We all have those moments. Those moments which define us, carve out the soul we are to become or chip away at the armor to allow you to stand in your vulnerability. I suppose mine is no different than anyone else’s, and I appreciate that all of us have found our way to our unique path through these very moments. When I became ordained as a Shamanic Minister, I had to write a short thesis on why I wanted to walk this road.
It is very likely that you landed here because you found me on YouTube or Insight Timer after listening to one of my meditations. It is something that has come naturally to me, and I enjoy creating them. A little known fact about my meditations: I never script them, I come up with a loose theme, and then I channel. No edits (unless the dog is snoring in the background), all meditations are a one time record and in the can.
I’m not sure how I fell into this part of my work, but I did, and ritual has become a significant piece of my everyday life. I help others find ritual and ceremony in their lives as well and help them to create meaning to moments and therefore meaning to life. Ritual is a powerful force of nature, both within and outside of us.
Teaching is in my blood. I’ve been teaching/facilitating people and groups through soul growth for nearly 30 years now. It is what I am most passionate about and considers my strongest asset. In addition to soul teaching, I was also one of the lead instructors for the nations largest Massage Therapy schools and wrote much of their curriculum for various courses. Today, I teach solely my own work which I have also been developing over the course of the past 30 years.
As a Celebrant, I get to witness and experience significant and profound moments in people’s lives. I feel so honored to have such a privilege. I was trained and certified as a Celebrant through the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids based in England. I am also ordained as a Shamanic Minister through Venus Rising Institute with Linda Star Wolf. I’ve married people, officiated name-changing ceremonies, and funerals. I’ve even officiated a funeral for a pig, who was the elected mayor of Todd, NC, true fact.
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“You are amazing. A gift to so many of the beautiful people I see gathered around here. Your dedication and hard work married to your commitment and genuine love for all beings is so apparent and appreciated.”
“I think you rock! I know you have been going through a lot in this West Direction and through it all, you continued to teach and support us on our journey. I appreciate that and I know that couldn’t have always been easy. “
“The only thing I wanted to say is that you are a wonderful mentor and friend. The teachings you give us are priceless. I wouldn’t change anything about how and what you teach. Last year I was a skeptic in the beginning, of how peoples lives changed, but now I can only encourage that because my life has changed too. All in a positive way, even with the losses and Challenges in life, the way we feel and go through this. Thank you, Dakota”
“I am grateful for you and your guidance. You are a precious treasure to the world, and I thank you for sharing your gifts.”
“Yes, thank you for being you! For allowing yourself to be vulnerable, sharing your own personal examples… Created great trust and deepest respect from me. Thank you for proving the community too, beautiful like-minded folk, I definitely have found a piece of heaven, a tribe, feel I belong. A reason to look forward, you’ve given me that! Can’t thank you enough, I pray one day I get to meet you, that would be the icing on the cake! “
“I’ve seen quite a few “personal growth” programs but this has been the only one that truly spoke to my spirit, my heart and my mind. I want you to know that I appreciate all of the work you put into this program and how grateful I am that you’ve created a space for this tribe from all over the world to come together. Please, please create a level 2!”
“Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. You are doing such amazing work. I appreciate you deeply.”
“I was meant to find my way to your door. I was meant to take a giant leap of faith and dive straight into the unknown and in doing so I found more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you does not seem nearly enough.”
“You’re an amazing human. Thank you for your leadership.”
Those who have made a difference in my life…
They always say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. That is truly my experience. I wish I could list every single person who has had a profound influence on my life but I’d run out of room here if I did. And even still, there are some very prominent teachers who are not even listed here but deserve a shout out – Dr. Ted Baroody who founded Holographic Health and is a soul brother; Melanie, the first Navajo Shaman I worked with while in Arizona; Paul O’Halloran a gifted Shaman in Ireland; Lloyd Ryckman, my Grandfather who shaped my first 12 years on this earth. My Guides, my power animal, my ancestors … here are a few notable influences in my life.
Linda Star Wolf - Shamanic Priestess
I spent an entire month at Venus Rising Institute to become a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator and to become ordained as Shamanic Minister. Linda Star Wolf founded Shamanic Breathwork which is a similar branch of Holotropic Breathwork. Shamanic Breathwork is an integral part of the work I do now, it has the capacity to transform people at the soul level and catapult them forward on their journey.
George Pooley - Hopi Medicine Man
George and I met at the Massage Therapy college I taught at. He was one of my massage students, but really – he became my greatest teacher. George was one of the last living true Hopi Medicine Man. He mentored me in many ways and we both contributed the relationship and helped one another. George passed away a few years ago, but I often hear him in the wind. He has gentle guidance now as he did back then.
This woman. In so many ways, I can fundamentally say that my Grandma was instrumental in helping shape who I am today. She was so full of love, so full of character and realness, and authenticity. She was loved by everyone and carried with her the unconditional love that she gladly poured out to everyone. She used to ask me one simple question, are you happy? That question, her gentleness, her love, and compassion are what forged the trajectory of my life at a very young age. I cannot fit into this small little box the number of things I’ve learned from her. She was my rock.