Shamanism and Curanderismo

  1. michael drumMy teachers were shamans; some were also curanderos,  a “folk”  healing tradition from Spain, and some practiced Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religious tradition.

Shamanism is deeply rooted in the natural world. We say that the Earth is our home, a house made of the Great Weathers, sunrises and sunsets, and all living things. We know that everything in the natural world is alive and awake, has spirit, and can become an ally in life.

Traditionally, shamans and curandera/os work with the spirits on behalf of others and the community. In Latin America, shamanism, and curanderismo became intertwined. In the Brazilian Amazon these traditions are often joined with traditional practices from Africa. All are animistic, meaning  practitioners work with the nature spirits, including plants, and Ancestors. Rather than the practitioner having power over the spirits, the spirits and practitioner form a mutually beneficial relationship.

My teachers have come from many places: the Brazilian Amazon, Peru, Mexico, Siberia, and North America. Please note that although two of my most treasured teachers were Amazonian, I do not use hallucinogenic plants in my practice.

In our work together we will seek the aid of the spirits to address your needs and concerns. Traditionally, the shamanic practitioner was totally responsible for invoking aid. Now the world is in great distress and you may be asked to take on some tasks in support of your needs, our community, and of the natural world.

Traditional healer makes a distinction between curing and healing. Sometimes, even when we try with all our heart, we cannot be cured of what afflicts us. Yet, even then, often we can find deep and lasting healing.

Shamanic aid can be an effective adjunct to medical treatment or counseling. Most issues can be addressed in one to three sessions. Rarely, more complex problems may require additional meetings.

When you contact me I may “look into” whether I can be helpful before scheduling a first meeting.

I offer shamanic aid both in person and at a distance, and often work with my wife, Jennie. I do not charge for shamanic aid; rather, I invite those who can to make a donation to cover my time and expenses. I am often asked what constitutes a fair donation. I suggest you decide what you might be able to readily afford on a scale of $5-200 for a session, and donate that amount. If I need to travel I ask that you keep in mind the added time and expense.

I often work with my wife Jennie who has studied shamanism and Reiki. You can read more about our work at JourneyWorks.

We also offer opportunities for community members to join us for seasonal ceremony, and to study shamanism and Reiki.

We  look forward to meeting you.