Interview with Desiree DeMars on June 15 “Why Shamanism Now?” Radio Show Initiation Series

On her radio show "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity,” teacher, author, and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt welcomes healer Desiree DeMars on the show as part of the “Initiation Series: Curing Our Cultural Sickness.” DeMars talks about her own initiation experiences and how they transformed her.

Portland, OR, June 13, 2010 --( Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network ( on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time, on her show "Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity,” shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt talks to healer, Desiree DeMars, who discusses her own initiation experiences and how they transformed her. As part of Pratt’s “Initiation Series: Curing our Cultural Sickness,” listeners will hear stories of a diverse range of contemporary initiation experiences—that have functioned to truly transform individuals into shamans—and will have the opportunity to understand what initiation truly means. In this episode, DeMars will share numerous initiation stories with listeners, including initiation by scorpion.

Desiree DeMars is a co-founder of The Center for Shamanic Healing in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center is dedicated to bridging the ancient and ancestral wisdom of shamanic and spiritual healing with direct engagement with spirit in a contemporary life. DeMars has over 30 years of experience in holistic health and sustainable lifestyle training beginning with building a self-sufficient homestead and creating a green lifestyle on 10 acres of land in Northern Wisconsin in the early 1970s. Her holistic lifestyle has evolved into 20 years of studying herbal remedies, live food nutrition, several bodywork and energy work modalities, and shamanic healing arts. DeMars’ shamanic training began in 1994 with teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and travel around the world with anthropologists. In her travels, she has worked with indigenous healers in Peru, Ecuador, Bali, Hawaii, Mexico and Nepal.

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 founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, OR, and New York, NY, 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.

"Why Shamanism Now?", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library ( Christina also talks about Shamanic Healing on You Tube (

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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