When Liz Mitten Ryan moved to Gateway 2 Ranch in 1999, she embarked on a life changing journey. The 320 acres of untouched forests, meadows and lakes, became the pasture and home to Liz and her herd of warmblood horses. "One With The Herd- A Spiritual Journey" tells the story of how Liz lived in a wall tent for several months, following and communing with the herd, learning their secrets of connection and communication with The ALL (the horses' name for God) and all life.
When the house and barn were finished, the structure offered a shared space for the horses to return to daily, to rest and re-connect, communicating the mystery and magic of life lived from a place of clear connection to the ALL. This communication grew to encompass four books, co-authored by the horses, dogs, and cats which explain the animals perspective on life. Untainted by human mass mind consciousness, this perspective provides a life-changing understanding of the enlightened journey.
Artist, writer, animal communicator, Liz's art has raised millions of dollars for animals and the environment through groups such as World Wildlife, Earth Day International, Ducks Unlimited, and Habitat Canada. Her books have collectively won nine Independent Publishing awards at Book Expo America in Los Angeles.
Liz will be available at all of the Retreats and Programs both to demonstrate and help participants understand the higher level of connection with nature and animals that allows miracles to manifest in our lives.
It began here. As a young girl, I had a passion for the natural world. I hung out with plants, minerals and animals more so than my human friends; calling them my playmates. They called back. An unspoken language emerged. I began co-creating with my feline partners and the plant world, creating soaps, herbal remedies and unusual dinner menus for my family. As my life unfolded I have held this unspoken language and understanding of the natural world as my guiding light.
In 1976 I followed the expected path of going onto higher education. My emphasis was psychology, economics and anthropology. While in college I discovered I was an anthropologist at heart. My curiosity for different cultures' and creatures' connections to the divine was my doorway and eventual path into an amazing new world. I traveled to many places that called to me. In these places and the mentorship of amazing healers, visionaries and alchemists is where I experienced vibrational energies that expanded my ability to sense the unseen world. My medical intuition blossomed. For the first time in my life I felt I was using both sides of my brain. My heart began to awaken and I felt joy as I did when I was a young girl playing in my parent's garden. From wild and exotic places in the world I learned and created unique vibrational healing modalities. Through experience I learned how to align my physical body to the resonant field that is all around us and co-create with these energies. A new vibrant language emerged that is my bright star for navigating through life.
In 1991 I was part of a Chinese medical clinic created by Josh Piagentini, L.AC. There I learned about the principals of Chinese medical philosophy and was the herbal dispenser of formulas that Josh prescribed to his patients. I became fascinated by the fast response patients had from the herbal formulas and acupuncture. I was given this wonderful opportunity to work in an herbal dispensary to hone my intuitive skills that I had experienced as a young child. In 1996 this fascination led me to study with more diverse teachers and mentors who taught seminal philosophies leading into the 21st century. In 2003, Jonathan and I started Divine Spark Center. We create personalized sessions with our offerings to illuminate one's natural state in a safe and loving environment assisting one to reveal your true passion.
"Marianne has the ability to create a sacred space for pure healing to take place. My sessions are always profound and gentle...she provides a quiet space where the energy of unconditional love and truth is obvious........thank you so much Marianne" - Debbie Ellis; Cranial Sacral Therapist, Clitheroe, England
"Working with Marianne is like an enchanted dream. She blends the artistry of intuition, energetic healing and knowing along with a scientific mind. Her listening skills combine with these making for a true healer on all levels. It is always a gift for me to work and play with her." - Dr. Deb Harraka D.C. San Rafael, California
My vibrational healing background is diverse and eclectic. I'm a certified massage therapist and have achieved a fundamental knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine principals from Jai Dev of Medicine Crow. My degree in psychology has supported my ability to listen and assist other's finding their voice and way to equilibrium. In April 2012 I received my massage certification for equines and canines from the Equissage School of sports massage. I've attended several Equinisity retreats at Gateway 2 Ranch with Liz Mitten Ryan and Margrit Coates. I fell in love with the land, The Herd and the vision Liz Mitten Ryan has for Gateway 2 Ranch and humanity. In July, 2012 Liz, The Herd and I taught and experienced a wonderful retreat with some very special individuals at our Fun-damentals of Vibrational Healing Retreat at Gateway 2 Ranch. The Co-Creators for this retreat were be the land, Liz, The Herd and our Human Herd participants all answered the call to experience the Oneness of Gateway. I'm learning all things equine with Lisa Walters; founder of The EquuSatori Center and her three amazing teachers; Johan, Opalo and Prescott. This September we co-created a one day workshop utilizing one of my Finding Equilibrium modules with another group of brilliant individuals. In October Joe Kavanagh; a gifted veterinary surgeon and healer hosted a 2 day workshop on the Fun-damentals of Vibrational Alignment at Bessmount Sanctuary in Ireland. All three blessed locations, Human and Animal Herd Teachers, and I look forward to creating more inspiring retreats and workshops in the future.
My love for colour, mineral, crystal and plant worlds has led me to study with amazing teachers. The vibration of colour twinkled brightly when I stumbled upon Aura-Soma in Sedona Arizona. Created by Vicky Wall in England and now under the stewardship of Mike Booth, Aura-Soma is a jewel like therapy. The language of Aura-Soma evokes a beautiful and poetic way of viewing the Soul at any moment in time. I'm a Level 3 Practitioner of Aura-Soma. In January of 2012 I became a certified Aromatherapist and learned the fundamentals of Ayurvedic medicine. I was taught by Jade Shutes, Jai Dev, and David Crow of Floracopeia, an incredible, sustainable and visionary essential oil company. My nose thus far has got my life going in the right direction and to where I first started as a child. My love for creating herbal remedies led me to create Divine Spark Alchemy. An apothecary where our clients receive a bespoke formulation made from organic plant essential oils, flower, mineral, and colour essences. Many of my formulations use Floracopeia's treasure chest of organic, wild-crafted and ethically farmed essential oils.
I've always felt to teach was to learn again. Teaching has been a very important part of my path and is strengthened by my knowledge of sacred geometry, physical principals of the natural world, Balinese space clearing/feng shui and the mystery schools. I've been a frequent meditator at Spirit Rock Buddhist meditation center and an Iyengar & Yin Yogini. An important skill and one that has allowed me to live in the 3rd dimensional world is my 28 years as an international business consultant. It cultivated my voice and equilibrium within. Together with the companies that I co-created with, we were able to thrive, adapt and prosper. Born from this passion, I recently launched a series of teaching modules called Finding Equilibrium to co-create anything a group or individual desires. I love to create intimate group seminars whether through the Internet, at a special sacred destination or in my hometown.
I happily nest in Mill Valley California with Jonathan. We commune with the animals, birds, nature elementals, write poetry, create and are guided by our two angel cats Lucie & Theo. We are stewards of a special parcel of land in a redwood forest that sits on the southern slope of Mount Tamalpais. I derive inspiration from this magical place for my upcoming book about all of my adventures on a spiritual path. If you find yourself on a journey and your path leads you to Mill Valley, our Divine Spark Center door welcomes you to knock and begin a unique journey to your True Passion.
Want to learn more about Marianne? Visit our website at http://www.divinesparkcenter.com.
"Marianne has many unique qualities, the combination of a vast amount of knowledge coupled with a sensitivity and accurate intuitive ability makes her work very effective." - Tomas MacKenna ; Vibrational Kinesiologist, Dublin Ireland
"I would like to convey my gratitude to the Universe for my meeting Marianne . I met her almost seven years ago and in that time she has been one of my greatest teachers. Marianne is so talented yet humble that one could quite easily miss the magic that she brings because she is always showing others the gifts they possess. She consistently sees the potential in people and situations as she looks from the heart. She is governed by her heart and is guided to make her decisions from the simple truth of what she feels inside.
From this heart space she brings wonderful wisdom , a light hearted approach and an energy of laughter that lifts the dourest of situations to an easier and more manageable place.
Her sense of fun and good humour brings a real sense of anticipation anytime I know she's on route. She has a generosity of spirit that allows her to share this wonderful wisdom. She brings this gentle but sublime message to open our hearts to the peace within us and allows us create this peace in our world.
She has encouraged and helped me connect and work with the animal kingdom in a way that honours their inate wisdom, graceful strength and patience. They're waiting for us to catch up! The grace and ease that Marianne moves and interacts with the animals allows them to open up and share their many gifts with us. We all have this ability to honour these majestic coinhabitants of this earth. Marianne has the courage to open new ground and can show us and our childen the true magic of life by co-creating heaven on Earth hand in wing/hoof/paw with these gentle souls; our animal companions.
As a veterinary surgeon this has helped me and my practice of veterinary medicine to bring my work to a whole new level. I am eternally grateful to Marianne. She is a natural born teacher and anyone who is lucky enough to be taught by her will be enriched beyond measure." - Joseph Kavanagh MVB Veterinary Surgeon Enniscorty Ireland
"Marianne Nishifue is able to access the vast wisdom and knowing of so many realms with ease and accuracy: orbs; the worlds of nature, rock children and elementals; the worlds of finance and business acumen; the equine/canine/feline/finned/feathered/scaled nations. The quality of her presence radiates from her; yet her humility allows others to blossom in her presence. She is at home with all forms of energy, delighting in this exploration and sharing generously with others. Marianne is constantly learning and offering more to truly contribute to her vision of Heaven on Earth. I feel privileged to know her." - Jean Westney; HorseSpiritDancing, Dundas, Canada
Benevolent and wise, L.E. is the undisputed leader of the herd. Her two daughters are Prima, and Crystal. L.E. is silent and strong. She only speaks when necessary, and usually a brief glance will suffice. Revered by the herd, her decisions are well respected. She is a deep thinker and a wise elder. Always kind and respectful of people, she will nonetheless make it clear when a request is unwarranted or unnecessary. She will acquiesce with a condescending, "Oh, well . . . I'll do it for you, poor but kind fool, if you insist." I always defer to her judgment.
"Consciousness is something that people assume is invisible. Look closely, consciousness is clearly worn. It defines the path we walk through life, illuminating all those that share its light." - L.E Speaking for the Herd
L.E.'s full and younger sister, Diva is content and at peace when the herd is stable as a united family with no comings or goings. She can be seen with her daughters, one on each side, and her granddaughter next to them. She has no quarrel with others, as long as they know their place. She is kind to and careful of the younger ones. Well trained in many disciplines, she is always trustworthy when a friend asks to ride. Trotting bareback on Diva is like sitting on a cloud. As a dominant mare, Diva cares passionately about the herd order and supplies the necessary discipline for the overall safety of the herd.
Prima is L.E.'s firstborn foal, and my first foal, as well. She is very much a first child with an alpha-type personality; a sensitive, bright spirit. Prima is poetic, metaphorical, and mystical. She is slow to trust and quick to test, but once you have convinced her you are worthy, she will show you the worth of her being. Prima is a light-being with a clear purpose. She has no time for anyone who is not in their truth.
She has consequently tested and rejected a series of barn help. No fool, her understanding, sense of humour, and quick wit are second only to her mission, which is to illuminate mankind. Prima is a master teacher who's concern is to produce wise spiritual leaders in humans. She will challenge any lack of decision or focus and respect those who learn her lesson of absolute truth and true leadership.
Luxy is beautiful, gentle, and has always been kind and good. As a yearling she would stay and babysit her younger brother, and then lead him back to Mom. As a just-started two-year-old, she would look after a novice rider. Luxy is solid, reliable and generous with any rider. A level 2 Parelli horse, she seeks to communicate a quiet and sincere wisdom.
Winnie is curious, friendly, and affectionate. She is also a monkey. Her very favorite thing in the world is to be brushed. Winnie is part mule but very quickly responds to clear, concise leadership. Her immediate response to discipline is "I'm a good girl; I'm sorry." She is very bright and quick, but somehow naive and innocent, like a new soul. (Read what Winnie has to say about motherhood in the concepts section of The Truth According to Horses.) Winnie had an Andalusian cross baby (called Iberian warmblood) in June of 2009 and is very proud to show off her baby Prospera.
A goddess in every way, Epona is a golden palomino who came forth from two dark bay parents. She is intuitive, all-knowing, self-assured, and independent. Since she was a young foal, I've been able to catch her eye, beckon with a raised eyebrow or crooked finger, and know that she would respond by leaving the herd to visit or walk with me. Epona is clear and succinct, and always absolutely honest. She will give you her opinion, but even if you're not of the same mind, she will love you unconditionally anyway.
Magic is guileless, soft, and sweet. She is quietly content to be a horse, and her desires are simple. She wants only to be a good mother, living among her family and friends, sleeping under the trees and the open skies. Deep, dark, and magical, she has an innate connection to horse wisdom, and a gentle way of conveying her understanding. Magic is happy for any extra attention, whether grooming or a walk to the playground and is always gentle, kind and excited to communicate. Magic is one of our most amazing healers.
Extremely smart and athletic, Picasso follows me at the canter, stops on a dime, is graceful, balanced, and extremely self-confident. He will happily leave the herd and follow without a halter, always eager to learn something new. Picasso, like Epona, knows exactly what you are communicating at any time, either by body language or English and is always happy for some extra attention.
Daughter of L.E., her vibration is as clear and melodious as the ring of a crystal glass. Like the facets of a diamond, she cuts light into a rainbow. Crystal is very much the daughter of L.E. She walks into the group of babies and they all step aside. Crystal is in training to be the new herd leader and commands respect from the herd by her birthright. With people however, she is kind and gentle and loves to be groomed and invited for some special time away from the herd.
Miro is a warhorse. Tall, handsome and big-boned, he is also gentle and kind, and a little reserved and shy. Miro stands quietly at the edge of the herd, respectful of his elders and happy to find a human who appreciates his gentle wisdom and strength.
Serene is confident, elegant, and moves like a dream. She has a beautiful face and a gentle, inquisitive manner. Half sister to Miro, she quietly but confidently interacts with her environment. Serene is always happy to help, following barn help around the barn and paddock. She is intelligent and inquisitive and respectful of herd order as her mom is the dominant mare. She will train you to be clear and concise in your communication.
Angel of vision, brings Celestial energies to Gateway. A mystical pairing of Monet and Epona, he us half brother to Crystal and a crystal being as well. Sensitive, gentle and kind, true son of Epona, he understands every word. Call him an Angel and watch his eye soften in recognition.
Tesoro (means Treasure in Spanish) – Buddha spirit of Gateway, Tesoro is the epitome of loving kindness. Groom him particulrly under his chin and you will be bathed in bliss or simply cuddle up next to him and meditate on his perfect oneness. Much like touching the'Robe of Christ', you will be transported to the place where we are all uncondtionally loved and become that love.
Prospera was born from a passionate encounter between Winnie and the Andalusian stallion Padrino making her our first Iberian Warmblood. True to her heritage, she has the 'brio' of her Spanish anscesters. She is also happy to connect with visitors and follow like a puppy-dog. Propsera knows everything and is very eager to play as well as spend countless hours on the healing table.
Micah – Angel of balance and Harmony. Daughter of Magic, Micah spends alot of time at the healing tables, confidently entering her role as healer under the tutelage of her mother. Spend time with her and Magic just absorbing their energy and connection to spirit.
Blossom and Butterfly (Llamas) are here to help raise the consciousness even higher. Amazingly smart they travel around the 320 acres arriving back at their gate in time for breakfast. They made their first visit to the healing tables the other day so expect to see more of them in the near future.
Merlin & Arthur – Brothers and best friends, as their names imply. Merlin is a magician and Arthur enjoys his role as the good knight of Camelot. Slight of mouth and faster than you can blink, Merlin will nip you on the knee just because, while Arthur could be trusted with a baby between his legs. They both love any attention.
Noon accesses the highest levels of consciousness. He is frequently on the healing tables helping to raise vibration and transport energy. He connects to cat energy and frequently brings past cat pets to connect with their humans and help heal them.
Like a little white cloud Ben floats around the paddock, communing with the horses. That is until mealtime when he likes to be front and center on any food areas.
Micky is more dog than cat. He loves to go on walks with the group and shares himself with everyone climbing over and under, purring and talking. He will appear at the run out of nowhere, leap on the healing tables, and do 2 laps around the person on it. I think it is somewhat like the wave of a magic wand and sets the process.
Athena (Thena) - The Goddess of Wisdom, Thena is wise, gentle, quietly waiting in the background for a pat or hug.
Tien - Angel, fairy, spirit, Tien is Joy personified. She loves to bounce on and off the healing tables and the people spreading her love. She particularly likes to kiss you right on the lips ...