Sophia in Action

Charleston Tragedy, Healing, Unity, Love in Action


From Carolyn Rivers, Founder and Director of The Sophia Institute.

At Sophia Institute’s 2015 Annual Luncheon, Carolyn Rivers, Founder and Director of Sophia Institute, presented Sue Monk Kidd with the Grimke Award.

Carolyn introduced the award in this way: 

When Sue was here last, she gave a talk on “the Genius of a Women” at our Women of Wisdom convocation.  She told us that she was asked by Maria Shriver, “What do women really want?” She shared her answer with us.

“We want to change the world, to do something about the mess we’re in.  To perpetuate a womanly conversation about change. We want to practice the wisdom of our heart along with the intellect.  To cultivate our own particular genius, our soul fire.” 

Thank you to Sophia Institute and Dr. Connie Numbers

For a while, I had planned to one day visit The Sophia Institute...the time was finally right when I saw Dr. Connie Numbers' workshop on 50 Shades of Remembering Yourself.  Working on soul work with a compassionate, inclusive community of participants made the weekend so worthwhile.  For a long time to come, I will be processing what I have learned....and will hope for a 50 Shades of Remembering Yourself Part II weekend.  Thanks for all you are doing at The Sophia Institute.  I was moved to become a member and have sent copies of Dr.

Knowing Yourself on a Deeper Level with Connie Numbers

I had the opportunity to take Dr. Connie Number’s Friday lecture class and all day Saturday retreat a couple of weekends ago. Well first, I think it’s important to say she’s one of the most lovable, lively individuals I’ve met in some time. Her love for life and her work is just oozing through her skin. She’s a psychotherapist, spiritual teacher and inspirational speaker and brought a workshop to The Sophia Institute called 50 Shades of Remembering: Knowing Yourself on a Deeper Level.

If You Don’t Live It, You Don’t Know It.

Dear Ones, 

The ego of every human personality, is a complex thing. In its positive state, it empowers and gives us the strength that assists us throughout our lives. In its negative state, it is demeaning, fearful, and resistant to believing we are more than who we think we are

Sophia In Action

Dear Ones, 

There is not a day that goes by that does not give us the opportunity to grow as a human and evolve as a soul. Listen to what you are thinking and feeling. Notice how you are reacting. 

Pursue Your Yearnings

"To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it." Jean Shinoda Bolen

Here at the Sophia Institute we are dedicated to cultivating a path with heart and meaning.  This Fall we bring you programs that foster feminine empowerment, right relationship with the natural world, the balance between the contemplative life and activism that grows out of what you’re called to.  And we introduce you to new collaborators.

Dr. Lee Irwin on Wisdom, Mindfulness and Well-being

For me, the theme of “Wisdom, Mindfulness, and Well-being” centers on the importance of Wellbeing, the condition at the heart of the mandala of everyday life. 

I see our ability to live in Well-being as relational, as a field whose qualities are embodied through loving relationships with others and positive, mature self-awareness. To put it simply, “to love and to be loved” is at the very core of our realization of Well-being. And to love with maturity, with genuine depth and kindness, requires Mindfulness. 

Reflections from the Founder

For years before founding The Sophia Institute, I studied with extraordinary leaders in the human potential movement, people dedicating their lives to creating a more conscious world and to the rise of women everywhere to be creative agents for change.  I found my life transformed, opening to whole new aspects of myself that were profound to me.

In the words of Cathryn Zommer

When I moved to Charleston from Manhattan, I was concerned about opportunities to have the kind of extraordinary experiences I regularly had access to in the City at The Open Center and the Omega Institute.   The Sophia Institute has been a key part of my South Carolina transition, providing access to visionaries like Mark Nepo and Ellen Burstyn, who graciously and generously share their insights and wisdom with the community.