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Pele Rouge
Santa Cruz, California, USA



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

What is needed in this moment to foster wholeness? (in whatever the situation may be)

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

Our work involves the conscious evocation of sacred space which encourages the emergence of individual and collective wisdom. It is based upon an ancient (30,000 year old) body of earth wisdom teachings which have been passed to us. The teachings are “held” in a design which encompasses all of the energies of life. The structure of the design(s) facilitates all perspectives coming forward and being heard and the emergence of collective wisdom.

Our work has two aspects to it: 1) the teaching of this ancient way in ceremony 2) the design of specific ceremonies (either for individuals or for groups) focused upon a specific issue or question.

Our function is to assist people in reconnecting with their own individual and collective remembrance and knowing. Whenever possible, we work outdoors, on the mother earth.

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

My understanding of my own life purpose is that I am to create (and co-create with others) sacred containers which are capable of holding The People while “they do their work.” The work in its broadest sense as I understand it is the mending of the sacred hoop which holds all sentient beings.

For many years now I have witnessed impossible situations resolve and the exact healing that is needed in the moment occur. With those experiences always comes a deep sense of peace. I treasure those moments.

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

This work is a natural evolution of my life journey. I grew up in the midwest with deep roots connected to farm land that has been in the family for roughly 150 years. In my 20's I served in the Peace Corps and traveled the world extensively - always seeking "something more."

A series of events led me to California where I began working with University of California Extension, Santa Cruz as a Continuing Education Specialist in the field of Human Growth and Development. At one of the educational series that I organized, I heard Dr. Irving Oyle say: "Consider that reality may be crystalized thought." And I realized that the realm I had been searching for was not an outer realm but an inner realm and life has never been the same.

Later I worked with Bob Schwartz of The Tarrytown Conference Center, again organizing events in the field of consciousness but this time adding to it the domain of the business world.

Following a stint as a personal financial planner I joined the International Center for Organization Design as Senior Context Designer working with Bill Veltrop applying new paradigm thought to the field of organizational development and design.

In the early 90's, I was at another transition point in my life and set as an intention the discovery of the next phase of my journey. During a trip to the Southwest, I saw a beautiful handmade Native American dress in the window of a small shop and simply "had" to try it on. As the softness of the leather touched my body, I "remembered." I remembered a life of wearing these kinds of clothes.

Two weeks later, I met a métis couple who were to become my teachers for the next eight years. I entered formal keepership training with them to learn the ancient body of teachings that they carried.

The wisdom of the medicine wheel is now the ground for my life and my work in the world

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

For over 20 years, I’ve been fascinated with and explored the ways that the energetic contextual field surrounding groups influences what happens. The medicine wheel is the most elegant design of wholeness that I’ve ever encountered. I’d enjoy a relationship with others who are also working with contextual fields which encourage the emergence of collective wisdom and wholeness.

Links to this site or others:

Nurturing the Emergence of Collective Wisdom

Interview with FireHawk, Pele Rouge, Bill & Marilyn Veltrop

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