Spring 2013 Newsletter

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by News Convener in Newsletters


Nancy Naumann

Our featured Regional Coordinator for the Spring edition of the newsletter is Nancy Naumann, Regional Coordinator from GTW Nevada County, California. Nancy is one of the women steering our upcoming Annual Gatherting at Lake Tahoe. 

Nancy, Who are you in the world?

I live in the Sierra Nevada foothills at 2800 feet. I am a Crone, Daughter, Wife, Mother of a 30-year-old son, Aunt to 13 nieces and nephews, Great Aunt to 7 nieces and nephews. Past volunteer for the BSA and Epilepsy Foundation, current volunteer for Moonlight Mammography – Chair Massage and Youth Church Teacher at my Religious Science Spiritual Center.  My Husband and I built our sustainable, solar home 21 years ago.

I grow 50% of our food in the summer months and support our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. My holistic practice centers on the body, mind and spirit of the client, offering Lymphatic Massage, Ear Candling and Aroma Therapy. I also serve the elder population in our community as a Senior Medical Advocate with 35 years experience in the medical model. Oh yes, I almost forgot, I do Austrian/Bavarian performance dancing with my Sweetie!  Being raised in a military family, I continue to focus on the 3 C’s of my life:  Consistency, Commitment and Consideration.  In my community, I think I am known as a woman of integrity, honesty and follow-through. I have also studied with some wonderful spiritual teachers who have guided me to honor my shadow, own my story – good or bad, and to remember to always listen to the messages.  For 15 years I have been walking the path as an Ordained Priestess of Isis, the Priestess of Sacred Relationships.

What lights your fire?

Many things light my fire! Good conversation with men and women, swimming in our Yuba River, our monthly GTW Drumming Circle, organic food, Lake Tahoe (an 1.5 hour drive), and family get-togethers. I also enjoy local music festivals — Blues, Blue Grass and 70’s Music!

What drew you to Gather the Women?

I attended the first GTW event 11 years ago, at the Methodist Church, dressed in an Indian Sari. It was important for me to represent International Women! Over the next year, I attended a few more events and realized the potential for my own leadership growth. So when the call went out for a (Nevada County) Steering Wheel, I jumped in with all four extremities. Such a fun time, meeting so many women. I am so excited about co-hosting this year’s International GTW Annual Gathering in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe.


News from Regional Corodinators

From GTW New Hampshire RC Barbara Thorngren

Jan Grossman, also a member of our GTW NH group, is organizing our visits to the Senators and Congressional representatives to deliver apple pies for Mother’s Day and present Julie Howe Ward’s Mother’s Day Proclamation. Jan works with the Peace Alliance who has done the apple pie thing every year – it is fun and effective!

Kathe Schaaf is coming to NH on Sept 26 – and will deliver a workshop on Sat Sept 28th at the Cathedral of the Pines.

And last but not least, we have a volunteer to coordinate our administrative work, like emails etc!  She was a Cyber Secretary, her name is Debra Stoddard, and she is brilliant!


From Diane Jung, Canadian Convener

Planting Seeds/New Beginnings

As the sun moves out of the sign of Pisces (water/feminine) and into the sign of Aries (fire/masculine), that which we were cleansing and giving birth to through the winter can now be given further expression. The shift of energy upon the earth at this time marks a time for greater expression of the masculine energy within all of us. It is also a time to unveil and assert the creative aspects more dynamically and productively — a time to resurrect our gifts from the darkness.  Aries is the sign of creative fire and of new beginnings.

So the keynote for this season is creation and expression of the new. This is reflected in nature: new seeds begin to sprout; sap flows, stimulating new growth. On Easter weekend, our grandchildren visited us here at Tranquil Spirit in central 0ntario—and they couldn’t wait to get out to our backyard and walk/run the labyrinth which we had created. Even though there was some snow on the ground, they still wanted to walk/run through the 7 path circles. They too could feel Spring coming; and watching them in their exuberance was indeed a joy. Other signs in our yard are the peeking through of the lilies and the hyacinths, affirming that the natural world begins to resurrect itself.

So, too, do we feel the rhythms of Spring and our desire to initiate new endeavors and manifest new opportunities for such in our own life. Spring’s energies are strengthening and developing in the physical. They facilitate change in us and the beginning of the balancing of the masculine and feminine within each of us.

Throughout the spring season, creative forces are stirred into expression. There is an impulse throughout nature to resurrect itself. As we spend time in nature during the spring season, this impulse will even impact our dreams, making our world brighter and more colourful, revealing how we can begin anew!

So the question then for each of us to ponder: what is stirring within your soul now, what is being reborn in you this spring?


The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

Leo Buscaglia






Here is a great piece I found about planting seeds by Brianne Burrowes:

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start planting seeds in your own life:

1. Seeds take time to grow.

A whole garden isn’t created over night, and neither is a dream life.

But, by focusing on the positives, and seeing the little seeds that start to peek out from the earth in the form of something new, we can start to see the progress we are making in our journey to start living the life we’ve always wanted.

2. Seeds must change to grow.

A seed can’t stay a seed forever. When cared for with nourishing soil, rays of sunlight, and water, they change shape and start to become whatever it is they were meant to be.

To really experience positive change, you too must let go of your past and embrace the transformation that’s about to take place. Have confidence knowing you will take on a better form, even if it takes time.

3. When a seed flowers, everyone recognizes its beauty.

After a seed undergoes a transformation and takes on a new form, everyone appreciates it for whatever it has to offer, whether it’s a smile-inducing sunflower or a crisp carrot.

Each seed has something new, something more to contribute. And how did it get to this point? With time and a transformative change.

Go out there and start planting seeds in your life, no matter how hard or pointless it may seem right now. With a little time, patience and hard work, what now seems like an empty dirt plot will be filled with beauty and growth.

Just like a beautiful flower attracts butterflies, your life will be a magnet to the right kind of people that will truly make it one worth living.


After being in the darkness of the womb during winter… a deep journey healing my own womb… springtime is here and I feel my energy flourishing and myself growing and expanding in beautiful ways. I’m feeling gratitude for our seasons; how our lives can be in harmony with them, how much we can learn from them and what gifts they bring.

– Deborah Zaher, RC-United Kingdom and Social Media Convener



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