Mara Lynn Keller, Associate Professor in the Women's Spirituality online MA and PhD at CIIS Mara Keller

Professor Emerita
Women's Spirituality
School of Consciousness and Transformation (SCT)

PhD, MPhil, Yale University

MA, Purdue University; BA, Gettysburg College

Mara Lynn Keller, PhD (Philosophy, Yale University), is Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  She is a feminist philosopher, Goddess thealogian, specialist on the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone,  and the author of numerous articles and book chapters  on the Eleusinian Mysteries, Matricultural Crete, and Women’s Spirituality. These include "The Ritual Path of Initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries," "Ancient Crete of the Earth Mother Goddess: Sacred Arts and Communal Ritual;" "Goddesses around the World," "Violence against Women and Children in Religious Scriptures and in the Home," "Women's Spirituality and Higher Education," “Holy Lady Wisdom, in Anatolia, Land of the Mothers,” and “Divine Mistress of Nature, Plant, and Animals: An Ecofeminist Perspective.” She believes that "The Freedom of Religion to worship Goddess is a social justice issue!" -- a message she delivered to the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Women's Plenary in 2015. As Program Director of Women's Spirituality at CIIS from 1998-2008, she co-produced dozens of special events, including conferences, concerts, and art exhibitions featuring women's sacred arts and scholarship, including a joint art exhibition with CERES Gallery in New York on Ineffable/Woman: A Bi-Coastal Conversation, and Women’s Spirituality Sacred Journeys to many countries. She is committed to embodied spirituality and multicultural eco-social justice. 

Mara's CV

Professor Emerita and WSE co-founder Mara Keller and WSE chair Annette Williams were interviewed for KPFA’s radio program Women’s Magazine by the show’s founder and producer Lisa Dettmer. Women’s Magazine is a weekly hour of programming that presents and discusses women’s lives and issues globally and locally from a radical, multiracial, feminist, mujerist, womanist perspective. Listen to the interview. (2022)

Professor Mara Keller delivers Parliament Keynote Address: Freedom of Religion to Worship Goddess is a Social Justice Issue!

“An Emerging Paradigm” with Charlene Spretnak and Susan Moulton. Language of the Goddess: From the Realm of the Ancestors. Women’s Spirituality, CIIS, conference.

Mara Lynn Keller, Interview in “Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality and their Living Wisdom for Today.” Women’s Spirituality Online Resource Center. Interviews by Vajra MA. 2018.

Mara Keller and Donna Reed speak about the film "Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas" with Sandy Miranda on her KPFA show, "Women, Spirit, and Peace" (December 29, 2003).

Signs Out of Time Documentary

A documentary on archeologist Marija Gimbutas, who found that Europe's origins lay in a cooperative, peaceful, neolitihic Goddess culture. Her theories challenge conventional archaeology, spirituality, theology, and religious studies, while inspiring artists, feminists, environmentalists and activists.

This documentary features interviews with Women's Spirituality Program community:

Mara Keller at Parliament of World Religions - Keynote Speech Play Video
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Bringing Goddess-worshipping Cultures to Life: Mary Mackey in conversation with Mara Keller, April 6, 2018, CIIS Play Video
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Behind the Screen Interview with Mara Lynn Keller Play Video
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