Basket of Seeds Grandmother’s Alliance


Baskets of Seeds is a circle of Grandmothers who are wisdom keepers, ceremony leaders, Earth caretakers, and spiritual healers from many traditions, each tending a uniquely potent ongoing prayer for the well-being of all Life, now and for future generations. These distinguished grandmothers devote themselves to holding and planting seeds of balance, beauty, and truth whose good intentions are activated through the watering of daily prayer and are vital to the re-flowering of the Earth community.

The chosen grandmothers serve as models for women of a life of prayer and service. They are honored participants in the Song Carriers Women’s Circle community ceremonies and are often invited to offer wisdom teachings for various contingents of the Singing Waters community. In reciprocity, the Song Carriers group offer songs for events and ceremonies hosted by members of the grandmothers’ alliance and offer a vibrant circle of hands to assist with projects led by these powerful elder women.

The Basket of Seeds Grandmother’s Alliance includes:
Alta Piechowski (Diné)
Flordemayo (Mayan)
SaSa (Abenaki, Japanese Ainu & Scottish)

Noirin ni Riain (Irish)

Kazumi Oishi (Okinawan)



Dr. Alta Begay-Piechowski, Diné, of the Edgewater clan born for the Many Goats clan. Her maternal and paternal grandfathers are the Honey Comb and Towering House clans. She lives with her husband Terrell in Sanders, Arizona. Dr. Piechowski is a school administrator. She has worked within the human services field on and off the Navajo Nation for over twenty years. Her education includes psychology, counseling and educational administration. Dr. Piechowski and her siblings were rooted in Navajo traditional healing practices and lifeways. Her maternal grandfather, John Slim Nez and paternal uncles, Ray Nelson and Joe B. Nelson were medicine men. Dr. Piechowski’s mother, Mary Nez Begay was an herbalist. The familial practice of the native healing arts influenced her education in counseling and psychology.



Grandmother SaSa (Swan of the North), nee Joyce Bryant, was born in Central Maine to a father of Abenaki/Scottish/Irish descent and a Japanese mother. She is a seer, dreamer and Universal healer. She is the founder of The Rose and The Swan, a healing center in West Ossipee, New Hampshire. SaSa holds the Medicine Hoop of Life ceremony passed to her from Grandmother Nakai Breen (Cherokee). As a lifelong lover of the Earth and its people, Grandmother SaSa travels to share her passion, sacred knowledge and wisdom with humanity.

Voyce Durling-Jones (Cherokee & Irish)

Noirin ni Riain (Irish)

An internationallly renowned singer, theologian, writer, inter-faith minister and a national treasure of Irish tradition who resides in County Limrtick. Facebook Page

Kazumi Oishi (Okinawan)

KaminchuOkinawan shaman. (Female oracle.) Chokuden Reiki Teacher. Reflexiologist. Practitioner of Miahara Life-prolonging Methods (Bodywork therapist specializing in treating muscles). Facebook page

Elia Paul (Maori)