to Great Plains, self-discovery programs and community education that integrate modern counseling, ancient shamanism and the great outdoors. Founder Jeff Nixa brings 25 years of spiritual care and outdoor adventure skills to this transformative work, the result of a 2009 wilderness vision quest.
Jeff teaches a wisdom path shared by indigenous cultures worldwide to provide a time-tested methodology for life change, mind/body healing and spiritual ecology rooted in deep regard for the Earth. At the core of this approach is the fire talk session.
“The shamanic journey Jeff led our group in did more for me in ten minutes than a year of therapy.” -Tom P.
- Fire talk counseling sessions
- Speaking/workshop programs for university and community classes.
- Shamanic healing workshops
- Individual and group retreats
- Vision quest: journaling option
- Vision quest: wilderness program
In each you will find powerful guidance for your life that comes from your own spiritual center, your core of aliveness, your heart. All in beautiful outdoor environments with amazing people gathered from the Four Directions.
“As we find ourselves at the crossroads of a global ecological crisis, we need more urban shamanic practitioners, for which Jeff is a model. He has the knowledge and experience to guide you on an earth-honoring path of the heart.”
-C. Mikkal Smith Ph.D, Crows Nest Centers for Shamanic Studies Author, Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue.
The Path of the Heart is For People Who…
- Seek a more sustainable, earth-honoring lifestyle, community and spiritual path.
- Face a major life decision, job or relationship change.
- Feel a deep soul connection with the earth, animals, plants and natural world.
- Sense something missing in life, as if not walking the path intended for them.
- Feel stuck in life, or struggle to recover after a loss, trauma, death or divorce.
- Yearn to come alive and live a more vibrant, happy and self-directed life.
- Have not found effective help from medicine, counselors or clergy.
Why Shamanism Today?
We belong to the most powerful tribe on the planet, but our tribe has lost its memory. We have forgotten our interdependence with nature and spirit world, and allowed human concerns to outweigh non-human ones. Today a rain forest is worth more dead than alive for its lumber, minerals, roads and real estate. It is good for jobs, we are reassured, to plunder the earth, spoil our waters and eliminate entire species. In all sincerity we drive to church in gasoline-burning cars, sit on pews of deforested oak under the electric light of coal-fired power plants… and pray for the Creator’s blessings for a long and healthy life.
This is crazy. Even a dog knows not to soil its own food dish or sleeping area. Yet we seem unable to see or change the self-destructive patterns deeply embedded in our social, economic and even religious views. Where to turn?
The programs at Great Plains look to the sustainable wisdom of indigenous cultures. First People worldwide understood that every created thing is alive and has a spiritual center or heart: that the well-being of any life form depends on its living in balance with all life forms. This is the great hoop, or web of life that permeates, guides and nurtures all things.
Within indigenous communities the shamans were the specialists in soul-journeys and interaction with plant and animal consciousness for the healing of persons. The word shaman simply means “one who knows” or “one who sees”. For our modern world, shamanic practice provides a time-tested methodology for accessing the heart and reconnecting the major parts our generation has disconnected: body and soul. Science and spirit. Humans and the natural world. So we can re-member the path of the heart: how to navigate each day by the deep core of aliveness within us, and all around us.
Click FAQs to learn how the shamanic programs at Great Plains are ideally suited to address the personal and environmental challenges facing us today. How they relate to Native American traditions, modern psychology and western religion. About our programs and fees, the outdoor adventure emphasis, Jeff Nixa‘s background and more.
“One of the changes I have experienced through Jeff is letting my heart lead in new directions. I have even been writing some poetry. I never imagined myself doing that a year ago! I can sense your prayers and feel your sincere compassion and direction. Thank you!” -Keith A., CPA
You will learn how to shapeshift your life by walking the path of the heart. This involves a journey into your soul, seeking a vision for a way forward in your life. It’s a hero’s journey.
You will need tools to conquer the dragons of fear and hesitation that arise. I teach those tools and will be your ally and guide in this adventure. You can begin the journey to a more happy, authentic and forward-directed life today. Click contact.
“I was so happy…even in a group setting I had very deep experiences that have altered my life. Jeff made a group of strangers into a spiritual family. I felt truly accepted, supported and loved for who I am in this world. Thank you Jeff! -April T.