Desiree DeMarsThe sacred is creative
My journey into the world of integrative health and the healing arts has been an unfolding of intuitive experiences and magical occurrences throughout my childhood. I spent most of my time in nature and was blessed to have beautiful female role models who sparked my imagination through their own vision path.
One of my grandmother’s followed a spiritual path which included a practice of healing prayer and yoga, while the other was an amazing cook and loved to sing. My high school best friend’s mother was a pioneer of adventure who was a practicing nurse in a time when it was not that common for women to be independent. As my curiosity grew about the nature of reality, consciousness and well being, I was guided to become a yoga teacher, massage therapist and energy worker in private practice for over 25 years in Chicago.
Discovering The Quetico
It was after a life changing experience during the summer of my freshman year in high school, I was inspired by the passion of wilderness preservationist, Charlie Ericksen. I had received a scholarship to canoe the crystal clear waters of Quetico Provincial Park in Atikokan, Ontario and Charlie was my first canoe mate.
Charlie dedicated his life to ecological education through wilderness experience from an island on Nym Lake, with his wolf mix sidekick Lobo. The curriculum is called The Voyageur Wilderness Programme and still runs today. My maiden experience there was so profound that I later decided to attend Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, which was a short distance from the Minnesota border where you could easily enter the Quetico. I spent many memorable summers portaging those waters with kindred spirits who followed the call to reconnect to that sacred land.
On the Shining Big-Sea-Water
As I became a part of a extended family of artists and environmental activists, a dream formed to build a log cabin and become self sufficient. Eventually I lived off grid and worked co-creatively to construct homes, produce historical multi-media projects and sustainable businesses in Bayfield, WI on the shores of Gitche Gumee, so aptly named by the Ojibwe people at the time Longfellow wrote his poem about Lake Superior.
Sacred Plant Medicine
Years later, while living in the canyons of Malibu, and working as an events producer, I experienced, what I now know was, a spontaneous shamanic journey through my energetic connection to an ancient cactus. It was a transmission of full recall as a medicine woman on that land in a lifetime before. My perception of reality had powerfully shifted and I was deeply moved by this direct revelation. Within a few days, I was gifted with a book about the shamanic journey opening a new door to an amazing spiritual path.
This experience manifested as a meeting of my first of many shamanic teachers, Sandra Ingerman and her teacher, anthropologist Michael Harner, the founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I have since trained with Hank Wesselman, Alberto Villoldo, Theo Peredes, Dr. Hu Len, Malidoma Some and Aama Bombo, and other native shaman in Peru, Ecuador, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nepal, Bali, and Thailand. I am also a founding member of The Center for Shamanic Healing in the bay area of California.
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Trainings + Certifications
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING + TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Matrix Energetics, Theta Healing DNA, Polarity Therapy, Shiatsu, DansKinetics, Pilates, Continuum, Quantum Touch & Supercharging, Thai Massage, Meridian Therapy, Kripalu Bodywork, Reiki, Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Insight Meditation, Aromatherapy & Flower Essences, Herbal Studies & Plant Medicine, Raw Foods & Nutrition, Pilates Mat Work, and Shamanic Teacher Trainings around the world, including Ho’Oponopono with Dr. Hu Len.
Omega Institute: Rhinebeck, NY, Hippocrates Health Institute: Boston, MA, Kripalu Center: Lenox, MA, HerbPharm: Williams, OR, Nosara Institute: Nosara, Costa Rica, Foundation for Shamanic Studies: Mill Valley, CA, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy: San Rafael, CA, American Union of NLP: Certified Life Coaching: Las Vegas, NV, and Benchmark Communications: Conversational Intelligence: Norwalk, CT.
COMMUNICATION + DESIGN EDUCATION
Columbia College: Psychology, Communications & Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
The Spencer Institute: Certified Design Psychology Coach, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Northland College/Sigurd Olsen Institute of Environmental Studies: Fine Arts, Ashland, WI
Miller-Wagenaar Studio of Decorative Arts: Faux Finishing, Chicago IL
California School of Professional Fabric Design: Design, Berkley, CA
Ambrosia Catering & Event Production: Santa Monica, CA
Private Yacht Dreamboat: Event Production, Palm Beach, FL
Continuing Education: Ongoing programs in fine art and coaching with master teachers in their fields.
I offer Custom Designs for all Sacred Art pieces.
Painting Commissions Welcome + Prints Available!
My studio: 315 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville 28805