About Me

Short and sweet:

Mikki Baloy has studied with shamans from around the world including Q’ero elders in Peru.  Her holisticMikkinew2 approach to healing is both intuitive and grounded, fusing indigenous traditions with yoga, Buddhism, and almost three decades of creative training as a performer, writer, and musician.  She was the Director of a 9/11 foundation in New York City, and helped create and maintain programs to assist many thousands of people—while undertaking her own healing journey.  She is the author of Hallowed Underground: Sacred Hope and Healing in Dark Times, which describes her recovery from PTSD, depression, divorce, and sexual assault, and she has been featured in two books about post-disaster resiliency. Mikki is a yoga teacher and minister of animism, and speaks from her own heart-centered experience.   www.shamanmikki.com


Longer version:

When I was a kid, I spent hours running around in the woods.  I looked for fairies, played with bullfrogs and turtles, and had conversations with trees.  I also got really sick when I was about nine, with what was probably undiagnosed Lyme Disease.  In retrospect, I understand this to be part of my initiation to the work I do now.

I moved to New York City to be an actress and when 9/11 happened, I was temping on Wall Street.  What followed was two years of PTSD, with major depression, panic attacks, and nightmares.  I started working for a 9/11 foundation in an office that overlooked Ground Zero and got to see the recovery of my neighbors, and to witness and support them in re-creating their lives. I also learned to attend to my own self-care and had access to some of the best trauma therapists in NYC, for which I will always be grateful.

The clarity that came with my healing process was a revelation.  A revolution.  My life seemed to change almost overnight as I remembered who I was, what I wanted, and what it felt like to be happy.  I left an unhealthy relationship and subsequently had the strength and perspective to heal from a sexual assault, as well.

When I met a shaman who was accepting new students, I signed up for the introductory offering on a whim, but the first moment I practiced on another student it was like someone plugged me in. It was lightning and Christmas lights and a heat that arose from somewhere in my heart, symptomatic of what I later learned was a spontaneous initiation into the world of the shaman.

Receiving rites in Peru from Don Francisco Chura Flores

I have been consciously walking the healer’s road since that day in 2009. I completed training in the Jaguar Path and went to Peru to get the blessings and initiations of my teacher’s teachers.  I’m continually  studying other lineages and traditions, as well. This work continues to unfold and reveal beauty and love to me in a thousand different ways, even while I went through the darkness of an emotionally abusive marriage and divorce.  The magic and connection I felt as a kid in the woods are with me every day.

I hope that you’ll choose to access some of this amazing healing wisdom for yourself.  You can find out more or work with me in a private session, workshop, or by signing up for my mailing list or social media. And please remember: healing is possible, accessible, inspiring—and it’s right here for you.