I grew up in a lively family of 8 children in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While growing up, spirit always wanted to communicate with me and I found this at times overwhelming and a bit frightening. I had no one to guide me and on top of that, I was raised as a Catholic where I heard stories of the negative affects of spirits.
It wasn’t until I was 50 yrs old that I finally was in a place where I could accept seeing spirits as a gift. I also found ways to communicate with them. Once I had fully stepped into this, I wanted to learn more. Along this path I was fortunate in meeting a shamanic practitioner who had trained with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies in the US. They had encouraged me to look at the Foundations courses. I started with their introductory course The Way of the Shaman. This gave me a powerful tool, the ability to journey (safely entering into an altered state), for further enhancing how to communicate and working with the spirits. This way of working just felt very natural to me. I practiced with friends helping them to heal and they would end up recommending others to come see me for treatments, with this my practice expanded. I continued to take a variety of courses while I kept practicing.
I am outspoken and I love to work with people to help cleanse them of energies that are not beneficial to them. I also do body work to remove the imprint of these energies on their body. Trainings that I have had in Compassionate Depossession and Curse Unravelling gave me very transformation tools to incorporate into my practice. In particular, I have a strong ability for clearing non-beneficial energies in homes and other buildings and to conduction compassionate depossessions. I have a deep passion for healing people and for helping them to be in the right path.
My training includes:
Foundation of Shamanic Studies courses: The Way of the Shaman, Shamanism Dying and Beyond, Power Soul Retrieval,
Three-Year Programme of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, Foundation of Shamanic Studies
Compassionate Depossession and Curse Unravelling, Sacred Trust, UK
My attraction to nature started early in life. As a child, living in Toronto, I loved biking and exploring the interconnected park systems. The forested areas were a magical realm and I felt a strong sense of belonging and at home. That feeling is still with me when I am in the forest.
In 1991 I graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario with a PhD in Botany. Following university, I worked as a scientist with the Canadian Forest Service. Again I found myself being able to spend most of my time in the forest. My focus was conservation biology, working primarily with endangered species. It was here that I came to truly appreciate the sacredness of the forest, the resiliency some species have and the impact of losing species.
In 2007 I participated in a First Nations event and was introduced to the healing power of the drum and how it could cultivate stillness in our minds. The drumming opened me to the rhythms and resonance of the natural world. I then participated in a drum making course taught by Carlos Gomes, an elder in our community. His teachings were powerful medicine for me and I wanted to know how I could use this medicine working with nature and with people.
The next few years included:
The Foundation of Shamanic Studies Basic Workshop; The Way of the Shaman where the ability to journey and connect with the compassionate spirits opened a whole new world to me.
the Foundation of Shamanic Studies course on Shamans and the Spirits of Nature,
a Two Week Intensive and the Three-year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic healing, Foundation of Shamanic Studies ,
Bardic level training from The Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids, Sussex, UK,
Multiple courses from the Shaman's Flame,
Compassionate Depossession and Curse Unravelling, Sacred Trust UK,
Energy Body Clearing and Energy Body Mastery. Last Mask Centre, USA,
Yoga teacher, 400 YTT
Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, Canada and the UK.
While I certainly do work with people, I feel strongly compelled to work with the land that may need healing. I am inspired by the strength and resilience of all species, including human-kind.
Ann Simpson Landesburg
We believe that it is important to work with compassion and to respect both the seen and unseen.
In these rapidly changing times, with extensive environmental change, we have chosen to practice as a collective, instead of as individual practitioners. In part, this is due to the complexity associated with working on the land or waters, but it is also due to the strength associated with a community albeit small.