[vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rachel Mann, PhD has devoted her life to the study the deep wisdom of Mother Earth Mysticism to assist others in reaching their highest potential as human beings, to healing trauma, and ending violence, and bringing a lasting peace to the world.

For over a decade, she has had a healing practice using shamanic energy medicine. She also offers teachings in the U.S. and internationally on the mystical system of the Great Medicine Wheel of the New Earth which combines the deep wisdom teachings, meditation practices and ceremony from Native American spirituality , Buddhism, western shamanism, and depth psychology. Her work is also inspired by esoteric Christianity and her lifelong, interdisciplinary, academic study of spiritual healing of the causes and effects of transgenerational trauma and peacebuilding.

In 2007, Rachel left a 25-year academic career to get formal training in The Four Winds Society Healing the Light Body School  She combines the energy medicine of the Amazon and Andes learned from Alberto Villoldo, PhD with principles and practices from depth psychotherapy and psychodrama.

Rachel has spent over 20 years studying Native American spirituality and western shamanism.  Her teachers have included, Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, Chief of the Green Mountain Band of the Ani Yun Wi Wa of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) people, and new shamans, Bradford Keeney and Martin Prechtel. She has also studied the mystical traditions of the Q’ero Nation in Peru.

Her interest in Buddhism began as a young child influenced by her spiritually maverick mother. As an adult, she has engaged in a deep study of the Vipassana tradition and has sat in retreat with various teachers at the Insight Meditation Society, including Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg. She also studied Tibetan Buddhism with Venerable Dhyani, who is also a recognized teacher in the Drikung Kagyu tradition.

Rachel continues to straddle the boundary between the alternative healing world and Academia.  She parlayed an MA in Soviet Studies and a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures with an emphasis in anthropology and folklore into the study of the causes and impact of violence and how to heal through spirituality.  From 1997-2013, at the University of Virginia, she developed innovative undergraduate courses on racism, sexism and transgenerational trauma drawing on the contemplative practices and perspectives of Buddhism and Native American spirituality.  Course topics included “The New Shamanism in the West”, “Gandhi and the Native American Peacekeepers,” “Cultural Identity and Conflict”, “Story and Healing”, and “The Contemplative Sciences”.  From 2013-16, she has been a faculty member at Atlantic University which offers an MA in Transpersonal Psychology and teaches on the topic of “Transpersonal Research in the Human Sciences” and “Leading Issues in Transpersonal Psychology”, among others.

Her lifelong interest in healing individual and collective trauma led her in the 90s to get training in psychodrama for trauma survivors and to be a part of various initiatives to bridge alternative and mainstream approaches to addressing individual and collective trauma.  Among other activities, she has been a guest speaker at the Seven Souls Colloquium on Healing Trauma and has been a participant in a the CERI: Re-Imagining Peace after Massacres of the Center on Violence and Community. She was the co-director of The Art of Surviving, a traveling and digital exhibit of poetry, art and personal narratives by survivors of sexual violence, sponsored by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

Rachel offers healing sessions and/or intuitive, soul readings to support and assist people on their journey of transformation at various locations, including:

Her writings on healing, spirituality and shamanism have been published in Spirituality & Health, YourLifeisaTrip, Awareness Magazine, ECHO World, and Wildfire, a publication founded by the great Native American teacher, Sun Bear.

Rachel is available to give talks on Mother Earth Mysticism, shamanism, healing, spirituality, violence and peace in spiritual, alternative, medical, and university settings. She is also available to give teachings and serve as a healing practitioner and to give intuitive, soul readings at conferences and special venues in the US and abroad.

For more information about Rachel and her work, call 434-227-0538 or email rachelmannphd@gmail.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]