About The Teacher
Susan Bookman is a shamanic & spiritual healer, ceremonialist, teacher and social development advocate who has lived and thrived in the Sacred Valley of Peru since 2005.
Susan embarked on her healing journey in 1982 when she began experiencing intense night visions and sleep paralysis episodes. This continued for over ten years and culminated in a series of involuntary kundalini awakenings that energetically and psychically brought her to her knees. After years of integration, it became clear that Susan possesses keen empathic, intuitive and healing abilities - traits that, had she not gone through what she did, may have never come into her awareness.
Her training and accolades in the healing and shamanic arts include:
- Advanced Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Practitioner. Ongoing since 2003.
- Hampicamayoq & Ayahuascera, trained and authorized by Los Grandes y Sagrados Angeles Cordilleranos, Cusco, Peru. Ongoing since 2007.
- Certificate Acknowledgement of Service by the Peru Ministry of Culture, Cusco Regional Office, through the Ministry’s Forum on Traditional Andean Medicine, for the preservation of Peru’s shamanic patrimony. October 2012.
- Certified Clarity Breathwork Facilitator, professional training in the use of Breath to activate the subconscious mind in order to gain deep insight, release emotional baggage and dissolve old patterns of behavior and thought. Certification 2019.
- Oracle & Sound Healer, through the Oracle School & Community of Jennifer Posada in the areas of Self Love, Finding Your Gifts & Voice, Manifestation, Empowerment, Sacred Sexuality and Interdimensional Communications. 2010 thru 2013. (Additional training & study through the work of her step-father Tom Kenyon).
- Pranic Healing Practitioner, trained by the Institute for Inner Studies, founded by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, in Advanced Pranic Healing, Pranic Crystal Healing, Psychic Self-Defense, Pranic Psychotherapy, Kriyashakti and Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul. 2009 thru 2011.
- Holistic Color Counselor & Healer, Iris International School of Colour Therapy, 2009 thru 2010.
- Other related study, practice, experience and contemplation. Ongoing.
Susan also holds an Masters of Arts Degree in International Communications & Development from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC and has significant experience in sustainable development particularly in insular economies and environments. In addition to Peru, she has lived, studied and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and other parts of South America.
Susan offers services and retreats to individuals or small groups seeking knowledge and training in Andean Spirituality & Healing, Breathwork for Sacred Life Fulfillment and Ancestral Connection, the Art of Despachos, Shamanic Ritual Creation, Apu & Pachamama Relationship Building, Pachacuti Mesa Tradition, as well as those seeking healing and interested in lifestyle changes, personal transformation, crisis support and mystical travel guidance. She also serves as specialized guide for visits to sacred sites or alternative customized excursions geared toward spirituality &/or social development related initiatives.
While Susan’s work is individualized, intuitive and creative, there is a structure that she generally uses.
Andean & Shamanic Teachings: Half Day or Full Day Session:
- Oral teachings, demonstrations, experiential processes and discussion
- Focused intentions based on individual or group needs and desires
Andean Healing Session:
- Free consultation prior to session to determine the nature & structure of work
- Duration varies (usually 1 to 3 hours)
Shamanic Breathwork Session:
- 2-3 hour session including teachings, processes and breathing
Psychotronic Amulet and Manifesto Ritual:
- Details to be disclosed upon request
- Duration varies (usually 2 to 3 hours)
Entheogenic Medicine Journeys:
- Details to be disclosed upon request
- Includes oral teachings on the Art of Despacho Creation
- Offerings may be for travels, health, relationships, success, gratitude, transformation, and others.
- Duration varies (usually 2 to 4 hours)
Communing with Ancestors and Dieties at Sacred Sites: Half Day or Full Day Excursion:
- Visits to places of energetic and spiritual importance to commune with the energies and spirit allies
- Includes creation of ritual altar, oral teachings, guided shamanic processes.
Customized Retreats of Two or More Days:
- Private custom retreats include a combination of healings, teachings, experiential processes and excursions based on the needs and desires of the clients and the expertise and recommendations of Susan.
- Please note that specialized Andean healings, shamanic breathwork, plant or despacho ceremonies carry additional charges within a retreat itinerary.
For more information, please contact Susan by email - sgbookman at me dot com.
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Esme West April 24, 2020
I have had the privilege of working with Susan, both in Peru this past year over a four day period when I traveled there with 3 other friends, as well as having several virtual sessions with her, before and after the trip to Peru. Susan has a way of making what could otherwise, be difficult concepts or teachings, feel so much more attainable and easily understood. She is able to articulate so eloquently, deep, spiritual concepts, and weave them into beautiful "word tapestries". The Amulet and Manifesto that I created while with her in Peru, are my most cherished possessions, and their medicine is a gift in my life every day. I have enjoyed, and benefited greatly from Clarity Breathwork sessions with her as well, both in person in Peru and virtually. Truly profound and beautiful experiences! Seeing Peru, and the Sacred Valley through her eyes was such an incredible experience. Her knowledge of the culture, traditions, the geography, and the deep medicine of that beautiful land are an exquisite delight to be in the presence of. I hope to have the honor of working with her many times more, in various ways. Susan has incredible gifts to offer, and I feel that I have grown so much, spiritually, emotionally, and Shamanically as the result of her teachings.
Ruba Al Ghoul April 21, 2020
There r no words that can describe my gratitude to Susan. I came to her a completely lost city girl, emotionally devastated on 3 different types of meds; and left a completely transformed human being! How she assisted me through my journey, going above and beyond, to emotionally, physically, and mentally be there for me every step of the way. I not only leave with a treasure trove of knowledge, I also left knowing that I've gained a mentor and a soul sister. I would trust her again with my life.
N Lynnea Burr November 25, 2019
I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with such a talented and spiritually guided master: just one month ago I met her for the first time and yet I am forever changed thanks to Susan's dedication. She provides the appropriate framework on which to build one's journey, including visiting sacred sites, communing with ancestors in guided meditations, breathwork, music healing, all done in idyllic surroundings in the Sacred Valley. One's preparation for communing with Mother Ayahuasca takes place with the proper context to endorse a spiritual journey with deeply reverent intentions and respect for the ancestors that have graced us with this truly amazing medicine. Susan's commitment to her training as a shaman and plant medicine teacher are evident in everything that she does; she is a deeply caring individual with much passion for her vocation and everyone she touches are tremendously affected by her gifts. Gracias Gracias Gracias Maestra!
Megann Reid September 11, 2019
I want to share my gratitude for the breathwork healing experiences I have been having with Susan. Yesterday I had session #3 of 6 and just worth publicly noting how amazing she is at it. I bring my most intimate confusion and life stuck-ness and how I'm coping, and she just has this way of interpreting and re-framing my struggles into something I can work with and re-gain my confidence with. Thank you so much Susan for having done the work, for having a Mary Poppins deep bag of tools to help my mind and spirit inhabit being in this life, more light, hopeful, and free.
Mary Jo Penizotto September 11, 2019
3 friends and I completed a 4 day specialized retreat with Susan Bookman in September. She is “the real deal” as we say in the United States. Susan is truly a gifted Shamanic teacher and healer. Through ceremonies and teachings we all grew in knowledge, reverence and personal power. Susan is especially gifted in conducting Ayahuasca Ceremonies - I felt completely safe and trusting in her expert care. I have also experienced several Clarity Breathwork sessions with Susan both in person in Peru and via the internet (pre- and post Peru). This is an amazing powerful modality for growth and healing, led by Susan’s specialized care and guidance. Susan is warm, compassionate and open. She knows how to balance the seriousness of Ceremony with lightness and humor. I highly recommend Susan, there is no one else I would have wanted to teach me about the beautiful Spiritual traditions of Peru.
Rox Etheridge September 09, 2019
Imagine experiencing first hand "sacred crazy medicine" in this realm. Meet Susan. I spent six transformative days with her, connecting to Sacred sites, performing rituals/ceremonies and deeply remembering self, birthright, and soul. Susan is Great medicine! I have been studying multicultural Shamanism and was guided to Susan through my connection with the PMT community. Susan supported me to experience ancient traditions and the wisdom of I AM. She provided the space for me to sit with myself (by myself) and look at my resistance. In doing so, there was limitless space to evolve. Our work with Sacred plants transformed me profoundly, and her deep knowledge of breathing techniques, despacho, and manifesto ceremony, coupled with visits to the antiquity of divine places afforded even more certainty of my purpose and connection to the great work. Susan is hilarious and thoughtful, caring and wise. Bearing witness to the world she has manifested for herself in Peru has allowed me to explore many sides of myself that I have been afraid of or felt did not have a place in this work. A reclaimed sense of humor and complete acceptance of myself as a perfect being, are the greatest gifts I received from my time with her.
Carol MIller January 30, 2019
I spent my 60th birthday with Susan doing the Psychotronic Amulet and Manifesto Ritual followed by a shamanic breath work session. Susan was warm and welcoming and the ceremonies were profound and very healing for me. Susan is well versed in shamanic ceremonial practices and I appreciated her willingness to share her knowledge with me and her patience and stamina to stay with me in the process until it was complete. Susan is sincere but not sanctimonious, and it was an auspicious and fun way to spend my birthday in ceremony with someone with both a profound depth of knowledge and a light hearted sense of humor.
Barbara Snow December 11, 2018
The spiritual journey that Susan created for my group was truly transformative. The combination of ceremonies at sacred sites like Pisac, Ollayantaytambo, Killa Rumioque, and Saqsayhuaman with breathwork and sound healing ensured that we cleared vast quantities of "hucha," (dense, heavy energy) and replaced it with lightness, clarity and joy. Susan gave marvelous attention to details. We received snacks and waters upon arrival that refreshed and renewed us. We greatly appreciated her explanations and guidance around history and sacred activities. She made sure time was set aside to rest and to reflect to balance the intensity. She made sure we had the nourishing foods we needed to avoid allergies and sustain energy. Her greatest gift to us, however, was her spiritual awareness. Susan is an accomplished ceremonialist and an intuitive sensitive with a generous, compassionate heart. Her insights are deep and clear. Her energetic support through her Pachakuti Mesa is incredibly strong and fine-tuned. Her instincts for help and support are consistently on target and helpful in reaching new states of being. This journey was deeply transformative. I returned clear, strong, and ready for the assignments I received during the process. I look to taking other groups on similar pilgrimages and I will include Susan Bookman and her expertise as a central figure in service to our collective enlightenment.
Lynne Klippel November 20, 2018
Susan Bookman lead our group for a week in the Sacred Valley and created an incredible experience for us. We went far off the beaten path to scared sites, toured major points of interest with holy eyes instead of tourist vision, and held moving ceremonies daily. Our evening breath work sessions were powerful healing experiences as well. Susan is a master at logistics- every hotel, restaurant, and location was carefully chosen to meet the needs of our group. Our time was well organized and optimized. She shared her wonderful sense of humor, authentic humanness, and powerful spiritual wisdom freely. By the end of the trip, she was a friend as well as a trusted retreat leader. I lead retreats myself and know how much work goes into creating successful ones. Susan gets my highest recommendation for her skills, planning, personality, and depth. You will love working with her.
Jari Holland Buck November 19, 2018
I was privileged to travel Peru with two dear friends, accompanied by Susan. She served as spiritual guide, teacher and friend. We did ceremony daily and she even created a special circle to honor my beloved Boston Terrier who passed while I on this trip. Greet the day and the experience with an open heart when Susan stands in service!
Nicky Alice April 12, 2018
I have been very cautious when receiving guidance on such an intimate level for years. When I met Susan who came highly recommended by quite a few people who have had healing experience, I knew I had a reason to be grateful. My experience could not have been better and I have a lot of gratitude to her teachings in natural and spiritual wisdom. I could not have wished for a better, more comfortable experience and I look forward to continuing or friendship for years to come as well as making plans to visit next year! What a priceless experience ????
Daniel Moler February 26, 2018
My wife and I experienced our honeymoon in Peru, hoping to have a sacred experience. Not one bit of our experience was stressful as Susan guided our trip through the Sacred Valley, coordinating transportation, sacred site tours, and facilitating ceremony in ways that made our trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She knows the people and way of life very intimately, and walking through the streets of Pisac and Lares with her are some of my most favorite memories. She is is both fun and friendly to be around, and we felt self around her the entire time. On top of that, she is an impeccable ceremonialist and healer! We completely trust Susan to be there for us on our next trip to Peru. Not only did she make the trip worth it, we got a friend out of it in the process! We love her dearly and have stayed in contact with her ever since!
alan waugh January 19, 2018
I went on an excursion into the pre columbian world of the Sacred Valley with Susan. I have studied Peruvian Shamanic practices for years and I was referred to Susan by someone I trust, as a person of high integrity and expertise in the Shamanic Healing arts. Susan took me down the rabbit hole of wisdom and experience into these ancient practices and she did so with sharp wit, intelligence and a gentle loving presence. She is proficient in Quechua and fluent in Spanish and is an excellent translator for some of the Paqos and Curanderos' that were keen to share their wisdom with us. I have referred several people to Susan and will continue to do so and I highly recommend her as a facilitator and guide for those looking for a superior experience into the culture and sacred practices in the Sacred Valley
Iris Hoffman January 18, 2018
I will never forget the ways in which Susan Bookman has supported my growth and helped me heal. She is wise and extraordinarily magical; and coupling these qualities with her huge heart, her compassion, and her down to earth nature; Susan is a talented healer that makes a difference in the lives she touches. I have met many healers and medicine carriers on my journey, yet Susan stands out to me in her genuineness and power to hold space and support individuals and they move along their path of healing. I could not more highly recommend working with Susan Bookman!
B Smith January 13, 2018
I started studying with don Oscar Miro Quesada via the Shift Network December 2016 and the went to a live retreat in the Carolinas. After that introduction to Peruvian healing work, I knew that I needed to work with the plant medicines. From that network I was guided to Susan Bookman who just happened to have some time and worked me into her schedule. You could say it was a cosmic connection. And a powerful cosmic connection! I only had 5 days to spare. I know the internet is full of 10-14 day treks through the Amazon or over the Andes with lots of colorful flags flying, llamas nuzzling and people puking. But if you want to bypass the touristy medicine journey and get to work on healing what ails you, then you want to work with Susan. And I do mean work! When we toured sights it was to gather energy and messages and honor all that is in the Sacred Valley. When we did the plant medicine, it was in a well protected healing ceremony. When I thought there could surely be nothing left, we did a grand despacho ceremony and created a sacred manifestation amulet to support and accelerate my process of embodying all that I seek and desire in my life at this time.Yes it's working. Oh wow, she healed me! Or as she might say - she facilitated the healing. I'm going back soon because the medicine is beautiful! My biggest takeaway was that all that is - is joyful happiness! The Buddha in technicolor neon laughing and giggling.
Victoria Hoch January 13, 2018
I have a passion for exploring ceremony. When I have been in Susan's presence, I have been able to learn and absorb from a most accomplished and magical medicine woman. For me, the compelling beauty of Bookman's work is in the integration of ancient Peruvian shamanic arts with more mystical, alchemical, and yogic practices. When Susan opens the mesa and begins to pray, something subtle, powerful, and transformative occurs - something that can be felt in every cell of my body. I have seen many people create despachos before, but none have the power and light that Susan brings to this practice. She is the person I would turn to if I needed a ceremonial approach to an issue or problem. I highly recommend her work.
martine geeraert January 12, 2018
During my planning of my trip to Peru with my 14 year old son Ethan, Don Oscar Miro-Quesada referred me to spiritsister Susan Bookman. I felt a calling to go on a soul journey for me and my son. I explained to Susan what I wanted and from the beginning her responses were quick and accurate. There was clear communication . She warmly welcomed us and we could even stay in her house. Even with the remodel going on in her house the atmosphere was serene. I felt she was well prepared for our full 3 days journey. We did a lot of work together and the presence of her cute little dogs added on in a playful way. Susan is very knowledgeable indeed and I felt a deep integrity within her, a passion for her work, respect and gratitude for her teachers. She held the space gracious for me and my son. My son opened up deeply, a treasure for me to experience this work with him. We will never forget this. Healing has happened and will go on. I bow to Susan and her spiritguides and I hope to meet again. Many blessings :)
Dinaz December 28, 2017
I had the blessing of going on a medicine retreat with Susan in Peru earlier this year. It was an intense journey inward and out. I am grateful to her for being there as my pillar of grace and beacon of light. I was in awe as she worked her magic on me. She gave me invaluable advise and still helps to guide me with after care. I still feel the afterglow in my time of integration!
Kathy Edmondson Kieffer December 20, 2017
I worked with Susan over the course of a three years, as I led medical teams into remote regions of the Andes. Susan was an active team member, supportive of the medical team, proactive in finding ways to positively impact community health and education. She was a knowledgeable resource for local supportive modalities. Susan was friendly and open to the medical team, integrated well with our group and was a valuable team member. I continue to enjoy and treasure the friendship I now share with Susan. She is a person of integrity both in word and deed.
Douglas Burr December 18, 2017
I have had the opportunity to study and work with Susan on several occasions over many years. Her knowledge and awareness of the power of plant and spirit are tremendous! I always tell anyone who is interested in communing with the plant spirit realm must do so only in a safe, loving and supported environment. There are no shortcuts in creating such a space! I have just recently been in ceremony with Susan and was extremely inpressed by her abilties and commitment in creating that exact space. Her attention to detail is nothing short of Amazing!
Amore St Ives December 18, 2017
As soon as I met Susan, I was immediately comfortable with the journey that was to come. I instantly felt like I was in the presence of family under her care and so appreciative of her kind approach. She is warm, supportive, incredibly knowledgeable and patient. She was an unexpected surprise in every way and I am so grateful that she was my guide through such a healing process. Her spirit envelopes you like a loving blanket and you can feel her authentic intention emanate from her entire being.