"Gabriela is a mistress
LIZ G - BOSTON, USA
Gabriela Gutierrez is a multi-disciplinary artist, independent scholar, and practitioner of the oracular arts and shamanism. Born in the Basque Country of the Pyrenees to a Welsh mother and a Spanish father, she has a mixed cultural heritage and an unusual childhood raised in movement.
Gabriela is a polyglot, speaking English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, basic Arabic and some Serbo-Croat. Her multi-lingual, inclusive approach create a unique container to catalyse change. She is known for her sense of humour, humility and devotion to her craft, and has been described by those closest to her as a woman of integrity, passion, generosity, vibrance and courage.
Her body of work draws from a decade of travel and study of wisdom teachings in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. And she is an initiate in a lineage of European bee shamans.
Gabriela is the founder of The Virtual Temple where she currently teaches and offers distance healing.
Thank you for being here.
For the sake of transparency, I would like to share my background in my own words. In a world dense with cultural appropriation and false prophets, if the intention of this work is to truly dismantle these systems of oppression and illusions of outer authority, perhaps a good place to start as facilitators is by full disclosure of ourselves.
I was catapulted onto the spiritual path by two major events in my life. The first of these was a strange illness on my fourteenth birthday while I was in Tanzania with my family. My father, having befriended the local fishermen, had unbeknownst to him also made friends with the village shaman, who was himself also a fisherman. When word spread in the village of my illness, the shaman came to my bedside and tended me back to full health.
The second event was in 2011 when I was 21 years old. I was cycling home after a late night of studying for an anthropology exam at my London university, when I was hit by a taxi. I catapulted over the roof of the car, and experienced what I found later in life to be known as a near-death experience. Though witness accounts state I was conscious and talking, my only memory consists of floating in a vast darkness until I was sung back into my body by a friend singing Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose at the hospital. The collision broke my leg in two parts and had me wheel-chair bound for three months.
These two events brought on a series of spontaneous encounters with shamans, renunciants, and spiritual wisdom keepers over the following decade. The first took place in 2011 while I was working with a law firm protecting indigenous land rights in Bolivia a few months after my accident. The next was a chance-encounter with a Sufi mystic in Morocco, followed by a Catholic renunciant on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and finally a Jain nun who invited me to live in her temple in Rajasthan in 2013 and lead a life of renunciation. After three months of an ascetic lifestyle, I apprenticed with a Peruvian shaman in North Peru for six months. I then trained in Reiki, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Theta Healing in NYC.
Though I am very grateful for the way the above modalities helped shape me and my work, I do not currently practice them. The teachings that most inform my work come from my most recent years training with The Sacred Trust, a UK-based organisation where I trained extensively under the practices, healing and seership of European bee shamanism. I assisted my teacher Naomi Lewis on introductory and advanced trainings for five years with both women and men, while completing her three-year training in the oracular arts of the Grecian temple traditions, alongside a three-year training in classical shamanism with Simon Buxton.
I do not claim to be a spiritual authority in any way, my work is constantly evolving, and I am most interested in the experiential ways we can revive ancient wisdom though the simple and seemingly ordinary. At the essence of my work is the hope for all to find their own inner authority and personal relationship with the sacred. Here to learn.