ELIOT COWAN, author of "Planet Spirit Medicine", will share his journey into Shamanism, and how he came to work with the Spirits of Plants to heal body, mind, and spirit. He studied herbalism in the 60s, earned a Masters Degree in Acupuncture in the 70s, and went on to apprentice for many years with Huichol Shaman Don Guadelupe Gonzalos Rios in Mexico. He was initiated by Don Guadalupe to be a guide to Shamanic apprentices in the Huichol tradition.
JAYA BEAR, author of "Amazon Magic", is also owner and facilitator of Puma Shamanic Journeys. She takes groups of spiritual seekers on trips to the upper Amazon area of Peru to take part in ceremonies with an Ayahuasquero, a Shaman skilled in the use of Ayahuasca which is a visionary and healing Plant Medicine.
CAROLINE talks today about the true essence of Shamanism, and its relationship to religion. Among the wisdom traditions, Shamanism is the premier method of bringing body, mind, and spirit into balance, and restoring power, health, and harmony to a person's life as well as to Mother Nature, and all our relations. It has been praised and vilified, misunderstood and condemned, but it has survived and weathered the test of time for over 40,000 years.
HANK WESSELMAN has been a Shamanic Practitioner for 30 years, but he is also a paleo-anthropologist with a Masters Degree in Zoology, and a Doctoral Degree in Anthropology. Over the past 40 years, he has conducted research with an international group of scientists exploring Eastern Africa's Great Rift Valley in search of answers to human origins. His fieldwork has allowed him to live among indigenous tribal people who have rarely had contact with outsiders and to encounter their traditional Shaman.
ED "EAGLE MAN" MCGAA, Oglala Sioux author, speaker, and Sundancer will join us to share his considerable wisdom. He holds a Bachelors Degree from St John's University and a Law Degree from the University of South Dakota. He is a highly decorated Veteran who, as a Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, flew 110 combat missions. He studied with two Sioux Holy Men, Chief Eagle Feather and Chief Fool's Crow, and participated in six Sundances.