I'm ready! What happens next?
After you apply you’ll receive an application form right away to the email attached to your payment.
If you don’t receive it please contact me so I can get it to you!
Is the certification program only offered once a year?
Yes. I open enrolment once a year. Registration won’t open again until at least the spring of 2018.
I have a lot on my plate. How much time will it take?
This is a 200 hour program with half of the time will be spent together. Plan on attending all the live calls and retreats and participating in the group. All calls are recorded if you can’t attend live.
I recommend giving yourself a 2-4 hours a week. During the 4 modules it will be a little more intensive with plenty of time and space in between so you never feel overwhelmed.
I’ve structured the program in a way that gives people a lot of space in-between modules. After several years of running a year-long program, I’ve learned that being full-on all the time can be tough for everyone. I want you to feel like you’re making progress with lots of time to do the work and lots of time to rest and engage in the rest of your life.
I recognize the fact that your energy ebbs and flows. This will happen and that is okay! We are working with cyclic time so any given moment is an opportunity to step back in.
When are the calls and what if I miss some?
Calls are offered at different times of day on weekdays and weekends in order to accommodate the most amount of people from around the world. A regular start time, however is often between 3:00-5:00pm ET. After years of meeting, I’ve found that these times, while not always ideal, are the best way to ensure that the program is accessible for everyone. We work together as a community to show up for each other. There will also be some Europe-friendly and Australia-friendly calls worked into the program as well. All the calls, except the optional peer circles, are recorded. Watching the recording is still participating in the program.
I'm in Australia or Europe and I'm not sure if the calls circles would work. Can you tell me more about the call times?
There is already an Australian and European contingent registered in the program! One of the Melissa Priestesses is located in Australia and another is in Norway. We meet regularly as a group! I try to schedule the circles and call at times that work for everyone. That will mean some early mornings if you’re in Australia and some late nights if you’re in Europe. However, this year we also have specific Australian and European friendly circle times as well! Plus, everything is are recorded if you can’t attend live.
Can you tell me more about how live online calls, circles and virtual retreats work?
We’ll meet on Zoom. This is free and simple for you to use. We will be able to see and hear each other, which makes it very similar to an in-person class. I love it! All of these calls will be recorded.
Are there any prerequisites & should I take Priestess Self-Study before taking Certification?
Absolutely not! I meet you where you are and honor your inherent wisdom. Self-Study and Certification are stand alone programs. Self-Study can support you but it’s not required at all. Self-Study is for personal interest and development and is meant for self-directed learners. There is no certificate at the end of self-study.
Certification is a live group program with a lot of community connection. It is meant to teach you practical mindful compassionate leadership skills to take with you into your life and work.
Is it possible to receive certification through the self-paced course?
The self-study course is for interest and personal development only. It is not intended to replace the live certification training and you only receive a certificate with the Certification Program.
I'm very new to this, and I'm not sure I want to lead groups right now. Is this program for experienced women who want to lead only?
Oh my goodness, no at all. The program is so perfect for you if you are looking for personal development but don’t have interest in running your own groups. I’d say one of the main reasons people enroll is for personal growth and community connection. I’m so honoured to work with you and stand side by side with you on this journey!
The way I view leadership is it’s all about being personally empowered. Leading in your own life, for yourself. Without that, there’s nothing else. I will be giving you tools to lead and they can be applied to any aspect of your life. It’s so important to me that the training be what you need it to be. I meet you where you are.
For some, that will be about leading groups, or bringing the tools into their work or teaching, parenting, art practices, etc. My deepest hope is that the program be an enriching and empowering program where you meet yourself and each other more deeply.
I'm very experienced. I've taken many trainings and lead my own groups. Will this program be right for me?
Absolutely! Thank you for being here. I am so honoured to work with you and stand side by side with you on this journey. My approach to leadership is that all experience is valued. I simply hold the container for whatever is meant to come forward and be experienced. That will be different for everyone. Some of the women in my program have long established spiritual practices where they run circles, teach other women and girls, and have their own training programs. Some have been studying and practicing for years and others are just starting. Some are artists and mothers who are simply drawn to the work. In the space of this program, there is room for it all. I am invested in every single woman who is part of the program. You are very welcome here!
Does this program follow a spiritual tradition?
Not at all! As a cultural anthropologist, I find a sense of joy and inspiration in many different spiritual and religious paths. Many other priestess training programs teach a particular tradition and priestess practices to follow within that tradition. I personally don’t follow just one tradition, and I know I’m not alone. While the program is informed by Earth-centred, Celtic-inspired, Women’s Spirituality, at every step of the way the ball is in your court for how you choose to use and adapt the material in a way that suits you!
Can you tell me more about your approach?
I tend to specialize in creating sacred space online, deepening compassion, and working with women who are highly sensitive empaths. I don’t teach a tradition so there are women of many different backgrounds and approaches in the program. For me, the mere practice of circle is ever evolving. Priestessing is a deepening, an enlivening, and unfolding practice for me. It’s goes as deep as you want it to.
What’s a Priestess?
My approach comes from a place of empowering you, so the definition is very open. How you define the term priestess is completely up to you! There are women in the program who would probably never call themselves priestesses out in the “real” world but bring the program to their children and art in really beautiful ways. For me, it’s about encouraging people to embody their inner souls/selves. I believe that simply doing that is a great gift and is of service to the word.
What are Melissa Priestesses?
Melissas are Priestesses who have been through the program. They are here for you as holders of sacred space in the Facebook group and in the online circles and training days.
Can you tell me more about the Temple Spaces?
I am passionate about finding new ways to create sacred space online. Temple hours will be held on the new and full moons in the Facebook group for you to ask questions, share, give and receive blessings and simply sit with the divine within.
Do I need to purchase materials for the program?
I’ve structured the program in such a way that you do not need to buy anything. Connecting to the sacred doesn’t require anything but a willing heart and a connection to the self, to nature, and to others. You’ll be given reading lists and other resources lists to look at for additional support if you wish. I have a lot of tools that I use but I aways suggest alternatives. How much you spend and what you choose to buy in addition is entirely up to you and is not required at all.
Do You Accept Payment in AUD, CDN, Euros, and Pounds?
Yes! All prices are quoted in USD. Your currency is automatically converted for you at checkout
I Don’t Have a Paypal Account. Do You Accept Credit Card?
Yes! You can pay with credit or visa debit card if you don’t have a Paypal account at checkout.
Do You Invoice?
Yes! I invoice in USD when paying in full only. Your currency will be automatically converted for you when making your payment.
What is your refund policy?
The application fee is completely refundable if you decide not to enrol.
It’s important for the nature of this work that you set the intention to complete the program. This is a form of initiation. Really check in with yourself and see if you can make the commitment to the program at this time. May this be a renewing, deep, rewarding and transformative experience for you!
Program is non-refundable once you choose to enrol. By registering with a monthly plan you are making a commitment to complete all payments.
Is this only open to women?
This program is open to women and trans. I hold an inclusive and open space for fluid gender expressions and am LGBTQ positive.