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WELCOME, GROUP UNICORN! Our next Shaman’s Way cohort begins July 24, 2020.  We’ll circle online to be impeccable with safety, and to anchor certainty in our changing times.  Please enjoy a magical mosey through this page, and we look forward to seeing you sooooon!

at the gate

JULY 19 @ 10am: Live online healing demo for interested healing applicants, witness a healing we learn in the training
JULY 24: Application period closes, prospective student questions are complete (these are sent on registration, expect 2 hours to finish)
JULY 25-26 @ 10am-2pm: Howdy-Do Orientation (mandatory for all applicants), learn all about the program, connect with the group
AUGUST 8-9@ 10am-2pm: First Group Unicorn weekend…the adventure begins!

I am SO ENORMOUSLY EXCITED to announce that magical Unicorn has stepped out of legend and into our circle for the 7th cohort of the Shaman’s Way 16-month training!  We welcome magic, love without condition, and mystical healing of the heart!

Shamanism is a love story – this practice is about jettisoning fear, and falling wildly in love with the beauty and joy of living. To do this, we methodically let go of our pain and stories using shamanic technologies, and walk into a state of luminous grace. This is a singularly challenging, fulfilling and transformative training, and the friendships and bonds that form over the 16 months are deep, and can last a lifetime.  Years after graduation, we have 16-month groups who still meet monthly…woot!

We learn and practice tons of brilliant healing technologies for self and others in the 16 month training – sure! – and one of the real gifts of the Shaman’s Way is how much love and healing is available in community, becoming so much more together than we are alone.  Here’s a video about the very first Shaman’s Way cohort, Group Macaw:

Each cohort, through a series of robust exercises, practices, ceremonies, and experiences, comes to be a family over 16 immersive months.  We laugh.  We cry.  We hold each other when life is hard, and we celebrate our victories together.  We deepen in a vessel of core community, ritual, sharing and ceremony. This robust course isn’t designed to be something you show up for once or twice a month and enjoy (although you do that, too), but instead to introduce a way of living, and rebuild who you are at a core level.

In the training, you’ll build a mesa (medicine bundle to help you in your good works), learn how to drum, sing, rattle, hold ceremonial space, and perform healings like illumination, reiki, extraction, soul retrieval (pending safe in-person meeting), limpia, medicine shields, shapeshifting, transmutation, dismemberment, power animal retrieval, shamanic divination, medicine keys, solo pilgrimages, power objects, shamanic regalia, and spirit flight.

What's the 16-Month Training?

This is core community, deep transformation, and a rare experience. The entire training lasts 16 months, and as safety is my highest priority in circle in our changing times, we’ll meet online together for 4(ish) hours on Saturday and Sunday, on the second weekend of every month.  Should regular and reliable covid testing and/or vaccine be available, we’ll meet in-person in the North to learn Soul Retrieval in the Bay Area, and if things aren’t safe to circle together then, we’ll deepen with a different and equally beautiful shamanic technology.  We are resilient, and can adapt with ease!

Each direction builds on the one before, and we’ll also circle together online at the monthly Shaman Circle (included in your tuition) on the last Sunday of every month.   You’ll be held by myself, advanced apprentices, private FB and Google groups, password-protected monthly webpages, support pods, and by visiting medicine persons from several mystic traditions.

Our beautiful shamanic guest teachers throughout the training will help us refine our empathic and intuitive skills, embark on personal vision quests, deepen with ancestral healing and honoring, and learn to live in a shamanic state of grace and deep beauty.   A new aspect for the 2020 cohort is the ‘solo pilgrimage,’ one day a month, where we step outside of our daily lives and commune deeply with the divine in our own perfect ways.  These pilgrimages are extraordinary, and I can’t wait to welcome you!

Our human family and world is changing and evolving, and the Shaman’s Way is evolving right with the times!  EXCITING!

in the grove
The Container

The 16-month immersion is a deep blending of medicine traditions.  Our framework is based loosely on ideas shared by the Q’ero, original descendants of the Inka, who we are honored to help host in the US for 9 years.  Although the Q’ero are not shaman, this training uniquely blends ideas from Q’ero tradition with many shamanic ways of knowing from around the world, in addition to reiki and contemporary lightwork practices.  Our journey begins with 4 months in the South – once completed, we move together into the West, North, and East, consecutively.

Each Shaman’s Way cohort moves through all the directions together as a family, and all students are committed to the entire 16-month training.  Each direction is supplemented by suggested reading, personal ritual homework (not listed online), attendance at the online monthly Shaman Circle (included in your tuition), practice sessions outside of class via Zoom organized by enrolled students, solo pilgrimages, and special workshops for our group taught by healing arts teachers all over the country.  Transformation a-go-go in deep community?  YOU BET!

jeff a

Great Plains Guide Company
Quest leader, healer, author
The lost art of heart navigation

WEST: Francisco Rico
The Shaman Zone
Toltect elder, author, shaman
Dancing with shadow & deep beauty

NORTH: Shannon Willis
Red Earth Healing
Ceremonialist, teacher, animist
Ancestral healing & honoring

EAST: Reese San Agustin
One Illuminated
Intuit, psychic teacher, channel
How to thrive as an empath


One of the beautiful advantages of meeting online is that we can weave in beloved teachers from all over our Earth Mother, and these guest visits from luminaries in the healing arts fields are included in tuition.  We are DELIGHTED and honored to welcome Jeff Nixa (South), Francis Rico (West), Shannon Willis (North), and Reese San Agustin (East) for a special visit once each direction…welcome, loved ones!  Thank you for all of your good works here planetside, and for joining our circle to share your wisdoms!

Honoring the Q'ero

For past groups, we’ve helped welcome the beloved Q’ero for 16-month students to deepen with Peruvian mystic traditions, and we’ll stay tuned to learn how possible international flights for the Q’ero are, as things unfold during our changing times.  We’ve been honored for 9 years to introduce 16-month students to the good works of the marvelous IQF (International Q’eros Foundation), which brings Q’ero elders to the lands of the North to share their teachings in twice-yearly visits to the San Francisco area.

Should it become safe to do so, students will be encouraged to attend individual healing ceremonies, Karpay, Cosmovision, and Despacho events with Q’ero elders to deepen their course of study in the 16 month training.  Should in-person visits not become advised during our 16-month adventure, the founder of IQF has graciously made himself available for online workshops on the mesa, and Peruvian mystery school ideas.  We give thanks!

We invite you to visit IQF’s website, and we celebrate donations to support their extraordinary vision and work.  Heartfelt blessings to the Q’ero and IQF for sharing light with us – we honor you, we thank you, we love you.

SOUTH (Shedding our past)

Shed our past as Serpent sheds her skin, first 4-month direction
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

UPCOMING ONLINE COHORT: $277 per month (entire training $4,444 over 16 months)
2nd WEEKENDS MONTHLY: 10am-2pm(ish): Aug 8-9, Sept 12-13, Oct 10-11, Nov 14-15

We begin the journey that returns us to right placement in the web of creation, as we work with great serpent mother and learn to shed our past. This is critical to awakening, so that we mindfully stop living in story, and engage with the miracle of living. In sacred space, we learn the extraordinary tool of illumination, which removes pain, imprints, patterns, and emotional charge from the energy body. We inform sacred stones and build healing mesas, make shamanic art, learn forgiveness, paint our river of life, work in dedicated pods outside of class, practice time travel, and complete with a powerful initiatory ceremony.

  • Learn to call in sacred space with smudge, rattling, singing, and dancing power animals
  • Meet, understand, and join the integrity agreement for the group to uphold clear agreements
  • Form a healing pod with classmates that will support your entire journey (via Zoom) in the South
  • Begin journeying in a shamanic way, and meet your main power animal
  • Start building your own mesa, a sacred medicine bundle and powerful healing tool
  • Identify and write your river of life – the story you break free of in the 16 months
  • Learn how to speak to stones and crystals, the sacred objects in your mesa
  • Perform illumination to release imprints and pain from the luminous energy body
  • Build medicine shields, number maps, and sand paintings to honor your healings
  • Learn how to deeply forgive with concrete tools and rituals (and learn a lot about potatoes)
  • Track information by merging with the 4 archetypes of the training, using a sacred object
  • Retrieve a power animal for a classmate, and learn how to forge helping spirit alliances
  • Receive archetypes of Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle in a final group ceremony
  • Solo pilgrimage in nature with your helping spirits
WEST (walking with the shadow)

Walking with Lady Jaguar in the land of the Shadow, second 4-month direction
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

UPCOMING ONLINE COHORT: $277 per month (entire training $4,444 over 16 months)
2nd WEEKENDS MONTHLY: 10am-2pm(ish): Dec 12-13, Jan 9-10, Feb 31-14, Mar 13-14

In the west, we death ourselves, meet our shadow, let go of enemies, step beyond fear, and release drama. This is the most intense and challenging of the directions, and brings light to your shadow self. We work with Jaguar, and navigate the jungle of shadow that obscures who we truly are. We strengthen our boundaries, confront what is less than light within us, and learn how to work with and release heavy energies and patterns.  We receive reiki attunements, where reiki brings divine light to the shadowed places inside that need healing. We learn the powerful art of extraction, which is both a healing and preventative medicine, as we learn to embrace the grains of truth that seed the shadow. Welcome West!

  • Students begin calling in sacred space for the group and leading ceremony
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the West
  • Meet your shadow and begin to have a conscious relationship with her/him
  • Begin shapeshifting, and wear the skins of your great ‘enemies’ and ‘teachers’
  • Receive reiki attunements to help bring light and comfort to the journey with the shadow
  • Meet and illumine your core wound, and learn what’s needed to release it fully
  • Hunt your greatest fear, and learn how to be in right relation with challenge
  • Overcome resistance to receiving love and being seen, practice owning your beauty
  • Extract spiritual intrusions and crystalline energies (4 different forms of extraction)
  • Learn spirit releasement and psychopomp (guiding earthbound spirits home)
  • Solo pilgrimage in nature with your helping spirits
  • Final group burning ceremony to close the West
NORTH (savoring the sweetness of living)

Savor the sweetness of living with Hummingbird, third 4-month direction
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

UPCOMING ONLINE COHORT: $277 per month (entire training $4,444 over 16 months)
2nd WEEKENDS MONTHLY: 10am-2pm(ish): Apr 10-11, May 8-9, Jun 12-13*, Jul 10-11
*if safety permits, we’ll meet in-person Jun 12-13 to practice Soul Retrieval together after two months of theory*

In the North, we savor the sweetness of living, and release the ego to come to choice about our roles in life. After diving deep into the places that challenge us, we soar into how delightful living can be. We’ll ceremonially release our roles, practice living in simplicity, and embody not knowing. We learn two distinct forms of soul retrieval, one for multiple soul pieces, and one that moves through four chambers of wounding, contracts, retrieval, and blessings.  We’ll work with our ancestors, the Wise Ones who came before us, and offer healing to our lineages. This is a fun direction – we did core work in the last 8 months, and now get to celebrate our wild and precious lives – we savor sweetness with abandon. Welcome, North!

  • Every student begins drumming, calling in sacred space, and leading ceremonies
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the North
  • Understand how soul loss happens, and meet a specialist guide to assist you with retrievals
  • Perform and receive soul retrieval and integration practices based in core shamanism**pending safety in person**
  • Begin meeting and working with your ancestors, learn the shadow and gifts of your lineage
  • Visit the Hall of Ancestors and make an alliance with an ancestor as a personal guide
  • Offer ‘happily every after’ ceremony to your line, and transform past, present, future
  • Participate in a shamanic chorus, and hold ceremony to actually become sweetness and joy
  • Learn how to transmute and embody divine light, begin taking this practice into daily living
  • Make an eye shield based in Siberian shamanic tradition, and learn to see between worlds
  • Begin working with different forms of journeying – lying down, standing, speaking, dancing
  • Understand how we give and receive love, and learn to clearly articulate your needs
  • Perform and receive 4-chambered soul retrieval with an archetype in the training
  • Solo pilgrimage in nature with your helping spirits
  • Release your attachment and identification with roles, and learn invisibility techniques
EAST (dreaming down heaven)

Soar with Eagle to fulfill our destiny, final 4-month direction
**Monthly Shaman Circle included in tuition**

UPCOMING ONLINE COHORT: $277 per month (entire training $4,444 over 16 months)
2nd WEEKENDS MONTHLY: 10am-2pm(ish): Aug 14-15, Sept 11-12, Oct 9-10, Nov 13-14 (graduation!)

Congratulations on reaching the east! By now, your life is changed in the most lovely, luminous ways, and we’re ready to plug in to the trajectory of your destiny here on earth. In the east, we soar with eagle to meet and fulfill what we came here to do, and welcome in our dreams. We journey to meet our celestial parents, and also our descendants. We’ll witness each other’s deepest dreams, journey as a group to walk in those dreams, and offer power to make them so. We write our own eulogies, practice spirit flight, and take turns leading the group in ceremony, as we get nudged out of the nest, and step fully into the power and brilliance of our being. ENORMOUS congratulations – welcome East!

  • Create a ritual with your pod and your helping spirits, and perform ceremony at final circle
  • Form a new healing pod with 3 classmates that will support your entire journey in the East
  • Begin to ‘dream down heaven’ and create a fully realized life that anchors light and love
  • Develop your own unique healing technique with the assistance of your helping spirits
  • Practice long distance healings around the planet, and learn to transcend space/time
  • Engage in dismemberment ceremony, and strip away what you were before the training
  • Learn how to change the trajectory of your destiny and manifest your dreams
  • Practice cord cutting and revise spiritual contracts from your old trajectory
  • Journey in a spirit canoe with the group to bring back a creation story from the archetypes
  • Meet your celestial and archetypal parents and reveal your original soul agreement
  • Write your eulogy, and prepare for your spirit flight at end of life
  • Meet and commune with your future, wise elder self
  • Solo pilgrimage in nature with your helping spirits
  • Every student leads the group in a final ritual they develop on the final day of class
What happens if I miss a class?

All students are still responsible for each month’s tuition, and will still be held in the container with support from me, the advanced apprentices, and in community.   To make up a missed class, you can…

  • ask your support pod to do a mini ‘makeup class’ for you based on their notes
  • come do an individual session with me to make up what you missed, booked online
Group Macaw 2014-2015
Group Lynx 2015-2016
lynx graduates
Group Otter 2016-2017
13 east
GROUP WHALE 2017-2019


Group Hare, 2019-2020
8 west
unicorn 72dpi full image

The mystical and loving Unicorn has stepped forward to create magic with our circle – what an HONOR!  When I journey with Unicorn, she shares that she is extending her love to our entire circle, and that you will know if you are called, as she has already connected with you.  I am EXCITED to bring Unicorn medicine here planetside…we get to help birth the new earth that is becoming in truly magical ways!  Welcome, Unicorns!

The Howdy-Do Orientation

Before each group begins, we enjoy…the Howdy-Do!  At the Howdy-Do, applicants learn alllll about the program, and decide if the adventure and timing are a right fit for you, the circle, myself, the apprentices, and the spirits holding us.  At the Howdy-Do, we’ll call in sacred space, do several shamanic journeys, meet each other, learn a lot (!) about the program, hear from several Shaman’s Way graduates about their experience, and turn in applications (application fee is included in event attendance).

This 16-month experience is intense, involved, life-changing and requires a lot of dedication and willingness to show up.  I will absolutely pour my heart and full presence into this 16-month adventure with you, and I want you to know as much as possible about what’s asked of all of us in the training so we can build a spirit family based in brilliance, integrity, and joy.

During the Howdy-Do, you’ll have a robust opportunity to discern if I, Vibrant Reiki, shamanic journeying, and the Shaman’s Way are a harmonious fit for you and submit your application.  At the mandatory Howdy-Do Orientation, you’ll experience:

  • Ceremonial welcome as you enter the online container
  • Calling in the sacred directions together
  • Learn how to perform a shamanic journey (journey skills for life)
  • Communicate with your compassionate helping spirits and allies
  • Find healing and magic in several live shamanic journeys
  • Learn about the structure, agreements, and vessel of the Shaman’s Way
  • Meet me and the advanced apprentices for this round of the medicine wheel
  • Participate in a powerful group ceremony and healing
  • Meet your trusted comrades and fellow prospective adventurers (woohoo!)
  • Chat with graduates of the Shaman’s Way and ask questions about their experience
  • Submit your application for entry into the group (application fee included)

In between the Howdy-Do and the first day of our romp through the medicine wheel,  my colleagues and I will perform shamanic diagnostic to be sure each applicant is in alignment with the energies forming, and applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program via email before class begins.  Please note:  attending the orientation does not ensure entry into the group – at the very least, you’ll learn how to journey in a shamanic way, and enjoy a lovely circle of possibility.

Tuition for the Howdy-Do Orientation ($123) is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and unused payments will be donated to help support Sacred Hoop magazine, a small independent publication educating folks about contemporary and ancient shamanism.  It’s possible that my spirit helpers will let me know if the timing isn’t right for a particular applicant before the Howdy-Do (spirit knows what’s coming for us ahead of time) – if this is the case, I may refund application fees as I’m guided.  Acceptance into the program is 100% guided by my spirit helpers, and if I am told the timing is not right for an applicant, or if a shamanic clearing is needed before joining the circle, I will let you know with love and respect.  The orientation is mandatory for every applicant, regardless of acceptance into the program, and we’ll do some good works and big magics (and have a lot of fun!) as we build the container for miracles.

Climb aboard your power animal, gather up your magic wand, sprinkle some playful pixie dust, and get ready for the ride of your life at the next Howdy-Do!  Here we GO!



Join the Howdy-Do Orientation, Jul 25-26

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