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 its connection with nature as if it were unimportant, a big vending machine of "resources" for the more urgent matters of human needs, ambitions, and institutions.

There are many paths to personal healing and spiritual awakening.  What shamanism offers is not another set of doctrines, commandments, clergy, gurus, or holy books but rather a way of life aligned to soul, in balance with nature all around us.  Our ancestors all believed that every created thing is alive and has a soul.  And that to be happy, strong and well, humans need to live in balance with the living earth, and the greater creative Intelligence behind all that.  

Jeff Manitou group 2010 copy2 Great Plains' programs are about finding your way, using your deep soul as a guide.  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.  A few 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 use our programs to get clear on 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 the loss of our connection with nature.

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