Practitioners

Meet our Staff

We value the sacredness of our human experience. We value the evolution of the soul. We value integrity, safety and inspiration. Because of our commitment to living our values, you will find safe and sacred space to heal and thrive living a life you love.

Natalie Griffin

Owner of Naughty Shaman &
Director of Dharma School

Natalie Griffin

Owner of Naughty Shaman &
Director of Dharma School

I used to spend all of my time worrying about taking care of people. As the Director of Executive Development for a fortune 100 company, partner, daughter and mother of two children, there were many people on my priority list above me. In fact, I wasn’t even on the list. I smiled and worked all the time, but my soul felt empty. My thoughts on leadership were published in the Harvard Business Review, I ran 3 half marathons, wore kick-ass shoes and tried to get everything in my life “just right,” but nothing would fill the emptiness. When my mom died, the grief lead to depression and I knew I couldn’t rely on only traditional methods of healing my empty soul and broken heart. I started my high velocity journey inward through the studies of yoga and shamanism.

Now, I have the courage to live a life that feeds my soul. I am the Founder of Naughty Shaman, the Director of the Dharma School U.S. and Director of the Naughty Shaman Center for Shamanic Arts. I am also a 200 E-RYT and was on the teaching staff of The Four Winds Institute of Energy Medicine. I am currently a Senior Teacher of Transpersonal Coaching for Acersentido, and international coaching company headquartered in Chile. At The Center, I want to share the inspiration, courage and support I have rediscovered through these practices. It is never too late to live the life of your dreams.

Sarah E. Carey

Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher

Sarah E. Carey

Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher

My whole life I repeated a cycle that landed me in the same place: broken-hearted, struggling with addiction, and unemployed. It was a destructive pattern perpetuated by self-hatred. Wandering the darkest places of myself, I was lost. Without knowing how or why, I enrolled in Dharma School with Natalie Griffin in the Spring of 2014 on a whim that saved my life. Through shamanic studies I ultimately realized, the malignity with my soul’s truth could no longer exist. Now was the time to create with power and purpose.

I graduated Dharma School with a certificate in Energy Medicine. To deepen my knowledge and to continue my healing journey, I completed the School’s two-level cycle twice. I trained in Advance Shamanic Studies with Mauricio Bruce, mastering advanced extraction, retrieval, and time-bending. Later in the year I traveled to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica for Courageous Creator to walk the hero’s journey through fear and anxiety into an empowered life, and to work with shamans from around the world.

Through my education, I developed a proclivity for healing through symbolism, the art of ceremony, and personal inquiry; this is my dharma. In September 2015 I joined the Naughty Shaman Center for Shamanic Arts as a Shamanic Practitioner, and Dharma School as a mentor and teacher. My passion is working personally with clients, clearing heavy energy from houses & land, and creating community through teaching. Let’s create magic together, go deep inside, and explore realms of infinite healing.

My life now tells a different story. Old patterns can fall away and new potential will unearth. It is possible to change destiny; to become the story-writer; to create life every day.

Mary Anne Costerella

Integrative Psychotherapist &
Spiritual Scientist

Mary Anne Costerella

Integrative Psychotherapist &
Spiritual Scientist

Mary Anne Costerella is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Spiritual Scientist specializing in Holistic Psychology and Energy Medicine Psychodynamics. These are alternative treatments for healing the Karmic Imbalances of the Soul such as addictions, anxiety, depression, codependency, trauma, and biological disorders. Mary Anne is a metaphysician and an ongoing student of the Ancient Wisdoms and Esoteric Sciences. The services she offers at The Center include: Astrology, Numerology, Sacred Science of the 52 Cards, and Personology.

Mary Anne is a graduate of the Magi Fellowship Counselor Training Program, hold a B.A. in Secondary Education from Rider University, and an M.A. in Counseling and Pastoral Counseling from St. Joseph College. She is state and internationally certified as an Addictions Specialist and licensed by the Department of Public Health.

By decoding the language and anatomy of birthdays and soul, Mary Anne gives access to inner guidance for greater self-discovery, wellness, and personal transformation. In her own words, “Your birthday is my business.”

Karen Parker

Licensed Massage Therapist

Karen Parker

Licensed Massage Therapist

I have always had a huge heart that overflows with love. But, what to do with all this love? In 2008 I graduated Branford Hall Career Institute and became a CT licensed massage therapist. I finally found a great way to share and spread the love. Using different techniques like Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Therapy, I learned how to make people feel total relief of stress and tension from their everyday lives. But it didn’t stop there. In 2013 I traveled to Sedona Arizona for training and became a certified Reiki Master. And so began my love for healing energy work. Shortly after that I started practicing yoga regularly which very quickly led me to Naughty Shaman’s Dharma School in early 2014. Now I am a Dharma School graduate, certified in Energy Medicine and I am bringing all of my skills together at the Naughty Shaman Center for Shamanic Arts to help people on their journey of life.

Andrea Miller

Ayurvedic Practitioner &
Dharma Types Analyst

Andrea Miller

Ayurvedic Practitioner &
Dharma Types Analyst

To say that I took more than a few wrong turns on my journey would be putting it lightly! Those wrong turns took me through treacherous twists and turns on slippery roads and up steep, rocky mountain passes. And more than one time, I hit a roadblock so massive, I had no choice but to choose between turning back or just waiting. I did that a lot. One day it dawned so clearly on me: that road block would never clear for me. That was not my road. From that place I could only see the place I had come from and the road block in front of me. It kept me from going anywhere. Something had to change if I wanted to get to where I wanted to be. I was going to have to create my own path. It was time to go off roading!

It took me a long time to realize I was trying to navigate my life without a proper map. I needed a compass, a map, and a clear route leading me to the destination of my souls true purpose. I started revealing my life map by becoming certified in various ancient and modern traditions. I am now a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Shamanic Practitioner, Dharma Types Practitioner, Vedic Astrologer, Equestrian Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Body Work Specialist.

Every aspect of my journey, every roadblock, brought me to exactly the right teachers that allowed me to see another way, a path that had not yet been revealed. The aimless. nomadic beginning of my journey has created a foundation for me to work from and find gifts in all of my wrong turns. All of the destinations I spent time exploring have allowed me to create a map to help others access their true path, purpose and deep healing on physical, environmental, social, spiritual, and cosmic levels. This resonates so deeply within me and has altered my course so significantly, I am thrilled to share these tools with you to reveal your own life map! It’s time to set you on the right course to live your Dharma and shine in the light of your soul’s purpose!

Amelie Dion

Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach

Amelie Dion

Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach

In 2009, when I moved out my country, away from friends and family to pursue my postdoctoral study in organic chemistry at Harvard University, this was supposed to be my path to success. I soon discovered that success is meaningless without happiness, as every day was bringing more stress, loneliness and sadness.  My only solace was my outdoor daily run, where I could spend time connecting with myself and with nature. Those short moments of peace, launched what would become later my passion for nutrition and lifestyle. During the day I would work at my well paid corporate job, but at night, I would follow my heart and complete my holistic coach certificate from IIN. When I joined Dharma School in 2014 I felt the circle was completed, and although nutrition and lifestyle are a great foundation, working on emotional wounds allows deeper healing than I would have ever thought possible. I am here to support you and hold space for your healing journey using modern nutritional tools and ancient shamanic wisdom.

Aly Yote Leone

Personal Development Coach

Aly Yote Leone

Personal Development Coach

My journey is a fiery reclamation of my power. It has been a journey of remembering who I am.

For years I perpetually and externally searched for what was missing inside of me. Trauma, depression, and self-doubt left me paralyzed with confusion and uninterested in being alive. I didn’t have the tools to change my circumstances, so I indulged in behaviors and thoughts that devastated my body, mind, and soul. But I knew this much: There was a part of me that contained a single burning hot flame of magic. It called me over and over again to listen, and I did everything I could to ignore it. It was the part of me that was completely and totally wild. This flame was keeping me alive, but I was not living. Eventually I faced a clear choice: to let the fire burn out completely, or stoke it with every last breath and tend to it with the marrow of my bones. I chose the latter. Although I didn’t know it at the time, it would result in an entirely new destiny.

Divine timing led me to enroll in Dharma School at The Naughty Shaman Center for Shamanic Arts. This is where I discovered that my internal fire was in fact made of vivid dreams, intuitive wisdom, strength, self-worth, new creativity, ancestral gifts, ancient medicine, and a deep connection with the Earth and otherworldly realms. I proceeded to complete Dharma School Level I, II and III as well as The Heart of Leadership Training here at The Naughty Shaman.

I am an artist, poet, traveler and storyteller – all of this informs the work that I do. I am an assistant for Dharma School U.S. and I work with the community as a Personal Development Coach. I hold a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Hartford, a Certificate in Energy Medicine, and I am currently finishing my studies in the International Newfield Ontological Coaching Program taught by Julio Olalla.

In addition to my role at The Center, I am the Communications Coordinator at Real Art Ways, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support the arts.

My Dharma is to be of service in the world and to inspire. My medicine is to create a place of safety where you can unearth and explore the past, release old stories, and create new possibilities! It’s time to step into your power!

Sandy Kissel

Shamanic Practitioner

Sandy Kissel

Shamanic Practitioner

All of my life, I have wanted to be a nurse. I could never tell you why, I just knew. I also struggled with being able to believe in myself and feeling that I deserved to exist.  Following my dream has been a challenge, and I have been on a journey to find the confidence to step fully into my life. My path started as a spiritual path, and as I struggled in my relationship with God, I found that the journey involved healing on an emotional level as well. I have always found the next step when I needed it, and the journey lead me through a variety of healing and spiritual modalities. Each thing I tried was going to be the next “thing” that “fixed” me, and while each step brought new growth, something was always unfinished, nothing was ever ‘enough’ and I was always looking for the next solution.

I am a graduate of Dharma level 1 and level 2 and have found that while there is always room for growth, I have a lot to offer and don’t have to wait for the next thing to make me “good enough”, I am fine with who I am.

My nursing career has been filled with variety.  From hospital to home care to working as a medical nurse.  I also served as a psychiatric nurse with adolescents in a psychiatric hospital which lead me to get my master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. I currently work with children on the Autism Spectrum. The most rewarding part of my job is working with patients or families as they struggled with the challenges and choices that lay before them.

I have worked with alternative as well as mainstream healing and spiritual modalities. I have training in Reiki and Access Bars and Body processes. I have also been studying Gestalt Pastoral Care. I believe that healing and spirituality are entwined and am committed to helping people find what serves their highest purpose. All of these trainings and modalities inform my work as a shamanic practitioner. I understand well the journey that unfolds gradually over time. I look forward to holding space for you as we work to find new possibilities in your life.

Jennifer Tetrault

Shamanic Practitioner

Sean Lanning

Shamanic Practitioner

Sean Lanning

Shamanic Practitioner

I spent most of my life voraciously questioning everything. After years of being disappointed by my family and friends, the government, my teachers, my idols, god, and science, I decided somewhere along the way that everything was B.S. This allowed me to develop a much different perspective on life, people, and the Universe than everyone I knew. It was something I was very proud of. I embraced my roles as the weird funny guy, the scatter-brained atheist, and the raging conspiracy theorist. I gladly played these rolls. I was happy to be “unique.” But as time went on, I found myself more and more disconnected from the world and even myself. I was unable to trust anything or anyone. My viewpoint of everything being meaningless and stupid fed a darkness inside that left me un-motivated, broke, and depressed. My prized “unique-ness”, it turned out, was very lonely.

I reluctantly came to Shamanic practices and Yoga in the winter of 2013, essentially on a dare. I immediately remembered what it’s like to have and feel my body and to have and feel my emotions instead of numbing them. It changed me and I initially viewed spirituality as the solution to all of my problems. I dove in head first and read all of the books, took all the workshops, and began spreading the “light and love” all over the place. I graduated Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and Dharma School level-one in early 2015. I then graduated DS level-two along side a year long master level YTT with certifications in energy medicine and an ERYT-500 in yoga at the close of that year. I subsequently became one of the founding practitioners at the Center for Shamanic Arts.

Through retaking Dharma School levels two and three, both twice, and becoming an assistant teacher, I learned that spirituality was not a solution to my problems. It had in fact become another distraction, albeit a very warm and fuzzy one. The result was ultimately no different than my previous use of distractions of relationships, partying, and seclusion. As it happened, everything was still B.S. to me, only now I owned a bunch of crystals, rattles, and yoga pants.

With the support of my tribe, I learned what it means to live my truth, step into my power, and heal the real BS. The ONLY BS. My own BS. I found that just one courageous step deeper into the muck, beyond the crippling fear that nothing matters, is the realization that everything matters, that I matter. I re-discovered the power and responsibility to live the life I choose, and there’s nothing and no one external to blame if I don’t. This education and practices of truth and non-judgement, accountability, and what I like to call “holding the BS up to the light” have become my medicine. The Center for Shamanic Arts has gifted me the space and the tools to support myself and others on their journey, no matter what it may look like. I’m learning lessons every day and I promise that I do not have any answers. All I have are questions. Some questions are fun, and some are terrifying. But questions force and allow me to change perspective, and push the journey further. By using the tool of shifting perspectives, separating the gifts and lessons from the story and drama, together we can question everything, including ourselves. We’re all perfect, even in struggle. And if we have the courage to voraciously question everything with love, forgiveness, and gratitude, then we can heal. And as we heal, we make space and energy to create…anything we want.

Love you thank you!
S

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