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Marsha Scarbrough Talks About the Power of Dance on Why Shamanism Now? Radio Show on January 6

Teacher, author, and founder of The Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt talks with guest Marsha Scarbrough, author of “Medicine Dance,” about the healing power of dance on both the personal and global levels.

Portland, OR, December 24, 2009 --( Streaming live on the Voice America Network ( on Wednesday, January 6, at 2 p.m. Pacific time/5 p.m. Eastern time, Marsha Scarbrough, author of Medicine Dance: One woman's healing journey into the world of Native American sweat lodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts, joins host Christina Pratt on this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity” titled “The Power of Dance.”

According to Scarbrough, “The difficulties we face can motivate our greatest growth and healing. But you have to follow whatever healing path inspires you, no matter how crazy!” Scarbrough shares with listeners what she has learned about the power of dance to heal from her work with the Native American teacher, Beautiful Painted Arrow/Joseph Rael, and Ayo Adeyemi, the Nigerian master drummer/Yoruba ceremonial leader.

Scarbrough explains that in indigenous cultures, dance is not a performance; it's a meditation for the dancer. The movement itself is prayer. Dance and rhythm are the means by which shamans can repaired or restored vibration. Since we are actually vibration rhythm, dance, and ritual can be used to heal us. Scarbrough and Pratt discuss how the possibilities to create global and personal healing are endless when you have a group trance with positive intention, rhythm, and the power of dance.

Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman. In practice since 1990, she specializes in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her well-received book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism (Rosen), is an 800 page, two-volume set with over 750 in-depth entries that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.

Marsha Scarbrough is the author of Medicine Dance: One woman's healing journey into the world of Native American sweatlodges, drumming meditations and dance fasts. Along the way, Scarbrough traveled with Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax, danced with movement guru Gabrielle Roth, earned a brown belt in karate from martial arts legend Tak Kubota, participated in healing ceremonies with Native American mystic Beautiful Painted Arrow/Joseph Rael, and produced workshops for Nigerian master drummer/Yoruba ceremonial leader Ayo Adeyemi. More information on Scarbrough and her work can be found at

"Why Shamanism Now?", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs every Wednesday afternoon at 2-3 pm Pacific time/5 – 6 p.m. Eastern time on Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now?" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library ( Some of Pratt’s teachings and interviews are also posted on YouTube.

For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811,

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