White Eagle Medicine Woman
White Eagle Medicine Woman’s (Suraj Holzwarth) adventurous life began early, when at the age of 19 she moved to Alaska and became the youngest woman to climb Denali, North America’s highest peak. With a deep love for the earth, she spent most of her early years in the wilds and guided wilderness expeditions throughout the world for over twenty years.
In the late 90’s she received a vision in dreams with indigenous Grandmothers to create the world’s largest healing drum. Beginning in 2000 and taking over a year to construct, White Eagle and the multicultural Alaskan community built the seven-foot, crystal inlaid GrandMother Drum. In 2001, White Eagle and Grandmother Drum were launched on their first of many World Peace Tours inspiring unity, peace and “drumming up” awareness of earth sustainable projects with the theme “ The Heartbeat of One Family, One Earth.
White Eagle is the founding director and Drum keeper of the GrandMother Drum International Peace Project and the 501c3 non-profit Whirling Rainbow Foundation. She is internationally known as a shamanic healer, seer, trance-medium, author, speaker, teacher, ceremonial and performance artist of Native American and European ancestry. She has traveled over a million miles touching a million people in 20 countries promoting unity, peace, tribal reconciliation, and earth sustainability. As a singer, chantress and world musician, White Eagle’s voice has a primal and mesmerizing quality, penetrating to the very heart and soul of our indigenous connection with each other and the earth. Her CDs include “Journey of the Heart”, “Songlines of the Soul”, “Living Waters of Grace” and the newly released double CD, “Holy Ground”. She is a master drum maker having made more than 5000 hand drums and 50 Community Mother Drums (3 feet crystal inlaid drums).
White Eagle is also the director and co-producer of the documentary film “GrandMother Drum: Awakening the Global Heart”, selected as the Top 20 Spiritual Films at the Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival in 2008. In 2010 and 2012, the “Traveling Song”, and “Birthing Chant” respectively won the “Alaska Song of the Year” in the World Music Category. She is the author of “The Magic Bundle” children’s book, and “Songs of A New Earth” songbook as well as the director of the Rainbow Fire Mystery School, operating month long shamanic schools in Alaska, Hawaii and Peru. Her extensive spiritual teachings are found in the “Language of One” and the “Heart of One” books and online courses. In 2013, White Eagle launched the Global Blue Flame Planetary Grid ceremony, activating and renewing the earth’s grid in a one day ceremony annually with 62 trained groups worldwide.
Renamed by her tour staff, “Indiana Jane” for her utter perseverance to fund and travel the 7ft thundering symbol of the heartbeat of love globally, White Eagle has certainly “traveled to the beat of a different drummer,” placing herself in the midst of countless social, racial tribal and political conflicts, environmental crisis’ and personal loss to sound the urgent call in awakening the heart of humanity. She has been honored to be initiated by many indigenous Elders and has been passed many of their ancient medicine bundles and global responsibilities. As a mother of two beautiful children and a total lover of humanity, White Eagle feels passionate that humanity can only move forward through positive prayerful activism focusing on the highest good of all and has often been referred to as the “Mother of the Rainbow Nation.”
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Michaela Ashaneya Baumgartner, MA
Michaela Ashaneya Baumgartner is an international Healer, Trance-Medium, Writer, Performance, Visual & Ceremonial Artist. She serves as Tour Manager, Program Coordinator and honorary Board Member for the Whirling Rainbow Foundation.
As a Cultural Arts Teacher and Drum Keeper of the 3 foot, crystal-inlaid Community Mother Drum “Amazon Queen”, she also tours internationally on her own. Her flute music is included in the newly released “Holy Ground” CD.
Born in Austria, Michaela trained throughout her childhood and teenage years in flute and dance, theater and radio. Her love for literature, philosophy, the arts and journalism determined her studies after High School and she graduated from the University of Vienna, Austria, with a Master’s Degree in German Philology and Communication Sciences & Media Studies in 2004. Her thesis about “Thunderstorm Literature in the 18th Century” was published. She then graduated from a certified training at the Upper Austrian Journalist Academy and started her career as a political journalist. She was known for her courageous and critical voice for political, social and environmental justice. As a young woman, she held her ground in the heat of political conflict and threats in a traditionally male-dominated field.
In 2009, a series of initiations began for Michaela that would change her life forever. Within a year, her long-term relationship broke up and she faced a severe heart inflammation. She began to question her path and search for her true mission. In the same year, she quit her high adrenaline career as a journalist and moved to Canada to work on a Guest Ranch with 20 sled dogs. In Canada her initiations intensified when she lost all of her belongings in a cable-fire in her van, and a month later, her only 19-year old brother died in a tragic car accident in Austria. His death was her ultimate heartbreak and became a huge turning point. To navigate her loss, Michaela went on a healing quest, traveling 20,000 miles alone in a 20-year old car across West Canada and Alaska. The wild land and animals began to mend her soul and taught her to come home to her own authentic nature. The inner breakthrough happened when she had her first communication from her brother in the Spirit World. As she broke through the illusions of death and separation, she began to make her greatest wound her greatest gift. The ability to commune with the invisible world set her on her true soul’s calling. By the end of her 7 months journey, she met White Eagle Medicine Woman in Alaska and was intrigued by her global peace, healing and sustainability work.
Returning to Austria, Michaela then worked with special needs children, graduated from her certified training in the Australian healing method, the “Bowen Technique”, and started to treat clients. She self-published “Rainbow Land – A Journey To Myself”, a German book about her transformational journey and gave a public photo-show of her voyage.
In 2011, she followed her inner guidance to attend the Whirling Rainbow Foundation’s Shamanic Program in Peru and there found a truly aligned spiritual path. Michaela began the foundation’s 4 year Rainbow Path Apprenticeship Program. Over these 4 years, she was a full-time volunteer, toured 14 countries with the GrandMother Drum Ensemble and also traveled alone as a Community Mother Drum Keeper, teaching and being initiated by indigenous Elders across the world. She served as a Healer, Performance Artist, Tour Manager, Program Coordinator, Drum Maker, Photographer, German Translator, Editor, Host and Board Member. In 2015, Michaela graduated from the foundation’s “Master Program of the Shamanic Arts” and has now joined the staff.
BOARD SECRETARY/ TREASURER
Sharon ” Sage” Emery
Sharon “Sage” Emery is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Eugene Oregon for the past 20 years. She teaches mind, body, and spirit classes internationally, teaching in England, Scotland, Poland, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand.
Sage has been on her spiritual path for 32 years. She began in her early twenties studying Hinduism in an ashram for 10 years. Sage then expanded her soul work by studying and practicing shamanism for 25 years and by being a student and teacher of Process Oriented Psychology with her partner, Gary Reiss for 15 years. Sage began working with The Whirling Rainbow Foundation as a student of the Rainbow Fire Mystery School’s first “Language of One” online program in 2006 followed by the two-week intensive “Sounding the Crown with Rainbow Fire”. Since 2006 she has faithfully devoted herself to the Language of One” Grandfather Teachings and “The Heart of One” Grandmother teachings, taking all courses as they came forward. In 2013 she attended the Rainbow Fire Mystery School’s 18 day shamanic training in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Along with these extensive wisdom teachings and initiations, Sage brings with her the Ascended Master Teachings. She was invited by Ascended Master Kathumi to be a Golden Temple Teacher.
Sage’s passion and devotion to her spiritual development has lead her on a journey of learning from many sacred different paths and she loves to share and teach all the spiritual knowledge and wisdom she has gathered. She is a code carrier and has a calling to assist humanity in their ascension and a deep passion to bring activation and healing along the grids of Mother Earth. Her sincerest desire and focus in this life is to reawaken the power of the Divine Mother within herself and on Earth and to anchor these energies with the guidance and help of the Awakened Ones in the Higher Realms who are leading all of us home to our divine nature. She is honored and thrilled to bring her experience and gifts to The Whirling Rainbow Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“You’re a light unto the world Suraj
Keep on keeping on!”- Barbara Borden, California
“I rarely met people that touched me so much and that I would call sisters. I would love to travel with you and Grandmother Drum across the world. I appreciate, respect and admire your paths, your love radiates far and wide. Thank you for all you are doing. May God bless you all and protect you. I am so thankful that I met all of you and you healed my heart.” – Johanna Madlmayr, Austria
“Sending aloha blessings to one of the most wise and inspiring women on this planet. Many MAHALOS for all you are and all you do xo”
-Tiki DeGenaro, Executive Director, Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center, Hawaii