Melissa Rosenberger (5 of 10)

Maris (mare-is) Orelia Bergrune is a ritual animist, spirit-worker, and musician. She specializes in seiðr (pronounced say-ther, a Northern European trance-mediumship practice), ancestral healing, and transformational mediumship. Her known ancestors come from Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, Wales, Poland, and various parts of the US with additional genetic connections to Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Italy.

As an undergraduate and graduate student Maris studied neurobiology, and was planning on becoming a college professor before life took a turn and she became a spirit-worker instead. Maris has been in practice since 2005. She helps others develop animist ritual connections specific to their ancestry. Her practice is characterized by the intention to work only with the most compassionate aspects of spirit in order to bring healing to people, communities, and the Earth. Her approach is grounded and practical; this spirituality is not a way to bypass the challenges of humanity, but rather is a way to be deeply resourced when facing these challenges.

In 2013 Maris co-founded Seattle Seiðr – an organization that offered training in seiðr practice and public ceremony. After moving to Oregon, Maris founded a new seiðr organization called Hjarta.

Maris has a self-published book of short stories called In the Beginning, and a book of poetry called A Song to Help Me Rise. She is also a musician and singer.

Formal Education & Training

Oberlin College (1996), BA with High Honors in Neuroscience.

University of Washington (2001), MS Neurobiology and Behavior. Research in acoustic neurophysiology and evolutionary neurobiology.

Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (2005), MAcOM.

Three Year (+) Foundational Training in Soul-Healing, Land Blessing, and Spirit Practices (2005)

Sound Healing Training with Tom Kenyon (2011)

Seiðr Initiation with Betsy Bergstrom (2012)

Voice Training with Awilda Verdejo (2013 – present)

Compassionate Depossession and Curse Unraveling with Betsy Bergstrom (2013)

Mediumship with Betsy Bergstrom (2014)

Certified Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner with Daniel Foor (2018)