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Linda Star Wolf

Linda Star Wolf has been a vision­ary teacher and shaman­ic guide to thou­sands of people over the last 35 years. Starting out as a ther­a­pist in the mental health and addic­tions fields in the 1980’s, Star Wolf is a nation­al­ly certi­fied alco­hol and drug coun­selor who draws from her person­al expe­ri­ence of recov­ery from addic­tion. The author of sever­al books, she is the creator of Shamanic Breathwork™, the co-creator of the Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process (SHIP), and the Founder of Venus Rising Association for Transformation, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, and Founder and President of Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies. Star Wolf is also the co-founder of the Shamanic Mystery Tours and takes spir­i­tu­al seek­ers all over world to explore sacred shaman­ic sites.

Dedi­cating her life to help­ing others to release dysfunc­tional patterns of all kinds and to radi­cally trans­form their lives, Star Wolf teach­es people how to awak­en to the Bigger Picture, embody their own inner Visionary Shaman and step into a life of passion­ate purpose. Her person­al commit­ment to sacred activism and vision­ary lead­er­ship led her to create the Shamanic Ministers Global Network.

Star Wolf holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from St. Leo College, a Doctorate of Ministry from Summit University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religious Studies from the University for Integrative Learning.

Inspired by Holotropic breath­work founder, Stan Grof, and Integrative Breathwork founder Jacquelyn Small, she became one of the lead train­ers at Small's Eupsychia Institute. Star Wolf also stud­ied shaman­ic earth wisdom teach­ings with Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, a Seneca Wolf Clan elder who adopt­ed Star Wolf as a Spiritual Granddaughter, giving her the spir­it name of Star Wolf.

Various media outlets across the coun­try have featured Star Wolf, includ­ing Publishers Weekly, The Dr. Pat Show, New ConneXion, Edge Life, Conscious Living, Unlimited Realities, Planetary Spirit, In the Spirit, InnerViews, A Journey to the Heart, AZTV, Oregon Public Television and New Realities TV.

In 2003, Star Wolf and her late husband, Brad Collins, co-found­ed the Isis Cove Community and Retreat Center in the Blue Mountains of west­ern North Carolina.

Contact Star Wolf at: or phone: 828–631-2305.

Ruby Falconer

Ruby Falconer is the Assistant Director, Business Manager, and Staff Astrologer for Venus Rising Association for Transformation; Venus Rising University Provost and Dean of Students; Transformation House Program Manager; Venus Rising Shamanic Ministry Assistant Congregation Leader; Shamanic Breathwork™ Master Practitioner, Shamanic Pastoral Counselor, and Workshop Facilitator and Teacher.

A staff member since 2002, Ruby has dedi­cat­ed her life to the support and expan­sion of Venus Rising and its programs. She brings a wealth of life expe­ri­ence to her work, includ­ing recov­ery from drugs, alco­hol and code­pen­den­cy since 2000, all of which makes her an effec­tive and compas­sion­ate guide for those wish­ing to walk the path of shaman­ic conscious­ness in every­day life.

Ruby has been a profes­sion­al astrologer since 1977, and holis­ti­cal­ly inte­grates her exten­sive knowl­edge of astrol­o­gy, psychol­o­gy, philos­o­phy and meta­physics with a compre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of shaman­ism and consid­er­able talent as a story­teller. She is, with Star Wolf, the co-creator of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology and the co-author of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology; Your Planetary Relationship to the Gods, published by ITI/Bear & Co.

Ruby is also a Shamanic Minister ordained through Venus Rising, a Shamanic High Priestess and a Third Degree Shamanic Breathwork™ Reiki Initiate. She complet­ed a BA in Comparative Literature in Southern California and earned a certifi­cate in Holistic Healing Studies from San Francisco State University.

Ruby also holds a Master’s Degree in Shamanic Intuitional Practices and a Doctorate in Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies from Venus Rising University.

Ruby lives near Isis Cove in west­ern North Carolina with Bella the dog and Luke the cat. Contact Ruby at: or phone: (828) 631‑2305


Kathy Morrison

Kathy Morrison

Kathy Morrison is a Shamanic Breathwork™ Master Practitioner, a Shamanic Minister ordained through Venus Rising, Second Degree Shamanic Breathwork™ Reiki Initiate.

Kathy is a Graduate of Venus Rising University – November 2010

She holds a Bachelor of Sacred Elemental Studies and a Master’s degree in Shamanic Intuitional Practices

Kathy is part of the Venus Rising Staff and assists with office and busi­ness details.

She is the Coordinator of the Shamanic Ministers Global Network.

Kathy is a core team member of the Transformation House.

She helps to coor­di­nate the Shamanic 30 Questions process.

Kathy has been in recov­ery for 23 years. She is a ground­ed and compas­sion­ate source to others who are want­i­ng to recov­ery from a way of life that no longer serves them. She assists people in connect­ing more deeply with their own “heal­er with­in” and support­ing them on their jour­ney.

She contin­ues to dance the spiral path through the contin­u­ous cycles of change in her own life, Kathy brings a depth of heart and wisdom to her work with others through her own person­al heal­ing, expe­ri­ence, strength and hope.

Kathy lives near Isis Cove in the moun­tains of west­ern North Carolina.

Contact Kathy at:

Nikólaus Wolf

Nikólaus Wolf was born walk­ing the shaman­ic path. Having jour­neyed deep into the Underworld at an early age, Nikólaus learned to rely upon the wisdom of his heart to direct and guide him. In 2010, his inner wisdom guid­ed him to Venus Rising Association for Transformation. Here, Nikó connect­ed with the late Bradford Clark Collins—the Co-Director of Venus Rising Association for Transformation and Co-Founder of Isis Cove Community and Retreat Center. Nikólaus stud­ied as an Apprentice direct­ly under Brad and learned how to engage with people’s souls and hearts; creat­ing a space for people to feel safe, loved and witnessed. Brad contin­ued to serve as a mentor for Nikó for the remain­der of his life.

Presently, Nikólaus Wolf holds a Master’s Degree from Venus Rising University in Shamanic Psycho- Spiritual Studies. He is the Co-Founder of the Shamanic Mystery Tours Company and he serves as an Administrative Assistant for Venus Rising. As Co-Founder of the Shamanic Mystery Tours Company, Nikólaus has facil­i­tat­ed shaman­ic jour­neys all across the world. Locations include places such as Bali, Mexico, Egypt and Peru. Nikó is a Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner and an Ordained Shamanic Priest and Minister through Venus Rising Association and Congregation for Transformation. As Venus Rising’s Administrative Assistant, Nikólaus coor­di­nates glob­al events and assists in facil­i­tat­ing train­ing programs. Nikó has served as Venus Rising’s Transformation House Staff and he has facil­i­tat­ed Venus Rising internships—mentoring and encour­ag­ing indi­vid­u­als to discov­er their Soul’s Purpose and follow their Holy Longing.

Nikólaus current­ly resides in west­ern North Carolina, living upon the land that re-membered him—Isis Cove. Pieces of Nikó’s story are featured with­in Linda Star Wolf’s book, Soul Whispering: the Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness. Nikólaus’ vision is to walk the path of the Heart, bridg­ing the Mind and Heart togeth­er as one. His message is to encour­age others to live from their hearts and to support them as they follow their dreams. He is dedi­cat­ed to serv­ing the plan­et and awak­en­ing shaman­ic conscious­ness in others as his contin­ues to follow his own soul path.

Nikólaus can be contact­ed by email­ing Nikó.

Debra Kotz Irestone

Deb holds a Doctor of Ministry in Shamanic PsychoSpiritual Studies from Venus Rising University and a Master of Arts in Theology and Spirituality from St. Catherine University in St Paul, MN. She is an Ordained Shamanic Minister, Shamanic Breathwork Master Practitioner and Shamanic High Priestess Process Facilitator. Deb is certi­fied in Usui and Shamanic Reiki and is a Master Hypnotherapist. She has addi­tion­al train­ing in Spiritual Guidance and Psychotherapy.

As the coor­di­na­tor of the Shamanic Minister’s Global Network, Deb assists Shamanic Ministers through­out the world to found their own Venus Rising Congregations.

In her role as a Shamanic Breathwork facil­i­ta­tor and teacher, Deb leads work­shops, includ­ing SHIP, through her congre­ga­tion, Shaman’s Hearth Spiritual Community. She also performs Shamanic Ministerial Ordinations, and is part of the train­ing team for Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator certi­fi­ca­tion at both Shaman’s Hearth and Venus Rising.

I began my rela­tion­ship with Venus Rising in February of 2006. At that time, I was work­ing as a Hypnotherapist in a private prac­tice. I loved help­ing clients achieve altered states to release old patterns and beliefs in order to clear the space need­ed to co-create a new life for them­selves. I’d been on a person­al spir­i­tu­al jour­ney for most of my life, and was ready to go deep­er with both myself, and my clients. As soon as I arrived at Venus Rising, I knew I was home. The staff was skilled and genuine­ly loving. The teach­ings of the Spiral Path and the Shaman Within resonat­ed deep with­in my being. And the Shamanic Breathwork jour­neys took me places I hadn’t previ­ous­ly been able to access. I was grate­ful for the trans­for­ma­tion­al work I was receiv­ing, and was excit­ed to bring it back home to share with others.

In 2010, I found­ed the first Venus Rising congre­ga­tion, Shaman’s Hearth Spiritual Community of Venus Rising. My dream was to create a spir­i­tu­al commu­ni­ty that provid­ed deep, heart-centered trans­for­ma­tion for others. Since then, I’ve had the joy of being a congre­ga­tion leader and facil­i­ta­tor in Minnesota. And, I’ve had the honor to host vari­ety of Venus Rising teach­ers and facil­i­ta­tors from around the coun­try at Shaman’s Hearth. In addi­tion, I contin­ue to trav­el back to North Carolina to both train and facil­i­tate at Venus Rising.

Deb can be contact­ed by email at .

Kelley MoonWolf

Kelley MoonWolf began her heal­ing and train­ing with Venus Rising in March of 2002 when she attend­ed her first 1-day Shamanic Breathwork(tm) expe­ri­ence in Clackamas, Oregon. During her breath­work jour­ney, Kelley was accom­pa­nied by a white wolf and an elder came to her and gave her her first spir­it name “Spirit Dancer”. Kelley came to find out later in the day that the elder was Seneca Wolf Clan elder Grandmother Twylah; adop­tive grand­moth­er of Star Wolf. Years later, Star Wolf would give Kelley her second spir­it name, Dancing MoonWolf Woman, when Kelley became an ordained shaman­ic minis­ter. Kelley's initial shaman­ic breath­work expe­ri­ence forev­er changed the course of her life as she began to discov­er the spiral path of trans­for­ma­tion and recov­er the shaman­ic conscious­ness with­in herself. In 2002, Kelley also complet­ed her educa­tion as a Naturopathic Physician and was licensed in October of that year. Kelley would only know the true synchronic­i­ty of embark­ing upon the shaman­ic path as she complet­ed her Naturopathic Medical educa­tion years later in retro­spect when she found herself saying to Star Wolf recent­ly that medical school had given her great knowl­edge, but that Star Wolf's teach­ings, Brad Collins' mentor­ship, the shaman­ic initi­a­tions she has under­gone, and learn­ing to walk the sober shaman­ic spiral path, had given her the great wisdom she need­ed to know how to use that knowl­edge for the high­est good.

In her years of prac­tice, Kelley contin­ued to come back to Shamanic Breathwork(tm) as the single most power­ful path­way to heal old wounds and unleash the creative vital force that is every person's birth right. Through Venus Rising Association for Transformation, Kelley is an Ordained Shamanic Minister and has been an active member of the Shamanic Ministers Global Network since 2010, she is certi­fied as a Master Facilitator of Shamanic Breathwork(tm), and is certi­fied in Usui Reiki and Shamanic Reiki. Kelley's mission since early in life has been to free herself from the limi­ta­tions of medi­oc­rity and iner­tia imposed by cultur­al expec­ta­tions so that she could in turn fulfill her soul's purpose of free­ing other free-thinkers to live their lives from a place of limit­less poten­tial, vital­i­ty, and creativ­i­ty.

She is joyful­ly of service to the Venus Rising Team. She is the Venus Rising University Admissions Adviser and Mentor, and as such, she is the first point of contact for students. She answers ques­tions and gets to know truly what each person is look­ing to receive from their VRU expe­ri­ence. Once she has discerned what will light your fire, she will get with the Venus Rising team and togeth­er they will assign you a mentor that will best support your goals and will work with you on creat­ing your curricu­lum and support­ing you through your shaman­ic educa­tion­al projects. As a mentor herself, Kelley will work with you to discov­er and create the curricu­lum that most excites you and fulfills your soul aspi­ra­tions. Kelley is also a liai­son to Venus Rising Congregations, help­ing to keep them up to date on Venus Rising's ever-grow­ing shaman­ic psychos­pir­i­tu­al programs and services. Kelley contin­ues to be in private prac­tice as a Naturopathic Doctor and Shamanic Psychospiritual Counselor in Trinidad Colorado.

Kelley can be contact­ed by email at , or by phone (719)-680‑0605

Jason Deegan

Jason Deegan

At 18 years old, Jason expe­ri­enced his first Shamanic Breathwork Journey® at Venus Rising’s 2011 Breathe America. After his first expe­ri­ence, Jason knew Shamanic Breathwork® had his heart, and he knew that this work — awak­en­ing, trans­form­ing and embody­ing conscious­ness through the breath—was the sacred work he want­ed to do in the world.

In 2017, Jason was certi­fied as a Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator and ordained as a Shamanic Minister through Venus Rising Association for Transformation. He is passion­ate about the Shamanic Breathwork® Process and the work that Linda Star Wolf and Venus Rising share with the world.

Jason Deegan is a Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator, an Ordained Shamanic Minister, and the Director of Public Relations for Venus Rising Association for Transformation. Jason has managed the promo­tion­al release for Star Wolf and Nita Gage’s book, Soul Whispering: the Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness. He current­ly manages the promo­tion­al release for all Linda Star Wolf and Venus Rising events, and main­tains Venus Rising’s social media and online pres­ence.

Jason lives at Isis Cove—a conscious commu­ni­ty locat­ed in the moun­tains of west­ern North Carolina.

Jason can be contact­ed at