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Constance Grauds, RPh, is President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists (; Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco; and Adjunct Professor for the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing. Grauds is also author of the book Jungle Medicine...from medicine to magic, which recounts spirited tales of her ten-year apprenticeship in Amazonian shamanism in the jungles of Peru.   She is also   founder and Director of the Center for Spirited Medicine (, dedicated to the conservation of rainforest medicines and indigenous healing practices. Her passion and life's work is the integration of the healing aspects of plants as medicine into today's modern medicine, and the spiriting of healthcare.   Grauds teaches Amazonian shamanism in the U.S. and in South America.

Deena Metzger is a healer, writer, ritual practitioner and   storyteller seeking to map the imaginal realms. Teaching and counseling for more than 35   years she developed therapies (Healing Stories) which creatively address life-threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community and political disintegration. She is the author of many works including the most recent Entering the Ghost   River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of   Healing; Tree: Essays and   Pieces; Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds; and the novels The Other Hand and What Dinah   Thought.  Her new novel, Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn, co-written with the deceased   Argentinean writer, Julio Cortazar, will be published in August 2004. The co-editor of Intimate Nature: The   Bond Between Women and Animals, she lectures and teaches the ways of healing, writing and creativity nationally and internationally.  

With her husband, Michael Ortiz Hill, she brought   the tradition of Daré, spirit-based healing communities, from Zimbabwe to North America.   Relying on dream wisdom and Council as   well as music healing and energy work, Daré exists for the sake of   restoring beauty and bringing healing to individuals, community and the natural world.   She, like her husband, has been initiated by and has worked alongside a Nganga, an indigenous medicine man, Mandaza Kandemwa, from Zimbabwe.

Edward Tick, Ph.D, is Director and Senior Psychotherapist at Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul in Albany, NY. He is also co-director of The Sage Center on Violence and Healing, as well as adjunct professor in both Communications and Global Studies at the Sage Colleges, and Social Work Supervisor and Consultant for Veterans Affairs at Community Hospice, all in New York's capital region. Ed is a shamanic and spiritual practitioner in several traditions. He trained under and was initiated into Native American shamanism and its clinical applications by William Taegel in the tradition of the Creek shaman Bearheart. A recognized expert practicing the ancient Greek Asklepian dream-healing tradition, he also studies and uses Vietnamese and Biblical spiritualist traditions.   Honored for his groundbreaking work using spiritual practices to heal post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by combat veterans and war and violence survivor, Ed guides spiritual healing and growth journeys to Greece and Viet Nam and into the American wilderness, and lectures and leads retreats all over the US and in Greece.

Ed holds an MA in Psychology from Goddard College, a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Renssealer Polytechnic Institute, and is ordained as an interfaith minister by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person.   Ed is author of Sacred Mountain: Encounters With The Vietnam Beast, and The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek   Mysteries into Modern Medicine.   His next book, The Golden Tortoise: Viet   Nam Journeys,   will be published later this year.

Alberto Villoldo, PhD is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the medicine traditions of the Jungle and the Amazon for over twenty years.   He began his research among the jungle peoples in the Amazon basin, studying the effects of the ayahuasca, the mythical potion employed by jungle shamans to experience the realm beyond death.   His investigations led him to the Andes, where he has been working and studying Inka shamans and prophecy keepers secluded in mountain tops since the time of the Spanish conquest.

While on the faculty at San Francisco State University, Dr. Villoldo founded and directed the Bio-Self Regulation Laboratory, where he investigated the effects of Shamanic healing on blood and brain chemistry.   He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, dedicated to bridging ancient Shamanic healing practices with modern medicine and psychology.   Dr. Villoldo believes that the Inkas are the keepers of a body of prophecies and ritual processes that offer priceless techniques to Western medicine and psychology. As director of the Healing the Light-Body School, he trains physicians, psychologists, nurses, and lay persons in shamanic techniques of energy medicine. He lectures throughout the USA and internationally to thousands of persons every year, and has appeared in Good Morning America, Mirabella, National Geographic, and other publications.   He is author of numerous books, including The Realms of Healing (with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.), Millennium, Glimpses into the 21st Century (with Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D) Healing States (with S. Krippner, PhD) The Four Winds, A Shaman's Odyssey into the Amazon, Island of the Sun, the Teachings of the Inka Medicine Wheel, and Shaman, Healer, Sage (Random House, 2001).

Hank Wesselman, PhD is an anthropologist who has worked for almost 40 years with an international team of scientists, exploring the ancient eroded landscapes of eastern Africa's Great Rift Valley in search of answers to the mystery of human origins. He is currently a primary investigator in Ethiopia with an expedition headed by Professor Tim White (UC Berkeley) where the fossilized remains of humanity's earliest ancestors have been discovered. Known as Ardi (Aridipithecus ramidus), it is so primitive that it may be the famous missing link between humans and apes that Charles Darwin predicted would be found in Africa. Hank and several others are reconstructing the paleoenvironments of the ancient sites, revealing the nature of the world in which humans evolved.

Hank has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Hawaii at Hilo's West Hawaii Campus, UC San Diego at La Jolla, California State University at Sacramento, and American River College and Sierra College in the northern Sacramento area. He has also taught at Kiriji Memorial College and Adeola Odutola College in Western Nigeria, living among the Yoruba peoples where he first encountered tribal shamans in the 1960s.

Hank is a graduate of Michael Harner's Fourth West Coast three Year Program (1995-98), and he now offers workshops and conference presentations each year, co-teaching with his wife Jill Kuykendall at their week-long Visionseeker trainings at the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute at Rhinebeck, NY, and various other retreat centers around the country, including Hawaii, Canada, and Europe. Hank's published works about the shamanic realms include:   The Spiritwalker Trilogy--Spiritwalker (1995), Medicinemaker (1998), and Visionseeker (2001), The Journey to the Sacred Garden (2003); and Spirit Medicine (2004 with Jill as co-author), and Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation (co-authored with Sandra Ingerman). His website is


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Howard & Elsa Malpas have been studying shamanism for more than 20 years. They have also studied other healing practices including Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Re-birthing, Conflict Resolution, Crystal Healing, and Deep Relaxation Techniques.   In addition, they have been facilitating residential and non-residential Warrior in the Heart Shamanic courses for 10 years. Their longer trainings are run in association with The Isle of Avalon Foundation in Glastonbury, a not-for-profit limited company, which is a Centre for Esoteric Studies, Spiritual Exploration and Transformation where Elsa has been Chair of the Board of Directors for the past 2 years. For the past 11 years, their work within the National Health Service, using Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Deep Relaxation Techniques, has been a pioneering effort to bring together the allopathic and complementary as one body. This year they are starting to teach groups Shamanic practices using the drum as a healing tool in mainstream mental health services.


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