Wisdom Keepers

Linda Neale

Linda Neale

Trained as a concert violinist, Linda Neale graduated from Stanford University and spent three years after college living and teaching on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Oregon. In 1991, she founded the Earth & Spirit Council, a non-profit educational organization which has as its mission "to help people re-establish their spiritual connection to the Earth and to engage ourselves and others in Earth-conscious living" (www.earthandspirit.org).

Since 1972, Linda has participated in indigenous ceremonies throughout
North and South America, and has learned from elders around the world, including her husband Rod McAfee, Martin High Bear, Godfrey and Grandma Chipps, Lillian Mitchell, Eagle Stone Woman, Matthew Fox, and Helmina Makes Him First. In 1999 Linda became the first caretaker of the Women's Spirit Drum, and began learning indigenous women's ceremonial songs. Various medicine men and women have given Linda permission to teach their songs to other women. Linda facilitates ceremonies throughout the Northwest and is the author of the recently-published “Power of Ceremony: Restoring the Sacred in Our Selves, Our Families, Our Communities”.  She can be reached through her website at www.lindaneale.com.


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