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Oriah Mountain Dreamer 2/12/10 author of The Invitation, The Dance and The Call

The focus of Oriah’s life and work has been an on-going inquiry into the nature of the sacred and the mystery of how we co-create meaning for our lives. Raised in a small community in Northern Ontario, she was drawn to and at home in the wilderness ceremonies and earth-based teachings of the First People’s, eventually teaching and sharing what she learned. A mystic by nature and training, in the shamanic tradition she is seen as a dreamer, one who works in the night and daytime dreaming to help create a story of the people that will contribute to balance, peace and a passion for life. Her daily practice includes ceremonial prayer, yoga and meditation. A graduate of Ryerson University’s social work program and a student of Philosophy at the University of Toronto she has facilitated groups and counseled individuals for over thirty-five years. Oriah has written seven books, including the bestseller The Invitation (HarperONE, San Francisco, 1999) based on the much-loved poem of the same name. She divides her time between writing and counselling individuals in person and on the phone. Oriah has two grown sons and lives in Toronto, Canada.