Monday, August 11, 2008

Who are we? Introduction to the Constellations Planning Circle

Kathlyn Schaaf ~ Laguna Hills, California
Kathe Schaaf, M.A, M.F.T., is one of the original co-founders of Gather the Women and has served in the core leadership circle of that growing global community for the past five years. She weaves together her years of experience as a teacher and writer, as a non-profit director and a psychotherapist, as a mother and a community organizer with her passion about the value of women to the world. In 2004, Kathe was inspired by the vision of 6 Gather the Women Congresses on 6 Continents as a way to connect the wisdom of the world's women into new constellations of hope. She has been both a container and a catalyst helping that vision to manifest as a powerful reality, with the first three Congresses held since 2006 in Canada, Kenya and Australia.

Dorothy Ettling ~ San Antonio, Texas

Dorothy Ettling, Ph.D., is Professor in the Ph.D. Program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and director of Women’s Global Connection of San Antonio.
The mission of WGC is to promote the learning and leadership of women throughout the globe through on-line interactive dialogue and on-ground collaborative learning projects. Her research interests include the process of transformative learning and change in individuals and groups, cross-culture learning, and women’s education in university and community settings.
Recent publications include:
Ettling, D. (2006) Child Development Assessment in Zambia: A Study of developmental norms of Zambian Children aged 0-72 months. Ministry of Education, Republic of Zambia. Lusaka, Zambia.

Ettling, D. (2006). Ethical Demands of Transformative Learning. In E. Taylor (Ed.), Teaching for Change: Fostering Transformative Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Ettling, D. & Guilian, L. (2004). Midwifing Transformative Change. In E. O’Sullivan & M. Taylor (Eds.), Learning toward Ecological Consciousness: Selected Transformative Practices, Toronto: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ettling, D. (2002) The praxis of sustaining transformative change. Teacher’s College Record.

Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez is an Indigenous award-winning traditional potter from San Ildefonso Pueblo,(Powogeh Owingeh – Where the Water Cuts Through) in New Mexico. She carries on the tradition of her late Great-grandmother Maria Martinez known for the highly prized black ware pueblo pottery.

Kathy, the Director of Tewa Women United, is a community activist caring for Mother Earth and all her relations in the enlightenment of all relations. Tewa Women United (TWU) is a civic socially responsible empowered women's 501(c)3 organization guided by Tewah Pueblo values and beliefs. TWU started as a gathering of grounded-in-spirit women who believed in the inherent power of Tewa women and who felt the need to enhance their strengths through a circle of trust, love, hope, forgiveness and sharing.

“TWU believes our true traditional past practiced no separation of intellect and intuition - the head from the heart, nor the separation of the people from their spirituality. In order to nurture the harmony of all life with oneness of spirit in the relationship of natural law, we must nurture the future generations through our traditional way of spiritual living.”

Regina Birchem ~ Irwin, Pennsylvania

Regina Birchem, Ph.D. is a biologist with research and teaching experience in cell biology, plant propagation and the environment. She has numerous publications related to her research as well as non-scientific articles and papers. From 1990 to 1994 she held the Florence Marie Scott Chair in Developmental Biology at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania. Through her background in biological sciences and environmental studies, she contributed to the discussion of environment and sustainable development at major United Nations Conferences, such as the Earth Summit in 1992 and the succeeding Commission on Sustainable Development Conferences (1993-2007), the Social Summit (1995), the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995), the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul (1996), the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg (2002), and at various commissions and conferences at the United Nations.

Regina recently served as International President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF ), an organization founded in 1915 with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the last twenty-five years she met with women around the world including countries experiencing war and armed conflict such as Burundi, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Regina currently resides in rural SW Pennsylvania, USA, where she works as a consultant in plant tissue culture and inquiry-based science curricula.

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