This series explores what it is like to be a spiritual seeker and Priestess in the 21st century.

Is there more direct access to the Divine in the world now? 

I’m interviewing women involved in my Priestess Training Program to find out!

How Do You Describe Yourself?

Honestly, until this program, I thought that I was just an “overly sensitive woman” one who cries at just about anything – small things that make me happy, others hurts and pains.  I knew I always “felt” what others were feeling but I didn’t know why.  So now I can proudly call myself a Highly Sensitive Intuitive Empath.

What have you struggled with on the spiritual path?

Trusting myself and my intuition

What drew you to the Sage Priestess Certification Program?

Vanessa’s gentle way of making everyone feel like you belong and are accepted just how you are here today in this moment.

What are some transformation changes that have happened on your spiritual path?

Well, I will refer back to question #1 because that was a huge one for me, and knowing there are others who are similar out there.  I have also learned to trust myself a lot and that it’s ok that I’m not a carbon copy of others or what society thinks I should be.

I am now embracing my “witch” side and I love it, the freedom to be wild and free.  I’m doing things like going naked in public spas (where it’s allowed of course) and accepting my body but more than that I am loving my body for all it is and what is gives to me.

What did you find in the Program that was unexpected?

Honestly, I really can’t say, as when I stepped on this path I had no idea what it meant to be a Priestess or even remotely what that term meant, so I went in with no expectations if I’m being honest – I just felt very called to this path.

What will you take from the Program?

Gosh, there is so much, the sense of community, new friendships, the ability to trust my intuition and Feminine power.

What has being in the Sage Priestess Certification Program meant to you?

It has been a safe and comfortable place for me to show up just how I am and to grow into who I was meant to be, without judgement or criticism.

What are some of the most valuable gems you’re taking away from this year together in community and being in circle together?

Being in circle with other women is such a powerful thing, you walk away heard and connected and accepted – in today’s judgmental society I’d say that’s pretty damn great!

What spiritual strengths do you want to bring forth into the world?

I know I am a healer and part of my spiritual path is to heal my ancestral line – it’s been a challenging one and an ongoing work in progress.  I also believe that I am meant to connect what I have learned, my healing side and my art into something for women out there – The Goddess is not done with me yet so I’m still waiting for all those pieces to find me and let me know where I am supposed to take my gifts.

What blessings would you like to send to future priestess?

This is a path of so many blessings if you just allow yourself to open up to the Goddess and trust in yourself.  There will be times that are difficult but that’s where trusting yourself – trusting the process comes in.  If you can give this gift to yourself you will be blessed in ways that one can’t even imagine.

You were born a Goddess you just have to Remember!

This beautiful and life-changing path has called to you for a reason

She opened a path for me to grow, to learn, to become the Wild Goddess that I didn’t even know I was craving to be. 

I had no understanding what the word Priestess even meant (much less what it meant to me) but none the less I wanted to be a part of this program.  There was a draw, a burning inside of me to want to do this.  I went in with no expectations but I trusted myself and Vanessa.  She opened a path for me to grow, to learn, to become the Wild Goddess that I didn’t even know I was craving to be.  I have seen other priestess programs out there – are the others any good or better I couldn’t tell you, but I can tell you that my heart was drawn to Vanessa’s gentle style, her way of allowing the natural ebb and flow of life to be part of her teachings.

Being in circle with these women was amazing and powerful and heartfelt and supportive.  Being part of this group was so nurturing and beautiful.  The guest teachers were unbelievable and brought so much to the table.  She gives you everything that you need to find your own path.  There will be content that doesn’t resonate with you and that’s perfectly normal and OK.  There will be some guest teachers you can’t get enough of and that too is OK.  It’s all there so you can take what you need and leave the rest.  There is no other Priestess that I would have wanted to walk this path with, Vanessa is an astounding mentor and Wise Woman.  So many blessings and gratitude!

I would like to offer the following blessing for those embarking on this Priestess Journey. This beautiful and life-changing path has called to you for a reason. Your gifts are needed in this world. You are worthy, you are enough and the Goddess has opened to you, all you need to do is open your heart and trust. Many blessings to you on your path.

– Sherry Canino