Shamanic Traditions and Teachings: Q&A with Brant Secunda
Please describe what you do in 10 – 15 words.
Brant Secunda: I share the ancient shamanic traditions and wisdom of the Huichols by teaching, leading pilgrimages, and through sacred ceremony.
Why do you do what you do?
Brant Secunda: It was my good luck to be trained in the shaman way as a healer and ceremonial leader. I have devoted my life to carrying on this tradition.
What are you currently fascinated by in your work?
Brant Secunda: I continue to learn every day through shamanic practices, dreaming, and connection with nature. Over the last few years I have learned through dreams how to help and heal people long distance, though it is always best to have the patient in front of me.
How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers?
Brant Secunda: I was adopted into the indigenous community of the Huichols as a young man as the grandson and close companion of don Jose Matsuwa, one of the greatest of all Huichol shamans. He put me through a rigid 12-year apprenticeship, including many long vision quests without food or water, as a way to learn.
If you’ve taught at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat before, what is one surprising thing about the experience for you?
Brant Secunda: The Sivananda ashram is a special place of serenity and devotion, filled with dedicated teachers and a commitment to spreading peace, health, and joy. I commend the ashram for creating this space to share about different traditions and how we are all connected to create peace in the world. I look forward to the special opportunity to return each year.
Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico and author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol shaman who lived to be 110 years old and adopted Brant as his grandson, leaving him to help carry on the ancient indigenous practices of the Huichol tribe. Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies, Brant leads seminars and pilgrimages worldwide. Alongside other dignitaries, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin, is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild, and the Huichol Foundation. His work has been documented on television and radio, and in articles and books worldwide.