Shakmah Winddrum: Founder and Director of The New Seed Sanctuary
Born Anna Louise Layton in Chester, Pennsylvania, Shakmah
comes from a strong matriarchal family line that emphasized respect for all peoples and traditions.
A vacation to Haiti in 1963 provided Shakmah
with an introduction to the mysteries of Haitian spirituality.Her
experiences made such a profound impression on her
that for the next 18 years she
devoted herself to the study and practice of Haitian religious traditions.Shakmah
's understanding and appreciation for the 'many paths to God' grew during her
travels to the continents of Africa, South America and Central America.In each country she
was drawn to learn about and experience the spiritual practices of that country's ancient civilizations whose beliefs she
seemed to recall.In 1987, Shakmah founded The New Seed Sanctuary, a contacted mystery school that has been divinely called to help bridge today's gap in understanding of the ancient spiritual mysteries through education.Shakmah
offers programs and workshops for spiritual evolution and personal development.She is a revered master teacher who opens hearts and minds to the wisdom of Spirit through her teachings.Shakmah is a powerful ceremonial magician, blending spiritual practices from Eastern, Western, and African traditions in her extraordinary rituals.She
is a practitioner of the ancient Hebrew Solomonic Tradition, which honors Kabalistic philosophy and the Divine feminine.
Other accomplishments include: Doña ordainment as a Priest in the Liberal Catholic Church; Archbishop in the Ethiopian Coptic Church; Mambo from the Voudon Tradition; ordainment as a Minister in the Universal Life Church
has been the subject of a BBC documentary called "Divine Magic" which aired on the Discovery Channel.Shakmah
is completing work on two books this year and, as a sought-after lecturer, she
expertise with spiritual communities around the world through workshops, consultations and ceremonial practices.
...by Shakmah Winddrum