This Visionary Dialog opened with a webinar on October 20, 2014. Join the discussion and post here!

Watch a recording of the webinar that kicked off this conversation:


To be a shaman worthy of the title, what — if any — threshold needs to be reached? And who sets the standards? Some self-professed purists claim that true shamans must have an indigenous lineage, and be raised in a tradition dating back generations. At the same time, we’ve all encountered Brooklyn hipsters who, after a single Peruvian retreat, return to Williamsburg ready to deploy their newly discovered shamanic powers. Between these two extremes lie many shades of gray.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rak Razam – Self-described “experiential journalist.” Director of “Aya Awakenings,” a documentary about Amazonian shamanism. Author of “Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey” and editor of “The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness.”
  • Itzhak Beery – Author of the upcoming book “The Gift of Shamanism”. Internationally known healer and teacher. Faculty member of the NY Open Center, co-founder of the NY Shamanic Circle (NYSC) and Publisher
  • Robert Tindall – Robert’s work explores the crossing of frontiers into other cultures, time depths, and states of consciousness. He is the author of two books on shamanism: The Jaguar that Roams the Mind and The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience.
  • Elizabeth B. Jenkins, MA, MFT – International bestselling author of The Return of the Inka, Journey to Q’eros, and The Fourth Level: Nature Wisdom Teachings of the Inka is a contributor to Shaman’s Drum magazine and The Journal of Contemporary Shamanism, as well as the Founder/DIrector of Wiraqocha Foundation for the Preservation of Indigenous Wisdom. Jenkins has led Initiation Journey’s to Peru since 1992.