Robbie Warren, Founder
Robbie Warren, Otter Woman Standing is a modern day Medicine Woman and a traditional Shaman who serves as an intermediary between this world and the spirit world, she holds ceremonies, rituals and healing with the aid of Spirit Guides following the cultural traditions passed down through ancient teachings.
Robbie has been blessed with unique insight and connection to the Spirit World. Her gifts have come naturally and have been developed and nurtured by surrounding herself with gifted teachers and Medicine People from many cultures around the world: South Africa, Germany, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands, and Scotland.
Robbie has tremendous creative energy and a sincere desire to seek cooperative partnerships. She has a talent for using her inspiration to uplift those around her. Robbie takes pleasure in the richness of all possibilities and wants everyone to live life to the fullest. Another exceptional gift is her ability to perceive how people limit their growth. Robbie can help others break old patterns and gain new perspective on what is holding them back from receiving the fuller life they long for and deserve.
Her spiritual path has its roots in Native American tradition but has grown and developed through Robbie’s shamanic experiences through her travels into a practice she calls Earth Medicine. The emphasis of Earth Medicine is reverence and respect for all living beings, conscious connection to Spirit and a keen awareness of the lessons life has to offer. Her journey along this path has given created many opportunities to serve as the bridge between the old teachings and the Modern World as a Visionary, Teacher, Writer, Spiritual Leader, and more.
As a Visionary, Robbie was given the vision of this Fire Dance. The dance she was given is NOT a traditional Native American Ceremony. However, this Dance comes from a time before divides existed in the world. This dance is steeped in the infinite Circle of the Medicine Wheel that predates man, and we Dance to expand beyond form, dogma and criteria. We Dance to bring the wholeness back to the planet.
Otter Woman Standing
The Spirits in the Spirit Realms gifted Robbie the Name Otter Woman Standing. She works with Otter Medicine as well as other animal energies. Otter Medicine includes woman’s healing wisdom, sensibility without suspicion, guidance in revealing ones talents, psychic awareness, faithfulness, recovery issues, understanding the value of playtime, primal feminine energy, joy, playfulness, and prognostication. Otters are regarded as the masters of playfulness by many indigenous cultures. Observing an individual otter or a family of otters shows us that it’s possible to view life as a game to be enjoyed, rather than a burden to be endured. Living is not painful; it’s a gift. Life is too short to worry so much. Because of the otters’ exemplary home life, nobility, curiosity, inventiveness, and playfulness, Indigenous people recognized the power of the otter. Some of the most powerful medicine bags in certain cultures were made from the fur of otters. Otter medicine is so strong to some tribes that it is secret until you reach a certain degree of initiation. Working with otter can teach you about playfulness, nurturing, originality, inventiveness, nobility, curiosity, humanitarianism, companionship, and child rearing.
Brandy Winn, Co-Founder
Brandy Winn, the Cajun Mystic, is an apprentice to Robbie Warren, Otter Woman Standing, a Teacher, a Healer and an Earth Medicine Ceremonialist. She is, at heart, a true Cajun: fun-loving yet driven, kind and hard working.
Her love of education and learning prompted her to pursue an MBA, a journey that created her first opportunity for international travel. In China, standing atop The Great Wall, Brandy had an epiphany that led her to begin a more personal spiritual journey, and her life’s purpose was planted: her pursuit of spirituality began.
Throughout her careers in corporate America and nonprofit work, travel remained a theme, exposing Brandy to diverse and vibrant cultures and opening spiritual doors along the way. It connected to the core of her being, a deep and abiding sense of service to Mother Earth and Humanity.
After a transformative trip to Burundi, Brandy began her journey with Robbie, first helping mold the inner organization of the burgeoning Otter Dance community, a role that allowed her to re-evaluate who she was, melding her business skills with her drive for being of service. The role presented Brandy with unique opportunities to not only hone and develop her skills, but also to grow alongside the community she was helping to grow.
When she became a student of Earth Medicine, taking one of Robbie’s early Shamanism courses, her sense of Service took on a new dimension: that of a Healing Practitioner and eventually Teacher. While Brandy deepened her understanding of Healing arts, she was also taking her communication and coordination skills to the next level as she became the International Coordinator for The Fire Dance, forging relationships and paving the way for so many Ceremonies abroad.
Otter Dance has continued to grow, in no small part due to Brandy’s wisdom and guidance, and doubtless would not be the community it is today without her.