The Blue Turtle Academy for Creative and Spiritual Development: Empowering Women, Liberating Men, and Encouraging Children to Develop Their Creative and Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual Midwife Supporting You In Giving Birth To Your Authentic Self
Alchemist for the Integration of the Opposites: the Sacred Marriage Within and Without
A Bodhisattva of the Earth
A Keeper of the Keys for the Ancient Mysteries
Genealogist/Historian to Help You Heal and Fulfill Your Family Lineage
Community-based Poet supporting others to bring forth their stories and unique voices
Business/Spiritual Coach for your growth and development
December 2013: During this powerful season of light, may you recognize your worth, your gifts, and your preciousness as sacred daughters and sons of Spirit and the Cosmos! As I lit the Channukah menorah candles, I saw through my mind's eye the presence of the Shekinah, the female aspect of God, coming into my residence. What a gift to behold!
AKA Reverend Michael Barnett, M. DIv., M. Ed.
Community Interfaith Minister, Order of Melchizedek, Sanctuary of the Beloved, New York, Ordained April 27, 2013 Sacred Marriage for Lee Gannon and Jeffrey Sullivan in presence of their children conducted May 26, 2013
Available for your weddings, blessings, transitions, and rites of passage
My spiritual work is akin to the Pennsylvania Dutch heixenmeister tradition or the cuandero/a tradition of the American Southwest. I work closely with the Sacred Feminine energy which is represented by Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, the Ancient Mother Goddess, Quan Yin, Isis, and Inanna, among others. In the Moravian Pietist tradition, Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf felt that the Holy Spirit was female. The female aspect of God was always present with the Israelites in the wilderness and in the Temple of Jerusalem. The infusion of Native American spiritual aspects from past lives inform my ongoing intuitive work.
When I was twelve, my maternal grandmother, aunt, and uncle took me on a vacation from Denver to El Paso and Juarez. We stopped for a few hours in Mesa Verde where we saw the fabulous cliff dwellings. Visiting Mesa Verde again after many years, I experienced my dark brown eyes changing to blue in the lodge bathroom mirror as three elders and a shaman became present. Several years ago, the presence of the shaman from Mesa Verde came to me in Santa Fe the day before I left for the East traveling home with me. As I walked in my yard, I continued to feel his presence in the wind. It was revealed to me by Spirit that this shaman was my grandfather at Mesa Verde. I remember being a 10-year-old boy among the kivas.
As I am sitting here meditating between sessions, I am moved to experience the Sybil, the Oracle at Delphi, my lineage as revealed by Spirit associated with Apollo and the ancient Mother Goddess energy present there. Blue Turtle, April 2013
I Live in Mary's Garden
I live in Mary's garden.
She feeds me the elixir of life
at her breast.
She nourishes me to develop
as I am.
Among her hyacinths, daffodils
and budding bushes, I grow.
She carries me when I have
far to go.
She lifts me to the heights
of her blossoming trees so I can
reach the sky.
I can travel anywhere in
She receives me and loves me
as her sacred child.
I can sing with her
hauntingly melodious songs.
I can appear as I am.
I thrive in Mary's garden.
Her graceful curves
envelop me in restful sleep.
A carpet of green and purple
lies beneath her feet.
I am safe and home.
I am dazzled and delighted
in Mary's garden.
(c) 2007 Michael Barnett published in The Griffin
"Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But, in fact, they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman....Man partakes of the feminine in the Apollo, woman of the masculine as Minerva." Margaret Fuller, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century", 1845
"I live and work in the most remarkable world where dreams can come true." Blue Turtle, October 2012
For 25 years, I have the privilege of assisting clients in their search for joy and happiness. This is how I see my work:
I Live On the Edge of the World
I live on the edge of the world
as required by ritual law.
I cannot conceive of being held
in the heart of the village
because my life centers upon
care and balance maintained
at the junction of community and wilderness,
the pivotal point where worlds meet
in grace and union to serve one another,
where the slightest slip of will and
intent can cause havoc and chaos
instead of repair and reconciliation.
I walk in two worlds, which can
collide or which can benefit each other,
two parts of one intertwined vibration
which must be sustained for mutual benefit.
I cannot thrive only with humankind.
I emcee human destiny through my
companionship with all living things:
radiant, sentient being within rocks,
plants, animals, woods, and air,
coming together through song and dance to
bring forth harmony, healing, and health.
I resonate with the heavy dew of
morning landscapes heated by brilliant sun
as much as with cool, evening rains
that lead to dark nights full of hope and
comtemplation to discover the light.
(c) 2011 Michael Barnett Inspired by the talk "O'Keeffe, Kahlo, and Carr" given during the summer-long Jungian festival celebration of the publication of Jung's "Red Book" in Santa Fe.
I was born June 19, 1955, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, PA to Serbian-Croatian-Ukrainian Martha Beckage and Norman (Danish Viking) - Irish Catholic (West Cork, Co. Cork) - Scots-Irish - Pennsylvania Dutch German William Timothy Barnett, who were very integrated in their feminine and masculine aspects of their psyche. To ignite my furious child's response, my dad always teased me: "In the hospital, I wanted the little girl next to you." Being handsome, well-dressed fashion-plates themselves. they dressed me in my natural autumn, green, and brown colors to ground and root me. My spiritual parents offered me their great interest in film storytelling: I watched classic black-and-white movies like "David and Lisa" on TV with my mother during the week while my father took me on weekends to Saturday afternoon fairy tales as well as thought-provoking films like "King of Kings," "Exodus," and "Lawrence of Arabia." I "see" everything through film scenes in my mind's eye.
Early on in this lifetime, I searched for my family tree for empowerment. I come from an intuitive lineage: my maternal Croatian great-grandmother, Martha Predovitch Beckage (Becich) possessed the "sight"; my Serbian-Croatian Poppy, Nicholas Beckage, who worked as a laborer for the Bethlehem Steel, spoke to the spirits and the dead.
I visited my paternal Pennsylvania Dutch German great-grandmother, Viola Romig Mullen, in her deathbed with my dad when I was four-years-old. As she grew excited in her tiny frame with long, flowing gray-white hair, I was mesmerized by her sparkling, mischievous eyes and energy. I feel that she conveyed something extraordinary about life that day I saw her which I still carry today. Her great-grandfather, Benjamin Romig, founded Weatherly, PA, with his saw mill in 1824.
I was brought up in Lutheran Sunday School. I knew in my heart that Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist were my spiritual family. When I awakened from my afternoon naps, I knew that I had just been with God and the angels.
In late October 1986 while washing clothes in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA, I received an automatic handwriting from my Native American great-grandmother, Nonah Berah, from a previous life as Brown Bear.. She told me that I would be moving to the Southwest to do healing work within six years. Since this letter made no sense to me at the time, I tucked it away. In 1991, my life circumstances changed and I was invited to travel to the Southwest with new friends. Initially, I declined, but then I remembered the letter. I wanted to live in Sedona, AZ, but Spirit circled then-unknown Glorieta-Pecos area SE of Santa Fe, where I moved on February 15, 1992.
Just last month (May 2013) I visited my mother's cousin, Phyllis Kocher Reimer, whose geneaology inquiry I found on the Internet in search of our shared Ukrainian ancestor, Gregorio Sydorowich. Phyllis's grandmother, Kataryna Nima, married Gregorio as his second wife. Gregorio is my great-great-grandfather through my Grammy Kuzmin, Katy Sydorowich, with his first wife, Alexandra Zastrezni.It was wonderful to meet with Phyllis and receive Gregorio's photograph. I could see Grammy Kuzmin in his face, eyes, and his light brown-reddish hair. In one email, Phyllis mentioned in passing,"Did I tell you that my daughter Susan is a shamanic astrologer?" Part of our genealogical research involves finding out how Gregorio carries the intuitive lineage through our Ukrainian families. I am pleased that I carry the intuitive lineage through my mother on her Ukrainian as well as Serbian-Croatian side. Phyllis and her husband bought a tombstone for Gregorio to place in the Holy Trinity church cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY, where he is buried and no longer "lost" to us.
By word-of-mouth, my intuitive work grew from Trader Jack's Outdoor Flea Market in Tesuque Pueblo and All-For-One Gallery in Santa Fe. I use the tools of clairvoyance, SpiriTarot, handwriting analysis, tea leaf readings, and Ritual Clearing to help others. I teach SpiriTarot, Sacred Marriage, and spiritual poetry/writing workshops. I work with many beloved healing energies and power animals as an instrument of the Spirit. Currently, I continue shamanic studies with the trees.
June 2013: As I have had my DNA analysis performed by 23andme.com, I found out that I possess .3% Ashkenazi, which helps me understand my great interest in Zoroastrianism and Judaism. I have been drawn to the Kabbalah and mystical Judaism present in the Hebrew Bible. Most likely this Jewish lineage connects through my maternal Ukrainian heritage.
July 2013: I went to see the film, "Haga Nagila," at CCA in Santa Fe. I was moved to tears learning that the song began as part of the Ashkenazi community in Ukraine among the Hasidim. I feel a deep connection to this part of my heritage and seek to learn more.
August 2013: As I was sleeping, I saw a group of Ashkenazi Hassidic Jews from Russia moving through the night sky holding lighted candles in their hands. They were welcoming me to my newly-rediscovered heritage. The rebbe leading them was dressed in black fur coat and hat. He kept coming close to me. I recognized him as my Jewish great-great-great-grandfather who was renowned for his compassion and spiritual connection to God. I know intuitively that they left Russia and moved westward into Ukraine and Eastern Europe to flee the great persecution in the pogroms. My Jewish great-great-grandmother was very learned in the Torah and mystical teachings and she also practiced the Tarot. No wonder I am drawn to Barbra Streisand's "Yentl" and "Fiddler on the Roof."
September 2013: Mount Shasta Project
As part of the spiritual team for spiritual director Althea Gray's Mount Shasta Project, I helped the messengers who were called to go within and connect with their intuitive selves so they could be comfortable to receive the messages from Spirit for the world. I continued seeing Saint Germain and Kwan Yin standing over the sacred mountain in my mind's eye as I prepared for our time on the mountain.
During our meditative time at the sacred sites with Andrew our guide, I experienced going down into Telos, the multi-dimensional city within Mount Shasta, seeing the light beings of Lumeria. I was led by Adama, the High Priest of Telos, at the Lemurian portal to understand that I am commissioned by the healing energies and Ascended Masters to perform light prism healings for them.
I Continue To Be Called
I continue to be called By Spirit to lead like-minded others Into the precious, life-giving fold Where nourishment accords nirvana Where virtue and integrity are values to savor And where the golden-yellow light Expands the cells of our very Being Into Full consciousness With All That to resurrect us into Complete Love! 2013 Michael Barnett
Books which inspired my Blue Turtle journey:
Children's Books on Papa Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven read again and again
Children's Book on little Russian girl who hid herself in a tree during the Revolution
A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Odyssey by Homer
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts
The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum
Think on These Things by J. Krishnamurti
Out on A Limb by Shirley MacLaine
Toward A Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow
Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Pulling Your Own Strings by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Initiation by Elisabeth Haich
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture by Walter L. Williams
Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
Torah and Hebrew Bible
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Transcendentalists: The Classic Anthology edited by Perry Miller
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
A. Bronson Alcott's Journals
Edgar Allan Poe's poetry and stories
Sacred Voices: Essential Women's Wisdom Through the Ages edited by Mary Ford-Grabowsky
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ by Matthew Fox
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
Margaret Fuller's Letters and Journals
Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Fuller (Dover $3.00 paperback available)
Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller by Joan Von Mehren
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Gilgamesh by Stephan Grundy
The Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchezedek
The Camino by Shirley MacLaine
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Annette Funicello: Pineapple Princess
Shirley: The Name Game
Julie Andrews: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria
Barbra Streisand: Funny Lady, Stoney End, Yentl, her family was from Austria Galicia, where my Grammy Kuzmin was from
Stephanie Mills: The Wiz
Carol Channing: Hello Dolly, Thoroughly Modern Millie
Wayne Newton: The Lucy Show
Diana Ross and the Supremes
The Jackson Five
The Monkees: I Wanna Be Free
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Sly and the Family Stone
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Eli's Coming
The Fifth Dimension: Aquarius, Stoned Soul Picnic
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis
Todd Rundren: I Saw the Light
Karen Carpenter, The Carpenters
Laura Nyro: Been On A Train, He's A Runner
Gregorian Chant from past lives
Medieval and Renaissance Court Singers and Troubadours from past lives
Hildegard von Bingen songs
1920s and 1930s songs from past life
Joni Mitchell: Blue
Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
James Taylor: Fire and Rain
Judy Collins: Both Sides Now, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, superb Homage to her mother
Petula Clark: Downtown
Lulu: To Sir, With Love
The Mamas and the Papas
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Shirley MacLaine: Sweet Charity
Frieda Payne: Band of Gold
Sister Sledge: We Are Family
Judy Holliday: The Bells Are Ringing
Mitzi Gaynor: South Pacific
"West Side Story," "Man of La Mancha," "South Pacific," "The King and I," and "Company"
"My Fair Lady"
Anthony Newley: Once in a Lifetime
Bernadette Peters: Sunday in the Park with George
Mandy Patinkin: Evita, Sunday in the Park with George
Patti LuPone: Evita, The Ladies Who Lunch
Ruth Hastings, Geary Street Theatre, San Francisco
Ellen in "The Little Shop of Horrors" film
Elaine Stritch: The Ladies Who Lunch
Kelli O'Hara: South Pacific
Verna Kerr Rantz, Met opera singer, my vocal teacher
David Daniels, countertenor
Andreas Scholl, countertenor
Santa Fe Opera Singers and Apprentices
Sting: Nothing Like the Sun Videos, including "Englishman in New York" (Quentin Crisp), and "They Dance Alone," powerful, provocative work
Nat King Cole
Shirley Horn: Here's To Life
Emmylou Harris: Brokeback Mountain
Jennifer Holiday: Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson: Dreamgirls
David Archuletta, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas, PBS
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne: "Les Miserables" film
Singer/Songwriter Chelsea Caroline, Chester County, PA
"Carousel," Live At Lincoln Center, PBS: Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe
My family religious traditions:
Michael Wayne Barnett: Brought up Lutheran, believed that Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist were his spiritual family with all his heart, mind, and soul
Mother Martha Beckage James: Lutheran
Nanny Mildred (Emilia) Kuzmin Beckage: Ukrainian Catholic Byzantine Rite, devout spiritual person
Poppy Nicholas Beckage: Russian Orthodox
Grammy Catherine Sydorowich Kuzmin: Ukrainian Catholic Byzantine Rite, from Austria Galicia, worked as maid in Germany, her brother was taken one day from the fields by the Polish army
Grandpop Wasyl Kuzmin: Ukrainian Catholic Byzantine Rite, from Pintkowicz, Poland, near Krakow
Great-great-grandma Alexandra Zastrezni, Ukrainian Catholic Great-great-grandpa Gregory Sydorowicz, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Niagara Falls, NY, from Ostrowich Polny, Poland
Father William Timothy Barnett: Baptized Roman Catholic, yet attended Scots-Irish Protestant church with Grandma Barnett and took me each Sunday to Lutheran Sunday School
Grandpappy Timothy John Barnett: Irish Catholic, very devout spiritual person
I grew up embracing all these traditions with both extended families, including Great-Uncle Henry Zahn, who was Jewish and married Great-Aunt Ollie (Olga), Nanny's oldest sister who sewed and designed clothing in the garment district in New York.
I followed Martin Luther's example: he unexpectedly moved from the Catholic Church so I naturally explored Great Asian Religions, Judaism, and the Historical Jesus at Boston College.
For 10 years, I practiced Soka Gakki International (SGI) Buddhism from 1990 to 2000 in Philadelphia, PA and Santa Fe, NM. This Mahayana Buddhist sect is a non-governmental organization of the United Nations working for peace, education, and culture. It was started by Nichiren Daishonen in the twelfth century with emphasis on the importance of the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren was considered a reincarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Ordained Interfaith Minister: Religious and Spiritual Studies, Pastoral Care, Rites of Passage: Baptisms, Dedications, Weddings, Funerals, Memorial Services, Blessings, Communion, Meditations.
Blessed by Adama, the Lemurians, and the Ascended Masters to perform Prism Light Telos Healing Sessions for those drawn to this growing consciousness and initiation while helping those who were called to Mount Shasta, CA September 2013
I specialize in helping you to take charge of your life and initiate change so you can live a vibrant and healthy life. I work with adults, teenagers, and children. Many times I literally work with a family at the kitchen table.
Ritual Clearing: Many times we discover that what we have learned from our families and that which we carry in our very DNA does not serve us well anymore. We learn that we have to diligently work to remove the "Family Curse" of dysfunction to create a healthy, happy, and abundant life. When you are ready to meet and release this toxic energy from your life, Blue Turtle will assist you as an instrument of Spirit. "Your help is very important to me and you helped me with my nerves." Anita, May 2013 "Thank you. Work has been powerful." Maxinne, April 2013
Sacred Marriage: Integration of Your Opposites, Your Complements within Yourself: To live well in the world, you must first create the integration of your opposites within yourself. Blue Turtle will guide you in fulfilling your true destiny by helping you create your integrated self within.
Intuitive Counseling: helping you to discover your gifts, talents, and potential. "Thank you for a most profound reading....a gateway to what lies ahead!" Ginger, April 2013
"We first met at the Ark Bookstore in the summer of 2011. I was in the middle of moving to New Mexico, and the reading you gave me was so affirming at the time. Then we crossed paths again this past summer at Unity Taos, and I had a reading with you at the Ark shortly after. I'd like to set up a phone reading with you...." Ginger, April 2013
"In Portland, you saved my life (through your reading)." Mieshiel, March 2013
SpiriTarot Sessions: intuitive tarot sessions where you will come in touch with your precious gifts and insights to live.
Ritual Clearing Work: when you give permission to release yourself from dysfunctional, toxic attitudes and actions which have crippled you and imprisoned you in ways that continue the family upset, the appropriate healing energies and power animals will come forth to support and heal your life. This is done through drumming and singing in ancient Native American spiritual ways.
Vibrational Healing Art Cards and Paintings: I intuitively create art with colors and shapes that are enhancing for you to enjoy. They also support you on your life path. Art Cards available at EarthSpeak, Kimberton, PA, and at Kimberton Whole Foods, KImberton, PA.
" I buy your cards at EarthSpeak to share with my friends. They are very supportive to me and them." Cathy March 2013
Songs Created for Your Special Events: Spontaneous Healing Songs which enhance your life and support spiritual paths.
Singing Your Special Songs for Your Wedding, Rites of Passage, Births, and Funerals/Memorials.
"Yes, you can do whatever your heart desires as long as you sing. Your voice is like a million Angels."
Maxx Angenetta Jones, Director and Organizer, Manifest Your Destiny Expo, Kimberton, PA 2012
"A Song For You" CD by Ted N' Turtle: 17 songs in the tradition of the wandering shaman, who was healer, clairvoyant, and singer. Many people find these songs healing and soothing for them.
1. Full Moon: a celebration of the Sacred Feminine energy
2. Love Yourself First: based upon Jesus" "Love your Neighbor as Yourself"
3. A Light in the Darkness: the most personal, vulnerable song in this collection for me which honors the Winter Solstice
4. Ancient Eyes (A Vampire Song): noting that there are vampiric energies in the world which we must know about and protect against
5. Arlene, Arlene: my co-worker at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia in the mailroom who told me about her family's life in the South
6. A Time of New Beginnings: a Spring Equinox Song
7. Angel Child: honoring Michael Jackson who was innocent, loving, and seeking his lost childhood
8. Look Inside: a direct, joyful song looking into one's depths
9. illiana: a loving portrait of an herbal medicine woman and artist who returned to her sacred life and people
10. The Children of the Beast: a sardonic account of those who seek money and power in the guise of religion fervor
11. The Valley of the Gods: a tribute to the healing and alien energies present there in SE Utah
12. Love Me All Tonight: a smooth jazz take on love
13. I Can Never Let You Go (For Laura Nyro): a death song written in the native tradition for this brilliant singer/songwriter who left us too soon
14. I Feel It's Alive: a second song telling the story of the energies in the Valley of the Gods, Utah
15. Perry Ellis: remembering the talent, beauty, and loss of this gay clothing designer and all those we lost to AIDS
16. Alien Song: the positive, alien energy present in the Valley of the Gods, Utah
17. A Song For You: a waltz celebrating love
"A Song For You" Available at: EarthSpeak, 2123 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, PA 19442, www.earthspeak.net, 610-933-7375
Kimberton Whole Foods, 2140 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, PA 19442, kimbertonwholefoods.com, 610-935-1444
and The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, arkbooks.com, 505-988-3709
"Listening to your CD opened my heart for more healing after our session. It is divine." Nancy, March 2013
"Your CD is wonderful....it really is beautiful. You both are very talented. More people should know about your gifts." Lisa, April 2011
Classes and Workshops in SpiriTarot, Developing Your Intuition, Sacred Marriage, and Creating Poetry and Stories from the Heart.
Speaking and Experiential Classes focused on the Transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and A. Bronson Alcott, including their contemporaries and poets Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Can be custom-designed to meet your class and group needs.
Speaking available on these subjects: Developing Your Intuition, Creating Personal Relationship with Spirit, Ritual Clearing, Experiencing the Tarot: How the Archetypes Elucidate Our Lives, Walt Whitman and the Transcendentalists, Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage, Shamanism, Henry David Thoreau and the Power of Nature, Sacred Marriage Within Judaism: Wisdom, Asherah, and Shekinah, Sacred Marriage: Essential Integration of Our Feminine and Masculine Selves, Mysticism Working Within Our Lives, Searching for Your Past Lives, Meeting Papa Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven in Vienna, Etc.
Researching Your Genealogy in order to help you break the spell of dysfunctional family patterns and create your fulfillment
Interfaith Minister: Sacred Marriage and Family Counseling, Pastoral Care, Religious and Spiritual Studies, Rites of Passage: Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Memorial Services, Dedications, Communion, Blessings, Special Ceremonies.
Meditation Facilitator for A Mission From the Heart: Mount Shasta Project: Help For the Planet - Calling Those Who Are Called, Mount Shasta, CA September 18 through 22, 2013, Contact Althea Gray: email@example.com, 505-983-9582
Shamanically Trained by Spirit and the Trees 1959-present
Singing on the Swing, "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Rag Doll" 1959
Boy Soprano Soloist, "Rock-A-My-Soul," School District-Wide Sixth-Grade Chorus, Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA 1967
Co-Editor, Sixth-Grade Year Book, Miss Alice Schaadt, Buchanan Elementary School, Bethlehem 1966-1967
7th-9th Grade Chorus, Soloist, "Que Sera Sera," Hey There Lonely Boy," director Mrs. Constance Roberts (Gates), Northeast Jr. High, Bethlehem 1967-1970
Mock Turtle, "Beautiful Soup," "Will You Won't You?,"Alice in Wonderland," director Miss Ruth Aldrich, Northeast Jr. High 1968
Liberty High School Glee Club, Tenor Soloist, "The Heavens Are Telling...", Haydn, "Sorry/Grateful," from "Company," "Happy," Love Theme from "Lady Sings the Blues," Member of Choraliers, Glee Club Award, director Mr. Donald Snider, 1970-1973
Color Guard, School and British Flag Bearer, Liberty High School Grenadier Band, director Ron Sherry, Bethlehem 1971-1973
Staff, Liberty High School magazine, 1972-1973
Studied Voice with Verna Kerr Rantz, Singer with the Metropolitan Opera, Miss Jeanne's (Meixell) School of Dance Arts, Bethlehem and Rantz Music Studio, Quakertown, PA, 1970-1975
Mrs. Rantz's students: Little Peggy March "I Will Follow Him" from Lansdale, PA, Maureen Wimmer, Miss Pennsylvania
Performed with Verna Rantz Singers for Service Organizations, at Summer Carnivals, and on Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow, Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ 1970-1975
Spiritual Poetry Writing and Journaling Inspired by the Transcendentalists; Ode to Margaret Fuller published at www.uuhhs.org/convo/barnett-poem.htm
Two-Years Study Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Played "Tony" in "West Side Story," Sang in Chorale at the Vatican, in Rome, and at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center 1973-1975
Bachelor of Humanities, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, PA, Wrote Public Service Announcements for Public Information Office, Reporter and Typesetter for Capitol Campus Reader 1975-1977
Chorus Member, Ensemble, "Naughty Marietta," Eastside Playhouse, Manhattan, Off-Off Broadway 1977
Living out my Nanny's dream of singing and dancing on Broadway, my mother's dream of ballet dancing, and my Aunt Sis's dream of dancing on Broadway
Studied with Spiritual Teacher Ray Bozeman in San Francisco 1979
While I was still working at Stacey's Bookstore in downtown San Francisco, Ray walked down the stairs to the lower-level paperback book department, saying, "Spirit told me that you are leaving. Would you spend the next few days with me?" I spent 3 days with Ray not completely understanding that I would be doing spiritual work in my life. Years later I realized that he was foreshadowing the Blue Turtle work.
Nine-Year Apprenticeship with Spirit Learning Intuitive Tarot 1979 to 1988
Public Service Announcements, Newsletter Articles, American Swedish Historical Museum 1983-1986
Member, Situations: A Sociodrama Troupe, created by Dr. Dan Estes, Psychologist, Philadelphia, PA 1983-1985
With friends, writer/poet/songwriter/activist Tommi Avicolli and Hahnemann Hospital psychologist/writer/teacher/speaker Hugh Rosen, I was asked to be part of this engaging, meaningful sociodrama helping service groups and hospital personnel at Miseracordia Hospital
Blue Turtle Intuitive Counseling 1988 to present
Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
All-For-One Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Trader Jack's Outdoor Flea Market, Tesuque Pueblo, NM
Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Bob Ward's Indoor Market, Santa Fe, NM
Wild Oats, St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM
Wild Oats, St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM
!Adevina! Store, Santa Fe, NM
Envision Gallery, Taos, NM
Spiritual Living Expo, Santa Fe, NM
Spiritual Living Expo, Albuquerque, NM
Omega Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A Greater View Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
Alfalfa's, Santa Fe, NM
Granny McCarthy's Tea Room, Donegal Square, Bethlehem, PA (tea leaf readings)
Longevity Cafe, Santa Fe, NM
Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Cill Rialaig International Artists' Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland
New Age Spiritual Shop, Allentown, PA
Spiritual Bookstore/Cafe, Taos, NM
Spiritual Shop, Taos, NM
Dunbar's Antiques (Altar to Mary Magdalene), Taos, NM
Pintki and John Murray Residence, Taos, NM
EarthSpeak, Kimberton, PA
Kimberton Whole Foods Cafe, Kimberton, PA (tea leaf readings)
The Wooden Spoon Bakery & Cafe, Phoenixville, PA (tea leaf readings)
Kakawa Chocolate House, Santa Fe, NM
EarthSpeak Harvest Party, Kimberton, PA
Living Wellness Expo, Exton, PA
Autumn Goddess Retreat, Chester Springs, PA
Manifest Your Destiny Expo, KImberton, PA
The Ark Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
Unity of Taos, Taos, NM
Mas Mexicali Cantina, West Chester, PA
Picone Spa, Kennett Square, PA
Mount Shasta Project, Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta, CA
HaMaHa Native American Storytelling Conference, director Larry Littlebird, Pojoaque Pueblo and Santa Fe 1993
Court Singer and Monk, "Romeo and Juliet," director Stephen Schwartz, Food of Love Renaissance Band Pre-Show Entertainment, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, musical director Mary Outten, St. John's College 1993
Ted N' Turtle performing at parties and dinners for the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka, Althea Gray, and her guests, Santa Fe 1993-2005
Co-Writing, Recording, and Producing CD of soothing spiritual songs, "A Song For You," with fiber artist/musician Ted Hallman as Ted N' Turtle, Blue Turtle Records, SyberSound Studios, Green Lane, PA 1993-1998
Singing Goddess, "The Tempest," Shakespeare in Santa Fe, St. John's College 1994
Ted 'N Turtle, Blue Turtle, "Love Yourself First" Valentine's Program, Omega Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1994
Ted 'N Turtle, Blue Turtle, "The Valley of the Gods" Program, Omega Centre, Toronto 1996
Sat Nam Rasayan, Guru Dev, Yogi Bhajan Sikh Community, Espanola, NM 1997-1998
Musical Residency, Ted N' Turtle, Cill Rialaig International Artists' Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland 2000
Led Summer Solstice Celebration, Tarot Card Readings
Created and Performed Ballad, "Ballinskelligs Bay," honoring the people and places there 2000, Cahirciveen, 2004
Sang for the Swedish Ambassador to Ireland and his wife, Cill Rialaig 2004
Master of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, PA, Received Gerdsen Book Prize for Personal and Professional Growth, Spiritual Development, and Community Service 2000-2003
Student Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA 2000-2002
Student Minister, Thomas Paine UU Fellowship, Collegeville, PA 2002-2003
Specialized in Pastoral Care, which was rare for UU ministers.
Ted 'N Turtle, Moravian Book Shoppe, Bethlehem, PA 1999-2001
Ted 'N Turtle, Moravian Theological Seminary Christmas Party Open House, Bethlehem, PA 2000
"Psalm 28: Our Song For Life," Presented at the Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Erie, PA
Extended Clinical Pastoral Education, St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, PA, where I was born, 2001-2002
Speaking and Teaching on the Transcendentalists Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Theodore Parker 2000-present
"Margaret Fuller Shapes the Consciousness of America Through the New York Tribune," Presented at:
the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), Immaculata University 2007
Various UU Churches in PA, NJ, and NM 2007-2011
First Parish of Concord, 200th Celebration Margaret Fuller Bicentennial 2010
Summer Conversational Series at the Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House 2010
UU History and Heritage Collegium, Waltham, MA 2010
Communicatios East and West: Exploring Local, Global,and Philosophical Traditions, East Stroudsburg University, PA 2010
Seminary/Unitarian Universalist Studies/Papers/Speaking on the Sacred Feminine: the Shekinah, the female presence of God with the Israelites, Asherah as the Consort of God, and the significance of Mary Magdalene as the Apostle and Wife of Jesus 2000-present
Substitute Teacher, Secondary Ed: Special Needs, Autistic, Disabled, Souderton Area School District, PA 2003-2006
Poetry/Weaving Residency, Cill Rialaig International Artists' Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland 2004
Tai Chi and Chi Gung, Still Mountain Tai Chi Center, Church of the Holy Spirit, Vernfield, PA 2004-2011
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies, Gwynedd-Mercy College 2005-2008
Religions in America
History of Christianity
Intro to the New Testament
Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Theology of Suffering
Master of Education, Master Teacher, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA 2004-2008
Thesis, Poster Presentation: In Higher Education, Students Can Be Nurtured Spiritually in the Classroom 2008
Spiritual Poetry and Writing Published as Michael Barnett 1975-present
Guest Artist/Facilitator, Intergenerational Poetry Writing and Journaling, Santa Fe Children's Museum 2004-present
Teaching Artist in Poetry and Writing, Urban/Suburban Connection Afterschool Arts Program, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Allentown, PA 2004-present
"Awakening the Illuminated Heart," Workshop, Drunvalo Melchezedek, Sedona, AZ 2011
"Create Poetry from the Heart," "Write Stories from the Heart," and "Discover Your Intuitive Self," Workshops , Souderton Area Community Education, PA 2011-present
"Emerson and the Transcendentalists," Winter Speaker Series, Phoenixville Public Library, Phoenixville, PA, January 2011
Mother of Light's Messages through Blue Turtle published in January, March, April, June, July, September 2012 and January, February, August, September, November, and December 2013 Sedona Journal of Emergence; Grandfather Shaman of Mesa Verde's Messages in June, October 2012, February, April, May and June 2013 issues. Please see Sedona Journal website. "I read the teaser to your Mother of Light message in the Sedona Journal - It is truly insightful. Would love to read the entire article." Susan, January 2012
Sent by Spirit during Holy Week to Paris, Fontainebleau, Chartres Cathedral, and the Louvre to work as an instrument of Spirit to free the Knights Templar in the Marais; this challenging initiation healed me and prepared me for deeper spiritual work with clients 2012
Genealogical Research for Artist Ted Hallman's Swedish Heritage 2012-present: Ancestor of Sven Gunnarsson, New Sweden Colony, 1640, Wilmington, DE, Queen's Village, Philadelphia, and Mounce Jones, Amity, Berks County, PA 1716. Elizabeth Jones married Tipperary City-born Thomas White, PA Revolutionary Patriot and Boston Tea Party Mohawk. Ruth Henton, daughter of Persis Boone, aunt of Daniel Boone, married Peter Jones. Jones', Boones, and Lincolns lived as neighbors and intermarried in Berks County.
PoetryWITS staff member, Writing in the Schools, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, PA 2012-present
"Tea leaf readings in hot tea month," West Chester, PA Daily Local News, Thursday, January 17, 2013, Chelsea M. Reyher, www.DailyLocal.com
Interfaith Minister, Order of Melchizedek, Sanctuary of the Beloved, Rev. Daniel Chesbro, Conesus, New York, Ordained April 27, 2013
Three Intuitive Creative Workshops, The Ark Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM 2013
"Discover Your Intuitive Self!" Workshop, Awaken with Light Center, West Chester, PA 2013
Mount Shasta Project: Calling Those Who Are Called, Althea Gray, Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta, CA 2013 Speaking/Teaching, Drumming and Singing, Spontaneous Healing Song at McCloud Spring on Mount Shasta, and Drumming with Louise Taylor, Recorder Player, at Ascension Rock on Mount Shasta for community creating Earth Stabilizer
Experiencing the Ascension Ceremony/Chair, the Crystal Toning Bowls, and the Trinity Table, Mount Shasta City, CA 2013
Drumming and Singing Spontaneous Poem-Songs for Unity with Ted Hallman, Sharing Poems with PoetryWITS, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Joanne Leva, Organizer, Indian Valley Arts Foundation, Souderton Art Jam, Souderton Community Park, PA 2013 Aired Live at www.100tpc.org and Archived by Stanford University
Sharing the Life, Writing, and Poetry of Margaret Fuller, Creative Writing Classes, Souderton Area High School, Souderton, PA, PoetryWITS 2013
Invited Guest for Poetry Jam, Creative Writing Classes, Souderton Area High School 2013
House Clearing and Blessing, Rochester, NY 2013
"Discover Your Intuitive Self," Workshop, New and Continuing Participants Welcome, 7 Thursdays, October 3 through November 21, 2013, contact Souderton Area Community Education, Souderton, PA. "Thanks again for providing such a Space of Light for us!" Victoria, March 29, 2013
"I really am thrilled with the registrations for this class. As you know it is something I believe in and love that people are taking the time to get out of their heads and connect with something deeper. Thank you for sharing your gift and perspective with the community." Dawn Kester, Coordinator of Community Ed
Readings, Ritual Clearings, Art Cards and Paintings, Spiritual Songs CD, Living Dynamically Wellness Expo, Waterloo Gardens, 200 North Whitford Road, Exton, PA 19341 610-363-0800, Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, 2013, 10 - 5 pm. Free Admission to Expo!
" Blue Turtle, such a pleasure to meet you at the Health Expo. John loved his session with you in 2011 and it is a part of "his story." Nancy, March 23, 2013 "You're my favorite reason for being here. You're purple and happy." Tara, March 24, 2013
Ongoing Personal Spiritual Growth and Development Sessions to Fulfill Your Specific Needs and Potential. Please call 215-256-8481 during the academic year and 505-988-5364 during the summer. $65.00 hour sessions to address current challenges and issues. We meet as often as you like.
Bring forth your powerful voice! Intuitive Singing with Spiritual Foundation supports you to live in your power. Hone your musical and singing gifts with songwriting and wholistic presence. $65.00 hour sessions.
Ongoing private tutorials in religious studies, spirituality, writing and poetry writing from the heart. $65.00 per one hour session.
SpiriTarot Sessions: Thursdays October 31and November 14, Sunday October 27, 2013, 10 am -5:30 pm, Half-hour: $65.00; hour $125.00, at EarthSpeak, Kimberton, PA, 610-933-7375, www.earthspeak.net
Through the intuitive Tarot, you will discover your gifts, talents, and great passions so you can co-create your abundance with Spirit. You will find solutions to your challenges and obstacles.
Sacred Marriage: Essential Integration of Our Feminine and Masculine Aspects Within, Workshop, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10 - 4 pm, EarthSpeak, www.earthspeak.net, Kimberton, PA, 610-933-7375, $111.00
Spirit Attunement Sessions: Energetically you receive healing from Spirit through various spiritual tools and techniques, half-hour $111.00; hour $222.00.
Meditation Facilitator, A Mission From the Heart: Mount Shasta Project: Help For the Planet - Calling Those Who Are Called, Mount Shasta, CA, September 18-22, 2013, Contact Althea Gray: firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-983-9582
New Sessions: Prisms of Light Telos Healing Sessions through the Lemurians and the Ascended Masters through the instrument of Blue Turtle 1/2 hour sessions $130.00, hour sessions $250.00.
One Hundred Thousand Poets for Social Justice, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10 - 6 pm, Souderton Community Park, Souderton, PA: Drumming and Singing Spontaneous Poem-Songs, Sharing Poetry for Children
Readings, Spiritual Poetry, A Capella and Spontaneous Healing Songs, Drumming and Singing, "For Men: Integrating Your Sacred Feminine Aspects Within" Workshop, 5th Annual Autumn Goddess Retreat, West Pikeland Cultural Center, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA October 5, 2013, Linda Dieffenbach: 484-354-0499, www.autumngoddessretreat.com
Blue Turttle Intuitive Counseling and Singing Spontaneous Healing Songs, Drumming, Meditation CD, Manifest Your Destiny Spiritual Expo, October 12 and 13, 2013, Kimberton, PA
Ode to Margaret Fuller, Voices of Women, October 20, 2013, 2 pm, Moonstone Arts Center, Brandywine Workshop, 528 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA,
Available for Rites of Passage, Birthday Parties, and Special Life Celebrations
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE for sessions and readings
I serve people who are searching to create the best lives and livelihoods for themselves. I work with intuitive children guided by their gifted parents. i work with employers and employees so they can co-create the best working conditions and environments.
I am available to work with you in person and by telephone, Skype, email, and mail. I can be part of your special occasions, celebrations, and rites of passage. I can speak with your students and classes. You can bring me in for special programs on the Tarot, spirituality, developing your intuition, and the sacred marriage.
You can bring me in for your conferences and programs by providing airfare, gas fare, and lodging through your group.
Payments are expected immediately with the sessions so the healing work is energetically fulfilled.
I lovingly send you the enclosed check fo your work. The information that you were able to pass along to me resonated with me & I was able to connect with it all. Even some of your words & phrases became confirmations for me, because they are the same ones that I use. Thank you! With blessings & appreciation, Leeza August 2013
I think of our last meeting. I cannot tell you what peace you have given me and my brother. ---------Brenda
You've given me so many insights in this reading! ----------Michael
What an amazing reading! You saw my past, present, and future. What a gift you have! -------------Rebecca
I want to thank you again for your sensitive, affirming reading. It is percolating through me. -----------Tracy
Your reading was like God speaking to me through you. -----------Katrina
Thank you again for the beautiful way in which you use and share your gifts and insights.----------- Amma
You are extraordinary! ---------Sissy
You're the best at what you do. God bless you! -------Connie
This is phenomenal that you wrote today as I was in Stouffville chatting with Jan just yesterday morning and telling her the magical story of meeting you, Michael, for the first time - my dream the night before and the amazing things you told me." Susan, January 2012, Ontario, Canada
First of all within minutes of ending our reading, Michael, I had a beautiful visitation from a kookaburra, this is an ancient bird of Australia...I wept, Michael, my heart was so touched and blessed and I feel it is also the miracle of the work you are doing....What a moment and what a confirmation of the healing work we did together. Cynthia, January 2012
Thanks, you are great! Maxi
I listened to your reading from April as I needed guidance and it helped me heal my relationship with my husband and brought me back to my ease and grace. Laurie September 2013
Your guidance helped me to move from sickness to my centeredness and peace. Lisa September 2013
Thank you again for an amazing reading on Sunday. It was a pleasure talking to you and finding out more about your gifts. I hope to see you again soon! Elizabeth October 2013
As an instrument of Spirit, I am guided to help you create the best lives and opportunities for yourselves. One of my specialties is assisting intuitives to grow and develop into their exceptional gifts.
I can create spiritual songs and sing spontaneously for your special events. Also, I can sing your favorite songs at your rites of passage, anniversaries, and weddings.