BONUS - ASWM Scholar Salon 28 with Apara Borrowes, Anne Yeomans, Joan Marler "Marija Gimbutas and Women’s Empowerment"

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Presented by The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology "Marija Gimbutas and Women’s Empowerment: Wisdom from Women’s Lodge and The Women’s Well" Guest Speakers: Apara Borrowes, Anne Yeomans, Joan Marler Moderated by: Mary Jo Neitz Wednesday May 19, 2021 Live Event

A hundred women awaited Marija Gimbutas at a mountain lodge nestled in forest. Banners painted with Old European images from Gimbutas’ books decorated the entrance. Autumn scents of fallen leaves, damp earth, and pine surrounded women as they spilled out of the doorway, singing, drumming, trilling, when Gimbutas arrived at this “Women and the Goddess” retreat in Massachusetts.

So much was inspired by Lithuanian archaeomythologist Marija Gimbutas’ spirit and profound research. Anne Yeomans and Apara Borrowes were each deeply affected by her work. Apara will share her experiences meeting and working with Marija, and founding Women’s Lodge in 1994 in Marija’s honor. Also in 1994, without knowing Apara or meeting Marija, Anne worked with other women to create the Women’s Spirituality program at Interface Foundation in Cambridge, MA. This led to founding The Women’s Well (, a center dedicated to the healing and empowerment of women and girls that continued for seventeen years.

Recording Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 3 pm live online Host: ASWM Presenters: Apara Borrowes, Anne Yeomans, Joan Marler Moderated by: Mary Jo Neitz

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