millionth circle


The Millionth Circle is a grass-roots, international volunteer organization of women who believe that circles are the means through which world consciousness will change.


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

Mill Valley, CA

Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author, activist. Was a Board member of the Ms.Foundation for Women, Clinical Professor at UCSF Medical School, Council of National Affairs of the American Psychiatric Association, author of 13 books in over 120 foreign translations, in the 73rd edition in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America in 2020, and Who’s Who in Medicine & Healthcare 2021.

Katherine Collis

Santa Barbara, CA

Katherine is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and group facilitator. She is a certified Capacitar trainer for healing community trauma. She has a background in gerontology, human development, and spiritual psychology, and is best known for the retreats and pilgrimages she leads to the Isle of Iona in Scotland. Her spiritual direction practice focuses on helping individuals navigate their life transitions, live out their potential, and discover the guiding wisdom of their own soul and embodied spirit.

Ronita Johnson

Pleasant Hill, CA

Inclusion Warrior, Circle Convener, Conversation Starter, Speaker, Diversity Coach. Author, “Coming To Forgiveness,” and one woman’s show, “Forgiveable.” Forgiveness Practitioner inviting us to heal the world by healing ourselves. Passionate about creating opportunities for deep dialogue to explore the impact of racial differences on leading spiritually healthy

Betty Karr

Bremerton, Washington

I am a retired Executive Assistant of 25 years of working with medical doctors.  I have also participated in women circles for 20 years including the Millionth Circle events, Sunday worship and an additional meeting each Sunday on Zoom.  Because of Covid two of my circles and I began using Zoom instead of meeting in person each Sunday.  We use meditation, prayer and sharing and have been together for 23 years.  All of the women I know are activists and we try to make the world a better place for everyone.

Leslie Lanes

Ashland, OR

Her passion in life is the awakening of consciousness through to authenticity - for herself and for others. Using the tools of Mediation, Facilitation, Restorative Justice and Intentional Community development,  her work with individuals, couples and organizations has been to this end. In 2005 Leslie founded a non-profit organization in southern Oregon, training women and men to be mentors for girls and boys - highlighting healthy community expression through authentic engagement between the generations.

Penny McManigal

Newport Beach, CA

Artist-for-Peace-and-Transformation; creator of Weaving The Dream! a worldwide co-creative project. Artistic Ambassador for People to People International. She is who She is: wife, mother, Nana, friend, teacher, writer.

Linda Merryman

Hilo, HI

Social artist, writer, video producer, programs for children, pop up artist, Grandmother, pilgrim on the path of awakening consciousness, active member in several women's circles sharing life and learning through monthly conversation. One circles focus on racial issues continues to inform and reveal the subtleties of living in a caste culture.

Lauren Oliver

Ashland, OR

Clinical psychologist, social artist, senior facilitator, feminist, activist, grandmother and circle convener, she has witnessed how circle empowers and strengthens women and all genders. Circle supports the evolution of our species: helping us to show mastery in personal leadership, work from our passion and heart, and become the best version of ourselves – equipped to cooperate in co-creating democratic solutions for the global challenges we face.

Architect of Training and Organization Development at 1st US Toyota plant and other corporations; professor at California Institute for Integral Studies; Co-founder of CircleCulture, and author of CircleCulture: Tools for Cooperative Work.  

Clare Peterson

Vancouver Island, Canada

Retired nurse, Women's Wisdom Circles, author of The Grail Writings... a sacred text received in response to request for a’ teacher’ for our times. Clare is a sincere pilgrim of the Isle of Iona and deeply grateful to be with others as the Sacred Feminine becomes visible and free within ourselves and in our world.

Peggy Sebera, M.S.

Petaluma, CA

An Artist and Personal Coach. Peggy helps people focus on setting their “compass” for the fulfillment of their business, artistic, and spiritual intentions. (  As a professional facilitator, Peggy leads the World Cafe process and facilitates community conversations in circles with "Peaceful World Foundation" and "Petaluma Conversations". She is a volunteer on the Petaluma Community Relations Council.  Peggy shows her landscape paintings ( in galleries throughout Sonoma County.

Ann Smith

Naples, FL

Ann Smith, Co-author of “Stories from the Circle”, “WomenPrints”, "Women's Uncommon Prayers" and numerous women’s leadership programs based on circle principles. (, Co-Founder and Convener Green Tent Circle, (, Trustee of Parliament of World Religions, serve on Women's Task Force, Climate Action Task Force & Program (, Associate Companion of Happehatchee Chapter, Companions of the Holy Cross, (

Onnolee Stevens

Port Townsend, WA

Retired non-profit Consultant, Psychotherapist and Bereavement group facilitator, she presently focuses on the Sacred Art of Living and Dying in her groups. Seems  appropriate for a woman in her mid-90’s.

Justine Willis Toms

Santa Rosa, CA

Co-founder, Creative Producer, Host of New Dimensions Radio ( "Uncommon Wisdom for Unconventional Times: Changing the World One Broadcast at a Time”. Author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World and co-author True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do.

Andrea T. Wachter, J.D.

San Francisco, CA

Lover of the Earth, lover and writer of poetry, artist, ukulele player, participant on a daily morning poetry call since 2011 which enriches her soul and focuses on JOY.  She is a social activist for peace, the environment, racial justice and civil liberties.  She lives her life in ways that minimize her carbon footprint.  Goddesses and her art adorn her home.

Rosemary Williams

Bridgeport, CT

CEO, Founder, and Director of Women's Perspective, author of The Woman’s Book of Money and Spirituality, Economic Empowerment Training ManualLife in the Labyrinth.  Millionth Circle Convener and Interfaith Minister.


Elinore Detiger

Island of Iona

Elinore Detiger, who has dedicated most of her life to global and international work with the hope of helping to create a better world. Have worked quietly behind the scenes with a banner of service which says: NO CHALLENGE IS TOO GREAT — NO CONTRIBUTION IS TOO SMALL.

Donna L. Goodman


Author of Ecomasters: A Planet in Peril; Founder of Earth Child Institute and Donna Goodman Productions at Program Director for Swarovski Waterschool, Programme Advisor in the Water, Environment and Sanitation Section at UNICEF and author of UNICEF Water Alert! Interactive Game and Every Body Counts, Every Drop Matters: United Nations Classroom Resource Guide on Water. Mom of Stacey, Lindsey and Elliot and grandmother of Emma< Sophia, Dayton and Luka!!!

Nancy Grandfield

San Carlos, CA

Ancestor in training, pilgrim, MC hospitality convener, conference coordinator, wife, mother, sister, friend, enabler, and lover of human/animal-kind.

Judy Grosch

Bernried, Germany

Tutor, translator, poet, concert organizer, wife, mother, grandmother. Had Jean introduce MC to women in Munich. She organized the first memorial celebration for starving prisoners from a Bavarian concentration camp packed into a train that had stopped in her village just days before the end of WW II. Currently tutors Syrian and Afghani refugee children now living in her village.

Elly Pradervand

Geneva, Switzerland

President / CEO - Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
Swiss White Ribbon Campaign and Circles of Compassion
Email: - Web:
UN ECOSOC consultative status

In Memory of Betty Zinck Rothenberger.

 January 13, 1933 - March 4, 2018
Betty was an amazing person. As a young woman she lived in a small Lebanese village where her appreciation of other cultures on a day to day basis was ignited and continued throughout her life. She was an English teacher extraordinaire, in middle and high school in San Francisco.

She knew how to teach inner city youth and as English Department Chair she guided and mentored both inexperienced and experienced teachers in such wonderful ways that those teachers were influenced for the rest of their careers.

Starting in the mid-1980s until the end of her life, Betty worked in a Human Capacities Program with Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Peggy Rubin. Betty worked with The Mystery School and Social Artistry assisting participants from around the world, on line on a one to one basis, to help them truly understand these teachings.

Betty loved to travel and to visit places where the sacred feminine was expressed through the goddesses. Athena was Betty’s companion goddess and the owl, Athena’s companion, was also one of Betty’s animal totems. One of Betty’s favorite places was the Delphi Tholos, where Gaia was celebrated in ancient Greece. It was so important to Betty that she had a special license plate that said THOLOS.

Betty was compassionate, wise, loving and a catalyst for connecting. If she knew you had an interest in something, she would connect you with someone with whom you could pursue that interest. All who knew her knew they were lucky to have Betty as a gift in their lives.

As a member of the Millionth Circle Conveners, Betty's willingness to set up our monthly phone meetings and her gentle and deep wisdom is very much missed.

In Memory of Dr Joan Kenley

Jan 16, 1941 to November 26, 2020

Joan had many talents and her voice from an early age set her on a life path of creativity. During her early acting career she performed with Ethel Merman, Jackie Gleason, and Julie Andrews. Her voice-over work led her to become know nationwide for her friendly recognizable voice of mail and digitized phone products including several episodes as The Telephone Lady on the Simpsons. She authored two books "Voice Power" and "Whose Body Is It Anyways?"

Joan gained national recognitions as an author, psychologist, media consultant, keynote speaker, and personal coach. She appeared on Dateline, 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been featured on countless radio shows and in many national publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Health, Wired, Cosmo and Allure. Joan was the Host and Executive Producer of The Joan Kenley Show, branded as Conversation radio to touch your mind, body, heart, and soul. It featured women, circles, peaceful intentions, and sustainable living.

Joan is survived by her husband Alain Gauthier, son Roland, daughter-in-law Amy, and granddaughter Sylvia Gauthier.

Joan was a lover of beauty in all its forms from roses, to crystal, to clothes, to her gardens and her home. She frequently hosted the Millionth Circle's annual conveners gatherings in her home in the Oakland Hills. Her generosity and enthusiasm for circle is remembered and missed.

millionth circle
Copyright © 2018 – 2024 All Rights Reserved
Top chevron-down