Meet the Cast of Characters
A unique style of facilitating what has become an increasingly necessary experiential discourse between humans, nature, and the spirit world.
Perth, Australia | Vancouver, BC
To read perspectives on apprenticeship:
Amber Lee Bartlett
Mother, student, cartographer, gardener and artist. Her latest project works with GIS to provide data to environmentalists, activists and other forest stakeholders.
Robyn is a mother and traveller and works in higher education. She mentors young people on studies in Southeast Asia through international internship programs .
Cat is a mentor and mother. She coaches home-learning families outside the school system working with nature, attachment parenting and children's innate, wild natures.
Salt Spring Island, BC
Sequoia is a father of three with a background as a naturalist and mycologist who has run outdoor education programs and almost everything else under the sun.
Salt Spring Island, BC
Evan holds a theatre degree from Red Deer College and his latest project was co-writing and performing in Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins at Red Deer Museum.
Traveller extraordinaire, dazzling epicure of style and guile, the Doctor specializes in assisting humanity with tricky and sticky situations to avoid extinction.
TARDIS | various location
JSR State Park
238 feet (72.54 metres) tall, with a diameter of 23.24 feet (7.08 metres), and 87 feet (26.51 metres) in circumference.
It is an estimated 2527 years old
BOARD OF ADVISORS | GUEST FACULTY
Dawn Dancing Otter, DD
The Alchemist's Path
Since 1990, Dawn completed mentorships in yoga and ritual studies. She is the founder of international programs, including in Bosnia, working with trauma.
Theresa Thomas, BA
Initiated Dagara Elder
Theresa originally studied Environmental Design. She is an initiated Diviner and Elder of the Dagara since 2006.. She travelled to Burkina Fasso several times.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Inner Compass Training
Woo is an international teacher, speaker, mentor, and multi-disciplinary artist, who helps creatives find clarity and inspiration around life purpose.
Résumé | Team
"It was the birth of agriculture—the moment we succumbed to the cult of the seed— that the poetry of the shaman was replaced by the prose of the priesthood. Because of course the shaman’s role, was, by definition, to seek the catalytic release of the individual’s wild genius, whereas the priest’s role was to actually inculcate the collective into a religious ideology that could serve the organized, sedentary community. So this modern world that we’ve moved through in the last 10,000 years . . . is just one thread in the human tradition."
Wade Davis, Ethnobotanist
"I will not lace my scars
around my neck,
for you to admire . . .
I will wear my scars,
like War Paint"
Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.
I think all chefs who pursue great flavour have good ethics.
A pledge from Faculty and Apprentices
We seek the catalytic release of the Wild Genius, and to critique contemporary organization of society and the colonized mind. We seek to reintroduce non-dogmatic practices of ritual into modernity and remnant cultures, while also being guided by the principles of intact customs and lineages of practice.
educate and encourage rather than foster dependence
inform responsibly about the context and particulars of ritual processes
show up for healing work to be done as agreed with presence and attention
reciprocate communication with our ancestors, totems, dreams, and spirit guides
develop our awareness of sensitivities and remedies for personal self care
maintain the active emergence of integrations and discernments in our growth
celebrate different religious, cultural, ancestral and socio-economic backgrounds
include both genders, and all sexual orientations and body types
recognize the intersecting legacies of colonialism, oppression, and ecological desecration
honour the limits of these healing methods, personal training, and client suitability
refer as needed to other psychological, medical, and religious professionals
encourage cooperation by resolving conflicts directly and actively supporting colleagues
We affirm that all people are indigenous and native to Earth, and that we best prosper with a human sense of inclusion, village and home.
We work to call forth people to have better relationships over time with discernment between nurturing and toxic energies.
We pledge to utilize collegial support navigating the relational complexity of this work with multifaceted stakeholders and contexts, with the understanding that it takes a village.
We affirm that each person has a unique guiding wild genius whose proper vocation is the contribution of renewal and the updating of traditions in an initiated way.
We work to call forth the expression of life purpose, working with the awareness of challenge and opportunity presented by life separation and leadership moments.
We pledge to recognize that expression has differing costs due to rank, class, accessibility, power, and privilege, whether in symptoms, body signals, or words said.
We affirm that everyone is injured by the grief and grief illiteracy of this time, whether personal, historical, ancestral, environmental, or social.
We work to call forth the high style expression of grief and praise to feed life and send hungry ghosts onward to their proper vocation in the world of ancestors.
We pledge to educate about grief and praise, to both listen to and encourage expression of, grief and praise in an initiated way connected with both life and death.
We affirm that ancestors are a shared human heritage whose wisdom is meant to help the living, and that some of the dead remain un-ancestral-ized as hungry ghosts.
We work to call forth the strength of relationship with the ancestral realm including the idea that there are a team of ancestors wiling to ally with each person.
We pledge to encourage clients to claim ancestral gifts, especially through the medium of mythic imagery, to honour obscured and marginalized histories, to help the dead be dead.
We affirm that reaction and response are both biological intelligences which are a foundation of the trickster wisdom and guile that we seek to strengthen.
We work to call forth grit and grace in the service of the natural ecological dynamic equilibrium tension between sovereignty and community.
We pledge to develop a managing, orchestrating, ringmaster present awareness to navigate in clarity between the grit and the grace with guile.