Laura Larriva Page - Guide
Evocateur of the possible and advocate for the wild, Laura Larriva Page blends her deep love of archetypal and developmental psychology, dance, mythology, poetry, ecology, and the study of pan-cultural transformational learning into powerful, embodied explorations of deep purpose. All designed to coax the whole human experience back from cultural exile, and to catalyze seismic shifts in the lives of leaders.
Passionate about visionary leadership, Laura draws from her extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur & innovator, author and artist in her work guiding and mentoring emerging women and organizations. She is currently completing a PhD in psychology exploring culture, consciousness and depth leadership with Jean Houston and has extensive training with Bill Plotkin in nature-based transformational development. She serves on the board of directors for The Animas Valley Institute.
Natalie Marie Shapiro - Guide
A woman of the earth, Natalie Marie Shapiro is a force of nature and spirit, combining her passion in human development, social-psychology, mystical exploration, embodiment, ceremony, and nature as tools for individual and collective transformation. As a guide and facilitator, she ushers women further onto the path of soul, holding the vision that as we come into a fuller and more healed relationship to ourselves, we step deeper into a restored and enriched relationship to the earth as a whole.
For nearly a decade, Natalie has worked closely with women in immersive one-on-one and group settings, specializing in practices of embodiment, consciousness, yoga and meditation, ritual, and the great return home to Self. As a woman of ceremony, she calls on the intelligence of plant-medicine and nature-based practices as gateways into other ways of knowing and belonging – all of which seed into her offerings and guidance. She has studied extensively with Laura Larriva Page, diving into the territory of soul, feminine development, and leadership. The combinations of Natalie’s education, immersive work, and developmental experiences continue to feed and inspire her place in the world.
2018 Guest Presenters
Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD
Topic : Awakening Planetary Imagination
Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD, grew up a little wild, with a run-amok imagination. As a guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche, she delights in multidimensional listening, and in offering perceptive questions, ceremonies, escapades and reflections that help expand a sense of our own possibilities as individuals (and as a species), and deepen our experience of participation with an intelligent, animate Earth/cosmos. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth; Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth; Written River; Parabola Journal; Kosmos; Langscape; and The Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone (forthcoming). A former tipi-dweller and whitewater river guide, she now lives amidst the creatures and features of southern Utah’s sandstone labyrinth. She is committed to the world-transforming potential of the human imagination in collaboration with the Earth community.
Topic : The geology and geography of our wild body.
Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator and facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay. She is the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance, a platform for learning and transformation through the body’s sensuous intelligence and moving expression, and has been leading women’s embodied empowerment experiences in California, Central America and Europe since 2009. With body intelligence, creative movement, and reinhabiting the Earth–body connection as primary tools, Stefana's work is devoted to offering women pathways for returning to their uninhibited power, and liberating their genius. Stefana is the host and producer of The Embodied Way Podcast and authors the Embodied Way Blog.
Topic : Ecology of belonging and connection to place.
Plant Marysia Miernowska is an herbalist, gardener, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner and cofounder of Flora Sagrada, a line of Sacred Plant Botanicals.
Trained in the Wise Woman Tradition of Healing, Marysia was first introduced to the medicinal properties of native plants by her Great Grandmother in Poland when she was a child. Drawing on the folk herbalism of her roots and her connection to universal ancestral wisdom, Marysia has traveled extensively studying earth based spirituality and ancient healing practices from different cultures around the world. She has lived with the Zapotec in a mountain village of Oaxaca, tended to tropical medicinals in the jungle of Costa Rica, wild harvested medicinal weeds and mushrooms in the forests and mountains of Vermont, Europe, and California, and designed medicinal and edible biodynamic gardens in Malibu.
Topic : Initiations on the path - why living on purpose doesn't guarantee easy, but promises the most meaningful life for you.
Integrated Brilliance™ Coach & Facilitator, Author, Medicine Woman & Wisdompreneru, Samantha Sweetwater, is a pioneering guide of embodied awakening, soul-aligned leadership and nature communion. As a wayshower, innovator and community co-creator, she has invested 25 years into the emergence of a global, regenerative culture of peace. She designs experiences that heal, reveal and celebrate our fundamental belonging to life and love, engaging participants at the intersections of somatics, shamanism, neuroscience, integral theory, ancient wisdom, biomimicry and art. She is well loved as the former Founder (and current Spiritual Director) of the global movement of www.DancingFreedom.com™ and the co-founder of the PeaceBody School Japan. Through these vehicles, she has trained hundreds of facilitators and touched tens of thousands of lives on six continents. Her current projects include Sacred Leadership for a World in Transition, a white lion initiatory pilgrimage for leaders committed to stewarding a win-win world, and One Life Circle, a neo-shamanic church and intimate community space for healing and prayer held monthly in the Bay Area.
Topic : Eros; creative expression, personal power, soulful sexuality and emotional fluency.
Lara Inanna Catone is dedicated to creating radical culture change through education and leadership. As a trailblazer in the field of women’s sexual wellness and founder of The Artemis School for Women’s Sexual Sovereignty, she has inspired a worldwide movement of women waking up to their personal power and the intelligence of their bodies.
For 20 years Lara has facilitated diverse groups of youth and adults through transformative and experiential education. For the last 15 years she has been an innovator in somatic (body-based) learning as a teacher of yoga and movement, birth doula and somatic sexologist. Lara Inanna is an initiated priestess in the Awakening Avalon lineage and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Lara is a thought leader and social artist in the fields of community building, relationship, communication, collaborative power, intimacy, gender dynamics and the rebirth of eros. As a mentor and consultant she is known for her fierce and loving approach to dissolving limiting structures and evoking the extraordinary.
Dr. Julian Norris
Topic : The Pulse of the Inner & the Outer
Julian is a perennially curious guide and educator who supports individuals and complex human systems to encounter and unlock their deepest potential and most unique capacities. Originally trained as an anthropologist, his career experience over the past three decades has included working night shifts with a street crisis team, conducting research with Indigenous people in the Sumatran rainforest, working as a nightclub doorman, creating a non-profit foundation, developing treatment and resilience programs for at-risk youth and combat veterans, and running the Canadian Outward Bound mountain school.
Julian is currently a faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business where he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs and the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business. He also teaches at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where he is the co-director for their flagship social innovation residency program.
Julian’s work is seasoned by his love of the bardic traditions, shaped through a lifetime spent in wild landscapes, honed from a long-standing commitment to contemplative and somatic disciplines, and weathered by his life-long apprenticeship to the complex mysteries of the human psyche and the living world. He has a deep commitment to support the practical dreamers, social alchemists and visionary leaders working to build new life-enhancing patterns of consciousness and culture in these extraordinary times.
Topic : The Dark Feminine, The Sacred Wound & Shadow
Lover of all things wild, Kate Joyner, aka Silver Moon Poetry dares to bring to the forefront that which has been left to fester in the dark shadows. Known for her courage to venture where most don't dare to tread, Silver Moon brings shadow to the light of day through her bold and sensual theatre performances and mentorship sessions.
Having explored various cultures across the globe and trained extensively in the art of Soul, through Gestalt Psychotherapy, Shamanic Practice, Wilderness Based Soul Initiation Guiding, Deep Feminine Facilitation and Soul Theatre, she brings deep alchemical magic to those who want to remember their power and potency on the journey to Soul.
Topic : Inanna and The Powers of Earth
Sarah Durham Wilson is a women's writer and leader. Once a rock journalist in New York City & L.A., her Saturn Return viscerally ended one life and began another: one devoted wholly to the Goddess. A teacher & retreat leader, she's journeyed thousands of women through witch awakenings, onto the Priestess Path, and she now leads them across the bridge of the archetypal Maiden to Mother Passage, which is her current focus & devotion.
Topic : The Art of Ceremonial Nourishment
Erica is a soul-centric, nature-based guide and mentor with a passion for altering consciousness in ways that enable individuals to perceive the immensity of Earth’s intelligence. She believes it is this intelligence that guides each individual towards the uncovering and offering of their greatest, most life-enhancing contributions to the living world. Erica invites others to step out of the rational and mechanical world-veiw of contemporary culture and into the weird, wild lunacy of our moon-drunk souls.
Her ongoing training with Animas Valley Institute and, first and foremost, with the wild earth, spiraling moon and changing womb, closely informs her work. She brings her emotional intuitiveness, heart-centered compassion, and fierce love of the world into all that she offers. In addition to guiding others into the imaginal realms of nature and psyche, Erica serves her community by nourishing wild bodies with her natural cookery, mentoring others in the art of ceremonial nourishment, teaching English to teenagers, and exploring the transformational, world-shifting power of the written, spoken, and lyrical word through writing and singing.
Topic : Living myth and awakening Avalon.
Holly Hamilton is a practical mystic, a High Priestess, the mother of an incredible girl, a devoted lover of beauty and prayer. Her life is dedicated to feeding the holy through ceremony, teaching, and writing. She began her service with a healing arts and spiritual counseling practice and has been facilitating transformational group programs for close to 30 years. She has protected Vision Quests since 2001.
Topic : Women in Transition / Re-inventing and Re-birthing.
Jenny Sauer-Klein is an experience designer and master facilitator who specializes in dynamic learning experiences that help companies engage their employees and bring their culture to life. She has designed and facilitated offsites and programs for companies like Airbnb, Genentech, VMware, ESPN, and Toyota, as well as running her signature Experience Design Training for internal teams. She is also the founder and director of The Culture Conference, an invite-only event for 175 business leaders who are committed to personal growth and building positive culture in their own organizations. In her previous career as the co-founder of AcroYoga, she successfully scaled a thriving culture into an international brand, community and organization with millions of practitioners including Hollywood celebrities and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, and Inc., as well as Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans.