to Great Plains, self-discovery and education programs 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.
Jeff! Thank you so much! I loved the fire talk yesterday. You are a wonderful guide on the path of the heart. I feel more focused on my goals, and like I am wearing armor to guard from negative experiences. Today I found myself using a negative situation as a good reason to continue my path, instead of letting it bog me down. I am definitely recommending you to my friends. - Nick, U.S. Army infantry, Humvee scout/tracker
“The shamanic journey Jeff led our group in did more for me in ten minutes than a year of therapy.” -Tom
- Fire talk counseling sessions
- Workshops on shamanism
- Retreats for individuals and groups
- Vision quest: wilderness program
- Keynotes, classes and retreats for university and community groups.
In each you will find powerful guidance for your life that comes from your own spiritual center, 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
Why Shamanism Now?
We need better healers. We need more effective spiritual guides. And we need to change our self-harming relationship with the earth.
But who will help us? Our modern tribe has forgotten the most basic of spiritual ways. How to directly consult and navigate by the heart. How to cure soul loss. How to call upon our elders and ancestors for wisdom. How to live in balance with all created things for the benefit of our great, great grandchildren and our planet.
Our people are not well. The average American is now anxious, obese, depressed, allergic to something and taking two or more prescription medications. 45% of adults now have a chronic disease. 30% of children take at least one drug for psychosis, diabetes or asthma. We live and work in climate-controlled buildings cut off from the cycles and seasons of nature, the plants and animals. Our medicine is driven by pharmasurgical interests reimbursed for treating people, not for actually healing them.
Even our churches and religious leaders seem oddly disconnected from the natural world. When was the last time you heard a sermon about our sacred duty to the earth and not just to heaven? Who teaches you how to speak with your own ancestors, journey in the spirit world described in scripture, or quest for a vision for your own unique life purpose? How to retrieve parts of your soul lost in childhood trauma, hurtful relationships or grief?
Shamanic healers remember what our tribe has forgotten. How to connect deeply with the natural world to seek a healing vision for your life. How to retrieve lost parts of your vital energy and soul. How to draw on the time-tested wisdom of our ancestors to live in balance with all created things, not just humans and human institutions.
The word shaman simply means “one who knows” or “one who sees”. Shamanic healers are ordinary people who specialize in soul-journeys for the healing of persons. For our modern world, shamanic practice provides a time-tested methodology for accessing the soul so we can walk the path of the heart: navigating each day by the deep core of aliveness within us and all around us.
Great Plains Guide Co. is a modern, earth-honoring set of counseling and education programs designed to heal soul loss, restore vision and bring the heart alive. All toward a more forward-directed life of joy and service in the world.
A Path For People Who…
- Yearn for a more vibrant, joyful and self-directed life.
- Seek more meaningful and creative work in the world.
- Are facing a major life decision, job or relationship change.
- Sense something missing, as if not walking the life path intended for them.
- Feel stuck in life, or struggle to recover after a loss, trauma, death or divorce.
- Feel a deep connection with the earth, animals, plants and natural world.
- Yearn for a more integrated, earth-honoring lifestyle and spiritual path.
- Have not found effective help from medicine, counselors or clergy.
Click FAQs to learn how the shamanic programs at Great Plains 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 and then becoming a shaman of your own life: creating the new reality one actual step at a time.
It’s an archetypal hero’s journey. Because you will encounter resistance from others, and also from within: the negative voices of fear and social custom are powerful and effective. You will need tools to conquer the dragons of self doubt 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.
-Jeff Nixa, Great Plains Guide Co.
“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.