Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.