My Journey

Sri Lankan tanka honoring the victims of the Tamal genocide

My journey into shamanism began more than forty years ago. In the ensuing years I have had several beloved teachers.  They represent the wide range of types of shamans, the good and the bad, and those that seemed beyond either category. Yet each spent precious time teaching me, and I hold them dear.

I am profoundly indebted to many teachers, especially Susan Grimaldi, and the late Dr. Bernardo Peixoto (Ipu), an Amazonian shaman, and his wife, Cleicha, a Peruvian Highlands Shaman. They helped me to finally arrive home, and to understand that we are all potential shamans. I still miss Ipu’s late night phone calls and laughter filled encouragement. These marvelous human beings taught me so that I might be truly useful to others, and insisted we must all do work, even in the face of prejudice and threat. Ipu and Cleicha served their communities under the most threatening of circumstances, and remain bright lights for freedom and resistance to oppression, wonderful human beings who risked much for the good of many. I am also grateful to the other shamans from many traditions, many who have passed into spirit, who freely shared their wisdom and knowledge with me over the years.

My work reflects the teachings of all my teachers, rather than resting in any one tradition. I am not a carrier of special or unique knowledge, nor do I have tribal affiliation. I am just a human being doing my best to be “a good shaman.”

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Opening the Elders Conference with Alicia Daniel and Abenaki elder, Dee Brightstar.

I do not use Ayahuasca in my work.

Shamanic healing may draw from:

Journeywork: In which one learns to travel into alternative realities to seek guidance and aid.

Extractions: Removing invasive energies from the body.

Curanderismo: The use of herbal baths and other techniques for healing. You do this in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Wisdom Talks: Opportunities to think together about the wisdom teachings of many traditions.

Soul Retrieval: The recovery of lost parts of Self.

Ceremony: Structured ritual that evokes health, or invites friends, family, and community to honor one’s healing journey.

Energy-Work: The client lies, fully clothed, under a blanket, on a massage table, or sits in a chair. Physical touch is not required.