Meet our behind the scenes creative team of passionate life artists and evolutionary visionaries!
Gary Tom (Bear)
Native American Medicine Man
Gary Tom (Otherwise known as 'Bear') is a Southern Paiute Native elder and Medicine Man, who is enrolled at Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the Keepers of the North rim of the Grand Canyon.
Co-Founder and Creative Director
Ishika grew up in Bangladesh, which gave her perspective on the different lives people are forced to lead due to their economic circumstances, and the terrible poverty and the intense hardships many face on a daily basis.
Marc Shackman (Kumooja Banyan Tree)
Co-Founder and CEO
Kumooja Banyan Tree (meaning – ‘One who flies Eagle with Condor and Hummingbird together’), is a pure open channel of cosmic guidance and universal healing.
It has always been a dream of mine to use my talents and skills in a way that can impact this world. I am very passionate about inspiring others and sharing light with my ability to tell stories through visual arts.
Social & Online Marketing Expert
She is a mother of five, whose motivation is to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of all those within her reach, and she hopes to instill these values and goals in the hearts of her children as well.
Actor & Capoeira Artist
Embracing being both student and teacher, Nina is part of a movement that is focused on enlightenment, raising consciousness and higher vibrational energy in the world.
Gary Tom (Otherwise known as ‘Bear’) is a Southern Paiute Native elder and Medicine Man, who is enrolled at Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the Keepers of the North rim of the Grand Canyon. Bear is a teacher and educator, having obtained an MA Ed from Northern Arizona University – Flag. He is an accomplished musician, jazz trombone player and Native Indian flute specialist. He played at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 winter olympics at Salt Lake City, and many other countries internationally during his life.
Bear has carried out and facilitated ceremony for over 30 years, mainly with the Native American Sweatlodge. His uncle was a well known Peyote ‘roadman’ for the Native American Church. He feels ceremony is very important so that we can learn to respect ourselves fully and all things around us. We are honored to have him represent our Heart Energy Medicine tribe and bless us with his very cleansing and purifying traditional Native Indian Sweatlodge ceremony from time to time. The perfect preparation to any deeper work that is to take place. Aho Mitakuye O’yasin!
Ishika grew up in Bangladesh, which gave her perspective on the different lives people are forced to lead due to their economic circumstances, and the terrible poverty and the intense hardships many face on a daily basis. The contrast was difficult to come to terms with. She was very spiritual from a young age, but the hurdles and challenges of life left her agnostic in her youth. However, a deep spiritual awakening she experienced in 2012 changed her life, and she turned to the shamanic medicine path.
Mother Ayahuasca had called her name. Since then she has been on a journey of transformation and self-discovery; being fully committed to share her truth with as many souls as possible. Ishika believes that there is too much pain and trauma in the human collective, and that the path to a peaceful, harmonious humanity is through healing each and every individual, to spiritually empower them through their own awakening, and she is committed to working with Sacred plant medicines to assist this process in the world. Returning to nature and our native roots will help us build a strong community with moral values that come from the Heart, ready for our deepest healing to occur.
Marc received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Building Engineering from Loughborough University, England in 2002 and worked for various global construction projects for over 4 years. Then after embracing and finally having the courage to follow his heart early on in life, feeling strongly that there was something more than meets the eye to the world around him, and trusting his curiosity to explore this strange feeling and mystery inside of him more deeply, he took the giant leap of faith into the unknown for himself and hasn’t looked back since. Sixteen years later after working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, he realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for!
In September 2014, Marc was called to leave Central and South America, more specifically Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, that had been his main bases for over 7 years, and begin his new cycle of life in Hawai’i and the United States. This he felt would accompany his love for the ocean and 15 years of very ungrounded informal training in the field of the human psyche and spirituality perfectly, and so to balance himself out more evenly between the worlds and in a much more grounded way by the end of 2016 was his goal.
Marc’s multiple near-deaths in his 20s in his shamanic vision quests and world travel adventures, catalyzed his visionary gifts as well as his desire to live life to the fullest. Since then he has been driven by his heart and passion to inspire people, create a stable family home, find the secrets to true happiness, and to help people create better lives and a better world for themselves and for each other.
WHO IS KUMOOJA BANYAN TREE?
Kumooja (meaning – ‘One who flies Eagle with Condor and Hummingbird together’), is a pure open channel of cosmic guidance and universal healing. He is a bridge between worlds. He is a seer in the dark. He is a balancing act between worlds. And choosing to share with others that same feeling of complete wholeness and deep connection with nature, through the regular practice of `Self-Love’, changing of negative belief systems, and making conscious choices with focussed intention, is the simple nature of his life work.
Kumooja Banyan Tree has had several near death experiences in his life. He has tasted severe mental illness and felt first-hand what its like to live with a shattered soul, until he finally woke up and accepted his destiny as a shaman and energy worker. For over 7 years Kumooja trained with Shaman’s in North, Central and South America and discovering, exploring and traveling to sacred sites all over the world to learn their special magic. Kumooja Banyan Tree’s work as a healer is growing around the world, and he willing to travel anywhere and everywhere to to work with his clients. He is a creative life artist, writer, poet, public inspirational speaker, company advisor and ceremonialist. He is in the process of creating a variety of Heart Energy Medicine media, tools and experiences to inspire, energize and empower people.
Kumooja Banyan Tree harnesses, within his sacred toolbox of Heart Energy Medicine, the Indigenous Soul of all ancient wisdom teachings and traditional native cultures of the world. In his unique traditional-modern styled private and group sessions, workshops, and ceremonies, he roots, merges and blends together the powerful and natural, creative and ancestral, beautiful gifts of sacred sound and movement combined with deep, intuitive, spiritual, artistic expression; the same magical gifts we’ve all been blessed with and already have access to once we remember how.
In this psychic mythical dance of feminine and masculine, sun and moon, dark and light, fire and water, mind and heart, he allows the energies of the Condor, Eagle and Hummingbird to seep-in and move through him freely and openly – to kiss, caress, and plant the same seed in the hearts of all that cross his path; promoting Instant Change, Self-Awakening, Deep Transformation, Self-Empowerment and Miracle Rebirthings! Kumooja Banyan Tree currently lives on the Big Island in Hawai’i.
As a full-time Shaman, Advisor, and Artist, Kumooja Banyan Tree regularly conducts private Heart Energy Medicine individual, couples, and group shamanic healing sessions in Hawai’i. He also offers group, organization, business and corporate seminars and inspirational talks. In addition, he is available for private and phone/skype consultations nationally and internationally. For more information on scheduling Kumooja Banyan Tree, and on his work and heART, please visit www.balancingbetweenworlds.com.
An Initiated Graduate from a wide selection of different World healing modalities, spiritual tools and techniques; Transpersonal Psychology, Thetahealing, Sacred Sound Healing, Vipassana Meditation, Qiqong, Tai Qi Quan, Hatha Yoga Teacher, AcroYoga Teacher, Reiki, The Munay-Ki Rites, The Medicine Wheel, and Transcendental Rebirthing Breathwork, to name but a few. Marc has studied and practiced numerous personal growth and health traditions for over 16 years. In the process he discovered and developed a form of synaesthesia, an ability to connect and explore people’s subconscious and help them to focus their intention and avoid mind traps in order to achieve maximum benefits from their process.
Marc received a spontaneous Kundalini awakening in 2003 and was initiated into the Native North, Central and South American shamanic energy medicine practices between the years 2008 and 2013. He has studied with many wise men, shamans and sages, learning tools such as Soul Retrieval, Illumination work, Shamanic ceremony and healing, guided voyages and medicine plants (including with: Mayan Cacao (raw chocolate), Peyote (Hikuri), San Pedro (Huachuma), Psilocybin Mushrooms and Ayahuasca), seeking knowledge and light. In the process he has lived amazing, magnificent adventures and healed childhood wounds and family relationships, becoming a very happy man.
Sacred Mythic Journeys is an open-minded, open-hearted, up-to-date, and creatively fresh project that was first born and initiated back in early 2008. Sacred Mythic Journeys has now evolved into the dream to create a unique conscious selection of fully guided, fully focussed and fully intensive World travel adventure tours, that all encourage us to step back, break the mold, and live life to our most fullest potential.
Each Sacred Mythic Journey’s primary ingredients include: a 2 day heart energy medicine workshop; a 1 day foundational acroyoga expressions workshop; fully guided meditations; soul creative element private consultations; a strict healthy and balanced fresh food, juice and herbal tea diet; the unique opportunity to interact with remote indigenous communities whilst in their ancestral heartland; a spirit adventure pilgrimage trek to an isolated local power spot; and 3 or more days and nights of powerful shamanic plant medicine ceremony; all in very high energy locations, with the full support and assistance from an experienced team of both traditional and modern day shamans, healers and inspirational guides.
My name is Gabriel Ng, a filmmaker and photographer based out of Las Vegas. I am so honored to be a part of this profound movement! It has always been a dream of mine to use my talents and skills in a way that can impact this world. I am very passionate about inspiring others and sharing light with my ability to tell stories through visual arts. I grew up in Tacoma always yearning for more out of life, I moved to Las Vegas 7 years ago to pursue a degree in hotel management. I quickly found out that was not the right path for me. I decided starting my own video production business was the only way to live life on my own terms. After 5 years of hard work, traveling around the world doing what I love, my journey has brought me here to Heart Energy Medicine! I am so blessed to be a part of such a huge movement and I am excited everyday to further expand this vision – sharing our journey through beautiful videos and photos.
Jennifer Nichole is a Pennsylvania born North Carolinian, who has worked in the health and wellness industry most of her adult life, beginning as a hospitality aid, turned nurses aid, then moving on to youth group home work and home health. Jennifer eventually moved to internet marketing, sales, and customer service work for a successful organically grown whole plant essential oil company, where her already present love of the natural healing path was able to flourish.
She credits her ‘pull’ to natural health and healing, to her strong, source-gifted, energy-sensitivity. She works providing motivational coaching services, hrtz therapy & touch therapy sessions, and energetic clearing & healing.
She is a mother of five, whose motivation is to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of all those within her reach, and she hopes to instill these values and goals in the hearts of her children as well. This all led her to the path that brought her to connecting with Marc Shackman and The Heart Energy Medicine project.
You get what you believe what you envision. A student and a teacher, Nina is part of a movement that is focused on enlightenment, raising consciousness, and vibrational levels in the world. We are not governed by time and space, but rather, creators of it. Love.
The greatest gift given to us, was the gift of co-creation, we are not limits to time and space we are co-creators of it. Nina is an actress and also a capoeira teacher. Visit her website at:
She has taught in many countries around the world. One thing universal in the world and the entire universe is love everything is about love. Nina wants to share this through her work with everyone making a positive change in the world, starting with herself.
Stickman spirituality was created to show with very simple image some very easy things we forget about and we need to be reminded of. We say oh yea! And take a snap shot of it together.
Stickman spirituality is there to also provide personal growth and healing through images and visualization. Visualization is a technique of focusing your imagination on behaviors or events you’d like to appear or occur in your life.
Nina Stone is available for private sessions to create your special stickman spirituality image for your own personal growth.
A unique style of Tarot reading to get an insight on your particular issue in hand.