We were honoured and blessed by all the wisdom and prayers that our teachers will bring to us in this ceremonial gathering:
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman Christina Pratt; from Oregon; radio presenter of Shamanism Now and author of the Encyclopaedia of Shamanism, lead the third of each morning’s Plenaries on ‘Ancestralisation’ working with Spirit to define and clear away the unresolved issues of the ancestors so that the path is clear for them. Christina also facilitated the Saturday Evening Ceremony, ‘Between Two Worlds’ to encourage the traveling ancestor spirits to complete their journey so that they can return—finally— as Good, True, and Beautiful Ancestors. She was be assisted by Grant Guindon. Christina is an Initiated Pathfinder Shaman and Reverend Elder of the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition and a member of the SCGMSS & SSP.
“Magisterial! I can’t say enough in praise of both Christian & Grant as leaders. Very inventive. The story-telling was surprisingly good.”
“I am always touched by the depth and breadth and passion of Cristina’s teachings.”
Tom Cowan; from Highland NY, lead the second of each of the mornings Plenaries, ‘The Bone Mother’. These morning plenary sessions gave us opportunities to connect with our ancestors and honour the lives they lived that made it possible for us to be here today. We came to understand how their joys and sorrows are the same as ours, and we asked them for strength to live courageously. Tom has been a shamanic practitioner for over 25 years. He has studied with and taught for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He is the author of several books on shamanism and Celtic spirituality. He is also a minister in the Circle of the Sacred Earth and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and a member & Director of the SCGMSS. He offers shamanic training workshops and spiritual retreats in North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Scotland, and England.
“Tom was awesome as always…. could listen to tom forever, his gentle wisdom, humour and humility. May he always have a role at the conferences.”
Rev. Pathfinder Shamans Howard & Elsa Malpas; together with Jeff Stockton offered an evening ceremony to ‘The First Shaman’ during which together we remembered and evoked the unending power of the first shaman which lives within us all and is yearning to be awakened for all those consciously walking a spiritual path. Elsa is a Director of the Isle of Avalon Foundation and they are both the UK Directors of The Society for Shamanic Practitioners. Howard & Elsa are Reverend Pathfinder Shaman and Elders of the Wolven Path Tradition and sit on the ‘Ordination’ gyre of that Tradition; they are also the UK Directors of the SCGMSS, Elsa being the Vice Presidor of the SCGMSS. They facilitate the Warrior in the Heart Shamanic and work in the UK National Health Service as therapists using Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Guided journeys using the drum to help those with psychiatric problems.
“…loved the outdoor song and dance coming together as one beautiful ceremony. inspirational. Amazing.”
Jeff Stockton; from Calgary is a Shamanic practitioner in the Celtic tradition. The Celtic tradition is alive with the power of Blessing. When language is woven with heart and soul, a blessing takes wing – nourishing, healing and inspiring. He presented a session of weaving the power of spoken word, song, and invocation in bringing ‘The Great Blessing’ where needed most. He also presented 3 Morning Meditations: ‘The Many Coloured Winds of Morning’. The light of early morning is alive with possibility, carried on the winds from every corner of the earth; a weaving of harpsong and silence, nourished by the winds to and from the four corners of the Garden. He is also supported Howard & Elsa Malpas in ‘The First Shaman’. Jeff lead the core group of musicians and singers who provided the live weave of song and music which he had written for the conference. He was ably and powerfully assisted by Duncan Truter on drums. 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.
“A wonderful mixture of music, movement, and learning. Jeff is a clear and comforting teacher. Good to be around him.”
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman John-Luke Edwards; opened the Conference with The Bones of the Ancestors Bundle Ceremony and lead the first of each mornings plenaries “Singing to the Bones”. Together with Howard & Elsa Malpas, Tom Cowan, Christian Pratt and Jeff Stockton he facilitated the Closing ceremony, ‘Interring the Bones’. With Howard Malpas & the Fire Guardians John-Luke called the First Ancestor Aithar-aodh, The Fire in the Lightning, to the Conference. All ceremonies of Connection, Community and Gathering from the First Ancestor, the Lightning, to the Ancestors we gather around us. John-Luke is the Presidor of the SCGMSS, and called by Ancestral Spirits to awaken Shaman and gather together the family into the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. John-Luke is a Reverend Pathfinder Shaman and Elder of the Wolven Path and sits on the Ordination Gyre of the Tradition.
“….essential thread throughout the conference. bonding with the bundle. a quiet time to reconnect in a simple way with the central purpose of the conference; a grounding and peaceful time, much appreciated.”
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman Mark Loman; from Glastonbury England, a jewel Dr & ‘shaman Smyth’ (one who fashions sacred objects), crystal skull keeper, journey circle leader, and assistant to Howard and Elsa Malpas. Mark is a member of the SSP, SCGMSS and Reverend Pathfinder Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition. Mark presented ‘The Divine Ancestor’; A chance to meet the divine ancestor of our bloodlines and to discover the hidden wisdom in our blood. This was a workshop consisting of both drum and dance journeys which took us on a personal adventure to the home of the divine ancestor; the island of ash and bone down the river of blood , to gain guidance and insight from this ancient being.
“…difficult but powerful. I will be going back into this journey and doing more of the psychopomp work with my ancestors.”
Grant Guindon; is a recent resident to British Columbia and is completing his 3rd Initiand year, the Mystic Year of training as an Apprentice Shaman of the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition with John-Luke Edwards. Grant moves through this world learning to embody his ancestors with an intense focus on plant spirit medicine and the wisdom of the plant kingdom. Since early childhood he has had an affinity with the trees, knowing full well the importance they would and will have in the days to come. He called the Men in seeking to smyth an object of ancestral honouring and who were willing to see each other as brothers in his ceremony, ‘Forging the Ancestral Drum’ by which the drum and the brotherhood of men came to empower the members of the shamanic community through the intention of this ceremony in the honouring of the ancestors. He is a member and Director of the SCGMSS and has begun taking the Journey of Testing to Elderhood.
“Grant is a jewel. Great workshop, great leader, great guys!”
Pathfinder Ginny Layden; presented, “Until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes”, a Healing of all the generations from 7 back to 7 forward including the participant and a balancing of the family lines, for when one is healed we are all healed, She has studied Integrative Energy Healing at Langara College, taken the initiation rights in a one year training of the Incan Medicine Wheel handed down to my teachers from Alberto Villoldo, studied and practices Lomilomi and Stone Massage therapy and Integrative Energy Healing in her home based private practice. She is member of the SSP and SCGMSS and is an Initiated Pathfinder Shaman of the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition.
Pathfinder Mel Tomlinson MA & Pathfinder Stephanie Mills; presented, ‘Redeeming the Ancestors’. By bringing their memories from deep within our bones and out to our conscious everyday thought, they re-established our relationship to the ancestors. Together we acknowledged, honoured and respected them, as did our ancient forefathers and we re-established this symbiotic relationship, asking them to forgive us for our neglect. Mel lives in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a healer, an artist, a crafter and mother and leads the Creative Team of the SCGMSS. She has been a law enforcement officer for 17 years. Stephanie has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. Her home town of Bellingham, Washington is right next to the Canadian border, which she crosses all the time to get to her Wolven Path Clan! She considers herself a healer through many different expressions. Both are Directors of the SCGMSS and members of the SSP and both are Initiated Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage and have taken the Journey of Testing to Elderhood.
“….Everything these two girls do is the very best, love every part of them. Their knowledge, passion, love and enthusiasm comes through when they are teaching.”
Supi (Sue Pennington); created a deeper connection with our ancestors, and the sense of being part of the continuum, part of the flow of life and of the life-force itself through her ceremonial workshop, ‘Receiving the Earth’s Embrace‘. This was an adaptation of the practice of, in ordinary reality, digging one’s own grave and spending the night in it, whilst connecting and communicating with one’s ancestors with its healing value that may tempt us to seek and experience the true ‘Earth’s embrace’. She has been a practitioner/teacher for over 25 years and offers Acupuncture, Massage, Shamanic Healing, Supervision/Mentoring and Yoga. Her main human shamanic teachers to date have been Sandra Ingerman, Simon Buxton and Naomi Lewis at the Sacred Trust, and Howard and Elsa Malpas along with many others, too numerous to mention, to whom she extends her deep gratitude.
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman Tira Evans; presented ‘Bee Healing’; A healing circle using drum stirring and bee healing. She taught how to work with bees to effect distance healing, and ‘Tír Tairngiri – Land of Vision’; opening ourselves to that visioning we built with the Bones of the Ancestors, honouring their labours and lending wisdom and power to all the descendants. Tira has walked the shaman’s path from the age of five when she was ‘taken’ by Shining Folk during a serious illness. For sixty years she has been committed to making and mending, helping and healing. In 1997 she founded the Society of Celtic Shamans, which is dedicated to helping Celtic descendants connect with the traditions and spirit of their ancestors. She is the editor of Earthsongs: Journal of the Society of Celtic Shamans and author of a number of books on the Celtic tradition. Tira is a member of the SSP & SCGMSS and was Initiated as a Pathfinder Shaman into the Wolven Path Lineage tradition of 2011, and is an Reverend Elder of that Tradition.
Marie Josée Vermette & Dean Richards; together offered the Evening ceremony, “Celebrating our Descendants”. During this uplifting evening ceremony, we incarnated the spirits of the Ancestors, remembered our connection to the Stars and dreamt our Descendants into being giving rise to a connective ritual, joining with voices, drums, dances and our creativity for our community to bond, strengthening and honouring each individual’s sense of belonging and contributing to the wellbeing of the generations to come. Marie Josée is an Artist of Holistic Health and a Certified Bodymind Acupressure & Energy Therapy Practitioner, with specialized training in Sound Massage. She is also a Reiki Practitioner. She moved from Quebec and now lives in BC (Can.). She has been facilitating self-expression workshops, using the voice and the drums since 2004. Dean has been playing music professionally in conjunction with his successful video and multimedia business for over 25 years. From his first Mickey Mouse drum set at the age of 6, his calling has always been to be performing and connecting in a profound, meaningful way with people. Dean started supporting MJ’s Chants & Drums in 2010.
Kat Naslas; returned to present, “Dancing Compassion into our Bones”, this was a 2-hour trance dance workshop that helped us integrate an intention of becoming compassionate ancestors. Kat is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3-year program, and is a Sundoor certified Master Firewalk Instructor. She is honoured to serve as one of the Fire Guardians when called upon by her Wolven Path family. She has tended fire for Tepee ceremony, sweat lodge and Vision Quest. She has also gained knowledge from Spirit/Shaman guided pilgrimages to Guatemala and Peru, Greece and England, and participates regularly in SSP conferences both in the US and the UK. She leads workshops across North America and co-leads Shamanic pilgrimages to Greece.
“..Lost myself in the dance. Awesome!”
Jordan Farmer; inspired by her love of Corvids, and their mysterious lives and sounds, presented “Calling to the Raven”, in which we called to Raven to bring us the stories of our ancestors to carry us through the next year. We called to Raven to lead us to a secret place of hidden gifts carried in our bloodline and called to Raven to remember our future destiny and our song to the descendants. We called to Raven for protection and play with Raven and find inspiration and guidance for the coming year. Jordan is a Shamanic Apprentice of the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition, under the Guidance of Rev. Shaman John-Luke Edwards. She is a member of the Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society and the Society of Shamanic Practitioners.
Madeline Marchell; presented ‘Soul Power Healing’; an experiential workshop covering the application of JinShin Jyutsu and QiGong for health and healing. We found the power to heal ourselves. These self healing tools helped correct unhealthy conditions at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Once we had tuned up our energetic body, we journeyed to find our soul family. Madeline was also available for her popular early morning Yoga. Madeline is a Shamanic and Integrative Medicine Practitioner. She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three Year Advance Program and her practice spans over 15 years. Currently, she provides her healing arts to three New Jersey hospitals. These services include: Shamanism, JinShin Jyutsu, QiGong, TaiChi and Yoga.
Jaime Nichols & Kim Bientjes; had as their goal for their ceremonial Smything workshop, “Bones to Breath”, that we would all walk forward with a greater respect of the Ancestral Bones & the Bones of the Earth as well as having a sacred tool to help communicate and heal themselves & others with the help of the Ancestor Spirits. As part of this creative experience we “cleansed” those bones that have been dishonoured by us as the 2 Leggeds, and then honour them as our ancestors that came before us. Jaime is a certified Farrier of 14 years having also trained and shown horse for 24 years. She is in her 2nd year of Apprenticeship as Shaman in the Wolven path Lineage Tradition. She is the mother of 6 year old. Kim is also in her 2nd year of Apprenticeship as Shaman in the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. She moved from the Netherlands to Canada in 1993, she is a Reiki Master and works with energy modalities which she incorporates into her shamanic practice. Both are members of the SCGMSS.
Denis Gobeil; lead a small group in a ceremonial Smything workshop entitled “Bones of the Forest”. The trees are our ancestors! The bark is seen as their bones. Amongst the tree we carved a bust of one of our ancestral elders whose essence/or memories are locked within the bark of the tree, exposing their faces ceremonially to give thanks and honour for our life and the lives of our descendants. Denis is a lover of nature; spending long days visiting the forest where he finds inner peace, inspiration and connection through the spirits of nature and the trees. He has dedicated the last 7 years to bringing out the spirits who live in the woods to help awaken the human connection to the trees.
“Great fun physically working with the bones of the tress and allowing them to speak and form faces. I had never carved before, and I think I will now carve everything in sight.”
Terry Manz & Merina Mohr; tell us that our ancestors would smyth together, share stories, wisdom, and plan for the times ahead. They would make sacred items to assist the conscious mind to be aware of the presence of the ancestors, and spirit. While participating in the “Ceremonial Jewellery ~ Link to the Ancestors”, participants crafted a piece of jewellery that became a part of their story, their sacred theatre. Ceremonial jewellery that would be worn with purpose and has a connection that opens the door to communicate freely with our Ancestors, and Spirit.
Terry is Jeweller, Bead Artist, and Apprentice Shaman of Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. For the past ten years Terry’s jewellery line – Body Talk – has incorporated vintage pieces: using reclaimed materials she has minimized the negative impacts to the earth. Her skills as a master crafter are complimented by her history of working in nursing, and volunteering in the community. Her eco-sensibility and design sense comes from her commitment to respect the gifts that Mother Nature provides, and show her gratitude and reverence for the Earth.
Merina is a mixed Media Artist, Photographer, and Apprentice Shaman of Wolven Path Lineage Tradition. As an artist she has exhibited works both Canada, US and internationally. Merina has facilitated workshops for both children and adults, from diverse backgrounds, including addictions recovery, disabilities and new Canadians. Merina has found through the journey of ‘inspiration, intuition, and imagination,’ we can all connect.
“Always a pleasure to work with those two, they work together with spirit so well that I had space to be inspired and I created a ceremonial piece that I wore and will wear!”
Sharon Erickson; through her workshop, “Honouring the Bones of the Ancestors through our Sacred Drums”,Sharon created a sacred space for us to honour our drums and bring a Shamanic sacredness to the instruments. Our drums are created literally from the bones of our ancestors, since the trees (who gave their wood for the hoops) and the animals (who gave their hides for the drum heads) are also ancestors to the two Leggeds. Every time we pick up our drums to play we will know we are holding the bones of the ancestors. Sharon was raised in Canmore, Alberta (after being born in Calgary) and spent her childhood in the Rocky Mountains, loving the rocks and stones and natural environment. Since 1988 she has lived in Nanaimo, BC, Vancouver Island near the shore of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) enjoying the energy of the great ocean. After studying traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage since 2002, on the Big Island of Hawaii, Sharon has been introduced to Shamanic tradition through her two years of study (to date) as a Shaman apprentice of the Wolven Path Tradition with Rev. Shaman John-Luke Edwards. She is also a member of the SCGMSS.
Pathfinder Cindy Murdock; presented a ceremonial Smything workshop to create “The Bone Fetish of the Ancient Waters”. This Shamanic tool connected us with the Spirits of the South, spirits of the waters and connected us with the bones of the oceans. The animal fetish will be used when dealing with issues surrounding emotions, connection with the sea, its creatures, all shamanic workings with the waters and the sacred presence of the first Grandmother, the primordial Ocean. This fetish holds the sea bones of remembered wisdom of the waters. Cindy was the facilitator in the 2011 Conference in the teachings and making of the Whispering Bough. She is an Initiate Wolven Pathfinder and working towards Reverend-ship in 2012. I am a Water Bearer and a Fire Keeper in the Wolven Path Community and a member of the SCGMSS. She has a background of artistic work and education married with a love for artistic creativity and design, have brought me the pleasure of working as a Shamanic Smyth.
“…the crafting turned out to be very symbolic for me and affirmative of my personal growth process in surprising ways.”
Tasara; facilitated “The Lost Blood Ancestors Ceremony”. Following a discussion of what happens to people when they die and cannot cross over, including reasons why people don’t cross over. With Journey and ceremony we sought to release those that never got to cross over and who are not working in our best interest; in our bloodline are those we want to forget and ignore through many dysfunctional labels and to release ourselves. Tasara has been deeply devoted to her magical and shamanic path for 25 years. She expresses it through building community, teaching workshops, creating transformative visuals for live events and taking clients. She is a natural teacher and is in wonder of the many manifestations of love. She has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and many teachers: Betsy Bergstrom, Janine Ellison, Tom Cowan, Anank Nunink Nunkai, Miguel Kavlin, Isa Gucciardi, John Lawrence, Sandra Ingerman, and Leslie Conton. Tasara was instrumental in creating the son et lumierè of the forest above our heads in the evening ceremonies.
“Great grasp of communal creation of ceremony. The final result was clearly effective, intentional, and awesome.”
; connected with the profound joy of ‘The Cosmic Jester’, around us and within us, to brighten our path and remind us to laugh along the way. This was an opportunity to connect with our Ancestors in this energy of Cosmic Joy. We sent that Joy up our bloodline and dance in Joy with our Ancestors to honour their wisdom and love and take it forward. The Cosmic Jester is about deep and profound Joy, seeing with different perspective and paradox. Furthermore, the Cosmic Jester also understands the deepest of sorrow, and how to transform this to Joy. Robert works as a Holistic Therapist, with over 15 years training and experience in Shamanism. His practice includes shamanic massage, trance dance and landscape work. Rob also co-presents with Howard and Elsa Malpas on their Dancing The Medicine Wheel and Soul Regeneration workshops.
“…..MARVELLOUS! ….. crazy, delightful. absolutely loved it.”
Alison Skelton; presented ‘Our Ancestral Legacy to Prosperity’. Our ancestors wish for us to do more than just survive in the material world, they wish us to thrive and prosper so that our descendants may also prosper. Through active journeying and ritual, we identified and removed the blocks to prosperity which may hamper our ability to receive the richness that life has to offer. We met a guardian that connected us to our ancestral legacy, and gave us access to the inheritance of wealth that has been handed down in spirit from the beginning of time. Alison has been practicing divination, spiritual healing, and energy work, within the context of Wicca and Shamanism since 1977, as well as performing and facilitating regular seasonal and personal rituals. As ritual designer, teacher, consultant and mentor, she teaches seminar classes and workshops on a variety of subjects including Psychic self development, Shamanic healing, and creative self expression activation. She is a member of the SCGMSS. She presented at the 2011 Birthing & Blossoming Conference.
“This workshop was wonderful and life changing! I have been changing the way I think, talk and do things since I took this workshop. I love the way and the information was presented. The ceremony in the class was powerful and genuine…”
Richard Hahn; presented ‘Song of Our Ancestors’ in which with the help of sound vibration we journeyed back to our ancestors and the moments of trauma to mourn the losses with them. That meant we felt the losses and opened our hearts and brought love and forgiveness back to our ancestors and ourselves. We undid what was done and come back to innocence. Richard has an RPC degree in counselling with a focus on the Transpersonal, family systems and person centered therapy. He has also studied extensively energy healing modalities. 10 years ago he discovered his talent for Throat Singing and gift for sound healing with singer & Sacred Chant leader Jerry DesVoignes. Today he teaches workshops that combine his therapeutic knowledge with is sound healing abilities to help people transform their lives. He presented at the 2011 Birthing & Blossoming Conference.
“Heart opening, moving and beautifully connective. The work was straightforward clear and beautifully supported by the vibrational magic of Richard’s voice.”
Shoshana Avree; BA, LMT,has been a Shamanic Practitioner for over 23 years as well as a massage therapist for over 24 years, helping people connect with the spirits to alleviate dis-ease; spiritual, emotional and physical. She also practices Soul Retrieval, Extraction, Divination, Depossession and Spiritual Counselling for individuals & businesses. She is a member of the SCGMSS. She is passionate about working with the spirits and helping ‘others’ remember who they really are in alignment to their Soul’s Purpose. She presented ‘Permission to Leave’ for those serious about clearing Ancestral Connections & Contracts, and in doing this allowed both parties to ‘move on’ and commit the same assistance to the Descendants.
Stephanie Helberg; is a certified hypnotherapist, shamanic practitioner, crystal healer & Reiki Master and has studied shamanic practices and herbal medicine in the Amazon. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a member of the International Assoc. for Regression Research & Therapies, a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and the SCGMSS . She presented Weaving Your Tapestry amongst the Ancestors: ‘We are the master weavers of the tapestry of our lives. As we interlace our happiness, our sorrows, our pain and our joys into our creation. The individual thread of our heart’s truth makes our tapestries unique. Through this work we create a new stronger tapestry for our lives and the life of our descendants’.
Pathfinder Julie Parrell; from Vancouver presented ‘Rites On! Let’s Celebrate!’ In this intimate workshop Julie Parrell explore with us, ways to make our yearly celebrations more sacred by adding ancestral knowledge, wisdom and festivities.Julie uses her performance art skills to weave together the worlds of Ancestral Spirits; pushing through the boundaries of the mundane, with the world we find ourselves living in. She is a member of the SCGMSS and an Initiated Pathfinder of the Wolven Path Tradition.
Robert Murphy & Dr. Eve Bruce; in their workshop ‘Integrating the Past Lives of your Soul Self with your Ancestral Lineage’, we came together in sacred circle and explored our place on Earth as beings who live with both past life and ancestral lineages. With the help of our spirit guides, we journeyed to our significant past life; to our Ancestral lineage to honour that presence and influence in our lives asked for help to remember the sacred teachings which Western society has tried to purge from our consciousness. Rob is a practicing shaman and a master shamanic-reiki practitioner and Level 3 reiki 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 taught by the late Brazilian shaman, Ipupiara and his wife Claicha, a yatchak in the Peruvian Quechua tradition. He is also initiated into the Brazilian shamanic tradition of the Makunaiman. Eve is Programme Director for Lios Dána Dolphin Spirit Gate in Southwest Ireland. She has studied with the Zulu prophet, artist & holy man Credo Mutwa for over 10 years. Eve was the first non-Quechua woman to be inducted into the Circle of Yachaks, or Birdpeople Shamans, of the high Andes. Her shamanic training stems from over 15 years with indigenous elders from the Andes and Amazon, her Past Life and Between Life Regression training with Michael Newton, author of Journey of Souls. Dr Bruce is author of Shaman MD, and coauthor with Robert Levy of Shamanism – The Book of Journeys.
“It was really thought provoking and excellent to hear about another tradition in looking at past lives and the journeys were very powerful. Rob and Eve worked really well with one another too.”
Jan Engel’s Smith; presented ‘Bring Dreams to a Good End’; The Ancestors had “dreams” for us. We are the descendants of these ancestors and their dreams are immeasurably unrealized. Not only are the ancestor’s dreams unrealized but also the people of today’s world have forgotten to “dream,” or how to dream in this shamanic way. Learning to Bring Dreams to a Good End through guided imagery we were able to go back into our dreams that we dreamt and seek to change them and shift our current dismal situation. Jan’s training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies & metaphysical traditions. She has trained with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and also with individual shamans. She conducts workshops teaching people about shamanism and learning how to journey for themselves. She is a Shamanic Practitioner, Author, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counsellor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counsellor and a Hypnotherapist.
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman Angela Prider; offered a women’s only group ‘Healing the Hidden Ancestors’ to reflect and heal what were once rites of passage within Women’s Business, miscarriage and unwanted pregnancy have since become isolating experiences, which many women endure silently. For some of our ancestors, these same experiences were also laden with guilt and shame and were taken to the grave, only to inhibit the crossing over and journey of Ancestralisation for both mother and child. Angela is a Reverend Elder Pathfinder Shaman of the Wolven Path Tradition and Shamanic Teacher. She has been entrusted by her Ancestors with the re-animation of The White Bone Tradition, teaching this as a women’s Shamanic Apprenticeship. She has a private practice where she synthesizes shamanic healing & SRT for those recovering from trauma. She is a member of the SSP and a Member of the SCGMSS.
Innayni Alleson; a Second Degree Usui Reiki Master and evolving into the art of Peruvian Shamanic and other native healing practices. She is a graduate of the Wiracocha Institute Center for Spirit and Consciousness and is certified in the State of Washington as a minister, spiritual healer and earth steward through the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards Congregations. Through her years of studies, she has earned the titles of Mesa Carrier and Pampamesayoq. She and John her husband presented ‘Ourselves Our Ancestors’. Using a Peruvian Shamanic healing ceremonial practice called ‘Miqui’ we worked our energy bodies through literal, symbolic, mythic, and energetic aspects to bring balance and right relationship to ourselves and our Ancestors.
Sangoma John Lockley; John is one of the first white men, in recent history, to become a fully initiated Sangoma in the Xhosa Lineage Tradition of South Africa; the tribe of Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu. John presented the ‘Xhosa Ancestral Blessing’ ceremony through drumming, singing and dancing in the ancient way. This involved invoking the Ancestors or Izinyanya (the silent hidden ones) through the Xhosa language. The word ‘Sangoma’ means people of the song; John performed this function as a traditional Sangoma. He has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, where he has performed this ritual. After witnessing these blessings many people have reported dreams about their Ancestors or Spirit Guides. It was therefore important for people to be conscious, vigilant and be aware that they will be sharing in a sacred ceremony. He was also available for private sessions to answer questions pertaining to Ancestors, Dreams, medicinal plants and indigenous Sangoma/Shamanic practice on the pre-conference morning and during the Shaman Market.
“I felt a sense of love and warmth from John and his relationships with his Ancestors – it was the highlight of the Conference for me.”
Nataraj & Tina Puddister; presented ‘Healing Shadows’, a workshop designed for those who would engage in ceremony through journeying, drumming, and creative-expression with finger-painting and movement to connect with the Bones of the Ancestors and their wisdom to nurture spiritual harmony and self-healing. Tina works as a R.N. in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; she has been a nurse for 20 years. Tina is a Certified and practicing Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner and a Cranial Sacral Therapist. She practices out of the Heart Quest Healing Collective in Downtown Vancouver. Nataraj works as a Peer Support Worker with the mentally ill and/or substance dependent and aspires to bring healing modalities such as Shamanic Practice and trauma therapy into clinical settings such as the Psychiatric Ward and Transition Care for less acute psychiatric patients. He is a meditation and Ascension teacher and is currently studying to become an Addictions Careworker through McMaster University. Both are 2nd year Shamanic Apprentices (the Year of the Warrior Soul) in the Wolven Path Tradition with Reverend Pathfinder Dr. John-Luke Edwards.
“…You could see the heart and soul that was put into this presentation into every little detail.”
Christiana Harle; Christiana Harle, offered a Tuvan Evening Ceremony to celebrate the newly Initiated Pathfinders & Elders aspiring Wholeness, Integration, Great Awakening and the union of our spirit helpers, our guides, our friends and our Self and our community, and wove a ceremony for Ancestral & Hereditary Wounds in Siberian/Finno-Ugrian Tradition. She has been working with shamanism for nigh on twenty years in Finland. Life has taken her to Tuva where she worked with shamans for two years, continued her late husband’s research on Tuvan culture and shamanism which resulted in a film: In the Arms of Buddha and the Drum. She is an official shaman, red card holding member of Düngür the first Shaman Centre in Tuva. Heimo Lappalainen, Jonathan Horwitz, and Annette Höst were her first human introduction to shamanism. She teaches shamanic healing, gives workshops on birthing, shamanic drums and lectures on Tuvan shamanism in Finland. She is a keeper of Bees and a registered music therapist, and a member of the SCGMSS.
“She is a blast! I love wild women! Feeding spirit water to the fire, the blessings and the cigars! Now that was fun!!”
Rev. Pathfinder Shaman Manjit Sidhu; introduced a core basic shamanic journey to find our Power Animal that would be with us for the conference and would bring us messages or guidance for the conference. Her aim was to guide those not fully conversant with Journeying with a gentle teaching which would support their journey process through the Conference and its workshops. She also wished to use the Animal Spirits found, to work to honour the spirits of the land for the conference. Manjit is an initiated Reverend Pathfinder Shaman of the Wolven Tradition and as been a student of the tradition for the last 6 years with Reverend Pathfinder Shaman John-Luke Edwards and is a member and Director of the SCGMSS. She has also trained to work in a hospice and hospital to be with patients dealing with pain management. Manjit is a proud mother of 2 adult children, works full time in the corporate world, volunteers in a hospice and assists in group healings and rituals with the Wolven Path Clan. Born in Malaysia and moved to Canada 40 years ago Manjit has lived most of that time on the West Coast.
“…Really enjoyed connecting with the animal for the conference and then journeying for what would be supportive for another person during the conference. Felt like it was a very supportive way to start the conference.”
Rev. Pathfinder MaryJane Richardson;presented “The Winds of Time” by which through journey we remembered the contract we made the moment before we were conceived. We were able to see more clearly how the tapestry is woven into the fabric of our lives, our being, and the very essence of who we are. And in remembering our true essence we remembered our calling and our destiny. In doing this we remembered our song, and we sang that song to our Ancestors who have gone before us, and also to our Descendants who will come after us. She was born & raised in N Vancouver, BC. In 2006 her life journey mystically brought her to Lions Bay BC, where she met Re. Pathfinder Shaman John-Luke Edwards and began her 4 year apprenticeship, The 3 Souls. She was Initiated into the Wolven Path Lineage Tradition as a Pathfinder in 2009 when she received the name “Brigantia of the Morning Dawn”. She works with the land and nature as a landscape gardener; working with Mother Earth is both rewarding & healing and she waits for whatever it is that the spirits open and call her to.
Star Whisper Apprentices; presented “The Blessing of Máthair Tei” during which the intention was to honour the spirits of the land, forgive our neglect of the land to receive the beneficence of the First Mother, Máthair Tei. They called us to become quiet an to listen to the secret whisper of the stars to bring this wisdom, respect and light to Mother Earth and to shine like stars on Earth on their path together. We called to the Earth as the Mother to set aside a small circle of land to be the sacred place of silence and peace in readiness to receive our prayers, into which we placed the Bones of the Ancestors we had carried throughout the conference and as a final act of honouring we lay them to rest as Ancestors in the Bone Mother. Star Whisper; Nicole Powell, Geoff Dick, Nikiah Seeds, Keylaira Lee, Angie McLachlan, Beatrice Simmons, Janine Weber-Galloway are Pathfinder Apprentices of the Wolven Path Tradition in their first year of training.
“..beautiful setting, simple and lovely. berry in mouth, petals in hand, reverence and love for the earth. could not have been more heartfelt.”
Ella Hope; presented “The Forgiveness Ritual of the Cherry Trees” a gentle forgiveness ceremony and peaceful preparation circle. Guided by soft-drum and journey we invited a deceased-beloved to share with us; one who had a Teaching to offer, in peace, love, and healing. With deep Listening and surrender we each had the opportunity to experience the invoked subtle dance-movement and gesture of our deceased-beloved. We opened our bodies to a deeper forgiveness and awareness, in preparation for the afternoon release of the dead to ancestors. Ella is born of Irish-Danu lineage and is a workshop facilitator, multi-media presenter, and author of three 500-page textbooks on self-healing/shamanic practices with nature. She is a classically-trained modern dancer/ Ritual Dance Artist at Festivals, co-creator of shamanic photographic gallery collections, and owner-manager of a large Eco-Center in Washington State. She is a member of the SCGMSS.