As a child, Louise was introduced to Native spirituality and traditions by a friend of the family, who had been adopted by the Mohawks from the Kanesatake reservation. More recently, in the 1990s, she followed the Maniwaki spiritual leader of all North American Natives, Grandfather William Commanda, as well as the teachings from pipe carriers and grandmothers from the Algonquin, Atikamek and Mi’kmaq traditions. In 2008, she discovered an Algonquin Weskarini ancestor and can now call herself Algonquin metis.
In 1992, she was introduced to core shamanism by teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in Montreal. “Core shamanism led me to a path that has brought much change, joy, awareness and growth in my life.” She studied with many teachers, including Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, David Corbin and Nan Moss, and Tom Cowan.
Fluent in French, since 1999 Louise has worked as a translator for most of the workshops given by the FSS in Montreal. She is a member of a healing circle in Montreal and holds a drumming and journeying circle at her home.
People come to her for spiritual healing (soul retrieval, extraction, psychopomp work, depossession, and divination). In addition to a few workshops of her own, she does traditional ceremonies such as sweat lodges (Algonquin tradition), marriages, naming ceremonies, first step, and other ceremonies celebrating the passages of life.
Louise's students say:
Louise is crystal clear when she speaks -- good pace, relaxed, but keeps it moving. Everything is well balanced. She is very empowering, very low-key herself.
She's a good keeper of a sacred and safe space.
I found the presentation very well organized and the tempo was perfect. I thought Louise conveyed a great deal of knowledge without being pedantic. Her style was warm and receptive. She explained the concepts well, really balanced the theoretical with the practical. She facilitated participation very nicely and created a climate of security to allow that to happen.
As a certified nature-therapist and certified hypnotherapist Louise works with Biologie totale, and other methods the spirits have given her. She also is a certified practitioner in prenatal classes with the Hypno-Birthing method, teaching couples how to give birth naturally, in joy, comfort and awareness.
Louise is a journalist/writer and – after hundreds of articles on spirituality, global health, environment and four books on health subjects – she is still collaborating regularly with a national global health magazine in Québec, Vitalité Québec Mag. She is very concerned about personal health as well as the planet’s health, her heart being tied to Mother Earth.
Louise lives in the mountains of the Laurentian area in Québec, Canada and teaches FSS workshops in Montreal. Visit her website for information about FSS workshops (in French).