What Brings You Alive?

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

Shamanism is about honoring the deep invitations of your heart.  It is about getting to know, trust, and follow the navigational guidance of Spirit for your life, both in you, and in the natural world all around you.

At Great Plains you will learn the practices of traditional healers for connecting directly with your soul and Spirit to seek a vision for your life, and come fully alive as a vital 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.

Veteran spiritual guide Jeff Nixa brings to this work 25 years’ IMG_0100 2experience 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, Jeff left a successful hospital career to begin a seven-year apprenticeship with two powerful shamanic healers and created Great Plains Guide Company, a unique array of self-empowerment programs for awakening the soul and changing one’s life.

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


  • How to seek a vision for your life purpose
  • How to navigate major life decisions and transitions such as education, career,  home, partner, health, and loss.
  • How to find your animal/spirit guide and learn from the spirits of all created things
  • How to extract self-limiting voices of fear and hesitation that keep you stuck
  • How to break the grip of illness, anxiety and spiritual stagnation in your life
  • How retrieve lost parts of your vital energy, essence, creativity and power
  • How to call down the song for your life and become an artist of the soul, creating the life your heart really longs to be living.

“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 reconnect with your deep spiritual core, navigate difficulty using your heart as a reliable compass, 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 deep purpose for living.  I make my living doing what I learned and what I love: helping people find their own way, safely and confidently, through the fog of difficult or painful times to really come alive with new vision and power for living.

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 book,  The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual. 

2runningbuffaloOur number one task in life is to come fully alive, as the unique person we were created to be.  Some people know what they want, but feel stuck, powerless or unworthy to change.  Other people have no idea what they want, what their “heart” is, or even feels.  Either situation requires a journey downward, into the soul, to discover the destiny of your life and to deal with the obstacles in the way.  You learn to become a shapeshifter of your life, able to navigate with vision and real power in an anxious world, while living a simpler, more authentic, and grounded life in balance with nature and our wounded earth.

You can begin your own journey to a more happy and rewarding life today.  Learn about my programs and get answers to your questions by clicking around this website: Why shamanism today?  How does it relate to your own faith and religion, and that of Native American cultures?  What is a vision quest?  What is the difference between a shamanic fire talk and psychological 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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