ABOUT JON ROUSSEAU
Jon lives in one of the oldest and most bio-diverse mountain regions in the world near Asheville, North Carolina. Jon is a naturalist, practitioner of ritual healing, a diviner and a facilitator of rites of passage experiences. During his six years of work with Malidoma Some’, an initiated elder and shaman of the Dagara tribe, he has undergone a series of initiations into an indigenous African tradition. He has also apprenticed with the Pachakuti Mesa (Peruvian) tradition and undergone other rites of passage since the mid 1990’s including the vision quest.
Jon holds a Masters of Social Work and has been facilitating groups for nearly twenty years in a wide variety of settings. His professional experience includes leading wilderness expedition programs for schools and summer camps to directing team building workshops with corporate groups. In 1998, Jon founded Appalachian Wilderness Experience, a non-profit therapeutic wilderness organization that served at-risk youth. He was also program manager for two residential mental health facilities for teens at Eliada Homes.
In the early and mid 1990’s Jon traveled to the Hopi and Northern Cheyenne reservations in Arizona and Montana, living with traditional families and was invited to share in some of their spiritual ceremonies. Those journeys marked the beginning of a personal quest of rediscovering the fundamental, but often forgotten value of indigenous cosmologies, traditions and technologies of earth-based spirituality.
His path has also led him into the healing arts, which includes trainings and education in massage therapy, herbal medicine, energy healing studies and shamanic work. Jon is available to facilitate rites of passage, offer divinations, provide counsel on relationships with Ancestors, nature-based ritual healing, soul-centered living and the art of genuine community-making. He remains committed to assisting others on their path of personal healing and the reclamation of their original purpose in this life.