In most traditional cultures, one does not choose to become a healer; rather, one is called. And in most traditional
cultures, one ignores that call at one's peril. In our present-day American culture, however, these calls can be
harder to hear and harder to follow.
My own path appeared somewhat twisted, though in hindsight I suppose it was perfectly straight. Marked from
birth, taught the beginnings of voodoo in Brazil at the age of four, and having written a master's thesis on
the performative language of the Navajo Night Chant, I received the first call when I was in my twenties.
I tried to follow it, but in those days teachers of shamanism were pretty thin on the ground. So I went on
with my life, and it was only when my husband became extremely ill years later that I received the second
call in a dream and the third call in person two weeks later.
I am a graduate of the Eye of the Eagle Two Year Program in Shamanic Studies with Leontine Hartzell
and the Jewish Shamanic Healing Two Year Training Program with Rabbi Gershon Winkler and Miriam Maron.
I have been initiated into Peruvian shamanism by don Martín Pinedo Acuña and don Umberto Soncco Quispe;
I have also studied with dona Julia Farfan Carazas, as well as with curanderas dona Isabelle Chinguel
and dona Olinda Pintado. I have also studied soul retrieval with Sandra Ingerman, Tibetan soul retrieval
with Larry Peters, depossession and curse unraveling with Betsy Bergstrom, and Bear Medicine with the
Elder Bear Clan. I am a member
of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners, and I am also a Reiki Master.
I hold a Ph.D. in Medieval Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Amherst College.