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 look out into this place, this world, this life, this society, and all seem caught in some confrontation without meaning; many think 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 is our turn to call the Ancient Ones and ask how e 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 gather 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. And you do not have to be a shaman to attend, this is not a gathering for shamans, it is for people who dream of being one with this earth we call home.
In the saga of the two warriors, it is only when they bring their gifts together that they escape calamity.
Let us gather 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
bring 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.
As we journey we will discover our own unique gifts that are being called forth to heal these relationships.
Together we will use 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 offering “Fire in the Breath” This will be an exploration of Fire and Wind (in the form of Breath), as taught from the Quichua tradition in Ecuador and many other places, but will be worked into a Saghic perspective. In this class, individuals will be taught the technique of blowing fire and will be allowed the opportunity to blow fire if they desire to.
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 will be offering, “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 offering, “Fire & Air and the tarot in between.” In this workshop, We are being 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 carry 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 will be offering, “Woad: dipping into the Blue River.” This is a hands-on bringing together of disparate elements to produce a work of beauty. Earth, air, fire, water are 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 be leading an evening Spirit Pageant, “WILD HORSES: “Weaving the Fire, Dancing the Wind”
Jordan, Kelsey, Christine, and Donni will co-teach The Warrior’s Return, where participants have 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 gather 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.
Kelsey Millar is an initiated Ceann-iuil of the Sagh’ic Tradition. Her occupation is as the Young Adult Coordinator in a Mental Health program. This is where her enthusiasm for all things that connect Community combines with walking this earth as a Pathfinder, through cooking, creating, and lots of laughter and love. These are all a part of her offerings of wellness facilitation and one-to-one support for those who hear the Calling Song and find her.
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.
Kelsey & Christine will also be offering “Come journey with The Sagh’ic”, for people with no prior Journeying experience, and who wish to find a Guide to help them on their Path. It is also for those who would like more understanding in the theory of the Sagh’ic have around what happens, and why, when we Journey. In this session we will be allowing the heart and mind to find peace together in the Journey. Within the boundaries that the Sag’hic Tradition follows, we will be showing respect to the Otherworld while learning how we as individuals may experience this differently. Participants may also find their Guide to help them with the other healing and working they will be doing for the rest of the Conference.
Nigel Wolf is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Shiatsu Therapist. Originally from Toronto, Nigel has studied many disciplines in the healing arts, including: Shiatsu Therapy training with Master Mitsuki Kikkawa; Reiki, CranioSacral, and Healing Through the Human Energy Field, with Barbara Ann Brennan. He has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1996.
Nigel [Hari Ram] has been blessed to study with some of the finest teachers, from the 3HO [Healthy, Happy, Holy Organisation].
Nigel has an extensive background in shamanic studies, including plant spirit medicine, sweat lodge, psychodrama and trance dance. He has studied with masters from many traditions, including: Wilbert Alix (TranceDance), Elliot Cowan (Plant Spirit Medicine), and Harold Dull (Watsu, Tantsu). Having studied theatre and contact improvisation (dance) for many years, Nigel applies his love of improvisation and spontaneous creation, to all healing ceremonies. His love of Naad Yoga (Sound Current and Vibration) has led Nigel to compose original music for mantras and sacred songs. He has had a lifelong interest in Theatre Arts, and began his studies in High School, and continued at the New School of Drama, in Toronto. After completing his Shiatsu Studies, he started incorporating psychodrama into his practice, with amazing results!
Nigel leads Kirtan with his band, the Hari Ram Kirtan Experience; and gives workshops regularly in Naad Yoga and Soul Retrieval. Nigel Wolf is the resident director of the Falconwolf Lodge, located in the heart of Québec. He invites individuals – as well as small groups – there to experience Vision Quest and other sacred ceremonies including Sweat Lodge.
Nigel will be offering, “PSYCHODRAMA SOUL RETRIEVAL!” Weaving the fragmented self back together through spontaneous dramatization, creative role playing, and enchanted storytelling. Traumatic events often cause parts of the soul to leave the body. Let’s weave them back together using the very fabric of our existence: Storytelling.
Storytelling is at the root of shamanism: think of ancient cave drawings, of medicine men and women and their use of enchanting stories to promote healing, both for individuals and for the community. Psychodrama combines storytelling and all the best attributes of theatre art to evoke scenes of wonder and co-creation, working on the premise that we do indeed create our own narrative, moment to moment. Thus, with practice, we can literally re-write our own script!
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 will be offering, “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 will be offering, “Being The Hollow Bone”. This ceremony assists 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 helps 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.
Langston is a queer black New York City based shamanic practitioner specializing in deep emotional healing and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by the western modality of Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the African Diaspora (including Lucumí and Quimbanda), the contemporary shamanic tradition of The Last Mask Center and the guidance of his helping spirits and ancestors weaving it all together. Langston has studied and facilitated Inner Relationship Focusing, developed by Ann Weiser Cornell for the last 10 years. He has completed 5 years of training with Christina Pratt in the Cycle of Transformation and also serves on the leadership council for the Last Mask Community, a community of contemporary people striving to live in alignment with ancient shamanic beliefs and principles in a way that answers the unique challenges of our time. Langston will be offering 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 we will be 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.
He firmly believes that no emotional wounds or trauma are beyond healing and is devoted to guiding adventurous souls in transmuting what has been poison in their lives into medicine for themselves and the world through one on one sessions, community ritual and in person and online classes.
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 will be offering, “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 will journey 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 discover 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 will be offering , “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 will also be offering 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 will be offering a “Fire Drum Making” workshop and in collaboration with Jeff Stockton & Nataraj Brewer will be offering, “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 will 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
Three generations will be offering, “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 will bring back a wisdom and a song that will, like the windsong, be blown into rattles that we will be making.
Jaime is an Initiated Ceann-luil and an Inducted Elder within the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream Tradition. She is a licensed Aoghair Minister of the SCGM Society in the U.S. She holds duties for the Elemental Guardianships within her tradition as well as co-leads the Fire Guardianship with John-Luke Edwards. She currently lives in Kettle Falls, WA with her husband David and daughter Jaiden where she works as a school bus driver and a Certified Farrier/horseshoer – which she has done for over 20 years. She has had a love and spiritual connection with horses for her whole life and has been a trainer to both horses and rider. Jaime also has a deep connection to working with spirit through art and creating shamanic tools – such as blacksmithing ceremonial knives for the Tribe.
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
Jaiden has grown up within the Sagh’ic Tribe and has attended many of the SCGM Society Conferences and Gatherings. At age 12 she lives in Kettle Falls, WA where she loves riding horses. Jaiden is working and apprenticing within the Water Bearers Guardianship due to her great love and connection with water.
Ursula Van Graan
Ursula is an initiated Shaman following the Zulu Ngoni lineage and over a decade studying the philosophy and application of ancient and holistic Energy applications of African, Native American and European cosmologies. In addition to Kemetic Sciences, Meditation, Buddhist and Yoga teachings, She applies this knowledge in practical empowerment workshops, Shamanic and Journey classes, Reiki and Yoga training and counselling. She has completed two teacher training, and a certified 500hr ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha,Tantric & Ayurveda) and Kemetic Yoga™ (YogaSkills Method) teacher. She is a RYT® with Yoga Alliance USA and registered with the Yoga Teacher Fellowship South Africa. Currently, she is training the first group of AfriCan Kemetic Yoga™ Teachers in South Africa.
She will be offering “Munay-ki” The Jungle Rite of the womb for a small circle of women. She will also be offering “As above, So below – ancient Egyptian mysteries meets the future”.
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”, and an Initiated Ceann-Iuil of The Sagh’ic. 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” ( EWM’s Animist Outreach Media). Called to the shamanic path by a surreal experience in 1996, Quynn helps people heal their spirit, and hone their abilities.
Quynn will be offering “CRAZY WITCH – Soul Retrieval” 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.
Have you, or an ancestor, been called “Crazy” and/or “Witch”? If so, please join 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. She will be available for limited private sessions.
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 offering, “Pathways of Light; Weaving your filaments of connection.” in which she invites 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 will also be presenting the evening ceremony, “The Coming together of The Fire & The Wind.” in which we will be weaving our internal and external experiences of fire or wind, and will each create an offering to appease, calm, and bring balance to our element, which will bring to the Great Fire mirroring 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 offering “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 will be offering, “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 will use 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 discover the fire in our belly, heart and mind and invite the wind to lift us up into effortless trance. In this movement journey, we discover our wild, tribal heartbeat and how it unifies 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 offering “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. We would love our participants to experience the healing, purifying, powerful, yet gentle vibrational energy of Holy Fire Reiki. Our goal is 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 will be offering “Remembering the song of the Fire in The Wind”. We gather 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 will experience a deeper realisation of ourselves and our relationship to others through connection with the elemental energies of heart/fire and mind/wind. We will take 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 do this in a surround of love, connection, reverence and compassion as we honour and bring healing to our Ancestors, Descendants, communities and Mother Earth.
Nikiah has been working in the realm of woman’s spirituality and healing for the past 18 years and is co-author of the book Moon Mysteries, Reclaiming Woman’s Menstrual Wisdom. Nikiah is an Initiated Ceann-Iuil; Pathfinder and Elder in the Saghìc Tire Dhream/ Wolven Path Tradition, as well as an Ordained Aoghair. She is also a Director of the SCGM and cares for the Society`s bee hive. Nikiah is a sacred Beekeeper who works with the bees both shamanically and as holistically as possible. She is faculty at the Collage of the Melissae and devoted to her work in this realm. Nikiah’s work also calls her to service as a death doula and as a shamanic practitioner and ceremonialist. Nikiah lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Nikiah will be offering, “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 will journey 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 serves to support us so that we can be stronger in our service to others.
Tad & Maevyn will be offering “Whispers of Bran” which will be a brief history of capnomancy, (otherwise known as libanomancy) which signifies a method of divination using smoke and its use within Sagh’ic tradition, explaining of basic tools and procedures (including incense blend recipe). It will offer 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 will be offering “Wild Heart Yoga”, which will be a light, fun, and a devotional, offering to wake up for the body, the spirit and the heart. There will be movement for every body and ability so that we can 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 will be gentle and loving, but deep enough to ignite the inner fire, Agni, that burns bright inside of each and every one of us. Mya will also be offering “Song of the Wind, Fire of the Heart” which will be 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 will work to unite our collective hearts to the beat of the drum and the heartbeat of Mathar Tei, Mother Earth, as we search for the song that unites us all. This workshop will include journey work, techniques around breath and song, and a drum circle, enabling each person to step into their individual power so that together, we may 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 will be offering “Before Communion” an Introduction Circle. ‘Before Communion’ comes a sense of comfort and belonging. This workshop is 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 will meet other new attendees, giving threads to create new friendships and bonds. This will be 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. Attendees of all ages and experience are welcome.
Duffy will be using his skill as a flautist to offer Sound Healing – more information to follow.
Epona the wild horse of the wind
The Gathering is a ceremony, like any other ceremony, which people come to in order to share and bring some change to the future. Everyone who comes is in some way a teacher and healer, and all are celebrants of The Ceremony. Teachers come in humility and gratitude for all they have received at the hands and generosity of the ancestors and spirits.
It is also our Intention for this and all Conferences & Gatherings presentations in common to raise a consciousness of forgiveness & surrender as part of our commitment to global harmony and the deepening equal relationship between all the children of the Earth and the Spirits. Such is a committed prayer in Spirit to the survival of our planet and in hope for our species.
Through and by this Gathering as with all our Gatherings, we support Reforestation and demarcation of ancestral lands of The Pataxó People and the People of The Guarani in the Brazilian forest, and the continued support and sponsorship of a boy and girl in Mali, a girl in India and a boy in Nepal. We have also taken on supporting an SOS village in Nepal.
The venue site features grass fields and forested nature trails. The site has two large lounges, that can hold up 20 people each, a large room used as an Arts/Crafts facility which could hold up to 50 people, an outdoor Pavilion with central Fire which can hold up to 100 people and extensive grounds for outdoor work. There is also an outdoor fire pit with a semicircular amphitheatre and large grassed spaces for outdoor ceremonies and presentations.
This Conference is prescribed by direct spirit intervention and will be a full ceremonial gathering of morning meditations, morning focus plenaries on the relationship between The Forest and humans with afternoon choices of workshops and teachings, healings, ceremonies. Each day will culminate in an Evening Ceremony for the whole gathering, to consolidate and celebrate the day’s work and prepare for the following day.
There will a ‘Shaman’ market for participants to display and sell their personal work, healing ceremonies and quiet time, plus the opportunity to attend pre-conference workshops.
The conference will be a full 5 days, and have more opportunities for the entire gathering to be together, also shorter workshops, with the choice of adding pre-conference modules, which includes an extra 2 days before conference opening and the opportunity for a post reflection, networking and packing day after conference closing.
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