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Maris (mare-is) Orelia Bergrune is a ritual animist, spirit-worker, and musician. She specializes in seiðr (a Northern European spirit practice), ancestral healing, and oracular 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.

Sound Healing Training with Tom Kenyon (2011)

Certified Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner (2018)

Since 2004, training in vocal technique, soul-healing practices, mediumship, dreamwork, sound healing, compassionate depossession, curse unraveling, and ancestral lineage healing. Much gratitude to my teachers Betsy Bergstrom, Tom Kenyon, Sarah Bicknell, Daniel Foor, and Awilda Verdejo.