About the Journal
The Journal of Shamanic Practice is a forum of articles about the practice of shamanism: what shamans and shamanic practitioners do and why they do it. It includes diverse perspectives on shamanism and explores both traditional practices of shamanic people around the world as well as all types of contemporary shamanism. The journal pays particular attention to the underlying principles of shamanic practice and showcases the many ways that shamanism is re-emerging and integrating itself into personal lives as well as contemporary societies. Each publication is meant to celebrate shamanism and inspire readers by offering direction and thoughtful facilitation for using shamanism as a personal spiritual practice, as a mission for small groups and larger communities, or as a healing modality.
The Journal of Shamanic Practice printed its first publication in the Fall 2008 with the intention of creating an ongoing dialogue on the many traditions of shamanism practiced throughout the world. For nearly a decade the print journal served as a collection of many voices sharing shamanic knowledge, inspiration and guidance.
In Spring 2015, the Journal of Shamanic Practice shifted to a new and improved online format. Now members receive a frequent flow of articles, stories, testimonials, book reviews, art, interviews and more through our dynamic website. Our goal is to consistently provide support to our member community and to engage participation in the dialogue and action of living a shamanic life.
Some of our authors have included: Ed Tick, Robert Moss, Barbara Tedlock, Paula Deham, Stephan Beyer, Jose Luis Stevens, Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, Tom Cowan, Sharon MacLeod, Jaime Meyers, Christina Pratt, Itzhak Beery, Evelyn Rysdyk, Stanley Krippner, Richard Whiteley, Jeanne Achterberg, Mary Courtis, Mary Pat Lynch, Nita Renfrew, Jonathan Horwitz, Lewis Mehl-Madrone, and many others.
Nita M. Renfrew, LMT AADP
Nita M. Renfrew is a shamanic healer, energy healer, integrative body worker, and naturalist with many years’ experience working in medical settings. She has studied with a number of traditional and other healers from many countries. As a follower of the Red Road (American Indian spirituality), she has danced in Sun Dance (with Lakota intercessor Durwin WhiteLightning) and is a pipe carrier. She is also an artist and writer. She was the program creator, facilitator, instructor, and assistant instructor for the fourteen-month North American Healing Arts (NAHA) program, featuring Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy teaching Indigenous bodywork, along with osteopath Joseph Schmidlin and sound healer John Beaulieu.
Nita lives in New York City, where she offers her healing services in a major hospital for humans, as well as in a hospital for wild birds. She teaches Great Bear Reiki and CranioSacral healing from a Native American perspective, and has a private practice. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelly Braun, Ph.D.
Shelly Braun is a medical anthropologist. She earned her PhD at the University of Utah, during which time she spent eight years studying shamanism as a healing system in the U.S. and Nepal. Shelly is interested in all things health and medicine—across time and around the world. She started her career as a public-health nutritionist, has worked as an advocate for effective health policy, a developer of volunteer trainings for a number of local nonprofits, and has taught at a number of Utah universities. She currently works as a consultant, designing professional-development trainings and coaching writers.
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. His website is www.riverdrum.com
Jane Burns is a practitioner and teacher of Celtic and core shamanic studies, who lives in Southbury, CT. Her shamanic novel and handbook, Up A Tree, was published in 2014, and she is at work on another novel that is inspired by Celtic mythology. She remains an avid student of Celtic spirituality and tradition, and can be contacted through her website: www.journeystothesoul.com.
Jaime Meyer, M.A.
Jaime Meyer is a shamanic practitioner living in Minneapolis. He has Masters’ Degree in Theology and the Arts from United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and is shamanic studies include working with the Shipibo people in Peru, the Power Path, Tom Cowan, Ailo Gaup, Martin Prechtel and Sandra Ingerman, among others. He is the president of board of directors of the international Society for Shamanic Practice. His book Drumming The Soul Awake is an often funny and touching account of his journey to become an urban shamanic practitioner. Twenty of his plays of been produced in various cities, and he was the co-founder and director of the world’s first theatre company for the Hmong people, a refugee community from Laos. His web site is www.drummingthesoulawake.com
Members of the Society for Shamanic Practice can access past articles as a benefit of their presence in the SSP community. We also have hard copies of the journal available for purchase to anyone who is interested.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in The Journal of Shamanic Practice are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the members or officers of the Society for Shamanic Practice.