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Shamanic Healing

Shamanism is the oldest way in which humanity has sought connection with Creation. The origins of shamanism go back at least 40,000 – 50,000 years to Paleolithic (Stone Age) times. All human beings on this planet have evolved from shamanic cultures; it is in our roots wherever we live. All cultures around the World have had Shaman in their history. The process of Shamanic Healing, Medicine Men, Witch Doctors, etc. was all the same, in every culture on the planet, prior to the internet. How did all human beings figure this out? Because it is who we are. A drumming tempo of about 205 to 220 beats per minute induces what is referred to as a Shamanic Journey. A Shamanic Healing Practitioner uses the journey in order to provide healing to clients. This healing can include ceremonies such as soul retrieval, extraction, power animal retrieval, psychopomp, land and clearing work and specialized ceremony. Wikipedia defines a Shaman as "a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing."
"Shamanism is being reinvented in the West precisely because it is needed." - Michael Harner

About Ascension

Welcome to Ascension Institute.

This is a place focused on healing, growth, manifestation and restoration of authentic power. I have been lucky to have (still) a successful career as an Executive Producer, an entrepreneur but perhaps above all else, I am also a survivor.
About 8 years ago, 2 years into my new company, the traumas of my life were catching up to me, and I felt that something was missing something didn't feel right. I couldn't seem to get back to being as engaged with things as I used to. I felt I had lost my spark. My fuel, and for a variety of reasons -  I'd run out of gas.

Through many avenues I crossed paths with my spiritual teacher, and friend Daniel Leonard who founded The Medicine Circle.  I had read a bit about Shamanic Healing  over the years, and when I happened (It was fate) across Daniel's work,  I thought it might be worth a try. I understood it at the time as a restoration of power. It changed everything.
Making the appointment for my first Soul Retrieval Ceremony was the best decision I have ever made.
My work as an Executive Producer had lead me to a place where my dreams quite literally came true. Right before my eyes. Things I'd dreamed of my whole life were happening but I didn't seem to have the capacity to enjoy them. Like so many people do in life, I had been running from my past. I had been avoiding my future, my feelings, myself. I had been afraid, constantly ruled by fear and anxiety.  I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. For as long as I could remember this was how it felt.
This lead me to look deeper, and to start to do the work that would lead me here to writing this and starting my own healing practice. I have had great success in my life, but there's been no greater success than watching the women I have worked with both in mentoring and healing step up and do the work and operate with their soul purpose in their own lives.

As an over achiever and executive producer,  how could I stand back and not try to do that for as many people as I can? Just like I did when I started Lunch. I wanted to help make as many amazing things happen as much as I could, with as many great people as I could. Ascension Institute is the same. It's about reaching as many people as possible, to reconnect us, and ideally in doing so, we also save the planet, and the soul of humanity.
That's a good goal for a healing practice, right? I always like to aim high.
I look forward to experiencing this journey with you.  Shamanic Healing is about ascending to your higher self and restoring authentic power that may have been lost due to pain or trauma. Reiki is about vibrating at your highest good. So, Ascension was a word that resonated with me deeply. My first online handle ever was Transcendz (I've been saying basically the same thing for 25 years, go ahead and look, i'll wait.)
So, the idea of starting a not only a practice but a movement, an Institute where people can stand in their power and experience authentic joy. After spending the last 10 years mentoring a lot of incredible women, and watching many of them walk a healing path after I recommended it based on my own work, I realized that it was time to cast a wider net.
Welcome to Ascension Institute. I look forward to the prospect of connecting with you.
We are here for connection. It's time we use what we have to connect every soul we can for the good of this civilization.
With immense gratitude,

Amy Miranda


Fees paid are for appointment time and do not include follow up by phone or email. Barter & Energy Exchange is Available.

Power Animal Retrieval

Power Animals, or Spirit Animals are protective spirits who work as guides. They can also be referred to as totems. Through the shamanic journey a shamanic healing practitioner can retrieve a client's power animal. This can also be used as a preliminary introduction into the process and work of shamanic healing. Ascension also provides healing services for Animals. Healing can be done in person or remotely.

Power animal retrieval.....$100.00

Shamanic Extraction

The shamanic practitioner uses the shamanic journey to remove any energy which is not useful/positive for the client. Extraction can be beneficial for survivors of trauma, addiction, long-term or chronic illness, or other power loss. The extraction is a source of power as the neutral and negative energy are replaced with authentic power. Ascension also provides healing services for Animals.

Shamanic Extraction.....$100.00

Soul Retrieval

Perhaps the best known and core of Shamanic healing work, the Soul Retrieval is more ceremony than session. It is a welcoming home of the soul, and is essentially used to retrieve soul essence or fragments which have been lost due to pain or trauma. The thought is that what Western culture calls "disassociation" Shamanic healing calls "Soul Loss". The idea is that when a human being, or any sentient being experiences trauma, whether it be an injury, accident, witnessing a tragedy, illness, or similar that the soul can experience so much pain that it leaves the body. It is through soul retrieval that the essence and power of the soul is brought back and restored. Ascension also provides healing services for Animals.

Soul Retrieval Ceremony.....$200.00

For more information on the ceremony and it's history, we recommend the Book - Soul Retrieval, by Sandra Ingerman


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by laying on hands through which universal life force is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. It is a beautiful healing modality to pair with Shamanic Healing. It can often be beneficial to have Reiki following shamanic work. It can help to move out old energy in the body and encourage healing.

Reiki treatment is $100.00 per session

Home & Land Clearings

Our planet is alive and as such sometimes land and the buildings on them require a cleansing, extraction or soul retrieval. Working with nature spirits and land spirits is done through the same healing practice when working with human clients. The process of healing land is done through preliminary consultation, and then either via distance work, or home/property visits.
Please inquire directly for details.

Mentoring & Manifestation

The power of manifestation, coaching and mentoring are natural pairings to the shamanic healing work at Ascension. Working with women to tap into their purpose, power and passion are a specialty of Amy Miranda and many of the women she works with. Making her own dreams come true, and fulfilling her own healing journey has lead Amy to offer coursework in Manifestation and formal mentoring. Mentoring, Shamanic counselling are offered at the rate of $80.00 per hour and must be booked as an appointment. Energy Exchange & Barter are available


What happens when we work together?

"When Amy offered to do healing work with me, I was skeptical. I’m the most secular and rational person you will ever meet. I don’t believe in magic, other worlds, or even most rituals. When I was told to pray before my soul retrieval, I couldn’t do it. Because I couldn’t think of anyone to whom I could be praying. In retrospect, I make for a very difficult healing client!
But Amy persisted. We’ve known each other a long time. She knew I would benefit from her work. And I knew that I could trust her. And I was right to trust her, because I did benefit from the work. At first, nothing felt different. But about six months later, everything began to change. It was as if all the broken pieces of myself had come back together and had clicked into place. I was more energetic and more confident. I felt empowered and unstoppable. Where my life had felt empty and pointless before, I suddenly felt like I was on a vital mission—which I am.
I’m still a skeptic and what I’ve written here doesn’t make any logical sense to me. But it’s as if the work I did with Amy has made me a bigger, badder, more beautiful version of myself. I’m so glad I said yes. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. And I did gain everything. " - C.C.

"A few years ago, after having my children, I endured the trauma of having childhood sexual abuse memories resurface. I underwent treatment by a psychiatrist, a therapist, group therapy, a reiki specialist, and a nutritionist to help me heal and recalibrate my life after realizing that everything I once knew was now broken. It was only when I met Amy Miranda and worked with her that I realized that she could heal the the parts of me that no one else could see or reach. Immensely gifted and incredibly intelligent, she remains to be the only healing I need as I continue to live a full and exciting life. ” - E.W.

"Last year, trauma from my youth which I had suppressed for over two decades came back to haunt me. I found myself in a very dark place and needing guidance. One of the avenues I took was reaching out to Amy. I didn’t now know that at the time, Amy was on the path to becoming a Shamanic healer. I simply reached out to her as a woman who I knew had experienced trauma. She shared her experience with me and I immediately knew this was something I needed to experience as well. I could probably write a few pages about my experience with Amy, but to keep it brief, it has changed my life. In a very big way. I had a few journeys with Amy over the period of a few months. I experienced soul retrieval. I also learned to journey on my own. After soul retrieval things started to shift for me. I had completely severed myself from the younger me, as a way of protecting myself. I am now reconnecting with parts of myself I had left behind for so many years. This has opened Pandora’s box. It has been the most intense experience of my life, and believe me when I say I’ve had a many crises in my life. For the first time ever in 41 years, I feel awake. I am finally seeing things clearly. I’m a creative. I’ve had HUGE dreams ever since I can remember.
But I’ve been hiding, I’ve been afraid. My anxiety, insecurities and personal BS were leading my life. I am finally seeing things for what they are. Things are changing dramatically for me right now. Parallel to this, the healing process has woken me up to my connection to the universe. We are all part of one big organism. I am experiencing such an awakening of my consciousness. My empathy and need to be an active part of solutions of the aches and pains of the world are creeping into my life in the most unexpected of ways. It is hard for me to put into words, but trust me when I say it is beautiful :) It is a gift I will forever be grateful for. All this to say. Amy has been a HUGE catalyst for me. There is a reason I was compelled to reach out to her. I truly believe that. She is a warrior, she is a seeker of truth and an inspiration. She is a healer. Thank you, Amy xox " - Alex

"I have known Amy Miranda for several years now. After a chance encounter she became someone very important in my life, a friend, a mentor, the sister I always wanted (and didn't know I needed), and shamanic practitioner I depend on heavily. Amy is the most powerful person I know, and radiates energy like no one I have ever seen. I have navigated sobriety, and my own personal trauma healing with her guidance. I have found parts of myself, and met a whole other side of myself through working with her. It is an honour, gift, and a privilege to work with Amy, and not something I take for granted or lightly." - A.P.

"Amy has been instrumental in helping me find my wild woman, the part of myself that I needed to really stand up for myself and ask for what I needed in my life. As someone who's been through tremendous damage and trauma, part of what was missing in my life was that ability to really say what I needed and also not be scared to ask for it. She's done that for me and I am eternally grateful. She's also someone I know I can go to when I'm confused, and she always brings me clarity and light. Amy is a wonderful healer and shaman. I couldn't have recovered these parts of myself without her. " - G.K

“I believe Amy was born to walk a shamanic path! When Amy worked on me, I was amazed at her deep insightful knowing, and it moved my process into overdrive! Amy is not only a very gifted healer, but an inspiration for breaking free of suffering and living a wholehearted life!” - Susan M

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