Who Is Be?
4th generation resident of Chesapeake, Virginia, though my Anglo ancestors first arrived in Virginia in 1610, I live in what used to be my Grandfather’s home which is truly a Sanctuary for family and visitors.
I’m a horse lover and the mother of several humans and more than several animals.
In 2012 I was drawn to commit to a Shamanic Priestess Circle in Western North Carolina, though I had no idea at the time how life-changing the circle would be. By the end of the process I was committed to apprenticing in order to bring this work to women in the wider world of my community and beyond.
I am a Shamanic Magdalene and High Priestess in the lineage of Nicole Christine and Anyaa McAndrew. I facilitate women’s and maiden’s circles from my home at Four Oaks Sanctuary, do Personal and Space Clearing Protocols all over the Tidewater area of Southeastern Virginia and remotely, anywhere in the world! I host a monthly Red Tent Temple and am a Professional Organizer.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Old Dominion University. My major was English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing/Poetry and I minored in Anthropology out of a deep love and connection to the various cultures of the world, past and present.
It is important, I think, to note that I make no pretenses around being spiritually superior to anyone. I am committed and dedicated to offering my life’s work to women and maidens. My life is a work in progress, deeply human, imperfect and riddled with averageness. I am content with being transient, impermanent, a simple voice, the hollow bone.
Evan Boland puts it so well,
they are always en route to
Their own nothingness. From the first moment
They are going home. And so
When language cannot do it for us,
Cannot make us know love will not diminish us,
There are these phrases
of the ocean
To console us
particular and unafraid of their completion.
In the end
Everything that burdened and distinguished me
Will be lost in this:
I was a voice.” From the poem, Anna Liffey,
About Four Oaks Sanctuary:
Four Oaks Sanctuary is a 5 acre haven that is alive with bees, gardens, chickens, cats, dogs, 3 horses named Payday, Johnny and Barbie and a goat named Sarah.
My clearing work began when I knew it was a critical part of my life’s path to clear generations of trauma from this land. The layers continue to peel away as this place becomes more and more a sanctuary for learning and healing, not only for my family but for the women and girls who join my Priestess and Maidens circles and others who come here to teach, play and learn.
Four Oaks is surrounded partly by tidal marshland and partly by a tidal river. We enjoy watching the birds: ospreys; red tailed hawks; egrets; blue herons; pelicans; bald eagles; yellow crested night herons and many more.
My full name is Bettina Colonna Essert and I invite you to contact me with any questions. Blessings on you.
Me, at our Emergence. What a happy, beautiful, perfect day!