Antoinette Cresci de la Torre

Antoinette Cresci de la Torre, LMT
Guest Faculty

I started my healing journey as a child who was aware of the unseen. This was a difficult journey for me, growing up in a Sicilian Catholic family. But because of this, I have been given the gift of discipline, which is essential in my shamanic practice. I first read The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner in the early 1990s. At that time, I was raising two small children and continuing to explore shamanism, but I didnít begin experimenting until the early 2000s.

My formal training in Core Shamanism is with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I am a graduate of the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, Harner Shamanic Counseling, and am in the process of completing the Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. Core Shamanism is the basis of my healing practice and I offer soul retrieval, extraction healing, divinatory sessions, and shamanic counseling. Core Shamanism is now my primary focus.

Creativity plays an important role in my life. Part of that creativity is expressed through communing with the sea while surfing. This relationship with the sea has opened me to a deep respect and compassion for the spirits of nature and our relationship to them. Creativity has taken many different forms throughout my life, and I am acutely aware of my spirit helpersí influence in my creative process. This awareness has inspired me to be a more compassionate being. Living in unity and harmony with the other inhabitants of the planet is a challenge we all face. I have experienced that we all have the ability to do this if we choose it. Once I made that choice, the compassionate helping spirits began to fully participate with me in my shamanic work.

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In 2004, Antoinette began work as a Massage Therapist and Reiki practitioner. She is a graduate of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley. She founded Bella Luce Healing Center in Pacifica, California, which is a healing hub for practitioners in a variety of modalities, including shamanic healing and shamanic counseling. Antoinette is a former professional figure skater and was an Egyptian dancer in restaurants and nightclubs in San Francisco for many years. Presently, she spends her free time surfing, playing the Egyptian hand drum, and creating masks with clay.