Witches and shaman (or just wise women?)

A conversation with Ruth Cato, shamanic healer

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A friend introduced me to Ruth Cato's work and I booked twice to attend a shamanic dreaming and drumming event, but was thwarted once by snow, again by flood and then, of course, by pandemic.  Or not.  Instead we did a shamanic session over Zoom...very new age and new tech!

I'll let Ruth explain what her work is and how she does it in our podcast conversation, but for me she created a safe space where I could tune into myself and feel what was wanting to be felt.

Our second session was at the point in the lockdown where Boris was encouraging us to 'Eat out to help out' and I was struggling with the disonance between what the politicians were saying and what the science was saying.  The conflict between the two felt intolerable and so when we went into the meditative, embodied space and tuned into what I wasn't allowing myself to feel, a rage rose like a tsunami.  I sobbed and wailed and snarled and it was SUCH a relief.  Afterwards my body felt lighter, I felt more in line with myself and weirdly, I felt more compassion for myself, others and even the leaders of this muddly world.

Ruth describes her journey and shares some links to her mentors on the podcast link above.




Julie Leoni

Life coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Dr

I am a well-being coach who helps people find their 'thing'; the thing that lights you up and gives you joy and energy. Listen to my podcast; 'What's your thing?' to get inspiration.

I support people to create a less stressed life, to boost their well-being, to ask for what they want and to look after their own needs so that they can hear their heart's call and live a more empowered and meaningful life.

I draw on experience and training in bereavement, domestic abuse, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, Transactional Analysis and other therapeutic approaches.

I have 2 sons who I love loads (and who sometimes drive me crazy). I'm a Barefoot Trained coach and I got a distinction for my post-grad cert in 2011.

I have a PhD which led me to look at Emotional Intelligence in schools and I have a number of academic and professional qualifications in various types of therapy.

I have practiced meditation since I went to India over 30 years ago and I'm a yoga teacher. I have written a couple of books, I teach psychology and work with a large variety of coaching clients.