Spirit Weavers is an organization dedicated to providing shamanic healing and experiential training in Shamanism.   We are located in Michigan, with programs offered in mid-Michigan, and within and outside of the state.

This organization was founded by Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe, who together have over 50 years of shamanic experience. They offer shamanic healing work, teach workshops in the United States and Canada, provide training in healing techniques, and work to create shamanic community. They also bring some of the top teachers of shamanism to Michigan. They offer handcrafted shamanic tools for sale, such as rawhide rattles and spirit bags.


They are members of:

Foundation for Shamanic Studies www.shamanism.org
Shamanic Teachers & Practitioners                   www.shamanicteachers.org
Medicine for the Earth Teachers/Practitioners www.medicinefortheearth.com
Society for Shamanic Practitioners www.shamansociety.org



Upcoming Workshops/Events

Check our workshops page for information on all events.



Shamanism:  Path of Empowerment & Healing
with Kate Durda in Grand Rapids, Mi.
at Holistic Care Approach Healing Begins Within
June 20th,  10am-5pm
click here for more information


7th Annual Shaman's Walk
with Kate Durda and Stephanie Tighe
July 2
6th, Sunday
click here for more information


Weather Shamanism with Nan Moss
Parts 3 (7/31-8/2) and 4 (10/1-10/4)
click on part 3 or 4 for more information.


Coming up is:
Two Year Advanced Shamanism
and Shamanic Initiation and more!! 
Stay tuned for more information!





There are lots of circles in Michigan.  Please contact us for information on one in your area.




A Spirit Walkers Guide to Shamanic Tools by Evelyn Rysdyk

If you want to learn to make your own shamanic tools then you need this book.  It covers rattles and drums and so much more.  It talks about the history of the item, the ways in which it was used and so much more.  I remember searching through the Michigan Historical Library for an elusive and out of print book called "Drums, Tom Toms and Rattles".  This book is better and more inclusive and more shamanic. 

You can find the book at:  http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Walkers-Guide-Shamanic-Tools/dp/1578635578#

Evelyn's website is:   http://www.spiritpassages.com/


Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner

It has been out for a year or so but it is a great read.  Michael Harner is an amazing person to work with.  He is so filled with knowledge and experience.   For those of us who have worked with Michael, his book is a true treat!  I think anyone who is interested in Shamanism will enjoy this book.  Michael has so many years of experience doing shamanic work in all types of cultures and his knowledge shines in this book.   To read an excerpt of it click here.  To learn more about this book or to purchase a copy click here: http://www.shamanism.org/CaveandCosmos.html

Spirited Medicine from the Society for Shamanic Practioners

Several years ago Kate assisted Sandra Ingerman with a study at the University of Michigan on using Medicine for the Earth with persons who had a heart attack.  The Society for Shamanic Practictioners has a new book out:  SPIRITED MEDICINE .  In this book is an article in which Sandra talks about the study and most importantly the results of the study.  Also there is a mention of Kates name!!   If you are interested in the book go to:      http://www.shamansociety.org   
The focus of the book is on medicine and shamanic healing methods.

Shamanic Healing

Kate and Stephanie have provided healing to hundreds of persons and are available for healing sessions, both in person and long distance.  To see if you could benefit from Shamanic Healing or if you just want a "tune up" give us a call.   If you are not sure if you need a healing or not you may want to read some of our articles to aid you in determining if Shamanic Healing could help you.  
For articles click here!




Spirit Weavers, Kate and Stephanie, are happy to create for you
items of spirit and light to enhance your spiritual practice
and to promote "Lightness of Being".

Handcrafted Rattles, Spirit Bags, Drums & more
See below for more info! 

Kate Durda, M.A. & Stephanie Tighe, MSW, are shamanic practitioners who have offered shamanic healing as well as training for the past 15 years.  For their own use, as well as for their students and others in the shamanic community, Stephanie and Kate began handcrafting tools for use in spiritual practice. They create drums, rattles, personal “Spirit Bags”, and more.

RATTLES and Spirit Bags for Sale!  Can also be made to order
To order rattles or spiritbags, please contact us by phone or email us with your interest !

**** If interested in a Rattle Making workshop, let us know.
When we have enough interested folk, we'll schedule it ! ***


"Spirit Bags" are made in necklace fashion using 'knotless netting' technique and waxed linen thread. These bags are used as personal medicine bag, with totems and power objects attached and placed inside bag. Please see our website for description and availability of all items.


Rattles /Drums are handcrafted with choice of hides: cow, elk, deer, moose. We can do individual personalized items incorporating materials, designs, or elements which you want used in the making, upon request.

We also can do handpainting of rattles and drums to your specification. All gifts from the animal/plant spirits honored in the creation of these spiritual tools. Honoring Ceremonies are shared.

WORKSHOPS: Drum-making and Rattle-making

Drums and rattles are very important shamanic tools, used for ceremony, calling the Spirits, healing work and journeying. Making your own tools for spiritual practice is very powerful, and a wonderful way to strengthen your connection to the Spirit World.
We offer workshops on making your own rattles, drums and other personals spiritual items such as "Personal Altars” or “Prayer Cards". Check our website, it changes often!

Be sure to check back often as we regularly update and make additions to this site!