Free Healing Meditation

Shamanic tools can help you heal from trauma, end depression or anxiety, and live your purpose. This work is empowering and effective, no matter what your spiritual beliefs may be. It's grounded, not "woo-woo." Learn more in my free mini-course. 

Why Shamanism? Why Now? 

What Is Core Shamanism?

The term "shamanism" refers to working consciously with non-physical realms. Human beings have been doing this for over 50,000 years, because in every time and place, people have experienced ourselves as more than just bodies.  READ MORE.

About Me, the "Oakland Shaman"

My father was a medical doctor, so I grew up with a strong left-brain framework. But at age four, I had a profound mystical experience which forever changed my understanding of life on earth.  READ MORE.

About My Classes

I offer beginning to advanced workshops in person in Oakland, CA (and sometimes elsewhere), plus teleclasses and video classes you can access from anywhere in the world.  READ MORE.

About The Book

Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human Life, is an overview of s21st-century shamanic healing, a reference manual for being human, and a personal story.  READ MORE.

About Ruth L. Schwartz

I'm the author of five award-winning books of poems, one memoir and two non-fiction books. I've received grants from the National Endowment of Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation, and have won over two dozen literary prizes and awards. I'm also a lifelong student of consciousness and healing. I teach in the low-residency MFA Program at Ashland University, work with clients and students worldwide, and lead workshops and retreats in beautiful places all over.

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From an early age, I wrote to become more intimate with life, and also to try to become larger than the pain around me and inside me. I wrote, as poet Audre Lorde said, to find out what I didn't know I knew. When I discovered shamanic work and, later, self-directed neuroplasticity, I gained more ways of knowing. Now I help people heal their bodies and spirits, free their creativity and live lives of purpose and joy. 

I mentor writers at every point on the creative continuum -- whether you're writing for self-development, or extensively published. My focus is on working with you, the whole person, not just with your words on the page. Although I'll offer comments on your work at your request, I generally do so as part of a larger conversation about your creative life and goals. My passion is helping people go deeper into themselves, into their art, into their truth -- and into their own joyful creative flow.

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