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This study guide is designed to help your group work their way through Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality (Llewellyn, 2016). It is designed to be used in conjunction with the book, and can be integrated with the Jailbreaking the Goddess workbooks.

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Group Work Hacks

Hack #1: To start with, I invite you to read through Jailbreaking the Goddess from front to back before you start working the book in earnest. My experience has been that when one knows the lay of the land from the outset, the journey unfolds with more grace.

Hack #2: In working with a group, Part 2 of Jailbreaking the Goddess A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality will hold vast relevance. Reading parts of Part 2 as a group before starting out will make the shared work aspect easier. To this end I offer an alternative syllabus, Syllabus 2: The Social Justice Path, which moves around the book in a creative manner that really makes the most of your opportunity to do the interactive work of dismantling patriarchy together.

A Tale of Two Syllabi

Syllabus 1: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality follows the layout of Jailbreaking the Goddess as it was written. At the center of this path is the reconfiguration of goddess worship with the fivefold model for the feminal divine as a focal element. This path begins with self-work then moves into work for our collective liberation.

Syllabus 2: The Social Justice Path puts the work of centering intersectionality, decolonizing our process and our communities, and dismantling assumptions of power front and center. The whole of Jailbreaking does that, but by putting our group process in the center, our work toward deconstructing patriarchal conditioning and investing in our collective liberation strengthens.

Sessions

I have broken the syllabi down by “session.” A session is a gathering. Gatherings may be an hour or longer, as needed. Gatherings may take place in person or online.

Each session has an activity (reading the chapter, and doing exercises as desired), and discussion points. In a classroom environment the discussion points may be assigned in part or in full as reader-response essay assignments.

The time between sessions can be decided on and agreed to within your group. If this is a classroom environment I suggest weekly sessions. If it is a coven or working group, gatherings may be monthly. Timing is entirely up to you and your group, although I don’t suggest going more than a month between gatherings as energy may dissipate.

Leadership

Before you decide what kind of leadership agreements to put in place, I highly recommend that you read Part 2 of Jailbreaking the Goddess. Consider building flexibility into the leadership model for your group. This is a concrete way that your group can begin the process of dismantling patriarchal models of leadership.

The concept of the facilitating priestess (page 191) may easily be charted across to facilitation of group sessions. Additionally, my Deep Communication Model takes group process even deeper into non-hierarchical modes by offering a self-facilitating model for group work. You can find that here.

 

Payment

If you are working Jailbreaking the Goddess as a group, you may fundraise to cover costs of space rental and sundries as needed. But unless you are a certified facilitator, please do not charge a fee for participation in the course.

If your group loves and values the work and you want to offer me a donation for use of this study guide I welcome donations/payment of any amount. Click here to make a donation.

Exemption:

If Jailbreaking the Goddess is being taught as a college or university course, regular semester or unit rates will apply. If you are an instructor, please contact me to discuss the licensing agreement.

 

Would You Like to Have Me Speak With Your Group?

I am available to speak to your group remotely via Zoom. This is a free service that I am happy to provide. (You are always welcome to make a donation if you are so moved.) Contact me and let’s set up a session!

If you want to have me come speak with your group in person, contact me to negotiate rates and schedule an in person visit.

 

 

Syllabus 1

A Radical Revisioning of
Feminist Spirituality


This syllabus highlights the feminist spirituality angle of Jailbreaking the Goddess. It follows the flow of the book, chapter by chapter. It is designed to make the most of working the book in a group setting, but has personal development and growth as the central element, as opposed the Syllabus 2, which has social justice and our collective liberation as the central focus.

 

Session One:

Activity: Do a quick-read of the book, front to back. Do not do the exercises or journaling. Do not get stuck. If you don’t get something right off the bat that’s ok: you will come back to it later and dig in.

Discussion:

  • What are some benefits to doing the work of confronting your inherent assumptions and biases?
  • What are your strategies for self-care as you dismantle your internalized elements of racism, sexism, ableism, and other patriarchal values?
  • Who will support you in this work?
  • Who can you enroll as an ally, coconspirator, confidant, or touchstone?

 

Session Two:

Activity: Closely read Chapter One. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What is intersectionality?
  • Why is it an important concept to integrate into feminist spirituality?
  • Does intersectional awareness shift your spiritual beliefs?
  • If so, how?

 

Session Three:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Two. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does “more than your biology” mean?
  • How does colonization of bodies affect white women and women of color differently?
  • What is transgenerational trauma? Offer concrete examples.
  • What is the gender binary?
  • Does language inform culture?

 

Session Four:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Three. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does Femella mean?
  • What are some strengths (empowered expression) and weaknesses (occult expression) Potens has?
  • Why is it important to have representation of the divine child as female, or feminal divine representation of the child?
  • How does entering into relationship with the female divine child shift your relationship with your spirituality?
  • What are some rites of passage that you see as relevant to Femella?
  • What are some offerings you would make to Her?

 

Session Five:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Four. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does Potens mean?
  • What are some strengths (empowered expression) and weaknesses (occult expression) Potens has?
  • What do you see as a feminist expression of Potens?
  • What are some rites of passage that you see as relevant to Potens?
  • What are some offerings you would make to Her?

 

Session Six:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Five. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does Creatrix mean?
  • What are some strengths (empowered expression) and weaknesses (occult expression) Creatrix has?
  • What do you see as a feminist expression of Creatrix?
  • What are some rites of passage that you see as relevant to Creatrix?
  • What are some offerings you would make to Her?

 

Session Seven:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Six. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does Sapientia mean?
  • What are some strengths (empowered expression) and weaknesses (occult expression) Sapientia has?
  • What do you see as a feminist expression of Sapientia?
  • What are some rites of passage that you see as relevant to Sapientia?
  • What are some offerings you would make to Her?

 

Session Eight:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Seven. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What does Antiqua mean?
  • What are some strengths (empowered expression) and weaknesses (occult expression) Antiqua has?
  • What do you see as a feminist expression of Antiqua?
  • What are some rites of passage that you see as relevant to Antiqua?
  • What are some offerings you would make to Her?

 

Session Nine:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Eight. There are no exercises in Chapter Eight. This is a good chance to do some integration work. Take a bath. Take a walk in nature. Talk with friends about how your views are shifting.

Discussion:

  • What does rewilding mean?
  • How do you see yourself walking the path from here?
  • How did this chapter land with you?

 

Session Ten:

Activity: This is the beginning of Part 2! Time to dive into the relational. Closely read Chapter Nine. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What is relationality?
  • What are some of the dangers of spiritual bypassing?
  • How do tendencies toward self-sufficiency and self-expression create tension with collectivism?

 

Session Eleven:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Ten. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What are some ways that you can use your privileges – whatever they are – for cultural disruption in a positive way?
  • Cocreation and coalition; what are the differences?
  • What are three ways to grow your loving community?

 

Session Twelve:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Eleven. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What are some of your beliefs about power?
  • What are some shared group agreements about power?
  • What are some new names for roles that may create more egalitarian sharing of power and authority in group workings?

 

Session Thirteen:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Twelve. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • How do you envision, experience, or conceptualize the god/desses, and more to the point, your relationship with them?
  • How do you build relationship in your life?
  • Do you engage your gods relationally?

 

Session Fourteen:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Thirteen. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • What is you relationship with the place where you are?
  • What are some magickal tools – material or immaterial – that you invest with value?
  • What magickal tools, if any, have been passed down in your family line? (Heirloom jewelry? A recipe book? Photo album? Stories? Cooking utensils?)
  • What steps can you take to makes sure that a rite of passage is consensual?

 

Session Fifteen:

Activity: Closely read Chapter Fourteen. Do as many of the exercises as you want to/have time for.

Discussion:

  • Do you use ritual in your life?
  • If so, in what ways?
  • Have you dedicated yourself to any of the five aspects put forth in Jailbreaking, or do you intend to?
  • Have you created a contract of dedication?

 

Session Sixteen:

Activity: Integration. The reading is done. Now on to the work of living.

Discussion:

  • How has Jailbreaking the Goddess shifted your spiritual beliefs and practices?
  • How has Jailbreaking the Goddess shifted your social justice beliefs and practices?
  • In what ways will you carry the work forward from here?

 

Optional:

Extra sessions with me (Lasara) can be added in. As I said at the beginning of the study guide, I can join your group remotely via Zoom for free, or we can negotiate me coming to work with your group in person. Contact me and let’s work out the details.

 

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