People & Expertise



Martha Winona Travers, PCCS Affiliated Faculty

Lecturer II in Music, Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation-
U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)


Martha Winona Travers teaches Contemplative Studies in the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. These courses are part of the Program in Creativity & Consciousness Studies curriculum. Martha is a writer and teacher of writing, with a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature. Martha is the author of "Elemental Play: Encouraging Children to Connect with Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire," published in Where Do the Children Play?: A Study Guide to the Film (2007). She is a published poet and essayist and, among other works, is the author of The WayCard Oracle: A Guide to the Inner Journey (forthcoming in 2015). For many years, Martha lived in a rural setting where she learned the path of nature-based contemplation. Between 1999 and 2009, she traveled frequently to South America to learn ancient traditions of healing from Quichua elders in the Andes Mountains. In 2007, she was given the title and responsibility of "Mama Iachag" (Medicine Woman) by her Quichua teacher. She is the founder of natureandhealing.org through which she offers contemplative retreats and vision quests.


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Martha Winona Travers
photo by Laurie Pruitt
PCCS affiliated faculty member, Martha Winona Travers