Martin Bridge (Visual Arts/Design)
Martin Clark Bridge was born into a lineage of artists and teachers. He is proudly carrying this family tradition forth as he lives, creates and teaches in the hills of Western Massachusetts. His work spans a wide range of media from Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Theater Design and Site Specific Installations to Performance. His Spiritual Path as an Animist first and foremost influences his art. His work celebrates the sacredness inherent in nature, the consciousness in all things and power of place and seeks to challenge the cultural paradigms that dictate the way we relate to both the natural world and our brothers and sisters. Through his work he hopes to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of mystery and possibility in our experience of the world.
Jeanette Ladores (Vending Coordinator, Medical Lead)
Jeanette A. Ladores, RN,WFR, NCTMB, CYT has studied rhythm as a vehicle for healing and transformation for 20 years. With foundations in Frame drumming for Shamanic States of Consciousness, she has studied African Drumming and Rhythm with teachers such as Babatunde Olatunji, Joe Barnes, Yaya Diallo, Madeline “Yayo” Nelson, Chuck Wood, and Michael Marcus. For the last 8 years, she has been deeply immersed in the Tribal, Musical, Spiritual, and Martial culture of the Philippine Islands of her heritage where she studies Pekiti Tirsia Kali with Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr. She currently resides in northern New Jersey at Sycamore Grove Farms pursuing her passion for Nature, Spirit, Community, and Sustainability.
Brighid Murphy (Presenter Coordinator)
Brighid is a Shamanic Practitioner, Counselor, and Energy Worker. She operates Spiritworks Healing Arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where she works with children, adults, and teens to create balance, offer insight, and guide people in exploring the benefits of Energy Medicine. Walking a path of service, she carries reverence and gratitude for her community, the planet, and the youth she engages with in everyday life. Blessed to have spent almost 20 years growing herself within and around the sacred fire, she serves as a guardian for the container that supports our community. She views fire circles as a sacred opportunity to explore connection, facilitate change, and shift consciousness. At SpiritFire, she is grateful to be of service and can be found rattling, dancing, and fire tending in the circle.
V. Josselyne Price (Gathering Coordinator)
V. Josselyne Price, M.A. is a percussionist and ethnomusicologist, specializing in ritual and rhythm of West Africa (Ghana) and North America. Additionally, she has worked as a studio percussionist and vocalist in many recording projects throughout the United States. She currently lives in Middlebury, VT, and is on faculty at a private college teaching Ghanaian drumming and World Music courses. Josselyne serves in advisory/facilitator roles for many other national and local-level drum and dance based events; her work at the circle includes enhancing the connection between the pathways and exploring the archetype of the guardian through sound/music.
Janet Riley (Invisible yet Tangible WebMeister)
Janet Riley joined the staff in 2006 as PR goddess. She currently serves with her amazing code and web skills, helping to reorganize our website and registration process. She’s in the midst of world travel and has stepped down from active staff, but we want to recognize her continued behind-the-scenes support and assistance, and hope she knows how much we appreciate and love her!
Shannon Slate (Director of Operations)
Shannon walks a shamanic-warrior path. His practices manifest themselves most through didgeridoo playing, service and guardianship. By the use of safe mock combat, team exercises, physical, social and mental challenges, he has created a sacred space for others to explore, engage and grow from children to adulthood. He was raised on a self-sufficient farm, and spent most of his time in and around nature. He currently live in Belchertown Mass, where he has embarked on a new venture helping schools be more effective in meeting their educational responsibilities.
Steve Trombulak (Registration and Scholarships)
Steve is a conservation biologist who has for several years explored the connections between community and humanity’s relationship with the natural world. These explorations have drawn him to percussion (largely in the West African tradition), dance, voice, and service as a focus for community empowerment and expression. He has lived in the Middlebury area of Vermont for the past 27 years, and has presented and played numerous support roles at drum and dance festivals around the U.S. He’s also a poet, a birder, and a gardener. He’s generally thought to be harmless, although his nicknames include “Steve the Mean” and “the Trombulator.”
Lela Tutka (Scholarships, Crew Leader Point)
Lela is an accomplished elementary education teacher and performing artist, who has spent the past decade exploring various forms of healing while healing herself. Now, she draws elements from her journey to share forms of art that have been brought to her, such as stained glass, which she is honored to share at SpiritFire. She also brings to SpiritFire her wicked high level of organizational skills, which she brings to bear in coordinating the community work shifts.
Yuri Tutka (Fire Tending Lead)
Yuri is an aspiring creative artist and builder of all things buildable. He has spent the past several years removing himself from the corporate world while he and his wife Lela built their personal home/sanctuary in the woods of Southern New Jersey. This has given him the time and energy to become more involved with and give back to the community that has become his family. Yuri is leading our amazing fire affinity group – their work feeds our magic!