A Hell of a Year – Finding Peace

I have had a hell of a year. It was a very tough year professionally. I have worked for 14 years in a place that has never really fit me. I tried to leave the first year, but through some kind of Universe trick, it wouldn't let me go back from where I came. So … Continue reading A Hell of a Year – Finding Peace

I Am Enough

I was thinking about fire as I journeyed this AM. How fire is transformative. It renews forests. It transforms metal. It turns our flesh and blood back to the original ash and earth from which we sprang forth. And fire in the way of tribulation tempers us. It makes us strong. Able to live more … Continue reading I Am Enough

Psychopomp, or Crossing the Dead Over

I wanted to share with you my first experience in psychopomp. It happened before I had any classes or workshops in it, although I was aware of the ritual in shamanism. It was my father. He had been ill on and off for about a year. He was failing - he had broken his neck … Continue reading Psychopomp, or Crossing the Dead Over

Unmasking the False Self

I want to explain what my understanding of the the false self is. I have been working through this - a lot of the information comes from Christina Pratt's podcasts, Why Shamanism Now. I don't think I have it all, but I am getting there. The false self is really quite useful and capable - … Continue reading Unmasking the False Self

Moving the Dead Along

I was teaching my basic workshop on Journeying when an attendee mentioned her husband who wanted to learn, but was hesitant because she said he used to have spirits in his face yelling at him all of the time. Then some who were always talking to him. I asked if he wanted me to go … Continue reading Moving the Dead Along

Learn to Journey Workshop

We had a wonderful Learn To journey and Find your Power Animal workshop yesterday, at Namaste Yoga in Saratoga - the space is beautiful and the people who attended had beautiful, open hearts. I am so blessed to have learned about shamanism.

Clearing My House

I have a house in the Adirondacks, in Lake George, NY, where there have been many bloody battles on the land. My house has always been "off." We have heard yelling in the night, and there have been a few rooms that were really very creepy feeling. About four months ago, I had the house … Continue reading Clearing My House

What is Totem Jewelry?

What is totem jewelry? According to Webster's, a totem is: : something (such as an animal or plant) that is the symbol for a family, tribe, etc., especially among Native Americans : a usually carved or painted figure that represents such a symbol : a person or thing that represents an idea In shamanism, a … Continue reading What is Totem Jewelry?


I took a Death and Dying class through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and then did more study with shaman Peter Clark in Montpelier, Vermont. Of all of my studies, I've found this to be the most satisfying. With Nan Moss at the Foundation course, we learned the basics: where we came from, our past … Continue reading Psychopomp