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About Karen

Karen approaches opportunities for discussion, learning, growth, and understanding with an open mind and a caring heart. She facilitates these opportunities through her writing, public speaking, and podcast. Inclusiveness, partnership, justice, and intellectual curiosity are at the center of her work. Karen is striving towards a world where abuse and exploitation are taboo.

Karen's Story

Southern States are conservative. Despite being from the South, I was progressive and open-minded in my thinking. I considered myself savvy, educated and an advocate for peace, fairness and equality. I thought abuse, misuse and exploitation was something that happened to others – not me! But it did happen to me many times, only I made excuses and rationalized the abuse. The psychological battery and bruises had become so familiar I discounted it as normal. I was asleep at the wheel of my life and in denial.

Abuse and the resulting trauma can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, beliefs or economic status. We must learn to recognize it along a spectrum from the subtle to the pervasive and insidious – then act to rid our lives of toxic abuse and heal our trauma. Normalizing abuse is no longer an option and Goddess values and other tools can help us do just that. It worked for me and it can work for you, too. Let’s take the steps necessary to eradicate abuse from our lives and society. 

Bio of Karen Tate

Thought leader, speaker, seven-times published author, and activist, Karen's work is at the crossroads of spirituality, personal transformation and social justice.   She is hostess of the long-running Voices of the Sacred Feminine podcast, considered a treasure trove of wisdom for more than a dozen years.  A Caring Economy Conversation leader and Power of Partnership presenter with the Center for Partnership Studies,  Karen also earned certification from Smith College in the Psychology of Political Activism:  Women Changing the World.  Tate can be seen in numerous YouTube videos and viewed in the award-winning docu-film, Femme: Women Healing the World.  Named one of the Thirteen Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Women's Spirituality Movement, her body of work over the years, along with reviews of her books from students, peers and colleagues, speak to her extensive leadership, knowledge and expertise. 


Her newest book, Normalizing Abuse: A Commentary on Our Pervasive Culture of Abuse  was published in January 2023.  Her other book titles include:  Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 DestinationsWalking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth,  and Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages & Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy.  She's curated the "manifesting a new normal trilogy"  which includes the anthologies, Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Change Our World, Awakening the Feminine:  Dismantling Domination to Restore Balance on Mother Earth and Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward. 


Karen is also an inter-faith minister who leads sacred tours, public and private secular and spiritual rituals and gives talks to prestigious conferences and organizations such as the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Council for the Parliament of World Religions, California Institute for Integral Studies and the American Academy of Religion.  She received an "Honorary Doctorate of Ministry" for her many years of service to her community and she teaches the Unitarian Universalist curriculums Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up and Call Her Name.  Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 35+ years and their feline daughters, Lilly, Luna and Freyja.

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