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Sage Age Nest

Sage Age Women

In a time where we have forgotten so much, the value of true elders cannot be underestimated as they serve as the storytellers, the lineage holders, the initiators of the young, and the holders of vision. These are the ones who have gathered a rich array of life experience through laying the foundations of the paths that we now walk upon, and have the gift to distill that experience into wisdom with a willingness to share with their community. We are thrilled and honored to welcome many wonderful sage age women to the Spirit Weavers Gathering!

Our Special “Sage Age” ticket of $388.00 is for those 60 or over.

These tickets will be available through our regular registration day on January 12th at 10am pst.

Some things to consider in regards to our elders:

There will be a designated space for the use of our elders this year, the Crone’s Nest. Let us honor this space as a place of rest and rejuvenation.

When you see an elder out and about, ask permission before you engage them in conversation or ask a question. As a sisterhood, we have the opportunity to weave a culture of honor and respect in the village we will co-create.

Be discerning about what is important to speak with an elder about, and what you can find support for within your peer group. Attend the classes they offer to get to learn more about them, and honor their space and energy level.

Below are our 2018 Sage Age Women. 2019 Women will be added in the Spring.

Meet Our 2018 Sage Age Women

Sweet Medicine Nation

Sweet Medicine Nation (Chickasaw/Choctaw/French/Irish) is a gifted artist, educator, lecturer, and healer who guides and initiates personal growth in others with her eloquence, wisdom, and gift for serving others. She awakens us to the personal and social value of earth stewardship, honoring the wisdom of natural ways to benefit ourselves and Mother Earth.

Sweet Medicine is involved in numerous local and International groups, federal agencies, endangered species research, and riparian studies and education. She is also a master of edible and medicinal plants of the local region in Central Oregon. Her background in Alternative Medicine, Midwifery, and Herbology, along with her written articles and books based on medicinal and edible native plants, compliments her heritage and love of sharing natural knowledge.

Sweet Medicine will be at both the Sun and Moon sessions.

Sarah and Martina

Sarah and her 93 year old Mother Martina are Guatemalan Mayans, traditionalists in lifestyle. They have been weaving since they were little girls. Sarah and Martina love to teach weaving, because in their world, people are woven from corn, its what they say, to bring life and weaving together is very important in their culture. Sarah and Martina love to share and exchange cultural and artistic ways of seeing thing through many forms of textiles.

Kaariina Natalie Saarinen M Ed Coun

Grandma Kaariina Natalie Saarinen M Ed Coun is bloodline shamanka with epigenetics from Mongolia, Tuva, Siberia and northern Finland. Traveling for 15 years, Kaariina is an energetic adept, a strong and fierce light for truth and a discipline healer for humanity. Her passion is for nonviolence and purpose: to end the lies of separation from source. She longs for family reunions and lives the Way of Council, knowing that partnerships can be alchemized and traumas no longer serve as a basis for conversations.

Kaariina comes to us in June 2016, after months of initiating reiki masters, coaching permaculture initiatives, offering sweatlodges with many traditional lodge holders, listening often in the wild to the heart of pachamama, and aligning to the prophecies: eagle Quetzal Condor, the Whirling Rainbow, the 8th Sacred Fire, and that of the Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Bowing down to this fourth annual gathering of spirit weavers.

Grandma Kaariina will be at both the Sun and the Moon Sessions.

Windsong Ohana

Windsong Martin is a singer, songwriter and women’s ceremonial guide with a passion for singing with others. She has been participating in women’s ceremonial circles for 35 years and hosted the “Good Medicine Women’s Retreat” for 20 years . She has written and gathered a wealth of songs written for women’s ceremony and actively teaches them to continue the Sacred Womens traditions. She lives on a beautiful park like property with her husband, and has raised 3 children. She is Canadian by birth from British Columbia but has made her home in Southern Oregon for 40 years. now.

Enoli Foti

Enolia, Orator is Changing Times Woman. She walks the path set before her to Teach, Heal and Empower.

Enolia has traveled around the world to study with many native medicine people. Spanning the Ojibwa nation of Canada, Lakota, Yaqui, Hopi, Apache nations of the U.S., the Q’eros of Peru, the Mapuche of Chile, the Toltec of New Mexico and the Luhya of Kenya. Bringing back the gift to heal the luminous body at an energetic level.

Enolia is certified as a Reiki Master and is currently a graduate of Alberto Villoldo’s Four Winds Light Body School where she received the 13 Rites of the Munay-ki from the Q’eros Indians of Peru.

Her skills fully spanning the many facets of Energetic Medicine, Language of Light, drumming, sound healing with drums and tuning forks and the arts. All focused on healing and the empowerment of the soul.

By sharing the ancient practices and teachings through modern empowerment workshops, retreats and focused classes, Enolia has become a Modern day Medicine Woman.

Trish Gallagher

Trish has been a life long student of the natural world and our relationship to the plants and animals that share that world with us. Teaching from direct experence for many years at Northern California Womans Herbal symposium, Terra Vita, Seeds Laguna, Motherland School of herbology. Portland Plant Medicine and many other events on the west coast. She is a member of Spirit Song Community founder of WilddevOcean Seaweed Collective and works as a massage therapist and herbal consultant at Middletown massage & Acupuncture collective.It is her greatest pleasure to share teachings with others while enjoying the outdoors.

Trish Gallagher will be sharing Seaweed as Food & Health and Seaweed Gathering & Baskets.

Sarah Bicknell

Sarah MacLean Bicknell is a healer, teacher, and mentor. She has studied healing and ceremonial work in North American indigenous traditions for 25 years. She has incorporated her Celtic roots into her present North American practice and is sought out for her intuitive readings, workshops, ceremony, and her soul doctoring practice. She stands in her deep gratitude to her elders and teachers that have gone before her, and stands firmly in her own vision – a vision that is related and crafted for these times of the 21st century. Her work is about connection, community, ceremony and respect.

Also raised in the Western world, she has lived the loss of disconnection and is profoundly thankful to her indigenous elders that have taught her how to re-arrive more fully into her life.   Sarah was adopted by ceremony, into the Ghosthorse family 1991, Sungleska Nation, She stands in deep honor to her elder council/mentors which over the years has been Aricelli Dominguez, Adalberto Rivera,(Maya) Wallace Black Elk, Buck Ghosthorse (Lakota) Paul Ghosthorse. Rod Mcafee (Sungleska) Donna Carlita, Hernando Salazar (Inca, Peru), Youseff Bashir (Berber, N. Africa) Betty Bergstrom, (NW coastal, Norse, Scottish) ), Francesca Boring (Shoshone, N Native European) Harold Blood, Carolyn Hillier, K.Trevelyan (N Native European) and to the many around the world that she has sat and stood in ceremony with.

Sarah will be sharing Dream Tracking and Ceremony Basics.

Carmen Vicente

Medicine Woman. Carrier of the Art of Altars. Chief of Sun Dance, Spirit Dance, and Vision Quest. Creator of “The School of Secrets” and “Gatherings of the Vagina” in America and Europe. Spiritual Leader. Messenger of the Carnation.

Carmen Vicente was born in the province of Loja, Ecuador. Since her birth, she has been recognized in her community for her gifts as a “healer”, and during her childhood she actively practiced this role, specifically healing children and animals.

Throughout her unique journey, Carmen dedicated herself to theater and the arts, worked with women in jails, supported education programs for indigenous and peasant children through UNICEF, established alliances with indigenous leaders from North and South America, and consolidated her lineage as a Woman of Spiritual Path, and Chief of Sun Dance, Spirit Dance, and Vision Quest.

Carmen’s mission is to instruct contemporary women and men to walk in their personal power through attention to their origin. Today, her work inspires women around the world to step into their responsibilities in these times, as birth givers of creation and guardians of the fire. She regularly participates as a speaker at diverse festivals and educational spaces and leads various projects in America and Europe. She reminds us why it’s important to revitalize the memory of the ancient cultures of the Earth and to renew awareness of our relation with Spirit through art.

Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon is a Canadian ceremonial leader born in Montreal, Canada of French Canadian, Japanese & Native American heritage.  For 21 years she has walked the “Camino Rojo” with love, dignity and honor, working with various medicine men and women of the Americas, Indigenous ceremonies and  traditions, healing modalities and medicinal plants.   Seventeen years with the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan has allowed her to receive the healing and direct teachings of the sacred altars of the Temazcal (Sweat Lodge), Chanupa (sacred pipe), Vision Quest, Sun Dance and Danza de los Espiritus. She also works extensively with a medicine man and curandero from the healing traditions of the Peruvian Andes.

Deni Woodruff

Deni Woodruff is the mother of Spirit Weavers Founder Mea. Deni was raised in Southern California and has created two beautiful homesteads with her partner of 45 years also named Denny. They have 3 children together and 3 grandchildren. For Deni, Family is everything. Though life trials and tribulations, Deni has developed a strong and open heart. Deni has raised all kinds of animals and has spent much of her time with horses and her loving canines. She loves spending time outdoors in her gardens and on her land. She also spend a good amount of time at the Colorado River with her family. Deni has recently discovered meditation and is looking forward to learning about her deeper callings through the simplicity of silence. Deni has been a huge support in the process of the gathering since the very first one which was held on her land. She is honored to be a part of the Crones Nest!

Kayla Starr

Kayla Starr is a lifelong political activist, focusing in the last 25 years on non-violent direct action campaigns to stop nuclear power plants and deployment of nuclear weapons, address violence against women, protest wars and climate chaos. She was part of shutting down the WTO in the “battle of Seattle”, has traveled to Israel/Palestine with Code Pink, worked with Earth First to protect old growth forests, founded one of the first Battered Women’s Shelters in California, facilitated numerous non-violence trainings. She learned magical activism with Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective. She is in awe with the power of ritual to create a better world.

Layla Centorrino

Layla Centorrino is a healer, priestess, mentor and intuitive coach. A dancer and midwife of change she brings her gifts of insight and presence cultivated over years of training in body/energy work, ceremonial/shamanic practices, sacred blood mysteries, meditation and tantra. For over 3 decades she’s been supporting people to navigate and transform their bodies, relationships and lives with skill, magic and awareness. Deeply guided and informed by the seen and unseen realms, Layla weaves the fabric of our feminine wisdom and power with her Menstrual Mystery teachings and Womb Awakening work. She is passionately committed to cultivating skillful ways of connecting between men and women through Gender Alchemy and supporting couples in Conscious Relating and Un-Coupling with Love. Layla is called to serve the future generations, per their request to help prepare parents for Conscious Baby~Family Making. She is committed to being a beauty way bridge builder serving the embodied awakening of our times. More about her at theArtemisWoman.com