On the journey of Bonnie Horrigan…

by Dec 4, 2018

In Loving Memory

Bonnie became SSP’s first executive director when the organization was founded as the Society for Shamanic Practitioners. If not for her organizational skills and passion, we as a society would not exist. We are sad to announce that Bonnie Horrigan passed away on November 4, 2018.

Bonnie was a champion of integrative medicine with a personal interest and practice of shamanism. She always said she loved shamanism and shamanic healing because, “Shamans can change reality.” She saw its power and wanted to bring it more fully into western medicine in order to shift the western focus on technical prowess to a spirit-based healing art.

It was Bonnie who initially envisioned SSP as a professional society, established us as an educational not-for-profit organization, pushed for a journal, helped organize our conferences, and made our work in ordinary reality function smoothly and joyfully. She had a unique ability to see the gifts of people who hadn’t quite reached their stride in the world (diamonds in the rough) and avidly supported them. Her legacy in the world is better known outside the world of shamanism as an author, a publisher of an integrative healthcare journal, and the executive director for other organizations focused on transforming healthcare (see bonniehorrigan.com).

Bonnie was a true and dedicated visionary who followed through with hard work and determination. If you had Bonnie on your team, chances were you’d succeed.

We miss you Bonnie. May your spirit continue to journey in the next life into yet another great adventure.

SSP Board of Directors


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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 supporting practitioners at all levels of experience and to helping create an educated and empowered community who walk this spiritual path with integrity, respect and practicality. Most of our content is attributed to a single author, however from time to time we put out content that is a joint effort of members of its Editorial Board and/or Board of Directors. Below you will find content of this collaborative nature.
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 supporting practitioners at all levels of experience and to helping create an educated and empowered community who walk this spiritual path with integrity, respect and practicality. Most of our content is attributed to a single author, however from time to time we put out content that is a joint effort of members of its Editorial Board and/or Board of Directors. Below you will find content of this collaborative nature.
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