Soul Retrieval or Recuperacion del Alma is a traditional ceremony practiced all over the world, not only in the Curanderismo tradition. In this ceremony, the Curandera or Shaman goes into the spirit world to find your soul or different pieces of soul and brings them back. In addition, she will reestablish the life force and seal it in order for the soul or pieces of souls to stay with you going forward.

Written by Erika Buenaflor, who brings 20+ years of practicing as a curandera, mentoring with curanderas/os and shamans in the Maya Yucatan jungle, and studying Mesoamerican Curanderismo at UCLA and UCR, this book offers readers a rich look into the fascinating world of Mesoamerican Curanderismo and Shamanism. Curanderismo Soul Retrieval explains how the sacred energy of the soul can leave the body when we experience trauma or are threatened by challenging and stressful situations. This debilitating absence can lead to depression, insomnia, and dysfunctional behavior patterns.


~review by Lisa Mc Sherry

Author: Erika Buenaflor
Bear & Co., 2019
pp. 200, $18