Zori is an Intuitive Coach, Shamanic Guide & Founder of the Connection Playground & Widening Circles communities. Originally from Bulgaria – a country with a rich cultural tradition, she followed her heart and spiritual path through many indigenous and spiritual communities to the Mayan village of San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala, where she is currently based.
In her shamanic work, she derives inspiration from nature, plant medicine, indigenous traditions and many spirit and human guides she has met along her path.
Her journey with shamanism began in her early childhood when she would engage in conversations with nature beings and perceive the presence of spirits. She didn’t have the concept of shamanism or spirituality back then, which is why when asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, she would respond – an archeologist, an astronomer or a nature scientist. It took her 20+ years to understand that what she really meant was a life in deep connection with the Earth, the Universe and the wisdom of plant, animals, insects, rocks, mountains, lakes and other beings we share our world with.
Over the last 10 years, she’s been inspired by the written work of Carlos Castaneda, Michael Harner, Martin Prechtel, Bill Plotkin, teachers she’s met and worked with along the way like Pi Villaraza (inner dance), Keith Wilson (cacao ceremony), Alonso del Rio (ayahuasca), her work with plant medicine (psylocibin mushrooms, ayahuasca, huachuma, bufo, rapeh, cacao), the living traditions and rituals of Bulgaria, Bali, Peru and Guatemala. She sees Nature as her main teacher, and owes most of what she shares to countless hours listening to Her wisdom.
She does not call herself a Shaman, but rather – a guide inspired by shamanism, creating space for those she works with to connect with their own intuitive and self-healing capacities. She has deep respect for shamanic lineages and wisdom keepers of different traditions who go through elaborate initiation paths and are recognised as shamans, healers, mystics from their communities. She views shamanism as a deeply personal and necessary form of emergent spirituality, a return to the ‘one who knows’ within each of us, a remembering ourselves as Nature, a way of being and a way of finding and living in right relationship with all there is.