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)
SaSa, (Abenaki, Japanese Ainu & Scottish)
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 Flordemayo is a Curandera Espiritu or healer of Divine Spirit. She was born and raised in Nicaragua and is a founding member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Flordemayo received a beautiful vision from the Beloved Mother and subsequently opened The Path, an organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation and distribution of heirloom and heritage seeds for future generations. She travels the world to share her prayers, healings, and to foster greater spiritual understanding among humanity.
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.