Sophia’s Sanctuary | Sebastopol California

Dedicated to the service of humanity, through wisdom and love

Sophia’s Sanctuary is dedicated to the service of humanity, through wisdom and love. Every event we offer is guided by these principles. We offer opportunities for encountering the spirit in every thing living, through creative, life enriching programs. These include classes, workshops, retreats and training programs.



Founder, Robert Powell, Ph.D  was born in 1947 in Reading, England, and studied mathematics at the University of Sussex, graduating with a Master's degree. At the same time, he developed an interest in astronomy and this, in turn, led him to explore the roots of astrology, the ancient science of the connections between the stars and human beings.

In the early 1970's, while researching these fields at the British Museum Library in London, Robert discovered the Rudolf Steiner Bookshop and Library on Museum Street. From that moment on, Steiner's anthroposophy or spiritual science became the esoteric or spiritual context in which he was to work: a path and a guide. Steiner's many works provided the epistemological, cosmological and Christological foundations he sought to continue his work. Through Steiner, he was led to the work of both the astrosophist Willi Sucher (1902-1985) and the Russian sophiologist Valentin Tomberg (1900-1973).

From 1978 to 1982, Robert, while continuing his research, was in Dornach, Switzerland, at the Goetheanum, where he completed a training in eurythmy, a new art of movement developed by Steiner. Since graduating from eurythmy school, still continuing to study, research and lecture on themes arising from the practice of esoteric Christianity and astrology, Robert has lived and worked as a eurythmist and movement therapist in Kinsau, near Munich, Germany.

The writing of his PhD thesis on the original scientific definition of the zodiac—a thirty year odyssey—started in 1974 when he began doing the initial research on the history of the zodiac at the libraries of the British Museum and the Warburg Institute in London. Completion of the doctoral procedure took place in December 2004 at the Polish Academy of Science (Institute for the History of Science) in Warsaw.

Robert has an enduring passion for the stars and was awarded a PhD for his contribution to the History of the Zodiac. He is an internationally renowned lecturer. Through the content of his talks given during conferences and workshops, his living knowledge of the stars is woven into his presentations. As well as being a scholar of the history of astronomy, Robert is also a movement therapist trained in the art of eurythmy (from the Greek, meaning beautiful, harmonious movement).

Focusing upon the cosmic aspects of eurythmy, he founded the Choreocosmos School of Cosmic and Sacred Dance and teaches a gentle form of healing movement—the sacred dance of eurythmy—as well as the cosmic dances of the planets and signs of the zodiac. He leads these sacred and cosmic dances—dancing with the stars—in the endeavor to create harmony between the heavens, the earth, humanity, and nature. He presents Choreocosmos workshops in Australia, Europe, and North America.

Robert is also co-founder with Karen Rivers of the Sophia Foundation of North America, through which Robert and Karen lead pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world: 1996, Turkey; 1997, the Holy Land; 1998, France; 2000, Britain; 2002, Italy; 2004, Greece; 2006, Egypt; 2008, India; 2010, Grand Canyon, Arizona.  Through the Sophia Grail Circle, Robert and Karen facilitate sacred celebrations dedicated to the Divine Feminine.

Robert is the author of many books, including most recently The Astrological Revolution and Christ and the Maya Calendar (both co-authored by Kevin Dann), and The Mystery, Biography & Destiny of Mary Magdalene. His latest books are Prophecy–Phenomena–Hope: The Real Meaning of 2012 and Cultivating Inner Radiance and the Body of Immortality, and he has a new book in preparation: Astrogeographia (co-authored with David Bowden). For further information on his books, courses, and biography, visit

For a list of Robert's Publications click here.

In the United States two Schools exist. 
On the East Coast there is the East Coast School of Choreocosmos and Sacred Dance,
And on the West Coast, there is the Earthstar School of Choreocosmos and Sacred Dance.

Sophia's Sanctuary welcomes all students regardless of belief, race, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.

Sophia’s Sanctuary .  2836 Bloomfield Road , Sebastopol,Ca. 95472  . . 707-827-3536