DEBRA CHESNUT 1953 – 2014
Four Winds Foundation Founder
Debra Chesnut was raised in Alaska on a homestead near the base of Mount Susitna. Her father flew his small plane to Anchorage everyday to work because there were no roads. Nature was her constant companion and profoundly influenced her life. In 1976 She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska, Anchorage earning her RN. As a nurse she worked in a variety of communities in Alaska and around the world. In 1989 she earned a Bachelors of Science magna cum laude in Psychology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In 2008 she earned a Masters in Western Esotericism with merit from Exeter University, England. She has been a student of Hermeticism and the Qabalah for 32 years completing the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA) 13-year correspondence course during that time. She also ran a BOTA Qabalistic study group for ten years in the Fairbanks community. In 1991 she was called by the spirits to start shamanizing. In 1993 she founded The Four Winds Foundation to promote shamanic and traditional wisdom. Debra completed a 3-year program in advanced shamanism in 1998 at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. This Foundation for Shamanic Studies designated Debra the Field Associate in Alaska in 2001 which she served through 2008. Through the Four Winds Foundation she has donated countless hours and money to helping the greater communities of Fairbanks, Alaska and the World.
Debra had a vision of a mystery school for Fairbanks and created it in 2004, a branch of The Four Winds Foundation. The Golden Heart Mystery School taught the mysteries, the spiritual truths & and principles that were taught in ancient cities like Greece, & Egypt, in secret societies, not available to the many. The school produced 3 graduated classes of highly trained Spiritual Warriors to assist the world in restoring and maintaining harmony and balance; Shamanic Healing done through ritual & ceremony to restore power, soul retrieval, shamanic extraction, curse unraveling, spiritual clearings/blessings and psychopomp.
Jasmine was born in Washington state and raised in Alabama, Maine and Connecticut. She found her way to Fairbanks to study at UAF and fell in love with the mountains on the horizon, with the cold, with the land, and with her husband. After graduating with a BA in Theatre and in English Literature, she founded the theatre company Revive the Red Tent Productions, worked for the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living as a legal advocate and then at Yukon Title Company before transitioning into “full-time” yoga teaching and healing work. She lives on an off-grid homestead 20 miles out of town where she gardens, weaves, wildcrafts and raises a family.
Jasmine is a Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master and a Shamanic Healer. She is fascinated with the interface between the energetic and the physical body, and how thought, emotion and memory manifest within this framework. She sees the body as a means for spiritual healing, artistic expression, and as a source of deep wisdom. She has been walking the path that brought her to do this work for most of her life; she was first gifted with a crystal at age 4.
Jasmine received formal training in Shamanic Healing beginning in 2013 from Debra Chestnut and in 2012 from Ray Crist of the Jaguar Path. She graduated from the Four Wind Foundation’s Shamanic Practitioner Program in the spring of 2014.
She studied Reiki with Terri-Lynn Anthony of Heartpath Wellness and with Sudevi Burich of ReikiAlaska beginning in 2012. She received her Master and Master Teacher attunements from Terri-Lynn in December 2014.
Jasmine received her 200 hr yoga certification in 2012 from Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmonds at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Her prenatal certification is from Collette Crawford of the Seattle Holistic Center.
Nichole is a long time Fairbanksan and G.H.W. She graduated from North
Pole High School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a major
in business. Her professional passions are non-profits, fundraising,
and good old fashioned hard work. She has service time at FMH in the
emergency room, the Interior Alaska Cancer Association as a previous
board member and current web administrator, and as a previous Calypso
Farms fundraising coordinator.
She has been a part of Four Winds since 2010.
In her spare time she likes to meditate, attend yoga classes, study
massage, aromatherapy, and energy work. She also enjoys writing and
studying the divine feminine and astrology.
She has two boys, William and Torin.
Dean was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Education includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance, a master’s degree in art therapy, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.He was drawn to working and traveling as a young man and worked as an artist, bartender, truck driver, and warehouseman.He journeyed north to Alaska in 1974 and worked on the Alaska Pipeline as a camp manager. After pipeline work, he was hired as a draftsman by an engineering consultant in Anchorage and eventually was recognized as a mechanical design engineer designing commercial buildings throughout Alaska for 11 years.He terminated his work in the engineering field and left Alaska in 1988 to earn a master’s degree in art therapy and doctorate in clinical psychology, returning to Alaska in 1995.He currently has a private practice in psychology and has been employed at mental health hospitals and residential addictions facilities in the past, as well as adjunct teaching at the University of Alaska.
Continuing an ever-present desire to explore his and others expressions of interpersonal, cultural, spiritual, and existential beliefs, he is intrigued by the process of building personal theories of existence and meaning in his own life while working with beliefs and personal experience of the wide diversity of peoples in Alaska.As interests with the great variety of traditional and cultural healing beliefs and practices broadened, a growing interest in esotericism and associated cultural beliefs and rituals led to a shamanistic emphasis toward understanding and helping others.He entered into shamanistic studies at the Four Winds Foundation and was a member of the initial, intensive Spiritual Warrior group in 2006.He continues his pursuit of healing and helping others within both psychological and traditional, spiritual healing methods and rituals. Dean joined the board of directors at the Four Winds Foundation in 2011.
Sharon Bullock was born in Idaho, raised in Utah and after getting married has lived in New York City, Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, and Alaska. After raising two daughters, she came to Alaska first to Nome and then later to Fairbanks. She has a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed clinical Social Worker who is at present retired after having worked at numerous jobs. The last agency she worked for was the Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center (FCBHC) and was there for 22 years. Experience has included being a therapist, clinical supervisor, clinical director, quality assurance director, interim director for FCBHC, board member for NASW (including regional representative and secretary), state president of the Alaska NASW Board for two years, board member for Alaska Buddhist Center, board member for Spiritual Crossroads, one of the organizers for the first Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team in Fairbanks, and have taught college level classes. Spiritual development has been an important part of her life and she has come to the realization that mental health and spirituality are directly related to each other. Her spiritual journey has been through Christianity, Buddhism, reading, taking classes, meditation, family, friends, nature, and continues every day. Sharon joined The Four Winds Foundation Board in 2010.
ML was born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and joined the Peace Corp right out of college and was sent to Sierra Leone, Africa to teach for 2 years. She has lived in Alaska for 23 years off the grid, no water, no electricity. She has worked in many diverse fields and retired from the military. ML received a Bachelors of Science in education and taught at 3 different schools for 7 years. She was also trained as a combat medic and EMT and finished out her military career as crew chief. She has been a student of Four Winds classes since 2007 and graduated from Golden Heart Mystery School’s Spiritual Warrior Program in 2010. For 2 yrs. she was in the Way of the Mystic Qabalistic Program at Four Winds. Since 2010 she has worked with Four Winds doing group ceremonial healings and White Table. She studied basic clairvoyance with Richard Leviton.
Kelly moved to Fairbanks from Tennessee, ten years ago. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 2004, with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Spanish. She has worked as a preschool teacher in a Spanish Language immersion school, been employed as an accountant, and upon moving to Alaska, worked in real estate. She is now a homeschooling mama out in Two Rivers. Kelly is interested in stories – those that we carry in our genes, and in our karma, those that we tell ourselves to fool ourselves, those we allow others to construct about us, and those that we consciously write as we discover how wondrous we each truly are.
Her own story involves growing up as a pastor’s kid, some wild years and then waking up, yoga & meditation, marriage and motherhood. She has tremendous gratitude for the teachers that have shown up at the right times in her life, and specifically, in the last two years, for meditation instruction and Reiki attunement. In July 2015, she received teacher training under OT and yoga teacher Lindsey Lieneck, of Austin, TX, in aerial yoga and mindfulness for children, with an emphasis on sensory regulation through the movements and practice. She uses each of these practices in daily life, and hopes to incorporate them all in a community class in the near future.
At the Four Winds Foundation, Kelly participates in and takes turns hosting New and Full Moon Ceremony. She also takes part in Journey Circles, and indeed, learning to Journey is what first brought her through the doors here – and then she kept coming back. Earlier this year, she formed a Women’s Circle, a group that uses the Four Winds space for their meetings. In these ways and groups, she continues exploring her story, that of the community and some of the individuals that form that community. Joining in 2015, Kelly is the newest member of the Board of Directors and looks forward to the deeper involvement and opportunity for service this presents.