Valentine is Founding Executive Director of Orenda Healing International, a 501c.3. nonprofit organization devoted to promoting individual and community health and well-being. OHI umbrellas many of her research projects, which currently include filmmaking as art therapy with incarcerated youth and filmmaking as catalyst for intergenerational healing among Native American youth and elders.
Born in Orlando, Florida, she has lived in Canada, Mexico, and much of the United States, and has traveled in England, Ireland, and the British West Indies. She has taught art-making to young people and adults since 1965, and Healing Art©-a shamanic art-making process she developed in 1984 to heal herself of cancer-to AIDS and cancer patients; incarcerated, homeless, and challenged youth; developmentally disabled adults; and women in transition in Texas, California, Oregon, and New Mexico. She is a certified Reiki Master in the Usui Lineage.
Valentine has a private practice in holistic counseling and shamanic healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she currently teaches multicultural art therapy at Southwestern College. Free time is spent with husband Lewis Riddell on nature photography shoots, writing fantasy for young adults, and visiting her two daughters and five grandchildren.