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Alisa Muñiz Blanchard

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

I am Alisa: poet, photographer, writer, priestess, seer, mother, healer and Wild Dreamer.

My life’s work is to provide creative, heart and spirit-centered business “soul-tions” and administration for growing entrepreneurs who honor sustainable community-minded visions for our world. I am passionate about providing compassionate business owners the tools they need to make their own life’s work sustainable.

While I hold a B.A. in Business Administration and English Communications with concentrations in Management and Ethics, my heart is the source of my life force. My passion for writing was ignited with the first breath of life.

Deep in my bones
it dwells,
with my song
dust and marrow.

In each of us
this vibration
at birth

Access gained
to the activation
of ancient knowing
in the script of breath

It is my work to honor and celebrate the various moments in our human experience through my wild exploration of what it means to be alive.

May you be wild and joyous on your own journey.

Visit my websites Wild Dreamer: Business Doula and In This Room: A Collection of Writing:




New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

As a human who happens to be a woman I am all too aware that public opinion and disapproval is something that we are still essentially bound by. Our societal teachings about the many aspects of “self” are generally distorted and inaccurate. I am interested in presenting the viewer with a look into those distortions and offering glimpses of the possibilities in transforming that fear of disapproval or censure.

My personal modes of perception towards the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities cause my work to be up close, personal and visceral. My artwork is exploration as a process of defining/redefining an image of the self and body. I am often my own subject, facing myself, my past and my demons. I endeavor to show the transformation process that starts in the soul towards a new definition of the self. This artistic process brings a freedom from the weight of prejudices, traditions, and custom and the healing from that lies not in distancing myself from it, not in attempting to heal it, but in embracing the experience as part of being alive.


Bonnie Gloris

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Bonnie Gloris is a visual artist, illustrator, and independent curator, originally from Albany, NY. Gloris has participated in group and solo art shows across the country. She earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design (NYC) and is now a graduate student in the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).

Bonnie is currently the Marketing and Social Media Intern for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.



Carolyn Abrams

United States

My art reflects my search for life’s meaning through the exploration of the interrelations between the spiritual, physical and emotional realms. In that search, I’ve found a myriad of “vessels” that contain and from which emanate life-giving forces. The paintings in this series utilize vessels to metaphorically contextualize the transference of energies that nourish life both physically and spiritually. Although my paintings include recognizable subjects, I’m predominantly interested in the interplay of color and form, not just representation.

Many of the works begin with the transformation of ordinary containers, such as bottles or vases, into abstracted forms that interrelate to create a symbolic vessel. Because I am a vessel, my canvases are the vessels that carry my thoughts and emotions to the viewer.


Emily Rose Michaud

Montreal and Wakefield, Québec, CA

Emily is an artist, performer, teacher and community organizer working at the intersections of art and ecology. In recent years, her environmentally and socially driven approach has resulted in a series of in-situ art projects, paintings, speaking engagements, community activist art projects, performances and publications. Emily is founding member of Les Amis du Champ des Possibles (Friends of the Field of Possibilities), a citizen-run nonprofit in Montreal, Canada that advocates for the cultural, ecological, and social importance of wild urban spaces. She is co-director of an art and nature themed summer camp for youth upon 200 acres of rural farmland. Emily has collaborated with community groups, municipal politicians, city architects, botanists, journalists, and artists on projects that cultivate civic participation and environmental stewardship. She is based between the regions of Outaouais and Montreal, Quebec.


Feather Redfox

United States

I connect to Source, my Guidance. Guidance beyond myself, open to receive Knowing. The images go along with that, tell its stories, offering its lessons and sometimes that is known and sometimes it is unknown to me, a sharing of beyond-my-ken — downloading for star ancestors and others. Sometimes I see pictures, project them onto surface. Other times I see nothing, only hear, “Turn it this way; color it that way; spin a tail of light there,” as my hand moves from beyond my control.


Isabel Bryna

Santa Cruz, California, USA

I was born in Santa Cruz California. At the age of 17 I moved to Central America and began to explore deeper into the America’s. Since then I have spent the past 13 years mostly in Latin America. I’m now 31 and recently moved back to California from Uruguay. Over the years I have maintained focus in my art always feeling a strong knowing that this is what spirit has given me to share. I have been blessed by many strong life lessons and near death experiences which have lead me on a path of awakening. I’m now putting my intentions and focus on my career as painter so I am able to share more of my creations and also receive fair payment for my work.


JoAnne Dodgson

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

With 30 years of experience as a healer, teacher and consultant, JoAnne Dodgson offers guidance to awaken authentic ways of being to transform the ways we live and relate with ourselves, each other, and the earth.

Since 2000, she has been living and learning the kala keh nah seh lineage of Ka Ta See, a tradition from the Eastern Andes. A shamanic healer and teacher of these ancient medicine ways, JoAnne offers spiritual counseling, initiation ceremonies, Bone Throws, traditional energy balancing, and spirit journeys which awaken profound healing, deep connectedness, joy and empowerment. Prior to her shamanic initiations, JoAnne completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She has many years of professional experience as a psychotherapist, community activist, and college instructor.


K Lenore Siner

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

I work with wax because it contributes a wonderful luminosity that I finds aesthetically pleasing. The medium also shows action and no pour can be recreated, it makes process obvious in the final product which is something I believe is valuable in our world of the mass produced image.

Thematically, my paintings are a journey to understand my own identity, particularly the edges of the personal that meet up with the realm of archetype.

I have showed nationally, including the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA, Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA and AS220 in Providence, RI. I am director of Peregrine Gallery in Providence, RI and currently live and works in the AS220 artist Mercantile Building.


Kristin Bareheart Brockett

Charlemont, Massachusetts, USA

Kristin Bareheart Brockett is the founder of Path of the Wild Heart School and is the main facilitator for the PWH Apprenticeship.

She has been involved with healing and people for over 16 years. She attended Gaia School of Healing and Earth Studies studying Sacred Plant Spirit Medicine and Herbalism, and has worked with plants for many years spiritually. She has taken the Survival Wild edible and Medicinal Plant course at Wilderness Learning Center in N.Y., and Herbal First Aid with 7 Song. She has completed a 6 month Shamanic Apprenticeship with an initiated elder of the Dagara Tribe which is the tribe of African elder and shaman Malidoma Some, and a 2 year Apprenticeship in Priestess Path, a Women’s Leadership Course on Healing, Empowerment, and Spirituality. She was certified in Sound Healing through the Healing Sounds Intensive with Jonathan Goldman. She has taken a 6 month course of Conscious Communication with Sandra Boston’s CC Institute and studied for 9 months to become a Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Baba Siri Chand Ashram.

Kristin is an empath/intuitive, teacher, ritual ceremonialist, lover and student of Nature, her main loves and studies have included Heart Intelligence, Rituals and ceremonies of Transformation, and Empowerment/Rites of Passage, community Building and Sustainability, Deep/Spiritual Ecology, Sacred Sexuality, Metaphysics, Healing modalities, Spiritual Development and Human Consciousness. Kristin has passion for life, love, learning and sharing with people, that they are empowered to transform anything they want to, or manifest anything in this life in conscious relationship to themselves, their passions, the earth, their community and purpose. Most importantly of all she is a Mother of two deep and beautiful children, a son and daughter.


Laurie Gardner

Concho, Arizona, USA

I believe in the oneness of all life and the sacredness of our mother earth and the abundant natural world she shares with us. I believe that nature is key to healing both ourselves and the earth. As my teacher Karen Furr was always saying “we are the ones we have been waiting on.” I believe this with my whole heart and believe that it is up to us to make the difference in the world we are looking for.


Leticia Banegas


I am a figurative painter. When I paint I transport myself to a magical realm of where women are warriors, maidens, priestesses… I believe we are the bridge between the world that cant be seen and this one. Each one of us lives in that magical realm wether we acknowledge it or not.



South Africa

I love the vibrancy of world music instruments and have extensively studied and taught Middle Eastern dance and music. I produce healing world music that moves with spirit and touches the soul. I am presently recording a third Goddess chant album entitled Ancestors.


Mary Snowden

San Juan Islands, Washington, USA

Inspiration for my weaving is rooted in Nature and primarily the lands of the Pacific Northwest Coast, USA. I was birthed here and I have lived in this region my entire life.

Red cedar bark and indigenous grasses are gathered and prepared seasonally, utilizing ancient techniques taught to me and are considered priceless. Every step requires methodical precision along the way.

My apprenticeship with master weaver Gram Lillian Black Pullen of the Quileute and Muckleshoot tribes in Washingtons Olympic Rainforest lasted for about thirteen years. I spent many years with Southern Puget Sound Coast Salish Lummi Nation weaver, Lillian Rose Jefferson Lawrence, as well as countless hours with other accomplished Northwest weavers.

Robert Eagle Bear of the Lummi Nation is my weaving and storytelling partner. We collaborate on many pieces. For us, our work is ceremonial and sacred. Together and singularly, we preserve the purity of ancient methods, stories and techniques.

While many classical and traditional pieces are composed of only natural barks and grasses, my contemporary works may call upon me to choose a variety of synthetic or unusual materials. I often unify ancient and traditional weaving methods with new perspectives, materials and, at times, unfamiliar experimental sculptural ideas.

I continue working to experience and explore melding limitless classical, traditional and contemporary weaving possibilities.

Mary Snowden . Similk Bay Studio . Fidalgo Island, USA

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Megan Hollingsworth

United States

Megan Hollingsworth, MS, is a mother, poet, healer, and compassion activist. She is founder and creative director at ex*tinc*tion wit*ness, a project that stems from Megan’s spiritual practice and existential journey, which she explored academically during her graduate study of the human emotional and spiritual response to genocide and mass species extinction. ex*tinc*tion wit*ness is a poetic request to pause in the light of this great dying and allow this heartbreak to bring us back to life.


Mel Shapcott

Mel Shapcott Wild Woman Rising

Founding Editor, Wild Woman Rising

Mel Shapcott, brings talents from both art and industry. Her work explores the intersecting edge of these two divergent worlds. Her technical skills honed as Owner and Project Manager at website design and development company Cyberian Frontier and as Vice President of web hosting and publishing company Solar Flare, LLC, are intertwined with her work as a visionary artist and intuitive. She is driven by a genuine passion to collaborate, create, and innovate through an artistic process, yet she has the critically necessary ability to synthesize the needs and goals of her team in order to tailor efficient solutions that culminate in project completion. Shapcott guides ideas from germination to manifest reality.

Shapcott founded Wild Woman Rising, an online magazine for artists and activists, and created the Akashic Oracle, a visionary art deck for intuitive inspiration. She is an agent of understanding in a rapidly evolving universe, and her individual and collaborative projects often explore and celebrate the melding of art with social issues, women’s empowerment, and community building. Shapcott is a graduate of the Priestess Path women’s leadership program, and in 2012 she won the Larger Visions Positive Change Award from Peregrine Gallery, Providence, RI. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.






Nicole Adele

Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA

Nicole Adele Rosaria Manieri lives deeply rooted in her community of Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a mother, wife, and community member dedicated to cultivating local food, medicine, ritual and community culture with a strong sense of place. She cultivates wild edible gardens and wild children with her husband, and cultivates local tribe to work and celebrate with in peak seasons. She creates healing ritual space with her soul sisters on a weekly basis all year round. Nicole IS ALSO a wild gypsy expressive artist that has tremendous SOULFORCE to express in the world at-large. She has a need to cross-pollinate with tribe all over the US and even world. Her expressive artform is rooted in her personal path of healing and transformation, dreams and imagination as a prayer for our liberation and celebration of life.


Paula Jones

Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

The study I did with an incredibly intuitive, talented artist was when I finally figured out WHY I painted. First question she asked me was, “Why? Why do you paint?” I was stumped, and then started making up bogus answers that sounded good. Or so I thought. She saw right through the fog and indecision. “Paula, why do you paint?” It was then I settled into listening to my internal voice about the actual why. “I paint, because I never allowed myself the time to PLAY!” It was a total surprise to me. Was that true? Had I never allowed myself to actually PLAY? I thought that when I was painting I was playing….turns out the reason I was painting was so that I could eventually support myself. I DEMANDED that of myself. I never allowed myself to just play and make mistakes.

AHA! Total V-8 moment. When I played, when I allowed myself the luxury of losing time, getting lost in the process rather than the result, the actual “play” of my gift, I created Mona Lisa’s.

And so began the unfolding of me, my internal knowing, that I am here to play – to teach others to play and to LOVE what they are doing.

My paintings unfold and develop intuitively. I converse with the canvas, sometimes starting with an intention, or sometimes just allowing and knowing that this process works best for me. I paint a layer, and then glaze – layer after layer – allowing the layers to build upon themselves creating the depth and richness in the paintings that I love. I find that even the “mistakes” frequently become an intrinsic part of the painting, and I instinctively know that this is much as our lives are. Our “mistakes” or learning experiences as I prefer to call them, are layered with time and other experiences, creating the fine masterpieces that we are today. And so…I say…Let the PLAY and the JOY of the creation begin!!


Psalm Isadora

Culver City, California, USA

Psalm Isadora is a yoga teacher, author and woman’s empowerment leader from Los Angeles, California. Before Psalm found yoga, she was thirty pounds overweight and suffering from depression and anxiety. After ending up in an emergency room she realized that if she didn’t change her life she would die. She has since taught thousands of people around the world the ancient holistic techniques she learned while studying in India. Her non-profit organization, Courage to Rise, provides yoga and empowerment training to sex workers in the red light district of Calcutta. Psalm lives with her son Gabe in Venice Beach.


Raven Redfox

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Contemporary imagery, brash colors and spiritual iconography make up the essence of my art through the use of strong colors and vibrant, energetic, thematic iconographic projections in the form of windows, sections, a collection of individual perspectives morphed into a larger, venerated, cultural historical collective.


Samantha Bryan

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Samantha Bryan is a performance artist, priestess-in-training, and student of Ayurvedic medicine, living in Boston MA. You can catch her onstage as Belle Gunz performing burlesque and devotional dance as both a solo artist and proud member of both The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts and Vadalna Tribal Dance Company. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts, loves travel and wants to learn every language so the occupational option of international spy could be available if so desired, likes cats and dragons to the point of concern, and yes, is a Sagittarius.


Samantha Moore

Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA

Samantha Moore is a writer/healer/artist, and a quirky Queer Femme, mother, lover, friend, PTSD survivor, with a serious case of Woo.


Sara Gately

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I am a 2D Visual Artist and k-8 Art Teacher. I received my BA at Hampshire College in Comparative Religion and Visual Art. I earned my M. ED at Lesley University in Teaching Visual Art. I have lived in Boston for over eight years and I have never lived anywhere besides Massachusetts. I am an artist who uses line and color to express my emotions about a variety of issues, both personally and globally. I am heavily influenced by the symbolism inherent in graffiti, as well as religious iconography of every culture. Using these references for my art, I strive to create my own systems of symbols to visually communicate with the world. A world for which I am inspired by and extremely disappointed with.

Much of my art is informed by the fact that I am a sexual and physical abuse survivor, as well as live with a chronic degenerative health condition. These elements of my life contribute to my subject matter, as well as the aesthetic of my pieces.

Although I admire, respect and envy realist artists, I do not prefer to create art that represents every day reality. I am an artist who desires to bring the world of my imagination to light and share it with others to decipher, decode and contextualize. In the same vein, I do not identify as an abstract or abstract expressionistic artist. It is my belief that viewers of my art can always find something recognizable from reality. That recognizable “thing” is different for each person. It is my goal for my viewers to see things that I did not consciously place in my art, this is how I know my art has fulfilled its purpose. I am available for commission upon request.


Selu Kateri

Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA

My name is Selu Kateri Vargas and I was born April of 1986 in Wichita, Kansas. I come from the Ramapough Munsee Lenape, Tuscarora, Mohawk and Shinnecock Nations.

My family came to Kansas from New York and having left our culture behind, we had to adapt to Southern Plains tribal culture. As a child, I was not actively involved in the Native community outside of attending powwows but as I reached high school age, my mother allowed me to attend the Mid America All Indian Center for community night every Monday and Wednesday – that is where I began learning to sing southern style powwow music. As I became more familiar with the songs I would approach the drum and sing behind the men with whom I had formed friendships. When I turned sixteen I was honored to be asked to sing as a lead chorus girl for Medicine Park, a local southern style drum group. Those singers taught me the art and spirituality behind powwow music as well as the importance of language. We sang in Pawnee, Kiowa, Apache, Ponca and various other languages of the Southern Plains peoples. I started writing my own songs a year or so later but of course never had the courage to share them with others until recently.

Growing up in the Southern Plains put me at a disadvantage when it came to acquiring knowledge of my own cultural practices because there were very few Eastern Woodlands gatherings in Kansas. Consequently, I had to learn learn those traditions much later as I made my way back out to the East Coast. Over the past several years I have focused intensely on Eastern Woodlands culture in hopes to not only revitalize my family’s heritage, but also to pass down everything I learn to our younger generations.

I am now a member of the Woman’s Sacred River Drum Society which is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the woman’s importance in Eastern Woodlands and Coastal Tribal traditions. Being involved with these women has given me the strength and knowledge to become more actively involved in our community. I can only hope that one day my music, beadwork and crafts will be true reflections of the gifts that these women have given me.


Vanessa Codorniu

New York, New York, USA

Vanessa Codorniu, CHt, RMT. This Urban Priestess, guides change-makers to the deep wisdom of their intuition so they can tap into their internal power and create the lives they were born to live. Called a “full service healer,” she connects to the underlying soul causes for challenges through her strategic intuitive sessions and then supports change through transformative hypnotherapy.

She has created visionary programming for the Bella Abzug Young Women’s Leadership Institute in NYC and is there in-house Empowerment facilitator for the last three years. A board Member of the REVEAL Conference and a writer for The Examiner as the Alternative Spirituality Examiner. Vanessa has taught workshops/classes at the Union Theological Seminary, Hunter College and BMCC. Vanessa has performed thousands of readings and past life regressions. Teaching hundreds of US and international clients to awaken and develop their intuitive skills she can be reached at:



Winter Ross

Taos, New Mexico, USA
Salida, Colorado, USA

Winter Ross is an environmental activist, street medic and shamanic practitioner. These interests inform both her art and her writing. She studied painting at Hartford Art School and received a BFA in Communications Design and Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She was an MFA candidate in itaglio printmaking at Washington University when her fabric art, a medium embraced by many feminist artists, began to receive recognition. Winter had a long career as a graphic designer which included Rocky Mountain PBS. She has also held artist-in-residence positions in Oregon, Nebraska and West Virginia. A student of Jungian psychology and mythology, her illustrative style is reminiscent of her grandmother’s turn of the century fairy tale books with which she grew up.