Maria Owl is the founder and director of the Transformational Leadership Foundation Certificate program at Sacred Future.
Maria is passionate about creating resilient communities through bringing back relationship to the Sacred through nature-based ritual. Without planning it, her life became a study of power and the misuse of power – starting with an abusive father who was also an affluent business owner, and then many successive memberships in spiritual and educational communities where she found herself “rocking the boat” with her commitment to honesty. She began her training as a group facilitator and speaker in 1998, desiring to understand how to truly create safe and sacred space for collective transformation. Maria has been a gifted healer all her life and has studied with native teachers from 10 different Indigenous cultures. She is an Orisha Priest in the Yoruba tradition as well as a Red Road Pipe Carrier for over 20 years.
Maria received her MA degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Counseling Psychology. Maria has taught Indigenous Medicine and Shamanism in higher education for over 10 years. She received her BA from New College of California, in Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community with a self-designed concentration on Group Facilitation. Other certifications and training's Maria has acquired includes: a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies; a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine® through the Academy of Intuition Medicine®; a certification in Alchemical and Clinical Hypnotherapy through the Alchemy Institute of Hypnotherapy. She has two Permaculture Design certifications from Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and Lost Valley Educational Center. She is also deeply blessed to have trained extensively in transformational group facilitation with the creators of the Naka-Ima self-awareness workshops for over 12 years.