Category: Shamanism

A Quest for Peace of Mind, Body and Spirit

ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — She’s drinking pink rum punch. The sailboat lights are twinkling and the steel-drum band is clinking. Alison Leeds, 38, a full-time mother on an anniversary getaway, came to listen to the waves and to unwind. “Your phone,” says Robert, 43, her hedge-fund husband, in a voice that’s tight. Their kids, 5 and 8, were calling from New York. It was bedtime. Could their parents please come home? Relaxation is elusive for Robert and Alison, which is why they’ve hired a shaman. Shamans believe in healing people by balancing their spirits with their bodies and

Healer gets house arrest in Wiki woman

71-year-old elder died after ingesting a solution containing tobacco, water and South American vines The Sudbury Star (Canada), Apr. 26, 2003 By Margo Little, The Sudbury Star Saying he had to strike a balance between “the spiritual and the temporal,” an Ontario judge sentenced a Shuar traditional healer to 12 months of house arrest for the death of a Wikwemikong elder in November 2001. Justice Gerald Michel also sentenced Juan Uyunkar’s son Edgar to one day in jail, time served, plus six months probation. Edgar Uyunkar was also ordered to leave Canada as soon as possible. On Thursday, the

Woman dies in healing ritual; shaman guilty

National Post (Canada), Apr. 25, 2003 Francine Dubé, National Post MANITOWANING, Ont. – An Ecuadorean shaman and his son pleaded guilty yesterday to administering a noxious substance to an old native woman during a healing ceremony in which she died. Juan Uyunkar, 49, and his son Edgar Uyunkar, 22, of the Shuar Nation in Ecuador were in Canada at the invitation of the local health centre in Wikwemikong, a remote First Nations community on Manitoulin Island between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The visit by the shaman was part of a holistic healing ceremony and “cultural exchange” in the

The ancient art of shamanism

Diane Wray reports on a unique healer with an international reputation who recently chose to make her base in Northern Ireland The Belfast Telegraph (Ireland), July 24, 2002 By Diane Wray JONI Vachon is in a dilemma. Should she advertise herself as a craniopathist – or should she make known the intriguing fact that she is also a shaman, or energy healer, trained in an ancient art which defies conventional medical methodology. Shamanism supports the integration of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the self but some people, Joni realises, don’t hold much truck with that sort of