I have worked with Kate for about 5 years now, and she has been one of the most positive influences I have ever had in my life. I am a late stage cancer survivor with substantial physical and emotional trauma and challenges. I came to shamanism in general and Kate in particular at what was the lowest point in my life. While I still have very real and severe life challenges, the difference in my life from then to now is beyond what I would have thought possible. Kate gently but with great skill and compassion has been an invaluable guide to help my find my own path, not to merely follow hers. From teaching me shamanic skills like Journeying and energy clearing, to providing wonderful sound healings that have to be experienced to be believed, to just being a phone call away when I need support or advice, I have never worked with a healer of any kind with breadth of knowledge and dedication to her community! Beyond being a wonderful spiritual mentor and community leader, Kate is not one to rest on her many accomplishments but is alway learning and adding to her healing toolset. I look forward to working with her for many more years, confident there will always be more to learn!
David F., Montclair, NJ
I’ve been studying and engaging in Shamanic practices for close to 15 years and have worked with several teachers in the process. What I appreciate most about Kate’s events is how she boils each practice or ritual down to its bare essence. In so doing, she makes it accessible to everyone, and more importantly, she connects us all to what is deepest, truest and most sacred about the practice without getting us lost in the trappings of its various forms or stuck in our heads. What I appreciate most about Kate herself is that even in her embodiment as teacher and guide, she sets a heart-ful and humbling example by always showing up as a full human being and continuously walking alongside each of us. She opens the door to the beauty and power of Shamanism in a very unique and creative voice.
Michele C., Rutherford NJ
Kate is a big-hearted, 21st-century medicine woman and craftsperson (rattles and drums). Her sound healing sessions, always well attended, are positively powerful! Whether for healing or ceremony, it is a joy and an honor to sit in circle with Kate.
Ben M., New Haven, CT
Kate is an incredible artist. She journeys to mysterious places to manifest the desires of spirit in forms that are sacred, personal, and unique. Kate has an uncanny ability to match clients with benevolent helping spirits through her creations. By doing so, she empowers her clients to bring forth their personal gifts and the gifts of Spirit.
Laura B. Hillsborough, NC
In wanting to deepen my connection with spirit, to understand more, experience more, I began attending Kates' workshops and classes frequently. Whether it's the Mother Tesla gong sound bath, the healing crystal quartz singing bowls or the shamanic journey sessions, the sacred space Kate holds is genuine and transformational. She is a highly skilled guide in facilitating your journey with spirit. Since working with Kate, I'm seeing things come to fruition, amazing moments of realization. When the student is ready, the teacher shall come.
Tracy R., NJ
Kate's creations call to me on a soul level. I have a drum she made that almost made my heart stop when I saw it posted on her website - a raspberry color. It still lifts my heart every time I look at it and drums beautifully even after 3 years in the hot and cold extremes of MN. Even just looking at her website feels like it raises my vibration.
Chris F., Minneapolis MN
I have one of Kate’s stunning rattles, in my “toolkit,” and I love it! What sets Kate’s work apart is the strength and clarity of her intention to bring forth the inherent power and beauty of each tool. At every stage of creation, she works in ceremony, following her guidance. Each rattle and drum is named, and presented to its new partner in ceremony. Each comes with a description of all materials used in the process. This level of intention and attention to detail is rare. The result (and great gift to the recipient) is that Kate’s rattles and drums are infused with Spirit and ready to work as trusted allies.
Victoria J., Asheville, NC
It is a totally different world when I am attending Kate's sessions. I have been attending Kate's events for past four years. I started with 'Ancestral Burden Resolutions Sessions'. It was enlightening to learn that even though we may be doing right things, however because of ancestral burden, our progress may be hampered! Kate journeyed to my unresolved Ancestors, listened to their stories. She was very compassionate to resolve their issues and helped them cross over to their proper world. I was so grateful to learn that once my ancestor's issues are resolved and they cross over, I may gain them as my spirit friends to guide me. From these sessions, I got into habit to pray to God to send healing energy to my ancestors and keep them crossing over …. Hopefully one day they all will be taken care of!!! During one of the session, topic turned to one of my dreams. In this dream, one of my friend who had recently unexpectedly passed away, visited me in the dream. I was looking at it as just a dream however when Kate explored it, I was speechless at her analysis. I left the session with tremendous peace and gratitude!
To start each ceremony, it is a very powerful experience to witness Kate invoking all directions, inviting them and requesting their blessings. I love her 'Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Immersion' sessions. The vibratory sounds from different bowls just wash over my body to clear blockages in different Chakras. I had one session of Mother Tesla Gong Bath session. I felt the vibration of the gong go through my whole body washing away all the noise and clutter. I get the feeling of overall relaxation and well-being. I notice that with each session, I become more empathic.
A Daily Practice for Clearing and Cutting cords: I not only learned some very useful skills in this session, I had some very surprising thought shifts take place. After attending just one session, I have no desire to think or talk about past wrongful behavior of people in my life. I rather do something constructive. This is a major shift …. Thank you Kate!!!!!
It is truly an honor for me to be able to attend Kates's sessions and I am grateful to her for her generosity in sharing her knowledge. She is filled with integrity, and her sessions are healing and life changing! It is definitly a growth experience as I had many “ah ha” moments. I gain new insight at each session. I plan to keep attending as many sessions with Kate as possible.
Pramila K., Edison, NJ
Kate did a wonderful job on my special request for an "indigo dreamer" drum - she captured my desires perfectly and the sound was amazing. Recently, I was guided to her again for a serpentine shaman rattle and she created a sweet, soft sounding twisted maple rattle for me. These beautiful, calming instruments help me on my meditative journeys. Kate is an amazing spirit.
Barb B., Sacramento CA
I’ve had many teachers in my life, but none has helped me on so many different levels as Kate Smith. Kate Smith has challenged me in many ways and has led me through the dark forest and out of the deepest ocean many times. Her compassion, commitment and non-judgmental attitude are a gift to be around. Never in my life have I met someone who has clearly confronted their own shadow with such honesty and integrity. Kate can help you through the darkness because she has been there herself and knows the way through. I am thoroughly blessed to have such a wondrous teacher.
Shawn M., Brussels, Belgium