Shamanic Healing

Shelley is currently on sabbatical is not taking any individual or healing clients at this time.  We have other practitioners who can assist as needed. See list of Shamanic Healing Practitioners below.

Shelley Stump is a teacher of ancient wisdom and peer counselor on a lifelong spiritual journey to fulfill soul’s purpose. Her current work is focused on sharing a vision of connectedness and sanctity of all Life by supporting others in their direct experience of loving Spirit. Through teaching Earth-based spiritual practices including ceremonial drum and rattle making, shamanic journey practices, and blessing rituals, and by offering individual shamanic healing sessions, Shelley’s spirit-connected offerings are given with joy and gratitude for Spirit’s guidance in her life.  Shelley has studied for many years with Sandra Ingerman and other teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.  She is currently listed on Sandra Ingerman's lists of shamanic healing practitioners and teachers (see and is a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP) (formerly known as the Society for Shamanic Practitioners).

Using various ancient methods of spiritual healing such as soul retrieval, divination, extraction, healing with Spiritual Light, past life work, and counseling, individuals experience a transformative reclamation of their own power and vitality to support their personal healing journey.

Shamanic Healing:  A Basic Perspective

The spiritual healing techniques known as Core Shamanism are ancient indigenous healing practices common to cultures throughout the world.  Healing from a shamanic perspective is healing of the spirit/soul.  Such spiritual healing may or may not affect the emotional and physical manifestations of illness.  A shamanic healer works by “journeying” to non-ordinary reality to ask the assistance of helping spirits in working with the client’s healing.  A shamanic journey is a spiritual experience in which the healer, using the trance inducing qualities of drumming or rattling, travels to the Lower or the Upper World to seek guidance from the healer’s power animals and/or teachers.  These helping spirits can provide many different and creative methods for healing, so gifted shamans work with the creativity of the spirits within the framework of some basic shamanic healing techniques.  These shamanic healing practices have been documented and taught through the work of Michael Harner, Ph.D., Sandra Ingerman, Ph.D. and others associated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.

How is Spiritual Illness Manifested and Diagnosed? 

Spiritual illness can manifest in many ways; the most common are Power Loss, Soul Loss, and Spiritual Intrusions. Initially, the shamanic healer uses a technique called Divination by journeying to his/her own power animal and/or teacher who provides the diagnosis of the cause(s) of the client’s spiritual illness, if any.  The helping spirits also decide whether extraction, soul retrieval, or other techniques are needed and in what order they are to be administered. 


 Power Loss

Definition:  All individuals have helping guardian spirits.  Possession of guardian spirit power is fundamental to health because it provides a power-full body that resists the intrusions of external forces.  The presence of a power animal or guardian spirit increases one’s physical energy, ability to resist contagious disease, and increases one’s mental alertness and self-confidence.  Power loss can occur when a person’s guardian spirit leaves and another does not take its place.

Symptoms:  Power loss can manifest as chronic illness, depression, suicidal tendencies, chronic misfortune, etc.

Healing Techniques: 

Retrieval of Power Animals:  The shaman journeys to seek a power animal who is willing to assist the client in reclaiming his/her power. 

Shamanic Counseling:  By training clients to journey for themselves, they learn to reclaim their own power by working with power animals and using divination to help answer life questions.


Soul Loss

Definition.  Soul loss is the loss of individual soul essence, lifeforce, vitality.  This loss happens when individuals suffer emotional or physical trauma.  Some causes of soul loss can be accidents, surgery, abuse, war stress, divorce, death of loved one, etc.  Soul loss is not bad.  It is a survival mechanism we use at times of severe trauma.

Symptoms:  The symptoms of soul loss can be very similar to those of power loss.  They include post-traumatic stress syndrome, addictions, searching outside of self to become whole, immune deficiency problems, coma, etc.

Healing Technique:

Soul Retrieval: A shamanic healer tracks lost pieces of the client’s soul and brings them back for reintegration. In indigenous communities, the shaman would perform soul retrieval within 3 days of the traumatic event.  In our culture, such retrieval rarely occurs so quickly; therefore chronic conditions attributable to soul loss often go unrecognized and untreated for many years.  It is important to retrieve lost soul pieces as soon as possible after they have left to ensure the least amount of disruption in the client’s health.  Follow-up healing work by the client and continued contact with the healer are strongly advised to ensure integration of returned soul parts.


Spiritual Intrusions

The void caused in a person’s spiritual essence as a result of a loss of power or soul loss can be filled by a spiritual intrusion.  A spiritual intrusion is misplaced energy that moves into the opening in the body caused by the power or soul loss.  Spiritual intrusions come from negative thought forms – either from inappropriate expression of emotion or inability to express emotions – that exist all around us.

Symptoms:  Spiritual intrusions can cause health conditions such as chronic pain or illness, heart disease, cancer, neck troubles, chronic depression, etc.

Healing Techniques:

Extraction: Shamans extract spiritual intrusions and give them back to the natural world by using water to neutralize the energy of the intrusion.  Once the extraction is complete, the opening created by the removal of the spiritual intrusion is filled with either a soul retrieval or power animal retrieval.

Healing with Spiritual Light:

Using the energy of spiritual light transmitted through meditation and the use of healing crystals and stones, the person’s energy field/spiritual body is filled, balanced, and renewed with Divine Light.  


What is the Client’s Role in Shamanic Healing?

Illness, especially spiritual illness, is often an initiation that tests our abilities to follow the guidance of and remain in alignment with Spirit in our lives.  The “cure” is the love given to the client through the shamanic technique performed, for example, an extraction followed by a soul retrieval.  More importantly, the “healing” comes from the follow-up self-love required of the client.  True healing requires the client to answer the question “What changes do I need to make in my life to support my ongoing health and well-being?”  The client’s job is to take the time and make the commitment to learn from the lessons experienced during the spiritual illness and to change his/her life where needed to support continuing health.



One of the many healing services offered at Coyote Moon Healing Center and Farms is shamanic journey work to check on and help those who have passed away to ensure they have fully made the transition into the Light after death of the earthly body.  In shamanic traditions, this work is called “psychopomp work” or “deathwalking.  Psychopomps (from the Greek word (psychopompos), which literally means "guide of souls") are those whose responsibility is to escort deceased souls to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to provide safe passage.  This may include not only accompanying the soul of the dead, but also vice versa: to help at birth, to introduce the newborn child's soul to the world.  This also accounts for the contemporary title of "midwife to the dying," which is another form of psychopomp work.  Each healer journeys in their own way, guided by Spirit, and receives information (often in metaphor form) to help assist the departed.  Please know that each journey and psychopomp experience is different because each person’s death experience is different. 

Shamanic healers take requests for checking on and helping the transitions of loved ones who have passed away.  A shamanic journey is completed to assist the departed one, and a written report of that journey is prepared and provided to the person who requested the death walking services.  Description of the healing work includes each healer’s own unique spiritual guidance and metaphorical descriptions of the post-death transition and afterlife.  This service is offered with the hope that the assistance provided to the loved one and the information provided to the requester brings a sense of comfort and solace at this important time of transition. 

Our shamanic healing practitioners are also available to assist individuals and families of individuals who are in the dying process to help the one who is leaving this life to make an easeful transition and to support those who remain.

Deathwalkers Contact Info:

  • Shelley Stump, Shamanic Healer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rhonda Wright, Shamanic Healer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


See Also Ritual and Ceremony section for other Shamanic Services


Shamanic Healing Services and Fees

Hourly Fee $75.00 by appointment (a sliding scale for fees is available as needed; no one turned away for lack of funds). Donations also accepted.

    • Diagnosis, Divination, Extraction - 1.5 hour session
    • Soul Retrieval (3 sessions) - 1 hour sessions
    • Shamanic Counseling (6 sessions)
    • Psychopomp / Deathwalking - 1 hour sessions
    • Rituals and Ceremonies - time as needed for preparatory consultation, ritual/ceremony, and for Clearings and Blessings the size and location of space


Shamanic Healing Practitioners:

To arrange for shamanic healing or other shamanic services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other shamanic healing practitioners are also available in the Portland/Tigard, OR area.  Please contact other practitioners directly for services and fees:

Brittany Shirley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-966-1460

Amy Kelchner, ND  Portland Natural Medicine. 503-239-1022



Shamanic Healing Recommended Reading List/Resources

  Basic Shamanism/Journeying:

The Way of the Shaman
, Michael Harner (HarperSan Francisco 3rd Ed. 1990).

Soul Retrieval:  Mending the Fragmented Self, Sandra Ingerman, (Harper San Francisco 1991).

Welcome Home:  Following Your Soul’s Journey Home, Sandra Ingerman (Harper San Francisco 1994). 

Shamanic Journeying:  A Beginners Guide (Integrated CD Learning), Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True 2004).

Awakening to the Spirit World – The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation, Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman, (Sounds True, Boulder, CO 2010)

Walking in Light, Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True Boulder CO 2014).  

Speaking with Nature, Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts (Bear and Company, Rochester, VT 2015).

The Book of Ceremony - Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life, Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 2018)


Medicine for the Earth:

Medicine for the Earth – How to Transform Personal and Enviromental Toxins, Sandra Ingerman (Three Rivers Press NY 2000).
How to Heal Toxic Thoughts – Simple Tools for Personal Transformation, Sandra Ingerman, (Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., NY 2007)
How to Thrive in Changing Times – simple tools to create true health, wealth, peace, and joy for yourself and the earth, Sandra Ingerman (Weiser Books, San Francisco 2010).



Online Resources:


Society for Shamanic Practice:

 32300 Eighth Street

Olivenhain,CA USA 92024

Telephone: (760) 586-8252