Women’s Symposium

Laura at Women's Symposium 2013

“Women need women more now than ever. We need to raise each other up, to pay tribute in the greatness in each other.”  Laura V Grace, PhD, Producer of the Central Coast Women’s Symposium 
Dear Wise Woman:

We have been unbelievably fortunate to have had so many gifted women grace our symposium such as the late Barbara Marx Hubbard, Dr. Jean Shinoda-Bolen and Dr. Jean Houston, to name a few.  And I have especially been honored to have had the opportunity to be of service to you and all the women who have been deeply touched by this experience.  Thank-you for participating in the premier event for women in San Luis Obispo County. I wish you infinite blessings of soulful moments now, and always.

With Grace and Gratitude,

Laura V. Grace, PhD


Welcome to the Central Coast Women’s Symposium!

The premier annual event for women…

Central Coast Women’s Symposium 2019

March 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

SLCUSD Adult School, 1500 Lizzie St., San Luis Obispo, CA

with Evolutionary Activist & Author:

Anodea Judith, Ph.D.! Headshot of Anodea in Blue Dress

To Learn More About this Exciting Annual Event and to Register,

Visit: www.centralcoastwomen.com



Discover what the Dalai Lama meant: “The world will be saved by the western woman.”

Activate your inner courage and break from the status quo
Liberate your potential and bring about positive change
Reaffirm why there is no limit to what women can do

We are living in a profound moment in human history, when more and more women are awakening to their full potential, committed to co-creating a more conscious world, to live and lead with heart, soul and wisdom. Women are midwifing the new paradigm of feminine evolution and bringing health, energy, transformation, nourishment, and sustainability to our communities and entire planet. The Dalai Lama recently spoke in Australia about the need for compassionate leadership to solve the global crises and how women hold the greatest potential as natural leaders today.


To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which is always March 8th. And to support women in fostering an evolving feminine consciousness for a more sustainable world that honors wisdom, wholeness and oneness.
About the 9th Central Coast Women’s Symposium
with Laura Grace, Ph.D.c, Producer

ABOUT Anodea Judith:
Anodea Judith Ph.D. has been called a “prophet for our time.” A globally recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and writer on the intersection of personal and collective awakening, her passion for the realization of our potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises—her fervent wish that we “wake up in time.”
She holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Health, is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hour E-RYT), and therapist with lifelong studies in somatic psychology, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory, and mystic spirituality.
Dr. Judith is best known for her groundbreaking work reviving the chakra system of ancient yoga, and its profound correlation to human psychology, cultural evolution, and the downward process of manifestation. Her best-selling books have gained worldwide recognition with over a million books in print in 18 languages, and won several awards.
A riveting keynote inspirational speaker, her pictorial animated powerpoints are like movies, with messages that bring hope without mincing words about the challenges of our times.


Vendor Opportunities!

Vendor tables are 3 feet wide by 6 feet long and we are offering two price options for vendors at the next event:

COST: $200 for a table space in J-2, the big room where the symposium is held.

Vendor prices includes the admission price for one person to oversee the table. If you are interested in purchasing a space, please contact us: lauragrace@centralcoastwomen.com to discuss your product/service. If you have already been approved to be a vendor and would like to pay for your space, Please Click on the “ADD TO CART” Button.


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Former Women’s Symposiums


2018 Women’s Symposium with Nina Simons

Nina Simons & Laura Grace
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Keynote speaker Nina Simons brought an authentic approach to addressing the changes we are experiencing globally with her talk: “Finding Our Own Regenerative and Purposeful Sweet-Spot – Now,
When It’s Needed Most.”


Women’s Symposium with Denise Linn

Denise and Laura hugging

Keynote speaker, Denise Linn, shared the healing practices of creating sacred space in her talk on “Sacred Feminine and Sacred Space” on March 11, 2017 to a full house of inspired and open-hearted women.

Some Comments About the 2017 Symposium:

“Denise’s talk and the points she made were moving and I felt she was speaking directly to me.” T. E

“W O W ! I loved the Symposium! Each aspect had something I appreciated or needed or learned from. Denise’s dynamic sharing/teaching, to the versatile/wise post-lunch sharings, to my participation with the movement, to Laura Grace’s sharings/insights on Kali and Kuan Yin and Zette’s facilitation – I left feeling fed full, nourished, digesting, resourced, and inspired.” S.K., San Luis Obispo

“I want to say Laura, this is one of my favorite symposiums of all for many reasons and on many levels.  I was truly stirred into my truth…some beautiful, some opening, and some uncomfortable. I think my sound of “ringing true” is more clear to me than ever.” Y.R.

“Laura, it was my absolute JOY meeting you and being a part of the magnificent production you created. Laura, your clear intention for women to feel and be empowered came through the smallest of details, the stellar presenters and your well rounded Feminine Archetype program.  I was delighted and impressed through out my entire experience.  It started out on a very gracious note and and the momentum simply got better and better!” Vendor, iBalancetekk.com


Women’s Symposium with Dr. Rianne Eisler

Dr. Riane Eisler

Dr. Riane Eisler

Keynote speaker Riane Eisler brought a new vision to the Women’s Symposium when she spoke about “What is Good for Women is Good for the World.”

Some Comments About the 2015 Symposium:

“Riane was amazing! She is showing the true value of what women contribute in their homes, and communities. Thank-you for bringing her to the Women’s Symposium.” Susan

Riane Eisler and Laura Grace

Riane Eisler and Laura Grace

“After hearing Riane’s talk, I feel more hopeful than ever that a woman’s worth is being recognized. I have taken care of my aging parents for years without any payment but Riane showed us that everything we do matters and is worth compensation of some kind.” Anonymous

“The keynote speakers keep getting better and better. I wasn’t familiar with Riane’s work until today and she blew me out of the water with the Caring Economy program…hard to believe she is 83 years old.” Joanne K.

“Today was my first time attending the Women’s Symposium. Next year I am bringing my mother and sister. Thank-you for creating such a powerful experience.” Judith S.



Women’s Symposium with Dr. Joan Borysenko


Dr. Joan Borysenko & Laura Grace

What an amazing Fourth Annual Women’s Symposium we experienced! Approximately 200 hundred amazing women gathered together to connect with Joan Borysenko and partake in the divine feminine archetypal workshop taught by Laura Grace. Many thanks to all of the wonderful women for sharing so much love, creativity and connection.

Some Comments About the 2014 Symposium:

Laura Grace & Constance Hart

Laura Grace & Constance Hart

“Thank you for the inspiration for and all the work and time it takes to put on the Symposium. There were many synchronicities for me yesterday, from ideas in Joan\’s talk to connections with other women, and I was so glad I was there. And it is always wonderful to be with all that feminine energy. Thanks Laura, for your commitment to us and for holding the space for us to grow and learn together.” K.D., Arroyo Grande, CA

“Wonderful sharing of wisdom and love! This year’s teachings on Saying YES To Change were so inspiring! Both the morning segment with Dr Joan’s talk on the anatomy of Change and Resilience. The afternoon Goddess archetype self-work brought GREAT insight as to the aspect I wish to more fully embody. I now feel I will serve myself and others at a whole new level as The Wise Woman…Deep gratitude to Laura, and to Dr. Joan, for opening my eyes.” B.M., CA

“Awesome! Fabulous energy and I loved the circles in the afternoon – excellent facilitation to help us all embody the Goddess Archetypes. I really enjoyed being a Vendor/ a presence for women starting over. K.C., Morro Bay, CA

“This was such a wonderful day and such a gift to be able to participate in the Symposium with the beautiful Laura V. Grace and the powerful Joan Borysenko….” K.M., San Luis Obispo, CA

“Thank you Laura!! It was incredible! This was an Amazing Women’s Symposium!!! Loved listening to Joan Borysenko and also the great class Laura taught on Feminine a Archetypes!!! Already looking forward to next year’s Symposium!!!!!” S.C., Cayucos, CA

Women’s Symposium with Dr. Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston & Laura Grace

Keynote speaker Jean Houston shared her thoughts about “The Renaissance of Spirit and the New Identity of Women” with 200 women. The day also included break-out circles and a panel discussion. The symposium was amazing and we look forward to next year’s experience.

Some Comments About the 2013 Symposium:

“Hearing Jean Houston changed my life–what a treat. The different formats made everything very interesting. Great day of learning and interaction.” –N.M.

“Wonderful, beautiful energy with so many remarkable women–yes! We are very blessed to have this Symposium and such prominent keynote speakers come to San Luis Obispo, CA, every year. Thank-you for making this happen!” –S.H.

“Gathering with all of the conscious women and hearing Jean Houston speak has left an unforgettable, positive mark on me and my life.” –J.L.


Women’s Symposium with Dr. Jean Shinoda-Bolen


Dr. Jean Shinoda-Bolen

Keynote speaker Jean Shinoda Bolen shared her infinite wisdom, including the power of women’s circles from her book The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World–The Essential Guide to Women’s Circles

Some Comments About the 2012 Symposium:

This year’s symposium exceeded last year’s event, and I thought that was as good as it gets. Janet R.

After hearing Jean Bolen speak, I felt inspired with hope, knowing that so many women are committed to making a meaningful difference on our planet. And then, I attended the afternoon workshops and walked away feeling even more inspired! I’m also ready to create my own women’s circle. Thank-you for offering a great event for women. Linda S.

Laura Grace and Jean Shinoda Bolen

I traveled 8 hours to attend the symposium and look forward to traveling 8 hours again to experience the next one. Mary T.

This was a sweet and memorable event. It always feels good when when brilliant goddesses come together to celebrate diversity, balance and optimism for good change in our world. Thank you for the great day!!! M.C.


Women’s Symposium with Dr. Barbara Marx Hubbard

Laura Grace & Barbara Marx Hubbard

Keynote speaker Barbara Marx Hubbard, visionary, social innovator, author, educator and leader in the new world view of conscious evolution inspired and enlightened the attendees. Women were able to network and connect with like-minded women committed to emotional, spiritual, creative and professional growth.

Some Comments About the 2011 Symposium:

The women’s symposium far exceeded my expectations. I walked away feeling inspired not just about my own life, but about my role on the planet! Mary L.

This is exactly what I needed to hear and experience. It’s been two weeks since the symposium and I’m still feeling motivated to move forward in ways I haven’t felt for a long while. Kathleen K.

Everything was wonderful…Barbara Marx Hubbard, the workshops, just everything. Thank you for offering such an empowering event for women. Angela J.

The workshops were pivotal…and the keynote speaker “woke” me up. I’m now more clear on the steps I need to take to create a vision I’ve had for over a year. Thank-you for organizing such an amazing experience. Elizabeth D.

I drove two days to get to San Luis Obispo and this event was worth every mile. Sign me up for 2012’s symposium! Victoria G.