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Elders' 2013 Presenters and Seminars

 

This year, we have several special Elders and guest lecturers who will share their wisdom and insight as Presenters at the Elders' Gathering.  (See 2013 "Who's Presenting?" bios below).

Some Elders and guest presenters will provide more insight, in seminar setting, following the Elders' Gathering. Please check in at registration for morning, afternoon, or evening time fram for your chosen seminar.

 

Seminars: July 29th, 2013 at the Sunray Peace Village

 

Presenting Elders' Seminars:

  

Grandfather Mike Bastine:  "In the Wake of 2012 Native Spirituality and the New Millennium"

 

By now we think we know whether or not 2012 struck like a tsunami. Was it the predicted cataclysmic sea change in earthly cycles and human society. Was it just another year. Was it the tipping of the balance,launching inexorable ancient forces into unfathomable new directions.  Traditional wisdom has its own perspective, and we might be wise to listen.

Abuela Margarita: TBA  The much-loved Abuela will share  her wisdom once again.  A topic has not been announced.  To preview some of Abuela's teaching, click:  Abuela Margarita's Youtube Interviews, or visit her website:  http://www.abuelamargarita.com

Grandfather Warren Ramey with Grandfather Dane Ywahoo Larsen: Grandfather Warren will share his wisdom once again on the topics presented at Elders'.

Grandmather Nanatasis: TBA    We will all stay tuned for updates.

 

Kumu Puna Kalama Dawson:  

 

"Hawaiian Creation Chant and the Four Core Tones of the Universe"

 

New to Elders' in 2013, Kumu Puna is a well-respected lineage teacher of sacred Hawaiian dance and traditional wisdom.   

 

She will present a workshop exploring the four core tones of the universe, descending tones of creation, and the basic steps of hula.  Just as day and night turn, as time turns, so do the hands and feet in Hawaiian dance.  We experience the foundation instrument of creation, and understand that there is a place for humankind in relation to these tones, and as a lightening connection between earth and sky.  Together, we will chant and dance the four core tones descending, representing the universe, the sky, the earth, and the currents of ocean and magma moving under the earth and from the depths of the soul.

 

 

Guest Presenters' Seminars: 

 

Dr. Rudy Schild:  "Wisdom of life and death; the book Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander"


Dr. Schild is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where he studies the properties of black holes and dark matter.

 

Because recent developments in science impact many aspects of our appreciation of the nature of the Universe, he has attended previous Gatherings to share new knowledge and learn traditional teachings about space-time. He will focus this workshop on the implications of author Dr. Eben Alexander's book PROOF OF HEAVEN, whose near death account has implications about the nature of consciousness and about the nature of reality.

Dr. John Carlton-Foss:  "Electromagnetism and Trees" & "Big Bang and Reincarnation"

Are trees the electrically neutral objects that science teaches us they are? Or are they something else?  Are trees and plants in fact part of an electromagnetically charged and differentiated environment?  Can, for example, useful electricity be harvested from trees? In this workshop we will investigate and discuss of the electrical lives of trees. Using electronic equipment, physics sculpture, and dance, participants will seek experiencing and better understanding what it is to exist as a tree with connections physically, electrically, and spiritually to the surrounding world. The “Dance of the Trees” will help participants enter trance states that facilitate experiencing and visualizing what it is like to be a tree. Teaching will include the relation of bees to flowers. We will explore and seek to understand parts of electromagnetism. Then participants will explore and discover how the electromagnetic fields in nature might be converted into useful electricity

Big Bang and Reincarnation takes an experiential look at the repeated Big Bang rebirth of the physical cosmos, and the corresponding repeated experience of reincarnation of the human soul. It specifically focuses on the question of the differentiation point as a soul chooses a womb - why one woman’s body over another? Carlton-Foss uses experiential physics sculpture, creative movement, and discussion to enable participants to explore scientific and indigenous views of the Big Bang as well as the subject of reincarnation, both experiencing and discussing it. Then the same experiential approach is used to explore correlations between reincarnation and the Big Bang. 

 

 Who's Presenting?

 

 

the 2013 Elders and Guest Lecturers

 

 

 

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo

 

 Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo is Chief of the Green Mountain Band of the Ani Yun Wiwa. She is founder of Sunray Meditation Society, an International Organization dedicated to world peace and NGO at the United Nations. Venerable is also founder of Sunray Peace Village and the Vajra Dakini Nunnery.

 

Building bridges between North, South, Central America and the world, guest lecturer at Universities and organizations world wide, and advisor to international peace makers Dhyani rekindles the fire of clear mind and right relationship in these changing times and is a guide to all who walk the Beauty Road.

 

Grandfather Warren Redwing Ramey, Cherokee

 

Grandfather Warren Redwing started out as a War Chief. He quickly moved on to become a Band Chief, Lifetime Chief, and also became Principal Chief of the Southern Band of Cherokee. He skillfully makes the links that illustrate how modern science is finally proving what mystics and medicine people have known and taught throughout the ages.

 

 

Dane Ywahoo Larsen, Tsalagi

Dane Ywahoo Larsen of Tsalagi ancestry was born in Alabama and traditionally trained by his grandfather. Over the years he was sent to be trained by other Native American Spiritual Elders and with Spiritual Elders from around the world. In the 90’s he was called out by his Elders and ancestors to work with the traditional medicine people of other tribes in response to tribal prophecies that it was now time to share traditional spiritual medicine teachings that would help Indian tribes, groups, and communities and mother earth. In 2005 Dane was authorized to carry the title of Ywahoo.

 

Mike Bastine, Algonquin

Mike is from outside Buffalo New York, but his ancestors are Algonquin from Maniwaki, Quebec. As a child, most of his time was spent observing and relating to the natural world. Then meeting up with Mad Bear, Tuscarora Indian traditional teacher, a great blend of worlds began. He traveled extensively with Mad Bear all over the country meeting with other traditional elders.  They even traveled to Daramsala, India to meet with the Dalai Lama.  Mike’s Algonquin birthright flavored with the Iroquois wisdom through Mad Bear, has inspired Mike to speak his knowledge.

Mike has shared this knowledge at peace conferences and universities all across the country, traveling also to federal prisons to meet with Native inmates. Mike participated on the prophesy counsel of the “Condors and Eagles” conference. As a friend said “If the wind could talk, it would be Mike’s voice”.

 

Abuela Magaritta Nunez-Garcia, Mexico

Abuela Margarita comes from Old Mexico to help us remember the teachings of our ancestors.  She reminds us of the importance of Mother Earth and Father Sun, which are the basis of humanity,  our origin and source of sustenance. “My work is to plant seeds of knowledge so they can grow and give fruits.” “I come to remind you of what is already inside of you.  The woman has to take her place as the teacher of humanity and it is through her that change will come.”

Abuela Margarita belongs to the Native Council of Elders of America and has participated in numerous aboriginal gatherings in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, the United States, Canada, and Europe. She takes part in the Sundance, Earthdance, Moondance, and other ceremonies, including sweat lodges and vision quests on a regular basis.

 

Nanatasis Bluto-Delvental, Abenaki 

Turtle Clan Mother and Abenaki Grandmother, born in Vermont, Nanatasis has been trained by Clan Mother and other elders. She carries Moon Pipe and shares traditional Moontime teachings. Has womens' circles / and has taught in Ireland, Holland, France and U.S. She is trained in massage, Reiki, and therapeutic touch work with medicinal plants.  

 

Puna Kalama Dawson, Kumu Hula, Hawaiian

 

Puna Kalama Dawson is a Kumu Hula, a lineage teacher of the sacred art of Hawaiian dance. Learning deeply through her mother, Kekau'ilani Kalama, who was also a hula teacher, Auntie Puna makes her family's vast knowledge and wisdom accessible and available to many.  She has students worldwide and has graduated other teachers into her lineage of Hawaiian indigenous knowledge.  She is co-founder of the Kanuikapono Charter school in Anahola Kaua'i.  Auntie Puna's deep love, and her dedication to Hawaiian indigenous cultural - based education for the next generation, is expressed in everything she does.  

 

Dr. Rudy Schild, Guest Presenter 

Dr. Rudy Schild is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where he studies the properties of black holes and dark matter.

 

Dr. Barry Roth, MD, Guest Presenter


Barry H. Roth, M.D. is a 65 year-old Jewish married father and doctor whose work to transform violence, enforce justice and promote civil society spans 50 years. Two streams have grounded faith-based peace activism: First, Ecumenical spiritual immersion in  (a) Bible study; (b) Buddhist study and practice (Thich Nhat Hahn, Ordained Dharmacharya in1994), and Tibetan lineages (primarily Drikung Kagyu); and (c) Sunray Gaduji; and Second, practice of adult psychiatry, certified in subspecialties of addiction, geriatric and forensic psychiatry (particularly, torture and refugee asylum).

 

John Carlton-Foss, S.M., Ph.D.

John Carlton-Foss, S.M., Ph.D. is an applied physicist and applied psychologist. As a serial entrepreneur he has started and operated several companies in the domain of psychology and technology. He was in a Ph.D. program in physics at M.I.T. when a conversion experience led him into spiritual work and psychology, in which he earned his Ph.D. at Saybrook University. In addition to Christianity with an emphasis on contemplative prayer and service, he has practiced and/or taught various forms of yoga, therapy, and meditation, and has studied with the Sunray Meditation Society since 2010.

 

Peace Village Elders - Ongoing

 

The following Elders are just a few of the many who have taught at the Peace Village over the last 25 years. Every year, we host an annual gathering of Native American elders at the end of July.

A documentary of the Peace Village Elders has been filmed, and is being edited.  Click here to learn more and support this vital project.

 

 

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo

 

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo is Chief of the Green Mountain Band of the Ani Yun Wiwa. She is founder of Sunray Meditation Society, an International Organization dedicated to world peace and NGO at the United Nations. Venerable is also founder of Sunray Peace Village and the Vajra Dakini Nunnery.

Building bridges between North, South, Central America and the world, guest lecturer at Universities and organizations world wide, and advisor to international peace makers Dhyani rekindles the fire of clear mind and right relationship in these changing times and is a guide to all who walk the Beauty Road.

  

 

Patricia Downing DeAsis, Tsalagi (Cherokee) 

 

Patricia Downing DeAsis, BS MS, is Tsalagi, and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She has worked with The Medicine for many years, working with medicine people of other tribes in response to tribal prophecies that it was now time to share traditional medicine with all people.  Patricia is currently working as a private consultant while working to establish a health and healing center which creates a balanced partnership between traditional Indian medicine, Western allopathic medicine, and the patient. She has shared teachings during the Gathering at the Peace Village since the 90s. The Elders that come to this gathering are committed to sharing the medicine with the people to help us individually and therefore be of benefit to the planet. 

 

  
Bernard DeAsis, Tlinget

 

Bernard DeAsis is a member of the Tlinget tribe of Southeast Alaska.  He has worked with medicine people from the US, Canada, Russia, and Hawaii presenting workshops on traditional Indian medicine responding to tribal prophesies that it was now time to share the Indian medicine teachings that would help the people & mother earth.  His education and experience includes intensive and extensive training and practice in Human Relations/Behavior, Organizational Development, and facilitation. Besides operating his own businesses, his career included working for US Public Health Service/Indian Health Service and he holds a degree in Hospital Administration. Outside of his government service he continued to provide consultant services to Indian tribes, groups, and communities.

 

 

Grandfather Warren Redwing Ramey, Cherokee

 

Grandfather Warren Redwing started out as a War Chief. He quickly moved on to become a Band Chief, Lifetime Chief, and also became Principal Chief of the Southern Band of Cherokee. He skillfully makes the links that illustrate how modern science is finally proving what mystics and medicine people have known and taught throughout the ages.

 


Nanatasis Bluto-Delvental, Abenaki

 

 

Turtle Clan Mother and Abenaki Grandmother, born in Vermont, Nanatasis has been trained by Clan Mother and other elders. She carries Moon Pipe and shares traditional Moontime teachings. Has womens' circles / and has taught in Ireland, Holland, France and U.S. She is trained in massage, Reiki, and therapeutic touch work with medicinal plants. 

 

 

 

Dane Ywahoo Larsen, Tsalagi

Dane Ywahoo Larsen of Tsalagi ancestry was born in Alabama and traditionally trained by his grandfather. Over the years he was sent to be trained by other Native American Spiritual Elders and with Spiritual Elders from around the world. In the 90’s he was called out by his Elders and ancestors to work with the traditional medicine people of other tribes in response to tribal prophecies that it was now time to share traditional spiritual medicine teachings that would help Indian tribes, groups, and communities and mother earth. In 2005 Dane was authorized to carry the title of Ywahoo.

 

   

 

Mike Bastine, Algonquin

 

Mike is from outside Buffalo New York, but his ancestors are Algonquin from Maniwaki, Quebec. As a child, most of his time was spent observing and relating to the natural world. Then meeting up with Mad Bear, Tuscarora Indian traditional teacher, a great blend of worlds began. He traveled extensively with Mad Bear all over the country meeting with other traditional elders.  They even traveled to Daramsala, India to meet with the Dalai Lama.  Mike’s Algonquin birthright flavored with the Iroquois wisdom through Mad Bear, has inspired Mike to speak his knowledge.

Mike has shared this knowledge at peace conferences and universities all across the country, traveling also to federal prisons to meet with Native inmates. Mike participated on the prophesy counsel of the “Condors and Eagles” conference. As a friend said “If the wind could talk, it would be Mike’s voice”.

 

 

Tata Ricardo Maye & Nana Juana Escobar, Central American

 

Tata Ricardo Maye, following his father and grandfather as Tata, is Priest and Spiritual Guide for the Indigenous people of Central America and the Caribbean.   Nana Juana Escobar is the Priestess of the Nahuat Pipiles of El Salvador, Central America.

In addition to the many spiritual responsibilities, they maintain the ancient ceremonial calendar of the Nahuat Pipiles, encompassing eloquent Wisdom Teachings. Both El Salvadoran Elders work with herbs, healing and traditional medicine practices. Tata provides guidance to troubled youth and gang members while Nana works with young girls and women. One of their dreams is to have a school for education of their community throughout El Salvador in the language, traditions and practices of their ancestors. For the Nahuat Pipiles, who pre-date the arrival of the Mayans, honoring their relationship with the Sacred Fire is central to everything they do. Ancestors speak through the fire.  Fire is used to create balance and protection in their lives.

  

 

Abuela Magaritta Nunez-Garcia, Mexico

 

Abuela Margarita comes from Old Mexico to help us remember the teachings of our ancestors.  She reminds us of the importance of Mother Earth and Father Sun, which are the basis of humanity,  our origin and source of sustenance. “My work is to plant seeds of knowledge so they can grow and give fruits.” “I come to remind you of what is already inside of you.  The woman has to take her place as the teacher of humanity and it is through her that change will come.”

Abuela Margarita belongs to the Native Council of Elders of America and has participated in numerous aboriginal gatherings in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, the United States, Canada, and Europe. She takes part in the Sundance, Earthdance, Moondance, and other ceremonies, including sweat lodges and vision quests on a regular basis.

 

 

Rev. Queen Mother Sylvia Jordan

 

A powerhouse preacher that weaves together all the extraordinary spiritual traditions she carries with mind-spiraling eloquence, fierce insight and wild humor that are so infectious. She often has people howling with laughter one moment and moved to tears the next. This ageless wonder truly awakens awe in all who watch her arrive at the Native American Elders Gatherings at the Sunray Peace Village in Vermont.

 

Puna Kalama Dawson, Kumu Hula, Hawaiian

Puna Kalama Dawson is a Kumu Hula, a lineage teacher of the sacred art of Hawaiian dance. Learning deeply through her mother, Kekau'ilani Kalama, who was also a hula teacher, Auntie Puna makes her family's vast knowledge and wisdom accessible and available to many.  She has students worldwide and has graduated other teachers into her lineage of Hawaiian indigenous knowledge.  She is co-founder of the Kanuikapono Charter school in Anahola Kaua'i.  Auntie Puna's deep love, and her dedication to Hawaiian indigenous cultural - based education for the next generation, is expressed in everything she does.  

 

 

Lei'ohu Ryder, Hawaiian

 

 Lei’ohu is a spiritual leader, visionary, healer, singer/songwriter, and educator on Maui. She is an emissary of aloha and an advocate for the indigenous soul in all people. leiohuAuntie Lei's love and knowledge of Na Mea Hawaii help us connect with our selves, with spirit, and be pono (balanced in right alignment).

Lei'ohu's talents and knowledge are honored and loved in her community and the world. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Peace Corps and the United Nations have recognized her work. Lei’ohu was awarded the Gandhi-King Peace Hero Award in 2002 and in 2003 the Peace Corps Peace Educator Award. She has shared her gifts all around the world including Japan, Israel, India, and most of Europe.

 

 

Maydeen Iao, Hawaiian

 

Maydeen is Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Palolo Valley on the island of O’ahu. Her backbone carries the essence of the first people who navigated across the waters of the Pacific creating a civilization dedicated to the breath of aloha. The breath that helps her to define the practice of aloha in all she does. The breath of aloha that helps her to balance mind, body, and spirit in service to the sacred teachings of the divine. The breath of aloha is the compass that helps her build the rainbow bridge of peace in service to all life.

And so it is with this breath of aloha that she is able to reach out and be who she is as a child of Mother Earth doing the best she can to serve all life, everywhere. As an ambassador of aloha representing her ancestors, she has traveled the world on their breath and wings, planting the seeds of aloha in song, dance, fellowship and spirit.

As Maydeen’s backbone continues its journey of carrying the essence of the first people who navigated across the waters of the Pacific, creating a civilization dedicated to the breath of aloha, she is reminded of her own indigenous voice echoing their spirit.

 

 

 Danuta Snow Song (Ogaoeno), Poland

 

Danuta Ogaoeno (Snow Song) from Poland is a teacher of traditional Seneca Wolf Clan wisdom, initiated and empowered to carry these teachings by Grandmother Twylah Nitsch. She brought the Sunray meditation and dance of the four directions to Poland thanks to Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo. She is a certified psychotherapist of White Lodge College of Psychotherapy based in England.

 

 

Elena Ixcot, Mayan

 

 Elena is a Mayan Elder who was a refugee living in Vermont for 16 years. She and her husband Felipe have recently returned to Guatemala, and now live and work in their hometown, Conception Chirquirchapa, with a community of midwives. The town is located in the Mam speaking area of the Western Highlands near Quetzaltenango. Conveying energy and hope, the midwives have organized to become more educated, to gain political strength, and to train young midwives to carry on the Maya birth traditions and knowledge of the use of herbs.

Every year Elena brings the beautiful handcrafts made by the women of her community to the Annual Elders’ Gathering at the Sunray Peace Village, which supports the Midwifery School.

 

 

Deacon Eddie Ensley, Cherokee

 

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo’s cousin Eddie Ensley received sacred Cherokee spiritual traditions from his grandfather, North Carolina Cherokee, Irvin Ensley, when he was little. Those teachings call us to harmony within and harmony in the world and the generation of great compassion for all creation. Eddie is a Roman Catholic clergyman (permanent deacon) with a Master’s degree in Religious studies from Loyola University and is a NCCA licensed clinical pastoral counselor. He travels widely giving spiritual retreats. The author of five nationally published books including the bestseller Prayer that Heals our Emotions, Harper Collins. He has been invited to lead spiritual events in Tahlequah, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation as well as on many Native Reserves in Canada. Healing from past brokenness is a major theme in his teachings. Venerable Dhyani has said of his teachings in her comment on his book, Visions, The Soul’s Path to the Sacred:

 

“Cousin Eddie’s words and shared experience awaken the reader to the interconnectedness of creation. His works remind the reader of what our elders called ‘original instructions’.”

 

 
Kodata Britton- Echota Tsalagi of Alabama

Member of Echota Tsalagi Tribe of Alabama, (Choctaw and Tsalagi Descent) Kodata is a Native American Veteran Speaker/Teacher.  Kodata is an inspirational speaker for over 40 years, teaching various youth adult organizations including: Boy & Girl Scouts of America, Schools, Church groups, Universities, Correctional facilities and Veterans.  Kodata teaches; Native American history, Storytelling, Free style dance, Leathers, Beadwork, Pipe craftsmanship, Healing from substance abuse and more.

 

 

Sagaligesgw Jeorgia Larocque, Mi'kmaq

 

Sagaligesgw (Jeorgina Larocque) Plant Woman, is a Mi'kmaq Elder and Grandmother. She is a Medicine Woman, a Storyteller, a Traditional Healer, and a Survivalist (knowing what to eat and how to live in the wild). She speaks of respect, forgiveness, acceptance, and walking in balance with all around us. She is a Visionary and a Wisdom Keeper.

She was taught by her Grandmother, who helped heal her, and has dedicated her life to helping others. She works with the healing powers of plants and gathers her own medicines, and also incorporates many other healing techniques. She states, “Like our fingerprints, we are all different, with different needs. It is important to correlate the needs with the plants and healing. Like the flowers of the field that come in many varieties, with delicate needs, so do we. It is not our place to judge but to reach out with unconditional love and help where we can.”

The greatest gift Sagaligesgw wants to leave behind her when her work is done on this plane is the knowledge that RAVEN'S WING (her Grandmother) has given to her. Too much of our knowledge, our ways, and our connection with Creator and Mother Earth has been lost and slipped into obscurity and we must listen hard to find it.


 

 

 

 

  
 
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