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Santa Cruz, California, USA


What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

What is needed for respect, beauty and wholeness, now?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

It started for me as a calling… to the fire… to the Medicine Teachings… to the circle. 10 years have passed and sometimes I think if we could all just sit together and pass the talking stick around the circle… speaking and listening from our hearts, all will be well with the world and we will find our way together again – for we are surely very fragmented and SO in need of each other.

There is something that emerges when we do this simple act – an energy that seems to emanate from the center of the fire (or the beauty in the center of the circle). I’ve come to understand this energy as the wisdom of human beings and it seems to only come forward when everyone is able to hold and care for their own needs and the needs of the collective AT THE SAME TIME.

Out of this mysterious experience, we are able to more clearly see what is needed and to take whatever action, or speak whatever prayer is needed in the moment.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

The opportunity to slow down and be in each other’s field of awareness and to ask together: “What is it we can give back to life in this moment?” and “What is it that life is giving to us in this moment?”

I see this as a dance of creation that shows up as endless giving and receiving. And I seek the joy of dancing this dance as a group with amazingly complex rhythms and challenging multi-layered steps, so that in some grace-filled moments we can glide effortlessly in this dance of love as one, dancing with the One.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

In the beginning, there was music, mostly coming from my Mother, whose clear and powerful singing voice sang songs whenever the people gathered as I grew up in England. Then, after I had come to the U.S., an unexpected and unasked for gift came from my father – a 35mm camera - and I began to SEE and relate with the moments of beauty in the world around me through the lens of my own creative expression.

My second job out of college (the first was in a mental hospital!) allowed the music and the images to come together in what I used to call “industrial rock and roll” – large audiovisual inspirations for a small group of business clients.

After 28 years (and many adventures) my hunger to learn led me to an eight-year apprenticeship with a mixed-blood Native American couple, who carry an old body of Earth Wisdom Teachings about self-knowledge and wholeness. (

I learned to carry these Teachings as my own and the fire of creative expression using sound and image grew strong again inside me – along with a commitment to give back, in some way, the amazing gift I had been given.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

I want to tell stories that change the world and I want to work in a deeply co-creative way with others to tell these stories using digital media.

I am available to talk to other “dreamers” who find resonance in these words.

I will also help others to create magical digital visuals that express their essence in this space. I want to weave audio “sound paintings” together to help the mapping of this field and I yearn to co-create personal and collective video stories to fan the flames of awareness and appreciation for this emerging field.

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Interview with FireHawk, Pele Rouge, Bill & Marilyn Veltrop

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