***Scroll down to see 2022 Apprentices and 2019 Anointed and Ordained Priestesses***
The Iseum of Mary Isis is a nonprofit 501(c)3 spiritual organization, where women and fa are invited to participate in a yearlong Priestess Apprenticeship Program. Additional classes, workshops, and full moon ceremonies take place throughout the year for women, men, and families both in person and on Zoom
Tina Riddle Deason, High Priestess of La Bona Dea is the Executive Director of the Iseum and facilitates the year-long Priestess Apprenticeship Program in Sonoma County, California. The manual, by Nancy Dew, HP, “The Path of the Priestess, the Goddess Wheel of the Year” is used for the Program.
Vision Statement of the Iseum of Mary Isis
The Iseum of Mary Isis is dedicated to supporting
women in knowing the power, wisdom, strength,
compassion and the unconditional
love of the Divine Feminine.
The Iseum is devoted to women’s spiritual growth
and the courage to be one’s authentic
self by exploring the mystery
of our true essence as Holy Women.
Living in sisterhood, listening to nature’s guidance,
The Iseum of Mary Isis
celebrates, protects, and honors all of life
by embracing Mother Earth and all Her Relations
Honoring Ancestors and Honoring Women–while wearing pointy hats!
Honoring those who came before us, whether familial ancestors or past-life connections with healers, seekers, seers, and wise women, we celebrated the Witches New Year together. There is certain magic made when women gather to heal, love and support each other. This holy day was transcending and divine. As we heal, the whole world heals with us, So Mote it Be!
And we met a new Mer-Goddess
Mabon, the season of letting go
To carry the sorrows or loss of the past year weighs heavy, and releasing the past paves way for a brighter future. At Mabon we honor the earth and the falling of leaves, reminding us that a new rebirth is just around the corner.
For this Sabbat, we gathered at Stafford Lake in Novato. Being near this body of water reminds us that Autumn sits in the West on the Wheel of the Year, and is the seat of the Matriarch, the compassionate, forgiving, and wise facet of ourselves. Blessed be this glorious time of year!
Celebrating the First Harvest
Summer Solstice, Litha
We spent the Holy Sabbat of Litha at Goat Rock Beach
Beltane and Hieros Gamos 2022
Gathered together we shared in our circle to talk about what it means to take care of ourselves and what it is that women really want (sovereignty for me please) and then we made crowns, performed our Salt Purification Ritual, and our Hieros Gamos–or vows to ourselves, and some apprentices made their vows via iPhone because of Covid.
In the end, we received blessings from Fairy Godmother and she sang us a song, and finally, we celebrated with cherry-chocolate cake and champagne.
We gathered to celebrate Goddess Ostara, “Plant Seeds” of intention, remove “that which does not match our goals” and rejoiced in sisterhood! We had a visit from Goddess Calliope and her words of wisdom encouraged us to create by writing, drawing, gardening, or crafting into our authentic selves. (Sorry, no photo of Calliope, but maybe we will catch her on her next visit!) Blessings for a spring full of balance and hope! Blessed be!
We began our Wheel of the Year Journey on January 29th. We are please to be surrounded by a group of lovely women who are generous, eager to learn, fabulous cooks, and inspiring sisters. As we embark on our journey we wish each apprentice the opportunity to step outside of herself, let the herself see her as the world sees her. . . a living portrait of creativity, harmony, and wisdom. Blessed Be, TD, HP xo
About the Materials and Fees:
TUITION $800.00* INCLUDES MANUAL, SPIRIT SONG CD, MATERIALS, REFRESHMENTS, FULL-DAY COURSE INCLUDES CASTING AND CLOSING CIRCLES, SABBAT HISTORY & CUSTOMS, RITUALS, GUIDED VISUALIZATIONS, INTRO TO ANCIENT GODDESSES, GODDESS PRESENTATIONS, AND MAGICAL TOOL CRAFTING (MATERIALS FOR CRAFTS INCLUDED). MEALS ARE POTLUCK BY APPRENTICES.
**SPACE IS LIMITED TO 4 -6 APPRENTICES
**OPTIONAL LEGAL ORDINATION CERTIFICATION FEE, $200.00
**This Priestess Apprenticeship may take place at my residence and will include some daytime or evening “off-site” adventures. We will adhere to the latest Covid-19 safety precautions.
*$200.00 deposit is required before Yule (Dec. 21st), and the remaining balance may be made in installments at each full moon.
The Wheel of the Year
Imbolc February 1
Ostara March 21
Beltane May 1
Summer Solstice June 21
Lughnasadh August 1
Mabon September 21
Samhain October 31
Winter Solstice December 21
Course dates (TBD) correspond with the Sabbats. We will begin our next Apprenticeship in February around Imbolc 2022
ABOUT THE ISEUM OF MARY ISIS
THE FEMININE PRINCIPLE HAS RETURNED AND BALANCE IS BEING RESTORED TO MOTHER EARTH AND ALL HER BEINGS–Nancy Dew
Established in 1998, by High Priestess Nancy Ana Dew, the Iseum of Mary Isis became a nonprofit spiritual organization honoring the Goddess. It is our wish to bring more women into the light of their own Divine Feminine, as we become more of the change we wish to see in the world.
Nancy Dew has been on a spiritual path all of her life. In 1980, at age 38, she was going through a divorce, raising 2 wonderful daughters, working and giving much time to her daughter’s school. As her children grew older, she realized that something was missing in her life, and she went on a deeper spiritual search that began to nourish her soul. Studying the many aspects of alternative healing, nutrition and body work, Nancy graduated Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Transpersonal NLP Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and Reiki Practitioner.
This path led her on an inner spiritual search and years of studying with Shamans, Cross-Cultural Anthropologists, Native Americans, Metaphysicians, Wiccans and Buddhism, living in a Buddhist Temple for a time. What she found was that the Divine Feminine was missing in her life and her spiritual practice. She traveled the world in search of the Goddess. Learning from the many cultures and spiritualities of South East Asia, Greece, Central and South America, Thailand, Ireland and Mexico, Nancy realized that indigenous people everywhere live immersed with the qualities of Divine Feminine Deities; a grand awakening for a woman raised in the Judeo-Christian religion!
She fell in love with the Divine Feminine and came to know Her as a part of her own soul. She felt herself filled with the compassion, love, peace and courage of the Goddess. This led everything in her life to blossom, as if the Universe opened up a beautiful path for her to walk down. From finding that everyone is connected to each other and to everything that is alive, she begin to lead Earth-Based Spiritual circles, or Paganism.
Nancy was Ordained a Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis in 1998, and has been leading yearlong Priestess Apprenticeships since then. Women of all ages may enter this program, that takes place on weekends at Lilith, and honor the eight holidays on the Pagan Wheel of the Year. Initiates learn how to create sacred space, perform rituals and ceremonies, sing, dance and drum to songs that worship the Goddess, and learn how to let go of self-limiting habits that keep women from their wholeness and authenticity.
At the end of the year, they have discovered their own inner Goddess, and are regally Ordained Priestess into The Iseum of Mary Isis, which honors each Priestess as a legal Reverend in the State of California. Over 60 women from all walks of life have been Ordained at Lilith and share in a loving sisterhood that accepts and honors each individual’s path.
OUR NEWLY ANOINTED PRIESTESSES
(Scroll down to Imbolc then back up to Yule for chronological sequence)
Calliope and Elboroda
Priestesses and their Pouches and Shawls of Holy Women
Winter Solstice; Yule 2019
Autumn Equinox 2019
Celebrating the Harvest at Mantanzas Winery in Bennet Vally – What a fun way to cheer during Lughnasadh!
Corn Dolly Crafting
Summer Solstice 2019
At the Gualala Art Center, celebrating Summer Solstice with the Priestesses of the Iseum of Mary Isis
Celebrating Fire and Summer Solstice with Wand Making and Manifesting at the Russian River Resort Area
Taking Personal Commitment Vows at the Beltane Sabbat at Lilith
Welcome springtime and rebirth!
Our apprentices gathered in Circle to welcome the second “turn of the wheel.” We talked about taking risks and what it means to find balance at the Vernal Equinox. We performed rituals to inspire joyful and strong rebirth in ourselves and our world. Blessed Be!
The Burden Basket
May all of your Ostara seeds sprout and may you be blessed with bounty!
We began our Wheel of the Year Journey with Imbolc on Saturday. . .
In preparation, I found these tender buds along the NorCal Coast one day on an excursion with my husband and our dogs.
Here are the dogs. . . Bella and Buddy-
Here is the amazing NorCal Coast. . . just past Jenner, CA
Hard to think it is only the early days of spring
Here is me at the Imbolc Altar-
A lovely shot of the Altar-
And here are some Camellia buds outside of my home,
they will burst with bright pink color soon!
And here is me looking very priestess-y
We made Brigid’s Crosses, it was a sacred and precious first Sabbat for the Apprentices.
For fun, I decided to add my YouTube video of the Imbolc Altar. I will present one for each Sabbat all year long. Please check out the link below xo
Blessings and Peace, Honor and Love to you!
La Bona Dea xo
Answer Her Call and join the Apprenticeship as we journey around the Wheel of the Year together!
Perfect Love and Perfect Trust with Blessings to all, great and small!
email@example.com OR 707 318-8902, Blessed Be