Lorraine Simone and Barbara Boulden have been dear friends and colleagues for more than 25 years. Together, they’ve shared many spiritual “firsts”—their first sweat lodge (in the snows of the Rocky Mountains), first Moon Ceremony (in the woods of upstate New York), and first offering at the sacred temple of hula (on the shores of Kauai). When, for the first time, Lorraine took on the high role of Celebrant at Moon Ceremony, Barbara was her first-time Fire-keeper, and when Lorraine was accepted into an Ancient Sacred Order of Women, it was Barbara who "caught" her after she leaped the initiatory flames. Years later when Barbara married, it was Lorraine, officiating at a wedding for the first time, who tied the knot.
When the two women decided to lead sacred site pilgrimages, they naturally did it for the first time together. In preparing the research and rituals, they took the inner journey that all initiates to the Eleusinian Mysteries must take—purification, drinking the holy elixir of information and intuition, working with the goddess’s sacred tools of myth and mystery, and one day waking (2000 miles apart) with the same, simultaneous revelation. When the preparations came to full flower, and they led the dance at the Horn Altar of Artemis on Delos and the initiations of Demeter at Eleusis, they did it for the first time—together.
Lorraine Simone, M.S. Ed., C. Ht., F.I.R.E. Certified Instructor, SVF, is the founder of " A Circle of Women," Moonfire Meeting House Community and Center and The Women’s Ways Mystery School. An inspired visionary, she has led women’s circles and ceremonies for more than 25 years, and has been entrusted with sacred teachings from indigenous elders, earning her Spirit name, Deep Arrow Woman. She has guided spiritual journeys to sacred waters in the American Southwest as well as to Mexico and Greece, and traveled to Egypt with Nicki Scully and Normandi Ellis and to Brazil with Heather Cummings.
Lorraine is a successful entrepreneur, gifted teacher and counselor with an extensive background in health, communication, and personal empowerment. She has lived by the ocean in Southampton, NY since closing her store, Planet Earth, in Manhattan many years ago and presently maintains a practice in both locations. For more information, visit WomensWays.typepad.com/RitesOfPassage, WomensWays.typepad.com/Circle, and MoonfireMeetingHouse.com.
Barbara Boulden (aka Olivia St. Claire) is the author of five bestselling books, including "227 Ways to Unleash the Sex Goddess Within" and "The Sex Devotional." As an editor at Simon & Schuster, she published scores of books on women's issues and spirituality, working with such authors as Gary Zukav, Lucia Capacchione, and Dr. Brian Weiss. She has led women’s groups for four years and, with luminaries like Jean Houston and Nicki Scully, has toured the sacred sites of Greece, Egypt, Japan, Hawaii, and Bali.
The first time she visited Greece (as a singer with the New York Choral Society), she fell in love with the land’s exotic beauty and ancient mysteries, beginning the study of matriarchal cultures and sensual goddess myths she still writes about and teaches today. Currently, she lives with her husband, a wildlife videographer, in the rugged mountains of Colorado. For more information, visit her website OliviaStClaire.net.