Taya Mâ Shere
Taya Mâ Shere is a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing who has served as a spiritual leader in Jewish congregational and communal settings since 2005.
Taya Mâ co-founded and co-directs Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, is a practioner the trauma-healing modality Somatic Experiencing. She is adjunct faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, where she teaches transformative ritual craft, multi-religiosity and ancestor work, and also teaches on healing collective Jewish PTSD at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Taya Mâ is co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership and SIddur HaKohanot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook. Her chant albums Wild Earth Shebrew, Halleluyah All Night, Torah Tantrika, and This Bliss have been heralded as "cutting-edge mystic medicine music."
Trained in the folklore of religion at the University of Pennsylvania and as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, she is Spiritual Leader Emeritus of a Washington D.C. area Jewish congregation. Taya co-leads Makam Shekhina, a multi-religious Jewish/Sufi spiritual community. She teaches online courses and mentors emergent spiritual leaders in embodied presence and counter-oppressive devotion. Taya Mâ makes home, music and other magic in the California East Bay.
For more information on her books, music, trainings and other online courses in Embodied Presence and Embracing Pleasure, visit her personal site www.holytaya.com or the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute site www.kohenet.com.
Elsa Asher is a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing, a Somatic Therapy practitioner, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist, and ordained Kohenet. Elsa’s work focuses on developmental and intergenerational trauma healing and cultural repair. Elsa hold a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine, and is an associate professor at Columbia University.
Elsa’s ancestors are Jews from Podolia and Poltava in the Pale of Settlement and England, with earlier roots in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain, Sami people by way of North Dakota, and Scot-Irish and Native North American people by way of Kentucky.
Elsa was born and grew up on Duwamish land - Seattle, Washington, lived on Lenape land - Brooklyn, New York for a decade, and currently lives on Ohlone land - Berkeley, California. Elsa is a queer, non-binary trans person and uses the pronouns are they/them/theirs.
For more information visit their personal site www.elsaasher.com.
Yael Schonzeit is a devotional artist, Kohenet Hebrew Priestess, scholartivist and practitioner of ritual medicine. She currently lives in Ohlone territory, known as the San Francisco Bay Area, where she priestesses at the intersections of music, spirit, healing, justice and ancestral memory.
Yael is a third-generation Jewish/Hebrew American, born and raised in New York City, land of the Lenape people. Her recent ancestors are Yiddish-speaking Jews from the Pale of Settlement (e.g. Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Belarus) with older origins also throughout Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant. Inspired by the gifts and challenges of her Orthodox Jewish upbringing, Yael is devoted to embodying a Jewish praxis that is healing, relational and liberatory.
Drawing on her training and lived experience in multiple healing modalities and spiritual traditions, Yael supports people to cultivate relationship with their ancestors, themselves, and the Earth - toward a sense of belonging, purpose and interdependence. She leads song and prayer in Jewish and multi-religious contexts and is passionate about the power of sound as a vehicle for personal, ancestral and collective liberation.
Yael holds a Bachelors of Social Work from New York University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry, a multi-religious theological seminary at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
To listen to Yael’s music or for more info on her offerings, visit Yael’s personal site www.yaelschonzeit.com.
The Ancestral Medicine Model
Taya Mâ, Elsa Asher and Yael Schonzeit are trained practitioners of Ancestral Lineage Healing, a model developed by Dr. Daniel Foor, which has supported thousands of people in ancestral connection and lineage healing. Ancestral Lineage Healing focuses on connecting with well ancestors within specific blood lineages to ally with them toward the healing of the lines.
This modality roots in the understandings that consciousness extends beyond the living, that not all of the dead are equally well and that the living and dead can communicate with and strongly impact each other.