Society for Shamanic Practice
MISSION AND VISION
We are a group dedicated to living and traveling the shamanic path.
The Society is deeply interested in understanding how shamanism is evolving in the modern world and in knowing how shamanism can be applied in the 21st century. Together, we gather and share extensive knowledge and resources for the practice in all its forms. With membership across many countries, the Society for Shamanic Practice embraces all forms of shamanism and encourages the dynamic exchange of information so that we may all learn from one another. By uniting here to educate ourselves and build community, we can best empower ourselves to walk this path with integrity, respect and practicality.
HISTORY OF SSP
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 as a not-for-profit organization. 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, and SSP began to present annual gatherings and conferences for members and practitioners. The organization has published two books, Shamanism without Borders and Spirited Medicine.
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. It is our intention to support all forms of shamanism and those who live with or desire a shamanic way of life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.