Starflyer (Lyn Hopkins,
M.S.W., Ph.D.) is chief
of the Wild Rose Dreamers Lodge.
For the past 30
years, Lyn has been involved in holistic education and healing, focused on
the integration of mind, body, emotions and spirit in all her work.
Metis Road Woman on a shamanic path, Lyn began Native American shamanistic
studies with Diane Battung, Ph.D. (Sea Dancer) in 1982. Lyn
met Sea Dancer's teacher, Thunder Strikes, for the first time on
a spiritual group tour of the Yucatan sponsored by Joan Halifax
and the Ojai Foundation. After completing her "Night
On the Mountain of Fear" ceremony in Chichen Itza under the
supervision of Thunder Strikes, she made the decision to continue
her studies with him. Two other respected and loved teachers,
with whom she studied shamanism for seven years, were Arwyn Larkin,
Ph.D., and Brigitte Clausing, M.A.
Of mixed heritage herself (Native American and Celtic),
Lyn now practices and teaches Native American
philosophies, integrating teachings of other spiritual paths as appropriate to help bring
about healing and quality of
life for Grandmother Earth and all her children (mineral, plant, animal
and human kingdoms). Lyn
founded the Wild Rose Dreamers Lodge in 1993, continuing today as Lodge
Chief and Drum Team Chief. She offers weekly shamanic classes, sweat
lodges, ceremonial weekends and shamanic healing.
studied various holistic healing techniques with Louise Taylor,
director of The Institute of the Healing Arts, earning certificates
in acupressure and reflexology, integrating color and sound healing.
She also holds certificates in herbology and iridology through her
studies with Nanette Gil. A Zenith, G.T.F. practitioner, she
has completed Levels 1 through 5 of the Zenith healing system with
Linda Raynor, M.F.C.C. Lyn learned shamanic healing, including
crystal healing and chakra balancing, from Brigitte Clausing, Arwyn
Larkin, and Thunder Strikes. In addition, she studied
Jungian dream work with the late Helen Janiger for five years.
While attending Whittier
College as a music major, Lyn was a percussionist in the college band and
a violinist in The Whittier Symphony Orchestra, teaching music in the
Fullerton School District for four years following graduation in 1956.
She now leads the Wild Rose Drum Team, integrating drumming and
chanting drawn from a variety of Native American sources as well as
spiritual and shamanic music from other world cultures.
many years, Lyn studied poetry writing with her aunt, Frona Lane, M.Ed.,
an internationally known poet and former president of the National
Association of Poets. She also attended adult education poetry
classes in Glendale for four years, taught by the late well known poet
Marcus Lytle. Lyn is now preparing to publish a book of her own
poetry entitled Light Rays of A Rainbow Warrior.
Obtaining her M.S.W.
from U.C.L.A. in 1966, Lyn worked for Los Angeles County as a family
services specialist and staff development supervisor for a number of
years. She earned her M.S. in Special Education from Mt. St. Mary's
College in 1978, thereafter working as an Educational Therapist and Master
Teacher at the Marianne Frostig Center. In 1982, Lyn founded and
supervised The Ivalyn Center of Integrative Education, a private school
designed to meet the needs of learning handicapped children. That
same year, she was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Integrative Educational Psychology at
International College, directed by Dr. Beverly Galyean, receiving her Ph.D. in
1985. At the present time Lyn is self-employed, providing educational
evaluations and educational therapy for children and adults.
is currently writing a book, Educating the Rainbow Children,
designed to help educators understand and adequately teach the ecstatic
children of the New Age, also known as the Indigo Children.