Established in 1998, The Iseum of Mary Isis is a nonprofit spiritual organization honoring the Goddess. It is our wish to bring more women into the light of their own Divine Feminine, as we become more of the change we wish to see in the world.
The Iseum of Mary Isis is dedicated to supporting women in knowing the power, wisdom, strength, compassion and the unconditional love of the Divine Feminine.
The Iseum is devoted to women’s spiritual growth and the courage to be one’s authentic self by exploring the mystery of our true essence as Holy Women.
Living in sisterhood and listening to nature’s guidance, the Iseum of Mary Isis celebrates, protects and honors all of life by embracing Mother Earth and all her Relations.
Enter into 3 magical acres of magestic redwood trees, organic gardens, and fruit orchards surrounded by the main house and Red Tent Temple. This sacred land with its ceremonial sites and beautiful forest altars is home to the teachings of the Goddess.
Three acres of fruit orchards and organic gardens surround the Red Tent Temple, a sanctuary with lovely paths leading to quiet meditation areas. A spiral of abalone shells beckons you onward on a journey of self awareness and wholeness. Sacred Altars honoring the 7 directions, East, South, West, North, Above, Below and Within are scattered throughout the redwood forest. You may choose to be baptized in the name of the Goddess at the Holy Well.
Nancy Dew, High Priestess of the Iseum of Mary Isis, has been on a spiritual path all of her life. In 1980, at age 38, she was going through a divorce, raising 2 wonderful daughters, working and giving much time to her daughter’s school. As her children grew older, she realized that something was missing in her life, and she went on a deeper spiritual search that began to nourish her soul. Studying the many aspects of alternative healing, nutrition and body work, Nancy graduated Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Transpersonal NLP Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and Reiki Practitioner.
This path led her on an inner spiritual search and years of studying with Shamans, Cross-Cultural Anthropologists, Native Americans, Metaphysicians, Wiccans and Buddhism, living in a Buddhist Temple for a time. What she found was that the Divine Feminine was missing in her life and her spiritual practice. She travelled the world in search of the Goddess. Learning from the many cultures and spiritualities of South East Asia, Greece, Central and South America, Thailand, Ireland and Mexico, Nancy realized that indigenous people everywhere live immersed with the qualities of Divine Feminine Deities; a grand awakening for a woman raised in the Judeo-Christian religion!
She fell in love with the Divine Feminine and came to know Her as a part of her own soul. She felt herself fill with the compassion, love, peace and courage of the Goddess. This led everything in her life to blossom, as if the Universe opened up a beautiful path for her to walk down. From finding that everyone is connected to each other and to everything that is alive, she begin to lead Earth-Based Spiritual circles, or Paganism.
Nancy was Ordained a Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis in 1998, and has been leading yearlong Priestess Apprenticeships since then. Women of all ages may enter this program, that takes place on weekends at Lilith, and honor the eight holidays on the Pagan Wheel of the Year. Initiates learn how to create sacred space, perform rituals and ceremonies, sing, dance and drum to songs that worship the Goddess, and learn how to let go of self-limiting habits that keep women from their wholeness and authenticity.
At the end of the year, they have discovered their own inner Goddess, and are regally Ordained Priestess into The Iseum of Mary Isis, which honors each Priestess as a legal Reverend in the State of California. Over 60 women from all walks of life have been Ordained at Lilith and share in a loving sisterhood that accepts and honors each individual’s path.