Marie Elena Gaspari - Wisdom Teacher
1955 Born in Littleton, Massachusetts.
1978 First spiritual teachers, Peter & Ellen Tadd in New Salem, MA.
1979 B.A in Anthropology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
1982 Joined the Findhorn-founded Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA.
Studied: Findhorn Garden Principles, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamic Farming , Eurhythmy, Consensus Decision-making, Mondragon Work Cooperatives, Circle Dance, and the Lakota Sweat Lodge teachings of Charlie Tom, grandson of Black Elk.
1984 Studied yoga and related topics at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. (Yogi Amrit Desai in residence).
1985 Marie Elena received spiritual guidance to move to the Bay Area of California.
1986 Marie Elena moved to Oakland, California.
1990-Present Professional Practitioner of Tarot , Astrology, and the Mayan Galactic System.
1990 Graduated from Vicki Noble's nine-month, Mother Peace Shamanic Healing Arts Program.
1990-Present Established and led Women's Monthly Moon Circles. Witnessed and Officiated Rites-of- Passage, birth through death.
1994 Received personal instruction from Lakota Medicine Man, Francis Two-Charger and his wife, Pipe Holder, Marie Two-Charger. Lakota Sweat Lodge Teachings.
1994 -2011 Sacred Dance and Ethnic Dance , study and performance ,with Bonney Meyer.
International Dance Teachers; Prajwal R. Vajracharya, Prema Dasara, Anahata Iradah,
Ardella Nathanael, Laura Shannon, and Elizabeth Artemis Mourat.
1994 - Present Danced in the "Mandala of the 21 Praises of Tara", Tibetan Buddhist Deity Dance.
1994 Completed Reiki Master training.
1994 -2003 Co-established the Rosa Mandala Temple Priestess Circle. Led Wheel of the Year Celebrations.
1995-2002 Performed with the Rosa Mandala Sacred Dance Troupe.
1998 Took Refuge in Tibetan Buddhism.
1999-2012 Studied Buddhist teachings with native Tibetan, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche of Ewam
Choden Buddist Center, in Kensington, CA.
2001 Marie Elena was one of sixty women, from twenty-four countries, chosen to take part in the Tara Dhatu "Tara Dance Peace Pilgrimage" to Dharamsala, India and Kathmandu, Nepal,
at the invitation of H.H. the Dalai Lama.
2002 A four-month program of study with Luisah Teish in the Yoruba Lucumi tradition.
2002 Received an M.A. from Naropa University, West Campus, Oakland ,CA.
2008 Became a Tara Dhatu Level Three Teacher of the 21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance.
2012 Marie Elena and her husband moved to Northport, Michigan, on the Leelanau Peninsula. 2012-Present Marie Elena continues Tibetan Buddhist teachings and practice with the Omena Karma Kagyu Study Group in Omena, MI.
2012-Present Marie Elena holds a monthly circle for the 21 Praises of Tara Mandala Dance.