My Qualifications and Training
Michael Harner, a cultural anthropologist, is credited for reviving shamanism in the U.S. through his Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He distilled the common practices of shamans world-wide into what he calls “core shamanism.” I was curious about shamanism, but dubious, until I noticed the Foundation’s newsletter on a friend’s table. My friend, a physicist, held his thumb and forefinger an inch apart and told me that the world of physics and the world of shamanism were “this far apart, but they don’t know it because they speak different languages.” He told me that he and his wife had been studying shamanism for years.
I started with a beginner’s workshop with the Foundation’s local teacher, Dana Robinson, then took a one-year program with Mary “Tyrtle” Rooker, of Takoma Park. Mary’s program is based on studying with Harner, Sandra Ingerman (Soul Retrieval innovator), Tom Cowan (noted Celtic shaman), and Betsy Bergstrom (Buddhist compassionate depossession techniques). In the shamanic tradition, Mary was given permission to teach by her teachers. (Shamanism has no certificates or degrees.) She, in turn, encouraged me to start a practice.
I’ve since taken advanced workshops with Rooker and Robinson; my instruction time totals more than 300 hours. I have also been attuned by a Reiki master. A third of my clients come specifically for shamanic healing, while the rest incorporate this modality into a longer program of healing, personal growth, and human potential. For information about other modalities in which I’m trained, click on: