WHO ARE WE
It is our spiritual and human responsibility to be Guardians and creative collaborators with Mother Earth and her creatures. Both the Earth and the soul of humanity need proper care and nourishment in order to grow and flourish as the Divine Mother has intended for us. Taking full responsibility for this Guardianship is part of our sacred mission at The Sanctuary of Sophia, as well as to bring forth and live the realized feminine energy, thereby bringing the much needed spiritual and earthly balance into our world.
We are strongly connected to the creatures of our Earth, and open to the sacred energy they bring to help us fulfill our mission, both personally and collectively.
The Power Animal for The Sanctuary of Sophia is the Bee. The Bee has a number of different energies it brings. It represents Fertility and the Honey of Life, inviting us to know our own fertile nature through our spiritual work and to experience the sweetness that life can bring when we are in alignment. The Bee symbolizes the ability to accomplish the impossible, reminding us that no matter how great the dream there is the promise of fulfillment. And Bee also represents community - working harmoniously together for the Good of All.
In Rev. Meghan’s own words:
“Personally, this feels like not only the fulfillment of this lifetime, but many, as we restore the feminine spirit and soul back to her original place in creation.”
OUR MINISTERS & BOARD
Rev. Meghan is our Protector of Joy
and Protector of the Waters
Power Animals ~ Hummingbird & Owl
Rev. Meghan Don is our Founder and Guiding Minister, and an initiate of The Sophian Lineage. She is an evolutionary mystic, spiritual mentor, retreat presenter, and death & dying guide. Meghan is an award-winning author, writing on the Christian women mystics and the Divine Feminine. She has dedicated her life to raising the confidence and consciousness of the feminine. Meghan has taught at The Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and many Unity, Episcopal, and Methodist Churches. She holds a BA (Hons) in Comparative Religions, has engaged in Masters work in Jungian Psychology, and studied with Kabbalistic Masters.
Being raised on a farm in New Zealand and of Celtic heritage, Meghan has a very strong and magical connection with the land and the creatures, which she delights in sharing with others.
Celia is our Benefactor of Raising Our Youth
Power Animal ~ Hawk
Celia Alvarez, Ph.D dedicates her life to finding unity and connection in the midst of diversity. She works cross-culturally with race, class, gender, and cultural and spiritual perspectives. Celia has had an illustrious academic career that includes: Professor of World Cultures and Communication, Director of Faculty and Curriculum, Dean of Faculty and Students at Ananda College of Living Wisdom, Nevada City, CA and Gaston, OR. She was a lecturer on Human Communication and Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay, CA. Celia was also a visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. She is Tenured to Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, at Arizona State University-West, Phoenix, AZ. Celia will be assisting in our university partnerships and working with youth.
Sara is our Protector of Creativity
Power Animal ~ Fox & Dolphin
Sara Egan, M.A., is a senior research analyst in corporate relations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an artist (acrylic painting, mixed media, wood objects), and has training in teaching process art (Painting from the Source), as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction. Sara has a bachelor’s degree in art history, and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, as well as training in various healing modalities. Sara will be teaching our Creative & Healing Arts Programs.
Linda is our Benefactor of an Abundant Life Power Animal ~ Turkey
Linda Cook is our Elder, both in age and in spirit, in our church community. She comes from a Catholic background and was in an active religious community for 30 years. After leaving the convent, she served as a psychotherapist, MFT, M.A. for 25 years working with children and adults. She has been a member of her Unity Church for 12 years, 4 of those years serving as Prayer Chaplain Director. She is a Reiki practitioner and continues to participate in the prayer and pastoral ministries at her church. Linda is our Elder Spiritual Mentor.
Angela is our Guardian of the Earth and the Elementals
Power Animal ~ Crow-Raven
Angela Collier MS, LPC, NCC is a licensed counselor in the state of Texas. She is trained in trauma modalities as well as Jungian Theories. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, American Psychological Association and the American Alliance of Hypnotherapists. Angela delights in finding the meeting place between her Native American heritage, her strong Celtic affinity, and her Catholic upbringing. All point to a strong devotion to the Earthly and Cosmic Divine Mother. Angela is a woman of the Earth, and is currently training in organic garden and herb cultivation, intending to bring this wisdom to our church community and land. She will also be teaching the Native American ways and offering her natural gift of hospitality.