Finding a Teacher


When I’m teaching, it’s generally in the Denver area, along the Colorado Front Range, and further afield by invitation.

To find shamanic teachers in other parts of the USA and worldwide, please visit:

To find shamanic practitioners—those trained in shamanic healing practices, please visit:

To find teachers of Witchcraft and other metaphysical subjects in other parts of the USA and worldwide, consider visiting your local shops (metaphysical, spiritual, witch, occult) or look around on

shamanic teachers site and the practitioners site hold the names of folks whose training parallels my own, i.e. through Sandra Ingerman and by teachers she has trained.  I’ve met many of these folks when we studied together, and I feel very comfortable referring people to this site.  Ask and explore: If curious as to someone’s suitability as a teacher for you or to perform healing work on your behalf, ask them to share some information about their background and training.* 

Meetup isn’t metaphysical-specific - anything but! - but has become a popular way to get the word out to interested people for discussion groups, classes and the like. Meetup facilitates meetings between like-minded people, but remember that the site does no screening or vetting.  That is in your hands, so embrace it.*
Where to start in the Denver area? Several very accessible pagan-witch connections are Earth Temple (rituals for the New Moons and Sabbats), Hearthstone Community Church (rituals for the Full Moon), and Conversations in Witchcraft (a facilitated discussion group that meets monthly). All of these are currently taking place on-line through Zoom, but that’s likely to change.

Both shamanism and witchcraft are spiritual paths that ultimately stress personal power and responsibility. You are entitled to inquire about a potential healer's or teacher's training and qualifications, what they require of a student, and what they charge for their work (these are a started point, not the total). 
I encourage you: Make these inquiries!  While there is no set criteria of “right” answers to these questions,
the key point is that authentic, reasonable teachers and healing practitioners aren't offended by being asked.*  Trust your own intuition and common sense.

* How do you ask questions diplomatically? 
Write down a few questions before you call (or reread your out-going email), and aim to initially take about 5-10 minutes of the person’s time.

Try any or all of these:

— Can you tell me something about your background [or training] in this tradition?

— What do you charge for your healing [or teaching] work?

— How long have you been on this path [or doing this work]?

— What sort of commitment do you expect from your students [clients]?

— Note: If you’re communicating through email, consider that you may get a clearer sense of the person if you speak by phone.  If you’re open to that, start by offering your own phone number.

Listen to the replies with your ears and your heart,

with both mind and spirit.  Credentials alone don’t overrule compatibility — they both count.  Hear the words, pay attention to how the conversation feels, and know that you have the right - the responsibility! - to be discerning.