Rev. Ann Evans is a Shinto priest and is the Spiritual Director of Shin Mei. She is affiliated with Tsubaki Grand Shrine near Suzuka, Japan. She is the founder of Matsuri Foundation of Canada and is a Director of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Granite Falls, Washington USA.
She has studied for 25 years under the tutelage of the Chief Priests of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Japan; Guji Yukitaka Yamamato was the 96th generation priest in his family. His son, Guji Yukiyasu Yamamoto continues the tradition and serves on the Board of Directors of Matsuri Foundation.
She teaches Shinto practice and principles as a way of finding joy and brightness in our daily lives. She has authored Shinto Norito: A Book of Prayers which provides western readers with a romanized pronunciation of the Japanese prayers as well as a translation.
She is also a certified ANFT Forest Therapy Guide in the tradition of Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing—a guided practice leading us to awaken our senses. In the setting of the Forest, we can quiet our mind and find a deepened connection with Great Nature and our selves. Your guide will take you through a structured experience with a sequence of invitations. Moments of silence, meditation, solitude and sharing build a rich experience where the Forest is the therapist, and the guide opens the door.