Shamanic Teachers

The Cave

Listed in order by last name.

Geo Cameron, Celtic Shamanic Teacher

Geo Cameron is a shamanic teacher in the tradition of her Scottish & Irish ancestors. She teaches widely at such holistic centers as Omega, Esalen and Hollyhock.

Besides her spiritual work within the tradition, Cameron has studied the Old Irish manuscripts that preserve many ancient teachings and myths, graduating Master of Science Magna Cum Laude in Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University, where she is currently completing her doctorate. She also holds a B.F.A. and a Master of Science in film, and has used the media of film, television, art and music to convey the mythic truths of the tradition, including the story for the Star Trek: Voyager episode Sacred Ground.

Her book Over the Ninth Wave: An Illumination of Celtic Spiritual Tradition is published by the Ballantine Division of Random House.

Cameron is in the process of refounding a Celtic religious order called the Tuatha De.

Mailing Address:
Geo Taylor-Cameron
PO Box 12803
Edinburgh, EH8 9YY

Tom Cowan, Wisdomkeeper in the Irish & Scottish Traditions

Tom Cowan is a shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic visionary and healing techniques. He combines universal core shamanism with traditional European spirit lore to create spiritual practices that can heal and enrich one's own life and the lives of others. He is an internationally respected teacher, author, lecturer, and tour leader.

Tom is the author of,
  Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit,
  Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life,
  The Pocket Guide to Shamanism,
  The Book of Seance,
  and The Way of the Saints: Prayers,Practices, and Meditations.

His lifelong interest in mystical traditions led him to develop ways to practice shamanism in the context of Celtic spirituality and other European-based spiritual disciplines.

Periodically, he leads tours to Ireland or Scotland to practice shamanism at sacred sites and work with the spirits of the land. Tom is also minister in the Circle of the Sacred Earth, a church of animism dedicated to shamanic principles and practices.

Today he lives in New York's Hudson River Valley where he offers training workshops, spiritual retreats, and healing sessions for groups and individuals.

Leslie Gray, Seminole-Oneida-Powhattan Shamanic Counselor & Ecopsychologist

Dr. Leslie Gray, executive director and founder of the Woodfish Institute, is a Native American psychologist who has studied with medicine people and elders from various tribal backgrounds. She advocates (and embodies) a new vision of health career -- the integration of ancient healing and modern medicine.

Dr. Gray has a private practice in San Francisco, California, teaches workshops and seminars worldwide, and conducts travel/study programs to ancient sites. She has lectured at various universities including the University of California at Berkeley and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She consults with individuals and organizations on the practice of ecopsychology, and her work has been featured in such periodicals as East-West Journal and Re-Vision Journal, as well as in the book Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Dr. Gray currently serves on the board of directors of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.

Michael Harner

Pioneered the contemporary teaching of shamanistic practice and healing in the US and Europe. He has taught at Columbia, Yale, Berkeley, and The New School For Social Research.

He is the founder of The Foundation For Shamanic Studies.

His books include,
  The Jivaro,
  and The Way of The Shaman.

Serge Kahili King

Founder of Aloha International. Box 665, Kilauea HI 96754.

Johnny Moses, Tulalip/Nootka/Spokane Traditional Healer & Storyteller

Johnny Moses is a Tulalip Native American raised in a remote Nuu-chah-nulth village of Ohiat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.

He was raised in the traditional ways by his grandparents, and sent by his elders to share their teachings with all people. He is a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader.

Johnny, whose traditional name is (Walking Medicine Robe), carries Si.Si.Wiss (sacred breath) medicine teachings and healing ceremonies of his Northwest Coast people.

Fluent in eight Native languages, he is a travelling ambassador for Northwest Coast cultures. He shares the knowledge and richness of his spiritual and cultural traditions with people across the United States and Canada through storytelling, lectures and workshops.

Robert Moss, Shamanic Dreamer and Teacher

Robert Moss is a lifelong dream explorer, a shamanic counselor, a former university teacher of ancient history and philosophy, and a student of the Western Mystery traditions. He has also been a war correspondent, a magazine editor, a broadcaster, and a best-selling novelist.

His fascination with the dreamworlds springs from his early childhood in Australia, where he survived a series of near-death experiences and first encountered the ways of a Dreaming people through his friendship with Aborigines.

Robert leads innovative programs all over the world and is actively engaged in research projects that include the applications of conscious dreaming techniques to healing and care for the dying; creative innovation and conflict resolutions; dream education in schools; and future science.

His many publications include,
  Conscious Dreaming: A Spiritual Path for Everyday Life (Crown),
  Dreamgates: An Explorer's Guide to the Worlds of Soul, Imagination and Life Beyond Death (Three Rivers Press),
the novels,
  The Firekeeper,
  and The Interpreter,
and the popular audio series,
  Dream Gates: A Journey into Active Dreaming (Sounds True).

Sarangerel Odigan, Shaman in the Buryat Mongolian Traditions

Sarangerel Odigan, which means Moonlight Shamaness in Buryat, was trained in the traditional Mongolian and Buryat shamanic traditions by native teachers who are free to practice again following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

She is the foreign outreach representative of the Golomt Center for Shamanist Studies and the Mongolian Shamans' Association.

Born in the United States after her family had been forced to flee Siberia following the Russian Revolution in 1917, she returned to her ancestral homeland in the Tunken region of southern Siberia in 1991 to rediscover the shamanic knowledge of her ancestors. She lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Ulan-Ude, Siberia.

Martin Prechtel, Wisdomkeeper and Healer in the Mayan Tradition

Martin Prechtel was raised on the pueblo in New Mexico before traveling to Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala in 1971, where he was called to apprenticeship with Nicolas Chivilin Tacaxoy, a Tzutujil Mayan shaman. Martin rose to the office of Nabey Mam, first chief and became an initiated shaman in the mid-1970's and Head Young Men's Chief in 1978. As Chief, he initiated all eligible young men into manhood in long ancient ceremonies.

Martin now resides in New Mexico and works as a painter, musician, storyteller, teacher, and, always, healer. He is an internationally recognized author, healer, speaker and artist.

His first book, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village, published in August 1998 is now in multiple printings and translated into German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

His second book, Long Life, Honey in the Heart, Tales of Eloquence and Initiation from the Shores of a Mayan Lake, was published in 1999.

Teaching internationally through ritual, stories, lecture and healing, Martin Prechtel helps people in many lands reconnect with their own sense of place -- the sense of the sacred in daily life. Martin is deeply committed to working with the youth and supporting them in their struggle toward adulthood through ceremony and initiation. Martin is a most extraordinary teacher. With great articulation he is able to stand with one foot in western spiritual traditions and the other foot -- and his entire soul -- within his own tradition.

Dana Robinson

Has studied and worked with Michael Harner, founder and director of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1981. In 1986, Dana was invited to join the teaching faculty of The Foundation. Since that time, he has accepted responsibility for providing up to 30 FSS workshops annually throughout the Southeast.

Dana has traveled extensively throughout the world and shares his "personal medicine" with everyone he meets.

The secret to Dana's teaching style is that he does not lecture, but shares experience as well as information and he facilitates through group dynamics. Therefore, no two workshop are presented exactly the same. Individual growth and group experience immersed in the subject matter of the particular workshop is Dana's mission. He knows that learning which promotes growth is an individual matter, and that group experience is an expression of what one has learned and is learning.

Sharing in the group setting enhances the growth process - it is a power that is known to heal, as well as teach. Empowering each individual through facilitating personal and group experience is Dana's sole teaching goal.

Dana is a Certified Harner Method Shamanic Counselor and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland.

Don Miguel Ruiz, Toltec Nagual

Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated don Miguel would embrace their centuries old legacy of healing and teaching and as a nagual, carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge.

Instead, distracted by modern life, don Miguel chose to attend medical school and later teach and practice as a surgeon. A near death experience brought his wake-up call. "I saw that I existed separate from my body. So I asked myself, if I am not this body, what am I?".

Don Miguel's survival allowed him the opportunity to begin freeing himself from his limiting belief system. He devoted himself to the mastery of the ancestral wisdom by studying intensely with his mother and completing an apprenticeship with a powerful shaman in the Mexican desert. His grandfather, who had since passed on, continued to teach him in his dreams.

Don Miguel's work has evolved in preparation for the recent emergence of the Sixth Sun of the Mayan Calendar, prophesied by the ancients to be an extraordinary period of personal and planetary change. In the tradition of the Toltec, a nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Combining new insights with old wisdom, don Miguel teaches that the path to personal freedom is the first step of a progression. The ultimate goal is to change the collective dream of the planet.

To that end, don Miguel has written,
  The Four Agreements, a New York Times best seller, published by Amber-Allen in 1997,
  The Mastery of Love, published by Amber-Allen in 1999,
   and The Four Agreements Companion Book, published by Amber-Allen in 2000.

Brant Secunda, Shaman and Healer in the Tradition of the Huichol People

Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don Jose Matsuwa, the renowned shaman, who died in 1990 at the age of 110.

Since 1979 Brant Secunda has been the Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation, Center for Shamanic Studies. Having worked with the World Health Organization and the American Holistic Medical Association, Brant is integrating shamanism into the world of modern medicine.

He is an internationally recognized shaman and healer. Brant Secunda leads seminars and retreats worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the United States and Europe.

Malidoma Some, Dagara Shaman from Burkina Faso, West Africa

Malidoma Patrice Some was born in 1956 in the village of Dano in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His tribe, the Dagara, are a people known for their spiritual practice and visionary ability. At the age of four, Malidoma was kidnapped by a French Jesuit Missionary and taken to a seminary far away from his village. For 15 years, he was tutored and trained to be one of a new generation of black missionary-priests for the Catholic Church. In this profoundly alien environment, Malidoma's mental and emotional survival was spiritually supported by his deceased grandfather, a Dagara healer and medicine man who maintained a psychic link with him.

Malidoma stepped away from the seminary at age 20, and walked the 150 miles back to his home village, only to discover that he now had no real place in his tribal culture. He and the tribal elders soon realized that only through the process of initiation would he find his place in the tribe, and in the world. During the forty-day initiation, he confronted realities unknown to most people in the West, except perhaps through the reports of writers like Carlos Casteneda.

The stories Malidoma shares of his experiences in his autobiography, Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, are awesome and inspiring.

Malidoma's name means "One who befriends the stranger/enemy". His tribal elders advised him to follow through on his destiny by becoming educated in the West (he has three Master's Degrees and 2 Ph.D's) and sharing with us the voice of African indigenous wisdom.

Luisah Teish, Womanchief in the Ifa/Orisha Tradition of Southwest Nigeria

Luisah Teish is a writer, performer and ritual arts consultant. She is the author of,
  Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals,
  Carnival of the Spirit,
  and Jump Up: Good Times Throughout the Season with Celebrations Around the World.

Ms. Teish performs African, Caribbean, and African-American folklore and feminist myths. She designs and conducts workshops, rituals and tours in Europe, Egypt, South America and New Zealand.

She is a member of the National Writer's Union, the International Women's Writing Guild, and serves as vice president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. She is a womanchief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Southwest Nigeria and the founder of the School of Ancient Mysteries and Sacred Arts Center.

Alberto Villoldo

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D is a psychologist, anthropologist and shaman-initiate of the Q'ero--elders of the Inka.
He studied the traditions of the ancient Americans for 20 years and was then initiated by the Q'ero and is now a practitioner of Inka shamanism.

He is the author of,
  Dance of the Four Winds: A Shaman's Odyssey into the Amazon,
  and Island of the Sun: Return to the Lost City of Gold.

Villoldo is the founder of The Four Winds Society.

Hank Wesselman/Jill Kuykendall of Shared Wisdom

Hank Wesselman is an anthropologist and shamanic practitioner deeply immersed in both the search for human origins and the study of the evolution of consciousness.

He is the author of the best-selling Spiritwalker, Messages from the Future (Bantam, 1995),
the sequel Medicinemaker, Mystic Encounters on the Shaman's Path (Bantam, 1998),
and Visionseeker, Shared Wisdom from the Place of Refuge (Hay House, 2001).

He is currently investigating the mystical beliefs espoused by the standard bearers of the new transmodern worldview. Wesselman states, "My presentations and workshops draw on my knowledge as an anthropologist and are designed to educate and encourage individuals to rediscover the visionary within themselves. I utilize the ancient, time-tested ways of the mystic to facilitate each person's process and to reconnect them to their inner sources of wisdom, power and healing."

Jill Kuykendall, RPT, is a registered physical therapist and transpersonal medical practitioner, who has worked within the standard Western medical paradigm for over 20 years. In addition to her work in many different healthcare settings, she has functioned as co-facilitator for the Mercy Healing Circle, participated in the Mercy Healthcare Healing Environment Task Force as a community member consultant, and has served as a member of the Sutter Healthcare Wellness and Healing Network.

Jill is currently in private practice with the Center For Optimum Health in Roseville, California, northeast of Sacramento, specializing in a transpersonal healing modality generally known as Soul Retrieval.

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