Joan Forest Mage
Founder, Artistic & Executive Director
Joan Forest Mage is proud to serve as a shamanic artist, healer and teacher in her hometown of Chicago. A singer and dancer since childhood, Joan first awakened to spiritual, intuitive work and vibrational healing through her profound experience of the energy of music and movement. She founded Life Force Shamanic Arts & Healing in 1988, and has curated Life Force’s 40 art exhibits, as well as directing Life Force Arts Ensemble Shamanic Sound Healing Theater performance group. Joan’s theory and practice are embodied in the Life Force Wisdom Wheel, which uses the arts for spiritual healing, including the Healing Arts Intensive group therapeutic process through the arts. A Certified Movement Analyst (Laban Institute, NYC), Joan has over fifty years of experience as a dancer, vocalist and director, including three music albums and 45 years of teaching dance, yoga and fitness. In 2003, Joan received a Master of Arts Degree from De Paul University’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, with the focus area “Creating Healing Ritual Through the Arts.” Joan began doing shamanic healing in 1995 and created the extensive Life Force Shamanic Training program. She has studied shamanism and healing ritual with numerous teachers. Joan specializes in “training trainers”: artists, teachers and healers who want to develop the spiritual dimension of their professional work.