I was raised in the Catholic community in Santa Barbara, California, an environment in which I grew accustomed to speaking with spirits through the practice of prayer. Springing from that orientation, I was attracted to people who demonstrated different ways of speaking with spirits.
In the early 1980ís a teacher introduced me to Michael Harnerís shamanic journey practice. Shortly thereafter, I signed up for the Basic Workshop Michael presented at the Ojai Foundation. I have had a deep appreciation for all that he has made accessible to us, teaching methods and practices to help ourselves and others be empowered with a direct relationship to helping spirits. Connecting to my own spirit helpers for my own learning as well as a rich resource for helping others, has impacted the course of my life in ways that are indescribable.
The orientation toward shamanism opened the doors to experiences and teachings with shamans and healers in different countries and cultures, adding dimension to my world travels over time. Additionally, Santa Barbara has been a tremendous magnet for spiritual teachers and I have maintained a devotion to Tibetan Buddhist teachings and practice, and have been profoundly influenced by experiences with teachers of a variety of spiritual traditions and local indigenous elders.
I have completed all of the Foundationís advanced weekend workshops, the Two Week Intensive and the Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism. Facilitating drumming circles and healing circles has been one of my most treasured offerings for at least 25 years. For the past 7 years, I have sponsored and assisted workshops with Amanda Foulger in Santa Barbara and now offer this work myself in the San Luis Obispo area.
Shamanic healing is currently the primary offering in my private healing practice of 30 years in my home town of Santa Barbara. Other practices include homeopathy and deep tissue massage. I have maintained my RN license in California to stay connected with trends in mainstream medicine.
It is a privilege to be a Foundation for Shamanic Studies faculty member, bringing the gifts of this work to ever more people.