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, 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 animism 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, Witches & Pagans, 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 podcast, What in the Wyrd, where I 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.
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 sexual assault survivor and author, Truddi Chase. I’ve also represented modern animism, shamanism, and paganism 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.
I have been featured many shows, including Around Grandfather Fire, Why Shamanism Now, Blog Talk Radio, Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole, The Donna Seebo Show, Everyday Connection, The Jaguar and the Owl, Right Relationship, What the Animals Tell Me, Her Future, The Social Psychic Radio Show, and Intuit University.