An Introduction to the Heart Path

Jeff's first book, The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman's Field Manual collects all the basic information, teachings, and exercises that Jeff uses in his Fire Talk counseling work and teaching programs.  He wrote it as a comprehensive self-help resource for his own clients, general audiences, and anyone interested in shamanism and indigenous healing traditions.

This new edition includes internet links to four online audio tracks (all downloadable) in which Jeff teaches basic shamanic journeying skills with background drumming and narrated journeys.


Some Good Websites, and a Few Colleagues


Some Good Books on Traditional and Contemporary Shamanism

  • The Way of the Shaman, by Michael Harner (HarperOne, 1990)
  • Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide, by Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True, 2004)
  • The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book, by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen, 1997)
  • Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval, by Alberto Villoldo (Hay House, 2005)
  • Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue: Retrieving the Soul/Retrieving the Sacred, by C. Michael Smith (Trafford Publishing, 2007)
  • Urban Shaman: A Handbook for Personal and Planetary Transformation Based on the Hawaiian Way of the Adventurer, by Serge Kahili King (Fireside, 1990)
  • The Mist filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers and Seekers, by Frank MacEwon (New World Library, 2002)
  • Shamanic Spirit: A Practical Guide to Personal Fulfillment, by Kenneth Meadows (Bear and Company, 2004)
  • Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life, by Tom Cowan (Genealogical Services/ Crossing Press, 1996)
  • Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation, by S. Ingerman and H. Wasserman (Sounds True Inc., 2010)
  • Masters of the Living Energy: The Mystical World of the Q'ero of Peru, by Joan Parisi Wilcox (Inner Traditions, 2004)
  • The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations among the Peruvian Shamans, by J.E. Williams (Hampton Roads, 2005)
  • The Book of the Vision Quest: Personal Transformation in the Wilderness, by Steven Foster (Fireside, 1989)
  • Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul, by R. Heaven and H. Charing (Destiny Books, 2006)
  • Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche, by Bill Plotkin (New World Library, 2003)


Plant Medicine Programs (Peru)



Great Plains Shamanic Programs