The mission of the Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP) is to gather and share extensive knowledge and resources about the practice of shamanism in all its forms, its evolution in the modern world, and how shamanism can be applied in the 21st century. We are dedicated to creating an educated and empowered community who walk a shamanic path with integrity, respect and practicality.
The roots of SSP were formed after a group of physicians, interested in shamanic healing, created a series of conferences called “Shamanism in Healthcare”. After the conferences, it was clear that there were many people interested in shamanism but they had no place to go for support and community.
SSP was created to respond to this need. It was originally envisioned as a practitioners’ society to support individuals interested in shamanic healing work regardless of experience, training, or path chosen. To this end, The Journal of Shamanic Practice was created, along with two published books, Shamanism without Borders and Spirited Medicine. We also began to present annual gatherings and conferences for members and practitioners, and added a directory of shamanic services to our website including shamanic practitioners, books and audio, art and jewelry, shamanic tools, shamanic training organizations, and travel & retreat centers.
In 2015 we expanded our membership focus beyond practitioners to included all people interested in walking a shamanic path. At this time we transformed our quarterly print journal into an online article library, and added a new growing audio section to our member benefits. To help create more connection within our community, we also added a virtual new moon ceremony each month.
SSP has always responded to the needs of our members and striven to address the overall increase in shamanic interest within contemporary culture. We have a core group of members deeply involved in shamanic practices and performing healing work on individuals, their own geographic regions and the planet. Our members reflect a diverse mix of individuals attracted to shamanic practice as a way of life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jamie Meyer, President
Jaime Meyer’s eclectic background includes earning a Masters’ Degree in theology and the arts from United Seminary of the Twin Cities and studies with a variety of shamanic teachers. His book, Drumming The Soul Awake, is an often funny and touching account of his journey to become an urban shamanic healer. Since 2001 he has led popular group drumming events around the Twin Cities, including ten years of sold-out Winter Solstice ceremonies that draw hundreds of people.
Twenty of his plays have been produced in various cities across the USA. He co-founded the first theatre in the world for the Hmong community (a refugee population from Laos and Vietnam) and managed it for ten years, mentoring hundreds of young Hmong actors and writers, and playing to 200,000 Hmong and non-Hmong people in various cities, including in refugee camps in Thailand.
Since 1983 Meyer has studied cross-cultural shamanism, mysticism and the spiritual uses of drumming from many cultures. Among others, he has studied with Jose and Lena Stevens, Ailo Gaup, Martin Prechtel and Sandra Ingerman. He has completed a two-year Celtic shamanism training with Tom Cowan.
Anna Harrington, VICE PRESIDENT
Anna Harrington is an instructor for the Power Path School of Shamanism and a shamanic healing practitioner and ceremonialist with over 20 years of experience working with indigenous shamanic healers around the world. She has in-depth training in both Shipibo and Huichol healing modalities as well as the Paco tradition of the Andes and Native North American traditions.
Anna is also a producer, director and editor, and founder of Green Spider Films. Her past producing credits include a nine part television series, Understanding People (2001), Green Medicine: On the Path of Herbal Remedies (2000), The Mystic Traveler (2002), and Woven Songs of the Amazon(2006). For the past six years she has been working with The Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange to create educational documentaries and material honoring indigenous people and their unique and valuable traditions.
Genie Hobbs, Treasurer/Sectretary
Genie Hobbs is a licensed clinical social worker and a shamanic practitioner through The Power Path School of Shamanism. She has studied intensively for more than 15 years with indigenous healers from the Huichol, Q’ero and Shipibo traditions, combining new thought with ancient indigenous wisdom.
She facilitates opportunities to release unwanted patterns of behavior, feeling and thinking so your original blueprint is restored and you are free to create a more balanced, authentic and joyful life with restored personal power, increased self acceptance and more satisfying relationships.
Alan Davis, MD, PhD
Alan Davis is an associate professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Salt Lake City and the medical director for Quinney Rehabilitation Institute at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. His medical practice focuses on inpatient medical rehabilitation.
He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He then completed his neuroscience PhD investigating how yoga-like breathing exercises produce a relaxation response. He has been apprenticing with Sarah Sifers, PhD, a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) 3-Year program, and pursuing FSS coursework, including the 2-Week Intensive in advanced shamanism and Shamanic Healing, directed and taught by Sandra Ingerman.
Tom Cowan, PhD
Tom Cowan is a shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic visionary and healing techniques. He combines universal core shamanism with traditional European spirit lore to create spiritual practices that can heal and enrich one’s own life and the lives of others. He is an internationally respected teacher, author, lecturer, and tour leader. He has taught training programs in England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and Italy. Tom received a doctorate in history from St. Louis University. He has studied extensively with and taught for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
Tom is the author of Yearning For The Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life, The Pocket Guide to Shamanism, The Book of Seance, The Way of the Saints: Prayers, Practices, and Meditations and Wending Your Way: A New Version of the Old English Rune Poem.
José Luis Stevens, PhD
José Luis Stevens is the president and co-founder (with wife Lena) of Power Path Seminars, an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and indigenous wisdom to business and everyday life. José completed a ten-year apprenticeship with a Huichol Maracame (shaman) in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition, he is studying intensively with Shipibo (shamans) in the Peruvian Amazon and with Pacos (shamans) in the Andes in Peru.
In 1983 he completed his doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on the interface between shamanism and western psychological counseling. Since then he has studied cross-cultural shamanism around the world to distill the core elements of shamanic healing and practice. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles including The Power Path; Secrets of Shamanism: How To Tap The Spirit Power Within; Transforming Your Dragons; and Praying with Power.
Lena Stevens is an internationally known teacher and shamanic practitioner. She apprenticed for 10 years with a Huichol shaman from Mexico and has studied cross-cultural shamanic healing from numerous traditions including those from the Amazon basin, Native North America, Northern Europe and Siberia.
One of her specialties is the woven song tradition of the Shipibo tribe in the Peruvian Amazon, the singing of Icaros or healing songs. Lena is the co-author of The Secrets of Shamanism: How to Tap the Spirit Power Within and a contributor to The Power Path.
Amanda Hovey, Member Services Coordinator
Amanda is the Member Services Coordinator with the Society for Shamanic Practice, www.shamancipractice.org, Board Member for Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange, www.shamaniceducation.org, and Volunteer Committee Member with the Bastrop Opera House in Texas www.bastropoperhouse.com.
Amanda Hovey is a Performing Artist, Photographer, Shamanic Practitioner and Naturopathic Educator. As a parent and teacher of her homeschooled children, she values the many opportunities to integrate a shamanic path into raising children and continues these teachings globally, cultivating this path for our future generations. She works with others to recognize the physical, spiritual and emotional layers they are in, offering stories of her own life lessons and how to work with allies to support the release of these layers. By working with Nutrition, Custom Crystal Elixirs, Herbal Remedies, Reiki, Space Clearing and Shamanic Healing she gives others tools to call back their power and find their personal medicine, so they may share it with the world.
Megan Theoret, Webmaster
Megan Theoret is the webmaster for Society for Shamanic Practice. She is also the founder and lead designer of Talking Stick Design, a web design company for soul-centered entrepreneurs. Megan began studying shamanism in 2009, and has since become very interested in nature-based practices like pilgrimage and sacred walkabout. She is trained as a shamanic practitioner and incorporates shamanic priniciples in her daily life and work as much as she can.