We are all aware of the need in these times for grounded, caring human beings making critical decisions for the good of our children, for the good of displaced peoples, for the good of the Life Giving Forces, the Air, the Water, our Mother Earth, and for the good of All Our Relatives. If not us, who? If not now, when?
We have said yes to “right now” by collaborating on this 4-day, new moon Woman Soul gathering, along with friends and sponsors, Woman’s Way Red Lodge, Sacred Circles Institute and Sacred Groves. Barbara James Snyder carries the Grandmother Moon Bundle and will be bringing the Bundle to bless and honor each woman at the gathering. As Barbara has said, “the Universe needs you to accept who you are.”
“As ceremonial people, we are an open window because there is no hiding who we are.”
~~Barbara “Bobbie” James Snyder
Our Honored Elders
Elder, Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, member of American Indian Community House, member of San Francisco American Indian Cultural Center, member American Indian Movement 1968-1979, Bis’so (Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, Sister)
A Washoe Paiute woman, Bobbie travels throughout the United States to sacred sites where she conducts healing ceremonies to renew the Spirits of the land and keep alive the very nature of the web of life that connects us all. Bobbie is a woman of vision guided by Spirit whose exuberance for life naturally inspires. She is a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife and a grandmother who gives of herself tirelessly from her heart, with true joy.
Carolyn, Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian, is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant committed to a life of service assisting individuals, families and communities to create spiritually based wellness for themselves and future generations.
Debbie is an enrolled Tlingit Tribal member through Juneau Alaska, and is also Filipino on her paternal side. On her maternal side she is Snohomish, Cowlitz, French Canadian, Irish and German. Her Tlingit name is GunSeek. Debbie is currently a Mental Health Counselor for homeless Native Youth, and a Spiritual advisor and teacher to the many young homeless youth in Seattle. She has been a social justice political activist and Native community activist for many years. She works with women veterans to help heal PTSD, and is an organizer of Turtle Women Rising (TWR), an organization that she co-founded with Veteran Eli Painted Crow in 2007. Debbie is drum keeper for Kiya’s Heartbeat (Grandmother’s Heartbeat), the drum they drove from Seattle to Washington DC twice. She is a total Seattle Seahawk Hawkaholic, and devoted Sister. Every Woman/Sister is her Mirror, and she theirs.
A traditional medicine woman from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island, Della has been studying the medicinal uses of plants all her life. She is retired and makes her living giving lectures, workshops, nature walks, etc. Della has a vast knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants and their medicinal and ceremonial uses and brings her knowledge to life through songs, stories, prayer and humor.
June is a spiritual healer, teacher, mentor, writer, activist and gardener with strong roots in Celtic traditions, shamanic practices, and Western medicine. Her work draws from dreams, intuitive wisdom, shamanic journeys, time in Nature, and family and ancestral healing methods. She loves trees and forests and feels they are a wonderful model for us of connected, collaborative, diverse, interdependent communities. She and her wife of many years live in Seattle and have two grown sons.
“Lorraine Bow” is a Song Carrier, Medicine Drummer and Ceremonial Artist of Irish and Cherokee ancestry. Lorraine has participated in many of the 13-Grandmother Council Fires and educational gatherings over the last 8 years. A lifelong early childhood teacher and parent educator, Lorraine is co-founder of Tickle Tune Typhoon/Music for the Whole Family, and a singer/songwriter recording artist. Lorraine’s life is dedicated to honoring cultural and spiritual unity and following the way of Beauty and Blessing.
A traditional Puget Sound Native Elder, Lynette began her medicine path 65-70 years ago with her grandfather. Lynette is an Upper Skagit tribal member, a traditional Indian doctor, and teacher of healing and spirituality in the traditional ways.
A founder and former Lodgekeeper for Woman’s Way Red Lodge, Mary is a sacred song carrier and musician, poet, waterpourer, weaver, writer, gardener, community activist, outdoorswoman and mother of two adult children. With her husband, Mary stewards a community sanctuary on Vashon Island where they offer weekly Sweatlodge, a Moonlodge open for women, and host numerous personal and community ceremonies.
A Medicine Woman, Starfeather, has lived and taught the Sacred Path through visionary art, women’s circles, drumming and energy healing, for over thirty years. Her goal is to bring self-empowerment to women through art, craft, healing and the re-establishment of the love of the sisterhood among all women. She is the founder of the Medicine Woman’s Mentoring Circle in Edmonds, Washington, and a grandmother.
Grandmother and an active elder in her community, Suzanne offers her support in heart and wisdom. For over 50 years, Suzanne has created expressive living and learning environments for students, friends and family. Professionally she devoted herself to a learning community on Bainbridge Island focused on early childhood education. Suzanne knows the power nature has to bring us into playfulness and sacred space, walking for days and months in the wilderness as a living prayer, showering the land, skies and all our relations with love and blessings. Suzanne will want you to camp under the stars and walk with her.
Over the course of her adult life, Therese has been a nurse, midwife, director and teacher at Seattle Midwifery School and a founding member of 3 national midwifery organizations. At this point in her life, she is a different kind of ‘midwife’ for women, facilitating ceremonies and circles and offering Holistic Pelvic Care at Sacred Groves Women’s Mysteries School. Therese and her partner, Tere, co-own and co-manage Sacred Groves, a 10-acre forest sanctuary and Eco Retreat on Bainbridge Island.