Tom Cowan has been a shamanic practitioner for 30 years. He has studied with and taught for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He is the author of several books on shamanism and Celtic spirituality: Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit; Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life; Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul.

Tom is a minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth and on the Board of Directors of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners and an associate board member of Columcille Megalithic Park in Pennsylvania. He offers shamanic training workshops and spiritual retreats in North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Ireland, Scotland, and England. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley. His website is

An Old Silence

An old silence waits beyond water, or road, or trail. This line from “Up a Side Canyon,” a poem by William Stafford, has haunted me the last several days.  Specifically I’m wondering about the phrase “old silence” and the word “waits.”  I’ve been pondering the idea that some silence can be old, and that it is not the same silence as the current, new sil[...]