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Sage Priestess Certification BEGINS on May 31, 2018!
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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’m a Shamanic Priestess who follows a Goddess path.
You’ll be invited to go on journeys and participate in ritual.
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 BEGINS on May 31, 2018!
This is a year-long, 200 hour, certification program with five modules.
Each of the modules is 4-5 weeks long with lots of space in-between.
Module 1 – June, 2018: Enter the Mystery
Stand in your vision of what Priestessing looks like for you
With Elen of the Ways as your guide, explore the Priestess archetype and
Develop your own unique way of connecting with the Divine
Module 2 – August, 2018: Reclaiming the Wild Self
Instinct, Intuition & Loving the World
Meet Old Bone Woman as you Dive into
Lunar & Solar Cycles,
Plant Magic and
Sacred Intuitive Art
Module 3 – October, 2018: Being in Your Power & Sharing Your Wisdom
Fully step into your sacred embodiment as a Priestess
Explore power, commitments, empathy and service
Share your wisdom from a place of strength
Bring your Priestessing to the world!
Module 4 – January, 2019: Mindful Compassionate Priestessing
Priestess with grace, openness and vulnerability
Learn how to Self-Priestess
Energetic boundaries for highly sensitive empaths
See yourself and others with compassion.
Module 5 – March, 2019: Lifting the Veil: Ritual and Ceremony
Come full circle
Back the mystery
Walk between the worlds &
Facilitate ritual and ceremony for yourself and others
For Each of the Modules You’ll Receive:
- A Live half-day workshop on the theme for the module
- Live Calls and Recorded Video and Pdf Course Material
- A Guiding Goddess and Devotional Practice
- A 30 day PDF Priestess Journal
- A List of Recommended Resources
- Sage Priestess Self Study content fully integrated into the Program ($444 Value)
Calls and workshops are led by myself, my partner Stacy, Guest Teachers and the Melissa Priestesses. All calls are recorded.
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 4 hours a week in your schedule to read, journal, explore the practices, connect with each other and enjoy the content.
During the 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 (48 hours)
We gather in community during each module for live participatory calls and workshops. You’ll be given the core lesson of the week and have an opportunity to share your insights and ask questions. All calls are recorded and times will be based on guest teacher and group availability.
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 (10 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 (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! Give yourself 15 minutes before and after to prepare and ground.
Temple Spaces & Community Connection (20 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.
Spend a Moment with Karen Faith, One of Your Melissa’s
Office Hours (10 hours)
I will hold weekly office hours in the group during each module to answer any questions you may have and provide support. Come with your questions and insights!
Priestess Journals (20 hours)
For each module you’re given a 30 day journal to fill out. Plan on spending 10 minutes a day. It will help you integrate the material.
Priestess Self-Study Course, Included with Enrolment (30 hours)
As part of your tuition, you’re given access to the Sage Priestess Self-Study Course. The pdfs from self-study will be integrated into the program. I recommend spending time on it during the pause months or setting aside 30 minutes to an 1 hour a week.
Other Self-Study & Priestess Movement (20 hours)
Suggested ways to spend this time: doing the Priestess movement videos for the module, connecting in nature, reading books recommended (not required), or doing your spiritual practice.
You’ll be given 12 sessions of Priestess movement practices (that range from 10 – 25 mins) from Sigrid Steen Haugen. Sigrid was a Melissa for several years and also took the program. Her movement videos invite you into sacred space and 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.
All teaching calls, circles and virtual retreats 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 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.
You get EVERYTHING at the COMMUNITY LEVEL +
Each Month you’ll meet in a small group for a 3 hour Priestess Mastermind workshop led by guest teachers and myself.
You’ll dive into advanced Priestessing topics and have individual attention as you develop your own personal practice and projects.
This is truly an enriching next step on your path and
We’re so excited to bring this to you!
Just Some of the Advanced Workshops:
- Advanced Circle Way Workshop
- Diving Deeper into Journey for Self and Others
- Letting Source be the Container for Your Work with Vix Maxwell
- Leverage Your Gifts Through the Power of Retreats with Carrie Hensley
- Healing Community Wounds with Spirit with Monica Garcia
- Sacred Self-Care: Importance of Daily Practice and How to Cultivate it
- Holy Yes & Holy No: Protecting Your Energy & Making Impeccable Agreements
- Rising from the Ashes: From Burnout to Joy
With successful completion of all five modules, you’ll receive a signed certificate.
After each module you’ll 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.
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 of $50 +
$1449 Early Bird until May 31, 2018
(Regular Price $2222)
$127 Monthly until May 31, 2018
(Regular Price $199)
Application Fee of $50 +
$2449 Early Bird until May 31, 2018
(Regular Price $3333)
$229 Monthly until May 31, 2018
(Regular Price $299)
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: There are a very limited number of 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!
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 honor 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. –Maya Phoenix
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.
During the program my confidence and skills increased to the point that I was ready to be seen in the world. I launched my website knowing clearly what I wanted to share with the world and how I could sustain devotion to my work. I enjoyed the support and empowerment to do my best and own my sensitivity and empath qualities. – Kerrie Norris
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. – Gabriella
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, 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
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! – Anita Kaiser
It’s a big step to think of myself as a priestess, yet, as a weaver, I saw that weavers were traditionally priestesses. They served Athena, for instance, and wove the sacred peplos for the annual festival to honor Her. Vanessa helped me understand how to step into this part of being a weaver and an artist, something that I have sensed all of my life, but now, here it was, laid out in front of me: weaver as priestess.
More 2018 Bonuses to be Announced
Custom made Goddess Sculpture ($222 Value)
For the First FIVE people who Pay in Full
These Goddess sculptures by Lisa Nagel are a beautiful anchor, a token to help us all remember our own inner magic, our connection to the Divine around us and the invitation to come as we are.
Every Goddess is one of a kind and uniquely magical. As she creates your Goddess, she tunes into the magical energies that want to support you and want to be embodied in your Goddess.
Each Goddess is made with lots of love, space, presence and magic.
Note: Available for Priestesses at the Early Bird or Regular Tuition Rate at either Level
Spirit Speak Bonuses! OMG!
The First 15 Priestesses to enrol will get a Vessel Oracle deck
+ A Snake Goddess or Artemis Patch.
The First 25 Priestesses to enrol will get a Snake Goddess or Artemis Patch.
Note: Available for Priestesses at the Early Bird or Regular Tuition Rate at either Level
The Moon is My Calendar! Free Gift for Everyone Who Enrols
Digital Altar Card by Karen Faith
Sage Priestess Self Study! ($444 Value)
As soon as you register you qualify for the special mentoring rate of $222!
The program is designed as a group program, so if you thrive with personalized attention, individual mentoring can make all the difference.
Priestess Mentorship is spiritual mentoring to help support you in the program.
Spaces for mentorship are very limited and can be added on at any time during the program as long as there are spots available.
Your special mentoring rate is $222 an hour for all levels.
If you don’t receive it please contact me so I can get it to you!
I recommend giving yourself a 4 hours a week. During the 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.
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.