This year’s presenters include:
Donovan Arthen has been raised in the EarthSpirit community, around the fire circle and has been a practicing Animist and Pagan throughout his life. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Wesleyan University, and while many of us know him as a drummer he has also sung with numerous groups around the world, and has taught and led choirs and singing groups for several years. He is excited to share his experience with the community in a new way.
Aidan Talbot has grown up in the fire-circle community, and learned to speak the language of the drum from a young age. He recently graduated from the Crane School of Music with a degree in Music Education and a certificate in vocal performance. Through his experience with teachers from within the fire circle community and his work with multiple African drum and dance ensembles, Aidan has forged a life-long connection with the drum which he is excited to share with this community.
Todd Glacy is a musician, counselor and Interfaith Minister. In addition to writing and facilitating kirtan events with Kirtonium, he has accompanied many of the genres more popular wallas including Bhagavan Das, Shamdas, Wah, Shubalananda and many others.
Alice Heller has been studying and performing West African dance for over 20 years. She has been a member of various dance groups including Aconcone, Under the Sun Dance and Drum, as well as her own troupe Teriya, which is based in Boston. Besides African-based dance and drumming, Alice’s studies includes a wide range of the movement arts; she is a Blue Belt in Nia, and brings these modalities to her classes – making them unique and moving internally as well as externally.
Sheila Radziewicz is dedicated and determined woman who has faced inequality, fought against institutional discrimination and questions society’s norms. She is an advocate for life! Her bright personality, ability and determination captured the worlds attention three years ago for earning her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Through her true accomplishment has been learning to love her life in the hardest times and helping others find their light.
Sylvia Brallier, author, artist and spiritual growth rabble rouser has been teaching Tantric Shamanism and shamanic healing methods internationally for the past 25 years. She is a master at the art of helping people overcome their limitations with impeccability, kindness and humor through seminars, online courses, one on one sessions and her schools, the Tantric Shamanism Mystery School and the ShamaSoma Method.
Saffire Bouchelion is a 1st Degree Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. He has taught Drumming, Nia, and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 11 years. His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!
Sarah Monette has been a passionate student of conversational analysis for many years. A Certified Mediator and a member of the Co-Counsiling Community, she has attended NVC workshops, met with private teachers, and participated in study groups for over a decade. These techniques have been employed working with students, parents and teachers in the Pioneer Valley School system, with employees as the co-owner and manager of a restaurant, and with government/public relations as an administrator for several town boards and departments. Sarah completed a week long Non-Violent Communication Leadership retreat this past spring and runs a local NVC study group with her husband in their hometown of Northfield, MA.
Carl Bridge is an artist and educator. Along with his work as a visual artist within the realms of theater and film, he is passionate in his practice of martial and rhythmic arts. Over the past 5 years Carl has delved deeper into the realm of West African percussion by studying traditional Malinke rhythms and playing for dance classes and performance troupes. He is honored to be able to bring that practice as an offering to the Spiritfire family.