Wednesday 2nd August – morning
Talk: GODDESS OF OLD EUROPE
Goddesses of Old Europe come alive through pen and paintbrush
Of the ancient goddesses of Old Europe, the Slavic ones are perhaps the least well known. Come and discover the fascinating world of Old Europe and its goddess-loving people, the names of the great female deities they worshipped, their ancient rites and customs, and how these became embedded not merely in name-places, but in the linguistic tapestry of Eastern European languages. We will also explore how goddesses were re-gendered into male gods, only be re-discovered in recent times in their original female form. We will specifically explore the archetypes of Lada and Morana – the Lover and the Crone, two sisters who hold the Slavic wheel of the year in their embrace…
We will travel though time together looking at ancient goddess art and the reclaiming of the Goddess today through the eyes of her modern priestess-artists.
Lilia Khousnoutdinova MSc MA is co-founder of the Priestess and Ceremonialist School in Prague. Lilia co-teaches a two-year training course for women who are called to rediscover the Goddess heritage of Old Europe. Doula and co-author of four books centered on women’s fertility and rites of passage, she is a life-long advocate for reproductive health and gender issues. She is a painter, poet, travel guide and creative director of Ecstatic Fashion – an Ethical Fashion label inspired by traditional Bhutanese textiles. www.ecstaticfashion.com