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Sage Priestess Certification Starts on June 24, 2019!
Enter the Mystery
This program will bring you into the heart of the Mystery:
The space between the seen and the unseen.
The place where your inner Priestess resides.
Lift the veil and see what has
been here all along…
It’s more important than ever for women to step into their light as spiritual leaders and
Share their wisdom with courage and strength.
Discover and Reclaim Your Power and Calling as a Priestess!
At every step of the way, you’ll be encouraged
To listen to your inner wisdom &
Be witnessed as an embodiment of the divine!
People all over the world need your dedicated attention and connection to spirit.
When you step on this path, you are consciously becoming a wise woman and commit to seeding that wisdom throughout the world.
This wisdom is where the change in our world will happen: one person, circle, temple, and one community at a time.
- Discover the rewards of being a sacred guide for others.
- Develop spiritual self-mastery and stand in your strength.
- Hold space for people to connect deeply to their souls.
- Explore what being a Priestess can mean to you.
When you step on this path,
You are becoming part of a global movement and
A long lineage of women who are changing the way we relate
To the earth, our bodies, ourselves & each other.
Give yourself the most amazing gift to learn with women who are
Giving, vulnerable, open, warm, and compassionate
I can’t begin to express how much I have enjoyed being a part of the Sage Priestess certification course. The knowledge that has been shared by amazing Goddesses/Priestesses from around the World, has been such a gift. There has been much work to do inward, a reflection of my Self and as much as I sometimes balk at doing the work, it is ALWAYS worth it and necessary.
If you resonate with the course, please don’t hesitate. Give yourself the most amazing gift to learn with Women who are giving, vulnerable, open, warm, compassionate and the most beautiful Spirits I am honoured to have spent time with and now call Sisters.
– Tatjana Kozak Kowand
The women in this circle have held such gentle and unconditional space
For my evolution as a teacher and healer and person
The Sage Priestess program has supported me in so many facets of my life. I can truly say that I am stepping into leadership in a way that empowers both myself and others. With the support of this program, I have further developed my understanding of how to hold space for others, my commitment to presence, and my sense of confidence in what I have to share.
I have begun to frame my work as a teacher as a sacred practice, and have been utilizing the tools I have learned in this program to support children and families. I am expanding into sharing the full spectrum of my gifts with the world and showing up as my whole self.
I am diving deeper into my magical practices, including plant medicine, tarot, and ritual. I have plans to offer these gifts to a wider audience in the future. I have begun to truly honour my own voice as unique and necessary.
The women in this circle have held such gentle and unconditional space for my evolution as a teacher and healer and person. Many thanks to all of you.
What’s a Priestess?
Women have been in roles of spiritual leadership since ancient times. Early recorded Priestesses have been found in Catal Huyuk, Malta, Crete, Mesopotamia, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt, Syria, Israel, and the Roman Empire.
Cross-culturally, women have held powerful and healing roles in their communities that do not necessarily fit Western definitions. Wise women, oracles, shamans, witches and elders have all served as mediators of spirit throughout the world.
Ultimately, a Priestess holds space for others, to heal and connect to their divine natures. There are many ways to do this. Some include:
- Being in touch with your energy and the natural rhythms of the earth.
- Taking your place as a lineage holder and passing wisdom onto others.
- Being open to, and allowing, the divine to speak through you.
- Having an open heart and sense of reverence for the all that is.
- Choosing to be of service in small acts of kindness and compassion.
This has been one of the most important journeys I have ever taken!
It gently helped me to unfurl to become the person I am today
Each gateway has offered me direction and insight into every aspect of my life. When I first began this program I was unsure how or if I would even use this, but something told me to take the plunge and dive in. I am so very glad I did! I have found that I have learned to Priestess in my everyday actions, in ways that are compassionate to those around me. This course has also helped me to slowly grow into myself, and learn how to be both empathic, as well as strong. Overall I have found this program to be a huge blessing in my life, and I am so very thankful for it!
When I first signed up for Vanessa’s Priestess Certification course I was incredibly nervous, and very unsure about how it would relate to my life. I signed up anyway, and I have never been more grateful to an impulse decision. Vanessa Sage is such a deeply authentic person, and because of this her course rings authentic as well. And as for how it would relate to my life, every single gateway has been relevant in deeply personal ways. If there were ever a course where the phrase “come as you are” is accurate, this would be it. Every aspect of this course felt as if it were gently helping me to unfurl to become the person I am today; from the classes to the deeply moving responses to my check ins by Stacey. I have found this to be one of the most meaningful courses I have ever taken.
We take a modern approach that honours ancient lineages but is not limited to any location, gender expression, or set of spiritual beliefs.
We encourage cultivating an embodied way of expressing your inner Priestess and discovering who she is!
We emphasize living rather than performing. This is not another identity you need to take on. The majority of people who join the program feel an indescribable longing and find a deep connection with themselves.
Always be yourself, whether that’s in pink roller skates, sipping coffee, hanging out with superheroes, sitting in sacred moonlit rituals, or in the everydayness of the laundry.
We believe the sacred is everywhere.
We encourage compassion and kindness in our community, while we work to live consciously in the world and lift each other up. We believe in your innate goodness and witness the Divine in you.
By the end of the program, you’ll have your own understanding of what being a Priestess means to you.
We hold the container, and give you guidance and skills, as you discover and embody your own ways.
We’ll never define what being a Priestess is for you or tell you what your relationship to the divine should look like.
Your Unique Path is Celebrated Here!
My work focuses on self-compassion, inner-bravery,
and discovering the mystery in our everyday lives.
Hi, I’m Vanessa Sage, Ph.D., and I’ve been immersed in the women’s spirituality movement for over 25 years! I’m a Priestess, cultural anthropologist, a spiritual and business mentor, and a poet. I’ve led six cycles of women in Priestess Training, have written a book of poetry, and run a tarot school.
I love finding wonder in my everyday life, and comfort in a good book and a cup of tea.
I have a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from McMaster University. Over the course of my 10-year academic career, I studied: Buddhism, goddess spirituality, pilgrimage, contemporary paganism, and how hope for a city was embodied in an arts scene.
As a cultural anthropologist, with a deep love and respect for many cultures, I understand culture as multiple, complex, not fixed, and in constant change. You will see different cultural influences showing up in my work. I view this as a strength.
I walk this path with you.
I’m inspired by many spiritual traditions,
Do my own personal spiritual growth work,
And am a highly sensitive introverted empath.
You’ll notice that I talk about the Goddess, drum at the beginning of circles, invite you to be seen and heard, and have a very intuitive participatory teaching style. All the feelings are welcome and there’s a lot of laughter when we meet.
I believe we’re all leaders and have valuable things to learn from each other.
I care deeply about mindful compassionate leadership. I’m committed to building enriching, conscious and thriving community based on the principles of love, compassion, kindness and respect.
I’m body positive and am committed to providing a welcoming space for people of all ages, cultural, racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations and gender identities in my programs.
Sage Priestess Certification Starts on June 24, 2019!
This is a Year long, 200-hour, Certification Program with Six Temple Gateways
There are Three Levels to Choose From
The Community Level: Joy in Connection
Is an experiential level that everyone in the program participates in. It is the core of the program. You will participate in 4 live calls each gateway, which will be a combination of interactive learning and contemplative, creative or reflective practices. You will also participate in rituals, ceremonies, and meditations, all in the container of sacred space.
Space is limited to 55 sisters (47 spots remain)
The Professional Level: Diving Deeper
Explores topics in more depth with two additional calls a gateway taught by guest teachers, Stacy or Vanessa. You’re given a required reading list, a pdf workbook and are encouraged to apply what you’re learning to your life. Your check-ins are more structured and you will receive a professional level certificate of completion.
Space is limited to 15 sisters (12 spots remain)
Apprentice Level: Service, Contribution and Voice
The Apprentice level is an advanced level that supports you in three areas: service, contribution and voice. You take part in the community and professional level and design your apprentice level experience, with our guidance. You receive 10 mentoring sessions as we support you in stepping into sacred leadership in your life. You are also given the opportunity to lead a Priestess Circle (optional) and will be given a feature in one of our Love Letters. You will receive an apprentice level certificate.
Space is limited to 5 sisters (4 spots remain)
This is truly an enriching next step on your path
We are so excited to bring this to you!
Please, if you are even thinking that this is for you, this is for YOU!
The Sage Priestess Certification course absolutely changed my paradigm. It came at a very unsure part of my journey. It was exactly what the universe had called for me. The group work, the journaling, the meetings and the teachers, all phenomenal. Please, if you are even thinking that this is for you, this is for YOU! It will be the best gift you can ever give to yourself.
The Six Temple Gateways
Temple Gateway 1 – June 24-July 21, 2019
Enter the Temple
Temple Gateway 2 – September 2019
Reclaiming Your Wild Self
Temple Gateway 3 – November 2019
Sharing Your Wisdom with Ritual & Ceremony
Temple Gateway 4 – January 2020
Mindful Compassionate Priestessing
Temple Gateway 5 – March 2020
Living Priestess: Embodiment & Wonder
Temple Gateway 6 – May 2020
Lifting the Veil Between the Worlds
What You’ll Recieve:
- 24 Live Community Calls (4 during each Temple Gateway)
- 6 Priestess Community Circles during the Pauses
- A Celebration and Honouring Circle after the final gateway
- 10 Live Guest Teacher Calls at the Community Level
- 10 Guest Teacher Recordings, Pdfs or Videos
- Three 30 day PDF Priestess Journals
- A List of Recommended Resources
- 8 Slow Ceremony Weeks following the Wheel of the Year ($440 Value)
- An Active, Loving, Kind and Co-Created Community
- An Additional 12 Professional Level Calls (2 during each Gateway at the Professional Level)
- An Additional 5 Live Guest Teacher Professional Level Calls at the Professional Level
- 10 Individual Apprentice Sessions during the year with support as you claim your unique voice, service and contribution at the Apprentice Level
Calls and workshops are led by myself, my partner Stacy, and Guest Teachers. All calls are recorded and are scheduled to meet our global needs.
The program includes 148 contact hours and 52 self-study hours
We suggest carving out 4 hours a week in your schedule to read, journal, explore the practices, connect with each other and enjoy the content.
During the six gateways, it will be more intensive. In-between gateways there will be plenty of space so you don’t feel overwhelmed or behind.
We take the certification seriously and ask that you honour the 200-hour commitment.
You have six months after the end of the program to submit your final check-in.
Teaching Calls (48 hours)
We gather in community during each gateway for live participatory calls. You’ll be given the core lesson of the week and have a chance to share your insights and ask questions. All calls are recorded and times will be based on group availability. Calls are 75 minutes and give yourself 15 minutes before and after to prepare and ground.
See some of the Visual Scribes from last year’s program done by Guest Teacher and Temple Space holder, Karen Faith:
You will be guided and supported by some of the most inspiring and amazing women I know. They will lead you in topics such as: the circle way, recognizing yourself as beloved, being seen as the authentic and unique leader you are, sharing from a place of service, collaborating with others, accessing your intuition, listening to your soul’s guidance, and taking really good care of yourself in the process. And much much more!
Recorded Content in the Classroom (8 hours)
There is recorded content from Guest Teachers in the course. A few hours each module is enough to complete it.
Priestess Circles in the Pause (8 hours)
We’ll meet in circle during months when we don’t have a gateway. The practice of circle we do together is one of the cornerstones of our work together. This is the training in action! Calls are 60 minutes and give yourself 15 minutes before and after to prepare and ground.
Temple Spaces & Community Connection (52 hours)
Each week Stacy Maskell, my partner and our Community happiness magic maker, posts inspirational and fun posts in the Facebook group.
On the New and Full Moons, Karen Faith will also hold a temple space for you. You’ll spend a few minutes in sacred space with her and share your thoughts and responses in the group. Karen is also the visual scribe for the program.
A big part of the program is connecting in the community. Plan for an hour a week. We honour your time by including this important aspect of sharing and witnessing each other in this co-created space in your program hours.
The group is optional but awesome, so if you choose not to participate, we ask that you prioritize attending the calls live and adding the hours to your self-study.
One of the Ways We Priestess: Spend a Moment with Karen Faith
Opening & Closing the Program in Ceremony and Celebration (5 hours)
At the beginning and end of the program, we will create sacred space. As part of orientation, beginning on June 3, you’ll be given videos and other supportive materials for you to dive into in order to prepare for this deep journey.
Priestess Journals (20 hours)
You’re given three 30 day journals to fill out at the beginning, middle and end of the program. Plan on spending 10 minutes a day. It will help you integrate the material.
Slow Ceremonies following the Wheel of the Year (32 hours)
As part of your tuition, you’re given access to our 8 slow ceremony weeks where we spiral through the Wheel of the Year. These ceremonies will also be open to our larger community to register for ($777 Value). We live our service to the Goddess and invite you to take an active participatory role.
Note: If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, our intention is that these weeks are still meaningful to you. We encourage our Southern Hemisphere sisters to contribute and share their experiences of the turnings.
Other Self-Study (38 hours)
Suggested ways to spend this time is connecting in nature, reading books recommended (not required), or doing your spiritual practices.
We build our community through trust and respect.
The primary purpose of our community is to witness the divine within each other
and encourage each other to follow our own unique Priestess paths.
All teaching calls and circles are recorded.
We are a global community. There are people registered from North America, Europe and Australia…
Calls are scheduled to meet our global needs!
You’re invited to practice your skills and show up for yourself and your fellow Priestesses on the path.
The rewards are immeasurable when you do this sacred work, complete the assignments, and attend all of the calls you can.
Priestess, welcome to the safest space in the world. Welcome to the circle.
Welcome to the intersection of energies unseen and all of your Sisters.
I struggle to find words to capture my experience this past year. I knew that this beautiful, intense and uplifting programme would keep me accountable – to myself, to my tribe, to my body and my emotional and mental health. And it did that and so much more. I am simply not the same person I was when I began – or perhaps it is more to correct to say, I am more myself than ever before. Yes, that.
Priestess, welcome to the safest space in the world. Welcome to the circle. Welcome to the intersection of energies unseen and all of your Sisters. Welcome back to yourself. We Priestesses who have gone before you leave nothing but petals and kindness and healing and love behind in the space you now enter. We support you across time and space. You are loved.
– Angela Heather
Come Home to a Long Lineage of Priestesses Raising the Vibration of the Planet
You are Welcome Here. Take Your Place!
The space is very safe and confidential
Vanessa draws some amazing women to her courses
I am very grateful for being part of the magic she weaves together.
I love Vanessa’s courses. There’s no “behind”, no stringent deadlines, no rushing. She’s very gentle, and her partner Stacy is so supportive, too. I don’t find them overwhelming (or underwhelming, for that matter) and I always learn something new or see things from a different perspective. The live calls are always fun and I enjoy them, plus I look forward to them. The space is very safe and confidential, and Vanessa draws some amazing women to her courses, and I am very grateful for being part of the magic she weaves together. – Heather K Veitch
With successful completion of all six gateways, you’ll receive a signed certificate in the mail.
After each Temple Gateway, you will hand in a short 500 word or 10-minute video/audio update on your progress, challenges, and celebrations. This is meant to support not test you. The main purpose is to help you stay on track and feel like you are moving forward.
This credential will support you as a teacher, healer, guide, coach, yoga instructor, dance facilitator, artist, and spiritual leader.
You will confidently be able to hold circles and workshops based on the skills you develop in the program.
You dear Sister will receive more than you can imagine
From taking the leap and joining this beautiful program.
You will laugh, cry and have many light bulb moments. You will make friends and be supported through struggles and accomplishments. Blessings to you on this next leg of your journey.
This certification has truly enriched my life in more ways than I can count. It deepened my daily practice and made me feel more connected to myself. It’s taught me how to hold space in a different way for my friends when they have gone through struggles. My plans are to hold workshops and circle space when I open up an Air BnB in the future. –Shara P.
Our aim is that you come away from the program with
Inner Courage and Power
That is easily accessed and shared with others.
This course allowed me to stay grounded and rooted to the earth
While also growing my wings and finding new ways of being in the world.
This course spoke to me in so many ways. During a time in my life when I had much upheaval and wanderings – this course allowed me to stay grounded and rooted to the earth while also growing my wings and finding new ways of being in the world. Each module ignited a different awakening and brought me closer home to myself and my own power. I would highly recommend Vanessa as a teacher!
Right from the moment you register, you’re taking part in women doing things differently and creating change in the world. We are part of sacred economics that can positively impact the world with our choices.
Application Fee of $50 +
$1499 Early Bird until June 23, 2019
(Regular Price $2222)
$149 Monthly until June 23, 2019
(Regular Price $222)
* Early Bird has been extended because this is the Last Year we’re offering the early bird rate!
Application Fee of $50 +
$2499 Early Bird Pay in Full until June 23, 2019
(Regular Price $3333)
$249 12 Monthly Payments until June 23, 2019
(Regular Price $333)
* Early Bird has been extended because this is the Last Year we’re offering the early bird rate!
Application Fee of $50 +
$5550 Pay in Full
$555 12 Monthly Payments
Your Receipt and Welcome Email will be sent to you right away to the email associated with your payment.
Please let us know if you don’t receive it!
* Due to the 1:1 nature of this work there is no early pricing for the apprentice level
Take the First Step On Your Priestess Path!
Step One: Apply
The application fee is refundable if you choose not to enrol.
An application will be sent to you right away to the email connected with your account.
Please let us know if you don’t receive it!
Application Fee is refundable if you decide not to enrol. You must apply before you can register!
Please Note: There are five partial scholarships available at the community level. Learn more.
Once registered the program is non-refundable.
The application helps support you on this path:
It’s highly unlikely that I will turn anyone away with a sincere interest in the program.
You don’t need to have taken my self-study course to join the certification level.
All levels of experience are accepted. I meet you where you are.
Once you receive your invitation to join the program, you’ll be directed to a private registration page.
Please let us know if you have any more questions. We’re here to help!
May you emerge from this program full of love in your heart.
May you relax into effortless belonging,
As you release all expectations and
You, an offering to all that is whole and holy.
May you unfold as you are
May you be a Living Priestess.
I work with highly sensitive empaths, creatives and spiritual seekers who long to belong to themselves again.
Women who are grounded in the richness of life who want a sense of ease as they live whole-hearted and open lives.
I share practical Priestess skills of honouring people and the earth.
You’ll learn to hold space for others to heal and connect with their divine natures.
You’ll be invited to be in touch with the natural rhythms of the earth.
But more than that, you’re welcomed home to yourself!
Gather sacred space into yourself as you connect to your inner divinity and move from that place.
Be restored through your own authentic way of living a spiritual life.
I witness you as the luminous soul you are.
Feel into what being a Priestess means to you.
I hold the container, and give you guidance and skills, as you discover and embody your own ways.
I’ll never define what being a Priestess is for you or tell you what your relationship to the divine should look like.
Your unique path is celebrated here!
This beautiful and life-changing path has called to you for a reason
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
Working with Vanessa has been life-changing
I don’t say things like that lightly. So many programs end up being about the instructor/leader, but working with Vanessa allows you to uncover your own creativity and open up to your own unique leadership skills.
– Beth Blakesley
With a simple invitation, Vanessa Sage changed my life
The moment I read her invitation to join her Sage Priestess Training, something woke up in me. I feel so seen by Vanessa for all of who I am. She has also held my hand and guided me into deeper waters of what I am here to do by inviting me to teach and guide others. I take the lessons Vanessa exemplifies around authenticity and vulnerability with me when I do my own work. So much gratitude!
-Sage Priestess Sister
I’ve recognized myself in her sharing and was able to
Open wider to the quirks and gifts of my own life and personality.
Vanessa ‘s greatest gift is that she is a real human being and willing to share that as she walks a path of connection, service, compassion, and honesty. Not always easy or tidy, but always curious, heartfelt, and present. More than once, I’ve recognized myself in her sharing and was able to open wider to the quirks and gifts of my own life and personality.
– Linda Watson, PhD
I found places in my heart and soul that had been lost
I am so happy and grateful that I learned about Vanessa and her work. I feel like I’ve learned so much from her, and found places in my heart and soul that had been lost. Vanessa and Stacy provide so much content but more importantly share their beautiful spirits, their own questions and struggles and create joyful, supportive and loving communities. I’ve found soul healing, soul-nourishing and moments of profound insight, awareness, and magic. I highly recommend her offerings.
– Anne Gaffney Iehl
If you don’t receive it please contact me so I can get it to you!
I recommend giving yourself 4 hours a week. During the gateways, 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 gateways. 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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: This work is spiritual and intuitive in nature. I do not promise any cure and this program is not intended to be a replacement for licensed medical care or prescribed therapies. Please follow the advice of your doctors and counsellors for all medical treatments, prescribed remedies and for any and all mental health, physical health and emotional health problems.
All photos are my own and were taken by my partner Stacy Maskell or myself. We reserve the rights to these photographs.
Photo Locations: Cape Breton, Canada. Delphi, Epidavrous, Eleusis, Santorini, Mystras, Chania, Elaphonisi, and the Palace of Knossos, Greece. Malta. Rome, Italy. Glastonbury, England.
The drum pictured was made for me in a Celtic European tradition and this is how I use it.
Decks Pictured in Photos and Video: Sasuraibito Tarot, Minoan Tarot, Ophidia Rosa Tarot, and the Green Wheel Oracle. I highly recommend all of these decks.