I am Kelley Harrell, and I believe we can do better.
I believe we all share the calling to be fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. To fulfill that calling, we must respond at a soul level. Through deep animistic connection, I teach others to find their unique spiritual paths in support of their quiet dead, healed ancestors, fellow humans, and peaceful coexistence with the spirits of the land they live on.
I’m an author, lifelong intuitive, and deathwalker, living in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Through Soul Intent Arts, I’ve worked with a local and international client base since 2000. I hold a Masters in Religious Studies, and am an ordained interfaith minister. My work is Nature-based, and focuses Soul Tending through animism, Seiðr, Druidry, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I work closely with the Elder Futhark runes and divine Nature Spirits of eastern North Carolina. Assisted by loblollies, Bermuda grass, sidewalks, and my Ancestors, my work emphasizes social justice through sacred activism. I remain vigorously involved with the worlds in and around me.
I’m widely known for frank discussion of boots-on-the-ground animistic community engagement and real world application of modern Soul Tending in the everyday. Through mentorship, I teach others to ethically build a thriving spiritual path, while honoring other spiritual paths.
A major focus of my work is deathwalking, ancestral healing, animistic interconnection, and mentoring those who feel called to find shamanism where they stand. My work emphasizes social justice through sacred activism, and helping others ground the teaching and meaning of their paths with sustainable passion, wisdom, and ethics.
Since 2004, I’ve written the blog Intentional Insights, and has been published in many anthologies and journals, including SageWoman Feminism and Religion, The Huffington Post, and The Beltane Pages. Among my books are my 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, and Runic Book of Days. Since 1991, I have worked as a technical writer and content manager.
I host the weekly podcast, What in the Wyrd, whereI discusses the runes, animism, Soul Tending, and how those topics all intersect on my spiritual path. What in the Wyrd is produced on the Anchor app, and is available on most podcast platforms. Feel free to call in with questions and insights!
I also co-hosts the podcast Everyday Animism, with Brandice Schnabel and Janet Roper, in which we discuss the complexities of living as an animist in contemporary times.
I produce The Wisdom of the Runes Flash Briefing on Amazon Alexa.
In 2013, I had the honor of being named a Wisdom Keeper by Shaman Portal. The Oprah Show featured me to honor the life of survivor and author, Truddi Chase. I’ve also represented modern animism and shamanism on discussion panels, given presentations for Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, am a reader at Dancing Moon, in Raleigh, and am a member of various professional networking groups. I remain a proud founder of The Saferoom Project, a non-profit support network for sexual assault survivors, and their partners, family and friends.
On Around Grandfather Fire – Runic Book of Days (5 September 2018).
On Why Shamanism Now – Runic Book of Days (27 August 2018).
On Blog Talk Radio – Finding the Divine Self (21 August 2018).
On Why Shamanism Now – Are We Changing the Spirit World? (2017, 3 episodes).
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. Download the interview for free on iTunes (Air date 17 September 2013).
On Why Shamanism Now with host Christina Pratt, discussing shamanic work with PTSD and spiritual emergency, and 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.