Alberto Villoldo

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, is a medical anthropologist who has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, an organization dedicated to the bridging of ancient shamanic traditions with modern medicine and psychology. The Four Winds Society Light Body School is internationally recognized as the Gold Standard in shamanic education, preparing wise and ethical energy medicine practitioners.

Alberto is also author of numerous books, including Power Up Your Brain; Shaman, Healer, Sage; The Four Insights; Courageous Dreaming; One Spirit Medicine; A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing; Soul Journeying; and The Illumination Process.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • The Protective Power of Phytonutrients

    As a rule of thumb, the more colorful a fruit or vegetable, the richer it is in phytonutrients and the greater its power as a superfood, explains Alberto Villoldo in this excerpt from his new book.

  • What Is the Munay-Ki?

    The prophecies of the ancient Americas speak about a period of great transformation, and foretell of new humans appearing on the planet—persons of wisdom and power who live free of fear and abide in their eternal nature, accepting stewardship for all creation.

  • One Spirit Medicine: The Modern-Day Shaman’s Approach to Wellness

    The shamans of old discovered One Spirit Medicine—a healthcare system that identifies only one ailment and one cure, writes medical anthropologist and psychologist Alberto Villoldo.

  • Drawing Life from Your Dreams

    Alberto Villoldo explains the significance of dreams in the shamanic tradition, and describes two exercises for cultivating lucid dreams.

  • Initiation as Illumination

    Once, when I was doing research in the South American rainforest, the shaman I was with suggested that I spend a night alone at the sandy shore of a tributary of the Amazon River. His one instruction was not to build a fire.

  • Transforming the Dream of Love That is Unconditional: Discovering Fearlessness

    In this excerpt from his new book, "The Heart of the Shaman," Alberto Villoldo explores the nature of love as a singular force in the universe.

  • Soul Journeying

    By practicing soul retrieval with hundreds of clients over the last 20 years, I came to realize that deep healing could occur in the space of days and weeks rather than months and years.