Kelley Harrell is an author and modern shaman in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. A lifelong intuitive and deathwalker, she has worked with a local and international client base since 2000. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies, and is an ordained interfaith minister. Her work is Nature-based, and is focused through the lenses of animism, Seiðr, and Druidry. She works closely with the Elder Futhark Runes and divine Nature Spirits of eastern North Carolina. Her shamanic practice is Soul Intent Arts. Kelley advocates for social justice through sacred activism, and is vigorously involved with the worlds in and around her.
Kelley is widely known for frank discussion of boots-on-the-ground animistic community engagement and real world application of shamanism in the everyday. Through mentorship, she teaches you to ethically build a thriving path as a modern shaman, while honoring that of others.
A major focus of her work is deathwalking, ancestral lines healing, helping those seeking soul healing to find relief in animistic life, and mentoring those who feel called to find shamanism where they stand. She teaches others to find their unique paths of animism and shamanism through support of their quiet dead, healed ancestors, and peaceful coexistence with the spirits of the land they live on. Her work emphasizes social justice through sacred activism, and her calling is to foster others to create their unique paths of shamanism, and to help them ground the teaching and meaning of their paths with sustainable passion, wisdom, and ethics.
Since 2004, she has written the blog Intentional Insights, is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, and has been published in many anthologies and journals, including SageWoman Feminism and Religion, and The Beltane Pages. Among her books are her bestselling memoir, Gift of the Dreamtime: Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma, which chronicles her pivotal step into the role of shaman, Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism, Runic Book of Days. Since 1991, she has worked as a technical writer of software and systems manuals.
Kelley hosts the weekly podast, What in the Wyrd, where she discusses the runes, animism, modern shamanism, and how those topics all intersect on her spiritual path. You can find What in the Wyrd on the Anchor app, and most podcast platforms. Feel free to call in with questions and insights!
She also co-hosts the podcast Everyday Animism, with Brandice Schnabel and Janet Roper, in which they discuss the complexities of living as an animist in contemporary times.
Kelley produces The Wisdom of the Runes Flash Briefing on Amazon Alexa.
In 2013, Kelley had the honor of being named a Wisdom Keeper by Shaman Portal. The Oprah Show featured her to honor the life of survivor and author, Truddi Chase. Kelley also has represented modern shamanism on discussion panels, given presentations for Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, and is a reader at Dancing Moon, in Raleigh, and is member of various professional networking groups. She remains a proud founder of The Saferoom Project, a non-profit support network for sexual assault survivors, and their partners, family and friends.
On Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole – Modern Shamanism and Runes (13 November 2017).
On Why Shamanism Now – Chronic Illness and Shamanism (28 June 2016).
On Everyday Connection (4 June 2014).
On The Jaguar and the Owl (24 June 2014).
On Positive Living Vibrations (6 May 2014).
On O-Books MBS Blog Feature – The New Era of Spiritual Ecstasy (10 May 2014).
On The Wild Hunt – Alternative Faiths and Misconceptions (19 May 2014).
On Why Shamanism Now – Children and Shamanism: Teens (27 May 2016).
On Why Shamanism Now with host Christina Pratt, discussing shamanic community in an international digital forum, and the Tribe of the Modern Mystic on Why Shamanism Now with host Christina Pratt. Download the interview for free on iTunes (Air date 17 September 2013).
On Why Shamanism Now with host Christina Pratt, discussing her shamanic work with PTSD and spiritual emergency, and her newly re-released memoir, Gift of the Dreamtime. Download the interview for free on iTunes (Air date 24 July 2012).
On Her Future, with Danielle Boonstra and Macha Einbender.
On Your Life After Trauma: How to Apply Coping Techniques That Work.
On Internet Voices Radio show What the Animals Tell Me.