Michael J. Harner
Dr. Michael J. Harner is recognized as the world leader in the today's shamanic movement.
He is the founder and president of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Mr. Harner pioneered the introduction of indigenous shamanism to contemporary Western culture. Through his fieldwork and research, experimentation, writings, and original development of the core methods of shamanism.
The applicability of this core shamanism has been substantiated by the experiences of his thousands of students worldwide.
Chief Oren Lyons
Chief Oren Lyons was born to a traditional Native American family on the Onandoga and Seneca reservations in upstate New York. He was an All-American lacrosse player, graduated from Syracuse University in Fine Arts and become a successful commercial artist. Never forgetting the traditional ways in which he was schooled by his family, he returned to the Onandoga reservation in 1970 and took up his responsibility as "Faith Keeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onandoga Nation". Since then, he has addressed the United Nations and other gatherings of leaders around the world, speaking on world peace and the Earth's environmental problems. He organized a delegation from the Iroquois Confederacy to attend the U.N. Conference on the environment in Rio in 1992. He is now a professor of Native American Studies at the State University of NY in Buffalo.
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is today's leading practitioner of soul retrieval and conducts workshops around the world. In the course of her career she has created an international alliance of shamanic practitioners and teachers. Sandra has an MA in counseling psychology and is a licensed therapist. She is the author many books on shamanism and healing the environment. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times.
A native to the Peruvian Amazon, he was first exposed to ayahuasca at the age of ten. A severe heart illness, along with the treatment of ayahuasca, led Pablo toward the life of a shaman. Eventually, after learning the icaros (healing songs) he became a powerful curandero.
Abandoning his vocation as a shaman, Pablo devoted himself to painting ayahuasca visions in 1977. His books, teachings, and seminars soon became a major force in spreading this plant medicine in the West. Currently, he teaches the art of painting at the Usko-Ayar school to students, free of charge.
Brant Secunda has dedicated his life towards preserving the Huichol tradition as a living culture by working to integrate the ancient tools into the modern world. Members of the international medical, religious and educational communities, including the World Health Organization, have recognized Brantís commitment and knowledge by inviting him to be a featured speaker, workshop leader, and participant at various conferences worldwide. Moreover, Brant Secunda has created and maintains a working model for preserving Huichol culture through the auspices of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies.