Carla Meeske

Carla Meeske uses Shamanic Healing to relieve physical, emotional or behavioral problems in animals and people. If you or your animal friend has issues, Carla can help.  Working through Carla, the Compassionate Spirits deliver strong healing power. Shamanic techniques like soul retrieval, illness transfiguration and compassion infusion bring new light and hope. 

  • 20 plus years experience in professional shamanic practice, for both animals and people

  • Pioneer who developed shamanic animal communication, and brought shamanic healing to animals

  • Passionate about Spiritual healing – bridging the energetic connection between the Spirits and you

  • Fabulous communicator, who beautifully explains your shamanic journey session and makes it real for you

  • Careful listener, Carla will help you distill your concerns into actionable requests for the Spirits to help you

  • Superb teacher, who creates magic for her students and guides people to their full potential

Carla offers training programs through her school, SPIRITHEALER SCHOOL OF SHAMANISM. Carla completed the Foundation of Shamanic Studies 3 year program in 2000, and has studied with many other masters for over 20 years. She is a Reiki Master, and is certified in the Masterson Method of equine bodywork. And Carla has continued her education in anatomy, fascia and druidry - what a combination!

Carla’s SpiritHealer School of Shamanism offers introductory training, a 9 month intensive for deep shamanic initiations and training, and a variety of shorter classes and courses through the year. There is an Animal Focused Shamanic Animal Communication and Healing path for those who, like Carla, believe that animals are our first relatives! Classes are on Zoom, live in Phoenix area, and in guest locations across the globe.

Carla is the pioneer in web based distance healing and learning for shamanism. She launched SpiritHealer.com in 1998, offering professional Shamanic Healing and Shamanic Animal Communication through distance sessions.  She began her Shamanic studies in the mid 1980s, and graduated from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3 Year Advanced Training in 2000. Since she has studied with Shamanic Masters from many traditions. Carla is a Reiki Master, and is a Certified Masterson Method Equine Bodyworker. Working with ancestor spirits who were hands on healers of horses, Carla is bridging that knowledge into the modern world of fascia with Connected Flow® shamanic bodywork.
Carla’s CV


The Drum is our carrier into the spirit world - Carla does not use trance inducing plants

The Drum is our carrier into the spirit world - Carla does not use trance inducing plants

Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing, practiced by humans world wide.

Through a change in consciousness, Shamans enter “non ordinary” reality to request healing and advice from compassionate animals, humans and other spirits. Spiritual healing is complementary to modern medicine, therapy and training. Often it is the missing link, the wind in the sails that allows healing, recovery and training to rapidly progress. Shamanic spiritual healing is ancient medicine practiced by indigenous people world wide. Entering “non-ordinary” reality, powered by the drum or rattle, shamans request help from spirits who love us and who want us be healed and whole.

Modern Shamanic Healing is complementary to modern medicine and therapy. Shamanism can accelerate other therapies’ effectiveness, removing impediments and facilitating rapid healing. Often spiritual healing is the missing link, the wind in the sails that allows true healing to rapidly progress.

The Shamanic Journey gives us a clear channel of communication with living and deceased relatives and animals. We cross between the worlds, connecting with Compassionate Spirits, and they are the ultimate teachers and guides in our lives. When ask wise Ancestors, Power Animals and Spirits to help us, they do! And our lives unfold in beauty.

Shamanism for Animals

Tell me you love me!

Tell me you love me!

Carla has a long tradition of helping animals and their people. Shamanic healing for animals is in many ways the same as for people, but there are some differences that are important. First, we use the shamanic journey to communicate with the animal to understand their world - how they feel, what they need, and how we can help them. We also can learn how the animal and person share their energy, so that the healing for one is healing for all. Working with the transition is also more common in animal work, and Carla has developed protocols for helping animals and their people during this difficult time.

What is Shamanic Animal Communication and how does it differ from telepathic communication?

The core difference between telepathic animal communication and shamanic communication is that in shamanic communication you always work with the help of a compassionate Spirit. This Spirit guides you quickly and surely to the client animal, he can diagnose the situation and give clear and helpful advice, he facilitates the communication session by interpreting confusing information when necessary, and most important, he can do direct and miraculous healing for the animals and the people involved. The Spirits augment and clarify communications we receive, and they offer healing to the animal’s traumas, physical and emotional. Shamanic work is all about results!

Entering the trance-like “shamanic state of consciousness” is not hard to do, but typically involves some training. In shamanic animal communication we first enter the shamanic state of consciousness, we then connect with a personal helping spirit who loves us and who wishes to help us help animal. Then we connect with the animal with whom we wish to communicate. When we are in the shamanic state of consciousness we enter a world we call “non-ordinary reality”. In many ways is it like moving around on earth in ordinary reality, but it more dream like. When we are there our “connected self” is able to move about and reach out to the “connected selves” of other beings. I use these terms because they best describe the phenomena of this experience. You can experience this for yourself in one of my workshops.

Those people who have experience doing telepathic communication find working shamanically with the helping spirits to be richer and more beneficial for the clients. And those who are just learning find it very easy to connect with the animal using this method.

Shamanic Healing Techniques

Some frequently used shamanic healing methods are soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, extraction, spiritual healing, and psychopomp (escorting “dead” spirits to the other world). Over the years the spirits have also shown me a deep clearing and healing methodology I call Spiral Healing. The spirits use Spiral Healing to clear deeply entrenched emotional and physical issues in people and animals.

Soul Retrieval

Reindeer Shaman

Reindeer Shaman

Shamans believe that when a person suffers from a physical or psychological trauma a part(s) of the soul splits off and no longer contributes to the person’s whole being.  Instead it stays fixed in the event, but in non ordinary reality.  This dissociation is called soul loss, and it often results in loss of memory, or a feeling of incompleteness. This disengagement makes it easier to survive traumas such as accidents, abuse, or emotional disturbances. Children can suffer soul loss from events that are traumatic to them, but may seem trivial to adults. Soul loss can also occur when another person “holds” onto a part of us, and doesn’t let go. (An old lover perhaps.)

Once the traumatic event is over complete healing can occur when the soul part(s) that is missing is returned. The shaman facilitates this event by journeying into non ordinary reality and, with the help of spirit allies, finding the missing soul parts and bringing them back home. Then there is a period of integration, where the client gets to know the returned soul part(s) again, and together they work to heal the old wounds. This often takes several months.

The concept is the same for animals as it is for people with a few exceptions. Carla has achieved beneficial results doing soul retrievals for horses, dogs and cats.

Power Animal Retrieval

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All people and animals can enjoy the power, strength and comfort of an alliance with a spiritual power animal. The spirits of wild animals work with shamans, guiding them through their journeys, giving advice and performing healings. Often the first thing a modern shamanic healer does for a client is retrieve a power animal for them. The person then bonds with the animal by honoring it in ordinary reality, visiting it during quiet meditation, and dancing in a way that lets the animal move through his or her limbs.  Domestic animals also benefit from power animal retrieval.

Illness Extraction

Often illness has a spiritual component as well as a physical component. When people and animals are vulnerable and disempowered it is possible for entities that don’t belong to enter our bodies. These misplaced entities can cause persistent sickness, soreness and other undesirable things. As a shaman one of my key functions is to work with my spirits to extract these misplaced entities and deliver them to a neutral place, where they can contribute to the overall good of things (instead of causing harm). This process is called extraction, and it is a very common healing activity in my work. The results are immediate and powerful. After an extraction we always fill the space with positive healing power of some kind.

Spiritual Prescription

These are the instructions that my spirits give to further the healing. They often involve giving herbs, essences, diet changes and touch therapy. So far the spirits have been completely right in their prescriptions. I’ve been given prescriptions for poultices, massage, aroma therapy, herbs, exercise and many other things. I work with various healing spirits to obtain this information. As I am not an herbalist or expert in most of these areas I always recommend that the person investigate the recommended treatment and confirm it with an educated ordinary-reality source. Many times the information I get is new information to me, so I learn as much as the client!

Imparting Spiritual Energy and Power

This has many forms. My spirit allies may touch the animal and impart healing power. This can be similar to “energy” healing. I may be instructed to impart the power of an element, plant, light, crystal and/or other powerful things into the animal. We also may chant over the animal. It is completely individual.


Carla Meeske CV:

2018 Fascia Research Conference Attendee

2017 Horse Dissection with Sharon May Davis

2013 Reiki Master

2011 Certified Masterson Method Integrated Equine Bodywork

2001 Graduate Foundation for Shamanic Studies 3 year advanced training

1990 Ordained Minister: SHEs

1985 MBA Marketing/Finance, Columbia University, New York, NY

1982 BA Liberal Arts/Philosophy, St John’s College, Santa Fe NM

Carla’s Previous Jobs:

1994-2004  Full time Instructor of Marketing, University of Oregon

1993-2004 Marketing consultant to various industries

1985-1993 Marketing, Hasbro (Kenner) Toys. Last gig: Director of marketing for NERF brand foam sports.

Carla’s publications include:

  • The Calico Shaman: True Tales of Animal Communication; Coccora Press 2005

  • Speak to My Heart : Carla Person’s Step by Step Method for Shamanic Animal Communication (DVD); Cocorra Press 2003

  • Shamanic Animal Communication; Shamanism, Vol 16 No.1 2003

  • Shamanism for Animals; Sacred Hoop Magazine, Spring 2000

Carla’s work has been described in:

  • Teaching Your Horse to Overcome Fears; Laura Harrison McBride; Story Publishing 2001

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