Useful Links for Authors and Readers

Authors’ Aids

Field’s End Field’s End is a self-help community for writers on Bainbridge Island offering lectures, workshops and instruction for the aspiring author. Lecturers have included local luminaries such as David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, and Ann Lovejoy, author of numerous horticultural works.
Gorham Printing If you are interested in self-publishing, which gives you more control over the design & marketing your own work, then I thoroughly recommend that you check out Gorham Printing in Centralia, WA.

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island can be stunningly beautiful. Here are some pictures to give you a taste:

Bainbridge Island The City of Bainbridge Island maintain a nice web page of local photography by artists such as Kimball Andrew Schmidt and Pete Saloutos.
Bloedel Reserve A must see if you're visiting Bainbridge for the first time is the Bloedel Reserve. A stroll around this large estate with it’s elegant and diverse northwest gardens will take at least several hours. Bookings are required in advance and if you intend to visit at the weekend, you should book at least a week ahead.

Native Americans / First Nations around Puget Sound

Suquamish Tribe The Suquamish are a Lushootseed (Puget Salish) speaking people that traditionally lived along the Kitsap Peninsula, including Bainbridge and Blake Islands, across Puget Sound from present-day Seattle. Many of the Suquamish now live on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in the reservation towns of Suquamish and Indianola, near Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Kingston, WA. Their most prominent leader was Chief Seattle.
Cowlitz Tribe The Cowlitz are a tribe originating near the Cowlitz River, WA. Today, though the Cowlitz are scattered, many still remain. Relatively few actually live near the Cowlitz River (perhaps 30 or so families). Most of the 1,400 who belong to the tribe live within the radius of a two-hour drive. The name Cowlitz means “seeker” in a spiritual sense. Names of Washington also spells the name as “Ta-wa-l-litch”, which means “capturing the medicine spirit”, referring to the Cowlitz practice of sending their youths to the river’s prairies to seek their tomanawas, or spirit power.
Yakama Nation The ancestors of today’s Yakamas were of different tribes and bands. Each was a distinct group led by a council of leaders, and each tribe or band spoke their own native language, and were closely related to other Columbia Basin Plateau Tribes. At the signing of the Treaty of 1855, which took place near present day Walla Walla, WA, 14 tribes and bands were confederated into the Yakama Indian Nation. Of the original 10.8 million acres of Yakama lands; 1.3 millions acres were set aside by the Treaty of 1855 as the Yakama Reservation. All of the remaining land was “the ceded area” to the United States Government for rights, privileges and guarantees which Yakama tribal members exercise today in tribal council.

Shamanism & Shamanic Healing

Foundation for Shamanic Studies Started in 1979 as the Center for Shamanic Studies, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies presents the world’s foremost training programs in shamanism and shamanic healing. They are based on the pioneering work of anthropologist Michael Harner, who brought shamanism to contemporary life in the West after extensive field and cross-cultural investigation, experimentation, and personal practice.
Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Shamanic healer, teacher and author, Christina Pratt, opened the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in New York in 1990. She has been serving clients on both coasts since then, opening the Center in Portland in 2001. Pratt, a teacher of exceptional clarity, humor and inspiration, has taught at The Omega Institute, Rowe Center, Hollyhock, Breitenbush Hot Springs and Sleeping Lady Retreat Center in addition to the workshops produced by the Last Mask Center. She is a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association. Pratt’s book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, was received with excellent reviews.
Riverdrum Riverdrum is the personal web site of Tom Cowan. Tom is a shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic visionary and healing techniques. He combines universal core shamanism with traditional European spirit lore to create spiritual practices that can heal and enrich one’s own life and the lives of others. Tom is also an internationally respected teacher, author, lecturer, and tour leader. He has taught training programs in England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; and most recently he was the first American shaman to teach in Slovakia.

Acknowledgements

I'd like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their assistance:

Kathryn Keve who provides publishing and marketing services and is a Bainbridge Island resident, was instrumental in preparing to publish “Out of the Fog”, including the cover design and interior layout, editing and use of her photographs on the book cover and of the Mandala of the Three Great Mothers. The photograph of Donna Moore was taken by John Peck.
Neil Cresswell for providing advice on the design and content of this site, all of the custom coding, graphic editing, and layout of this site and for kindly continuing to host this site gratis. Neil is also a Bainbridge Island resident and enjoys developing web sites for local businesses as much as for large corporations such as Microsoft or Demand Media.