Vision Statement

The Society of Indigenous and Ancestral Wisdom and Healing is dedicated to offer public education in indigenous and ancestral wisdom and healing, contemporary disciplines and healing modalities for enhancing the well-being of individuals, humanity and planet earth.

  • To offer an annual conference on indigenous and ancestral wisdom, healing, and transformation.
  • To provide a forum in which a deeper dialogue may take place about healing, transformation of consciousness and wholeness on a personal, communal and planetary level.
  • To invite indigenous healers from diverse cultures and traditions to share their practices.
  • To honor healers and teachers from various traditions including the scientific and visual and performing arts.
  • To educate the public about the importance of indigenous and ancestral wisdom and healing in today’s societies.
  • To explore new ways of healing that are emerging in the 21st Century.
  • To support and endorse friendships and collaboration of healers across a wide spectrum of society.
  • To publish ReVision, a journal highlighting healing practices and healers from various traditions.
  • To maintain a website,, to educate the public about shamanism and healing practices.

Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze

ruthThe Annual Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing was founded in 1984 by Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze.  Currently recognized as The Society of Indigenous and Ancestral Wisdom and Healing.

“Shamans play an important role in society today, by removing imbalances and restoring the connection between the sacred and the secular. They continue to ritualize the process of transformation.”
Ruth-Inge Heinze

Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze passed away July 20, 2007

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