Sage Priestess Certification

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Enter the Mystery

This program will bring you into the heart of the Mystery:

The space between the seen and 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 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

Long lineage of women who are changing the way we relate

To the earth, our bodies, ourselves & each other.


May you emerge from this program full of love in your heart.

May you relax into effortless belonging,

As you release all expectations and

Gather blessings.

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!



Hi, I’m Vanessa Sage, PhD, and I’ve been immersed in the women’s spirituality movement for over 20 years! I’ve led four cycles of women in Priestess training, and am so excited to be bringing the next level of the program to you.

I’m a poet at heart, have written a book of poetry, and also read tarot.

I love finding wonder in my everyday life, and comfort in a good book and a cup of tea.

I have a PhD in cultural anthropology from McMaster University, and have published scholarly articles on Goddess Pilgrimage in Glastonbury, England and The Romantic Movement’s Influence on Contemporary Paganism.

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.


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.


Read More About Me and My Approach HERE!

Read Priestess Testimonials HERE!


What’s Included:

This is a year-long, 200 hour, certification program with four modules.

Each of the modules is five weeks with lots of space in-between.

Module 1 – Enter the Mystery Topics:

Stand in your own vision of what Priestessing looks like for you,

Understand how release and transformation work,

Meet your inner wild woman & 

Lift the veil to discover deep embodied love and compassion for yourself.


Module 2 – Your Wheel & Mandala Topics Include:

Water and Devotion

Earth and Sanctuary

Air and Shadow

Fire and Your Inner Light

Spirit and Gathering Community

You’ll be guided in creating your own personal wheel of the year & 

Learn to guide others to create their mandalas and wheels in workshops and retreats.



Module 3 – Mindful Spiritual Leadership Topics Include:

Fully stepping into your sacred embodiment as a Priestess

Boundaries for highly sensitive empaths

Holding sacred space

Nurturing compassion

Understanding power

Being an effective and ethical leader.



Module 4 – Sharing Your Wisdom Topics Include:

Priestessing when you’re highly sensitive or introverted

Empathy and mindful listening

Vulnerability and sharing from a place of service

Ways you may be Priestessing without calling yourself a Priestess.

If you have a spiritual business or wish to charge for your services, we’ll have bonus workshops on creative spiritual entrepreneurship.


For Each of the Modules You’ll Receive:


  • A 30 day PDF Priestess Journal
  • A core Priestess skill to work with during the module
  • A list of recommended resources to draw from
  • Options for creative and embodied practices that will bring your Priestessing to life: Priestess Movement!



You’ll be given 12 sessions of yoga-inspired movement practices (that range from 10 – 25 mins). Each movement practice is linked up to the themes for the modules, to offer an embodied approach to the different subjects and materials. These practices are a way to incorporate priestessing into your movement practices and/or rituals.

Most of the practices will have 2 versions, one general and one that is mobility adapted, yet all are placed on such a level that it is open for any level of experience. They will not require any props, mat or any special outfit.


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. 


The program includes 100 contact hours and 100 self-study hours.

While each person will have different needs, I suggest setting aside 2-4 hours a week in your schedule to read, journal, explore the practices, connect with each other and enjoy the content.

During the four modules it will be more intensive.

In-between modules there will be plenty of space so you don’t feel overwhelmed or behind.

Teaching Calls (25 hours)

During each week of a module, we’ll meet as a community for a live 75 minute teaching call. You’ll be given the core lesson of the week and have an opportunity to share your insights and asks questions.

Guest Teachers

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!

Read More About the Guest Teachers Here!


8 Priestess Circles (12 hours)

We’ll meet in circle during months when we don’t have a module. Circles will be led by myself or the Melissa Priestesses. The practice of circle we do together is one of the cornerstones of our work together. This is the training in action!

Virtual Group Retreats (21 hours)

We’ll meet for 3 days as a community for a virtual group retreat. You’ll be led in ceremonies, movement and creative practices throughout the day. You won’t be sitting and looking at the screen all day but practicing and creating at the same time with the group.

Temple Spaces & Tea Time (6 hours)

On the New and Full Moons the Melissa Priestess will hold a temple space for you. You’ll spend a few minutes in sacred space with them and share your thoughts and responses in the group.



Live Office Hours (20 hours)

I will hold weekly office hours in the Facebook Group during each module to answer any questions you may have and provide support.

Peer Support (16 hours)

Throughout the year, you’ll meet in small groups outside the main structured lessons of the program. I’ll support you to organize your own circle or simply get together to have a virtual tea date.

All teaching calls, circles and virtual retreats are recorded except for the peer support groups.

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 asked to practice your skills and make commitments to 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 circles and workshops you can.



With successful completion of all four modules, you’ll receive a signed certificate.

After each module you’ll hand in an 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.

I will also regularly hold office hours in the group to answer any questions you may have.

This credential will support you as a teacher, healer, guide, coach, yoga instructor, dance facilitator, artist, and spiritual leader.

You’ll confidently be able to hold circles and workshops based on the skills you develop in the program.



My aim is that you come away from the program with

An inner courage and power

That is easily accessed and shared with others.



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 a sacred economics that can positively impact the world with our choices.



 Application Fee $50 +

$2220 Pay in Full

Or Monthly $194.25 for 12 months

Registration is Closed and Will Re-Open in either May or October 2018. 


Take the First Step On Your Priestess Path!

An application will be sent to you right away to the email connected with your account.

Applications will be reviewed within 24 hours. Please let me know if you don’t receive the form right away.

Application Fee is refundable if you decide not to enrol. You must apply before you can register!

Please Note: Scholarships have been awarded. 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 participated in my previous Priestess program or 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!


Registration is Closed and Will Re-Open in either May or October 2018. 

Sign up for Love Letters to be the first to know when it re-opens!


These are the 2017 Bonuses.

As soon as you register you qualify for the special mentoring rate of $111!

The Moon is My Calendar! Free Gift for Everyone Who Enrolls


As a part of this program, you will receive a digital version of the New Moon Calendar / Journal to track your emotional, physical and creative cycles over time, allowing you to deepen self-awareness of your personal orbits and the phases of the moon.
Everyone who enrolls will also get half-off the printed copy of the New Moon Calendar / Journal!

Bonus Priestess Yoga Video from Sigrid Haugen!

Embody connectedness through some simple meditation, song, mudras and movement.



All Gone: Receive a Free Feather Oracle Print from Karen Faith!



Priestessing Your Passion & Pleasure from Jen Young!

Use this primer to tune into your passion and pleasure and nurture them.  Let each of these treasures shine within you through gratitude and appreciation.

Sense the world around as your Beloved


Uncover your definitions of passion and pleasure.
Learn what brings you passion and pleasure.
Cultivate your passion and pleasure.
Create appreciation practices for your passion and pleasure.
Express your passion and pleasure in the world.

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.