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Stalking Carlos Castaneda Paperback – September 1, 2012
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About the Author
Joan Wulfsohn, a student of Carlos Castaneda, was a soloist in the National Ballet (KPAB) of South Africa and has taught dance at the University of Nanterre in Paris, El Centro National del Teatro in Barcelona, and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Through her work with the Naugal she developed a bodywork technique known as Cellular Recall Therapy and now uses the technique to help people worldwide to access a spiritual path through the body.
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I first met Joan many years ago when I was a young, no-nonsense journalist from Buffalo, NY with no personal knowledge of extraordinary phenomena. She was the first person suggested to me as an interview subject for a series of columns I was asked to write on “alternative therapies” in Los Angeles.
Joan allowed me to experience her light-touch bodywork technique, which was my first experience of a mysterious, magical side of life I would have never thought possible. I went on to take many more sessions with her. I then wrote about her work and life; and studied her technique. I even sought to research scientific explanations for what I experienced, but nothing came close to making “sense” of it.
All I do know is that my mind, body, and soul were forever enlightened by what I can only describe as her magical powers.
I also got to know Joan as a sophisticated and accomplished dancer, dramatist, instructor and healer, a true artist in everything she did. Yet, she was also remarkably unpretentious and open about her life.
I was thrilled to recently find “Stalking Carlos Castandeda” and discover that Joan is a gifted writer. For a woman, who, as she says, “desperately wanted to lead a magical life” of wonder and transcendence, Joan is able to impart this experience to others as much through her words as her touch. Both Joan’s story and her crafting of it are mythical. Her memoir is by turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, delightful and triumphant. I almost hate to admit I also found it as entertaining as a Harry Potter novel.
AMAZING HOW a world traveler, dancer and choreographer TURNS HERSELF into a POWERFUL SHAMAN, transcending terrifying obstacles and opening doors to other dimensions. That a human being could face that many BATTLES and that much SUFFERING and come out TRIUMPHANT, with the gift to HEAL and EMPOWER is simply fabulous!!
Joan's HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURES in the outer and the inner worlds left me MESMERIZED. What daring, courage, determination and FIERCE INDEPENDENCE! Her true shaman's HEALING MAGIC is present in the pages. Artfully crafted sentences jump at the reader, capturing the imagination and inspiring the soul.
A tribute to the TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, guaranteed to IMPACT the reader's life.
light on Castaneda. This is more of an autobiography of Joan. Carlos doesn't really feature until the end part of the book and Joan is always a bit of an outsider.
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