"Gabriela is a mistress of transformation."
LIZ G - BOSTON, USA
Gabriela Gutierrez is a multi-disciplinary artist, independent scholar, and practitioner of the oracular arts and shamanism. With a mixed cultural heritage and an unusual childhood raised in movement, her multi-lingual and inclusive approach create a unique container to catalyse change.
Born in Spain to a Welsh mother and a Spanish father, Gabriela is a polyglot, speaking English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, basic Arabic and some Serbo-Croat. Her body of work draws from a decade of travel and study of wisdom teachings in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe.
Gabriela is the founder of The Virtual Temple where she currently teaches and offers distance healing.
For the sake of transparency...
Hello beloved international community! And welcome.
Thank you for being here.
For the sake of transparency, I want 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 blast was a near-death experience when I was 21 years old. I was cycling home from a late night of studying for an anthropology exam at my London university, when I was hit by a taxi. It was - not surprisingly - pouring with rain. I catapulted over the roof of the car, and 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 year 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, before beginning a training within a gynocentric shamanic tradition known as the Lyceum that has its roots Europe. I went on to assist my teacher Naomi Lewis on introductory and advanced trainings for many years with both women and men, while completing a three-year training in classical shamanism with Simon Buxton, followed by a three-year training in the oracular arts of the temple priestesses of ancient Greece known as the Melissae and Pythia.
I do not claim to be a spiritual authority in any way. And at the essence of my work is the hope for all to find their own inner authority, as I have done.