Shamanism as Medicine

An initiation into the world of Shamanism

by Claudia Goncalves

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 20/10/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781982284862
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781982284886

About the Book

“I hold deep admiration for Cláudia’s work and I am deeply grateful for her love and care for our indigenous women and people. Her words in this book echoes the words of our Earth Mother, our forests and waters”

Leticia Yawanawa - Indigenous women’s representative and coordinator - Amazon, Acre, Brazil


“I am absolutely enthralled by the ability Cláudia has to translate and encapsulate huge multidimensional principles of shamanism into easily climbed steps on a staircase of learning. I am also profoundly moved by the clarity and specifics of each aspect of the Four Days Journey she shares about her experience of the Vision Quest. As a Grandmother who is committed to Sundance I will pass Cláudia’s book to the men and women I am putting out to Cry for a Vision. Her words here will deepen the experience for us all. “ Wopila!

Grandmother Susan Ka’iulani Stanton (Chief Moon Lady) co-founder of the Grandmothers Circle the Earth Foundation and founder of the River Sidon Peace with Justice Project - USA


“This is how I see Cláudia’s work: as well as an indigenous descendent, she is a warrior woman, who has been given the tools and mission to help others as well as help nature on the path of recovering ancestral wisdom, for healing, peace and love. In my heart she is my tribal sister.”

Apony Kariri Xocó – Chief of the Kariri Xocó people - Alagoas, Brazil


“The dedication of Cláudia’s loving heart and mind is an inspiration to all who know her and we can consider her a blessing to be in our lives in these times. She has the strength of an elephant, the patience of a spider, the endurance of a hummingbird and the heart of a panther.”

Mark Halliday – Co-founder of The Edinburgh Shamanic Centre, The Planetary Healing Centre and author of “Otherworldly” and “Renegade Blue” – Scotland


“Cláudia is a visionary woman I admire, not only for her work but also for the devotion and purity of her service, bringing ancestral power back to the people and to the land. Brazil and Scotland are very fortunate to have her. She is the symbol of the perfect integration of two worlds.“

Laura Moreno – Founder of the worldwide movement Mujeres que Despiertan and author of the book: Despierta, mujer! – Colombia

About the Author

Cláudia Gonçalves was born in Minas Gerais, in the southeast of Brazil and she holds a deep honour for the Sacred Healing tradition passed down to her from her indigenous grandmothers.

Cláudia started to develop spiritually at the age of 13 years old guided by elder Dona Mercedes. This was the start of her spiritual shamanic path which she takes very seriously and with full time dedication.

She moved to the UK in 1994, embarking on a profound journey of personal transformation. In 2001 her indigenous great-grandmother’s spirit came to her in a sweat lodge ceremony, summoning her to go back to her roots and start doing shamanic work. Seclusion, deep inner work receiving teachings directly from the Spirits and training with outside teachers began; a year later, 2002, she started to work as a full time shamanic practitioner serving the community in the UK.

Co-founder of The Edinburgh Shamanic Centre, The Community Foundation for Planetary Healing and the Youth Vision Scotland, Cláudia works with people in Scotland and people all over the world; a great part of her work is also dedicated to various Indigenous groups in Brazil.

You can also see a glimpse of Cláudia’s work in the documentary “The Edge of Dreaming” by Scottish film director Amy Hardy - 2009. | | | |