Deborah Shining Star

Soul-Aligned Healer

Shamanic Arts Practitioner

Helping you embody your full potential

My passion is sharing the wisdom, beauty, and power of the shamanic healing arts

to help activate our healing evolution as
Human Beings of Light;

 walking with beauty, purpose, and compassion upon Mother Earth.”

About Deborah

My love of nature and creative expression began early in life when I  said, “Yes!” to my spiritual quest at the tender age of seven. Life presented a miraculous circumstance, which led to profound opportunities and many spiritual crises, and life challenges.  (Chronicled in my memoir, Activate Your Soul, Manifest Your Dreams( 2015)

As an adult, I experienced powerful healing from chronic trauma and loss through holistic energy medicine practices. I followed my calling as a “Wounded Healer” and completed multi-year practitioner-level studies in Polarity Therapy and Shamanic Healing. I launched my healing arts practice in southern Maine in 1998.

I’ve been blessed to study with extraordinary teachers and indigenous elders from the Americas,  primarily the Q’ero and Andean shamans of Peru. Journeying to the Sacred Valley of Peru, and engaging with Andean shamans in healing ceremonies, initiated deeply transformational processes that continue to this day.

Deborah Shining Star Drumming

I was a musical guest of the Shamanic Ceremonial Music Ensemble for several seasons. Niles Urry, Founder of the Ensemble, produced Brook Medicine Eagle’s CD, Gathering the Sacred Breath. The only female ensemble member, I was invited to contribute channeled shamanic vocals and Native American flutes.

A  peak life experience was participating in shamanic ceremonies in the wilds of Southeast Alaska during the end of the fall Salmon run. Bear, wolf, and moose were among the visitors to our riverside campsites and night-time shamanic music fire ceremonies. During the final night’s ceremony, I  was blessed with a profound spiritual experience of BLISS – Oneness with the Universe. I share some of that experience in my spiritual memoir, Activate Your Soul, Manifest Your Dreams.  

My creative explorations include writing and authorship, showing and selling original photography and shamanic-inspired art, drumming, and improvisational Native American flute. I have enjoyed singing in community choruses, including two seasons with the  Santa Fe Women’s Sacred World Music Choir, directed by Madi Sato.  I also joined the chorus on Madi’s powerful Return to the River CD for the inspiring trackWe Are the One.  

I discovered my improvisational shamanic musical gifts during the Songs for Gaia retreat, led by Brooke Medicine Eagle, on sacred ground in Wolf Creek, Montana.  I studio-recorded a collection of shamanic music tracks with plans to release in the coming year.

The Natural History Conference on Star Island, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire, was a source of inspiration and healing for two decades. Along with being immersed in a diverse and welcoming community,  I  Chaired  the conference,  led Evening Candlelight Worship and initiated the Inter-Generational Women’s Circles that continued for many seasons. 

I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a  Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences (Equine Studies). I held leadership roles in the non-profit sector for more than two decades.

I  live in Taos, New Mexico, with my husband, Fred, our adopted stray black cat, Shadow,  and our “doggie angel” rescue dog, Peaches.

Deborah’s Healing Arts Studies Include

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Registered Polarity Therapy Practitioner graduate

The Polarity Realization Institute, Portland, ME; (1998). Energy centered bodywork and massage; polarity yoga; healing with sound, crystals, and nutrition

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Core Shamanism

Workshops taught by Nan Moss and David Corbin, graduates of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, founded by Michael Harnar, Ph.D. (2004)

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The Four Winds - Healing the Light Body School, Two Year Shamanic Practitioner Training (New England)

With Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.,  and Linda Fitch; Soul Retrieval  week, Park City, Utah;  Munay-Ki Rites week with  Peruvian Q’ero elders, Joshua Tree, CA. (2005-2008)

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Goddess Mesa Carrier – Puma Quispe Singora, Chinchero, Peru (2021)

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Mesa Carrier in the Q’ero lineage of Peru, and (Peruvian) Pacha-Kuti Mesa Initiate - don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Master Shaman-Teacher-Elder

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Active Professional Memberships

  • Society for Shamanic Practice, USA
  • Shamanism Without Borders

Deborah Shining Star and
Q’ero Elder Don Francisco Chura Flores

Munay-Ki Rites Week, Joshua Tree, CA

Deborah Shining Star and Q'ero Elder Don Francisco Chura Flores

A Selection of Deborah’s

Visionary Art and Nature Photography

Prints are available for purchase. Contact Deborah for details.

Visionary Art

Nature Photography