About This Center

Where Modern Science Meets Ancient Wisdom

The Four Winds Light Body School offers the world’s most extensive professional training in energy medicine based on the 50,000-year-old wisdom teachings of the ancient Americas.

Our goal is to teach individuals how to become a modern day shaman. Modern day shamans are men and women who are willing to be visionaries and healers in their families and communities. They learn to live in balance, and share their skills to be of deepest service and make a difference in the world.

The program was developed by founder Dr. Alberto Villoldo, who has spent more than 30 years studying with the medicine and wisdom keepers of the Andes and the Amazon.

At the Four Winds, our teachings and tools help create optimal health and wellness on every level of your being – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – and empower you to help others do the same. The program certifies you to practice energy medicine, or can be taken for personal growth (our Medicine Wheel Program).

We also offer yearly Spiritual Expeditions to destinations whose cultures have a rich tradition in earth-based spirituality, such as the Amazon, Mt. Salkantay and Chile. In these expeditions, we meet medicine men and women, who are the source of our teachings and practices. These are not mere vacations or “sight-seeing” tours, but an immersion in the teachings of the shamans, bringing us to a deeper level on our spiritual/healing journey.

In 2011, we began to offer classes, retreats and private intensives based on the book Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment, co-authored by Dr. Alberto Villoldo and Dr. David Perlmutter. The Power Up Your Brain work focuses more on steps we can take to support ourselves physically while we incorporate the energetic work into our lives. It also focuses on the true science behind our energy medicine practices. And, we also have begun development of our Four Winds Light Body Clinic, in which master practitioners in energy medicine, partnered with cutting-edge Western doctors, provide clinical services.

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