About Us

To support those who seek Ancestral knowledge and wisdom, aiming to create a joyful life centered around love and forgiveness.

To joyfully connect with the timeless wisdom of our Ancestors, embracing their teachings to illuminate our path and enrich our lives with purpose, harmony, and fulfillment.

Sacred Dream is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which is supported by a diverse group of individuals who have gratitude for those who guide us with benevolence. We have been mentored, taught and healed. Thus, we have decided to create an institute to encourage the growth and guidance of the Spirit within the Sacred Space. We have experience and knowledge of what it takes to be well.

The hummingbird represents joy, agility, and connection to the spiritual realm. The tree in our logo with its roots symbolizes grounding, wisdom, and ancestral heritage. Together, they embody the concept of joyfully connecting with ancestral wisdom, embracing teachings, and creating a fulfilling and harmonious life.

Laura Castaneda, MSW

Teacher & Founder

Laura has worked in community development for the last 25 year with Native American/Alaska Native and First Nations people in many locations including rural Alaska communities and Canada. In recent years, Laura’s main focus was on the development of mental health programs for youth. She serves as a Spiritual Counselor to complement her masters in social work.

Skipper Russell-Shimek

Founder, Sage Teacher and Mentor

Skipper is a peony farmer and tribal doctor. She is from Northwest Alaska and referred to as a “sage”, an individual within a tribal community who possesses deep wisdom, knowledge, and experience in traditional healing practices. She works both locally and internationally. Sages are often highly respected and revered for their ability to provide guidance, spiritual healing, and remedies based on traditional indigenous wisdom. She is considered to be a wise elder who holds a profound understanding of their tribe’s cultural and spiritual traditions, and she play a vital role in promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all those who she is connected to.

Marisol W. Wolf

Student Teacher, Founder

Marisol has completed the Sacred Dream Healing Process sessions and is a graduate who is becoming a student teacher. She is a third-year doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) thesis is a study of Sacred Dream Healing Process and its efficacy using both quantitative and qualitative measures. Marisol is currently completing practicum hours working with children as a bi-lingual school psychologist in Oakland, California.

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