Grandmother Bernadette Rebienot
Born in Libreville, Gabon of the Omyene linguistic community, widow and mother of ten, grandmother of twenty-three. Before retiring, Bernadette worked as an educator and school administrator. Bernadette has participated in numerous national and international conferences on Traditional Medicine. She is a healer, master of the Iboga Bwiti Rite and master of Women’s Initiations. Bernadette has offered initiations and consultations for the past thirty years. She has been President of the Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners for Gabonese Health (U.T.S.G.) since 1994.
U Shein Sayargyi
A shaman and healer from Yangon in Myanmar. Mainly working with people releasing their possessions and occupations of other spirits he later began to heal with medical plant and developed a remedy called Gold Ash-Powder. The exact composition and the production process were given to him through visions and dreams by his „Devas“. He is very well known in the most parts of South-East Asia, due to his spectacular healing successes. He is the founder and director of a healing- and training center near Yangon.
Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez
Through his music and healing powers, Don Agustin is a master alchemist, who knows how to massage the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual bodies, and bring well-being to people's lives. He embodies, in my opinion, what shamanism is all about; namely, the personal engagement with the manifold forces surrounding us, and the capacity to turn them into beneficent and beautiful energy patterns to bring health, love, happiness and prosperity into people's lives. Don Agustin not only engages the natural and supernatural forces surrounding us, but also the very concrete forces of modernization impinging evermore on cultures and traditions in remote areas of the world. He embraces and welcomes change, and can turn consumer objects into magical healing tools, and pollutants such as stress into fertilizer for the earth.
Don Mariano Quispe
Don Mariano Quispe, a beloved elder of the Q'eros people of Peru, has served his community as a pampamesayoq (a healer-ceremonialist who works with despachos and other natural elements of the earth) since he was young. He was recognized by his community four years ago as a Kurak Akulleq, a title reserved for only the most highly esteemed of healer-ceremonialists, in recognition of his clear spiritual vision and healing gifts.
A maestro of the ceremonies of haywarikuy (more often known as despachos), don Mariano is also well known for skillful diagnosis as part of traditional healing practices; he primarily uses coca divinations and expert reading of the body's multiple pulse points to determine what is out of balance in the patient's body and life.
Oh Shinnah Fast Wolf
“A Warrior Woman.” She is native Apache and Mohawk lineage, a poet, songwriter, singer, activist and ceremonial leader. A two-time winner of the Chicago Critics Poetry Award, winner of the Helen Caldecott Humanitarian Award for Women and many other prestigious honors, a delegate to the U.N. Conferences on Human Environment, Spirituality, and the Decolonization of Indigenous People, and the World Conference of Spiritual Leaders.