Founder & Creatrix
CShepard Arts & Ancient Echoes University
Cat Shepard is a creative force with over 40 years of experience as a creative catalyst serving in roles as project advisor, ceremony curator, and sacred spaceholder, land blessing ritualist, mystress of creativity, energy healing guide, visual artist, and facilitator of ancient wisdom. In the 1970s Cat became fascinated with the ritual arts and alternative healing arts. She was introduced to shamanism in the 1980s.
At the turn of the 21st century, Cat was exposed to the work of a pioneering professor of anthropology Felicitas D. Goodman through a book written by her student & friend, Belinda Gore. Belinda has published several books on Ecstatic Trance, including a deck of oracle cards based on the Ancient Ritual Postures.
Dr. Felicitas Goodman founded the Cuyamungue Institute to preserve, research, and practice the ecstatic body postures she discovered in the process of studying the ecstatic states and their effects (both short-term and long-term) achieved when altering consciousness in a ritual context. Since that time, Cat has been creating her own unique and original path of visionary art, ecstatic trance postures, and alternative healing methods with creative expression and shamanistic rituals with rewarding & meaningful results. Cat has committed her life to studying, learning, and practicing the way of the ancestors - in circle, through nature, and with a deep trust of intuitive guidance. This space has been specially designed for students who seek enlightenment and alignment with Cat serving as an anchor for deep creative processes that will catalyze greater capacity to tune into one's own divinity and hear from the Divine.
As an instructor and facilitator, Cat guides others through carefully designed creative processes and time-proven methods for confidently applying the creative, ritual tools and concepts for the client's own purposes, growth, and intent. Cat's artistic background includes education, study and training in commercial & graphic arts, art history, drawing-still-life & landscapes, hand-lettering, calligraphy, composition & design, architecture, architectural drafting and color theory. Cat's divinity studies include cross-cultural spiritual cosmologies, archeology, scientific breakthroughs, alternative healing modalities, and ecstatic trance ritual body postures practiced by the ancients. At the intersection of art and divinity, Cat molds experiences using her background in creative program development and instruction, women's mysteries studies, soul alchemy, experiential ritual training and ritual journey-working.
Cat is a nationally and internationally-featured artist, with instructional courses and consultations received by clients from around the globe since the 1990s. While following the path of the artist, Cat has taken up the sacred work of a creatrix - one who is in touch with nature and works with the natural rhythms of the planet in order to bring about transformation. Additionally, Cat has deep knowledge and practice in newspaper publishing, has served as the sole owner/operator of a retail art gallery and gift shop as well as starting an independent mystery school - Ancient Echoes University - where she offers 1-on-1 sessions, online courses, group circle work and published research on divinity, spirituality and the deities who have emerged throughout history offering their guidance and support of human evolution. Cat has served hundreds of clients throughout the years and her work continues to stand the test of time.
Professional Training & Certifications
Usui Non-Traditional Reiki Master/Teacher Level - Jan 1998
Do Hai & Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher - 2008
Most Recent Continuing Education:
Belinda Gore's Workshop Series: The Art of Healing with Ancient Ritual Postures - Mar 2021 - Nov. 2021
Business As A Spiritual Journey Course by Asia Suler - 2021
Wild Foraging As A LifeWay by Rebecca Myers - Spring 2021
Ancestral Medicine Courses by Daniel Foor - Bring Out Your Dead - 2020 &
Kindling The Need Fire - 2020
Profound Sound Retreat Series Winter Solstice - Dec. 2021 & Dec. 2020
Cuyamungue Institute Member - 2020 & 2021
Cuyamungue Institue Contributor to Ecstatic Trance Postures online research circles - 2020 & 2021
Mindell Seminars "Processwork" by Arnold & Amy Mindell - Sept. 2020
Udemy's Create Online Classes course - Jun. 2020
Most Recently Published Contributions:
Contributing writer published in "She Who Summons" Mago Book - 2021
In my explorations with the creative mysteries, the world's indigenous & ancestral arts, cultures & traditions, nature’s mysteries, symbolism in folklore & myth, in combination with an ever-deepening desire for wholeness & direct contact with Source, my life is continually enriched & deeply meaningful. This has initiated a passionate, life-long path devoted to researching, learning & exploring the creative mysteries with art, nature & ritual as my guide.
I am a multidimensional, multi-faceted, curious & creative soul. I offer unusual & unique opportunities for Source Connection & Alignment, such as ecstatic ritual trance forms practices & the instruction of modern earth-honoring practices founded on ancient mystery traditions. For the past 3+ decades, I have served as a visionary artist & creativity catalyst, offering instruction, facilitation & priestessing of the Ritual Arts. I spent the decade of the 1990s attending festivals and investigating how to create a dynamically balanced state of being from my explorations into the mysteries of creativity. During this time, I was remembering my origins & learning how to live in an impromptu community with respect & integrity. I am voraciously curious about how our states of being are affecting us & how to transform them through our choices to live consciously. One of the most significant discoveries I have made is the awe-inspiring, transformatively healing power of Art, Nature, & Mystery. I was introduced to the mysteries of the Divine Feminine as a child brought up in the Roman Catholic tradition by a matriarchal family. In 1974 I began my quest in earnest. My curiosity led me to the study & practice of alternative spiritual paths based on my connection with nature & the divine feminine in relationship with the divine masculine. My experiences are translated through my visionary art & embodied ritual. This has resulted in an intentionally focused ability to access altered states of consciousness as a way to find meaning, purpose, a dynamic balance & wholeness in a fractured world. Permanent changes can be achieved through the experience & any creative expressions that result from these inner explorations. Continued careful cultivation of my early ritual training & inherited intuitive skills have allowed me to maintain a unique perception of the world around me while providing me with infinite opportunities for fresh insights & new perspectives which is a practice I have learned to value beyond measure.