In this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “What Must We Change in Ourselves to Birth a New World,” Pratt and Foor explore often overlooked assumptions about life and spirit work that work contrary to our awakening. Foor draws on his experience hosting over 30 indigenous elders in recent years and shares the common threads in their approach to ancestral and earth healing.
Foor, the founder of the Earth Medicine Alliance and shamanic healer in the San Francisco Bay area, talks to Pratt as part of a series of “Why Shamanism Now?” interviews sponsored by the Society of Shamanic Practitioners (SSP). Throughout this series, Pratt explores how contemporary shamans are meeting the challenge of their world where the relations of things—the living and the dead, the humans and nature, and the technological world and the spirit world—are profoundly out of balance. It is the ancient role of the shaman in all cultures to tend the balance of things, and the question is asked: how are these shamans meeting this extraordinary need today?
Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman. In practice since 1990, she specializes in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her well-received book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism (Rosen), is an 800-page, two-volume set with over 750 in-depth entries that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, OR, and New York, NY, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.
Daniel Foor, Ph.D., MFT, leads trainings, rituals, and community circles focusing on honoring ancestors, tending our relations with the natural world, and remembering our unique destiny and calling. He also offers individual healing/mentorship sessions and ministerial services (e.g. weddings, funerals, birth rituals, home blessings). Foor is the founder of the Earth Medicine Alliance, an interfaith, earth-honoring non-profit and co-founder of a ritual circle working with mountains around San Francisco Bay. He is also a priest of Ifa and Obatala in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa. www.ancestralmedicine.org, www.earthmedicine.org
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For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit www.lastmaskcenter.org. Upcoming Last Mask Center programs include “Becoming a Person of Power”, part of a new nine-month “Basic Shamanic Skills for Everyone” series starting in January, as well as Shamanic Journey Circles third Tuesday of every month; Wisdom of the Shaman talks every third Friday; and Qigong classes every Wednesday, all in Portland, OR. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811, firstname.lastname@example.org.