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Jeannette McCullough

Jeannette McCullough was a healer, teacher, Shaman, gifted human being and a dear friend. I spent many hours receiving healing from Jeannette and studying with her. What a blessing.

Jeannette McCullough with World Drum

I had met a number of shamans over the years when they had come to give workshops in the store I had co-owned, The Reiki Store, but I had never really spent much time with them or attended their workshops.

Jeannette McCullough came into my life a few months after I had a heart attack. The heart attack was in September 2004.

As I was recuperating from the heart attack it came to me that I needed more than the support of my medical team. I began trying to connect with a Reiki Master and Shaman that a customer of The Reiki Store had talked about. Not sure why he came to mind. However, I did manage to connect with Bernie Morin.

Soul Retrieval with Bernie

Bernie introduced me directly to shamanic practice by doing a long distance Soul Retrieval session with me. He was in Peterborough, Ontario and I was in Toronto, Ontario. It was a life-changing event.

As Bernie lived in Peterborough and I was in Toronto working with him and attending his workshops wasn’t going to work as I recovered from the heart attack. Therefore, Bernie Morin introduced me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and they, in turn, introduced me to Jeannette.

Medicine for the Earth with Jeannette

I’m not going to go into detail here about the work that I have done with Jeannette. However, my work began with her with a Medicine for the Earth Workshop based on Sandra Ingerman’s book “Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins”.

I was one of her students until she died. I have seen profound changes in my life as a result of the work that I have done with her. Sometimes a few words from her can really open up a whole new world. A truly thoughtful and caring human being.

Following are the words that I have lifted directly from Jeannette’s website previous website shamansong.ca. Why re-invent the wheel?

In Jeannette’s Own Words

Jeannette McCullough is a Registered Nurse and Shamanic Practitioner who has experience in many diverse health care settings including medical cardiology, orthopedics and addiction treatment. As an educator, she developed and taught courses in Pharmacology, Human Growth and Behaviour, Psychology, Life Skills and Addictions for George Brown College. Jeannette helped to establish, and successfully managed, a fundraising operation for Bayview Community Hospice.

She started training in 1996 with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an international organization dedicated to the preservation, study and transmittal of shamanic knowledge and practice. She is a graduate of the Foundation’s Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman are her teachers. And she has completed Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training Program.

Jeannette has been offering approaches to health and healing from a shamanic perspective in her independent practice since 1998. She feels she has found her true home in her shamanic work.

Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group

Jeannette is also a founding member and served for three years on the executive of the Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group which represents the growing number of nurses who practice complementary medicine in Ontario. The group was officially recognized, and given special interest group status by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in September of 2002.

Spirituality in Health-Care Network

As well, she is on the steering committee of the Spirituality in Health-Care Network. The network was founded in December 2000 by Yvonne Kason MD and John Thornton MD and is dedicated to integrating spirituality with psychotherapy and health care.

Integrative Health Care Round Table

Jeannette served for two years on the Integrative Health Care Round Table as a representative of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The Round Table is an affiliation of conventional and complementary organizations established in 2004 to promote the development of integrative health care in Ontario and beyond.

Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

She is a past board member and a lifetime member of the Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), a community of professionals and consumers who provide credible information and education about complementary and alternative medicine. FACT was founded in 1998 by the psychiatrist, Dr. Ted Lo.

Jeannette served to foster community, healing, and empowerment through her work and in her life. And she still does, even though she has died, through her many students.

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It was very good to spend the evening with Mandaza

It was very good to spend the evening with Mandaza at the Spirituality in Healthcare Network event.

He shared his wisdom and commented on a wide variety of issues.

The evening began with us connecting with the Spirits being lead by Larry Nussbaum and his drum. Larry invited those of us who wished to go to a table that he had setup and retrieve an Instrument of Mass Percussion – a wide selection of drums, rattles and so on.

We started with silence. After awhile someone began to shake a rattle. Voices sounded. Rattles and drums and so on and more voices joined in. We were connected.

Mandaza was introduced and welcomed by a number of speakers.

Mandaza spoke. He had a list of topics that had been presented to him that he had been asked to speak about. I won’t go through the whole list. I can’t remember them.

But two things, two things stuck in my mind.

One was that we need to look to the future and care for the children. All the children everywhere. We the adults are responsible. That the child who today we are throwing in prison for shooting someone with a gun was using a gun designed and produced by adults. The guns were there when s/he was born. He spoke at some length about the importance of we as adults are responsible for what the children become – all children and all adults. Worth thinking about don’t you think?

The other thing that really landed on me was the idea that while we need to take care of Mother Earth by stopping what we are doing to hurt Her through pollution and so on, that at the end of the day if we do not stop hurting Her we could all be dead BUT Mother Earth will still be here.

Mother Earth does not need us but we surely need Her. Worth thinking about I think.

The other one that really struck me was

Spirituality in Health-Care Network presents Mandaza Kandemwa

The Spirituality in Health-Care Network invites you to hear Mandaza Kandemwa. Mandaza is an African bantu medicine man from Zimbabwe offering teachings on healing, peacemaking and community.

This event is a fundraiser to raise money to support the work of Mandaza in Zimbabwe.

I think that you will want to meet Mandaza. I know that I am looking forward to seeing him again. My first meeting with Mandaza has had a profound impact on my life. Not an instant change but a slow unfolding.


Thursday August 14, 2008 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


252 Bloor Street West – at St.George
Toronto, Ontario

Suggested Contribution:

$10.00 (more if you can, less if you can’t)

*All contributions will go to the support of Mandaza’s Zimbabwe community.

SHCN Executive:

John Thornton MD, Larry Nusbaum MD, Jeannette McCullough RN

SHCN Steering Committee:

Eli Bay, Heloisa Porto, Maria Rossiter-Thornton RN, Sharon CassToole PhD, and Brandon Klayman.


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