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About Sandra

       Sandra Chestnutt
      Shamanic Practitioner and Minister of Walking Prayer


      My Earth Walk is rooted in multilevel disciplines passed on to me with authority to honor the methodology of the sacred protocols, tools, and medicine ways of treating supernatural illness that in turn, when done honoring the strict covenant of the sacred manner of which I was shown, profoundly resonates healing on those multilevel frequencies moving through the universal circles of creation—from Source, through Source, connected by Source through every sentient being.

      Born of English-Hopi ancestry, my adoptive father (RIP) taught me that all nature is sacred. Earth is our mother, nature is our church. 

      Though my childhood visits to Hopiland ended preadolescence, my connection to the many blessing way teachings of my native ancestors continued to influence me on and off through my adult life until one day I was called upon to honor my roots. That calling came through the disguise of a string of debilitating supernatural illnesses I could not recover from (chronic fatigue syndrome followed by Fibromyalgia, entangled with debilitating stroke-like TIAs—trans-ischemic attacks, and migraines in a soup of deep depression), where I ended up seeking doctoring by the wise ways and life ways of a Lakota Medicine Woman and American-Tibetan Shaman that lived in my region at the time. Those relatives in turn rekindled by ancestral agreements with Hopi.
      (I am not a federally recognized Native American.)  

      During my time of doctoring (by which I was healed of all suffering related to the supernatural conditions that ailed me), some of my life experiences were acknowledged as significant initiations for walking The Blessing Way, and agreements were made for me to receive many more teachings. Since then, I’ve integrated those teachings with understandings from my Hopi ancestry, and teachings from other medicine people and elders who have walked with me. I have been gifted many sacred tools with the authority to practice the protocols that come with those responsibilities. 

      In time, my desire to go deeper into studying shamanism brought me to participate in coursework including a three-year residential program with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies. Amongst their many teachings, I deeply connected with the Tuvan practices from the Central Asian republic of Tuva. The Tuvan history dates back to the Stone Age, presenting many ancient techniques—some which I have integrated into my healing practice.

      Adding to my spiritual Earth Walk, I completed studies as a Minister of Walking Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies that prepared me to assist people in moving through the many transitions of life. I took to heart officiating beautiful ceremonies of welcoming newborns into our world, uniting lovers in marriage, and saying goodbye to those ready to pass on.

      Additionally I facilitate prayer drumming circles, and co-create ceremony of the Wise Ways and Life Ways of The Two Grandmothers (50 years combined experiences of Curanderismo and Shamanic practices). More to come regarding those sacred teachings. 

      I walk with humble gratitude for the opportunity to help all human beings walk in courage enabling each other’s ability to move out of crisis into empowerment. 

      This Earth Walk is my ceremony. My heart speaks the language of my prayers. My mind follows. May the blessings pour out upon all of you—you are my Earth Walk Family.

      Mitakuye Oyasin
      Rev. Shaman Sandra

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      • Ordained Minister of Walking Prayer, Center for Sacred Studies
       View Certificate of Ordainment.

      • Graduate: Foundation for Shamanic Studies —3 Year Residential Program "Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing", teachers: Michael Harner and Alicia Gates — studied there 1998 through 2006  View Certificate of Completion.

      • 1998 to 2001 Studied with a Lakota Medicine Woman and American-Tibetan (Nepal) Shaman receiving initiations of shamanic healing techniques. These were "show and tell" teachings, no certificates or documentations.

      • Second Degree Reiki Practitioner
      —September 2000. View Certificate of Completion.

      • Registered Cardiovascular Technician II (1982) working in the field 1975 through 1984.

      • AA degree in Medical Assisting (1975)

      • AA degree in Graphic Art (1975)