I have been both immensely blessed and challenged by life, as would be expected by anyone still spluttering after more then half a century. And truth be told, the older I get, the more blurry that line becomes between challenge and blessing.

It has taken me this many years to figure out that hope lies in accepting life on life’s terms, whether I like it or not. Liking reality is not a prerequisite to accepting it.

Life reveals itself as magnificent when I let go of the tight grip of my expectations. The more I allow life on life’s terms to flow through me, the more awed I am by that which evolves through me, as me.

The Chinese believe the second half of a woman’s life is a time of liberation, a time where a woman no longer prioritizes her obligations to others, and instead rediscovers her self. They call this Second Spring because it is symbolic of new life and a shift in opportunity; far more poetic than any comparable western nomenclature.

This has been a time of inspiration, expansion, discovery and finding my authentic and unapologetic voice. Where my life is today is such a radical departure from the life I had 4 years ago, I am still whirling from the reconfiguration, and yet I know, with every fiber of my being, this is what I am meant to be doing.

The gateway swung open as a result of my understanding that pleasure and power were synonymous in a woman. The moment I aligned with the depth of my pleasure was the moment I awakened the depth of my purpose. This knowledge ignited a singular exploration at this juncture of my life: the immensity of what it means to be woman.

Through my projects I hope to support women in becoming fully embodied,  unleashing their feminine essence, wielding the power of their feminine heart, and birthing all aspects of their lives, just as I have and continue to do.

Sometimes it is harder for us to claim our greatness then it is our flaws. I feel this is especially true for women.

This is an invitation to champion female empowerment. It’s time to shift, no matter what age or stage, into our full potential and embrace all the opportunities that come with it.

Browse around, comment and reach out if you wish.

I welcome support, if you feel called to.

Love, Catherine O.

Special thanks to the beautiful women who dedicated their time and expertise. Amy Fox, Grace Van Dien, Ryann Werner and Katie Shaw, without your midwifing skills, this site would still be a figment of my imagination. I love you all. 


Oxenberg Foundation


Catherine Oxenberg, People Magazine 

India Oxenberg, Photo Credit; Phylicia J. L. Munn

The Catherine Oxenberg Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals and families recover from the devastating effects of unresolved trauma. Our mission is to shift the paradigm of trauma from one of stigma and disability to one of growth opportunity and a gateway to wisdom and empowerment.

We are funding research in the field of trauma resolution, and developing an integrative, educational, trauma-informed platform HELIX 180 and recovery program designed to expedite recovery for trauma survivors. We offer scholarships and grants.

Research shows that trauma physically changes the brain and alters brain function. Recent advancement in neuroscience has revealed that neuroplasticity and neurogenesis is possible: the brain can heal.

With these discoveries comes great hope for reversing major illnesses and disorders such as PTSD, CPTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, immune-disorders, and chronic pain.

Our long-term vision is to establish trauma-informed residential mental-health and wellness centers: HELIX IMMERSION. Safe caring environments where survivors can focus solely on recovery, integration, and reclaiming a sense of inner sovereignty.


Foundation Advisory Board

Daniel Amen MD
Psychiatrist and founder of the Amen Clinics.
Speaker at TEDx, on “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” and on  “The Most Important Lesson from 83,000 Brain Scans.”

Meredith L. Chivers, PhD, CPych Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Queen’s University | Member, Centre for Neuroscience | Faculty of Arts & Science| Director, Sexuality and Gender Laboratory (Sagelab) | Queen’s National Scholar | CIHR New Investigator

Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH
Director, The Center for Sexual Health Promotion
Professor, Dept of Applied Health Science
School of Public Health – Bloomington
Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute
Indiana University, President ASSECT

 Barry Komisaruk PhD Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Adjunct Professor, Dept. Radiology, New Jersey College of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

James G. Pfaus, PhD, IF Professor and Concordia Research Fellow Past President, International Academy of Sex Research Fellow, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology Department of Psychology, Concordia University Montréal, QC Canada

Debra Wickman, MD, MS, FACOG, NCMP Section Head, Female Sexual Medicine, Menopause, Vulvar/Vaginal Disorders; Women’s Institute, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

 Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
Past- Vice president and Secretary General/Treasurer, World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
Past-president, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
Past-president, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Past- Director, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)

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CAPTIVE – available now!

Amazon.com: Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult (9781982100650): Catherine Oxenberg: Books
In this heartbreaking and shocking exposé, one of Dynasty’s biggest stars lays bare a secretive organization that is holding her daughter hostage and details her mission to save her in this powerful depiction of a mother’s love and determination. 

I am a mother whose child is being abused and exploited. And I am not alone.


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NEW YORK, January, 2018 – Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish CAPTIVE: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult by Catherine Oxenberg, it was announced today by Jennifer Bergstrom, Senior Vice President and Publisher. In this harrowing memoir, Catherine Oxenberg reveals the personal and riveting account of losing her daughter to a cult, and her fearless mission to save her.

In 2011, Catherine joined her daughter, India, at a leadership seminar for a leadership organization called NXIVM.  Her 20-year-old daughter was on the threshold of building a new company, and they both thought this program might help her achieve her dream. But quickly, Catherine saw a darker side to what appeared to be a self-help organization designed to help its clients become the best versions of themselves. She watched in horror as her daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, becoming brainwashed by the organization’s charismatic leader. Despite Catherine’s best efforts, India was drawn deeper into the sinister organization, eventually joining a secret, “elite” sorority of female members who are ordered to maintain a restricted diet, recruit other women as “slaves,” and are branded with their leader’s initials.

In CAPTIVE, Catherine shares every parent’s worst nightmare, and the lengths that a mother will go to save her child. Featuring interviews with past members of the controversial group, and experts in the field of cults, Oxenberg attempts to draw back the curtain on how these groups continue to lure in members. She details her continuing journey to try and reach her daughter, to save her from what she believes is a dangerous, mind-controlling cult.

“Catherine Oxenberg is on a mission that no parent would ever want to be on.  Her book is a gripping account that readers will not be able to put down.” said Bergstrom.

“I pray that my daughter wakes up soon. I will be here with open arms. By writing this book, I am doing everything in my power to prevent this from happening to others,” said Oxenberg.

Catherine has done interviews about her daughter’s story with the New York Times, Megyn Kelly Today, People, 20/20 and others. Since those appearances aired, there have been further developments in the story that Catherine will detail in the book.

Catherine Oxenberg is an actress best known for her role as Amanda Carrington on the hit primetime soap opera Dynasty. She got her start as a model before making her acting debut in The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana. Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, making her a royal descendent in her own right. She currently lives in Malibu, California.

Catherine’s co-author, Natasha Stoynoff, is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist with over a dozen books to her credit.

Natasha Simons, Editor at Gallery Books, acquired U.S., Canada, Open Market, and Audio rights from Yfat Gendell at Foundry Media.  CAPTIVE is scheduled for publication in Fall 2018.

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