I cannot adequately express the joy, gratitude, alignment and opening that I feel after doing ceremony with you.
The joy to meet you, all the true medicine you bring, your alignment with the deep roots of sacred tradition, and the gorgeous weaving integration you have of psychological, spiritual, metaphysical and indigenous roots.
I realize that having been born to a Filipino father, and an American (Italian Portuguese lineage line) mother, in the 1950's, I grew up feeling that on some level I was always outside of a predominantly white culture. Though there has been so much more integration these days, (though of course with a long ways to go), I recognized what a home-coming it felt like to me, to be with you, with your gorgeous brown skin, a woman who is such
a sacred bridge between many races, worlds and systems. It is something that lay in my unconscious psyche, but something that I recognized this weekend at Moon Bear Sanctuary with you.
Some unconscious way that I have not ever felt good enough to step into leadership, though I always feel the soul's calling, but no path was ever clear enough for me.
I thought perhaps it was because of my mother's emotional abuse and her mantra to me that 'you can't do anything right' was the conditioning that I struggle to free myself from, but I had a deeper insight this weekend, that it also was because I have never fully connected with that indigenous part of my lineage, my ground that I resonate with so deeply. It was like all my effort went into fitting into a '"white" culture', all this unconscious of course, and it is a huge piece that is just becoming more conscious to me...
After meeting you, I recognize that it is my roots to my roots that I am seeking, that this is a huge piece in embodying my wholeness. I really felt connected to the ancestors in a way I never had before. I truly felt that space that space that we are not alone. Words cannot adequately convey my gratitude.I really look forward to doing more work with you. I have been called to attend your courses, and am so grateful, what Grace, that you actually came to my town and I got to meet you.
Thank you Maria, and great blessings on you and your work. Ashe!"
- M. Stebbing, Owner at Good Karma Flags www.goodkarmaflags.com
"For about the last 10 years Maria Owl Gutierrez has been a friend and mentor to me. I went on my first Vision Quest with Maria to Mono Lake Basin, in the Eastern Sierras. That 9-day quest was a pivotal moment on my spiritual path, and it was followed by questing a second time with her the following summer, and then assisting her on two more quests. Maria's dedication to her truth, to her healing work, and her ability to hold the most safe, open, heart-centered group council spaces I have ever participated in has changed my trajectory in life. This is what inspired me to go into the field of therapy and incorporate as much nature based ritual as possible."
- Julie Wilson, Nature Therapist
THANK YOU LETTERS:
Thank you for putting your life and your years of experience out there for us to access. I imagine that its intense to step into the Elder mode, to carry the staff of knowledge and power and channel the desires and energy of the ancestors and Earth. And then, to figure out how to pass that on and create your own lineage! I honor you."
- Erin W., Engineer and Council Leader
"Thank you. Thank you for creating this road, these paths, that we could then wander through the woods and use to find our way home. Home to ourselves. Thank you for doing deep work, going to the depths of your own soul and working through the layers of your healing and ego and sharing that with us, so I can have hope and know how to explore, safely unpacking my own depths. You called in incredible people to be in this journey with me and I feel so grateful! Thank you for all the ways you held up a mirror for me. The book list alone has shifted my life! After energy healing sessions with you I felt my own life force and joy come back to me in a way I can't remember otherwise feeling. The clearing of past contracts was also huge! With so much love and gratitude!"
- Rachel C., Corvallis, OR
From the moment we met, when you spoke at FEM Talks in 2015, I knew I was ready for a BIG shift in my life. I am so grateful that you saw that and saw me. Thank You Thank you for ushering me into a new paradigm!"
- Tina Dodds, www.livegoodfitness.com, Martinez, CA
"Maria, I am so grateful for you. I didn't even know what a gift I was in for when I signed up for this program. It has helped save and redirect a part of me that was lost and confused. This program is GOLD! The highest gift and quality. I can't wait to learn more from you. Thank you for honoring and sharing your medicine with me. I'm taking a part of you with me! "
- Susan T., MFT, EMDR Therapist
"Thank you so much Maria for bringing your love and light to me and the world, and showing me what it looks like to be BIG and beautiful and hopeful for a new future. Thank you for seeing me and creating space for me to see myself and embody myself. Look forward to growing with you!"
- Krista Herbe, Certified Herbalist and Plant Science Teacher
Although I've been leading ritual and mentoring men for a decade, you have taught me a great deal about leadership and life, my friend! You have encouraged me to step even more into my medicine. Because of your belief in me, and this incredible 9 month transformation, I feel comfortable and excited to bring an even more alive and authentic Mike out to others. Thank you for seeing who I am deep inside.
- Mike Shea, Grief Ritual Leader and Restorative Resources Facilitator, Santa Rosa, CA
"Thank you so much for holding such a safe ceremonial space on Saturday. I realized during the ceremony how much this ritual work has changed my life. As you were speaking about doing ceremony with Mike for 20 years, I was realizing that I have been doing ceremony with you for 5 years (!) Has it really been that long? Yes, I remember meeting in Guatemala for the 2012 shift in the midst of my Women's Initiation with you. I am so glad you are doing ceremonies and I love showing up and supporting and plan to continue to do so."
- Kelsey Gustafson, Berkeley, CA www.yogawithkelsey.com
"Working with Maria Owl through the years has been so comprehensive, it’s difficult to put into words. I experience her as a seer and a weaver who assists in mirroring personal and collective story into wholeness fostering ever deepening levels of awareness, healing and soul embodiment. Energetic hygiene, physical healing, ancestral patterning, clearing limiting beliefs, shadow illumination and integration.....its all in there. And while infinitely loving and graceful, this transformative work requires the radical honesty of one desiring to live a life directed by Soul! If you feel any inkling to join in the certificate program, you owe it to yourself to say Yes!"
- B. Ellory, Maui, Hawaii
"Before I began Sacred Future’s Leadership Program, I passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) started my first job working at a healthcare facility inside a men’s prison. After a few months of using the clinical techniques I learned in the RD program, I realized I needed a way to incorporate an intuitive component to my nutrition practice. Soon after, I heard Maria Owl speak at her event, The Sacred Leadership Summit. I knew this was the training I needed, and I enrolled in the Transformational Leadership program. Well, I didn't only get training in leadership and intuitive self-healing, but I also opened to my deepest values, a healthy relationship to my Ancestors, and an amazing new community of like-minded "light-leaders", as Maria calls us. The Energy Medicine and Ancestral Reverence practices I learned in the program allowed me to create a space for healing to occur in interactions with inmate patients at the prison.
Today my passion is speaking on the healing powers of Sacred Nourishment through interactive classes and events, especially to the multi-racial and African American community where I live. Since graduation I've been offering talks, workshops and rituals around mind/body/spirit and Ancestral nutritional wisdom, along with practical evidence-based nutrition therapy. I am creating transformational containers which offer people a unique and empowering experience. I feel like I'm truly fulfilling my Soul purpose here!"
-Melinda Washington, Sacramento, CA
"Before the Transformational Leadership program I had already led many events. As a result of this program, my vision for these events has expanded! Now I will be creating safer containers and bringing more purpose and value into my offerings. I feel more confident as a leader now that I am leading with the support of my ancestors and nature and nature beings... I mean, I just didn't have access to that before! When I delivered my self-designed ritual to my cohort for the final project, I felt a confidence, a hope, and an exhilaration to bring my creation to my community!"
-Tina Dodds, www.livegoodfitness.com, Martinez, CA
"Before I started the program I was struggling with inner-tracking and always viewing myself through others' eyes. Now, I can more clearly feel and see myself, and I have a deep and grounded understanding of how valuable my life's work is. I feel strong in designing the structures and processes for nature-based workshops focused on reconnection and transformation. I also am now grounded in working with the invisible forces that hold the container for ritual. I can now say, I am a leader, a nature therapist and a group facilitator!
The Transformational Leadership Foundations program has contributed to me being able to recognize my own unique medicine."
- Kayla Rayson, Nature & Women's Circle Guide, Grass Valley, CA
"I now see myself as a strong leader with gifts ready to share. I attribute this to the work I did in the Transformational Leadership program around seeing and accepting my shadow and my full self. The other huge breakthrough for me was in understanding my energy body health. Before the program I would merge with people all the time and this, I now know, magnified my self-doubt. Now I know how to track my energy leaks, and how to reclaim and hold my energy within me. I feel more in integrity this way and have a greater ability to honor each person's journey. This will help me hold my participants with more neutrality and compassion. Thank you!"
- Rachel C., Corvallis, OR
"Everything about this program has felt so right. All of the exercises have helped me see the need for my services as a priestess, dance leader, and ritual guide in the world. The mirroring of my skills has been so confirming. The prosperity and business coaching from the mentors highlighting my concrete next steps has been invaluable. I would absolutely recommend this program to others! I already have told many. I wish they all could receive all the gold that I have from this program - for my family, myself and my community."
- Yoloxochitl (Yola) Hunter, Dream Dancing, Santa Cruz, CA