By his mid-20s Alberto Villoldo was the youngest clinical professor at San Francisco State University. He was directing his own laboratory, the Biological Self-Regulation Lab, investigating how energy medicine and visualization could change the chemistry of the brain.

One day in his laboratory, Alberto realized that his research had to get bigger instead of smaller, that he was looking out of the wrong end of the microscope. He needed to find a system larger than the neural networks of the brain. Many others were already studying the hardware – Alberto Villoldo wanted to learn to program the mind to create psychosomatic health.

Anthropological stories hinted that there were people around the globe who claimed to know such things, including the few remaining “shamans” in today’s modern world.

As he did initial research, Alberto decided that he needed to personally investigate the roots of 50,000-year-old system of energy medicine known for healing through Spirit and light.

Alberto traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon. He was determined to learn from researchers whose vision had not been confined to the lens of a microscope, from people whose body of knowledge encompassed more than the measurable, material world that he had been taught was the ONLY reality.

He wanted to meet the people who sensed the spaces between things and perceived the luminous strands that animate all life. Scattered throughout the remands and Amazon were a number of sages or “Earth Keepers” who remembered the ancient ways. Alberto traveled through countless villages and hamlets and met with scores of medicine men and women. The lack of a written body of knowledge meant that every village had brought its own flavor and style to the healing practices that still survived.

For more than 10 years, Alberto trained with the jungle medicine people. In healing his own soul wounds, Alberto walked the path of the wounded healer and learned to transform old pain, grief, anger and shame to sources of strength and compassion.

Alberto in the forestFrom the Amazon, Alberto trekked the coast of Peru, from Nazca, the site of gigantic markings on the desert floor that depict power animals and geometric figures, to the fabled Shimbe lagoons in the North, home to the country’s most renowned shamans. Then, in Lake Titicaca – the Sea on Top of the World – Alberto collected the stories and healing practices of the people from which, the legends say, the Inka were born.

Through it all, Alberto discovered a set of technologies that transform the body, heal the soul, and can change the way we live and the way we die.

These ancient teachings explain that a Luminous Energy Field (LEF) surrounds us and acts as a matrix or blueprint that maintains the health and vibrancy of the physical body.

Today, Alberto is a best-selling author and founder of the world-renowned Four Winds Society. In his teachings and writings, Alberto shares the experience of infinity and it’s ability to heal and transform us, to free us from the temporal chains that keep us fettered to illness, old age and disease.

Over the course of decades working with the shamans in the jungles and high Andes, Alberto Villoldo would discover that we are more than flesh and bone, that we are absolutely fashioned of Spirit and light.



Dr. Alberto Villoldo has written numerous best-selling books.


One Spirit Medicine:
Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness

Power up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of
Enlightenment (with David Perlmutter, MD)

Shaman, Healer, Sage

The Four Insights

Mending The Past & Healing
The Future With Soul Retrieval

The Shaman’s Way of Healing

Courageous Dreaming:
How Shamans Dream the World into Being

The Four Winds: A Shaman’s Odyssey
into the Amazon (with Erik Jendresen)

Dance of the Four Winds: Secrets of the
Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen)

Island of the Sun: Mastering the
Inca Medicine Wheel (with Erik Jendresen)

Yoga, Power, and Spirit:
Patanjali the Shaman

The Realms of Healing
(with Stanley Krippner Ph.D.)

Healing States: A Journey Into the World
of Spiritual Healing and Shamanism (with
Stanley Krippner Ph.D.)

Skeleton Woman

The First Story Ever
Told (with Erik Jendresen)