LUISA KOLKER is a licensed psychotherapist and Shamanic healer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although born in the United States, she comes from a long line of Central American doctors, psychiatrists, and curanderos. She has a B.A. in humanities from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She was apprentice to Ioanna Salazan, author of Zen Comics, for four years in Spain.
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.
Lorraine Simone, also known as DEEP ARROW WOMAN, is our guest this week. She is a well known speaker, visionary, and Shamanic teacher who bridges the gap between the mystery of living a spiritual life, and the nitty gritty of dealing with being here now in a technologically advanced Western society. In 1990, she founded the Moonfire Meeting House, and in 1995, she created the Women's Ways Mystery School to empower women and girls to heal their lives and change the world.