Traditional Healing

With Lisa Lichtig and Patrick Hanaway

Traditional Healing

As Mara’akate or medicine people trained and initiated in the Huichol shamanic tradition we offer traditional healing and counsel to people who long for reconnection, balance and alleviation of suffering in their lives. These approaches can be helpful when the root cause of illness goes beyond the mere physical or lifestyle factors to include a deeper awareness of meaning, purpose, emotions, and spiritual connections. These traditional healing approaches can be of benefit and accessible to people of ALL faiths, religions and belief systems.  We also work with rituals and ceremonies that guide community to reconnect with the living, singing world.


Traditional shamanic healing sets things into motion to bring about balance. Traditional shamanic healing connects us to the sacredness of our lives and the world we live in which feed the roots of health and wellness.

To Schedule a Healing Session: Please call or email us at our home office.   We do not offer physician services during traditional healing sessions. If you have a specific medical need that you would like addressed, please schedule a separate appointment.

[email protected], (828)713-1553.


[email protected], (828)768-3302.     

Before seeing Lisa please read and fill out the following:

Traditional Healing Agreement.LL.2021

Traditional Healing Services.LL.2021


What is traditional  healing?

The term ‘shaman’ can easily be over-used and misunderstood. We hear about tea shamans, food shamans, and those who treat people using shamanic tools after taking a weekend workshop! It is no wonder that some look upon this designation with skepticism and concern.

There are obviously many different spiritual healing approaches available nowadays. We carry medicine rooted in shamanic tradition which requires a ‘calling’, as well as a teacher, apprenticeship, intact ancestral tradition, initiation, and community.

This type of healing work is potent and powerful.

Guided by the laws of and relationship with nature as a Divine expression and force, shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and way of life.

You might say it is offers a perspective that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that this world is made of many spiritual beings in various forms such as plants, animals, rocks, clouds all interacting and influencing each other.

From this perspective, we can learn to inhabit life with balance and walk the earth humbly with gentleness and respect, honesty and love for all beings and situations.

Read more about the Huichol Tradition


Who can benefit from traditional healing?

Just about anyone, the only prerequisite is an openness and longing for help. Sometimes particular experiences, memories and traumas can prevent other healing modalities or conventional medicine from being effective or some additional ingredient may be needed to augment those approaches. These indicators point to the potential benefit of shamanic healing.  This type of healing can clean us up and help set things into motion to bring about balance as well as address deep underlying imbalances and challenging situations. Traditional healing can also help maintain wellness and flow in our lives.

Traditional healing is  particularly beneficial for those who long to

  • feel more ease and connection.
  • find direction.
  • freedom to be yourself.Council House Sunset doorway
  • have healthy relationships.
  • become unstuck from patterns that do not contribute to health and wellbeing.
  • navigate life transitions.
  • make good decisions.
  • find perspective or support – physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.
  • experience deeper meaning and purpose.
  • get along better with life.
  • be authentic.
  • blossom.

What happens in a traditional healing session ?

Sometimes there is talking, sometimes silence. Counsel or guidance may be offered. Special medicine or cleaning may be offered through our feathers or other tools may be called upon.  There may be simple assignments to get things moving.  The nature of the interaction is clarified through listening and connecting with the person and the divine presence.

What is involved?

  • Healing sessions are available 8:30 am – 1 pm several days/week.
  • It is ideal to see you at our home office, outside around a special consecrated fire surrounded by nature, though other arrangements can be made to be seen in your home or hospital if needed.
  • Instructions for some simple preparation are given once you’ve confirmed your appointment.
  • Healing treatments are scheduled for 1 hour though less time may be needed.  The initial session may last up to 2 hrs.
  • The cost is $125/session and $225 for the initial session, unless other arrangements are made.  Payment by cash or check, paypal, venmo.
  • Follow up treatments are determined individually and are clarified in person.




Patrick’s trainingIMG_BDC Patrick petitioning Gods

After a ‘Heart Connecting’ Vision Quest in 2002, I was invited to learn the healing traditions and pilgrimage path of the Huichol people of the Western Sierra Madres in Central Mexico through the lineage of my teacher, Waviekame Eliot Cowan.

In 2009, I was initiated as a Mara‘akame (shaman) in the Huichol tradition through the elder oversight of Tsaurirrikame (elder shaman) Don Jose Sandoval and later inducted into the Sacred Fire Healing Ministry


Lisa’s training

In 1998, I began training in Plant Spirit Medicine as a student of Eliot Cowan.  Training included aspects of Classical Five Element Chinese Medicine, Plant Spirit Medicine healing approaches, plant studies and spiritual work building relationships with Plant Spirits. I completed the training in 1999 and was subsequently inducted into the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing as a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer.

In In 2000, I was called to begin a long and rigorous shamanic apprenticeship in the Huichol lineage under the guidance of Tsaurririkame (elder shaman) , Eliot Cowan.  Lisa Bio - mainIn 2014, I became initiated as a Mara’akame (traditional medicine person or shaman) in the Huichol Tradition in a ritual led by Attending Shaman, Don Jose Sandoval at La Laguna in Santa Maria Del Oro, Nayarit, Mexico.

In September 2015, I was inducted into the Sacred Fire Healing Ministry and authorized by the Temple of Sacred Fire to work as a Mara’akame.  This means that I have assumed the responsibilities of a tradition holder of this lineage for the benefit of helping others.


Licensure and Affiliation

While we are trained and licensed medical doctors, we offer additional traditional healing services outside of our licensure as physicians.  As initiated Mara’akate (traditional healers or shamans), we are trained through the Blue Deer Seminary, initiated in the traditional ways, and authorized through the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing to offer shamanic healing, spiritual counsel, life transition ceremonies and rituals, spiritual community service and teaching within a strict code of standards and ethics outlined by the Seminary.

The Temple of Sacred Fire Healing is dedicated to preserving and offering traditional medicine ways. They seek to train, initiate and induct a line of lay spiritual healers and clerics who are deeply rooted in tradition and embody spiritual and personal values necessary to preserve and offer Sacred Fire healing for this and generations to come.

Our promise is to maintain the highest regard for spiritual integrity, accountability and respect for the Huichol tradition and teachings. Ethical conduct is paramount to this path which promotes and maintains balance.

  • We foster a living conversation with the Natural World as an Eternally Divine manifestation.
  • We offer healing, counsel and leadership from the place of that conversation.
  • We attend to and maintain correct relationship with community.
  • We recognize the importance of respectful, humane relationships and understand being a Mara’akame is a life long commitment to offer a ministry that serves the needs of community.

We look forward to serving you