Associate Teachers

The associate teachers and healers listed below are all original graduates from LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine.

All of these teachers and healers have spent significant time assisting with the core course, apprenticing with Jan, and facilitating LightSong ceremonies. They all teach courses for LightSong, actively work with clients, and sit on the council that guides the school.

Colleen, Karen, Lauri, Terry, Pamela and Pearl all bring the power of the school’s teachings into the lives of students, clients, interlaced communities and the Earth with their own special approaches to healing.

Pamela Rico

Pamela Rico

Pamela teaches LV2 The Practical Shaman: Spiritual Techniques for the 21st Century Shaman –

Pamela Rico is a shamanic and energy medicine teacher and practitioner, a social activist, word shaman, and cultural researcher living in Portland, Oregon. She has studied a variety of indigenous wisdom traditions and spiritual technologies for over twenty years, including core shamanism, yoga, meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki, and energy alchemy.

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Karen Hefner

Karen Hefner

Karen teaches the following classes for LightSong: Level 3 – The Universal Shaman, Ascension and the LightSong Mystery School Approach series.

Karen has dedicated herself full-time to being in service as a catalyst for personal growth, expansion and healing. She is an Associate Teacher of the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, a Usui/Tibetan and Karuna Reiki Master, holds Master’s degrees in Science and the Arts, a Doctoral degree in Shamanism, is certified as a Life Coach, an Angelic Guidance Counselor® and a F.I.R.E.walk Facilitator. Karen has a strong teaching and ceremony background that dates back to the mid 1980s. She is also a minister, cancer survivor, mother, and grandmother.

Deeply invested in the areas of healing and personal growth, Karen gently guides people toward their own innate health and happiness through education, ceremony, soul retrieval, extraction work, and Reiki. Karen’s intention is to assist clients and students in finding their soul’s path, their true self, their source of power and freedom. She offers this with deep gratitude to her teachers, spirit guides, and the native healers and communities who have been so generous with their teaching, healing, and ceremonies.

You may contact Karen at, or go to her website,


Pearl Pierce

Pearl Pierce

Pearl teaches the Distant LV2: The Practical Shaman: Spiritual Techniques for the 21st Century Shaman

Pearl believes in healing through art and heart, creating scared objects and tools, and teaching others those skills. Blending her shamanic and Reiki training, she clears both people and places of unwanted energies, restoring balance and harmony. Pearl provides energetic space clearing for homes, businesses, and properties, working with the spirits of the land, place, and the people involved. She performs soul retrievals, extractions, clearings, Reiki treatments, and journeys on her clients’ behalf for information and healing. Pearl teaches classes in rattle-making, creating sacred objects, and Reiki.

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Colleen Benelli

Colleen BenelliColleen teaches Reiki as a lifestyle. Her unique style of healing and teaching blends shamanic techniques with her Mastery of Usui/ Tibetan, and Karuna® Reiki. She has achieved excellence in training in shamanism and Reiki through her apprenticeship with LightSong founder Jan Engels-Smith, and her Reiki mentor-teacher, William Lee Rand. In addition to being an Associate Teacher and Healer of LightSong, Colleen is a licensed Reiki Master Teacher for the International Center for Reiki Training. Colleen’s passion and commitment is in bringing Reiki into the lives of others to help them create their lives with joy and a Light-heart. During her personal Reiki treatments, Colleen “channels” information and healing, offering her clients a rare purity of insight direct from the spirit realms, and an awakened consciousness to enhance her clients’ healing process.

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Lauri Shainsky, Ph.D.

Lauri ShainskyLauri Shainsky, Ph.D., Sh.D. Lauri’s specialty blends shamanic and sound healing modalities for potent healing and course work. Voice, drum, rattle, bowls all combine with intention and love to bring about shifts in wellness, changes in beliefs, and elevated soul vibrancy. Her work focuses on personalized sound healing ceremonies, which may include soul retrieval, extraction, depossession, cord-cutting, guidance in shamanic journeying and healing, and classic sound healing. Her course work offers people an opportunity to be in community and cultivate a more sacred and powerful relationship with their voice, sound, and the spirits. Lauri pours water for the community sweat lodge, and carries the songs for LightSong. Laugh, learn, make healing sounds, expand with shamanic sound healing.

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