Guest Teachers

Sanctuary 2021




Story from Unseen Relations: The Language of Spirit

Tyson Yunkaporta

Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 @ 5-7pm PST // 10am Australia




Tyson will speak to what was alive in our room. Please consider reading his book: SAND TALK, Bring your questions and expect the unexpected and what is alive in our room will speak. There is a good chance he will discuss: 


  • Memory and the placed based narrative memorization techniques from aborginal culture
  • Metaphor as the language of spirit: Stories extended metaphors as a path through a relational landscape
  • Story as communication between the worlds


About Tyson Yunkaporta

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, arts critic, and a researcher who is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne. His book Sand Talk, How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World is a groundbreaking introduction to a land based perspective at seeing a modern world through indigenous eyes.


Reclamation, Ritual & Renewal: A Decolonial Approach to Unsettling Our Story

Serina Payan Hazelwood

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 @ 10am-12pm PST




As we carry the generational traumas caused by the systems of white supremacy in our bodies, it is imperative that we remind each other that we also carry the pleasure, joy, and love (liberation) of our ancestors. Together, we will explore our somatic responses as we discuss how characteristics of white supremacy manifest in our physical spaces, bodies, minds, and spirits. 

In our circle, we will create rituals that will facilitate the investigation of our relationship to and with the systems of white supremacy such as racism, capitalism, and misogyny with humility, accountability, love, and compassion.


Participants will:

  • Explore somatic awareness through movement, meditation, and clay-play.
  • Discuss how ritual can facilitate the dismantling of systemic and internalized white supremacy
  • Identify at least one way in which the systems of white supremacy shows up in our story



About Serina Payan Hazelwood

Serina Payan Hazelwood {she/her} is a certified holistic sex educator, experienced-registered yoga teacher (ERYT), and somatic drum circle facilitator. She brings body-centered, holistic approaches to her work, drawing on her study of religion and spirituality, ancestral trauma and healing, social justice, ecopsychology, and colonization. 

Serina has over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches in the wellness field, leading programs that bring people together using accessible, intersectional modalities. Her methods are rooted in liberation and supported by the pillars of reclamation, ritual, and renewal. Serina’s liminal identities as a queer Indigenous-Chicanx-European descendant make her a natural connector, messenger, and community healer.





Listening to the Earth: from Soil 2 Soul

Devorah Brous

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm PST 







Root down to rise up. We’ll be slowing down to listen in as we unearth the stories of the land we live with. Devorah will take you on a journey to enter into a reciprocal relationship with your land of giving and receiving through deep practices of getting to know your land. Learn how to ground and presence with the land you live with. 


In this 2-hour class participants will:

  • Design and create an outdoor altar. Explore a practice of giving offerings to an  to identify, acknowledge, and give back to the Original land stewards 
  • Skills, techniques, opportunities to practice decentering yourself
  • Explore an anti-burnout framework for changemakers
  • Experiential practices for listening deeply to the sounds of the earth
  • Unearth stories of the sacred ground where you live 


About Devorah Brous

Dev Brous (she/her) is creator of from soul2soul where she serves as a permaculture designer, herbalist, and regenerative consultant. A homesteader and a frontline community organizer -- she consults, writes, formulates, and gardens with individuals and institutions, designing regenerative practices for soul care, community care, and earth care. Check out her Sabbatical offerings, and her TEDx talk about the Sabbatical: We're burning out. What can we glean from nature to regenerate?



Sanctify Your Space: Create Your Own Sacred Symbol

Kristen Myers

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 10am-1pm PDT






Kristen Myers will lead us on a creative journey, guiding us through the process of creating a personal Medicine Shield. Magic happens when we, as creators, bring the invisible into form. 

For centuries, we have created maps of consciousness in spoken, song, movement, and visual forms. These sacred art forms serve as helpers, teachers, reminders to reorient us to the truth of who and what we are. A medicine shield is a personally channeled symbol, created in prayer by listening with our hearts and hands. This is your unique empowering symbol in the world. 

Different from a symbol found in a book somewhere, this is a symbol born through you, of your essence, and in your language. It holds the frequency of your prayers and intentions. You will learn how to channel the energies of your essence to create a personal Medicine Shield to anchor your medicine and bless your altar and sanctuary space. 

Kristen will guide you in a process creating sacred space and opening your channel, connecting with your creative essence to receive your Medicine Shield. She will also facilitate a process to receive and fully listen to your shield. You will then have your beautiful Medicine Shield to continue to dialogue with over time. 

This class is for all experience levels with art! Creating in the moment, we discover our language as we go.


In this 3-hour class you will: 

  • create sacred symbols of your own
  • Receive help tapping into your creativity
  • find a refreshing approach to picture making
  • Experience ritual and art-making
  • Dive deeper into intuitive art



About Kristen Myers

Kristen is a Memphis native and Visual Artist since childhood, exploring many mediums including clay, painting, song-writing/sound, and movement arts. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute of Art and Design and studied in the healing and Somatic Arts for many years. 

Kristen has had several painting shows at Perry Nicole Fine Arts in Memphis, TN, and currently sells her beautiful ceramic wares in stores in the SF Bay Area.

Kristen is a ritual artist and a lifetime student of the creative process. Art is her Mystery School. She shares her wisdom with nuance and elegance, teaching from her own personal hero's journey. She teaches classes for Coherent Creators, helping realign people with their pure expression, embodiment, and joy of creating. Some have included Art Medicine, the Art of Visual Prayer, and Stoking the Sacred Spark. Kristen also works one on one as a Creativity Consultant and Guide. 

Kristen's work and the process can be seen on Instagram @beautyweaving and Kristen Myers Arts and Creativity on Facebook.

Storytelling As Shamanic Practice

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Monday, November 8, 2021 @ 10am -12pm PST





The wisdom and teachings of the Eskimo-Kalaallit culture have been passed down through thousands of years and from generation to generation, through the art of storytelling.

The lively, authentic narrative style has preserved the cultural heritage in this way until today.

In this live lecture and Q&A, Angaangaq will provide insights into the powerfully clear and living teachings of the Eskimo-Kalaallit and Angaangaq’s shamanic storytelling.



About Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is a shaman, healer, and storyteller, an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland. His name means ‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’. His teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people.