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Into our circle. Into our hearts.

The Arizona Council of Grandmothers is dedicated to celebrating and nurturing women of all ages. We believe Grandmother energy resides inside every woman. Through joining together in circle and sharing our stories, we gain greater access to our intuitive wisdom and are able to hear the ancient one speak from within.


In 1994, after being inspired by the prophecy, “When the Grandmothers speak, the world will heal,” Mary Diamond had a vision of bringing women together who “live in light and wisdom".

This first Council of Grandmothers was a gathering of 16 women who drummed, sang and shared stories while sitting in a yurt on Mary's beloved "Cielo en Tierra". In this powerful circle, they bonded over their values about the earth, cultural diversity and the desire to be catalysts for positive change.

In ancient times, before the dominant culture of patriarchy, the Divine Feminine, the Goddess was worshiped. Throughout time, the neglected female psyche witnessed the death of the Great Mother. This led to much suffering. Being coerced into rigid roles, women lost the connection with their own instinctual nature. The lack of legitimacy suppressed woman's own deep, life-giving messages and sense of belonging.

The Council of Grandmothers seeks to give women a space to build a supportive network, reconnect to their innermost nurturing spirit, becoming empowered, whole, and renewed.


By participating in circle among maidens, mothers, and crones, we find healing and direction.

“Buried inside all of us is an indigenous soul who is longing for harmonious livelihood, longing for spirit-self, longing for warmth of community, the joy of expression, the holiness of ceremony. Ignorant of this hidden hunger we stay restless and searching.”

​-Shirley Tassencourt, founding member of the Arizona Council of Grandmothers


Thank you!

Pictured: First Council of Grandmothers, Cielo en Tierra, 1994. Back row: Janet Cutting (NYC), Mary (Tommie Thomas’s helper), Nancy Masland (Tucson), June Sampson (Boulder), Ruth Gardner (Tucson), Sister Virginia Barta (Dragoon, AZ), Florence Douglas (Eugene, OR), Cora Miller (Tucson), Shirley Tassencourt (Dragoon). Second row: Mary Diamond (Fort Huachuca, AZ), Tommie Thomas (Tucson), Virginia Hall (Tubac, AZ), Beacon (Silver City, NM), Allegra Ahlquist (Dragoon), Fern Cleghorn (Florence, OR), Detta Lange (Totnes, England), and Kit Wilson (Phoenix).