photo by Cari Ellen Hermann

photo by Cari Ellen Hermann

PERSONAL

Happily married, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, friend... my family and friends ground my life on the planet. I've moved many times, and lived all over the country. My ancestors were born in Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, Greece, Scandinavia, etc. I have a BA with highest honors in English from Rutgers University. I was raised in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, almost exclusively Humanist in orientation. I have a good foundation in the rational. According to Myers Briggs, I'm an INFP - an idealist, and happily identified as, "The Healer!" A shamanic practitioner in central New Jersey, I offer private sessions, training, and community circles. 

Ordinary Reality Work

For many years, I managed a small community television station located in a large public library; and for a few years I served as marketing director for an international botanicals manufacturing company. I can relate to "real" world issues people face in their daily lives.

Reiki

I trained in Johrei (White Light) Reiki with Maureen David; and Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki with Sharda Sharma, MD; and Anneliese Mueller. I've practiced Reiki since 1999, and most enjoy empowering people by teaching them the practice for themselves. I volunteered for hospice as a Reiki practitioner for four years, and was honored to work with many people and their families. Even before I was introduced to shamanism, my Reiki practice was shamanic.

Shamanic Training

I have been practicing shamanism since 2003, and honor my teachers. They include:
Betsy Bergstrom
Francesca Mason Boring
Jean Chagnon

Sandra Ingerman 
Nan Moss & David Corbin 
Elaine Egidio 
Carol Proudfoot Edgar & Susan Gilliland
Bhola Nath Banstola

Tom Cowan 
Myron Eshowsky 
Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche 

I give thanks for my friends and colleagues who are my teachers, as well. And I thank the Society for Shamanic Practice and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Systems Constellations

Constellation work involves stepping into the Knowing Field: working with energetic fields to increase the flow of love in family systems, and to facilitate healthy relationships with Nature, and in business and organizations. Constellation work, like Reiki, dovetails harmoniously with a shamanic approach. I completed a year-long program of Systemic Constellation Facilitators training in 2015 with Francesca Mason Boring and have integrated it in my practice.