I have been studying shamanism since 1997. As with many people, my own path of pain and distress led me to the way of the shaman. I cannot imagine living any other way than the way I do now—connected to the unseen world of spirit, filled in my heart with love and light, and dedicated to listening to and channeling the wisdom and healing power of the benevolent spirits. Shamanism and sound healing have worked miracles in my life and in the lives of my students and clients, and I am so grateful to this divine way of healing and learning.
I have been blessed by having great teachers, including Jan Engels-Smith—my primary teacher, mentor, friend. Michael and Sandra Harner for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies hold the light for North American Shamanism. Tom Kenyon has shared with me the gifts of the magic of sound. From Betsy Bergstrom, I learned how to navigate the middle world in a beautiful way. I was given a dose of the shaking medicine by Bradford Keeney, and was connected to my European ancestors through Tom Cowan’s Celtic Shamanism. I am honored and privileged to be part of an extended Lakota family, learning through ceremony the way of the red road. Blessed even more, I have received all of my attunements up through Karuna® Reiki from Colleen Benelli–for her I am truly grateful. And, I have learned the most directly from my everlasting communion with my compassionate spirits.
I am an Associate Teacher/Healer at LightSong School of Shamanic Studies and Energy Medicine, and am evolving into an elder for our local shamanic community. LightSong is the premiere school for learning shamanism and energy medicine. I have been involved from its very inception and can trace much of my initial growth and development to my experiences in the school’s classes. I carry the songs for the community and am the lead ceremonial singer. I also pour water for the community lodges, one of my deepest heartfelt honors.