Dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Spirit World” by the New York Times, Alberto Villoldo sought out and befriended the Q’ero shamans of Peru long before it became fashionable. A nascent medical anthropologist, he was looking for new approaches to age-old illnesses—by going back to nature. What he discovered would change his life.


Born in pre-revolution Cuba, Villoldo was exposed at an early age to the Afro-Indian healing traditions practiced by his nanny. While pursuing doctoral studies at San Francisco State University, he traveled the Southwestern United States, the Amazon, and the Andes researching native healing methods. He later directed the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory at SFSU, where he investigated mind-body medicine and the neuro-physiology of healing.


Villoldo eventually returned to Peru, where his quest for academic knowledge evolved into a spiritual journey spanning four decades of study, training, initiation, writing, and teaching the science, practice, and philosophy of shamanic energy medicine.


He discovered that we are more than flesh and bone—we are made of Spirit and light, surrounded by a Luminous Energy Field (LEF) whose source is located in infinity. This unending LEF exists in every cell of our bodies, acting as a matrix that maintains our physical and spiritual health and vibrancy. He learned that the wisdom and skills of the shaman are available to all who are called to immerse themselves in this ancient knowledge.


At the request of his Q’ero mentors—who were alarmed by a lack of interest in shamanism among younger generations—Villoldo founded the Four Winds Society and Light Body School to train a new group of modern-day shamans. The Light Body School is internationally recognized as the gold standard in energy medicine education, bridging ancient shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology, and neuroscience. The Light Body School certification trainings take place in California, Germany, and Chile.


Alberto Villoldo’s wealth of knowledge has germinated 17 books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage and the Top-Ten Wall Street Journal bestseller, One Spirit Medicine. His newest book, The Heart of the Shaman: Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior, teaches us how to tap into the creative power of the Universe which allows us to dream a new world into being.


A number of Dr. Villoldo’s books have been translated into Spanish, German, French, Italian, Rumanian, Chinese, and various other languages.


The Heart of the Shaman:
Stories & Practices of the Luminous Warrior


Soul Journeying: Shamanic Tools for Finding
Your Destiny and Recovering Your Spirit


The Illumination Process: A Shamanic Guide to Transforming Toxic Emotions into Wisdom, Power, and Grace


A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing
(with Anne O’Neill)


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: Wisdom, Power, and Grace
of the Earthkeepers


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)


Founded by Dr. Alberto Villoldo, the Four Winds Society is dedicated to bringing holistic health to the world. The organization offers shamanic energy medicine certification programs, shamanic expeditions, and healing and renewal retreats. Considered the Gold Standard in its field, the Four Winds Society Light Body School training combines ancient shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology, and neuroscience to give you the tools to transform yourself and launch a successful new career doing what you love.