|Isis depicted with outstretched wings (wall painting, c. 1360 BCE)|
I had a very unique experience over the weekend, when I spent the night at the Isis Oasis Retreat Center, in Geyserville, CA. In their words, the Isis Oasis is an animal sanctuary, non-profit temple, and community center guided by the Divine Feminine, the goddess Isis - around whom the entire operation is based.
Isis is the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage, and wisdom (also associated with nature and magic) and her name means "throne". She married her brother Osiris and is the mother of Horus, the falcon god associated with kingship. She was worshiped throughout Egyptian times, up until the present day, and is depicted countless times throughout Art History - commonly in hieroglyphics with her arms outstretched.
Isis is the theme of the retreat center, and there are two temples dedicated to her on site. I enjoyed exploring the grounds, and using the opportunity to get closer to nature - and experience some solitude outside of the city.
Photos by William Sealy.