on this path in 2005 by taking the ‘Fundamentals of
Shamanism‘ workshop. After that I attended workshops
on ‘The Three Cauldrons’, ‘Ancestors’, ‘Creativity‘,
‘Plant Spirits’, ‘Shamanic Voice’ and graduated from
the two week ‘Shamanic Intensive’ in October 2009. I
am always reading books on shamanism and find that
the learning never ceases.
My Druidic ally gives me advice and guidance on what
to study next, which at the moment, is learning more
about growing and using herbs in medicinal and
magical ways. I also have an interest in Weather
Shamanism and spend some time each day observing the
weather and honoring the weather spirits. A trip to
Pennsylvania sparked my interest in the Pennsylvania
Dutch healing art of ‘pow wow’. This is really a
form of Shamanism. The chants coupled with the
energy work and a bit of Shamanic journeying are a
good addition to the healing techniques I practice.
Qi Gong and Yoga also find their way into my healing
advice as I practice those daily and for the past 25
years I have created art work based on mythology.
Knowledge of the stories of cultures around the
world serves to emphasize how we are all connected.
It also serves to explain some of the visions I am
given by my allies.
In order to connect to the spirits of the land I
traveled to numerous spiritual sites including:
Serpent Mound, and Old Man’s Cave, Ohio; Machu
Pichu, Peru; Harney Peak, S. Dakota; Seven Pools,
Maui; and Sequoia Red Wood Forest, Southern
California. While in Gallup, NM (There is a Navajo
reservation there and many beautiful sites) I had
ceremony with two Dine (Navajo) Shaman. Both of them
mentioned that I would probably become or at least
study Shamanism. I find that significant because at
the time I had only a minor interest and had not
taken any workshops. At home I honor the earth
spirits by constructing a faery shrine at each place
that I live.
My Mother, an avid Mariologist, was from Peru. And
my Father had Irish heritage. I was exposed to
worshiping saints (god and goddess) and numerous
folk cures and sayings. This background was a
‘gateway’ into shamanism!
My allies give excellent advice and have led me on a
most interesting path.
I currently reside in Florida.
Contact: Mairyann Montalva
Trust in Spirit,