Creator & Key Facilitator

Kate Rodger, PhD


Rev. Kate Rodger, PhD, MDP, is Founder and Director of the modern day mystery school, Institute of Modern Wisdom.  Since 1999, she has studied under the tutelage of new thought visionary Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, which holds her ministerial license. In addition, Rev. Kate has engaged in deep immersions, study, and living with various indigenous Elders and Mystics from Africa (Brother Ishmeal Tetteh of the Etherean Mission) to the Amazon (Grandmother Norma Panduro of the Shipibo-Canibo), and the Far East (attending Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan and given refuge and teaching by Buddhist nuns in Thailand) to North America with Chief clan leader in the Tslagi/Cherokee tradition, the Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, amongst other pivotal Wisdom Keepers.  Kate holds a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies, graduating Suma Cum Laude, in addition to her BFA from SMU.  She also holds a Masters of Science in Science and Spirituality and a Masters of Arts in Ancient Wisdom Traditions from Emerson Theological Institute.  She is currently completing her Doctorate of Philosophy, with a focus on Ancient Wisdom Traditions and Mysticism.

Since 2002, Kate has focused on providing evocative, life-transformative opportunities for individuals, youth, couples, families, communities, Fortune 500 Executives, Grammy artists, Emmy and Academy Award winners, retirees, and those just starting their spiritual awakening journeys, regardless of age, social standing, or economic background – essentially any aspirant of living a life of empowered consciousness, dynamic understanding, and personal productivity.

Beginning in 2003, Rev. Kate Rodger founded the Modern Day Priestess® movement, igniting with monthly Feminine Energy Circles in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2006, she launched the pilot Modern Day Priestess® Training and in 2010, the men’s training-in-consciousness, Modern Day Alchemist® Training, after newly establishing the educational foundation, Institute of Modern Wisdom, a 501c3 corporation, with co-founder, Sharyn Nichols.

Via the Institute, Rev. Kate regularly leads world-wide Sacred Journeys, Educational and Mystic Immersions, Trainings, and Retreats devoted to the legacy of the Ageless Mystery School practices and rooted in accessible scientific universal truths, articulated in a way that serves the Modern Day.

She has been called an “Alchemist of Delight”, infusing humor, wisdom, and mystical union into the heart of each program she creates.  Under her guidance, the Institute specializes in offering pragmatic spiritual tools, practices, and experiences to empower inspired-living rather than a life oriented in survival, competition, and victimization.

Bridging Ancient Wisdom Ways of Earth Medicine Traditions with Modern Day practical technologies through all IMW offerings, Rev. Kate, IMW Certified Wisdom Practitioners®, and all IMW-sponsored Master Teachers are deeply committed to living a life of contribution and aligning with one’s intrinsic brilliance; dynamically fostering Right-Relationship, beginning with the Self and extending to All of our Relations, including Mother Earth.