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About Al Romao

Alvaro Romaophoto by Julia Clare Wagner

If you were to ask me when I began my path of shamanism, I would say it began in two stages in my life.  As a shamanic practitioner I was in my adult life but the first connection happened at a much earlier age for me. Growing up in the pine lands of New Jersey, I was always either in the woods playing in the pine forests or at the beaches of Ocean County looking for shells, sea glass and being fascinated by the creatures that I would happen upon as I played on the beach. As a child, I had such a profound connection to animals and trees that I would often befriend a tree and create a history for the tree like it was a human or spirit.

As I grew older, I was consistently surrounded by likeminded people who were spiritual in nature and understood what the meaning of “spirit” was. I began to feel a connection to my intuitiveness and dabbled with Tarot and Oracle Card reading, but did not feel a calling toward that type of work. So I continued to search for the right fit between spiritual and everyday life.

In my early 20’s I was first introduced to percussion. I always loved drums and odd sounds as a child and would always sing, but when I received my first drum, I knew that things in my life were going to make a drastic shift. As I grew closer to the rhythm I began to really understand how profoundly spiritual this was for me. I began to connect to the spirit of the drum and pay homage to the trees and animals that gave their lives to create these instruments. I knew at this point in my life, that something within my soul was finally fulfilled and deepened.

For the next decade I played with many musicians and bands that would help me on my path and journey but still did not really understand why I was so connected to the spiritual aspects of drumming. Years later I would be introduced to shamanism through Adam Kane. We went on vacation to the country of Belize in Central America. During this trip was where I experienced my awakening to the path and journey of shamanism. For the first time I truly felt the spirit of a land call to me and could feel the ancestors call to me from a far and distant culture that was so beautiful and magical. Upon our return to the United States I began my studies in shamanism and now continue to work every day to deepen that connection to the spirits, the land and the ancestors. I truly feel blessed to be able to help those around me and to walk this path.  

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