Soul Midwifery, Ceremonies & Rites of Passage Celebrant, Priestess of Rhiannon, Shamanic Healer, Massage Therapist/Bodyworker
Marisa is a qualified Mental Health Nurse and was registered and practised for 28 years, and has worked in both the community and in-patient settings. She has always had a broader interest in health care and has built up an impressive toolbox of physical and emotional care skills, drawing on a wide range of alternative and eclectic experiences.
Included in her array of skills are complementary therapies, which she has worked with since the early 90s. Marisa completed her Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage in 1994 and has been working with Reiki for over fifteen years, having completed her Reiki One in 1999 and her Reiki Two in 2010. She completed her training in Indian head massage in 1995.
In 1997 Marisa qualified as a practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and NLP with the British Hypnosis Research and Training Institute, and later, in March 2001, she successfully achieved Master Practitioner level in the Art of Neuro-Linguistic Programming with PPD Personal Development.
Marisa has trained with Kristoffer Hughes, on his Death Midwifery course, William Bloom’s ‘Passing Over’, ‘Creating a Graceful Death’ and ‘Transfer of Consciousness’ and with Felicity Warner on her Soul Midwives training. She has also attended workshops with Stephen Jenkinson, who was her initial influence upon embarking on this work. Marisa is a member of Good Funeral Guild and The Natural Death Centre, She Follows Dying Matters and she is a Facilitator of Glastonbury Death Cafe
She has previously volunteered at Weston Hospicecare as a companion, and now with Marie Curie, as a helper and also a companion offering emotional and practical support for adult in-patients who are in their final days or hours of life, based at Musgrove hospital. She also completed her Funeral Celebrancy training with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants early in 2015.
Marisa’s strong interest in the end of life cycle began when she realised that our society, on the whole, has a death phobia which therefore often leads to an unsatisfactory end of life care. She wanted to counteract that and offer a service where she can be present and honour our life journey as it ends, including acting as celebrant in the important acts of remembrance and of saying goodbye.
Marisa moved to Glastonbury in the winter of 2009, at least in part to deepen her spiritual practices within a community. A keen student of spirituality teachings from the sacred land, Marisa follows an eclectic mix of traditions, finding nourishment in her own personal spiritual practice and maintaining her personal and professional development by attending a number of ongoing groups and workshops in the field of therapy and spiritual development.
Marisa is a student of traditional and authentic Shamanic work & healing using teachings and techniques that go back thousands of years and completed a 2-year apprenticeship with Annie Spencer with Hartwell and currently a student with Chris Luitticau with the Northern Drum Shamanic Centre.