Heather O’Connell is a Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher, Medium, and Earth Steward who resides in the Coastal Redwoods of Northern California. She has been actively practicing and teaching Cross-Cultural Healing, Journeying, Plant Spirit Wisdom, Spiritual Land Stewardship, self-healing techniques, and animistic approaches to being in relationship and living well for over 13 years. She’s known for her warm, integrative, and experiential style of working with others.
Heather’s spiritual heritage is diverse with ancestral roots in Celtic, Norse, and Indigenous North American (Cherokee & Lakota) cultures. Her background includes certification in Chaplaincy, personal experience working in the Mestizo Shamanic traditions of the Peruvian Amazon, apprenticeships in Core Shamanism, Herbal Energetics, and Cross-Cultural Healing methods including Soul Retrieval, Extraction, Curse Unraveling, Death & Dying, Ancestral Healing, and Depossession, the completion of Sandra Ingerman’s 2-year Teacher Training program, as well as extensive experiential training with Spiritual Teachers and Healers from many different wisdom traditions including; Betsy Bergstrom, Christina Pratt, Robert Moss, Mary Mueller Shutan, and Mary Pat Palmer, RH.
Heather’s relationship with her Helping Spirits and personal healing journey form how she approaches working with others. She deeply understands the transformative journey we are on in this life and is devoted to educating and supporting individuals, families, and communities in learning how to build working partnerships with the natural world, heal from the inside out, and navigate life from a place of passion, heart, and greater wisdom. Heather considers the role of a Healer and Teacher to be someone who helps you find the key within yourself to your innate wisdom, gifts, and ability to heal.
“There are many expressions of being in relationship and living in harmony with the natural world, to healing self and others. I’m deeply grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to experience, learn, grow and share the innate wisdom that has been passed down not only from my Ancestors, human teachers, and mentors, but their Helping Spirits and guiding forces. I owe my deepest gratitude to my Helping Spirits, they have not only supported me on my personal healing journey but are the ones who empower, guide, and support me in meeting the unique needs of my clients, students, and the ever-changing needs of our contemporary culture. My path has and continues to be one of commitment, trust, humility, integrity, and self-discipline. I’ve come to know compassion as one of my greatest allies along with surrender and trust. My practice and the medicine I carry are ever-evolving. I am wholeheartedly honored to be alive and on this path, to be stretched and challenged, blessed and blissed and everything in between.” ~ Heather