“The Four Winds is the Harvard of neo-shamanism”
– Harper’s Bazaar
The Four Winds Society offers the world’s most thorough training in Shamanic Energy Medicine combined with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience. Over the past 25 years, we have trained and mentored more than 10,000 students from all walks of life – scientists, construction workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists, massage therapists, and others – to dream a new world into being.
Our Light Body School offers an Online Energy Medicine Training program, and a Residential Energy Medicine Training program with campuses in the United States, Germany and Chile. Our main campus, Los Lobos, is nestled in the coastal mountain range adjoining a World Biosphere Preserve in Chile.
Our mission is to train wise and ethical practitioners of Shamanic Energy Medicine and to give them the tools to launch a meaningful new career doing what they love. Through the marriage of ancient wisdom and modern science, we seek to transform the world by bringing exceptional health and joy to everyone we work with.
By his mid-20s Alberto Villoldo was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University. He was directing the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory, investigating how energy medicine could change the chemistry of the brain. One day in his laboratory, Alberto realized that his research had to get bigger instead of smaller, that he was looking out of the wrong end of the microscope. He needed to find a system larger than the neural networks of the brain. Many others were already studying the hardware – Alberto wanted to learn to program the mind to create psychosomatic health.
Anthropological stories hinted that there were people around the globe who claimed to know such things, including the few remaining “shamans” in today’s modern world.
Alberto traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon – determined to learn from researchers whose vision had not been confined to the lens of a microscope, from people whose body of knowledge encompassed more than the measurable, material world that he had been taught was the ONLY reality. He wanted to meet the people who sensed the spaces between things and perceived the luminous strands that animate all life. Scattered throughout the Andes and Amazon were a number of sages or “Earth Keepers” who remembered the ancient ways. Alberto traveled through countless villages and hamlets and met with scores of medicine men and women. The lack of a written body of knowledge meant that every village had brought its own flavor and style to the healing practices that still survived.
For more than 10 years, Alberto trained with the jungle medicine people. In healing his own soul wounds, Alberto walked the path of the wounded healer and learned to transform old pain, grief, anger and shame to sources of strength and compassion.
From the Amazon, Alberto trekked the coast of Peru, from Nazca, the site of gigantic markings on the desert floor that depict power animals and geometric figures, to the fabled Shimbe lagoons in the North, home to the country’s most renowned shamans. Then, in Lake Titicaca – the Sea on Top of the World – Alberto collected the stories and healing practices of the people from which, the legends say, the Inka were born.
Through it all, Alberto discovered a set of technologies that transform the body, heal the soul, and can change the way we live and the way we die.
These ancient teachings explain that a Luminous Energy Field (LEF) surrounds us and acts as a matrix or blueprint that maintains the health and vibrancy of the physical body.
Alberto is founder of the world-renowned Four Winds Society and of the Light Body School. In his teachings and writings, he shares the experience of infinity and its ability to heal and transform us, to free us from the temporal chains that keep us fettered to illness, old age and disease.
Alberto is the author of numerous bestselling books, several of which are available in many languages: Power up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (with David Perlmutter, MD); Shaman, Healer, Sage; The Four Insights; Mending The Past & Healing The Future With Soul Retrieval; Illumination: The Shaman’s Way of Healing; Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being; The Four Winds: A Shaman’s Odyssey into the Amazon (with Erik Jendresen); Dance of the Four Winds: Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen); Island of the Sun: Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen); Yoga, Power, and Spirit: Patanjali the Shaman; The Realms of Healing (with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.); Healing States: A Journey Into the World of Spiritual Healing and Shamanism (with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.); Skeleton Woman; The First Story Ever Told (with Erik Jendresen).
OUR LEADERSHIP AND FACULTY
Over the course of 25 years, we have mentored over 10,000 students and graduates from all walks of life – scientists, construction workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists, massage therapists, and others – to dream their new world into being.
Marcel Heyder explored many spiritual traditions and healing techniques before finding his life purpose in shamanism. For over a decade he has worked with groups and individuals in Germany... Read More
In each of our campuses you will experience the beauty, serenity and bounty of our world every day of your training.
Nestled in Chile’s coastal mountain range and adjoining a World Biosphere Preserve, Los Lobos Sanctuary is a health spa and shamanic monastery that offers the unique opportunity to receive your training at our founder’s sanctuaryRead More
Joshua Tree Retreat Center is the oldest and largest retreat centers in the Western United States and a unique architectural landmark, with most of the buildings built by world-renowned architects Frank Lloyd Wright and his son LloydRead More