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THE 23RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FAITHS is a five-day nationally acclaimed multi-faith celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners, and teachers.

The 2018 Festival explores practices, teachings, and insight rooted in feminine wisdom. Speakers and artists from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions examine the feminine aspects of the divine, non-dual thinking, the wisdom of the natural world, suffering, healing, emotional intelligence, and creativity. The Festival seeks to offer deeper insight into the Sacred Feminine in all of us.



Lyla June Johnston

Pat McCabe

Diane Rehm

Ruby Sales

Lynne Twist

Lyla June Johnston is an artist, human ecologist, public speaker, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages. Her multi-genre performance style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma, and traditional land stewardship practices.
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining), whose indeginous name is Weyakpa Najin Win (Woman Stands Shining), is a Dine’ (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation,” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.
For nearly 40 years, Diane Rehm engaged millions of radio listeners through her daily broadcast focused on news, social issues, and the arts. Among many honors she has received is the National Humanities Medal, given to her in 2014 by President Barack Obama. After leaving the air at the end of 2016, Diane’s memoir, “On My Own,” was a national bestseller. She hosts a weekly podcast, through her personal website www.drshow.org, or iTunes.
Ruby Sales answered the call to social justice in her teens at the Tuskegee Institute, where she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and worked on voter registration in Alabama. Ruby is a highly regarded theologian whose inspiring words have focused on such topics as (most recently) the deaths of African Americans by white police, security guards, and vigilantes, for which she has compiled a national database on these events. The SpiritHouse Project, which she founded, has created events, teach-ins, demonstrations, etc. to focus on this significant problem or our times.
A global visionary, Lynne Twist is committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. Through a variety of experiences ranging from working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to advising some of the world’s wealthiest families on philanthropy, Lynne has gained a deep understanding of people’s relationships with money. She is the author of “The Soul of Money,” co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance, and founder of the Soul of Money Institute.

Sharon Salzberg

Cemalnur Sargut

Monica Coleman

Becca Stevens

Omid Safi

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and a New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices into the West, and into mainstream culture since 1974. She is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., and the author of ten books, including “Real Love.” Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them readily accessible.
Cemalnur Sargut has been president of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association since 2000. She is one of Turkey’s deepest and most inspiring Muslim spiritual teachers, who is leading a resurgence in the study and practice of Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam. The association she heads reaches millions of people “who would like to apply solutions to today’s problems in the Sufi view that knowledge is a state to be practiced, and worship is a journey toward love.”
Monica A. Coleman is professor of Constructive Theology and African-American Religions at Claremont School of Theology in Southern California. Answering her call to the ministry at 19 years of age, she is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, and founder of Thistle Farms. A victim of child abuse, she opened in 1997 a haven for survivors in a loving community, initially for five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction. Twenty years later, Thistle Farms continues to welcome women with free residences that provide housing, medical care, therapy, and education for two-year terms. The global market of Thistle Farms helps employ more than 1,800 women worldwide, and the national network has more than 40 sister communities.Becca will be accompanied by 2015 Graduate and Survivor Leaders, Ty and Kristin.
Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual in the United States, and he writes a column for “On Being.” He is director of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center, where he specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam, and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. He is committed to traditions that link together love and justice. He is among the most popular speakers on Islam in mainstream media.

Najah Bazzy

Mary Berry

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Hannah Drake

Najah Bazzy, R.N., is a transcultural clinical nurse specialist, and diversity specialist. She is executive director and founder of Zaman International. She is CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions. Najah has an extensive background in critical care nursing with special expertise in cross-cultural health care.
Mary Berry is the executive director of the Berry Center in New Castle, Ky. She has spent most of her life farming in her native Kentucky, beginning on Lanes Landing Farm, owned by her parents, Wendell and Tanya Berry. Her own extensive experience in farming has expanded with the creation of the Berry Center, where she shares the messages of her father, the renowned poet, essayist, environmentalist, and novelist. Mary speaks all over the country as a proponent of sustainable agriculture, small farmers, and rural communities.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche is one of the most acclaimed teachers of Tibetan Buddhism trained outside of Tibet. Deeply versed in both the practical and philosophical disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism, he is known for his accessible style, his generosity, and self-deprecating humor, and his deeply personal, compassionate insight into human nature. He oversees two nunneries in Nepal, one of the largest nunneries in Tibet, and more than 50 practice centers and hermitages in the eastern region of Tibet.
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 30 years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. After meeting Rinpoche in Nepal, she became his first Western student. After many years of solitary retreat, Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as retreat master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in southern Colorado. Elizabeth is known for her willingness to question the spiritual path in order to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening.
Hannah Drake is a poet and novelist whose focus is on inspiring hope and deliverance, believing that her words will ultimately be used for true transformation. In 2014, she joined Roots and Wings, a dynamic group of artists based in Louisville who seek to bring social change within their community. She has published two novels, and is currently working on a new collection of poetry and life lessons entitled “Love, Revolution and Lemonade.”

Nina Simons

Brianna Harlan

Schuyler Brown

Kenza Isnasni

Safiyyah Rasool

Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker. In 1990, she co-founded Bioneers with her husband and partner, Kenny Ausubel. Nina’s work currently focuses on writing and teaching about women, leadership, diversity, systems thinking, and restoring the feminine in us all. Nina edited the anthology, “Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading From the Heart,” which contains 30 essays by 40 contributors, who collectively help redefine the leadership landscape.
Brianna Harlan is a mixed media artist who creates Radically Vulnerable art to invite transformational dialogue. Themes of her work include identity, social/cultural dynamics, intimacy, oppression, and self suppression. She was selected for the inaugural class of the Creative Capital and Community Foundation of Louisville’s fellowship program, Hadley Creatives. She teaches Meyzeek Middle School students, and is community liaison at the Center for Neighborhoods.
Schuyler Brown is a futurist, facilitator, and communications strategist. Her company, Sightful, provides insight, strategy, and training to create conscious organizations and support visionary leaders in the corporate world and in social justice movements. She was named one of Origin Magazine’s 100 Top Creatives; and has taught social innovation at The School of Visual Arts. Her work infuses contemporary business practices with mystical and feminine wisdom principles.
Kenza Isnasni is the co-founder of Marrakesh Organics in Morocco. She is a humanitarian activist who is very sensitive to questions related to human rights, education, climate change, and environmental protection, interfaith and intercultural dialogue. She is a master’s student in International Relations and Diplomacy with a concentration in Peace and Conflicts Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. She is currently doing research on the link between climate change and migration in the Senegal River Valley.
Safiyyah Rasool is co-owner and creative director of the Safiyyah Dance Company in Louisville. She has trained with talented hip-hop choreographers such as Willdabeast Adams, Kevin Maher, Laurianne Gibson, Luam Keflezgy, and Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo. She has choreographed many programs in the Midwest area including Actors Theatre and Stage One.

Naomi O’Connell

Caroline Goulding

Kendall Regan

Christopher Pramuk

Sharron Sales

Naomi O’Connell is an Irish-German opera singer, and actress who divides her time between the recital platform, the theatre, and opera stages. She was first prize winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and was acclaimed as a “natural in the recital format” for her Carnegie Hall debut.
Violinist Caroline Goulding has blossomed into one of America’s great virtuosi since her debut as a soloist at age 13 with the Cleveland Orchestra. Recently she re-emerged from a seven-month pause to focus her attention on meditative practices and the merger of meditation and music.
Kendall Regan is a graphic designer and chalk artist specializing in illustration, branding, and hand-lettering. The Louisville based artist’s work is full of pop culture references, clever puns, and striking typographic imagery. Her playful, yet bold stylings have grabbed the attention of big brands such as Red Bull, Adobe, and Tide. When she is not working, she spends her time volunteering for her local Creative Mornings’ chapter and unwinding at her favorite neighborhood establishments. For more information on Kendall’s collective works, you can visit her website, kendallregan.com.
Dr. Christopher Pramuk is author of “Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line” (2013), a sustained meditation on race relations in society and church, and two award-winning studies of Thomas Merton and his relationship to the Feminine Divine. Pramuk is chair of Ignatian Thought at Regis University in Denver, and he has received the International Thomas Merton Society’s “Louie,” the top honor of the organization.
Sharron Sales is a renowned singer, actress, and published author who is best known for her portrayal of the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson. She is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who acknowledges singing being the “universal language that God has so blessed” her to share. She is a member of the Burnett Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville. In her career, she has traveled extensively in the United States, as well as Switzerland and other countries.

Julia Purcell

Pravrajika Brahmaprana

Sayed Ali Abass Razawi

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

Gary Ruschman

Julia W. Purcell is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and is one of three members of the Louisville band, Maiden Radio. Julia studied voice at Michigan State University and graduated with a music therapy degree. In addition to providing music therapy services through her business, Louisville Expressive Therapies, she teaches a Music Improvisation course at the University of Louisville. In 2010 Julia became a certified Music Together teacher and teaches early childhood parent/ child music classes at Shine studio.
Pravrajika Brahmaprana joined the Saranda Convent at the Vedanta Society of Southern California in 1973 and has been an ordained sannyasini since 1984. She is the resident minister of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She is the author of books and articles on the philosophy and practice of Vedanta for journals and anthologies in America and abroad.
Sayed Ali Abass Razawi is an international speaker and teacher. He uses his background in Ethics, Theology, and Spirituality as a tool in breaking social barriers, creating awareness, and healing communities. Sayed spends much of his time with interfaith organizations, and he has written on the need for dialogue, and the concepts of religion in Christianity and Islam. He lectures and does research at many universities.
Nina Beth Cardin is a rabbi, author, and environmental activist. In 1988 she was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Over the course of her professional life she founded the Jewish Women’s Resource Center. From 2007 until 2009 she was general consultant to the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. In 2011, she founded the Baltimore Orchard Project, which grows and distributes fruit to the poor in Balitimore.
A 2017-18 recipient of a Faith Partners residency from American Composers Forum and Bremer Trust, Kentucky native Gary Ruschman is a performer, composer, and conductor who lights up texts with tuneful, organic, and accessible music. His scores have been called "stirring" (Opera News), "soulful" (St. Paul Pioneer Press), and "rousing" (American Record Guide).Gary’s works have been performed by the South Dakota Chorale, Cantus, Dream Songs Project, Lumina, Artemis, Wartburg College, St. Michael's Choir School Toronto, and the Oregon State Meistersingers. His children's opera Nice Mice and Friendly Frogs was produced in the summer of 2015 by Minnesota Opera, and his arrangement of Run On (God’s Gonna Cut You Down) was recently used as the opening theme to BBC Two's American Justice documentary series.Working across many genres, including early music, jazz, rock, classical, operatic, and comedic settings, Gary maintains an active conducting and singing schedule across the globe, and spends much of his offstage time composing for voices. He earned music degrees with honors from Northern Kentucky University and the San Francisco Conservatory



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  • Access to all 2018 Festival of Faiths programming
  • Receptions before evening programs April 25 -28
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  • General Admission Seating

Tickets are available through the
Kentucky Center for the Arts

501 W. Main St, Louisville, KY

Walk-up & Drive-thru Box Office

Phone #502.584.7777




5:30 – 7:00 pm | OPENING CELEBRATION| Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom

The first evening of the 23rd Annual Festival of Faiths is a joyful evening of music, song, and soulful reflection in a traditional opening celebration at Louisville’s historic Cathedral of the Assumption. This year’s program offers expressions of Sacred Insight and Feminine Wisdom from individuals of all ages and faith traditions.

The program features works written by a Benedictine Abbess of the 11th century, Hildegard von Bingen, and performances by world-class opera singer Naomi O’Connell. Sayed Ali Abass Razawi will also offer a reflection on the sacred and healing properties of giving blood, the 2018 Festival of Faiths Common Action initiative.

Cathedral of the Assumption 433 S. 5th Street | Free and open to the public – no ticket required

8:30 – 9:15 am | BUDDHIST SPIRITUAL PRACTICE | on the Sacred Feminine

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

A teaching on the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom. The Divine Feminine in a fundamental or essential way refers to insight or wisdom. Prajna means accurate seeing and Paramita means to go beyond or transcend our ordinary way of seeing things.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel is a Buddhist teacher, author, and practitioner who has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 30 years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Elizabeth says, “these emptiness teachings are very powerful and transformative for our time, yet they are often overlooked or misunderstood… They have changed my whole life.”

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | ONE, NOT TWO | Sacred Wholeness

with Pravrajika Brahmaprana, Christopher Pramuk, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and Lyla June Johnston

From ancient times our faith traditions teach us that everything is inextricably united as a sacred whole. This eternal and perennial wisdom is hard to grasp by the human mind, which tends to see the world dualistically: right/wrong, male/female, sacred/profane. The contemplative, non-dual mind, however, can restore our understanding of the interdependence of all things. It holds paradox, and is unitive.

This session will explore how unifying and balancing the complementary feminine and masculine aspects of Divine Wisdom is essential to our approaching wholeness and the non-dual mind.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

2:00 – 4:00 pm | CONFRONTING GENDER | Seeing, Hearing, and Valuing the Feminine

with Nina Simons, Rev. Monica Coleman, and more

We face many grave spiritual and cultural imbalances caused by our devaluing, oppression, and ignorance of the feminine. Discrimination, bias, and assault based on gender/identification is a global and systemic condition. Yet as evidenced by #metoo, #TimesUp, the women’s march, and prominent media stories from Hollywood to New York City, women’s voices are being heard around the globe, and with them, political will is building to confront gender bias.

Understanding, lifting up, and integrating the feminine may result in a new understanding and re-spiritualization of how we look at the world and ourselves. How can we more fully reconnect and restore feminine wisdom to our collective and cultural consciousness as a fundamental way to heal our wounds? How would the world look with a realignment of values, and the reinfusion of the feminine?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | LISTEN! Feminine Wisdom

An evening of music rooted in spiritual practice and expressions of the creativity inherent to Feminine Wisdom with Julia Purcell, Caroline Goulding, and Sharron Sales

This evening will explore the evocative and mysterious ability of music to “stir the soul” through a collection of musical performances representing sacred practices, including contemplation, praise, and faith-led activism. Featured female performers will curate and share the music that has led to sacred insight and wisdom in their craft. Performances will include a tribute to Mahalia Jackson, as well as a violin performance, which was developed at the intersection of mindfulness practice and music creativity.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE | on the Sacred Feminine

with Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining)

A teaching on the role of the feminine in Indigenous practices of spirituality, and in relationship to community. Indigenous Peoples’ “Ways of Knowing,” how they understand and heal their disrupted ways of living will have everything to do with the solutions we are all seeking as a global community.

Weyakpa Najin Win (Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She believes that “what we are suffering from at this time on the planet is a crisis of relationship.”

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL

with Monica Coleman, Kenza Isnasni, and Sharon Salzberg

World religions teach us that suffering is part of the human condition. Our attempts to avoid suffering prevent us from experiencing essential insights and awareness that lead to spiritual healing and growth. Individually and collectively, we must step into the shadows, sit with our fears, and embrace vulnerability.

Spiritual teachings and practices help us transform the darkness into light, the fallow to the fertile, and awaken a deep level of awareness and accountability. Through these teachings, can we come to confront our shortcomings and broken behaviors? How can we face America’s most egregious acts, including genocide and slavery? How can feminine insight hold space for the darkness so that we can be transformed?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | CULTURE OF ADDICTION

with Lynne Twist, Rev. Becca Stevens, and graduates of Thistle Farms

We live in a culture of addiction. Many of us feel increasingly alienated and disconnected as we try to find meaning and fulfillment through the accumulation of “more.” This pursuit leads to further fracture, and the destructive cycle continues. We are addicted to our ego, money, power, drugs, and “stuff.” In a world that has evolved to feed and profit from human suffering, how do we break the cycle and find happiness, contentment, and peace?

In this session, healers will show how accessing feminine wisdom today can help us accept our deepest wounds, and provide insight and forgiveness that leads to healing. Additionally, speakers will help us understand our cultural addictions to materialism and success, and illuminate the spiritual and human costs associated with these systems.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | EMERGE! Feminine Wisdom

An evening curated by poet and author Hannah Drake and Safiyyah Rasool, choreographer and director of Safiyyah Dance Company

Emerging From Darkness to Light is a journey of poetry, song, dance, and opera that moves the audience through loss and pain to healing and restoration. Covering many topics that impact and shape the lives of women, we learn through a variety of artists that through adversity and challenge there is hope, love, healing, and celebration on the other side.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | HINDU SPIRITUAL PRACTICE | on the Sacred Feminine

with Pravrajika Brahmaprana

A guided meditation on the “Light of Loving Consciousness.” Rooted in the Vedanta Hindu tradition, this meditation is on the Divine Feminine in Her impersonal aspect chit, the light of consciousness, which is the same as ananda, loving consciousness.

A meditation aimed at centering ourselves more deeply in a particular mood of the Divine Feminine, by either choosing a symbol (such as Kali, Durga, Laksmi, Radha, Sita, or Mother Mary); an attribute (such as compassion, forbearance, or unconditional love); shakti, (Primal Energy, the power of Brahman, God); or her Divine Presence.

Pravrajika Brahmaprana is the resident minister at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas. She has been a Hindu nun since 1973.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | MOTHER | Earth

with Lynne Twist, Rabbi Nina Cardin, and Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining)

The Earth is our most profound teacher. Most spiritual traditions refer to the Earth in the feminine. She is the source of all life. Through her complex systems she models essential lessons such as interdependence, interconnection, mutuality, mystery, and wholeness. Her seasons are cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. Our relationship to the Earth is an access point for uncovering feminine wisdom and insight.

What we do to the Earth is a mirror of what we also do to the feminine aspects of ourselves. She has been objectified, dominated, tamed, brutalized, and neglected. This session will reveal how the wisdom of the natural world manifests itself, and how to use this wisdom as a teacher, guide, and healer to restore balance in our relationships with the Earth and each other.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | MODELING WHOLENESS | People, Place, and Planet

with Mary Berry, Rabbi Nina Cardin, Kenza Isnasni, and more

Mass displacement of people, violence, war, and natural disasters are symptoms of our current relationship to the Earth. When we respect and value the interconnections among people, place, and planet, we are honoring the inextricable sacred web of all things. We are also honoring feminine wisdom, and the understanding that sustainable solutions address people, place, and planet together as one, complex, sacred system.

This session will explore best practices, and holistic approaches, to restoring and renewing bonds between people and the places they live. It will emphasize the feminine principles of interconnection, community, and care as models of wholeness.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | HONOR! Feminine Wisdom

with Diane Rehm and the Louisville Story Program

Since June 2017, nine students from Iroquois High School have been working with the Louisville Story Program to write a book. Collectively, the authors speak nine languages and have lived in seven countries. They are writing about the ravages of war, life before and after moving to Louisville as refugees and immigrants, the foster care system, juvenile detention, motherhood, and many other challenges and triumphs. Nine powerful young women will share excerpts from their stories.

Beloved former public radio host, Diane Rehm, will speak about growing up as an Arab American, her ascent to preeminence in the male-dominated world of journalism, her nearly career-ending illness, and the loss of her beloved husband. She will share the essential insights gained throughout her career interviewing powerful and accomplished individuals, as well as wisdom that sustained her through the “dark nights” of her own illness, and that of her husband.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | SUFI SPIRITUAL PRACTICE | on the Sacred Feminine

with Sheikha Cemalnur Sargut

Sufism (tasawwuf) is the inner, spiritual, mystical dimension of Islam. Its aim is union with God through Emptiness, Presence, and Love. Its method is the practice of dhikr, the remembrance or invocation of God with every breath. By the rhythmic repetition of the names and attributes of God, the worshiper is absorbed into God’s Presence.

Sheikha Cemalnur Sargut is one of Turkey’s deepest and most inspiring Muslim spiritual teachers. She will lead a sohbet (spiritual discourse), and a dhikr (invocation of God ritual). A Sufi master with a major worldwide following, she is also the President of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association in Istanbul.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street


with Sheikha Cemalnur Sargut, Rev. Ruby Sales, Omid Safi, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and more

How do we honor and integrate the feminine aspects of Divine Wisdom in ourselves? Hear from spiritual voices deeply rooted in their sacred traditions about how they cultivate feminine wisdom. The Sacred Feminine manifests itself in a variety of forms in the world’s great faith traditions, including Sakinah, Guanyin, Sophia, Shakti, Kali, The Great Spirit, Chochmah, Yin/Yang, and many others.

What do religious institutions have to say about a reinfusion of feminine narratives? Whose stories are we telling? What do the female saints of our traditions teach us?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 


with Sharon Salzberg, Najah Bazzy, and Schuyler Brown

How can insight gained using feminine wisdom be incorporated into our lives? In the current socio-political climate, how can we shift the worldview to create a new narrative spiritually grounded, and based on a balance of the masculine and feminine? Speakers will explore practical approaches to restoring health and harmony in our modern society through the integration of feminine insight and wisdom.

This session will conclude with a short dialogue with the Festival of Faiths hosts, and special guests, to synthesize the week’s major themes.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street



Physical Health

Daily | 12:30-1:00p

Join Nia Instructor, Maria Whitley, for an embodied movement experience that will integrate our learnings from the Festival. 


Nutritional Health

Lunch & Receptions

SCENE at the Kentucky Center will be open daily for lunch.  And at 5:30, ticket holders are invited to join daily receptions honoring local pioneering women.


Economic Health


Wander to the Balcony and or the Grand Tier of the Kentucky Center to connect with other Festival-goers and discuss topics and ideas from Festival sessions.


Environmental Health

April 25 & April 26 | Shows every 30 minutes

Explore the heavens in the Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium. Be enveloped that precisely renders our universe and its various components.


Psychological Health

Daily | Various Times

Daily workshops for Festival ticket holders to further explore and illuminate feminine insight and wisdom. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.


Intellectual Health

Speaker Book Signings | 12p & 4p

Independent Louisville bookstore Carmichael’s will be on-site to sell books by Festival speakers.  Carmichaels’ will also host Speaker book signings at 12p & 4p daily.


Spiritual Health

Daily Facilitated Circles | 12:30-1:15p

A teepee donated by the Dakota Nation Tribe to be used as a quiet public prayer space. Daily facilitated talking circles at 12:30.


Cultural Health

Chalk & Multi-Media Installations

Witness chalk artists recreate the phases of the moon, or step into Oasis, a mixed media interactive art installation alive with the wisdom of listening.


The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Learn more about Louisville!
Visit the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau site to plan your Festival of Faiths trip.



The mission of the Festival of Faiths is to promote interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action through exploring how different participating faith traditions address a common issue, topic, or theme. The Festival is organized and supported by the Center for Interfaith Relations.











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