The teachers and practitioners listed on this website come from varied backgrounds and have many years of experience teaching and practicing shamanism.
Many of them have channeled their rich experiences and vast knowledge into books, CDs and videos. You are invited to explore the offerings listed in this section. If you want to contact any of the authors, their information is listed either in the Shamanic Instructor or Practitioner section.
A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual: How to Awaken Your Power and Heal the Earth By Jeff Nixa, J.D., M.Div. (Bison Press, 2016)
The Essential Guide to Following Your Heart: Veteran spiritual guide Jeff Nixa teaches you the Path of the Heart, a remarkable step-by-step approach to personal growth, healing and transformation. Rooted in the nature-based spiritual practices of world shamanism, this is a self-help program with teeth: packed with rare information, hands-on exercises, case studies, ceremonies, and troubleshooting help. Learn to:
Summon a vision for your life’s purpose
Journey in the spirit world for information
Find your power animal and spirit guides
Clear out your self-sabotaging voices of fear
Create a more joyful life in balance with the living earth.
If you are at a crossroads on your journey, this Field Manual is your map to a vibrant new life aligned to your soul and deepest calling.
“I really love this book. Jeff's style of writing and story telling, his wealth of knowledge, and the exercises he shares... I highly recommend it for people who are trying to find their way." -Sandra Ingerman
“The book that you hold in your hands is a tremendous resource, packed with lineage wisdom from shamanism and depth psychology that will transform your life if you take advantage of them.”-C. Michael Smith, Ph.D., author of Jung and Shamanism
Jeff Nixa, J.D., M.Div. is a shamanic practitioner living in Indiana. He is the founder of Great Plains Shamanic Programs, healing and education programs since 2010. Visit www.GreatPlainsGuide.com.
Viet Nam Body Count by Mushroom Montoya (CreateSpace July, 2013)
Viet Nam Body Count chronicles Mushroom Montoya’s first three months in the Viet Nam war aboard the USS Trippe. He “feels” his own soul loss when he witnesses the deaths of three boys in the first few minutes he is in Viet Nam. His spirit helper, in the guise of a beautiful young Vietnamese woman, visits him during his meditations. He struggles to find ways to cope with the moral dilemma of war, all the while fending off his boss, Chief Jaffee, who is hell bent on getting him kicked off the ship because he is a “peacenik.” Montoya not only endures the daily bombardment, but he has to battle his own complicity in the war. This book provides an insight to the soul loss and the “ghosts” that haunt so many combat veterans. Website
“Viet Nam Body Count,” ...is painful, funny sometimes, and it manages to give a realistic sense of young men at war. Jerry Large, Seattle Times
For readers who enjoyed The Caine Mutiny and want to read a book similar to it in many ways—but which takes part in the Vietnam War—this is the book for you. I found it a refreshing contrast so many Vietnam War memoirs that laud the American war in Vietnam, but forget about all the innocent villagers who died from being shelled, and the many American soldiers who died as a result of indiscriminate friendly fire. David Willson, Vietnam Veterans of America
Mushroom's thoughtful words gave much insight into the Viet Nam experience and aftermath. This book helped me immensely to better understand the feelings my brother likely experienced when he was over there, plus his feelings/actions once he was back home. Margo Z.
...It (Viet Nam Body Count) goes beyond being an account of time spent at war; it gives a voice to the damage war causes to one's soul. Sylvia Edwards
John of God: The Brazilian Healer who's touched the lives of millions by Heather Cumming & Karen Leffler (Simon & Schuster and Beyond Words Publishing 2007)
The healer and medium known as John of God allows "spirit doctors" to take over his body three time a week to miraculously treat the thousands of people from all over the world who come in need of remedy.
John of God has fulfilled his mission as a medium for more than 48 years. Drawn by the hope of instantaneous healing, over eight million believers have proceeded in front of him throughout his life.
Come join Heather and experience the stirring words and vivid photographs which will take you on an affecting and deeply personal journey with the humble medium who offers hope for people with none.
"John of God: The Brazilian Healer who’s touched the lives of millions" is written creating the same loving and safe space Heather Cumming creates with the groups she brings to John of God. His work and the messages of the entities is vital to the healing of the planet right now." - Sandra Ingerman, author of "Soul Retrieval" and "Medicine for the Earth"
Inner divinity is the spirit you were born with. It underlies who you are today. By rediscovering your inner divinity, you hold the key to bringing balance, healing, and joy into your life. Inner Divinity contains seven sections with practical exercises for using the concepts. Each section covers an area of life where you will benefit by engaging your sacred intelligence: your relationship with yourself, with other people, and with your environment, your intuition, your spiritual support, your health, and your future.
Inner Divinity is a beautiful weaving of different methods that create a holistic model of healing for body, mind, and spirit. Mara Bishop is a brilliant writer and healer who empowers us with simple practices to heal all aspects of our lives. - Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth.
It's so good I could weep (with joy!) At first, I thought I'd read through it like a speed demon, but instead I found myself enjoying it slowly — and savoring/absorbing each page. I've never taken 8 weeks to read a book in my life! Inner Divinity has been my morning reading just before meditation, and it's really deepened and heightened my spiritual journey. My copy is dog-eared and yellowed/pinked with highlighter. I also have the CD and love it, too. - Kathy Holzapfel, Florida, Reader
Love Life, Der TwentyCount: Eine Reise in Deine innere Kraft by Anne Schmitt (Anne Schmitt, 2012)
Love Life describes the journey through the Twenty Count, the sacred medicine wheel, an ancient symbol of the totality of all life. It's a map of understanding our lives from birth to death, at each stage of growth and developement.
By connecting with the power of each of the twenty stages we are able to see and feel where on the wheel we are in this moment, where the wheel is moving or where it got stuck inside of us. Working with the powers of the medicine wheel leads us to our inner wisdom and power for a life in peace and harmony within and without, with all creation. You learn to create your own Sacred Circle (ceremonial space), creating dialogue with the powers and the Sacred Spirit on a daily basis.
The 96 pages hardcover book comes along with 30 cards to work with - 20 cards showing the power of one specific stage and additional 5 cards for the life-giving elements and 5 for the main directions and the center. All pictures are intuitively painted by the author in connection with the powers.
Written in German. English translation will be available for those that order Love Life in the near future.
To order from Amazon Germany and Europe, click here.
Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power by Evelyn Rsydyk (RedWheel/Weiser Books, 2013)
In Spirit Walking, shamanic practitioner Evelyn Rysdyk shows how we can all connect with the spirit world for find balance and healing. Using shamanic techniques that have been proven over thousands of years of human existence, Rysdyk offers a step-by-step guide to understanding and integrating shamanic practices into one’s life through:
Prayers and Rituals
Discovering Energy in Emotion
Imagination and Manifestation
Learning to Shape-shift
Traditional Shamanic Healing
Rysdyk shares powerful stories of shamans from a variety of cultures such as Nepal, Tuva, the Ulchi from Siberia, and from Peru. She brings a fresh perspective to the work by showing how the latest findings in quantum physics are verifying that we are all connected in an intricate web of energy and spirit.
Rush Hour Shaman: Shamanic Practices for Urban Living
by Janet Elizabeth Gale (Moon Books, 2013)
The biggest cause of illness and disease in our lives today is that we have lost connection with the natural world, resisting the nurturing, healing and support that is offered to us. The Rush Hour Shaman is a "how to" book for living shamanically in our modern world. It offers a detailed protocol for reconnecting to ourselves, Mother Earth and all our Helping Spirits, and through that reconnection, find love, healing and meaning in one's life.
Reviews and Endorsements:
The Rush Hour Shaman is a gem of a book that is filled with tools to teach us how to reconnect with Nature, the helping spirits guiding us, and own inner healer. Jan Gale presents innovative ceremonies to help integrate our spiritual work into our daily lives. She is a wonderful writer, shamanic healer and teacher. This book is important for all of us who need inspiration in how to bring beauty, power, and healing into our modern-day world. ~ Sandra Ingerman, MA author of "Soul Retrieval" and "The Shaman's Toolkit"
Jan takes us on a journey to inner strength using a straightforward, innovative and well thought-out process. Her book acts like a navigation system guiding us to our highest potential. Jan shares with us ways to allow us to take time our of each busy day to focus on ourselves, and be grounded. We are given permission and directions to 'reduce our speed' and erect 'under construction' signs in order to create spiritual strength. More and more people are living in urban areas, so this timely book gives us the tools to stay connected with nature in unique ways, and look for the guidance we need to be fulfilled. ~ Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, The Calgary Downtown Association
Shamanic Journey Drumming CD by Evelyn Rysdyk & Allie Knowlton (Spirit Passages, 2001)
Six drums pulse consciousness-altering rhythms for shamanic journeying, meditation or dreaming!
"Our desire was to produce a shamanic drumming recording of the highest possible quality, using state of the art recording and mastering techniques to produce a CD with richest acoustic depth and full tonal range for supporting an expansion of consciousness. Making shamanic journeys is a powerful method for more fully exploring the richness of our human experience." Evelyn Rysdyk & Allie Knowlton
An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, Vol 1 & 2 by Christina Pratt, Rosen Publishing Group, 2007
This inclusive two-volume Encyclopedia combines the philosophy, concepts, and practical elements that make up shamanism. With over 750 in-depth entries, organized A-Z, the Encyclopedia of Shamanism contains essential information about shamanic methods and practices across cultures, ten introductory essays that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, bibliography, and cross reference index. Each entry includes sources for further reading. “This two-volume set…ably introduces an astounding variety of shamanic traditions and concepts, with surprisingly few errors of fact. …On the whole, Pratt does a good job of reducing complicated shamanological theories into easy-to-grasp concepts... The set’s contents are rich enough to provide shamanic practitioners with some stimulating windows into the transformative worlds of both traditional and contemporary shamanisms. Unlike many cross-cultural overviews on shamanism, the essays and many of the entries in these volumes are enriched by the author’s personal background in several experiential shamanic traditions.” Timothy White, Shaman’s Drum Magazine
The novel ‘Bending Destiny’ is engaging from beginning to send. Anne Barclay Morgan is a brilliant writer! I loved how she created such a special community and I became very attached to the characters. There is so much one can read between the lines.” - Sandra Ingerman
The Six Gates of Completion ~ A Companion in Life's Transitions by BJ Brown (Integrity Arts Press, Boulder, CO, 2011)
The Six Gates of Completion is indeed a companion, a guide through life's transitions. Whether you're facing life passages, rites of great magnitude, or the everyday little thresholds, The Six Gates can teach you how to face them with greater ease and awareness. In your relations with others, community, the planet, and Self this book can offer new possibilities in attaining a sense of satisfaction, a felt sense of completion.
Endorsements: "BJ Brown has created a rich, clear cycle of inner enrichment through The Six Gates of Completion. Whether you are starting your life journey or taking time for private reflection, you will find harmony, insight, and deep caring within these pages." Don Campbell Author of The Mozart Effect, Healing at the Speed of Sound, and Sound Spirit.
“The Six Gates of Completion is about facing the abyss, going straight on through, and finding sweet life reawakened on the other side. . . . BJ Brown radiates a new paradigm of transparency and unity. It is time now to celebrate wholeness, to model and practice the art of alignment. You can find your own entirety as you journey through the gates she has opened. With BJ, in person and through this book, you benefit from her living integrity.” - Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT Director of Training, The Hendricks Institute, Co-Author of Conscious Loving.
Click here to order or call BJ Brown at 303-808-4006.
Healing of the Soul: Shamanism and Psyche (Paperback) by Ann Drake, Psy.D (Busca, Inc. 2004, revised 2009)
The psyche, as we understand it, is extremely complex with richly textured layers. Western psychological theory brings us to the edge of truly understanding the psyche but bars us from a fuller comprehension. A shamanic perspective widens our perception of the psyche and shatters the confines of many of our existing beliefs.
Healing of the Soul: Shamanism and Psyche describes the journey that led Dr. Ann Drake, a clinical psychologist, to attempt to synthesize, in both theory and practice, two seemingly different yet surprisingly compatible systems of healing. During a visit to Borneo Ann met a shaman who opened her eyes and heart to a different way of knowing. The Bomoh initiated Ann into the lineage of his shamanic path, opening the mysteries of his teachings and of the spirit world to her.
The heart of the book is Ann’s personal journey from being a clinical psychologist to becoming a shaman’s apprentice. Clinical stories bring to life the process of integrating the ancient and magical practices of shamanism with the western psyche. To understand the psyche, and in turn the soul, we must grasp the interconnection among the physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic and cultural aspects of existence, including ways in which these forces interact to create who we are. Healing of the Soul highlights the energetic aspect of our being and explores how the ancient practice of shamanism can heal and bring into wholeness our soul essence.
Life Between Falls: A Travelogue through Grief and the Unexpected by Julie Lange (Booksurge, 2008)
Life Between Falls is a kind of resurrection story. It is a memoir spanning three autumn events: the death of my son Justin in September 1993 at age 16, my father's death the following September, and the death of my grandmother one year later on the anniversary of my son's death. During that period my business also went bankrupt and I lost my home to foreclosure.
While the book is a travelogue through the rockiest territory of my heart, it is also illuminated by little miracles, messages and serendipities that interrupted my grieving process with moments of pure transcendence. By the time the third “fall" arrived, all the trappings of my old life had fallen away and a meaningful new life was unfolding for me.
Keeping a journal helped me through my darkest moments and became the basis for my book, which also offers some practical tips for moving through the grieving process with grace and intention.
Losing a child is a wound that never fully heals, but I can honestly say that my life today is richer, fuller and more joyful than ever. My journey of grief led me to my true work as a shamanic healer and teacher. Justin continues to be my partner and my patron saint throughout this amazing adventure of the spirit.