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The Forked Stick

Mar 23, 2016


In this show, Jeff Stockton, Nikiah Seeds and John-Luke Edwards begin a two episode venture into this thing referred to as ‘Ceremony’ and our relationship and people of spirit to ‘it’.

Is ‘it’ something we make or something that is always about us as some great divine magical container? And most of all what is our relationship and responsibility if any to speaking of, engaging with or being part of ‘Ceremony’?

We ask some of the presenters of ceremony, of ‘Death to Life; A journey of Love’ to be held in May, to give us their thoughts, reflections and edge on this question.

We are joined by;


Rob Murphy who is an initiated Ceann-Iul of the Sagh’ic Tire Dhream and is a member of the SCGMSS. He is an Inducted Elder of the tradition and a director of the SCGMSS. He is a practicing shaman and is attuned as a master shamanic-reiki practitioner and Level 3 reiki practitioner. He has been initiated as a yatchak (shaman) into the Quichuan Path of Light tradition in by Don Esteban Tamayo in Ecuador and a shaman in the Green Path Medicine tradition of shamanism taught by the late Brazilian shaman, Ipupiara and his wife Claicha, a yatchak in the Peruvian Quechua tradition, and Dr Eve Bruce. Rob was also initiated into the Brazilian shamanic tradition of the Makunaiman, and is the founder of the Richmond Shamanic Meetup & Drum Circle. He gives workshops and classes in shamanism for the Richmond, Virginia & NYC areas and in Canada & Ireland and facilitates trips to learn from indigenous elders in South America. As a graduate of Dr Linda Backman’s Past Life Soul Regression & Between Life Soul Regression programs, he uses the power of regression therapy as an integral part of his shamanic healing. Rob will be presenting ‘Death to Rebirth’ which will serve the shamanic community by bringing about a greater awareness of the dynamics of our life agreements.


Mojo Kemp, Tad Seymour and Joe Abbott collectively known as ‘Thunder Song’, who have undertaken their journey of study and soul and are to be initiated Ceann-Iuil during the Gathering/Conference in May. As a group they have become a thunderous and ceremonial voice for the Earth and the community at large, both spiritual and temporal. They will be offering as their first combined work as Ceann-Iuil, ‘The Fetish and the Catharsis of Soul’, which will be a powerful tool for the transformation of one’s own soul. The intention for this work is to provide a catalyst for the release and renewal of our souls deep seated burdens. This process of cathartic healing, and the birth and death of the fetish is an act of self-love. Deep work like this, when undertaken even by a few also creates a catalyst for healing within our shamanic and global community. Learning to love and understand ourselves is always key to creating harmony within our communities and with our relationship with the spirits. 

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Sara Dunbar is an Eclectic Witch in the Okanagan Valley. She is extraordinarily blessed to come from a line of wise women that have taught her how to survive and thrive on the bounty of the land. She has taken the knowledge imparted from her grandmother, mother, and aunts and given it a modern pagan flair in the Okanagan Women’s Mysteries, which she has been a facilitator for the last decade. Sara’s personal practice has its roots in Geri, Reclaiming, and Druids teachings and she is a part of an on going movement in the Okanagan to raise awareness about Paganism. Sara’s inquisitive nature has taken her on an academic journey to completing her B.Sc in biochemistry where she relentlessly endeavored to incorporate local flora and fauna, as well as international plant based medicine into the research done by herself as well as colleagues. Her future projects will have a focus on incorporating conventional and spiritual healings into the contemporary medical education system. Sara will be offering two healing circles, ‘Hands to Hands’ in which by using group energy will facilitate physical or emotional healing or pain management and she will be presenting ‘Protection of the Ancestral Home’ making simple folk magic staub using locally sourced materials to protect our homes and selves.


Kat Naslas who is a graduate of the FSS 3-year program in Advanced Shamanic Studies, a Journey to the Heart certified Trance-Dance facilitator, a Sundoor Master Firewalk Instructor, and an Initiated Pathfinder and Ordained Seanair;Elder of the Wolven Path Tradition. She brings her shamanic knowledge to her Empowerment workshops. Her passion lies in creating partnership with Compassionate Spirit helpers to facilitate and hold safe, sacred space for people to experience their incredible human potential. She is a member of the SSP and SCGMSS and a Sagh’ic Fire Guardian. Kat will be leading us all in a Firewalk ‘Hearth to Heart: a Return to Love’

Step into the journey through the hearth-fire to your heart-fire”.

For more information or to join her mailing list please visit:



Deep Heart” by Audiomachine, which is a boutique, motion picture advertising music production collective, specializing in original epic music and bone crunching sound design for theatrical trailers, television commercials and video game advertising campaigns. Since their official launch in August of 2005, they have had their music placed in countless feature film trailers and can be heard daily on television, radio and the Internet. “Deep Heart” was written by Paul Dinletir, for ‘Champions will Rise’ the epic from the 2014 Winter Olympics and is available with other music by Audiomachine from ITunes, CD Baby and Spotify.


Aad Guray Nameh” by Mirabai Ceiba from the album ‘Awakened Earth’. Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist / singer Markus Sieber and singer / harpist / keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. They come from different parts of the world. Markus is East German. Angelika was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in a small village near Mexico City, the daughter of a Mexican mother and German father. They recorded their Album Debut Flores in 2004 with Spirit Voyage Music, followed by Ocean 2008, nominated as Best Vocal Album of 2008 by New Age Reporter, and A hundred Blessings 2010, named by LA Yoga magazine among years best of 2010.

Their album Awakened Earth 2011 reached international bestseller lists, and the latest release Between the Shores of Our Souls 2012, was selected for the Best Top 10 New Age Music Cds of 2012 by New Age Music World. Further it reached number 2 on the international ZMR Top 100 Radio Chart for New Age Music.


Oh Great Spirit” by ‘Celtic Spirit’ (Lori Pappajohn) is a tribute to Bill Graham (ft Bonnie Raitt)


Earth My Body” by Nicole Sangsuree who as a native of Portland and a 2013 graduate of PSU’s Leadership for Sustainability Education master’s program, Nicole Sangsuree Barrett is an unforgettable member of the PSU community. Among the many roles she embraced, she was a singer, songwriter, artist, musician, puppeteer, farmer, and activist for causes that included social justice and the environment. Sangsuree was comfortable sharing her complex identity as a mixed-race, queer woman. Her courage, humor, and personal commitment to acceptance allowed her to speak frankly and honestly while challenging others to question their assumptions and reflect on their connection with all forms of life. Nicole Sangsuree Barrett left a powerful legacy upon her passing in Thailand on Thursday, July 18, 2014. "Earth My Body" was written and performed by Nicole Sangsuree though the opening and closing chant is a very old song with an unknown author. The song was recorded and produced by Jeremy Davidson in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., and the video was filmed at many locations in Thailand by producer and filmmaker Emma Carroll (Wee Earthlings). The experience of writing, recording and then filming this song has been part of a healing awakening for Nicole.


Gift to be Simple” from ‘Songs of America’ availble from Cedarmont Kids