Shannon M.D. Smith
Shannon is a ritualist, dancer, writer, facilitator, traveler, administrator and life long student. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and has taught contemporary dance technique, authentic movement and contact improvisation. Her passions have evolved to include consciousness studies from around the world whose energetic and archetypal maps have informed perspectives on trauma and the sacred body. As an activist, Shannon has found a calling working for the water. She has been a contributor to Passionate Waters, participated in Global Water Dances since 2013 and most recently founded Women of the Water, an organization dedicated to supporting the international efforts of those rising up to work for the water giving special attention to women finding their voices in leadership. Additionly, Shannon has been engaged in field research at sacred sites in Ireland and throughout Europe exploring the emerging study into Re-Indigenization through restoration of ancestral wisdom and the Celtic mythos. Shannon has been on the team of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary since September of 2016.
From the Blog
In a time when many are struggling, and challenged to summon the will to care for those most suffering, a centuries old bond between nations shines a light on human kindness and solidarity. Over 1.7 million has been raised so far for the Navajo and Hopi families COVID-19 Relief Fund… Read more
*** The Iona Abbey Community legacy began in 563 AD with the arrival of the Irish St. Columba (ColmCille) to the tiny island of the Western Hebrides in Scotland. Here the historic illuminated Gospel manuscript, the Book of Kells, was written before being moved to the town of Kells, Ireland… Read more
Grief. It’s not that we need to stay there. It’s that we need to first let it in, consume us, before we can let it go and make room for what comes next. It’s true after a loved one dies, or the end of a relationship, and it’s true when… Read more
Protecting clean water is one of the most important ways you can have a positive effect in your environment. In honor of World Water Day, we share Steps to Build Community and Congregation around Water. Where is your water? Find your watershed. Knowing where your Water comes from is… Read more