Collaborators

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Bill Barry (Bharata) has been a practitioner of mantra, yoga and Vedic studies since 1969. Bill is a certified Teacher of Mantra. In 2010, He was ordained as a Priest in Sanatana Dharma Satsang, by Namadeva Acharya, its co-founder. He has been a student and practitioner of mantra, yoga and Vedic studies since 1969.  His studies included in-person training with Namadeva Acharya, Yogi Bhajan, Swami Muktananda, Swami Satchidananda, Mirabai Devi, the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and others. He has four degrees from the University of Massachusetts. For more information see: www.mantravijaya.com

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Rebecca Compton is a certified Maitri Breathwork Facilitator, certified by the Center for Sacred Studies (California). She is also a graduate of the CSS Stargate Mystery School. Recently retired from 28 years as a school Media Specialist/Librarian (a career she absolutely loved!), Rebecca is now exploring different pathways, teachings and opportunities to learn and grow. She lives every day in a “glass half-full” way – because, really, this Life and this World are so glorious and steeped in exceptional, extraordinary experiences.

Krystal Kinnunen L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl.OM, is a Licensed acupuncturist, spiritual mentor, wisdom keeper. A.K.A.- Modern Day Priestess-Shaman-Medicine Mama… is a trained conscious healer utilizing the art of acupuncture and herbal medicine to facilitate wellness and vitality. She is passionate about walking the sacred path of ayni honoring prophecy and the indigenous earth ways  Called to work with women, specifically throughout their seasons of fertility, childbearing, and menopause, Krystal provides an intuitive yet grounded approach to Chinese Medicine.  She offers a compassionate and loving space encouraging clients to practice radical self-care. Ultimately Krystal works to empower people to tap into their own innate wisdom and intuition restoring their natural state of radiance and resilience. Krystal is a lifelong student of natural medicine and has a unique understanding of the wisdom of the body. She devoted four years to a rigorous academic graduate program at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts that has provided her with a solid set of medical skills along with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine. Her undergraduate studies were in Cultural Anthropology and Photojournalist at Western Kentucky University. In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, Krystal is a trained midwife’s assistant, Reiki Master and certified teacher of Kundalini and prenatal yoga. She studied with world renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee; and with Tej Kaur Khalsa and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in Southern California. She is a graduate of the Eagle Condor Intensive and is currently enrolled in the Center for Sacred Studies Ministry Program. These experiences have given Krystal a diverse and unique array of healing modalities to assist each person on their own authentic journey towards optimal health.

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Daniel Foor, PhD is a teacher and practitioner of earth and ancestor reverence. He guides rituals and trainings throughout the United States focused on ancestral and family healing and learning to relate well with the rest of the natural world. For the last two decades, Daniel has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and diverse indigenous paths, including the traditions of his Northern European ancestors. His doctoral research focused on the use of shamanic healing practices by clinical mental health professionals. He is also a student of Yoruba culture and an initiate in the Ifa/Orisa tradition of Southwest Nigeria and the African Diaspora.Daniel is passionate about helping others to reconnect with the beauty and goodness of their ancestors and to consciously restore these pathways of relationship. His emphasis on ecological literacy and spirits of place draws inspiration from indigenous and animist wisdom by encouraging accountability and active tending with our other-than-human kin. For more information see: ancestralmedicine.org

Suzannah Tebbe Davis is a shamanic energy medicine woman. She offers over two decades of experience with a diverse blend of mind/body/spirit wisdom teachings and Western theoretical practices, including Andean Shamanism, Somatic Therapies, Energy Medicine and Buddhist mindfulness principles. Suzannah’s work is predicated on rediscovering that place of deep listening within the body, where one’s core essence lies. It is her deep belief that in order to live an authentic life, one can and must heal the mind/body split, thus reclaiming one’s birthright, which is to live fully, mindfully, and with great joy.

Suzannah is a graduate of the Center for Healing Arts & Sciences, Sacred Centers Chakra Therapy and Four Winds Society and possesses advanced certifications in Hypnotherapy, Healing Touch and Reiki. She has a BA in psychology and has completed post-graduate work in social work. Suzannah has over twenty five years of experience as a leader in the health and human services field, advocating human rights and social justice. Through her personal spiritual practice and studies with a number of Q’ero ( Andean ) medicine men and women, Suzannah embraces a fundamental wisdom teaching of the Inka peoples; that we are born into a world of Living Energy, the Kausay Pacha, which is populated by Spirit. When we live from our hearts, we have full access to all of this living wisdom . Suzannah is honored to share these sacred teachings and ceremonies with her clients and students as a way for them to fully awaken to their Soul purpose.

Suzannah has a private practice, Your Awakened Life, based out of Asheville, North Carolina. She offers mentoring for energy medicine practitioners, workshops, retreats, land clearings, and sacred ceremonies for individuals and groups. For more information about Suzannah, please visit her at www.yourawakenedlife.net, and Your Awakened Life on Facebook

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Raphaela & Chandler Fritz 

Raphaela Fritz (LMBT, BFA, E-RYT 500) is a lover of many roads to healing, whether yoga, bodywork or other expressions of the spiritual path. Through the often difficult and challenging road of the human experience she has found wholeness, well-being, love and acceptance. A dedicated student and teacher of yoga for over 2 decades and a licensed practitioner of massage and bodywork for the past 12. Incorporating shamanic elements and practices into her life and work has been an expansive, yet grounding experience. This ancient and wise technology has been yet another doorway to get closer to the heart, and truth, of who we at our essence and a way to listen and connect more authentically to all beings.
Raphaela is humbled and grateful to use these teachings as a modality of healing for herself, but to also be able to integrate them in family life, community, and to apply the teachings to students and clients.
Born in San Francisco, raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, she spent much of her adult life in the Southwest including Tucson AZ, Houston TX and Santa Fe NM. She has a BFA in painting and studied abroad in both Mexico and Poland. Raphaela has lived in the Asheville area since 2009 where she resides joyfully with her husband and children. Now that her children are growing, she is greatly looking forward to merging the unseen world of healing, yoga, and ceremony into the expression of visual art. Raphaela lives and works in West Asheville, for more information please visit www.nectarme.com

Chandler Fritz remains an Intuitive Counselor, Vastu home and space remediation provider, and QRA Herbalist working out of Nectar in West Asheville, within Le Coeur. After 13 years of perpetual initiation, beginning with Kabbalistic/Elohim studies in the Judaic Mystery School, moving through clairaudience via a Masters of poetics and semiotics at University of New Orleans, studying healing within TCM, QRA and Ayurveda, and holding space for healing in ceremony with Grandfather SP, the security and wisdom of his teachers remains the guiding light and stabilizing force in his path-work. His emphasis and offerings revolve around pattern breaking, transpersonal talk therapy, the intersections between thought and heart, and releasing and reorienting old belief systems. Visit Nectarme.com for further information and scheduling.

Prajna Ginty, MA Best Selling Author Edge of Grace, A Fierce Awakening to Love, Hakomi Therapist, Direct Path Teacher of Feminine Heart Wisdom, Curandera in Shapibo Tradition.
She shares a potent message of embodied heart wisdom laced with sensitive care. She began teaching in 2001, after three decades of intensive spiritual investigation into the nature of reality. Her teachings are practical, non-dogmatic, and elicit the direct knowing of who we are amidst everyday life.
Prajna was introduced to Satsang in 1986, via the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Anandamayi Ma, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and The Gospels of Mary and Thomas. She was graced with a sudden and profound spiritual awakening that led to seven years of Samadhi (a deep meditative state of absorption with Spirit). In 1994 her first child was born naturally at home; two years later, her twins were born—three months premature, blind and with severe brain injuries. Her daughters became her teachers, deeply influencing her sadhana and dharma. In 1998 she met Adyashanti, her root teacher and mentor, who told her “spiritual awakening is the beginning of a continuous transformation.” In 2001 she began sharing dharma teachings from the direct experience of life as a mother and lover of truth in emptiness and the manifestation of all form.
In 2010 Prajna returned to Indigenous Healing and traveled to Peru to study the healing potential of plant medicine. After seven years of experiential research, multiple plant Dietas and honing skills to navigate diverse dimensions she was given the title Curandera. She incorporates the universal wisdom of all Beings into her offerings. Prajna is professionally trained in multiple therapeutic healing modalities, including Hakomi Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Waldorf Remedial Education, and Spatial Dynamics. She is a featured teacher on Buddha at the Gas Pump, Conscious TV, Living from Love, and One Truth, Many Voices, hosts AwakeningPrajnaYouTube and a regular guest on KVMR Public Radio.
Prajna lives in Santa Cruz, California with her twins where she directs The Flowing River Sangha and Sanctuary, a holistic conscious care home for young adults with special challenges. She teaches internationally, offering Silent Healing Retreats in Europe, California and North Carolina. She offers online courses, and a weekly online Live Meditation Practice. She is available for Satsang, Meditations, Intensives, Retreats and Conferences by invitation. AwakeningPrajna.com.

Love and Gratitude,

Prajna Ginty, MA
Mom, Author, International Teacher, Therapist

www.PrajnaLivingAwake.org

River Guerguerian has been inspiring audiences with his ecstatic and versatile percussion for over 30 years. Whether collaborating with international artists, facilitating sound meditations, or creating his own dynamic explorations of rhythm, River’s devotion and attention to the vibrant life of the drum reverberate through the mind and soul of the listener.
Born in Canada to Armenian-Egyptian-Syrian parents, River’s studious journey began at an early age. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and was granted the school’s award for Most Outstanding Percussionist.
In 1994, River decided to sell all of his possessions and step off of the grid. He resided in a wildlife sanctuary in the Himalayas. The adventure lasted for five years and led to his immersion into extensive nature-inspired research and experimentation into the physiological effects of sound upon brainwave states. He continued his investigation of trance-inducing instrumentation as he further explored the East, closely observing the distinctive techniques of several cultures.
River has performed internationally with such groups as the BBC Concert Orchestra, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tan Dun, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Lionel Hampton, Paul Winter, Chuck Berry, and Ziggy Marley/Gypsy Kings. He has performed in the prestigious concert halls of most major cities of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and Lincoln Center. He has recorded on over 200 albums and film soundtracks.

River is Music Director of the Odyssey Community School. He also conducts “rhythm and sound exploration” workshops throughout the country, and enjoys teaching privately. He is the Artistic Director of Asheville Rhythm, which produces the Asheville Percussion Festival, now in it’s sixth year. Visit him at www.ShareTheDrum.com

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Lama Karma has completed two three-year, three-month retreats under Lama Norlha Rinpoche. Lama Karma graduated from Columbia University with degrees in Literature and Religious Studies and brings nearly ten years of experience offer to students seeking to study the practices of the Tibetan Buddhist path, tailored to the Western mind and idiom. Lama Karma is resident teacher at Milarepa Ösel Chö Dzong retreat center and leads sacred earth honoring events in the Southern Appalachian region.

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Ed Mayer and Susan Brown. Eagle Condor Council Operations Avatars. We are lifelong wanderers/nomads- we have lived and worked for many years with indigenous communities in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to establish community managed forest and marine conservation programs. Living in Australia during the 1980’s we were introduced to the practice of Taiji and Qigong. Over the past 10 years we have studied Mount Emei Sage/Shaman style Qigong and Hidden Immortal Lineage Wudang Taiji with Master Zhongxian Wu. Currently living in Western North Carolina we like to spend our time exploring and learning about the plants, animals and spirits that inhabit forest community. Combining our knowledge of the forest environment with the practice of Qigong, we offer Earth Honoring Journeys through the seasons of the year to observe and understand the forests and ourselves from fresh perspectives. For more information see: www.the-way-of-nature.com

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Caroline Padgett, teacher. healer. priestess. shaman. clairvoyant intuitive guide. spiritual counselor. writer. sacred circle keeper. dancer. creative. seer. yogini, cosmic guide. inner landscaper. divine feminine cheerleader. shadow walker. light warrior. love ambassador. mother. sister. friend. In 1998 Caroline started practicing yoga and meditation regularly, studying the chakras and energy Bio-field, bodywork and alternative health. Since then Caroline has studied, trained, mentored all over the country with master teachers and healers, shamans and priestesses, yogis, cosmic misfits, mystics, pioneers in mindfulness somatic psychology, medium and psychic gurus, and have made many pilgrimages to sacred sites nationally and internationally.

Caroline is a walker between worlds and has been since she was a child. She listens deeply and inwardly, and with clairvoyant sight views the subtle energy patterns that surround your physical body. This is called the Aura or Bio Magnetic Energy Field. She moves between the physical realm and the subtle energetic realms with ease integrating messages, and insights from the more subtle realms. She has a deep reverence of life and for the transformational journeys we choose to embark upon. She is here to help make any transition or difficulty smoother in the process. It is with her deepest gratitude that she walks this path and would love to share in the journey with you.

She has certifications in Massage Therapy, Structural Integration, Yoga in the Kundalini and Hatha Yoga traditions. She is also certified in advanced Esoteric Energy Healing and is a teacher of Esoteric Energy Healing. She is certified in Shamanic Soul Retrieval, Sound Healing with Tom Kenyon, Reiki, and Polarity Energy Balancing. She completed Level 1 Hakomi, a somatic mindfulness based psychotherapy training, a 2 year Clairvoyant Psychic program , a graduate of the Eagle Condor apprenticeship in the Andean Shamanic tradition, a mentor-ship in Nepalese Shamanism, a mentor-ship in NLP, Non-Violent Communication, mediumship training at Omega Institute, Priestess training, Ancient Wisdom Guide, and an initiate of the Magdalene Order.

Caroline has a passion for writing, travel, adventure, and being in nature is a guiding force in her life. Whether it swimming with dolphins in the sea or finding solace deep in the forest of the mountains, the energies of the natural world always help remind her of her connection to all things, seen and unseen. This is where she finds deep integration, expansion and rejuvenation.

She currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina with her beloved, her lucky white dragon and two fierce mountain lions (aka her big white fluffy dog and two cats).

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Seren Petrichor  is an artist, mentor, shamanic practitioner and homesteader. Kin has a spiritual background in the Mormon church and grew up all over Pachamama due to his family serving in the military. He has now settled into the ancient mountains of Appalachia and loves to practice healing arts whenever they are called for.
Seren has always had deep kinship with nature and loved exploring the land and sea. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Guam at fifteen. Kin holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. This is where he discovered his passion for sacred plants and a yearning for deeper connection to spirit. From there he gained many spirit totem allies caring for animals at zoos and aquariums. He learned to encourage and foster happiness and Love at Walt Disney World. Then how to create security and shelter with a community of volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. He then found an apprenticeship in glassblowing and a conscious hippie circus tribe in Austin, TX which led him to stepping intentionally into the universal flow. This led him to a beautiful homestead in Bat Cave, NC and joining in partnership with local priestess and therapist Justina Prenatt. Together they frequent local festivals and conscious gatherings spreading healing arts, altar craft and intentional spirituality. He then found meditation, journey work and sacred cacao medicine with Bloom Post and his first shamanic initiation. This was followed by an introduction to sacred ceremony with Jeff Firewalker. He then joined the Eagle Condor shamanic intensive learning healing arts with Jeff, Ellen and the members of the Eagle Condor sacred hoop.
Since the Eagle Condor initiation he has stepped deeper onto his medicine path. His glassblowing has evolved from functional art into channeled Source collaboration of sacred tools (and intentional functional art). Kin also heard the call from the universe to step out of his isolated glass studio and start helping out there in the world. Quite synchronistically at the same time the universe opened a residential treatment center within walking distance. So he began working/playing there as a mentor helping teenage boys recover and heal from trauma and addiction. This has allowed his spiritual gifts to emerge and given kin a quite energetic and supportive container to practice within. He started teaching them basic meditations, earth altars, journey work, lucid dreaming and Hucha Sami cycling. As part of his training at the treatment center, he was certified in Reiki energy healing. He learned quickly one of his gifts is calling in Sami and releasing Hucha. The staff has since invited kin to create formal workshops. This led to the creation of the Mindfulness, Grounding and Reciprocity workshop he will be offering in the upcoming months.

Jon Rousseau holds a Masters of Social Work and has been facilitating groups for over twenty years in a wide variety of settings. Following his passion has led him into wilderness therapy with at-risk youth, residential treatment with troubled teens, naturalist and expedition programs for camps and schools, leading vision quests, story-telling, ancestral earth skills, drumming, ritual and rites of passage. He is a practitioner of ritual healing, divination and talismanic medicine. Assisting others in cultivating more intimate and purposeful relationships with their ancestors is at the core of his medicine work.

In the early and mid 1990’s Jon traveled to the Hopi and Northern Cheyenne reservations in Arizona and Montana, living with traditional-based families and was invited to share in their rich traditions and ceremonies. Those journeys marked the beginning of a personal quest for rediscovering the fundamental, but often forgotten value of indigenous cosmologies and traditions.

Eventually he crossed paths with Malidoma Some’, initiated elder and shaman of the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, West Africa and has been working, studying and apprenticing with him for the past decade. Jon’s appreciation for the healing power of ritual, both personal and communal, has deepened tremendously as he continues to work with the ancient traditions of ritual healing. Jon remains committed to assisting others on their path of personal healing and the reclamation of their original purpose in this life.

Jon is currently a board member of Journeymen Asheville, a non-profit mentoring organization for teenage boys that provides ongoing mentoring circles and rites of passage experiences for male youth ages 12-18. He has led ritual and rites of passage ceremonies for this organization and sees the return of such formal coming of age experiences as a fundamental element for creating genuine community and the remaking of conscious culture.

 

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Doug Smith, BA, MLIS, Minister of Prayer– Seeking an alternative to traditional western spiritual practices throughout my life, I have experienced and explored many cultures and practices. I spent time in ashrams, practiced yoga and martial arts, studied sacred texts and philosophies and participated in many flavors of ceremonies and rituals. After a transformational experience I landed at the Kayumari Community (now the Center for Sacred Studies) in California where I began my studies in earnest in 2005. I am a graduate of the four year Stargate Mystery School, the Ministerial Training Program, have assisted at the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers in Brazil and Nepal and am a certified Maitri Breathwork facilitator. I was on staff for the initial Ohio Stargate Mystery School and have served as a mentor for the Ministry Training Program at the Center for Sacred Studies. As I pursue my own personal and spiritual growth, I am dedicated to serving and aiding others as they seek their own path.

Chuck and Ashley Wile co-facilitate Holotropic Breathwork. For over 15 years they have hosted Breathwork experiences in their home on an every-other-month basis. Holotropic Breathwork is a healing technique and a journey of self-discovery that was developed by Stan Grof. It provides an opportunity for people to encounter their inner healing mechanism within a safe, respectful and supportive container.

The Wiles have additionally completed a 4-year Mystery School, graduating as “Guardians”. This additional training complements their skills at helping people to achieve their highest potential. They have been Mentors with the Center for Sacred Studies and have been ordained as Ministers of Walking Prayer.

Ashley offers spiritual counseling with her training in ThetaHealing. Also, she is a skilled facilitator with Soul Collage. Chuck is a graduate of the Eagle-Condor program. Also, he is a semi-retired Family Practice physician with over forty years practicing medicine.

Lisa Wiggins, PhD – celebrates the divine light that exists in everything by honoring natural rhythms and earth medicines. She is an ordained minister and shamanic practitioner with over 15 years experience facilitating discussion groups, formal classes, group meditations, seasonal rituals, and shamanic journeys. She has studied with prominent shamanic teachers, such as those affiliated with the Eagle Condor Council, Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, and Harner Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Lisa is a third degree Priestess of one of the largest covens in the southeast. She is both inspired by and dedicated to the ancient Andean practices transmitted through the Eagle Condor programs.  Lisa is trained as a developmental psychologist and maintains a demanding research position in a prominent agency. She uses her extensive training in shamanic and pagan studies to discover ways to incorporate nature-based spiritualities into modern career and lifestyle choices. She is an empath and intuitive who believes that all life experiences are opportunities for growth and learning.  Lisa works with clients and students by integrating intuitive abilities, personal experience, and spiritual training to help others move from a place of fear and stagnation to a place of love, gratitude, respect, and awareness. She serves her community by offering individual and group sessions geared toward healing and expanding, and awakening compassionate inner wisdom.

Jen Worthen has been a close friend and collaborator for a decade. She is one of the most gifted, dedicated and heart-centered practitioners of Paqokuna and Peruvian Curanderiasmo that we have had the honor to work with. Jen is unwavering in her dedication to helping people live more happy healthy lives. It is with great enthusiasm and delight that we welcome Jen as a Wisdom Carrier and Collaborator.
Jennifer Worthen, LPC, MT-BC, FAMI is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Board-Certified Music Therapist and a Fellow with the Association of Music and Imagery. She has also trained in the use of an assessment tool utilizing ancient archetypal symbols and mandalas. Furthermore, she credits her training in the modality of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (which is how she obtained the FAMI credential) as being instrumental in setting on her path of personal and collective healing, as well as being the work that introduced her to the power of the non-ordinary state of consciousness.
Jen began her study of indigenous wisdom and folk healing in 2006 when she began her apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition with don Jason Blaesing and don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo. Since that time, she has been dedicated to healing and medicine work in various forms and has been lucky enough to find friends and mentors such as Jeff Firewalker and Ellen Kittredge to assist her in her continued learning of these old and sacred ways. Jen has a small private practice in which she weaves together her healing alter/mesa, counseling techniques and music or vibratory offerings in humble service to the empowerment of whomever shows up. She is grateful and happy to become an EC Collaborator.

Desiree Saltkill is an adept Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and Shamanic Practitioner. She has been focused on averting an inherited chronic illness for more than a decade. Not only is she exceeding expectations in healing but she has also set a record as the first woman to pass the arduous work capacity test for the Search and Rescue School (SARSPEC I, II and III) in the Georgia State Defense Force. The medicine she shares is to encourage and embrace the human body’s natural healing abilities. She adamantly believes illness can be cured or managed if looked at and understood from an Integral perspective.
As a way to come into her power she has devoted herself to regular intuitive movement, nutrition and supplementation, weight-lifting, yoga, meditation, shadow work, prayer, and shamanic energy work. Her first mentor was author, Reverend Suzanne Winterton, who helped her to heal trauma, deprogram her mind, open her heart to Love, and began inter-dimensional communication techniques. Later she studied with author and Intuitive Counselor, Janet Sussman, who taught her Sun Point, an extraordinary healing technique using the hands, and several other grounding and empowering practices she still uses to this day. Her studies later transitioned into the shamanic healing arts through the The Eagle Condor Council with Jeff Firewalker and Ellen Kittredge who have played a huge role in her day-to-day ability to direct the course of her life and assist others to do the same. Other initiations include the Nusta Karpay and Blossoming through Suzannah Tebbe Davis and Ellen Kittredge and Grandfather Tobacco healing through Jeff Firewalker and Prajna Ginty.
She and her partner, Alex Villegas, run The Maryposa Healing Center in Atlanta, GA where they see individual clients and groups, host conscious dance events, meditation workshops, yoga classes, and a monthly community despacho (ceremonial offering bundle) to cultivate ayni (sacred reciprocity).

Alex Villegas. In a culture that values specialization and the endless pursuit of accolades, Alex has always been a bit hard to categorize. A generalist at heart, he has many interests and talents. His view of self-actualization is holistic and therefore his approach has always been multi-disciplinary. He trains his body, mind, and spirit with equal fervor and juggles multiple lines of development as opposed to focusing on the mastery of one.
His path as a shamanic practitioner started around the age of 17 after a very powerful religious experience awoke an undying hunger for spiritual understanding and for being of service to others. Fourteen years later, after having lived through the near-death experience of his partner, Desiree Saltkill, during which he had a transformative encounter with an angelic being, he started taking his healing path strategically and began studying with authors Suzanne Winterton and later Janet Sussman. As his practice shifted focus toward the shamanic arts, he apprenticed under Dave Metz, Ellen Kittredge, and Jeff Firewalker in the Andean traditions of Pachakuti Mesa and Eagle Condor Council. In recent years he began his walk using tobacco as a sacred healing plant under the tutelage of Jeff Firewalker and Prajna Ginty.
He has been a bodybuilder, martial artist, and athlete for over 25 years and physical training is an important element of his daily practice as it incorporates aspects of mental, emotional, and awareness disciplines. Currently, he is a Shamanic Practitioner, Personal Trainer, Self-Defense Instructor, and Nutrition Counselor. Previously, he served as a Search and Rescue Specialist in the Georgia State Defense Force and an Executive Protection Officer in a private security detail. Guiding others to have a healthier, optimally functional body is an important step toward helping them live in their power.
He holds a BFA in Communication Arts and has over 20 years of experience as a Creative Director, having led award-winning marketing campaigns for brands like American Airlines, Toyota, Bell Helicopter, Coca-Cola, and Nationwide Insurance. Today, he continues to use his passion for technology and innovation as a way to modernize ancient healing traditions into contemporary and culturally-relevant sacred dance and performance events hosted at The Maryposa Healing Center in Atlanta, GA.