I AM by Neil Ramage © 2013
In 2013, Moira’s brother Neil came over from Scotland to visit east TN for the first time. He experienced Anam Cara. We played ALLIES. He walked the labyrinth. Something deep inside stirred. Within 24 hours of his returning to Scotland, Neil wrote I AM, the song we use to close the play of ALLIES ON THE PATH.
ALLIES and CO-CREATORS
Jo Levkoff is a compassionate witness and deep listener; she integrates a playful spirit with profound respect in every endeavor. She is a retired licensed professional counselor and an approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
In addition to running groups and trainings with
ALLIES ON TH PATH, she offers Heart and SoulTouch Guidance (online or in person) for Couples, Partners and Friends
who want to go deeper together.
Moira Brigit is a Celtic shaman, born and raised in Scotland. She learned about energy, healing touch, body wisdom, and shamanic journeying from her grandmother and the other healer grandmothers in her community. She has been serving in the Celtic shamanic tradition for over 60 years. Moira is a soul friend and honors both the sacred and the irreverent in everyone. Moira guides groups in day long retreats on Celtic spirituality and ceremony in east TN.
Some of the story behind ALLIES ON THE PATH
I believe I’ve been in the fire, hammered, chiseled, and welded into shape for this my whole life, though I wasn’t always aware. ALLIES, as it is today, with 7 different sets, came into print in early 2016.
The labyrinth set was first professionally printed in 2013. I’d been printing and laminating cards in my basement and using them with groups since 2008. Before that, they were incubating, simmering, marinating in a very, very slow cooker since the early 70’s, maybe longer. I won’t bore you with details.
Moira Brigit and I met in 1987 in a 3-year training program with Jean Houston. Jean is an exquisite, mythic storyteller and brilliant evocateur of soul. It was here that I first experienced walking in a labyrinth and became aware of being on the path.
At the same time, I founded and worked in a therapeutic preschool in VT called Learning to Listen that morphed into one of the state’s first parent-child centers, The Family Place. I was also jumping through the professional hoops of becoming an approved supervisor through the AAMFT that would allow me to teach and supervise other therapists.
My mentor, Lynn Hoffman, introduced a process called the reflecting team. It was the most respectful supervision for family therapists I’d experienced to that point. Reflecting was based on the premise that when you create a safe container and offer positive feedback and energy,
the system/ family/person shifts itself.
I wanted to find a way to offer this incredibly respectful and empowering experience to everyone,
not just a small group of therapists in supervision and families in therapy.
The experience honors our souls’ journey.
Moira and I met again in 1995; it took me till then to realize I had met my Beloved. Moira knew at first sight. Traveling between VT and New Orleans for a year, we came to east TN and built Anam Cara (Gaelic for soul friend), our home and small retreat center.
Moira Brigit puts the heart and soul into ALLIES.
I worked as a family therapist at Knoxville’s rape crisis center for 5 years and through a series of synchronistic events, decided it was time to give up being a therapist and become a soul friend.
I began to write and synthesize what I’d learned. Trusting spirit, I gave up my license to
practice therapy and supervision in 2012.
ALLIES ON THE PATH is nothing like traditional therapy.
It's play on a soul level.
ALLIES ON THE PATH is our gift.