Maris (MARE-is) Orelia Bergrune is a ritual animist, spirit worker, oracular medium, and singer/musician. She specializes in seiðr, transformational and sound mediumship, ancestral and soul healing, and compassionate depossession work. 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.
In college Maris studied neurobiology and was planning on becoming a college professor before life took a turn when she met her first spiritual teacher through a series of synchronicities in her 20s. Maris started exploring spirit-mediated healing through her own healing process, in particular seeking relief from long-term depression, and later discovered that she had a predilection and passion for the work herself. Many years of training, mentorship, personal healing, and practice development ensued.
Maris’ practice is characterized by the intention to partner with only the most wise and compassionate aspects of spirit to foster relational harmony between humankind, our ancestors, and our other-than-human kin. She helps clients and students develop healthy relationships with the spirit world with an emphasis on boundaries and discernment. Her healing practice supports the realization of soul-fullness, self-sovereignty, creative voice, and personal freedom. Maris’ 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 Spirit-Mediated Healing, Land Blessing, and Spirit Relations with Char Sundust (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)