the Heart & Soul of lightsong


All of these teachers and healers have spent significant time assisting with the core course, apprenticing with Jan, and facilitating LightSong ceremonies. They all contribute their gifts and significant skills to create the profound and sacred container that is the LightSong School and Community.

Colleen, Karen, Lauri, Pamela and Terry all bring the power of the school’s teachings into the lives of students, clients, interlaced communities and the Earth with their own special approaches to healing.

Colleen Benelli 

Colleen teaches Reiki as a lifestyle. Her unique style of healing and teaching blends shamanic techniques with her Mastery of Usui/ Tibetan, and Karuna® Reiki. She has achieved excellence in training in shamanism and Reiki through her apprenticeship with LightSong founder Jan Engels-Smith, and her Reiki mentor-teacher, William Lee Rand. In addition to being an Associate Teacher and Healer of LightSong, Colleen is a licensed Reiki Master Teacher for the International Center for Reiki Training. Colleen’s passion and commitment is in bringing Reiki into the lives of others to help them create their lives with joy and a Light-heart. During her personal Reiki treatments, Colleen “channels” information and healing, offering her clients a rare purity of insight direct from the spirit realms, and an awakened consciousness to enhance her clients’ healing process.

You may contact Colleen at [email protected], or go to her website, www.reikilifestyle.com

Lauri Shainsky, Ph.D., Sh.D. 

Lauri blends shamanic and sound healing modalities for potent healing and course work. Voice, drum, rattle, bowls all combine with intention and love to bring about shifts in wellness, changes in beliefs, and elevated soul vibrancy. Her work focuses on being of service for the LightSong community and offering enrichment activities to engage people in vibrational healing and exploration, particularly as community ceremonies.

Lauri works with a council of spirits that assist her and others in personalized shamanic sound healing ceremonies, which may include soul retrieval, extraction, depossession, cord-cutting, mentoring in shamanic journeying and healing, and classic sound healing. Her course work offers people an opportunity to be in community and cultivate a more sacred and powerful relationship with their voice, intentional sound, and their spirits. Lauri pours water for the community sweat lodge and carries the songs for LightSong. Laugh, learn, make healing sounds, expand with shamanic sound healing. 

You may contact Lauri at [email protected] or visit: www.shamanicsoundhealing.com, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBJ7ELSFwD8xWySGMkXry2Q, and http://soundcloud.com/redstonesong


Pamela Rico 

Pamela Rico is a shamanic and energy medicine teacher and practitioner, a social activist, word shaman, and cultural researcher living in Portland, Oregon. She has studied a variety of indigenous wisdom traditions and spiritual technologies for over twenty years, including core shamanism, yoga, meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki, and energy alchemy.

Pamela teaches classes at LightSong as well as offering private sessions utilizing spiritual technologies for getting to the root cause of, and releasing, that which prevents you from living your personal best, and guiding you towards the heart of what you intend for your life. Including: soul retrievals, extractions, and personal evolutions of all sorts. Sessions for animal dear ones are also available including animal communications, soul retrievals, extractions.

You may contact Pamela at [email protected] or go to her website, www.sacredskytemple.com

Margie McMahan 

Margie has a dedication to helping those that are ready to heal. She has a Bachelors of Science in Health, is a Holy Fire® III and Karuna® Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, Quantum Healing Hypnosis Practitioner (QHHT), a teacher, and an artist. She loves to bring a little of all her skills to her healing sessions.

In recent years Margie discovered Art Journaling which led her to Mixed Media painting. She saw an opportunity to merge healing and art and created her first deck of affirmation cards, New Earth Affirmations. 

Margie is passionate about self-growth and discovering our own innate ability to heal ourselves. She has been studying with LightSong for over 15 years.

You may contact Margie at [email protected] or visit her website at, margiemcmahan.com


Karen Hefner 

Karen is an experienced ceremonial leader, teacher, and energy healer. She is dedicated to being in service as a catalyst for personal growth, expansion, and healing. Karen is a HolyFire® III and Karuna® Reiki Master, holds Master’s degrees in Science and the Arts, a Doctoral degree in shamanism, is a certified Life Coach, an Angelic Guidance Counselor® and a F.I.R.E.walk Facilitator. She is also a minister, cancer survivor, mother, and grandmother.

Deeply invested in the areas of healing and personal growth, Karen gently guides people toward
their own innate health and happiness through education, ceremony, energy medicine techniques.

Karen’s intention is to assist clients and students in finding their soul’s path, their true self, their source of power and freedom. She offers this with deep gratitude to her teachers, spirit guides, and the native healers and communities who have been so generous with their teaching, healing, and ceremonies.

You may contact Karen at [email protected] or go to her website, www.ignitingspirit.com

Sioux Strong 

Sioux is a Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Karuna® /Master and teacher of Animal Reiki. She is a professional member of the Reiki Membership Association and co-author of the International Center for Reiki Training Animal Reiki manuals. Sioux is also a shamanic and energy medicine practitioner specializing in animal healing.  

Sioux has been practicing Reiki and energy healing for over 16 years. She was worked with animals for over 45 years, raising guide dogs in her teens, graduating from Moorpark College with a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management, working as an emergency veterinarian technician, and working at Guide Dogs for the Blind the past 27 years. She has cared for a variety of animals (elephants, big cats, birds, hoof stock, primates as well as canines). Sioux enjoys sharing her years of experience with animals and how Reiki and shamanic practices can be used for healing as well as for the human animal bond. 

Sioux can be reached at  [email protected]


TERRY KEM 

Terry’s passion and skills lie in the rhythms and spirits of nature. An accomplished outdoorsman and naturalist, Terry’s path into the deeper understanding and mysteries of the natural world began on his thirtieth birthday. Terry has studied with many gifted naturalists and healers over the last thirty years. His unique gift is weaving his shamanic experience with ancient nature awareness skills to help us remember and develop our relationship with the Earth and the “spirit that flows through all things”. Associate teacher with LightSong School of Shamanic Studies.

You are invited to contact Terry at: [email protected]


Marty 

Marty had combined his long study and practice of spiritual traditions with his extensive career in technology and software development. His biggest influences have been core shamanism, nature, ascension energies, and yoga with traditional Vedic philosophy. He is a firm believer in the unlimited potential of every human and encourages each of us to know our own truth and create our reality and happiness. He sees spiritual practices mirrored in technology as the software developer is the tool of creation. He likes to describe the work in mystical terms as "writing poems that we put in the cloud and feed electricity, in order to build economies, inspire people, and motivate social change."

You may contact Marty at [email protected], or go to his company website, alchemycodelab.com.


Holly Jarvis

Holly is a graduate of the LightSong Licensed Master Practitioner degree program, a member of the LightSong Council, a teacher, and participates in lead roles in the Telepathic Practicum, ceremonies and classes. As a teacher, she finds inspiration in guiding and witnessing people as they discover their unique abilities and deepen their shamanic skills and experiences. Holly has a shamanic energy medicine healing practice, supporting people as they navigate their healing and awakening, and move into wellness and well-being by reconnecting with their whole, magnificent selves.

Collaborating with her allies and spirits, which include Archangels, Ascended Masters, Galactic Beings and Dragons, and addressing energetic patterns multidimensionally, her clients experience deep clearings, reconnection with their soul essence, clarity about their life purpose, and amplification of their unique energies and resonances. Healing sessions may include extractions, soul retrieval, cord/curse unraveling, depossession, ancestral/lineage healing, and DNA and cellular clearing.

You may contact Holly at [email protected] or visit her website at, EmergingRadiance.com


Katrina Morris-Soper

Affectionately called the “Gatekeeper of LightSong,” Katrina has been managing the school’s office for four years and studying at the school for a decade. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Community Shamanism from LightSong in 2022. Katrina is passionate about balancing the left and right brains and merging mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual modalities for "Full Circle" healing. Faith and evidence are equal motivating factors for her, and that results in the experience of both efficiency and purpose in everything that she does.

As a shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master, and energy therapist, she specializes in working with children to develop their personal medicine gifts and to unlock amazing superhuman abilities within them. She also delights in putting tangible art into the world, foraging, obsessing about things until they become unusual talents, reading about holocrons, belting musicals, and finding ways to be relentlessly improving and of assistance to humanity.

You may contact Katrina at [email protected] or enjoy her work at https://www.patreon.com/TheFullCircleLife


Linda Wilson 

Through Clarity, Peace Grows
In Wisdom, Grace Shines
With Appreciation, Hearts Fill
Being Authentic, Truth IS
A deep breath can shift everything
TRUST – KNOW – BELIEVE
©Linden Circle

Linda is an energy healer, intuitive coach and graduate of the LightSong BACS program, a council member at LightSong, Certified Life Coach, and Ayurvedic Health Advisor. It is through over 15 years of study and practice and a great desire to cultivate a thriving life for everyone, that she offers several options designed to empower your greatest dreams and truth in partnership with Spirit.

Linda cultivates an opportunity to not only heal that which keeps you from being whole, such as life experiences, past relationships, and other lifetimes, she offers an opportunity to guide, coach, support and advocate for any great transition and transformation in your life with a heart-centered approach.

You may contact Linda at: [email protected]


Amber Jane Arquette 

Amber Jane has helped hundreds of people reclaim soul pieces, reunite with those who have passed from this life, break repetitive patterns (often across lifetimes), and manifest desires. Clients and students are supported in their personal journeys by soul healing, rebuilding the connection to their intuitive knowledge, and accessing their innate gifts. 

As a LightSong Council Member, she is dedicated to the next evolution and expansion of the school and its mission to bring self-healing and reconnection to their spirit allies. As a mixed native woman estranged from the Creek and Blackfoot peoples of her family, she was given ways to reconnect with her ancestors. 

Currently living in Portland Oregon, Amber Jane has immense gratitude for the teachers and training at LightSong and the ways it has restored her connection to Spirit. Each day she lives in communion with her guides, allies, nature spirits, true self, and reunites others to theirs.

You may contact Amber Jane at [email protected] or visit her website at: amberjanehealing.com


Sarah Marie Livings 

Sarah Marie is ever seeking to know more about the ascension process that our earth and her people are choosing to experience and what her role as a spiritual guide during this time is intended to be. She helps people find their own truths, facilitate soul level healing, and create awareness of the power of energy medicine. She is dedicated to helping others who have been distanced from their spiritual heritage learn how to connect with their sacred right to be in communication and communion with the spiritual realms.

Sarah Marie holds a BA in English literature and has studied church history, theology, philosophy, sociology, and social work. She continues study in Irish paganism/folklore and Slavic paganism/folklore. She is a Karuna Holy Fire® III Reiki Master, minister, trained medium, and psychic reader. She is the founder of Apothic Energy which offers altered state healing, channeled readings, mediumship, energy medicine education and training, spiritual guidance, and mentorship.

You may contact Sarah Marie at [email protected] or visit her website at, apothicenergy.com


Christine Kohlmeier

Christine joined the LightSong community in 2017. In addition to her success as a student and working as a vital part of the LightSong administrative office, Christine has volunteered in positions of support and leadership through assisting in classes and LightSong ceremonies. She will complete the necessary prerequisites in the coming year in preparation for applying to the Licensed Master Practitioner Program.

Christine practices Energy Medicine through sound, ceremony and light in her business Panthera Energy Medicine located in Vancouver, Washington. Her favorite part of working in the office is her close relationships with the LightSong teachers and supporting the students as they enroll in this life changing program.  

You may contact Christine at [email protected] or visit her website at, pantheraenergymedicine.com