Maris Orelia Hale (aka Melissa Rosenberger) is an animist spirit-healer and oracular medium. Her known ancestors come from Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, Wales, and various parts of the US with additional genetic connections to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
As an undergraduate and graduate student Maris studied neurobiology, and was planning on becoming a college professor before life took a turn and she became a healer and teacher instead. Maris has been in practice since 2005 and specializes in oracular mediumship and psychopomp (soul guide) work. Her practice is characterized by the intention to work only with the most compassionate aspects of spirit for the benefit of all beings.
In 2013 Maris co-founded Seattle Seiðr – an organization that offers training and public ceremony in seiðr, a spirit practice indigenous to Northern Europe. After moving to Oregon, Maris founded a new seiðr organization called Hjarta and is focusing on seeding seiðr communities in locations that can support seiðr ritual.
Formal Education & Training
Oberlin College (1996), BA with High Honors in Neuroscience.
University of Washington (2001), MS Neurobiology and Behavior. Research in acoustic neurophysiology and evolutionary biology. Two publications in the Journal of Comparative Neuroanatomy.
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (2005), MAcOM.
Since 2004, training in vocal technique, soul-healing practices, mediumship, sound healing, compassionate depossession, and curse unraveling. Much gratitude to my teachers Betsy Bergstrom, Tom Kenyon, Michael Meade, Sarah Bicknell, Daniel Foor, and Awilda Verdejo.