Tasara found herself on the Shamanic path in 1997 after a decade of study in pagan, earth-based spiritual practices. The majority of her training has been through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. The FSS teaches Core Shamanism, which draws from cultures all over the world, taking what is universal in Shamanic practices but leaving specific cultural traditions to their own peoples.
Tasara has been teaching pagan/shamanic practices and leading public ceremonies in the Seattle areas since the mid-90's. She passionately believes in the necessity to rebuild our sense of community and love for ourselves, each other, the spirits and mother mother earth. Nurturing compassion and devotion.
What she has taken away from all this is:
Technique does not heal, only love does.
Tasara has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and has had the honor of being deeply moved by the teachings of many loving, powerful shamanic people: Betsy Bergstrom for Mediumship and Depossession, Janine Ellison in her foundational and Extraction healing, Tom Cowan in Celtic Shamanism, Anank Nunink Nunkai from Ecuador, Miguel Kavlin from Bolivia, Isa Gucciardi in Depossession, mentor and friend John Lawrence, Sandra Ingerman for Soul Retrieval, Leslie Conton for many, many classes as well as Bhola Banstola from Nepal, Sangoma John Lockley from South Africa, Christiana Harle from Finland.
Tasara lead me through a soul retrieval ceremony, it was one if the most beautiful and powerful experiences of my 20's. I had always felt something was missing. After the ceremony, I reconnected to ancient parts of myself and a childlike joy grew in me as if bubbling up from the unknown. Along with that part of my soul, Tasara found my spirit animal Jaguar and returned that energy to me. Jaguar is with me constantly and I feel the protection and unconditional love. It has been several years and I still am so happy that I found Tasara and to be part of her magic. She returned me to myself after I had been away so long. Later on, we did another ceremony, a gentle deposession ceremony. The dark cloud I always had felt suffocating me slowly lifted, I was shocked. Life changing. I would not hesitate to recommend Tasara, she is VERY compassionate and easy to talk to, I was so nervous, but she put me right at ease. Tasara is a beautiful old soul full of wisdom.
"Jen lit a path of self discovery and universal exploration that I never thought possible. She is wise and curious, dedicated and receptive, compassionate and strong. She brings these qualities directly to her students in a way that is empowering and passionate. I am very grateful that our paths have collided; I would be a different person if they hadn't." - Laura 2009
"Jen has a heart the size of the Forest that surrounds, supports and nurtures her. She is a gifted and authentic healer who strives constantly to deepen her relationship with Spirit and offer a safe place for those who need healing.
Jen believes in community and works tirelessly to bring it into fruition. If you ever get a chance to support her in this, you will not be disappointed. This is because she understands deeply what it is to be alone and because she knows the healing power of community.
She is my friend, my teacher and my healer." - Sian 2007
"I took Jen's 'Core Shamanism' class in the fall of '08. Going into the class I was not sure what to expect, but I got out of it much more than I hoped for. Jen is a knowledgeable, compassionate, real, and down-to-earth teacher. I have also had two shamanic healing sessions with Jen. The work we did has made subtle yet profound changes in my life and helped set the stage for my next phase of growth. I would recommend Jen's teaching and healing work to anyone with an interest in shamanism, shamanic healing or earth-based spiritual practice."
"Jen carefully designed a safe, open healing space to sooth old wounds. The soul retrieval allowed for me to reconnect with my most inner being on the deepest level. This healing journey opened me up for self-forgiveness and made room for my next chapters of truly honoring my soul through love for myself and the chapters of the past. "
"Jen brings a respect for varied traditions and a deep sense of community to her teaching. Her enthusiasm and clarity come through in all of her classes." - TN
After the ritual-celebration I felt good, relaxed and open. My awareness of negative thought patterns has really expanded. I feel more at ease with myself, more moments of happy in my skin. I love it. I can be my own friend more of the time. The pieces of my soul are back for singing dancing and fun. I only have to Be strong, Be myself, Go my own way,Take heart and Be aware!!! Be awake"!!!! So simple, yet because it goes against my mind's habititual shaming thought patterns, not easy. An everyday intentional practice ,yes?
With love and gratitude, - Gina " 2006
You understand how to create a safe space, how to make me feel safe, and the validity of safety. The other work I have done (counseling, Reiki, living in community, etc) would not have gone the same without the soul retrieval. Indeed, I might not now be alive and/or grateful to be alive without that event.
"Jen is an amazing, genuine, devoted, deep, absolutely impeccable [in the best sense of that attitude] woman/shaman/healer/friend. She brings an expanded consciousness to all her activities, she weaves a web of inter-connectedness in her shamanic work, in her movement work, in her play, in quiet conversation. She is a catalyst, naturally creating community. Also, she is friendly, funny and a wonderful friend. She is truly a precious jewel." - Carol 2005