It is very exciting to see so many people today turning to the ancient practice of shamanism. It is a time for all of us to own our spiritual authority and learn tools to find solutions to our problems.
Some of you will use the practice of shamanism only for your own personal healing, growth and evolution. After extensive practice, some of you will be guided to pursue shamanic work for helping others in your community and in your work to help the planet.
I feel the times we live in call for our communities to be seeded with well-trained shamanic teachers. It is time for us to bring the practice of shamanism back into our communities and make the work available to those who wish to learn more about how this ancient and universal spiritual practice can be bridged and integrated into our lives.
This website is designed to help you find a shamanic teacher in your area who can teach you basic and advanced shamanic skills. Since 2004 I have been teaching Two-Year Teacher Trainings in Shamanic Journeying, Healing, and the Medicine for the Earth work. This website lists a wealth of teachers who have been trained to teach shamanic healing methods to heal individuals and the environment.
Shamanism is a way of life. I hope you feel called to explore practices to bring harmony and balance into your own life and to the planet.
About Shamanic Practitioners
In shamanism healing work is performed to deal with the spiritual aspect of illness. There are three common causes of illness in the shaman’s worldview. A person may have lost his or her power, causing depression, chronic illness, or a series of misfortunes. In this case, the shaman journeys to restore that person’s lost power. Or a person may have lost part of their soul or essence, causing soul loss, which sometimes occurs during an emotional or physical trauma, such as accidents, surgery, abuse, the trauma of war, being in a natural disaster, divorce, the death of a loved one, or other traumatic circumstances that cause shock. Soul loss can result in dissociation, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, illness, immune deficiency problems, addictions, unending grief, or coma. Soul loss can prevent us from creating healthy relationships and the life we truly wish to live. It is the role of the shaman to track down the parts that have fled and been lost due to trauma by performing a soul retrieval ceremony. Another cause of illness from a shamanic perspective would be any spiritual blockages or negative energies a client has taken on due to the loss of his or her power or soul. These spiritual blockages also cause illness, usually in a localized area of the body. It is the role of the shaman to extract and remove these harmful energies from the body.
A shaman heals both the living and the deceased. In healing those who died, the shaman performs a psychopomp ceremony of helping those who have died cross over to a comfortable and peaceful place. The ceremony may also include clearing a home or land of spirits that are in a state of unrest. A depossession might need to be performed to clear a person of unwanted spirits.
What I have written above is just a brief overview to give you a sense of how shamanic practitioners might work to help you. You can find a detailed explanation of how shamans view and diagnose emotional and physical illness in my books Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self and Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home. There is an in-depth talk on this subject on my lecture tape “The Soul Retrieval Journey”. You can look at the book section of this website for ordering information.
As shamanic healing deals with the spiritual aspect of illness there is no way to predict the results that will manifest emotionally or physically. Shamanic healing does not replace the need for traditional psychological and medical treatment.
There are different ways that practitioners can work. One way is for the shamanic practitioner to only provide spiritual healing and follow up treatments if necessary. Another option is after the healing work to continue to work with your shamanic practitioner on the process of integration.
Please note that you must be willing to engage in personal work to experience long term results from any shamanic healing work. And all the practitioners listed can help you with this.
The purpose of continuing the work would be to find ways to restore balance and harmony in your life and create a positive present and future for yourself through the use of spiritual practices and ceremonies. Life without passion and meaning can result in despair. With shamanic practices you can explore how to create a meaningful life. Examples of the type of work that shamanic practitioners can help with is written up in my books Welcome Home, Medicine for the Earth, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts and Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life. These examples have to do with what I call “life after healing”. Also my 6 CD audio program “Shamanic Visioning” has a wealth of work you can do to improve the quality of your life. Also some of the teachers and practitioners listed have written brilliant books. Their books are also listed on this site.
Some people feel they have their own support systems in psychotherapy and with other spiritual practices and do not feel they need such follow up work with a shamanic practitioner.
It is important that you find what you need to support the shamanic healing work that has been done. The practitioners on this list can supply support if you need it.
All the practitioners listed have trained with me and have taken a Five Day Soul Retrieval Training with me. They all have had to send me case studies to show the positive results clients are getting from their work.
Here are some guidelines to find a practitioner: · Go to the list in the state where you live and try to find someone you can see in person. It is best to work with the practitioner in person rather than long distance. Long distance work can be done with shamanic healing, however, I do find the best results occur when the client sees the practitioner in person unless there is a critical situation that prevents the client from traveling. · Talk to the practitioners near you and choose a person you feel comfortable working with. · Find a practitioner who is flexible in their fees. · Make sure the practitioner is accessible and does follow up work if you need it.
It is important to understand that in the practice of shamanism the shamanic practitioner works in partnership with his/her helping spirits. The helping spirits do the diagnosis and advise on what healing ceremony should be done.
Today in a psychologically sophisticated culture many clients show up telling shamanic practitioners what healing work needs to be done. This is not how shamanic healing works. The shamanic practitioner listens to the problem the client presents and then consults with his or her healing spirits for the spiritual diagnosis and the proper healing method.
Also, please understand that all shamanic practitioners have different styles of working. A good shamanic practitioner follows the directions of their helping spirits who know what is best for the client.
In the Practitioner section, you will find a list of local shamanic practitioners who have trained with me.
If you have any questions or comments on the shamanic work you receive, please feel free to write to me:
Sandra Ingerman P.O. Box 4757 Santa Fe, N.M. 87502
I wish you great success in your healing journey.
Please keep checking this website for the list of teachers and practitioners continues to grow over time.
About Sandra Ingerman
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an award winning author of ten books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Medicine for the Earth: How to Heal Personal and Environmental Toxins,Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life and Speaking with Nature (co-authored with Llyn Roberts). She is the presenter of seven audio programs produced by Sounds True, and she is the creator of the Transmutation App. Sandra is a world renowned teacher of shamanism and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She has taught workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times.
Sandra is devoted to teaching people how we can work together as a global community to bring about positive change for the planet. She is passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature.
Sandra is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. She was awarded the 2007 Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Sandra was chosen as one of the Top 10 Spiritual Leaders of 2013 by Spirituality and Health Magazine.
Sandra, in partnership with University of Michigan Integrative Medicine conducted a pilot research study. The study shows how the Medicine for the Earth practices that Sandra developed benefit people who have suffered a heart attack.
The research paper is published in Explore Journal July/August 2011, Vol. 7, No4.