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 seeking a life vision and becoming a true shapeshifter of your life.  Through our individual fire talks, group seminars and outdoor retreats you will walk the Path of the Heart, an ancient approach to healing and self-transformation rooted in the earth-honoring spiritual practices of your own indigenous ancestors.

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

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

  • How to seek a vision for your life.2runningbuffalo
  • How to meet an animal 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



“You are doing very important work and it is inspiring to see how your deep listening to life has led to this wonderful fruit, and that this potential is in all people.  Your comments on healthcare and spiritual care were particularly accurate, articulate, and helpful.”

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


“The evening you spoke with my class was the best thing that happened all semester. It was one of those experiences you keep in a special place in you, and take it out when you need to be pulled back into a place of sanity.  One of my students said that when they were driving back to campus they all felt different–more expansive, somehow.”

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


What You Will Learn

I teach what I know: how to navigate and change your life.  I have IMG_0100-238x300re-created my own life four times in twenty-five years and enjoy much greater peace, joy and a deep purpose 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 new book, A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual: How to Awaken Your Power and Heal the Earth.

Our 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.

You can begin the journey to a more happy, authentic and rewarding life today.  Learn more about my programs, FAQs, and client testimonials by clicking around this website.

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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