Welcome to Oakenleaf – Shamanic healing practice near Perth, Scotland

Hello my name is Brian Anderson I am a shamanic practitioner based just outside the City of Perth in Scotland . Here I offer personal healing sessions as well as 1:1 healing retreats over one, two or three days, along with regular workshops and free sacred activism events.

Shamanism is a method of healing that is able to address the core of challenges we may be facing – be they emotional, mental, spiritual or physical. The healing focuses on the root of the problem, opens up to solutions to resolve this, and enable a new way forward.

Over the years people have come for many reasons, and I have worked effectively on a number of issues including:

  • resolving trauma
  • emotional challenges
  • dealing with grief and loss as well as supporting those facing death
  • dealing with a long-term illness or stress
  • problems with depression, anxiety, fear, issues with self-esteem and un-supportive beliefs
  • support when feeling stuck in life or going through a time of transition
  • working on creative projects to manifest ideas
  • as part of a personal development programme.

I came to shamanism in much the same way that you are now. This was in 2004 as part of my own healing and in truth, my life has never been the same since. It continues to lead me deeper into my essence, bringing resources to express this, which has led to greater health, wellbeing, fulfillment and a more natural way of life.

I trained here in the UK with the Sacred Trust and Foundation for Shamanic Studies, also with Sandra Ingermann and at Anam Cara with Twobirds Cunningham. I also have learned with a number of indigenous Teachers that grew up with these ways from the Americas and my heart’s home in Ireland.

I am currently learning and researching the traditional healing ways from my Celtic ancestors and listening for the healing stories and spirituality of the land here in Scotland.

I do believe our world can be a better place, this belief comes from hard-won experience and from this, I am able to uphold a vision of a culture that supports all life. The key to this I believe lies within each of us taking the responsibility to come to our own unique essence or nature, and then expressing our uniqueness in the world as we come to see ourselves as nature.

Shamanism offers a way back to this possibility along with establishing a life-supporting connection as we enter the healing process to let go of all we are not and bring through all that we are.I do not underestimate the courage and support this quest requires and have a sincere respect for those that step forward.

Sessions can be in person or at a distance to book or find out more as well as to see if shamanism and the way I work are what you are looking for, please do contact me details on the contact page.

Shamanism and You

When we meet, the most important thing for me is to welcome you to the session and explain the work to come. I will listen deeply to your words, which in itself can be healing, as well as the energy that feed the words you share. I will also will answer and invite you to bring any questions you may have.

The core of my work, in your healing, is to listen to the helping spirits, who have a greater view across our life. It is they that bring healing and guidance for us, enabling us to move towards a greater potential my role is to facilitate this.

To talk about shamanism without talking of spirit would be like an electrician denying the existence of electricity. The spirits do not see us in our perceived failings, but in our authentic and powerful nature, and guide and invite us towards this.

When I talk about shamanism with people, I often find there is a sense of familiarity that comes through, as if the act of speaking about it unlocks a memory within our psyche – this maybe because it has been such a part our history. It is likely that your own ancestors would have experienced these ways at some time, this is a time tested and ancient practice.

The word “shaman” comes from the Tungus language of Siberia; however, it has been practised in a local form, across all cultures, throughout the world, including here in Europe. It translates roughly as “the one who sees”, “the one who knows”, or “the one that can see in the dark”.

What it is that they see, and know well it is the spirit world. Shamans develop trusting relationship with helping compassionate spirits as partners in their healing work and learn how to navigate in these realms safely and effectively.

So, what are these spirits? My understanding is evolving with my experiences; Today I feel that what we are connecting with, and call “spirit”, is the wisdom and intelligence that creates, sustains and supports life.

Using shamanic methods this wisdom can be communicated with as we access the healing and guidance available to find solutions to the challenges we face, and questions that we bring. one of the most amazing benefits for me in practising shamanism is to feel how supported we actually are and using questions as a key the wisdom available.

The spirits present themselves in ways we can relate to, for example as “power animals”. As we develop a working relationship with this spirit, we ask for what we need; as we bring this guidance out into our everyday lives and see results, we develop trust in the method and our relationship with spirit.

I am, though, aware that trying to define something such as this is really difficult, and there also is a great mystery to spirit that can only come to be understood through our personal direct encounter.

I can say from experience that if you engage with shamanic methods and work in partnership with your spirits, your life will change in ways you may not of imagined and new opportunities will emerge.

From a shamanic perspective, the word “power” means that we are with spirit. To be “disempowered” from a shamanic perspective would to be with our perceived limitations and fear.

This power, though, is not over others, but self-mastery as we come to know ourselves in a deeper way. Our healing is not in isolation, but ripples out into our communities. This is not only people, but the land we walk upon and all life upon it.

One thing I know, through hard-won personal experience, is that it is possible to transform our lives. This happens when our willingness and openness to change meets supportive conditions, and when this happens so much more is possible.

My role as a practitioner is to create those conditions for you, and your responsibility after the session is to step back into your life in a different way – all that you need to do this will come through in the session, and will support and guide you.

Me and Why I do this work?

After a number of years exploring various spiritual paths I came to shamanism in 2004, this felt very much like a homecoming for me. I have worked with individuals and groups since 2008 and it has become a practical way of life for me ever since that first encounter.

Over time this has deepened and strengthened my connection and love for the earth, which has been with me since I can remember. It also has opened me to my deeper nature along with empowering me to express this in the everyday world. The practice of shamanism brings me to a life that has meaning and makes sense.

I began my spiritual search in the early 90s at this time I was living with deep traumas and pain which were desperately looking for expression and healing. In this process, and my healing has been a just that, I have come to find peace and understanding from my life’s experiences and with the resulting healing these once deeply distressing events now have become a great strength and resource in the work I offer.

When I am challenged in my own life I can turn to shamanism which offers a different and greater perspective, as well as practical ways to heal grow and resolve issues. I offer my shamanic work in the hope others may experience this too as well as supporting you on your own life’s healing journey.

Previous to my shamanic work I was involved professionally within a health and social care setting for over 30 years; this included working as a counselor, group facilitator and trainer alongside the NHS, a number of charities and in education settings. I also worked with our young people as a restorative justice worker. While I no longer work as a counsellor I uphold the professions ethics in my shamanic work.

Today alongside my shamanic practice I work part-time in a Camphill community grown out of the principles of Anthroposophy developed by Rudolph Steiner.  I am exploring being a companion to Bees which I am learning so much from about literally “being” in life.

I share my home with my wife, cat Lilly and a tortoise Buggle, here we all live just outside Perth city and I just love this amazing land of Scotland. Coming to live here has been another home coming, a move that logically made no sense but intuitively needed to be done, I am glad we all listened to this intuitive call.

I am a music maker playing the guitar, recorder and am learning keyboards. I am also published writing articles on shamanism. I am currently researching traditional healing ways of our land and plan to write more and develop my work and service. I have a daily practice that includes prayer and meditation, shamanic work, walking with nature, exercise and yoga and I practice Ahimsa (the way of non-harm) as well as my creative practices with writing and music.

I trust in this ancient practice of shamanism to bring both benefits to individuals as well as for our wider community and society and wish to share these ways with those that this work call and speaks too.





Your Session

Sessions are held in a dedicated space, created and built by listening to spirit, so that the building can be in harmony with the land it is a part off.

When we make a decision to change or let go of something, the healing process will have already begun, as we ask and are opening ourselves up to something new and different to come forward into our lives and awareness.

Arranging a session can be seen as a commitment to the decision you have made, as you are taking action to follow this through. The session will then become a part of your healing process. As with all healing, it is driven by your intention and is an active process asking for your participation.

Therefore, it will be helpful to prepare with some simple practices to support you before we meet. I have found this helps the session greatly, and I encourage you to engage with them:

Firstly, to be with nature and on the land as much as possible before the session. While out there, try to sense that, as you go, you are being seen by nature itself – there you may wish to ask and contemplate the following questions.

  • Why am I coming to shamanism at this time?
  • What is it I am looking for, or need to change or let go of?
  • What is my vision and feeling of how I would like my life to be?

The asking is as important as getting the answer, as it opens us up, so do not worry if you do not have complete clarity. It will also help to be aware of any dreams you have, and any synchronicities or omens you encounter.

Finally, the night before we meet, as you go to sleep ask for a dream that will support you in our work the next day. As you wake, take a moment to give thanks for your life and all that is to come.

There really is no typical session; each is a unique meeting, and I work with each person in different ways, depending on your needs, and by asking and listening to spirit. Together we co-create the session; my role is to act as a facilitator and holder of the space and to bring the healing through to you from spirit.

There will be time to talk and let you settle when you arrive, and again afterward there will be a time to talk, and to share any healing stories and practices, to support the integration of the healing as well as to make sure you’re ready and grounded, as you re-engage with your life now in a new and different way.

Sessions tend to last an hour and a half to two hours, though I will always work with your process as it unfolds, which may be more or less in this time frame.

I feel it is important to support you both before and after, so once we have both committed to the session, I am here to support you to help integrate the work done and answer any questions or to listen to your experiences.

I offer sessions on all days and I ask the fee of £65 per session. Please bring cash or a cheque on the day. I do offer a reduced fee of £45 if your circumstances are such.

I also offer healing day’s over one, two or three days which gives an opportunity to really explore and deepen into bringing through what is needed for you at this time. These have been useful for people in times of transition or going through or desiring a change of direction in life.

We will work together for your healing needs throughout the day or days (10am-5pm) as well as how to enhance wellbeing and with the integration and practical application of your spiritual life beyond the day. Please contact me to talk through your needs and for further details, the fee per day is £100.

Sacred Activism


We live in a time when our world needs compassionate healing and wise support,  the way we are treating each other and the natural world as a society is not sustainable, so what can we in the spiritual community do to help?

This work of “sacred activism” using ceremony and shamanic methods helps us deepen into an earth-centered way of looking at issues that we are collectively facing and to find solutions from a spiritual perspective.

We do this in a considered and ethical way in partnership with spirit so that we are clear our actions support all life. I see shamanism offering new hope and vision for individuals as well as our society as a whole for as we change everything around us changes also, it does not seem possible to have one without the other.

The purpose of these events is to find inspiration for us to act, to bring healing and transformation, as well as creating a community that supports us.  Each of the events below brings us deeper into a sacred relationship with ourselves as an expression of nature. From this place of personal insight, we hold a vision for what can become and offer this out to manifest.

No experience is needed, your open heart and mind with a willingness are all you are asked to bring. All events can be attended in person or participated at a distance and all events are free to attend;

please contact me for further information.


Upcoming dates Friday 19th April 2019 at 7pm

“There is no better “manager” of nature than nature itself”

In “Natures Sovereignty” we drop into a deeper level of connection with ourselves as part of the natural world. If we can gain experience of ourselves as nature that we are off the earth itself, related and connected with all life, what kind of world would that be?

This has been a lived experience for humans many eons ago, however, if our kind has lived this in the past then this wisdom exists within us today, and may well be the power that is leading many at this time and in so many ways to seek and live this again.

This event is an opening to experience this homecoming though not as it was for our ancient ancestors but drawing on the power of their inherent wisdom we use this to guide us to our own connection effective for now and our modern world within the sanctuary of our wild and free nature.

How do we experience ourselves as nature as one with the earth?  How do we live our everyday life as nature in the times that we live in? How can we serve ourselves and our communities from this place? Who am I when in my power? These questions and many more are explored in this ongoing journey of homecoming.


Summer Solstice details to be announced soon

These ceremonies are held over 24 hours, start in the evening at 7pm and work through to the following evening you are invited to attend for the whole duration of this or for a part of this time.

We work with the energy of the time of year and traditional ways for this time as we step deeper into becoming nature. Following our Celtic ancestors, we work with the Autumn Equinox, where we honor and work with the element of Water, Winter Solstice with Earth, the Spring Equinox with Air and Summer Solstice with Fire completing the circle of the year.

We spend our time in ceremony and practice, with the drum song and with movement, as well as time out on the land, as we follow the flow of the ceremony as it leads us into a traditional and natural way and time of the year in nature’s world.

Dates are generally around the solstice and equinox time please contact for details and practicalities.


Upcoming dates Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 7pm

The world of the beehive is described as a “superorganism” where each individual bee works for the collective group of bees. Shamanic cultures understand this wisdom for humans and we have much to learn from the bees as a result.

This ceremony both honors the Bee and how they shape our world as well as opening us to seek learning from the Bees. We use shamanic methods to develop a partnership with the spirit of the Bees where their wisdom is gifted in how we can develop our own mind of the hive moving into a more connected and the relationship of integrity with all life.


Upcoming Dates Friday 26th April  2019 at 7pm

“Once something is held in our thoughts and then spoken it exists”

We can so often be fed in our everyday negative and violent images and words that it has almost become normal. This work within this dedicated circle brings a balance and challenge to this hypnosis.

The action of prayer opens the way for new possibilities, a place we can express gratitude and find hope for a way of life that is in harmony and with power. Holding a vision for a world that upholds peace, respect and compassion for all life is a important practice for the times we live in.

Working in an intentional and sacred circle with the support of spirit and our companions brings power to our prayers and vision for our world. Holding a deep silence with this focus we bring through our desires and hopes for this way and give a voice for the world we wish to live in both for ourselves our families, communities and the generations yet to come.

This simple practice brings a new hope into the world and supports us so we have the courage to live this in our own lives and be the very change we wish for in the world.