Dr Eve Bruce is a plastic surgeon and Programme Director for Lios Dána Dolphin Spirit Gate in Southwest Ireland. Eve was the first non-Quechua woman to be inducted into the Circle of Yachaks, or Birdpeople Shamans, of the high Andes. Her shamanic training stems from over 15 years with indigenous elders from the Andes and Amazon, her Past Life and Between Life Regression training with Michael Newton, author of “Journey of Souls”. Dr Bruce is author of “Shaman MD” (Destiny Books) and “Shamanism – The Book of Journeys” (O-Books), coauthored with Robert Levy.
For the past decade she has dedicated herself to changing the paradigm of our relationship to our Mother Earth, to our bodies and to each other. She facilitates trips to learn from indigenous elders in South America and Africa, and to find our “White Medicine” from our ancestors by journeying on the land of Ireland, such that we may bring this contribution to the global table of these changing times when red, yellow, black and white peoples come together. She has studied with the Zulu prophet, artist and holy man Credo Mutwa for over ten years.
Michael Travers has been owner and director of Lios Dana for twenty-five years. Taking the leap from the paradigm of international high powered corporate computer job thirty years ago, he made his home in Ireland and has pursued his passion as a renowned oil painter. Michael’s work is displayed in galleries in Dingle, Killarney and Tralee. Drawing inspiration from the rugged seascape of his home in County Kerry, his oils can be found in collections internationally.
“He experiments with a whole new range of surface effects in which he explores the refraction of light on sea and sand and shore. There is a deeper sense of an organic force or energy, released by the hidden harmonies of the environment.” Continuing his study of oriental martial arts and philosphy, he has created the space for deep spiritual exploration and learning in Lios Dana. Michael and Eve are dedicated to continued stewardship of the land as a place for individual spiritual empowerment of all who come.
Eva Bruha (from Switzerland) has been living in Ireland since 2003. She has spent years exploring the voice and experiencing its healing power. In 1990 she went on her personal pilgrimage of 10 years, spending extended periods practicing Mindfulness Meditation in Monasteries and Meditation Centres in the US, Europe and Asia. She has altogether spent more then two years in silent retreats and was ordained as a Buddhist Nun in Burma for a half a year. Her inspiration draws from the wisdom of all spiritual traditions.
Timothy Sweeney (from California) has been studying and practicing different forms of Meditation for over 30 years. He has spent over 2 and a half years years in silent retreats in Meditation Centres in the US and Europe. He currently teaches Meditation retreats and MBSR around Ireland. Timothy has worked as a teacher, pilot and builder. He is also an avid gardener, parent and is interested in living sustainably.
Jay Ramsay is an acclaimed poet and UKCP accredited psychosynthesis psychotherapist. Author of over 30 books, most recently the ecospiritual collection Places of Truth (Awen:www.awenpublications.co.uk) and The Poet in You (O Books: www.o-books.com) which publishes Part 1 of his correspondence course in poetry Chrysalis the first time. He is an experienced therapist and inspirational workshop leader who has run workshops in Ireland since 1992. See also
www.lotusfoundation.org.uk and www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk for details of his work and on-going groups.
Elizabeth Kramer is a practitioner of Chinese medicine, and learned about healers and shamans early in her life in the Andean mountains of Peru. She began to have mystical experiences at the age of six when the Kundalini energy became active and insistent. Later, her inquiries about this phenomena, led her to the teachings of Eastern mysticism and Chinese medicine. The process of learning to be an acupuncturist evoked memories of her earlier life with her Indian grandmother in Peru, and she returned to the mountains of the Andes to learn from shamans who had mastered working with Energy and the Luminous Body.
Together with Eve, Elizabeth was initiated into the Yachak tradition of healers, of Sacred Birds & Sacred Mountains, to bring the work to others who seek knowledge and to re-establish health to the body, mind and Spirit.
Rose Khalsa is the Director of The Polarity Center & Shamanic Studies. She has been teaching internationally for over 20 years. Rose offers trainings in polarity therapy, visionary cranial work and shamanism, and integrates nature-based and holistic approaches to healing in her private practice. Her healing work includes polarity therapy, cranial sacral, spiritual counseling and shamanic healing. Lakota Ways and Tibetan Buddhism are integrated into Rose’s life and work and are shared as part of her Medicine.
Jaqui MacMillan found her passion for African drumming in the early 1980’s. Over a span of thirteen years, she studied with many Masters, including Babatunde Olatunji, Mamady Keita, Sam Turner, Carlos Moore and Mahiri Fadjimba Keita at the Tam Tam Mandingue School in Washington, D.C. Having performed and recorded with some of the top names in the business, she began sharing her joy of drumming with others by teaching classes and facilitating community drum circles. Jaqui has taught privately and given workshops throughout the USA for over seventeen years through her program, Drum For Joy!™. The Washington Area Music Association, (WAMA), awarded Jaqui the “World Music Instrumentalist Award” every year from 1995 through 2002 and she was featured in the Women Drummers 2000 issue of DRUM! Magazine. In 1999 and 2001, she attended the Drum Circle Facilitators Playshop and the Facilitators Mentor Training in Hawaii with Arthur Hull. Jaqui has facilitated drum circles for hundreds of conferences, corporate team building events, elementary and high schools, hospitals, programs for “at risk” children, juvenile detention centers and programs for homeless and battered women. She is a founding board member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild (DCFG), an organization dedicated to professionalism in the field of drum circle facilitation. As an endorsee of Mountain Rythym Percussion, Jaqui represented the company as a guest facilitator at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN, at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, (PASIC), in Ohio and as a workshop leader at the Seattle World Rhythm Festival.
She is currently creating a drum program for children, which includes her own line of drums and percussion instruments and she is the director of The Drum For Joy!™ Orchestra.?
Roger J Woolger PhD, is a Jungian analyst, regression therapist and professional lecturer with degrees in psychology, religion and philosophy from Oxford and London Universities. He trained as an analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. Born a British citizen, Roger has lived and taught Jungian and transpersonal psychology and comparative religion in North America and England. He has been a Guest Professor at Vassar College, where he gave the Mary Mellon Memorial lectures in 1988. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Vermont (1975) and Concordia University, Montreal (1979-80). He has led workshops at the New York Open Center, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute, and speaks at a broad range of conferences internationally.
Robin Rice is an internationally published author and mentor to women visionaries. Her writing has been translated into three languages and distributed in nine countries. A writer for a variety of national magazines in her early career, she is author of The American Nanny (1986), Getting Out From Under Depression (1998), A Hundred Ways To Sunday (2001), Venus For A Day (2005), and ShapeShifting Beauty (2007). She is co-author of The SIDS Survival Guide (1995) and the feature essayist in the book Welcome Home (1992). She spent the full year of 2009 writing a work of teen fiction in real time (posted as written first-draft, with videos on the writing process) through her blog at www.MaydenChronicles.com. Currently, she is working on a non-fiction book, Beter Than Sex: How Mid-Life Women Are Turning Their Passions Towards Creativity, Meaningful Work, And Changing The World.
Dr. Linda Backman, licensed psychologist and regression therapist, has been in private practice for more than 30 years. Since 1993, Dr. Backman has guided innumerable individuals in regression hypnotherapy to access their past andbetween lives. In this way, she assists people to more fully recognize who they are as a soul throughout repetitive lifetimes, and during the time we are not incarnate. Regression hypnotherapy allows the client to understand their soul mission, soul progress, soul relationships, and much more.
Linda’s focus includes guiding regression clients, as well as speaking, writing, and training others in soul regression hypnotherapy both in the US and abroad.
Dr. Backman holds a profound commitment to deepening and heightening our awareness as an individual incarnate soul. From a broader perspective, Linda is deeply focused on a more universal understanding and awareness of the path of soul development that leads to the acceptance of Oneness and Unity of all people and cultures of the world.
Linda studied and co-taught with Dr. Michael Newton, author of the seminal books on Life Between Lives regression therapy, and co-created and served on the Founding Board of the Society for Spiritual Regression (now The Newton Institute) as Membership Chair and President. In 1997, Dr. Backman and her husband, Dr. Earl Backman, established The Ravenheart Center, a Mystery School in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to guiding individuals to discover their soul path. In addition, Linda co-founded The International Between Lives Regression Network in 2005, a network for regression therapists and for the promotion of awareness among the general public, in the US and abroad, of the benefits and purpose of Regression Hypnotherapy.
Dr. Backman is the author of “Bringing Your Soul to Light: Healing Through Past Lives and the Time Between” and a frequent guest on radio shows, including “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory.
Vyana Bergen is a Shalom process leader and practitioner of Tantra as taught by Dr. Rudy Ballentine. She has taught courses in Tantra for five years and has led process oriented workshops in sacred sexuality for over a decade with Shalom Mountain Reterat & Study Center in Livingston Manor NY. An ordained UCC minister, she currently lives in the Catskills with her husband and dog.
Kathleen Hanagan, LCSW, TEP, has been a cultural shaman in the field of conscious awakening and sacred sexuality for over 25 years. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist, ordained high priestess, Imago relationship coach, spiritual teacher, certified psycho-dramatist, and poet. She writes: “We must become fluent in awe and tenderness.” She is master in teaching the language of love, and helping people align their lives with the evolutionary compass of joy.