Wan Dee Aroonratana
The 91 years old retired Thai Menora performer and shaman has been practising storytelling through his craft since he was 14 years old, a skill not easily acquired and practised. He was given the recognition he deserved when Penang Heritage Trust awarded him the Penang Living Heritage Treasures Award in 2007. Noo Wan is still living in the Siamese village in Pulau Tikus, where he has lived all his life and where his father had lived as well.
Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen
Grandmother Kaariina Saarinen M.Ed.Coun. is holder and keeper of her maternal Grandmother’s Medicine Bundle. Born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Grandmother was fully initiated into woman chief of sweat lodges and a receptacle for the medicine ways and shamanic tools of her indigenous root. She has co-created multi-dimensional curricula for the development of a new form of leadership. This emerging universal mystery school invites youth to gather in several locations around the world in order to reactivate the wild heart. This has been acknowledged by a Shell Fellowship in Career Education for Canada. She was honored as Parent Educator of the Year for the Ottawa / Carleton region in 1981. The Way of Council, with a commitment to Non-Violent Communications, grew out of those years of child rearing and Adlerian psychology.
Naba Iritah Shenmira
Naba Iritah Shenmira is a priest/healer from the Dogon bloodline of the Gourmantche region of Meritah (Africa). In Kemetic society, the Naba bloodline of the Dogon was in charge of the spiritual life of the Pharaoh, keeping the highest levels of spiritual and astronomical knowledge. Iritah’s teachings include the technical, spiritual and philosophical components of the Medu language (humanity’s original language secretly preserved as traditional Africa’s initiatic language, commonly known as Egyptian hieroglyphs), Ka’at Ibi (traditional meditation), and traditional healing. As a decedent of the Egyptians and their knowledge, Iritah now leads Ankhkasta Natural Healing which is a network of priest/healers throughout West Africa and initiates of The Earth Center Schools.
Sergio Magana (Ocelocoyotl)
Sergio Magana, 'Ocelocoyotl', is a well-known and respected healer in Mexico City, who has been initiated into the 5,000-year-old Toltec or Toltecayotl lineage of Mesoamerica. The tradition began with the ancient Chichimecas, who transmitted it to Teotihuacans and then Toltecs, who then taught both the Mayans and Aztecs. Sergio is also trained in the Tol shamanic lineage (nahualism) of dreaming knowledge that has been passed on in the oral tradition without interruption from master to student for 1,460 years. The time for these teachings to be unveiled is now and Sergio is one of a few spokespeople asked to share this ancient and hidden wisdom with the world.
Herlinda Agustin Fernandez
Herlinda Agustin Fernandez, was a Shipibo Shaman and healer. She was known for her magical singing of powerful ceremonial healing songs, known as icaros. She channeled the power of the anaconda, and of the Great Mother healing vine of the soul, Grandmother Ayahuasca. She lived in the jungle of Peru, past Puculpa in the upper Amazon region and passed on in late 2010.