Book Launch: Hallie Igleheart Austen
The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine
joined by Joan Marler, Archaeomythologist Sunday, May 19th 3 - 5 PM

The Sacred Feminine is rising all over the planet—and with it the values of compassion, peacemaking, nurturance and love of the Earth—bringing renewed attention and expression to mythical and spiritual guides that have been revered for hundreds of thousands of years. The Heart of the Goddess presents a wide-reaching selection of art, meditations, poetry, prayers, values, and living lessons of Goddess culture. For Hallie Iglehart Austen, respect for the Earth, restoration of community, and regaining the long lost power of women are inseparable. Come and immerse yourself in the richness of a multi-media experience of Goddesses from around the world and throughout time, for a transmission of healing, teaching, and the Sacred Feminine in all of us.

This event will feature selected readings with slide show, conversation on-stage with Hallie and Joan Marler, fellow archaeomythologist. Q&A, book sales and signing. Free event, all donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments by donation; wine & beer for sale.

Hallie Igleheart Austen

Hallie Iglehart Austen grew up on a farm and has lived close to the earth most of her life. After graduating from Brown University, she drove from England to Nepal and back again over the course of a year. This journey, described in her first book Womanspirit (HarperCollins, 1983) led to a synthesis of spirituality and feminism, which she began teaching in the 1970s. Since then she has led workshops, rituals, and presented at conferences at universities and theological schools, including the United Nations Women’s International Conference, and other venues around the world. Hallie is co-founder of Seaflow: Protect Our Living Oceans, which educated the public about the dangers of active sonars and other ocean noise to whales, dolphins, and all sea life. She also initiated All One Ocean, establishing over fifty beach cleanup stations in California, Hawaii, Iowa, and Alabama. Hallie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers classes and private consultations on dream work, life transition rituals, and Wisdom Healing Qigong. Visit Hallie online at

Joan Marler worked closely with Marija Gimbutas as her personal editor (1987-1994) and is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Archaeomythology. She is the editor of a number of books, including Marija Gimbutas’ magnum opus, The Civilization of the Goddess (1991); From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas (1997); the Journal of Archaeomythology (2005-present); The Danube Script (2008); Signs of Civilization:
Neolithic Symbol System of Southeast Europe (with Miriam Robbins Dexter, 2009); and Prehistoric Roots of Romanian and Southeast European Traditions by the Romanian linguist Adrian Poruciuc (2010). Joan is the author of the biography of Marija Gimbutas presented in Notable American Women published by Harvard University Press (2004).

“… a mythical journey to every corner of the Earth….a delightful book of life-affirming legends, rituals, and images that help us envision a more balanced and creative world.”
―Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

“What a treasure! Decades of scholarship and oceans of love have been poured into gathering this exquisite collection of goddesses from all the world’s wisdom traditions. I love love love this book!”
—Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam

“A collection of more than 70 Goddess figures from cultures throughout the world. Each is a treasure … inspiring us to embody the Goddess’s virtues in our lives.”
—Yoga Journal

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