Biannual Sisters of Earth Conference

An opportunity to gather, network with one another, and receive inspiration from kindred spirit women focused on 'Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream.'  Since 1994, conferences are hosted every second year at a venue in North America - from east coast to mid-west to west coast.

Read about our last in-person conference in 2018.
Photos from the 2018 Conference

In 2020, the pandemic had a transition from in-person to an online offering for several months.  

Our next Sisters of Earth Conference is scheduled for July 14-17, 2022. 

2022 Conference information:  SOE Conference Pages


Brief History of Sisters of Earth Gatherings

1994  St. Gabriel's Monastery, Clarks Summit, PA

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream



ORGANIZERS/SPONSORS: Mary Southard, CSJ; Toni Nash, CSJ; Mary Lou Dolan, CSJ; Sylvia Verde; Gail Worcelo, CP

1996  Grailville, Loveland, OH

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream

PRESENTERS: Thomas Berry, CP and Miriam Therese McGillis, OP

TOUR of Paula Gonzales, SC, Green Building

1998  Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa,WI

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream

PRESENTERS: Stephanie Mills, author

Anita Brelage, OSF, Community Gardens

Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Health Care Institutions

Chris Loughlin, OP, Land Trusts

Ann Sullivan, SP, Religious Congregations

Gail Worcelo, CP, Nature Poetry and Prayer

2000 La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, CA

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: An Emerging Earth Spirituality

Stephanie Kaza, author, "Clear-Mind Practice and the Great Work” and Gabriel Uhlein, OSF, "Green Wisdom and the Shadow"

Carol Coston, OP and Elise Garcia, OP - Sisterfarm

Marya Grathwhol, OSF, Cancer and the Death penalty

Gail Worcelo, CP, The Ecozoic Monastery

Gloria Buynak, Communing with Nature

Marya Grathwhol, OSF, Pilgrimage as Celebration of Earth

Jeanne Northsinger, Using Earth Energy in Ceremonial Healing

2002 Mont Marie, Holyoke, MA

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Healing as a Planetary Agenda

Charlene Spretnak, "Recovering the Maternal Matrix"

Jane Blewett, “The Earth Charter”

Paula Cathcart, IHM, Greening their Community Center

Marion Honors, CSJ, Art and the New Cosmology

Maureen McCormack, SL, "The Natural Step"/Economics

Eleanor Rae: Global Movements

Roberta Mulcahy, SSJ and Gail Worcelo, CP Based on the Earth Charter

SATURDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE: Deborah Lubar One Woman Performance of "Eve's Perspective.”

2004 Mt. Sequoyah Methodist Retreat Center, Fayetteville, AR

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream of the Beautiful Wild Forces Within

Babs McDonald, USDA Forest Service, "Exploring the Spirituality of Committed Environmentalists"

Kay and Annette Fernholz , SSND, "Organizing Community around Organic Farming"

Robbie Pentecost, OSF, "At Home in the Web of Life: Experiences of Appalachia"

Gabriel Mary Hoare, SL, "GMOs and Bio-devastation"

Cathy Mueller, SL, and Bette Ann Jaster, OP "Linking People on the Margins with Earth."

Maria Gunnoe, Patty Sebok, West Virginia, “Mountain Top Removal in our Backyards”

Barbara Harmony, Eureka Springs, “Water: Local and International Issues”

Julia _________, Connecting Organic Growers with Disadvantaged Consumers

Melissa Terry, Sierra Club of Fayetteville                 

Renda Keith from “In Praise of Mountain Women” on her trip to Bhutan for the International Year of Mountain Women

EarthMama, Joyce Rouse

2006 The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream of the Waters, Woods, Prairies, and Peoples of the Northland.


PRESENTER: Winona LaDuke: “Recovering the Sacred”

Pat Siemen, OP, Rosita Aranita, CSJ, Sarah Taylor

LOCAL PANELISTS:                                        
Chris Heeter – Wilderness Tour Guide and Corporate Facilitator

Karen Joy Clark – Minnesota State Rep and Research, Renewal, Retreat, Activist Center Activism.

Marilyn Larson – Labyrinth Artist, Consultant and Presenter

Sally Auger – Indigenous Seed Propagation and Cultural Perspectives

Jill Underdahl, CSJ, and Jennifer Tacheny – Eco- Renewal Conference for 10th Graders thru College.

Mary Tacheny, SSND The Urban/Rural Disconnect.

2008 Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Pax Gaia

PRESENTER: Mary Evelyn Tucker

Sarah Taylor, Mary Southard, CSJ, Maureen Wild, SC

AFTERNOON PRESENTERS: Paula Gonzalez, SC, Toni Nash, CSJ


Joyce Rouse, Jan Novotka, Kathy Sherman CSJ

2010 Passionist Retreat Center, Riverdale , New York

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: The Wisdom of Women, The Wisdom of the Indigenous

PRESENTERS: Vandana Shiva and Mira Shiva

Deb Soule: The Wisdom of Herbs

CJ Willie, SC and Mary Elizabeth Clarke, SSJ - Poetry

Michelle Mahan - Mindfulness

Shelley Depaul - Drumming

Janell Wysock - Weaving

Cathy Coyne, SSJ - Massage

Gail Worcelo, SGM - Yoga Dance

Pat Siemen, OP - World People's Conference- Cochabamba, Bolivia



2012 White Violet Center, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

THEME: Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Deep Transition

Dr. Nettie Wiebe, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Dr. Carolyn Baker

MUSIC:  Joyce Rouse

2014 The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS

THEME: The New Emerging Humanity: Healing into Wholeness, 20th Anniversary

Mary A. Ashley, “Kinshipping:” Extending God’s Love to All Creatures

Bernadette Bostwick, SGM, Ground Operations, Battlefields to Farmfields

Karen Cassidy, The Cosmology of St. Hildegard of Bingen

Loretta Craig and Margaret Del Debbio, Emergence, Resistance, and Bridges

Maureen McCormack, SL, PhD, Evolutionary Life Transformation

Jennifer Morgan, The Deep Time Journey Network

Toni Nash, CSJ, Aligning with the Order of the Universe

Margaret O’Rourke, CSJ, Paleolithic Ritual/Ecstatic Trance Ritual

Pat Siemen, OP and Elise Garcia, OP, Nature: Rights or Resources?

Caroljean Willie, SC, PhD, What Does Faith have to do with Sustainability

Kathy Wright, SL, Making the Connection: United We Stand, Fractured We Fall


2016 Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA

THEME: Zest for Life – Partnering with Our Sacred Earth Community

Beata Tsosie-Peña, Santa Clara Pueblo, Española, NM

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree, Little Buffalo, Alberta, CAN

Birgit Weiler, MMS, representative for Awajún & Wampis, Amazon, Peru

Ann Marie Sayers, Mutsun Ohlone

Molly Arthur - Reclaiming our maternal lines with Mother Earth, our Ancestors and Future Generations

Patricia Bombard - Sustainability is a Personal Choice: Can we evolve more people to make it?

Suzanne Deliee and Dorothy Calvani - The Rooted Uprooted: Unique Status of Urban Migrant Families in East Harlem

Marie Kopin - Fungi's Partnership with Plants and other forms of Life

Pauline LeBel - Zestify with Music and Storytelling

Toni Nash - Influencing the Shift

Lucy Slinger - The Praxis of Ecojustice connected to Social Justice

Mary Southard - Art as a Way to Living with Zest and Intimacy with Earth

Margaret Swedish - The Earth Cries Out for Justice - the Necessary Links between Environmental Justice and Ecological Healing

Carolyn Toben - Recovering a Sense of the Sacred

Laura Weber - Updating our Global Status - We are ALL in a Relationship!

Maureen Wild - Contemplative Activism: Witnessing the Journey of the Athabasca River from Glacier to Tar Sands and Home of Cree-Chipewyan Peoples

Caroljean (Cj) Willie – Ecospirituality

Zestify with Music & Storytelling, Pauline Le Bel

Film: This Changes Everything by Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein

Film: Disobedience, directed by Kelly Nyks

2018 Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH - July 12-15

THEME:  Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Creating the Future We Want

This theme is inspired from Joanna Macy's concept of Sacred Activism and Active Hope.

2018 Conference Report:  
Read about this Conference! 
Photos from the Conference

2020  originally scheduled to happen at Pallottine Renewal Center near St. Louis, MO

Theme:  Cosmology of Belonging
This conference was cancelled as an in-person event (due to the pandemic) but transitioned to several monthly gatherings titled 'Sisters of Earth Emerging - how do we embody the Dream of the Earth in this time of crises.'

Blogspot for this monthly series.