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By, for, and about Orthodox women,
in the service of Christ.

 

OUR VISION

Jennifer Awes Freeman WOW 1a

 

 

"One of my most popular classes is on women mystics, such as Julian of Norwich. We start with the big question: what does it mean to see God? We talk about some biblical precedents, but then start with the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and early monasticism, and then jump to the 10th and 11th centuries. Students who are unsure of their relationship to Christianity, but are interested in a relationship with the divine, find these women's writings to be compelling.”

Jennifer Awes Freeman

Join Poustinia Pilgrimage & Axia Women for their first Orthodox women’s pilgrimage to Patmos, Greece!

A time set apart to focus on stillness and being with God, sharing our experiences as women, immersed in the holy wisdom and tradition of the Orthodox faith and  walking in the footsteps of a newly canonized saint.

Share in daily gatherings • Pray in St. John’s cave • Contemplative walking on ancient footpaths • Make a handmade prayer journal • Venerate relics on Leros Island • Fall in love with your prayer life • Small group of up to 20 pilgrims.

The island of Patmos, Greece - a holy place, blessed by Saint John the Beloved, Saint Amphilochios the lover of trees, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, and recently canonized Saint Gavrilia, the “ascetic of love.” Patmos has been a spiritual pilgrimage site for generations, known to Christians throughout the ages as ‘The Jerusalem of the Aegean’.


Cost: $3250, excluding airfare

Pilgrims will meet at the Athen’s airport on August 27th, spend 10 glorious days together, and be returned back to the airport on September 6th.

You can find more details and the application to attend here.
 

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Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar for IOCS

“A ritual is the highest form of habit” is one of Dr. Ioana Popa’s signature phrases. 

That is also how Dr. Ioana, a board-certified psychiatrist, trained spiritual director, and life coach, began her webinar, Space, Rituals and Your Mind: How to Support Sacred Habits Using Your Surroundings. The event, which Axia co-hosted for the first time with the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, began with an excellent introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff, who set the context of Orthodox women’s challenges and opportunities - particularly in the UK, where they are based. 

How to Prepare for a Walking Pilgrimage recap

Why do you walk? 

This opening question was asked by Jennifer Nahas during our most recent Axia webinar, How to Prepare for a Walking Pilgrimage. Participants answered with statements such as:

Walking helps to calm me and ground me and also to connect me to the beauty of creation and to God.

Walking puts something substantive on my habit of prayer and silence and being.

To reset and get perspective.

To connect with a saint or sacred place.

I walk to focus my attention (and feel free).

How Sweet the Sound 1

Eighteen years ago, on behalf of the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black (of which she is currently President), Abbess Katherine Weston, whom Axia spotlighted last July before the work premiered, began experimenting with using African-American Spirituals as a source or inspiration for Orthodox liturgical composition. She finished the entire Jubilee Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in 2023 and premiered it at the Fellowship’s conference in Houston last October.