People tell me of their
I listen closely.
I seek a vision of their healing.
Working with guidance,
I seek a wholeness for their soul.
Who is Susan?
Susan Grimaldi is an internationally renowned Native American shaman,
based in Montpelier, Vermont. She was born into the Choctaw Nation.
At the age of 7 she had Rheumatic Fever and flew out of this world
on the wing of an airplane, where she was healed and taught. When
she returned she was no longer sick and she was changed. From that
time on, she fell into a visionary state easily and had "knowing".
Her Choctaw grandmother recognized her as a visionary, and she began
teaching Susan. When Susan was 19, she was initiated as a healer and
has been called upon to help people since that time.
Her fieldwork has been pivotal for catalyzing the re-emergence of
shamanism in China. Her dedication to cultural preservation has led
her to the Amazon basin in Brazil and to the most remote northern
taigas of Mongolia, where she filmed the shamanic traditions of the
nomadic reindeer herders.
She is available for both in-person and
She is an artist. You are cordially invited to visit
Pastels by Susan to see some
examples of my work
She is a Field Associate for the Foundation for
Shamanic Studies, specializing in audio/visual documentation, and I
have produced five videos and
"Tuvan Shamanic Healing" (audio
CD) Tuvan Shaman Ai-Churek Oiun learned
the ancient art of throat singing directly through her relationship
with the drum and the spirits. The drumming style used by Ai-Churek
is not typical of Tuvan shamanism and is distinctive to her. This
healing ritual was recorded in California during a workshop
sponsored by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. A circle of
healing, rich in vibratory overtones, is woven by this one female
voice, her drum and her dream.
Susan is a retired Vice President of the non-profit
foundation, Native Cultural Alliance, which provides educational
programs and health supplies to a district in the Brazilian Amazon
"Healing and Trance Dancing in Grenada",
"In the Words of the Shaman", and
"Shamanic Response to an Allergic Reaction".
Her work was featured in an article in
September, 2003 issue of SELF
magazine, titled "A New
Prescription for Happiness" by Deb Abramson. The section
about my practice is called "Shamanic Healing -
The Chanting Cure"
Click on the cover to
read the entire article