened and talked and wondered and pondered, and met people from 32 countries, each with a different point of view, and each concerned about how to create in Jean’s words, “a world that works for everyone.”  And a world in which everyone has access to clean water, air, and soil.  And enough food.

    Celebrants honor the Buddha's birthday.

    Celebrants honor the Buddha’s birthday.

    The Chinese, who have taken seriously their desperate need for clean air and water, want to make it clear to the rest of us that they are willing to take the lead and get the job done.  The Cultural Forum is named after a Taihu Lake which until a few years ago was dead, but because of their determination to clear and cleanse it, is now alive again.

    The city that played host to the Forum is Hangzhou, some 150 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, 2200 years old, with a civilization stretching back 8000 years.  It is home to numerous Buddhist shrines and temples, in a landscape filled with Taoist and artistic inspiration.  Most important to me, Hangzhou is the site of the legend of the White Snake, a story that came alive last year in an unforgettable production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  It tells of a wise snake who studied Taoist texts for centuries and learned the secrets of transformation, became a woman, fell in love with a human, and endured fierce trials and battles for that love.  For the Chinese, it’s first and foremost a love story, but like most ancient legends, holds many meanings.  Hangzhou’s beautiful West Lake is the site where the White Snake met her human love.


    home-featured3Sacred Theatre In 2013

    The Power of Story meets

    The Fullness of Being

    We live by story. OceanOfLife

    We believe stories. We tell stories to ourselves. We tell stories to others.

    Stories challenge us; stories evolve us. We pay attention to stories.

    They create a cauldron of plenty that sustains us in hours of sorrow and pain, exalt us in hours of joy and delight. Now and again we notice how stories are related to one another. Sometimes we stir ancient stories of creation and world-making into this cauldron; sometimes we discover or make up delicious stories of love and desire, and add them to our storehouse/cauldron.

    However we play with stories we find they can open doors to the land of the soul and illumine pathways to healing, to wisdom, to the fullness of Being. That’s our goal for Sacred Theatre in 2013. Finding ways to the Throne of Being through the power of story.

    We will gather stories, enact stories, honor stories, inspire new stories, change stories.

    You’re invited.

    Three Workshops

    * May in Michigan, May 3-5

    (For information contact Sandy Ladd,

    * October in New Jersey, 10-14 and 17-20

    (Patti Kaufman

    * November in Oregon, November 21-24

    (Trish Broersma,


    Elaine de Beauport

    Farewell to a great and deeply loved teacher

    Elaine de Beauport, author of a wonderful book, Three Faces of Mind, and a fearless, daring explorer of the brain, the mind, and the soul, died earlier this month after a long and gallant contest with multiple myeloma.  The school she founded many years ago, the Mead School, will host a memorial in Elaine’s honor in May.

    One of her longtime students and friends, Irena Rutenberg, had a sweet thought: each of her friends could devise a statement as though we were composing an epitaph for Elaine. Mine is, “Elaine lit a holy fire in my head; her heart ignited it, her teachings fed it, her wisdom gave it a song to sing.”  I can never thank her enough.

    The Gospel According to Her

    A many-years project will go on line interactively in 2013 as The Book of The Lady, a bible presented from the point of view of the Divine Feminine carries a new title, The Gospel According to Her, and will include ancient stories of the goddess, along with art (both ancient and modern), as well as stories, poems, and praise songs written by people today. Read more about this project here.

    Here is a sample from “The Book of Nurture”

    Dark Mother by Skulkey

    Dark Mother by Skulkey

    The Dark Mother speaks:

    The Dark Mother speaks:

    I am the Voice in the whirlwind,

    in the place others call, and experience as,


    I am above, below, within the Chaos.

    I am the darkness.  And I am the One to seek when you

    need to source yourself in joy,

    in peace, in turbulence.

    But beyond, beyond, way beyond

    the normal experience of darkness,

    I invite you into the Darkness — beyond and before and after Time.

    This is your Source, your Origin.

    If things fall apart,

    if you fall apart,

    come into my all-holding embrace.

    I am the energy that shapes and holds universes together.

    Can I do any less for you?

    There is pressure in my holding

    and incalculable power — so

    after a time of rest you may begin to feel the pressure

    of new birth — persistent, insistent.

    I who shape galaxies

    do not hesitate to shape you —

    fiercely, perhaps — but truly to your most

    elegant and beautiful design.

    Your design — like the galaxy —

    is glorious to behold.

    And in my vast darkness

    I hold that pattern, and desire

    you to recognize it, to become it.

    You will not fly apart,

    though it may feel like it.

    I am holding you and

    I am holding your becoming.

    —Peggy Rubin

    Earth Spirit: I am not part of everything, I am everything. I am the sky, the clouds, the wind, the sea and all of life. Earth Spirit is all things, even though all things seem separate. The truth of this connection is in the combined language of evolution and creation. There has never been anything but everything. –Patti Kaufman

    Read more about The Gospel According to Her HERE.

    To Be and How To Be

    The prize-winning book that invites you to Transform your Life through the Nine Powers of Sacred Theatre, is now available as an e-book. The publisher, Quest Books, says it can be found anywhere on-line books are sold. Download it now, and carry it everywhere! Find out more about the book HERE.