What Brings You Alive?

What kind of life do you want to be living, really?

At Great Plains you will learn the practices of traditional shamans for connecting deeply with soul and nature, seeking a vision for your life, and coming fully alive as a vital and healing presence in the world.  Through our individual fire talks, group seminars and outdoor retreats you will walk the Path of the Heart, an ancient approach to personal healing and transformation rooted in the earth-honoring spiritual practices of your own indigenous ancestors.IMG_0100 2

Veteran spiritual guide Jeff Nixa brings to this work 25 years’ experience as a hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, author, and teacher in university and health care settings.  After a life-changing experience during a 2009 wilderness vision quest, he left a successful hospital career to create Great Plains Guide Company, a unique array of self-empowerment programs for awakening the soul and changing your life.

At Great Plains you will learn the forgotten practices of indigenous healers worldwide, including:


  • How to seek a vision for your life.
  • How to find your animal/or spirit guide.
  • How to extract your self-limiting voices of fear and hesitation.
  • How to break the grip of illness, anxiety and spiritual stagnation.
  • How retrieve lost parts of your vital energy, creativity and power.
  • How to become an artist of the soul by creating the life your heart wants to live.
  • How to connect with the animals, plants and elements to learn from the spirits of all created things.

“I loved our fire talk yesterday.  You are a wonderful guide and I feel more focused on my goals, like I am wearing armor to guard from negative experiences.  I am definitely recommending you to my friends.”                      –Nick, U.S. Army, Humvee scout/tracker

“The shamanic journey that Jeff led our group in did more for me in ten minutes than a year of therapy.”           -Tom. software developer


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“The evening you spoke with my class was the best thing that happened all semester.  One of my students said when they were driving back to campus they all felt different, more expansive, somehow.”

                                            -Patricia Sayre PhD, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

“Jeff, your talk to my Spirituality of Caring class was awesome!  It had a wonderful impact on the students.  You are doing very important work, and it is inspiring to see how your deep listening to life has led to this wonderful fruit.”

-Dominic Vachon, PhD, Hildebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, University of Notre Dame

What You Will Learn

I teach what I know: how to navigate and change your life.  I have re-created my own life four times in twenty-five years and now enjoy great peace, joy, and a deeper purpose for living.  I now make a living doing what I love, and nothing else.

Since 2009 I have apprenticed with several of the most respected shamanic healers in the West including C. Michael Smith, Sandra Ingerman, and teachers from the Harner Foundation for Shamanic Studies. The core of all this work is found in my new book,  A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual: How to Awaken Your Power and Heal the Earth.

2runningbuffaloOur number one task in life is to come fully alive, as the unique person we were created to be.  This requires a journey downward, into the soul, to discover the destiny of your life and to deal with the barriers to living that life.  You learn to become a shapeshifter of your life, able to navigate with vision, love, and real power in an anxious world, while helping to heal our wounded earth.

You can begin the journey to a more happy, authentic and rewarding life today.  Learn more about my programs, and get answers to your questions by clicking around this website.  Why shamanism today?  How does it relate to your own religion, and that of Native American cultures?  What is the difference between a shamanic fire talk and traditional counseling?  Answers to all this and more, on the FAQs page.

Thank you for visiting.  See you soon.

-Jeff Nixa, JD, MDiv, CMT.  Founder, Great Plains Guide Co.


Great Plains Shamanic Programs

e-mail: GreatPlainsGuide@gmail.com

blog: Urban-Shamanism.org

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