Why Shamanism Today?

Shamanism is experiencing a major renaissance today because people are hungry for  more meaningful lives that connect deeply with soul, Spirit, and the natural world.  Much of our modern culture, even modern religion, seems to have lost those connections and as a result we treat nature as if it were unimportant, like mere scenery decorating the stage of our real concerns of commerce, industry, profit, jobs and recreation.  In the eyes of many, nature is just a big vending machine that exists to provide resources for human extraction, use, and recreation.

There are many paths to personal healing and spiritual awakening.  What shamanism offers our modern world is not more religious doctrine, commandments, clergy, gurus, or holy books.  It offers something even more ancient and vital for today's world: a way of life aligned to soul, in deep balance with nature all around us.

Your ancestors - no matter where you're from- believed that every created thing is alive and has a soul.  And that to be happy, strong and well humans needed to be clear on their own aliveness and get to know their own heart.  Only then could we bring our unique gifts, our 'medicine', alive in the world and live a joyful life in balance with the living earth, and the greater creative Intelligence behind all that.  

Jeff Manitou group 2010 copy2 Great Plains' programs help you do this.  We help you find your way, using your own deep soul as a navigational guide, to conquer your current challenges and come more fully alive.

People who attend our programs are often facing a big decision, relationship or career change.  Others feel stagnant in their jobs or unsatisfied in their relationships.  Some are recovering from a loss, divorce, illness or past trauma.  Some aren’t sure what they are looking for, only sensing they are not living the life they are supposed to be living.  Many young adults have used our programs to get clear on their own heart, their future, their vocation or college plans.

People who do not know their heart cannot know their purpose in life and will easily become overwhelmed by big decisions and big changes.  This loss of vitality and direction is called soul loss.  Soul loss is common and can result from many things, including past trauma and our societal loss of meaningful connections with nature.

For our ancestors, the traditional “treatment” for soul loss was not to stay busy, go to psychotherapy or take antidepressants.  It was to get your soul back.  That means embarking on a spiritual journey to find the parts of your essence that are lost, bringing your heart fully online, and living the life you were born for.  It means getting your unique gifts and power–your medicine–out into the world.

Some people know exactly what has been lost and the adventure begins there.  Others have no idea what is missing so we begin with practices that teach people how to identify and listen to their deep core for the first time.  Every person is different, every path is unique.


“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