Sophia in Action

Join us for your own great turning this Fall!

Fall -- a time of great turning, of vibrancy and color, and of transformation.  We look forward to the beauty it brings and to the change all around us.  At The Sophia Institute we are dedicated to the transformative process both for ourselves and for our world.

True Forgiveness

“You took something very precious away from me. But I forgive you," said Nadine Collier, daughter of slain mother, Ethel Lance, during Dylan Roof's first court appearance for the murders of nine black men and women during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church. Unconditional love and forgiveness had been forged in Nadine's heart long before the words were uttered.

Love and Forgiveness in Charleston

We’re much moved by the women and men on the forefront of transformation - women, like our Governor who stepped outside of party lines, deeply moved by the Mother Emmanuel tragedy and made an impassioned call to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds, and Representative Jenny Horne, who speaking in such an empowered, heartfelt way, turned the tide to bring the house vote to furl the flag to a majority vote.  And, Interim Pastor Norvel Goff of Mother Emanuel who is taking a stand for love and forgiveness, unity and social justice who says from his pulpit or town meetings, o

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.