FIRE IN THE WIND
10th Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering
7th – 11th May 2018
pre-conference 5th – 6th, post conference 12th
Easter Seals Camp, Squamish BC Canada
“……a hundred lifetimes ago The Plains people of the Stag and the Mountain people of the Raven had a dispute on the Wind and the Fire.
The People of the Stag said it was the Fire that chased the wind, whereas the People of the Raven said it was the Wind that chased the fire.
And no one can tell and no one can say when this dispute became a great war between these two peoples.
For lifetimes the battles of the wind against the fire and the fire against the wind, rent the mountains and scored the plains.
Mothers and fathers hid their children from the wind in the hot times and their children from the fire in the cold times, and many suffered and took untimely journey across the dark land of the dead…..”
Saga of the two warriors.
We looked out into this world, this life, this society, and all seemed caught in some confrontation without meaning; many thinking they know this and others that; truth is we have forgotten the truth.
Fire and Wind, heart and mind, often as not, a million miles from each other.
In this Gathering it was our turn to call the Ancient Ones and ask how we lost the means to hold the two together.
It is said that the Wild Worse Epona with its volcanic heart was bridled by the wind Gaoth so they became one song to turn the world
We gathered to ask the Old Ones to remind us how to gather our wisdom and our passion to be a song that gathers us and the world as a single flame caught in the wind.
In the saga of the two warriors, it is only when they brought their gifts together that they escaped calamity and changed the world beyond them as well themselves
We gathered to bring our true gifts together as one song, for a world that is not ours, but one we share, and begin a fire of unity.
In that one song, blazing brightly,
an amazing gathering of teachers, presenters and ceremonialists
brought their gifts and offerings to share;
Alleson & Jonn Lansel
Alleson RN is founder & president of SONQO; a sanctuary for the healing arts in Snohomish, Washington. She is an intuitive healer, teacher, shamanic practitioner, & Reiki Master. She has journeyed extensively; sourcing directly from masters & different medicine traditions throughout South America, the United States, & Canada. She is a graduate of the Wiracocha Institute Center for Spirit & Consciousness founded by Dr. Mary Blankenship & is certified in Washington as a minister, spiritual healer, & earth steward through the International Assembly of S.H.E.S, and has had the honor & privilege of personal initiation, rites, & advanced training with the former leader of the Q’ero nation, Don Manuel Quispe. Her most recent studies are with present day masters Dr. Lawrence Conlan and Christa Ray of Colorado, the Kogi Mamo Shaman of Colombia, & the international contemporary Shaman & Spiritual Teacher, Juan Ruiz Naupari.
Jonn is a Reiki Master, Peruvian shamanic mesa carrier, a student of many traditions & teachings, & a kind & gentle soul; dedicated to sharing & teaching in all matters of spiritual consciousness. Together they will be offering “One Song”
In this workshop we will be held in the arms of the ancestors as we explore the nature of the fire and wind elements. Through guided journey work we will use their combined energies with ours to bring balance and clearing and to offer healing first to ourselves and then to all beings, Mother Earth, and the cosmos.
In their journey we discovered our own unique gifts that are being called forth to heal these relationships.
Together we used the fire of our hearts with the wind of our voices toning ONE SONG full of compassionate love to carry our light out into the cosmos across time to where time is no more and, perhaps, beyond; trusting love knows the way.
Béatrice Simmons is living in a Swiss mountain valley where she is working in partnership with the spirits and the power of the land. She is listening to find inner stillness and true essence of light that will allow us to reconnect with the origin of creativity in respect of all the teaching of life. Béatrice has been taught for many years in the Sufi spirit and tradition. Her real heart home she found in the Shaman spirit. She is offering her Shaman services, the Alchemy of fragrances and sound as well as the F.M. AlexanderTechnique to accompany individuals as well as teaching in groups. She is offering her services in different countries and is a member of the SCGM. She has completed the ‘Teacher Training’ and ‘Medicine for the Earth’ with Sandra Ingerman. She is an initiated Ceann-Iul of the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream and an ordained Elder of the Tradition. She is also a licensed Aoghair and holds the marks of the Guardianship of Water and Wind and the Soul Gatherers.
Rob Murphy is an initiated Ceann-Iul of the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream and is a member of the SCGM. He is an ordained Elder of the tradition and a director of the SCGM. He is a practicing shaman and is attuned as a master shamanic-reiki teacher and practitioner. He has been initiated as a yatchak (shaman) into the Quichuan Path of Light tradition in by Don Esteban Tamayo in Ecuador and a shaman in the Green Path Medicine tradition of shamanism taught by the late Brazilian shaman, Ipupiara and his wife Claicha, a yatchak in the Peruvian Quechua tradition, and Dr Eve Bruce. Rob was also initiated into the Brazilian shamanic tradition of the Makunaiman (one who makes others dreams come true). Rob is the founder of the Richmond Shamanic Meetup and Drum Circle. He gives workshops and classes in shamanism for the Richmond, Virginia and NYC areas and in Canada & Ireland and facilitates trips to learn from indigenous elders in South America. As a graduate of Dr Linda Backman’s Past Life Soul Regression and Between Life Soul Regression programs, he regularly uses the power of regression therapy as an integral part of his shamanic healing. Rob will also be offered “Fire in the Breath” This was an exploration of Fire and Wind (in the form of Breath), as taught from the Quichua tradition in Ecuador and many other places, worked into a Saghic perspective. In this class, individuals were taught the technique of blowing fire and had the opportunity to blow fire.
Cassandra Varteresian, DOMP (Can) / RMT, has been in clinical practice for the past 16 years providing services for manual osteopathy and registered massage therapy in North Vancouver B.C. Through her personal insight and clinical experiences she was naturally drawn to the study of animist traditions. After 3 years of intensive studies as an apprentice of Rev. Ceann-luil Seannair, Dr. John-Luke Edwards she has just recently become an initiated initiated Ceann-Iuil, Pathfinder of the Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream tradition. She is also a licensed Aoghair, Soul Gatherer and Smoker Dreamer of the tradition.
Together they offered, “Bringing the Stories of Separation to Forgiveness.” “Our sense of identity often comes from experiences deeply stored in our whole being, a story something of “me and my Life”, a story in which we are chasing restlessly after the confirmation of our concept about ourselves which we believe we are. These concepts are transferred to others in our beliefs who they are. We find ourselves trapped in mental concepts and identity which doesn’t allow us to truly connect to Human Beings, to our Ancestors and Descendants, to the Children of the Forest. It is the limiting and continuously returning story of the two-legged Ones, turning in a vicious circle; the story of separation, of fears, of being a victim. We forget who we truly are, we forget to ask the question, “Who am I ?”.
Carey is a Cranial Sacral Therapist and Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner. Carey’s background in counselling of 15 years includes education and training in Self-Regulation Therapy, Pre and Perinatal Professional Training, Way of the Heart and Shamanism. Carey is passionate about insights, dreams and visions that guide one’s journey.
Carey will be offered, “Fire & Air and the tarot in between.” In this workshop, we were called to connect with the fire of our hearts and the winds of our mind. As our visions land in our heart and the fire in our heart dances with the winds of our mind, spinning wheels meet and conceive with the Tarot’s presence. Together we carried an intention to experience and journey to the fire of our hearts and the winds of our mind along with the Tarot who bridges their fine line. A connection that grounds our visions into present time.
Diana is a veteran storyteller, singer and composer, as well as a master builder of masks, costumes, and strange puppets. She offered “Woad: dipping into the Blue River.” This was a hands-on bringing together of disparate elements to produce a work of beauty. Earth, air, fire, water were combined to make a work of art. Far beyond remembering, we’ve always produced art as soon as we had enough to eat. Seeking beauty is as much a part of us as seeking conflict. Seeing and making beauty allows us to pause and see our commonalities, our similarities if only for a few moments. Created beauty is a common language, a language of connection and awakenings. It is the Song embodied in something touchable. Diana says, “Wind and fire are both adversaries and cooperators; we need to remember where and how to honor the point where these elements meet, and the beauty inherent in both can be honored, within ourselves and within the world. Using these elements in the process of creating art is one way to do so.”
She will also leading the evening Spirit Pageant, “WILD HORSES: “Weaving the Fire, Dancing the Wind”
Jordan, Christine, and Donni co-lead The Warrior’s Return, during which participants had the opportunity to learn the ancient Sagh’ic “Red Mountain Warrior Ritual,” a ceremony to welcome home the warrior and soothe the wounds of battle. In an act of love, we gathered the battle-worn to home and hearth.
The Red Mountain Warrior Ritual celebrates the end to this great war between two peoples, as told in the Saga, with the joining together of the Warrior of the Wind and the Warrior of the Fire.
This Ancient Sagh’ic Ceremony is a welcoming home of the warrior, and the soothing and healing of the wounds of battle.
It is an invocation of the moment the star song of the new soul is embraced by the earth song, and a bringing together of soul and body in an act of love.
It is the mother that holds her child in the darkness, and it is a coming home and honoring of the time and battle away.
In remembrance of connection through song, we gather the battle-worn warrior to home and hearth.
Jordan Farmer was introduced to Sagh’ic ceremony with Rev. Dr. John Luke Edwards in 2007, the same year that the Sacred Circle of Great Mystery had its inception. The intimacy of the ceremony, and the humility and grace of the beloved teacher, who washed the feet of every participant as the day drew to a close, opened Jordan’s heart to the path ahead. The following year, Jordan began Apprenticeship in 2008, initiated Pathfinder Ceann-iuil 2012, inducted Elder Seanair May 2013, installed Minister Aoghair August 2013, ordained Reverend Seanair Elder of Sagh’ic Tire Dhream October 2013, and was granted Retired Elder 2015. She remains active in local Sagh’ic community and ceremonial life, with service in Elemental and Ancestral Guardianships of Wind, Fire, Raven Dead, and Gatherers.
Christine Colling is an initiated Ceann-iuil of the Sagh’ic Tradition residing in Burnaby. Christine is involved in the Sagh’ic community as a Wind walker, Waterbearer, Fire Guardian and Gatherer.
Donni Henderson spent many years in the mental health field as a workshop facilitator and support worker. She has taught the value of wholeness of body, mind and spirit for complete health. Donni loves music and the performing arts. She is currently an Apprentice of the Ceann-iul in her Initiation year.
Christine & Donni also be offered “Come journey with The Sagh’ic”, for people with no prior Journeying experience, and who wished to find a Guide to help them on their Path as well as introducing understanding in the theory of the Sagh’ic around what happens, and why, when we Journey. In this session we allowed the heart and mind to find peace together in the Journey. Within the boundaries that the Sag’hic Tradition follows, and with respect to the Otherworld while learning how we as individuals may experience this differently, we found Guides to help with the other healing and working whilst participating the rest of the Conference.
SunBôw has learned shamanic ways and practices with Elder and medicine teachers of over forty Indigenous Nations in the last four decades. He authored The Sasquatch Message to Humanity, Book 1 and 2, which gave birth to the book series, of which Book 3 soon to be released and Book 4 almost already completed, gather a dozen of co-authors channeling Sasquatch and Star Elders. SunBôw has given lectures and workshops in different international gatherings, namely at the first two annual Psychic Sasquatch Spiritual Retreats (2016-17), where he was keynote speaker. In March 2018, he founded the Sasquatch Close Encounter Network for Interspecies Communication (SCENIC.com), focused on disclosure through ancient tribal knowledge and first hand account from experiencers. In April 2018,
SunBôw started writing a new book entitled ‘Sasquatch Multidimensional Shamanism’, which as for his previous books, is published online for free reading before being turned into a book for sale. This presentation aims at sharing knowledge received from Sasquatch and Star Elders concerning our cosmic history, interdimensionality, non-Human intelligence and the global healing of our collective consciousness.
Tom Blaschko has been interested in souls, soul reality, and reawakening our world since before he was born. In this life he has 47 years of experience with ki (chi) in Shotokan Karate. In soul reality he has also studied with Incan shaman Adolfo Ttito Condori, American shamans Betsy Bergstrom and Ana Larramendi, Incarnational Spirituality teacher David Spangler, Faery Seer and Southern Conjure worker Orion Foxwood, tree spirits, a Sidhe or two, and other beings, human and not, who are part of soul reality.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology, where he learned something about science. He earned a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he learned several seemingly contradictory things about the inner workings of people. Scientific influences include research by Rupert Sheldrake on morphic fields, Ian Stevenson’s studies of people who remember past lives, analysis of the effects of Emotional Freedom Techniques and other energy healing, and research on ki by Kuo Kanshin and Shigeru Egami’s group.
Tom combined the scientific research with stories about soul reality from thousands of credible people. Some have talked with angels or fairy folk or Apus or djinn, seen ghosts, and lived in Dreamtime. Others witnessed D. D. Home and St. Teresa of Avila, among others, floating in the air. Many reported knowing that a loved one was hurt the moment it happened or sensed something that was going to happen in the future. Western science has many wonderful discoveries, but there is more than the physical. Tom believes we need to add a soul that exists outside physical reality and continues after the body dies and life force that connects souls. If we do that, all of the research and reports can be
explained. Souls and life force are already accepted in many cultures. Tom believes bringing them back to the West will cure much of the distress we feel in our disconnected society.
Tom offered, “Soul at the Center of All Practice”. Souls are at the heart of everything we do in soul reality including animist, shamanic, and global healing practices. Each type of being has its own variation on the basic structure of the soul. Knowing the structure of our soul lets us find our personal paths more clearly and work more effectively with other humans. Knowing the structural differences in other beings’ souls allows us to interact better with each of them. When we know that every being, in the body and out, has a soul, our place in the worlds becomes clearer.
Lauri facilitates connection between spirits, sound and humans through ceremony, her healing practice and coursework in shamanic sound healing. She is committed to people learning that they are not alone, and that they are supported by a council of spirits who orchestrate the perfection of their life’s path. She is moved by the plight of animals on earth and contributes to their healing in whatever way she can. She co-owns and runs a small retreat center (Hidden Lake Retreat) in the foothills of the Cascades, where most of her sound work is done. Lauri is an Associate Healer and Teacher at the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies and Energy Medicine, is the school/community’s ceremonial singer and lodge pourer, an elder and always a Student and Servant of the Divine. Lauri offered, “Being The Hollow Bone”. This ceremony assisted us in becoming a more clear and open conduit for the songs of earth and star nations, to presence in ordinary reality sources of the divine. We have forgotten how to step up with our sacred voices—to bring power and wisdom into ceremony, into our every day life, into the world. This ceremony helped clear obstacles that stand in the way of our full vocal and spiritual expression. It can even save lives, when previously unuttered words are spoken, warnings are heard in the moment, we speak our truths of our bodies so we can be healed.
Jessica Moore & Los Lakai
Los has a passion for shamanism and creativity, and combines these by working with spirit to create powerobjects that are also wearable art. He is currently a student of the Cycle of Transformation taught by shaman Christina Pratt, and has a level 3 Reiki certification. He is driven to do his part to end the lie of separation and help humanity step into the New Story, which he expresses through writing and serving on the Stories council of the Last Mask Community. His home base is hidden in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, where he works with the spirits of the land and practices wilderness skills with his partner Jessica. You can enjoy his spirit-crafted jewelry on Instagram at LakaiDesigns.
Jessica Moore is a staunch advocate for healthy empathy and emotional intelligence, and a devout believer in the innate wisdom of emotions. Her labor of love is guiding people in transforming their most difficult emotions back into the true allies they were meant to be. Her inborn fascination with human nature has evolved into a lifelong quest to discover how we can become better humans in the world, leading her to practice shamanism for the past 6 years with Christina Pratt. Living in the capital city of the New Age has motivated her to create Healing Through Feeling, a blog dedicated to raising awareness about spiritual bypass, and exploring grounded and effective methods of healing and personal growth. You can find her at The Unlocked Heart and Healing Through Feeling
Jessica & Los offered an evening ceremony, “Cooling the Raging Fires: Reconciling the Heart”. From a Taoist perspective, the heart is the one organ that has two spirits, the Ling and the Shen. These are respectively the inner and outer aspects of our heart, that small quiet voice urging us on the path of our purpose and how we choose to express ourselves in the world. Their relationship becomes the template for all other relationships in our life. In turn, how nature responds to us reflects back to us the state of our heart. During a time of ever escalating natural disasters, what medicine might be waiting for us in our heart if we are willing to look? Through journey work, movement and ritual as a communal group engaging the help of the great reconciler, the element of Water to begin repairing the relationship between our Shen and Ling and cultivate deeper intimacy between them, inviting deeper possibilities of intimacy in our lives with ourselves, our community, nature and the spirit world.
Katalin is an author of several titles including “Fire of the Goddess” and “Sacred Path of Reiki,” Katalin Koda is a passionate explorer and life artist. Inspired by fifteen years of living in India and Hawai’i she is a dedicated student of earth stories and myths and practitioner of women’s mysteries. Her work includes shamanic healing, storytelling, ceremony, and poetry and visionary art. She has been practicing as a Reiki Master, intuitive and Tarot reader for the last two decades. She is a student of Kumu Ehulani Stephany, who is recognized as Kahuna Ali’i (Master Shaman) & Hula Kumu (Hula Teacher) and Harry ‘Uhane Jim, Kahuna and Master Healer. Katalin is certified Shamanic Practitioner and Circle member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Michael Harner. Her current healing work includes spiritual mentoring and ceremonial design to help clients through transformative life journeys and deep soul level healing. Katalin is the founder of Fire of the Goddess Retreats and Ceremonies, which honor the divine feminine and illuminate women’s brilliant potentials to affect community and global change. Katalin offered, “Fire of the Goddess – Pele the Firebearer.”
Fire of the Goddess offers the powerful story, art and ceremony of Pele, the fire goddess of Hawai’i to unlock inner transformation. We use the following four sacred tools also found in Katalin’s book, Fire of the Goddess: Pele is the fire goddess guardian of the living land of lava on the Big Island of Hawai’i and stands on the precipice between creation and destruction. She wields the pa’oa or firestick as her tool to raise up the power and energy of fire. We journeyed to receive our own firestick as a tool to bring fire into the wind of our intention. Learning the epic Hawaiian myth of Pele and Hi’iaka we discovered the interrelationship between our own personal power and compassion and how to apply this to our relationships, families, community and the world.
Jeff is from Calgary, Alberta and is a Shamanic practitioner in the Celtic tradition. His studies and training in the shamanic realm began in 1996 on the strings of the Celtic harp, and inform and nourish his work in the wider world. In addition to his work in the Shamanic realm, Jeff weaves song and story on the strings of the harp in performance and recorded works. He is a Director of the SCGMSS and Reverend Elder of Sagh’ic Tire Dhream; the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition in which he holds the title ‘Ciaradh Tean-Astir (Dark Eye)’ and a Licensed Aoghair Minister of the Society. He holds and carries duties for the elemental Guardianships of Wind, Fire, Water, Earth, Dark and Order of the Raven Dead. Jeff offered , “Tús Nua – New Beginnings”, a series of early morning meditations with fire, wind and harp – to catch the miracle and promise of the beginnings right here and now – where the fire of the heart meets the winds of the One Breath.” He also be offered an evening ceremony, “Fíodóir Beannachtach – Weaver of Blessings”. One of the greatest legacies the Celtic cultures is the legacy of the Blessing. A Blessing is woven One of the greatest legacies of the Celtic cultures is the legacy of the Blessing. A Blessing is woven with and through the elements, with language, intention and action. But a Blessing is is much more than pretty words…it is a shelter in which we can make strong the song of our souls. There are many ancient sagas that speak of lovers caught in the wilds, of the need to create shelter if that which we hold precious to be able to survive. It is the passion of lovers that draws us out into the wilds…it is wisdom that leads us to create shelter. It is togetherness and unity that makes the shelter strong. In this evening ceremony, we will strengthen our passion and our wisdom. Our work will bring back powerful Blessings for the Land that holds us, for each other, and for the people who will come after us.
John-Luke is Presidor of the SCGMSS, and called by Ancestral Spirits to awaken Ceann-Iuil and gather, as ‘Ciar-Sùil à Dorchar Cuchair – the Dark Hunter’, the nomadic family into Sagh’ic Tire Dhream; the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. John-Luke is a Reverend Ceann-iuil and Elder Seannair of Sagh’ic Tire Dhream and sits on the Ordination Gyre and the Council of the Tradition. He is a licensed Aoghair of the Society, as well as Signatory for the SCGMSS Ministry Denomination. He has a private Shamanic Intervention practice and runs a series of workshops, teaching sessions, on-line training and interactive groups. He also organises workshops for men to hunt their hearts as well as facilitating the celebration of the ancient rituals of the Clan. John-Luke, supported by gracious wisdom of others will lead us through the 4 songs The Story of the Battle of The Two Warriors of the Fire and the Wind; Fin-Grear and Du-Chearn. He offered a “Fire Drum Making” workshop and in collaboration with Jeff Stockton & Nataraj Brewer offered, “Brothers in Arms” a men only ceremony in which a reunion of the lost, forgotten, ignored, shamed, ancestral warrior will be sought, and this men may have lost the real connection with each other. And with the Fire Guardians he lead the evening Ceremony, “Ag siúl le Athair – Walking with Father Fire”
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears. ~Arabian Proverb
Stephanie, assisted by Melanie Monge, offered, “To ride a horse is to ride the sky”, the relationship between horse and rider is all about ‘Balance.’ It is necessary that the rider becomes ‘One with the Horse’, otherwise there is a rough ride ahead. Between the Horse. the Wind Spirits and the Ancient Ones brought forth in this ceremonial journey and crafting journey, we brought back a wisdom and a song that will, like the windsong, be blown into rattles that we made.
Rev. Elder Ceann-Iuil Stephanie Mills is Ordained within the Sagh ic –Tire Dhream Tradition and is a Director on the Board of the Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Society as well as being the Chair of the US Chapter of the Society. She holds duties for the Elemental Guardianships within her tradition as well as leads the Water Bearers and co-leads the women’s Soul Gatherers Guardianship with Nikiah Seeds and she is one of the Green Mothers of Art-S-Wath. Stephanie is a Licensed Aoghair within the Ministry of the SCGM Society. she lives in Bellingham, WA
Quynn Red Mountain
For many generations the words “crazy” and “witch” were/are used against Earth honoring People as weapons of control and persecution. So many of us have ancestral soul wounds and fear related to these words, and the very real abilities that scare(d) people so much. Quynn asked, “Had we, or an ancestor, been called “Crazy” and/or “Witch”? If so, we joined Quynn Red Mountain to collectively and lovingly call upon those parts of us, and our heritage, that have been wounded by these words and the actions that follow(ed) them.
Called “OOlah” by her Spirit Guardians, (which means One Who Balances) Quynn Red Mountain is a shamanic practitioner, spiritual mentor and ceremonial artist. She is the ordained Animist Minister for Earth Web Media’s “Web of Life Church”. She is also the founder of “The Institute for the Shamanic Arts” (the spiritual education branch of EWM), and Producer of the “Earth Tribe Network”. Called to the shamanic path by a surreal experience in 1996, Quynn helps people heal their spirit, and hone their abilities.
Meg is a shamanic teacher, Energy Alchemy expert, and author of Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos. Her passion is growing a soul-centered connection with the beauty of all that is. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to bringing to life our collective dream of a more beautiful world. Meg’s roots are Andean/Q’ero ways of deep connection with the land, reciprocity, and community; Medicine for the Earth; and Western “core” shamanism. The three legs of her stool (in an African way of seeing) are earth, water, and stars. She has practiced meditation and shamanism for half her life. A life-long explorer of wholeness and consciousness, Meg has traveled extensively, from the high mountains of the Andes and Himalayas to the savannahs of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon. Integrating her experience with shamanism, meditation, Andean energy healing, and Qigong galvanized Meg to create Energy Alchemy, her system for changing suffering and blockages into joy through reconnection with nature. She lives on Sonoma Mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meg will be offered, “Pathways of Light; Weaving your filaments of connection.” in which she invited us to create a physical cord along with an energetic/spiritual filament to places and relationships sacred to us is a powerful way of anchoring and weaving our connections both within and outside space/time. She also presented the evening ceremony, “The Coming together of The Fire & The Wind.” in which we wove our internal and external experiences of fire or wind, and each created an offering to appease, calm, and bring balance to our element, which when brought to the Great Fire mirrored the exchange between Fin-Grear and Du-Chearn the two warriors who brought an end and completion to battle.
Joe is an initiated Ceann-iuL Pathfinder of the Sagh’ic Tradition and Aoghair Minister with SCGMS, and is currently undertaking deep advanced training as a Star Stander. Has been a teacher at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 SCGMS conferences . He has traveled in the USA, Canada. The Mediterranean and South America during his Naval Service as a Hospital Corpsman. He has worked as a Nurse and Medical Scientist and has seen first-hand the devastation that PTSD has caused to both first responders, military. Also those that feel marginalized due to personal trauma. He has seen its effects on loved ones and care givers that try to help these people. He has had a strong connection to the ocean, mountains and forest since birth and uses this connection in his work with others. He currently resides in South West Washington state in Westport Wa. On the pacific coast between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
Joe will be offered “A Cauldron ceremony to release emotions”. The world currently seems to be on a self-destructive spiral. We see daily how the Two-leggeds have lost their way, forgotten how to be in tune with themselves, Arts-s-Wath, Mather Tei and everything around them. As John-Luke keeps saying, we are all caught up in the cult of the individual. We as ‘Healers’, put our passion into helping other, the planet, waters etc. We espouse that we love everyone, hate no one. We are at peace in this love. As in everything there exists a duality, The fire and passion we put into loving others, come with a duality that we hide and push down. The flipside of Love and its burning passion is Anger, Hatred and Loathing. To claim that we do not have these thoughts and emotions, is a fallacy. If we do not let these emotion out, then we must be turning them inward. They are being held captive by that loving heart. To deny they exist, is to hide from our own humanity. To Fear them, is to Fear ourselves, like the story of Fear staring into the water. To deny these emotions puts a barrier into our hearts, when dealing with that side of the world.
Marcia is a leader of healing and transformation in adults and children through movement. She is a therapeutic movement practitioner, 5Rhthyms® dance facilitator, movement educator and dance teacher. She has a passion for movement to help soothe the heart, connect to the soul and awaken the physical body. She felt the calling through her guides to create safe and sacred space to all who want an embodied personal gateway into alternate realities. Her compassionate and skilled facilitation offers participants a way back to spirituality in the body through ecstatic trance dance.
Marcia offered, “Harnessing Fire and Wind within the Embodied Heart: A 5Rhythms® Trance Dance Journey” Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® dance is a simple and powerful movement practice that acts as a portal to trance and journeying. We used the dance to honor the elements, our ancestors, descendants, all Spirit beings and ourselves. Movement helps to clear the conscious mind, ignite our body parts and integrate our soul’s longing for connection. We discovered the fire in our belly, heart and mind and invited the wind to lift us up into effortless trance. In this movement journey, we discovered our wild, tribal heartbeat and how it unified us.
Linda is a Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki Master and member of the SCGMSS. She has studied Reiki with Collen Benelli, Sound Healing with Lauri Shainsky, Shamanism with Jan Engels-Smith and is learning the traditions of the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream from John-Luke Edwards. Currently, Linda is operating a mobile Reiki service to cancer patients in palliative care at her local hospital. For over 35 years she has been a fiber artist, spinning, weaving and building Shields. She lives in Keizer, Oregon.
Melanie’s passion has always been horses. From the first time she saw one in a field she has been drawn to them. Because of that deep heart connection she began exploring what it means to live within the space of the heart.
In creating HeartSpace Horse Sanctuary and Healing Center she has brought many aspects of healing together. The beauty of Central Oregon with the Cascade Range as the backdrop offers the energetic setting that nurtures the diverse herd that has landed here. They have come to facilitate healing and transformation to all who come with open hearts and open minds. Most of her life has been that of seeking. Studying reiki with Colleen Benelli she is a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master. Additional training as a horse guided educator and coach through the Epona approach developed by Lind Kohanov gives her a base for the horse human work she is passionate about. Additionally, she is focused on animal healing combining Reiki, Shamanism and essential oils to create healing for her rescued animals in need. Several times a year she assists Sioux Strong in teaching animal reiki at her ranch as well as facilitating mask making workshops, etc. She has studied shamanism with Jan Engels-Smith and sound healing with Lauri Shainsky. Other interests are creative writing, mask making(masks of empowerment), beekeeping , gardening and other craft work.
Both are installed and licenced Aoghair (ministers) of The Sagh’ic/SCGMS, and both are undertaking deep advanced training as Star Standers.
Together they will be offered “Holy Fire Reiki”. Holy Fire Reiki is a gift to the world from William Rand of the ICRT (International Center for Reiki Training). Both Linda and Melanie are Holy Fire Reiki Masters and have studied with Colleen Benelli, a licensed teacher of the ICRT. The Holy Fire ignition meditations are profoundly simple and amazingly transformative. With love they gathered participants to experience the healing, purifying, powerful, yet gentle vibrational energy of Holy Fire Reiki. Their goal was that the participants awaken to the pure fire in their hearts, discover the unifying energy of love, and feel enabled to give that pure love to themselves and others.
Tina has been an RN working with children and families for over 27 years. It is through this field and her own healing journey that she has been deeply inspired to explore and study integrative mind/body/spirit approaches to healing intergenerational and early developmental trauma. She is a Ceremonialist and a Shamanic, Integrative Energy Healing, and Cranial Sacral Practitioner. She has studied Pre and Perinatal Health and Psychology, Andean Cosmology and Ancient Northern European Animist/Shamanic Practice. Tina is an initiated Ceann-Iuil Pathfinder in the Saghic Tire Dhream/Wolven Path Tradition. She can be found in the heart of the Forest where she communes with the Spirits of the Land, Cedar Tree and the Natural World; it is here that she finds deep connection, resource, stillness and healing. It is from this place that she is deeply committed and passionate in creating sacred, supportive and nurturing environment to explore, heal and connect with our embodied presence.
Nataraj has worked as a Peer Support Worker with the mentally ill and/or substance dependent as a mentor and guide sharing his lived experience with these challenges. He is a meditation teacher and has studied an Ancient Northern European tradition with the Wolven Path, as well as Andean and Indigenous Animist/Shamanic practice. He is an accomplished Shamanic Practitioner conducting one-to-one sessions, workshops and circles to bring people together into service and community. He is currently studying Pre- and Perinatal Health and Psychology. Nataraj aspires to bring healing modalities such as Shamanic Practice, meditation, self-responsibility and self-care into settings such as the Psychiatric and Palliative fields in order to support the conscious release of clients’ old programs and imprints and to provide a compassionate setting for healing.
Nataraj & Tina offered “Remembering the song of the Fire in The Wind”. We gathered together in community to explore and remember the union between heart and mind through journey, song, intimate connection and the creation of a Community Altar. Embracing this union of the heart and mind, we experienced a deeper realisation of ourselves and our relationship to others through connection with the elemental energies of heart/fire and mind/wind. We took the inward journey of the Spiral to bring about deeper insight, integration and healing as Heart meets Mind. The spiral is the womb, an invitation within which we shall grow, birth and expand the Heart’s Fire and Mind’s Wind. We did this in a surround of love, connection, reverence and compassion as we honoured and brought healing to our Ancestors, Descendants, communities and Mother Earth.
Nikiah will be offered, “Tending to the ancestral fires.” As shamanic healers it is easy to get caught up with the tending of others while our own tapestry of ancestors is left untended. Participants journeyed into the tapestry of their current lives of this moment or An’n to see what ancestors might be calling for attention there and working to heal the tear. This work served to support us so that we can be stronger in our service to others.
Tad & Maevyn will be offered “Whispers of Bran” which was be a brief history of capnomancy, (otherwise known as libanomancy) which signified a method of divination using smoke and its use within Sagh’ic tradition, explaining of basic tools and procedures (including incense blend recipe). It offered participants hands on training, allowing them to put these basic divinatory skills towards personal and practical use, providing participants with a basic understanding of the tools and procedures used for divination by smoke.
Tad Seymour is an initiated Ceann-Iul of the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream tradition, and an animist minister of the SCGMS. Tad’s work focuses on ancestral, tribal and local spirits of place. He experienced ritualist who has been an active leader in his community; hosting events, workshops and private working groups in the Celtic and Nordic traditions since approximately 2001. Originally from the Okanagan Valley, he currently lives and practices in Aldergrove BC.
Maevyn Annandale is a practicing witch from the west coast of British Columbia. Her family encouraged her spiritual development as a young child, enrolling her in formal training in meditation, energy work and spirit communication. At Samhain 1995 she was dedicated in ceremony to the work of the spirits that called her into the Craft. Since approximately 2013 Maevyn has been offering service to the greater public, through divination, spiritual counselling and spellwork.
Mya is a yogi, singer, folk herbalist, medicine woman and priestess from Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, residing in Sayulita Mexico, in the territory of the Cora and Huichol people. There she walks as light a path as she can in tune with Mother Earth, teaching yoga, assisting animals in need, studying and crafting herbal remedies, learning sacred teachings of the land, spending time in nature and hosting ceremonies and gatherings to celebrate the medicine of her ancestors. In the realm of yoga, she is a 500hr advanced certified teacher in the Dharma tradition which follows the teachings of her Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra. She has roots in Anusara, Jivamukti, Tantra and Yin. Her classes weave in her love of music and song with her devotion (Bhakti) to the ancient yogic traditions as taught in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and are an endless dedication to compassion, freedom and wellbeing for all. Mya offered “Wild Heart Yoga”, a light, fun, and a devotional, offering to wake up for the body, the spirit and the heart. There was movement for every body and ability so that we could shake off anything that no longer serves and open up to the light within, preparing ourselves to be at our truest for the deep work we embark on throughout the conference. The class was gentle and loving, but deep enough to ignite the inner fire, Agni, that burns bright inside of each and every one of us. Mya also offered “Song of the Wind, Fire of the Heart” which was an exploration into the song of the wild heart, and the empowerment that comes from speaking one’s truth. diving deep into a practice of breath, connection and song, we worked to unite our collective hearts to the beat of the drum and the heartbeat of Mathar Tei, Mother Earth, as we searched for the song that unites us all. This workshop included journey work, techniques around breath and song, and a drum circle, enabling each person to step into their individual power so that together, we could sing the songs of our wild hearts as a community.
Sparrow is a local self styled Earth Activist working tirelessly against pipeline companies. In service to our Mother Earth, Sparrow has taken th e responsibility of Earth Stander in the Saghic Tradition as well as becoming an inducted member of the Tradition. She is a mother, a Wiccan priestess and an animist. Sparrow lives on Burnaby Mountain, Metro Vancouver, BC Canada. She is the co-host with her partner Mojo Kemp of the Wigglian Way podcast. Sparrow offered “Before Communion” an Introduction Circle. ‘Before Communion’ comes a sense of comfort and belonging. This workshop was an informal introduction new and old attendees to the facility, general area, some of the workshop leaders and some members of the Saghic Society, as well as some experiences/terms they may encounter while at conference. Attendees of this workshop met other new attendees, giving threads to create new friendships and bonds. This was a workshop for anyone who was new to this Gathering or any gathering for that matter. “First times are better when you know someone else and what to expect.”
Epona the wild horse of the wind
The Gathering was a ceremony, like any other ceremony, which people came to in order to share, bring, and take some change to the future. Everyone who came was in some way a teacher and healer, and all were celebrants of The Ceremony. Teachers came in humility and gratitude for all they have received at the hands and generosity of the ancestors and spirits.