Sometimes people ask about me, my background, my experience, I guess they really want to have an idea of who I am. So here is some information, for those of you who might be interested.
I was born and have lived most of my life in Toronto. I am a retired educator, having been a teacher, an educational consultant and elementary school principal for over 30 years in the Toronto area. Since my teenage years I have been intrigued by the idea of mysticism and expanding consciousness. I began meditating when I was 17 and spent time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late 60’s.
After finishing university and teaching for a few years, I moved to Europe and studied in France to be a teacher of meditation. Returning to the Toronto area a few years later, I continued my teaching career and taught meditation in my spare time, attending meditation retreats and learning advanced techniques whenever I could. I continue with my meditation practice today. In the late 1980’s I returned to the University of Toronto and completed a Master of Education degree.
By the late 1990’s I was becoming increasingly interested in shamanism. As a principal, I regularly invited native drumming groups into my schools to perform for the students as part of our “Artists in the School” program. The effect of their drumming was very powerful. Everyone was inspired. I researched more deeply, reading all I could. Eventually I came across the Foundation for Shamanic Studies website and was introduced to Core Shamanism and the extensive work of Michael Harner. It just felt right. I was already doing shamanic journeying on my own by then, so I began the FSS weekend workshops. The experiences and the learning were non-stop.
I took all the workshops that were available at the time, several of them more than once...always with a new experience. Connecting and working with helping spirits was marvellous and so very practical. At this time I also began helping others using various shamanic healing and divination methods I had learned. A few years after I retired, I knew I was ready for deeper and more extensive shamanic experiences, so I enrolled in and completed the FSS Three Year Program. Such a transformative experience! I also studied Soul Retrieval with Sandra Ingerman, adding to my ever-expanding bag of shamanic healing tools used in my shamanic healing practice.
In late 2009 I was asked by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies to replace Sharon Van Raalte, who had taught the FSS workshops for about 20 years in Eastern Canada. She was retiring from the Foundation faculty. I accepted the challenge and began the training almost immediately, most of it with Michael Harner. I have been teaching the FSS weekend workshops for the Foundation since the Fall of 2010. I have also assisted Alicia Gates at the Foundation's West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive and Three Year Programs held in the San Francisco area. I continue to update my training as a Foundation faculty member as new weekend workshops are developed and made available. This past few years I have been assisting Susan Mokelke, president of the FSS, with the Faculty Intern Program. This involves preparing new faculty members for teaching the FSS workshops throughout North America. A real pleasure to meet and work with aspiring faculty members!
I am very enthusiastic about teaching this beautiful knowledge of Core Shamanism and practising the methods personally and with others. I continue to learn so much from those I come into contact with: clients, workshop participants and the many helping spirits of Non-Ordinary Reality I encounter. It is such an honour for me to be on this path and to share what I can with others as they make their way along their own.