About the Melissa Priestesses

You’ll be supported by a team of inspiring Melissa Priestesses in Sage Priestess Certification who have all been through the program. They’ll be holding sacred space in the certification group and online circles and training days. They’re from around the world: Australia, Canada, Norway, and the US!

Temple spaces are held on the new and full moons in the certification group.

The Melissas share, give blessings, and be with you as they witness the divine within you.


The term Melissas come from the Minoans and Greeks. They were Priestesses of the goddess Potnia (The Pure Mother Bee). Melissas are Bee Priestesses. The priestesses of Delphi, and those who served Demeter and Artemis were also called Bees. Now, this ancient tradition of calling a priestess a Melissa has returned. To be a Melissa is to serve your community. 


I now find myself gaining a sense of empowerment through being present to what’s going on with my senses, inner guidance and intuition. I tend toward my whole life being spiritual practice now.

The constant state of awareness doesn’t let too much time go by without me getting an inkling about what I’m in need of.

–From Denise’s post on her Spiritual Journey

Denise Daffara is an artist who lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. She combines art journaling, intentional creativity and painting as a self-healing modality. She works with grief, depression, and personal awakenings to uplift and inspire others to creatively express and lovingly nurture themselves. She believes we are healed by being seen and heard, and that meeting yourself right where you are is a powerful medicine in these troubled times.

Denise is a gifted listener, and one of her passions is holding nurturing, energising, and liberating sacred space for other soulful seekers and wild wonderers. She brings her art and space holding together on the page in her Creativitea Time, where sacred space is created to meet yourself on the page. Here, playfulness, courage and creativity meet radical self-acceptance for tea.

Kind Words: “Denise is a creative and loving adventurer who guides others to seek the new and rediscover the old. A brave and beautiful soul who by sharing her words, art and authentic self creates a sacred space for others to do so too. Thank you for showing me the path again.”

You can find Denise at www.denisedaffara.com.au


What being a Priestess means to me:

I want to be kind and compassionate.
I want to hold a healing space.
I want to become part of the solution.
I want to love myself deeply.
I want to connect with the natural world and all its creatures.
I want my actions to reflect my beliefs.
I want to inspire and uplift others.
I want to surround myself in beauty and wonder.
I want to be free of guilt and shame.
I want to feel joy.

–From Karen’s post about her Spiritual Journey

Karen Faith is a mother, artist and certified metaphysical practitioner. Most days she can be found, with paint on her hands, communing with the wild things on the Alberta prairie. Follow her adventures on Instagram or view her latest creations in her Etsy shop www.maiseyhandmade.etsy.com


Taking care of Mother Earth, I have realized, is the same as taking care of myself I am not separate from nature, I am nature, and I can be both wild and tame.

In this lies the strength of a wild woman and a priestess: she sees the world as it is – and sees that this is what makes it such a beautiful place to be. Following the cycles of the year, the moon and her body, she doesn’t strive to be someone else, or to be somewhere else, or to do something else.

–From Sigrid’s post on her Spiritual Journey

Sigrid Haugen has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching for 12 of them, having taught workshops, retreats and teacher training in addition to weekly classes. She enjoys exploring the sensuality of creative flow and embodied mindfulness with both yoga and art. In addition, cooking and veggie gardening brings her joy and purpose. Sigrid has a master’s degree in Religious Science, where she wrote about the exploration of emotion in movement, pulling upon ritual theories, cognitive science and motivational theories. https://sigridshaugen.wixsite.com/hjem


What speaks to me at the time of this writing is Temple Priestess. I feel I am to hold space in ceremony, anoint with sacred scents, provide sound healing, act as a conduit for the Divine and assist in awakening Mother Earth and humankind.  I must admit I feel nervous and excited to step out in this way.

Embodiment of the elements, nature and the Divine Feminine is a strength I am discovering more and more about myself.  This embodiment expresses itself through dance, yoga and martial arts.

–From Jen’s post on her Spiritual Journey

Jen Young has found tremendous meaning and joy in exploring life as a modern priestess. Through Sage Priestess Training, she continues to discover how her experience and skills as a yogini, fitness educator, ecstatic-dance facilitator, performer and writer interweave with priestess skills.

Jen believes that we can more fully embody the powerful spiritual beings we truly are through physical movement, creativity, imagination and connection to each other and the natural world. When people have tools to heal and express who they authentically are, the Earth heals with us. www.spitfirefitnessarts.com