Meet our 2019 Presenters!
(Alphabetical by Last Name)
The Truth Mandala
Naturally a dancer, writer, and visual artist, Penelope is passionate about understanding the forces that shape humanity's social, cultural, artistic and spiritual landscapes.
Her drive to contribute to positive change through education has led her to join forces with student-led organizations, nomadic eco-activism, ecovillage leadership, performance art, women's initiatives, and working in formal and informal education, in Montana, Latin America, and Indonesia.
She earned a degree in Finance and International Relations in Colombia, her country of origin, and a masters in Integrated Arts and Education at the University of Montana, both degrees representative of her interdisciplinary profile.
After three years living and working in Bali, Penélope is returning to Missoula with her husband and daughter, eager to continue engaging in any efforts leading to support a shift towards ecological, regenerative consciousness.
Giving Voice to our Inner Knowing through Soul Collage!
Jill Davis is a Manifesting Diva who believes in the power of gratitude and joy in co-creating the lives we were meant to live. Her mother taught her early on that eventually a storm runs out of rain and that her story was not for keeping but sharing.
Facilitating sacred spaces to allow for the transformative power of storytelling is her deepest life work and passion. When she is not journaling her own life stories or creating illuminating travel experiences, you can find her hiking the hills around Bozeman discussing how much fun it is to do the impossible.
She leads soulful legacy letter writing workshops with community elders and cancer patients in Bozeman helping them recognize the value of their story in a celebratory way.
Jill loves fashioning spaces of belonging with Soul Collage work and since 2004, she has been creating her own soul collage deck which has offered, through images, intuition and imagination, wisdom and meaning to life mysteries.
Priestess of Gaia
Horse crazy since 1958.
Shamanic practitioner since 1991.
Celebrating Women since 1994, there’bouts.
Married 49 years. Only bringing it up because it impresses me.
That’s me channeling Simone, sweet Simone.
Medicine Song Circle
Harmony Grisman is a Medicine Song Circle Leader, Healer, Salmon Singer, Music Instigator and Teacher of Songwriting Guitar, Voice, and Piano.
Her songs have traveled widely to diverse places around the globe. She trails after them, to give them. full voice and certitude.
She is co-director of Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar Camp. She has five CDs:
Chants of a Lifetime, Medicine Song Revival, Breathe, Child, Answer the Call, and Harmony for Kids.
Bio in a song: for Harmony J. Grisman
"As Is Condition"
“Well, I got whiskers on my chin, and dirty old sneakers
with a hole beginnin’ – right near my toe and water comin’ in,
Don’t that say something ‘bout my “As Is” condition?
If you wanna know where I am, I’m living in AS IS land.
I’m an As Is woman, was an As Is child
I tried to live simple but it got a bit wild…
I been doing penance for all that I have been
but now I’m quitting, let the joy back in
If you wanna know where I am, I’m living in AS IS land.
I’m a full of holes person from a patchwork quilt,
in the business of loving with a side of guilt,
I’m cranky in the autumn, goofy in the spring
and, mostly afraid of everything!
But if you want to meet me where I am
I’m living in AS IS land.
Dances of Universal Peace: Giving Voice to the Goddess
Dances of Universal Peace (Sunday, Closing Ceremony)
We join in a circle, learn simple phases and tunes from the spiritual traditions of the world, and move and sing.
It is what humans have done since the beginning of time.
Florence has been conducting Dances of Universal Peace circles in Montana for 23 years.
Sonic Bliss Yoga
Sonic Bliss Bath
Cache Hartzell, E-RYT 500, Dean of the Nataraja School of Yoga, Ayurveda & Wellness, teaches yoga, guides retreats, directs trainings and offers private consultations.
Since 1986 Cache has been nationally certified in Jin Shin Do Acupressure and is certified by the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia), registered IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapist); Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500; Registered Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500; and has studied with many of the leading masters in Contemplative Psychology, Buddhism, and Yogic Tradition.
She has taught Meditation and Compassionate Self Study since 1988. Cache offers private Yoga & Ayurveda consultation sessions utilizing Yoga, acupressure, herbs, sound healing, diet, life style and Contemplative Counsel. Curious by nature, Cache is committed to a life of learning.
~roll out your mat for healing~
Song Share/Pajama Party
Edis is a singer/songwriter who strongly believes in the transformative power of music. Music heals. Music creates community. Music is medicine.
A seasoned musician of 30+ years, Edis plays at various venues and functions in solo, duo, and trio acts as well as with her band, "Edis and the Incredibles."
Her unique brand of folky, bluesy tunes has moved and entertained audiences in the Bozeman valley since North 19th didn’t exist past Durston. If it's got a good message and good groove, it's in. Influences include everything from Bonnie Raitt, to Mary Chapin Carpentar, to Greg Allman.
Her primary instrument is her powerful and heartfelt vocals. She also plays six and twelve string guitar, four and five string bass, ukulele, and percussion. In addition, she provides guitar and voice lessons.
Interior Illumination~ Exploring Your Inner Castle through The Labyrinth and Expressive Arts
is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been in private practice since 2007 in Hamilton Montana.
She is founder and director of Montana School of Hypnotherapy as well as a facilitator of The Naked Voice.
Among some of her favorite pastimes are: singing, dancing, and being in sacred circle with women.
is a psychotherapist and expressive artist in private practice since 2009 in Hamilton Montana. She has attended and presented in a handful of cycles of Celebrating Women and looks joyfully towards this year's gathering.
Anger’s Birthright: Advocacy, Exploring What Blocks Effective Expression through Family Constellation Work
Facilitated Drum Circle
Invoicing the Triple Goddess
Many Hands Light Work is…
is a native Northwesterner, having grown up in Wenatchee, WA and settling in Spokane for almost 30 years before relocating to Bozeman, MT. Her years as a Speech and Language Pathologist in the public schools gave her plenty of experience working with and engaging youth in positive and productive ways.
After meeting the love of her life, she relocated to Bozeman nine years ago and launched Your Girl Friday, a successful “handy ma’am” business. After a glorious hiatus from clinical work, she plans on opening a practice in vocal coaching for transgender clients in the fall.
Stormi began learning African hand drumming as a young adult, and pursued her passion for drumming with instruction in various rhythms of the world. On a whim to enliven Spokane's Gay Pride parade, she offered to bring a marching band -- and then managed to create the vibrant, powerful, joyful "Giant A** Drum Corps" (GADC), a women's bucket-drumming brigade that regaled Pride and other festivities around the Northwestern U.S. Having led the GADC for eleven successful years, she collaborated with Shaun to create a similar group, Chicks With Sticks (CWS), in Bozeman. She and Shaun stepped down after leading CWS for six successful years, and the drum corps continues to be a popular addition to local social justice and women’s empowerment
Stormi has been invited back repeatedly to SummerSing to teach bucket drumming to women at this week-long music camp headed by Judy Fjell,
recording artist and “music empowerment activist.” Several years ago, Judy invited Stormi to expand her camp offerings to include daily West
African hand drumming lessons, and Stormi has collaborated with Shaun in these classes with great success. Stormi and Shaun also teach beginning West African hand drumming classes in Bozeman, and offer community drum circles on a
is a private practice counselor and shamanic healing practitioner in Bozeman, Montana, whose work focuses on moving beyond surviving to thriving. She has led many deeply moving
women’s spirituality workshops and retreats, including Celebrating Women for many years. Weaving together her interpersonal skills with her capacity to create safe and sacred space, Shaun is extremely effective at creating a coherent sense of connection and community where all feel welcome, heard and supported.
Shaun’s love of drumming began decades ago as she explored and deepened in ecstatic/trance drumming practice, creating the drumbeat which supports the trance state so essential to her shamanic healing work. A musician and songwriter since childhood, Shaun has been a passionate African hand drummer for more than a decade, and continues to learn and deepen in her drumming practice as she holds the backup rhythm on the three pitched dundun drums while Stormi leads students in learning melodies for the djembe, the traditional drum used in African hand drumming.
Both women are founding members of Yamama!, a six-woman World Music and Dance performance ensemble based in Bozeman, and are also members of the Bozeman chapter of the Montana Women’s Chorus.
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Learn more about Yamama Here.
Safe Passage Counseling: safepassagecounseling.com
Many Hands Light Work community building through sacred play!
Stormi Oshun and Shaun Phoenix
(406) 548-4698 (406) 580-0562
Storytelling - A Woman’s Voice
Margaret Meggs is a wandering feminist theologian, activist, writer, performer, teacher, and crone. Her southwest England and Southern USA roots lend themselves to her passion for using storytelling to re/member and re/create women's power.
Great Falls, MT
Erin Duffy Osswald is a creatrix practicing the healing and fine arts. She Erin Duffy Osswald is a certified Earth Medicine Practitioner who writes about reclaiming ancestral ways at her blog, The Telling of the Bees. As an urban homesteader of over two decades, she's honed her wisdom through electing by the moon along the way. www.thetellingofthebees.com
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation - Women's Teachings
Sharing to Our Sacred Voices
Katie grew up on the east coast, and has made her home on the various edges of this country in MA, NM, CA, and now MT. She loves the beauty of the mountains, being close to family, and all the great places to get breakfast in Bozeman.
Kaite has been called to some sort of ministry since the age of 14, when she credits her youth group for saving her life by welcoming “my weird self just as I was”. From that early age she has been drawn to creating space in the world and in herself where others can be comfortable being their whole selves. This has brought her to engaging with anti-oppression work in the areas of race, class, gender, size, ability, and sexuality - grounded in her goal to humbly embody God's love in this world.
Katie achieved her Master of Divinity in 2008 from the Starr King School for Ministry, in Berkeley, CA. She currently works as a Chaplain for Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Hillcrest Senior Living, and Hospice of Bozeman Health. She has a private practice as an Interfaith Spiritual Director. Katie is drawn to personal practices that involve inhabiting her body, from dance to life drawing modeling.
Pulse of Positive Living
Mary Tolena is a traveling workshop presenter who believes that music lives in all of us. She creates uplifting rhythmic experiences that unite and enliven groups of all kinds. Whether for personal growth, workplace team building, or exploring deeper aspects of leadership, participants gain new insights about themselves and their shared potential, as they learn practical tools that enhance daily life.
Mary travels in North America and the world as a nomad “on #Drumabout,” presenting workshops as she goes, and visiting people she meets through the worldwide network of drum circle and rhythm event facilitators.
Mary is a longtime organizer and presenter at various conferences, and festivals, and teaches business development for entrepreneurial drum circle facilitators. Mary’s ebook, Rhythms of Influence, offers presenters and teachers new insights and tools for being their best in front of groups.