Maris (mare-is) Orelia Bergrune is a ritual animist, spirit-worker, musician, and singer. She specializes in seiðr (pronounced say-ther, a Northern European trance-mediumship practice), ancestral healing, post-mortem care, 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. She helps clients develop animist ritual skills and access self-sovereignty, voice, and the power and freedom of personal alignment. 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; these practices are not ways to bypass the challenges of humanity, but are rather ways to be deeply resourced when facing these challenges. Maris has been in practice since 2005.
In 2013 Maris co-founded Seattle Seiðr (2013 – 2017) – an organization that offered training in seiðr practice and public ceremony.
Formal Education & Training
Oberlin College (1996), BA in Neuroscience.
University of Washington (2001), MS Neurobiology and Behavior.
Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (2005), MAcOM.
Foundational Training in Soul-Healing, Land Blessing, and Spirit Practices (2005 – 2011)
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)
Dream Work with Sarah Maclean Bicknell (2014)
Certified Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner with Daniel Foor (2018) Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner Code of Ethics
Compassionate Depossession Teacher Training with Betsy Bergstrom (2020 – ongoing)