Circle of the Rose

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.