Ardantane faculty members
come from many places, and teach both at Ardantane
and at Ardantane classes held at other locations. They
bring a wide variety of expertise and experience to
each class, and since Ardantane classes are taught
by a team of at least two instructors, each class
is a very dynamic experience.
Ardantane has a rigorous internal faculty accreditation process intended to encourage continued development of faculty members and a consistent teaching approach across all programs.
- The Faculty Council (Accredited Faculty Members)
- Amber K
- Azrael Arynn K
- Chris EchoHawk
- Marcie Galbreath
- Connie Henry
- Digby Henry
- Kristin Madden
- Starweaver (Tom Waters)
- Guest Speakers
- William Bainbridge
- Lisbeth Carlisle
- Sabine Green
- Amy Immel
- Scott Chisholm Lamont
- Otis Price
- Barbara Tedlock
- Karen Waters
The Faculty Council (Accredited Faculty Members)
Amber KAmber K was born in Bronxville, New York on July 9, 1947. She was not trained in the Craft at her grandmother’s knee, and does not come from a long line of hereditary Witches.
In 1978, she joined the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago, and received her initiation and ordination there. She has worked with Circle, New Earth Circle, and The Pool of Bast, and helped found the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) and the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca. She has served as Publications Officer and National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, and taught in the Cella (priestess) training program of RCG, a national Dianic network.
Amber is the author of True Magick, Covencraft, and other books on the Craft and magick including co-writing Candlemas with Azrael K, The Heart of Tarot, and the award-winning RitualCraft. She is also the Executive Director of Ardantane, Dean of the School of Pagan Leadership, and a Blessed Beavers Coordinator.
She is handfasted to Azrael Arynn K, and has a son, Starfire, who is a Wiccan security officer. Amber’s interests include mountains and forests, dolphins, travel, science fiction, collecting large antique keys, art, reading, and all things magickal. Her role models include Doreen Valiente, Lao Tse, Xena the Warrior Princess, and Snoopy.
Azrael Arynn KAzrael Arynn K was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico on October 9, 1955. She brings to the Craft her experience as a police officer, race car driver, stockbroker, and architectural designer, as well as a a law degree. She is a talented costume designer and ritualist, and a third degree priestess in the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca.
She serves on the Ardantane Board of Directors. She is also Dean of the School of Sacred Living.
Azrael met Amber K at a Wicca 101 sponsored by Our Lady of the Woods in 1992 and they were handfasted in 1994. With Amber she has taught many workshops at Pagan festivals and conferences. They have co-written Candlemas, The Heart of Tarot, and the award-winning RitualCraft.
She has served as National 2nd Officer for Covenant of the Goddess, and First Officer of Chamisa Local Council of COG. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Ardantane, and the primary designer for the facilities of its campus.
Her interests include enjoying the outdoors, foxes, travel, mystery novels, collecting pink china, art, watching figure skating, gardening, and all things British; and of course the family dog and perpetual puppy, Kyoshi.
Chris is a student of his native Pawnee traditions, Buddhism, Taoist philosophy, and the shamanic elements underlying all of them. He actively explores the universal foundations of spiritual practices and traditions, including the role of science in exploring these mysteries. Chris is a Shamanic Practitioner certified through the Ardantane School of Shamanic Studies.
He served on the Ardantane Board of Directors from 2004-2008, and has been an instructor at Ardantane since 2005. Chris also designs, develops, and maintains the Ardantane website and email services.
Chris has a day job as an environmental scientist working on environmental remediation in northern New Mexico. He is an enrolled member of the Kitkehahki band of the Pawnee Nation.
Chris enjoys spending time in wilderness as often as possible, which is not often enough.
Marcie GalbreathMarcie is a self-initiated Priestess in the Irish craft. She grew up in a pagan/metaphysical home and continues to be both a student and teacher of pagan principles. She lectures and teaches workshops locally on Irish craft, faeries, and other spiritual/metaphysical topics. She is also a conservation and science educator as well as a certified Buddhist Black Hat Sect Feng Shui practitioner and educator, energy worker and aromatherapy educator.
Marcie is dedicated to building pagan community and has helped organize events such as Enlightenment and Pagan Pride Day.
Connie Henry ND, CPH, RN, is an Integrative Aromatherapist, a Certified Professional Herbalist and Kinesionics Practitioner, as well as a mental health and substance abuse nurse.
She has her B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and is a Doctor of Naturopathy. She is dedicated to an integrated health model of body, mind, spirit, and place. She is a biofield practitioner, combining energetic body work that includes Healing Touch and Cranial Sacral Therapy. She is Board Certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner.
Connie is currently the Ardantane Faculty Coordinator.
Digby Henry, MA, has been with Ardantane since the summer of 2003.
Digby has 30 years of practice and experience in the Mental Health and Healthcare fields as a licensed Psychotherapist and a Human Relations Skills Trainer. He is a Healing Touch, Reiki and Medical Qi Gong practitioner. He holds a Diploma in BauBiologie with specific skills in environmental and energy healing.
His work, interest and studies have taken him from sacred architecture to astroarcheology, from the stone circles of Ireland to the red rocks of the Southwest, from the language of psychotherapy to the experience of therapeutic environments, from healing words to healing touch, from the ordinary to the sacred, and many paths along the way, within the way. He is a Celtic nomad from the high fells of Britain and the far reaches of Ireland.
Digby has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. He is Director of Therapeutic Environments, a practice in Complimentary, Alternative and Environmental Healing.
InaraMichelleInaraMichelle has been a lifelong Pagan at heart. She doesn't follow any particular religious path, but practices a more eclectic spiritual path. She has been studying magick and witchcraft mostly as a solitary since 1996.
She has been involved with Ardatane for the past several years and serves on the Ardantane Board of Directors, since 2004.
In her mundane life she is an elementary school teacher, a seamstress, a drummer, and a belly dancer.
Kristin has been teaching for Ardantane since 2000 and is a former member of the Board of Directors. She served as the Dean of the School of Shamanic Studies for many years, from its inception through 2009.
She is the author of several books on paganism, shamanism, and parenting, including The Book of Shamanic Healing (2002, Llewellyn) and Shamanic Guide to Death and Dying (2005, Spilled Candy). A Druid and tutor in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, she is also a member of the Druid College of Healing.
Raised in a shamanic home, Kristin has had ongoing experience with Eastern and Western mystic paths since 1972. Over more than a decade, she has offered a variety of workshops across the United States. She is a frequent speaker at American pagan festivals and presented at the 2002 International Conference on Altered States of Consciousness. Interviews with her have appeared on television, radio, and journals throughout North America and Europe.
Kristin is a licensed Avatar Master and a certified integrated hypnotherapist. In addition to being a homeschooling mom, Kristin currently works as a wildlife biologist, environmental educator, and avian rehabilitator. More about Kristin and her work can be found on her website: www.kristinmadden.com.
RowanRowan (Laura Liles) has been involved in the Pagan/Wiccan community in northern New Mexico since 1986. She has been designing rituals and facilitating groups and classes since long before she knew what she was doing. She is a third degree initiate in the Ladywoods tradition, a former high priestess of Our Lady of the Woods coven in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and currently serves Our Lady of the Woods as its herald. She has taught her coven’s basic ritual design classes several times, and classes in ritual design, costume and movement for Ardantane. A former Second Officer for the Covenant of the Goddess, she has also taught at Merry Meet, Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) and Dragonfest.
Rowan currently serves as the Registrar and Ardantane Herald (email newsletter) coordinator for Ardantane.
She holds a BS in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UNM. Her hobbies include but are not limited to old movies, reading, especially biography and history, sewing, belly dancing and gardening.
Starweaver (Tom Waters)
Tom Waters (Starweaver) has been teaching at Ardantane since 2003, where he has served as a former Dean of the School of Magic and Witchcraft. He is a Wiccan priest and co-author (with Mary K. Greer) of Understanding the Tarot Court.
Tom served on the Ardantane Board of Directors from 2002-2008. At various times, he has been active in the Unitarian Universalist church, the Coyote Willow chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans in Albuquerque, Prism Wheel teaching coven in Santa Fe, and the international tarot community.
We has presented workshops at the World Tarot Congress in Chicago and the Toronto Tarot Symposium.
Tom has degrees in physics and computer science, and holds a PhD in astronomy. He has worked as a university professor and technical writer, and is currently a health physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His hobbies include cooking, gardening, and artwork.
Tehom (Michele Vochosky) began teaching with Ardantane in 1996 and has taught classes in tarot, group dynamics, leadership, ritual, and witchcraft. She is a Wiccan priestess and former High Priestess of Our Lady of the Woods. Tehom has presented workshops at DragonFest (Colorado), Merry Meet (Covenant of the Goddess), and Magickal Mountain Mabon (New Mexico).
In addition to her 17-year affiliation with Our Lady of the Woods, she has studied with BOTA (Builders of the Adytum) and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She has contributed a chapter on group dynamics to The Pagan Path, and has written numerous articles for Lady Letter, a publication of OLW and Ardantane.
Tehom has a BA and MA in English. She is employed as a technical writer and editor and co-owns a bookstore.
Her hobbies include playing mandolin and guitar, reading, and baking.
William BainbridgeWilliam has practiced Asatru since 1987, becaming involved through the somewhat improbable dual inspiration of a long love of German music and literature, and a Summer internship with the Navajo Supreme Court. He was present at the founding of the Asatru Alliance and later became active with The Troth, serving at various times as an Elder, member of the Board of Directors, Steersman, and mentor in the clergy program, as well as contributing several articles to the Troth journal, Idunna. He currently follows an approach based as much as possible on spiritual practice rather than organizational involvement, and is highly interested in expanding our understanding of Wyrd and helping to evolve a distinctively Heathen expression of ontology.
Besides Asatru, William has spent significant time in study and practice within the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition, receiving teachings and techniques from both “mainstream” Buddhist and Bön teachers. After pursuing careers in classical music and law with indifferent success, William has settled happily into living by his wits as a programmer.
Lisbeth CarlisleLisbeth Carlisle RN, CHTP/I, is a Holistic Nurse. She uses her knowledge of both western and energy medicine to facilitate healing of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dis-ease.
Lisbeth teaches Healing Touch Level 1 and 2, Tai Chi Chih, and basic energy healing classes. She maintains a private practice as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a nurse, she has specialized in medical, psychiatric, additions, and developmental disabilities.
She believes healing is individual and that we all can move toward wholeness.
Sabine GreenSabine Green is a shamanic practitioner in southern New Mexico. She is a hereditary intuitive, staying in tradition with her family's gifts. She works with techniques such as journeying, kinetic intuitive readings and hands-on healing, guided meditation, and empowerment ceremonies. Her spiritual focus is on gathering information involving working with Shadow Man, particularly for individuals diagnosed with PTSD.
Sabine also works closely with the plant world, as she holds a Master's degree in Horticulture. She works with the pagan community through networking, and coordinating the Las Cruces Pagan Pride Day. She holds a lifetime ordination through Naturopathic and Shamanic Services, Inc.
Amy ImmelAmy has a deep love of herbs and natural healing. She is a certified herbal practitioner, having successfully completed two schools of herbalogy. Currently, she is working on a national accreditation program for homeopathy.
Scott Chisholm Lamont
Scott has been a lifelong pagan. First called by the Goddess in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies as a young teen, he has been exploring and expanding his magickal skills in healing, environmental and political activism, and community building ever since.
A Wiccan Priest in the West Coast Eclectic Tradition, he has taught at the coven and community level, as well as for Ardantane. He is the High Priest of the Circle of the Winter Moon, and a nursing educator at UNM Hospitals. A certified mediator and trained consensus facilitator, he is currently working on a teaching resource for the use of consensus by formal organizations.
Otis PriceOtis has studied wilderness survival and primitive skills for over 25 years. A student of Tom Brown Jr.'s tracking, nature and wilderness survival school, he has taught primitive skills for Natural History museums, Boy Scout troops, Petroglyph National Monument, Tijeras Ranger station and Coronado National Monument and various other groups as well.
Currently a resident of Albuquerque, NM he enjoys the pursuit of the ancient ways as often as possible, particularly flint knapping.
Barbara TedlockBarbara Tedlock, Ph.D., is the granddaughter of an Ojibwe midwife and herbalist shaman and initiated as a shaman by the K'cike" Maya of highland Guatemala. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo.
The author of Time and the Highland Maya and The Woman in the Shaman's Body, her research is in the fields of psychological, symbolic and cognitive anthropology, cognitive modeling within cultural anthropology; cultural organization of time and space; cognitive structure of traditional healing systems, anthropology of art and aesthetics, ethnomedicine and the American Southwest and Mesoamerica.
Karen WatersKaren Waters is a Professional Animal Communicator, Essential Oil Practitioner and Usui Reiki Master. She has been practicing energy work since 1998 and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Karen assists clients in the U.S. and abroad by facilitating conversation between people and animals to help deepen their relationships.