Kelley Kessler

Healer ~ Shaman ~ Nurturer of Souls

With a life long interest in metaphysics, the science of nature, humans and an awareness and connection to the unseen forces around us, I began studying and practicing energy work in 2004 under the wonderful healer, psychic, counselor, and teacher Matthew Engel MSW CHT. I embarked on my shamanic studies in 2011 at Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s The Four Winds Light Body School and completed my shamanic training and medicine wheel under the talented guidance of Shaman Greg Harper “Wilder”, PhD, CCHT. I humbly received my final Munay-Ki rites from Kent Dorsey and Suzanne Savage through the Center for Shamanic Healing in 2013 and am a full mesa carrier. Blessed to live in the Bay Area with my partner and kitties, I currently work as a Child Welfare Supervisor and have a Shamanic private practice for infants to elders.

I’ve always had a desire to care for others and the vulnerable parts of us. I began babysitting at a young age and when asked “what do you want to do when you grow up?” I would respond that I wanted to work with abused and neglected children. An old soul at best. I continued caring for children well into my twenties, and had a good hands-on understanding of human development and our fascinating psychology. I gained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and worked as a professional counselor with both adults and children, until moving to the Bay Area in 1997. I began working in the field of Children and Family Services and in 2002 obtained my License in Clinical Social Work.

Shamanism: What is it?


Shamanism dates back tens of thousands of years and is thought to be one of the earliest spiritual and healing practices known to humans. Based in the belief and experience of animism and utilizing the natural living universe within and around us, one can learn to alter their consciousness and move between the physical and nonphysical or spirit world, perceive what lays beyond and interact with the energies or beings that reside there for information and healing. The shaman or shamaness, with the assistance and protection of their helping spirits, guides, ancestors, angels, or power animals, act as the intermediary, channel, or “hollow bone”, (as I once read the literal translation of shaman to mean in its indigenous language of Evenki) to perceive and move the energies between the worlds. Passed down for millennia from teacher to student, healings using the natural and spirit world are found in the medicine people of every indigenous culture across the continents with each having their own unique history, lineage, beliefs, language, customs, rituals, practices and medicines honoring their ancestors, mother earth, and the natural world around them.


The word shaman is an Evenki word coming from the Evenk people of Siberia who called their spiritual leaders “shaman”. The invading and colonizing Russians learned of this word and spread it throughout the world to refer to those in a tribe who are the healers, medicine people, and spiritual leaders using “magico-religious” practices. As Wikapedia describes: shamanism has also made a neo-shamanistic re-appearance which at times highlights the underpinnings of cultural appropriation and colonization that precedes its resurgence. Know your healer, use your intuition.