This circle of honored elders are the foundation for the Woman Soul Gathering. Their shared wisdom and traditions create the spiritual container for the healing stories to unfold.
“As ceremonial people, we are an open window because there is no hiding who we are.” ~Barbara “Bobbie” James Snyder
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.
“Uncle Debbie” (There’s a story to my name) 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-which means Last of the Royal Princesses. She is currently a Social Worker doing Family Preservation Services within the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma Washington. She is a Spiritual advisor and teacher to the many. 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 the drum keeper for Kiya’s Heartbeat (Grandmother’s Heartbeat), the drum driven from Seattle to Washington DC twice. She is a total Seattle Seahawk Hawkaholic, and devoted Grandmother, Mother, Sister, Aunt, and walks her life knowing that Every Woman/Sister is her Mirror, and she theirs.
Linda Ours Rago is a traditional Appalachian granny woman and seer who lives in the hills of West Virginia along the Potomac river where her family has been for many generations. She is author of seven books, including “Blackberry Cove Herbal, Healing with Common Herbs in the Appalachian Wise Woman Tradition.”
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. Her Upper Skagit Indian name is Hyyahbolsah.
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.