Minister of Walking Prayer, Sacred Serpent Sisters 2011
Half Moon Bay, California, U.S.
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Will also travel: United States, Hawaii, Canada, and Internationally (review case by case)
Fluent in English, feelings, music (Ha, Ha, the arcane language of Gregg Shorthand!)
The gifts and talents I bring in this life have to do with holding space and facilitating ceremony and rites of passage. I am especially passionate in co-creating and supporting elder initiations, women’s moon lodge circles, women’s circles, and girls-to-womanhood rites of passage. I engage in mentoring relationships with individuals and groups, listening for sacred questions, affirming their gifts and sacred journeys. This lifetime, I have been blessed with the gift of empathy, deep listening. A medicine I have been gifted with is the language of music in the form of singing. Singing, for me, is prayer, is a blessing.
In 70 years of living and gathering life experience, there has also been some study/training: Initiation & Practice of Transcendental Meditation (since 1973, with Phase I Teacher Training, 1977) taught by Maharish Mahesh Yogi; Insight Meditation w/Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein, Jennifer Berezan, Erin Treat. Study & practice of Nurturing Touch Communication: Therapeutic Massage Certification, Infant Massage Instructor Certification. Certification in Japanese healing arts of Reiki II & Johrei. Nonviolent and compassionate communication skills. Independent studies: Jungian Psychology as specifically related to the Sacred Feminine with beloved teacher/mentors: Marion Woodman (all audio courses re Sacred Feminine) and Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés (How to Be an Elder, Original Voice & Heart of the Wounded Healer trainings, plus all audio courses) & Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen (Goddess books & Millionth Circle women’s circle guidance); Angeles Arrien (Second Half of Life Course), Vicki Noble (Motherpeace Tarot as Spiritual Divination guide & seasonal rituals), Zsuzsanna Budapest (Seasonal rituals & full moon circles); StarHawk (Ceremonial study; seasonal rituals). Singing: Church choir since age 7; Sacred Inspiration choirs: Sonoma County Peace Chorus, Agape Choir, East Bay Church of Religious Science, Wings of Glory, Joyful Noise, Lighthouse Singers, & Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs; Women’s Sacred Chanting Circles with Jennifer Berezan, Heather Houston Spirit Song circles/choir. Since 2005: Founding member of and service to Mountains to Sea Renewal Circle Elder Council; Since 2017, CSS Elder Seed circle member in service to the greater CSS & Kayumari communities.
2011-2015 Contributed to the research and development of the body of work in support of published books: Soul Stories: Nine Passages of Initiation (a journal process for life review and reclaiming one’s rites of passages; and Nine Passages for Women and Girls: Ceremonies and Stories of Transformation (www.ninepassages.com), author: Dr. Gail Burkett.