Melissa Rosenberger (5 of 10)

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.

About Living Voice Medicine

The living voice is the expression of connection – connection to your own soul nature, connection to the spark of inspiration and creative flow, connection to the world and all of its occupants as sentient beings, connection to love, authentic power, and deep abiding joy. Whatever arises from the living voice, it any form, serves as a beacon for others to find the living voice themselves.

In this practice, the living voice is realized in connection with the ancestors. It is realized in the expression of our unique gifts for the world. It is realized as we learn how to foster good relations with the sentient world – both our human and other-than-human relations. And it is realized through grace and inspiration from Compassionate Spirit and our Mighty Dead.

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.

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