Dunning was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
After graduating from the Edinburgh School
of Art he taught himself to play the
double-bass and by the early 1990's was performing
in Europe and Japan with the award winning
experimental musical - theater group, The
New Theater (TNT). He has also worked
for a non-profit arts organization in Edinburgh, where
for 14 years, he developed arts programs for
adults with a history of mental health problems.
In 2003 Michael emigrated to US. Michael teaches
yewshamanism throughout New England.
He also practices and teaches as a biodynamic
and Craniosacral Therapy
believes that the yew tree was once regarded
by the indigenous shaman-healers as a great
source of occult knowledge holding an ancient and
embryonic language of healing and rejuvenation.
An account of Michael's experiences
under the yew tree can be read in the book,
Soul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary
Wisdom Keeper, A Collection of Encounters
with Spirit, by Karen Sawyer. Many years later
Michael discovered that craniosacral therapy,
and particularly the biodynamic model, provided
him with a contemporary healing modality that
related to some key embryonic aspects of his