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Christina Allen

Christina Allen

Founder and Director

Christina practices and instructs individuals in the art of Energy Medicine. She became interested in the interplay between matter, consciousness, and energy through her readings about the Vedics, Taoism, and Shamanism as an adolescent; she has been working with this interface ever since. Her undergraduate training was as a Physicist at the University of California Santa Cruz, followed by a PhD program in Neuroscience at the Salk Institute, through the University of California San Diego. Her spiritual studies started in earnest four years into her graduate degree, when with the death of her mother she realized that as the body dies, consciousness remains in tact. Knowing she could only study consciousness as a product of a physical living brain within her degree program, she bravely left academia, and answered her soul’s calling to continue her studies from outside the conventions of a laboratory setting. By apprenticing with renowned Masters of Yoga, Reiki, and Shamanism she spent over 20 years integrating the power and wisdom of ancient indigenous Energy Medicine with physics, biology and neuroscience.

As a former owner of, and instructor at, the Blue Raven Yoga And Healing Center, in the San Diego area, and as an assistant professor at California State University San Marcos, Christina taught Hatha and Ashtanga yoga for 10 years. She began her formal shamanic studies under the guidance of psychologist, medical anthropologist, and shaman Alberto Villoldo, at the Four Winds Society. She remained at the Four Winds for a decade, apprenticing as an assistant , and eventually teaching as a Lead Teacher.  In this capacity, Christina worked with students from around the globe, teaching the practice of  Energy Medicine, and leading trips to Peru to work with the Q’ero paqos, or shamans.

Since leaving the Four Winds,  Christina has studied with many other shamanic teachers, from various traditions, giving her a wide base of shamanic wisdom. Ready to integrate all she has learned from her trainings in science, yoga and her  shamanic studies, into her own way of teaching, Christina started the Austin Shamanic Center, in 2014. Through Christina’s leadership, published articles and writings, shamanic healing practices, training workshops, and sacred journeys, she has helped empower many individuals, and groups, helping them reclaim their personal integrity and intuitive gifts. Her aim is to help create a community of grounded, authentic, beings who can bring through the magic of Creation, to be of service to humanity, in its many different forms.

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Karen Viotto

Karen Viotto

Assistant Shamanic Teacher

Karen is a Reiki Master, a Full Mesa Carrier in the Q’ero Indian Shamanic tradition, and she has completed, and is certified through, the Energy Medicine Certification Program at Austin Shamanic Center. She has both a bachelor’s and a master of science degree in biology and has been a well-respected biology professor at a local community college for over 10 years. She is passionate about bridging scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancients in an effort to teach and provide healing for people, animals, and the Earth. Karen is also a Wellness Consultant at a nearby compounding pharmacy where she enjoys working with people who want to lead healthy lives through the use of supplements, botanicals, essential oils, and nutrition.


Amanda Nitschke

Amanda Nitschke

Assistant Shamanic Teacher, Children's Program

Amanda’s professional and spiritual paths have become increasingly interwoven throughout the last several years. Amanda holds a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southwest Texas State University. She is also a Full Mesa Carrier in the Q'ero traditions of Peru, has completed her studies in Energy Medicine at the Austin Shamanic Center, and is a Master Level practitioner of Reiki. She is a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level, having also completed the Radiant Child Children’s Yoga training (95 hours) including Yoga for Autism, ADHD, & Differently-Abled Children.

With her fifteen years of experience working in Austin as a speech-language pathologist, Amanda's private practice now consists of healing, therapy and yoga sessions working on the physical, neurological and spiritual levels. As a mother, educator and healer, Amanda is passionate about healing, empowering, and educating others through creating a connection to both the soul and to our beautiful Pachamama.


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