Meet the Visionary
My shamanic healing work is born of more than two decades of experience facilitating workshops, trainings, and retreats around the world, in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, Bali, Guatemala, Indonesia, Israel, and Greece. I’ve been certified as an Integral Yoga teacher, a Kundalini yoga teacher, Esalen Massage Practitioner, and have studied with some of the world’s most revered spiritual Masters, including Swami Satchidananda, Anna Halperin, Dr. Gabriel Cousens and Lakota Elder Wakia Un Manee.
A lifelong dancer, my path as a healer followed a severe injury – a period of what is often called shamanic “dismantling”, after which my mission shifted towards healing. Over the last 20 years, I’ve developed the Seven Foundations and the Dance of Liberation™, as maps for my own spiritual practice, living and breathing these foundations in daily ritual.
Since I founded Dance of Liberation™, it’s been practiced by over 10,000 dancers around the globe. It’s was born of a mission to help people experience ecstasy – without taking it.
Dance of Liberation and Eagle Medicine
I use Eagle feathers to clear and cleanse; as the physical manifestation of the energy of the eagle, these feathers clear the way for vision and flight. Every Dance of Liberation event begins with the invocation of Eagle, via a chant passed down to me by my elder Wakia Un Manee.
True story, during a fire ceremony at the retreat center Kripalu, I sang the invocation of the Eagle passed on to me by Wakia. Eagle then arrived in the physical plane. All of the retreat participants screamed in awe of this powerful soaring winged one blessing us from above.
My Journey with Eagle Medicine
I began consciously dancing with Eagle medicine as a power animal, ally, and teacher two decades ago, when I first connected with indigenous American practices at the Naraya, a ceremonial dance of healing and renewal drawn from the traditions of the Native peoples of the Great Basin. There, I encountered Nancy Eagle Spirit Woman, a carrier of Eagle medicine and Shaman Charles Lawrence, a medicine man who carries the Vision for the people. The spirit of Eagle spoke to me, and as I began learning to dance with and invoke Eagle, I realized I had been dancing with Eagle my whole life – well before I knew how to name it.
Wakia Un Manee – Thunder He Walks With and Parashakti
Eagle showed itself in my life as a small child – as a fearlessness, expressiveness, expansiveness, and a desire to lead. I was a frequent ringleader of friends, always urging myself and those around me towards creative engagement and expression. Eagle had me leaping from the high dive platforms as a small child, trying out for countless school plays, dancing across stages and following my instincts into experiences I’d never tried before – and that wound up changing my life.
Like most people, however, there have been times of losing my vision, of feeling lost. After the dissolution of a long-term relationship some years ago, my mission felt obscured. I worked hard to move through grief and to find my wings of light once more. Once my vision began to emerge again, and I felt I’d come back to myself, I decided to mark the moment – and my body – with a recognition of the rite of passage. My elder, Wakia Un Manaee, Thunder He Walks With, drew me a picture of Eagle wings, which I brought to medicine man, firekeeper, and tattoo artist Ash Wood. Ash completed the vision, a symbol of the Eagle that now walks and dances with me every day.
Meet the Jewelry Designers
At Kabartsy, they believe that in order to have everything you want in life, you need to bring awareness to the center of your being. Which is why they have made it their mission to bring awareness to the center of your being. They strive to do this by producing high quality, hand-crafted jewelry that places emphasis on the meaning of the piece before anything else. This means that from the moment you come in contact with one of our pieces, you will begin to feel the energy shift, and that is just the beginning. Once you begin to wear the piece and embrace its true meaning, you will start to notice a small awakening of your being.
Pitango sees his rings and jewelry as tools of healing, creating pieces that combine the alchemical connection between stones, metals and antique symbols. Pitango integrates ancient designs and alchemical symbols revealing man’s quest for the Absolute. To wear a Pitango piece is to feel both power and confidence – to experience at once the immensity of the Universe and the sense of being protected and loved.
Special thanks to our resident photographer Eric Allen, whose expertise in capturing the spirit of his subjects has done our jewelry utmost justice. He has supplied many of the Winged Ones photos you will see on our website.