Shaman & Healer
Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer and traditional ceremonial leader who completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol Shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110.
For over 30 years, Brant has been leading conferences, workshops, and retreats around the globe. He is a co-founder of the American Herbalist Guild, the Peace University, and the Huichol Foundation. He is also the co-author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body, 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.
Don José emphasized to Brant that the cultural survival of the Huichol People depended upon external awareness of the Huichol way of life. In 1979, Brant Secunda established the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies to disseminate and preserve Huichol culture, practices, and traditions, and to provide direct assistance with the goal of promoting self-sufficiency and economic independence.
As executive director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation, Brant Secunda instituted and maintains the functions of the foundation and conducts seminars, pilgrimages, and retreats on Huichol Shamanism worldwide. For the past 17+ years, Brant Secunda has taught OnGoing Study Groups in the United States and Europe at places such as Crete, Greece, Alaska, Mt. Shasta, CA, Big Sur, Ca, Mt. Rainier, WA, and Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Brant Secunda’s initiation into the Huichol native tribe was a five-day vision quest, a period of isolation in the wilderness without food and water, in a sacred cave in the Huichol Sierras known to the Huichols as the Cave of Grandmother Growth.
His Huichol Foundation was created in order to expand the long-standing project for the Huichol People and to garner greater international support for their culture.