If we surrendered


                          to earth's intelligence


 we could rise up rooted, like trees.


                 ~Rainer Maria Rilke​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Sandy Phocas 


        823 W 5th Street, Suite A


                Winston-Salem NC 27101




Testimonials are greatly appreciated! To submit, send them via email here.

Sandy Phocas and her healing work has truly changed me and my life for the better! I highly recommend any of her workshops at 18 Springs, Systemic Family Constellations, or individual NIASZIIH healing sessions. Her dedication, professionalism and integrity creates a safe environment where you are free to be yourself and vulnerable while treated with the upmost care, privacy and respect. I can’t say enough great things about Sandy, her profound work and positive impact on our community! I have done incredible healing work with Sandy before, but nothing like the Systemic Family Constellations. The method is unlike anything I've ever experienced, so powerful and transformative.  ~Brittney Biggs, Winston-Salem, NC

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Sandy is a gentle soul and a woman of great vision.  She has the unique ability to be totally present without judgment, for those of us wanting to go deep within to inquire and learn more about our personal, communal and universal selves.  Now that may sound a bit out there but how do you describe a teacher, a fellow traveler, who can hold a safe and sacred space allowing us to explore and inquire into our deep personal soul and then romp around the galaxy in a lucid dream?  Wow!!  I highly recommend Sandy's workshops -- they are unique in that they allow each of us to open up to unique possibilities that may not be present in our day to day living that encourages us to be creative and inspired to truly live our best lives.

~Lynda - Executive Director of a local nonprofit

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It is difficult to describe in words the profound impact Sandy’s Shamanic Healing course had on me. Very simply, I feel much more deeply connected to the physical and spiritual beings and worlds around me. This experience also allowed me to get to know myself a little bit more. Shamanic journeying is a powerful and deeply personal, spiritual practice. Sharing this experience with a group of others, I believe, only adds to its power.

Sandy is a gifted and humble individual. In her teaching style, she honors the fact that each person’s experience is unique and not subject to interpretations from others. The environment she inspires during the workshop is one where group members can mutually support and share with one another. I highly recommend this workshop, or individual work with Sandy, to anyone at all interested!   -Nichols Mabry, Charleston, SC

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I began working with Sandy as a shamanic healer when I separated from my husband of many years.  She has been a wise guide and mentor as I’ve awakened and have begun to see myself and my life more realistically.  She has helped me claim parts of myself I had denied over the years out of fear or in the name of keeping peace in my life and family.  I’m still on the journey of reclaiming all of me and am learning to nurture and love myself.

Sandy listens in a deep, caring way.  I feel safe with her and her questions are always right at the heart of what I am not seeing clearly.  The shamanic work is very powerful and has helped me heal in the deepest part of my being.  I feel blessed to have her as a trusted helper on my journey.   ~Pat C., Waynesville, NC

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Sandy has laser-like focus and an innate ability to see the heart of the situation clearly. She focuses on understanding precisely what you mean and what you are experiencing. Sandy uses her insight to select the healing technique best suited to you at that moment. There are no pre-packaged cookie-cutter treatment packages. Sandy's healing activity centers on you and your needs.

~V Birmingham,  Computer Programmer,  Baltimore MD 

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I am the mother of a 14 year old son, on the autism spectrum.  We started working with Sandy about 2 years ago and I have to say, of all the things we’ve done to help him, this has been the most effective.  Sandy is able to meet him in his world, and gently encourage him to venture more often in to ours.  I can’t imagine what the on-set of puberty would have been like without her, for him and for our family.  My son is non-verbal, and although he can communicate, it isn’t easy for him to express how he feels, why he is worried or upset, or what he most needs to feel secure.  Sandy reaches him in a way that very few others can and he enjoys his sessions with her because he knows he will be respected and heard and that he’ll come away feeling better.  I love the way that he is blossoming right before our very eyes.  

I’ve often teased Sandy that we were (unknowingly) one of the voices calling her to Winston-Salem, but I think it must be true.  We are so fortunate to have found her and to have access to her.

~Laura Luykx, Winston-Salem, NC

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I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 20 years.  Personally, I have worked with several therapists over the years.  Of course, that was all in a traditional therapy modality.  Last year, I was looking at major transitions in my life and felt an overwhelming desire to do Shamanic Journeying.  I found the right person with Sandy Phocas.  Her knowledge, experience and gifts are amazing.  The minute you are in her presence the energy is inviting and safe.  This work moves one very fast to shedding the blocks and finding the truth.  She helps you to remember the person you wanted to be! ~Amanda, Nathans Creek, NC

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I've had the great pleasure of working with Sandy Phocas in many ways: past-life regressions, Holotropic Breathwork, individual healings, and overnight vigils. Sandy is a powerful healer, and incredibly compassionate. She creates a space for growth that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Her work is her calling, and I found every experience with her to be incredibly transformative and helpful in my own process. I highly recommend her! ~Cyndi Briggs, PhD, Winston-Salem, NC

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I have experienced many of Sandy’s modalities; past life, journeying, Holotropic Breathwork and shamanic healing --all of which have facilitated my healing and helping me connect to a truly deeper part of myself. Her work and support has held the space for real transformation in me. It is truly an extraordinary experience to work with Sandy.  Sandy has a great capacity to tune in to what I need at the moment and yet I also feel that I can choose what it is that I might need help with at the moment. Her workshops are a safe and grounded space for which I am able to let go and process deeply. I am very grateful for her work.

~N.D., New York City, Financial Analyst/Singer-songwriter

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Sandy's work with me has been powerful.  Breathwork and Shamanic Journeys have been just what I needed to address the non-verbal aspects of my healing.  Sandy is so grounded herself, very intuitive and compassionate, and her work is deep and tracks right with what your "growing edge" is.  I highly recommend her work. ~Amanda Zabel, M.A.Ed., LPC

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I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  When I met Sandy, I was quietly seeking to continue my healing journey through more spiritual and mental avenues.  I was at a point in my physical healing where I was happy, but not quite satisfied.  I had always believed that the physical, emotional, and spiritual were linked, but I had not quite yet figured out how to make all the pieces fit.  My work with Sandy - which has, to this point, consisted only of shamanic healing - has helped me make a lot of connections in my understanding of how all the aspects of the healing process work together.  My first experience with her was, I don't mind stating, very unusual.  That's not to say that the work itself was odd, but how I felt in the days that followed.  I've since come to think of it as her stripping away a lot of the energetic armor that I had built around my heart and mind.  So, those few days immediately after my first session a year and a half ago were intensely dramatic and unnerving.  What was cool about it, though, was that I needed that to happen to fully comprehend that, "Hey, whatever she did...it did something!"  Since then, things have gone a lot smoother and I credit the work that I've done with Sandy as being an integral piece of my healthy puzzle.  I've been able to not only take the next step with my health both spiritually and emotionally, but it has fed into my physical well-being, too.  As a fellow professional in the healing arts, it has helped my ability to serve others expand, as well.  

I cannot thank Sandy enough for the time she has spent working with me.  I will tell you this - it is different, what she does.  I think you have to be at a certain place in your life where you can open your mind to previously not-so-well understood philosophies to maximize your benefit of what she's doing for you.  Trust me, though, when I state that it is well worth it.  If you take the time to understand it, you'll not only gain a very valuable emotional, energetic, and spiritual cog in your healing wheel, but you'll also come away with a better understanding of who you are and who you can be.  ~Dr. Chad McIntyre, Triad Upper Cervical Clinic

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Sandy is a truly safe guide...offering, but not imposing, guidance...not knowing FOR you. She walks her talk with utter congruency, and is a joy to work with. ~Robin Rice, www.robinrice.com 

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My experiences while working with Sandy have been undeniable and sacred.  I am left with a feeling that anything is possible with reverence and intention.  There is always hope when her feet are with yours while on your path to healing.  Spirit abounds and works through her awareness and loving support.

~Matt, Casa Grande, AZ 

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Sandy’s Shamanic healing was very powerful for me. She was able to dive deep beneath my conscious mind and spoke directly to my soul. It was like finally experiencing water after having been out in the desert for a life time. The healing transcended time and space as Sandy acted as a bridge between my physical reality and the reality that on a soul level I knew to be "home".... After the healing, I felt altered. I was empowered, strength was restored, and a connection was experienced that words would not do justice to describe. ~Shirin M., Reston, VA

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In addition to Holotropic Breathwork which is such a powerful modality I have had the opportunity to do Past Life regression and a session of simply going inside myself to see what would come up with her healing presence. This was after a trying time of my husband's critical illness and near death experiences. I knew I wanted help to process these experiences and asked Sandy to help me. Both of these sessions were incredibly powerful work for me.

I find it hard to put into words the depth of experiences I have had in the work. I can say that I feel I have cleared so much trauma, pain, confusion, negative energy stuck in my body, mind and psyche. This left big space in my being, to fill with love, inner peace, and healing. I feel it has lead me to discover my authentic self and live every minute of every day from that place. I feel I am able to live in the present with great gratitude. This is the healing I prayed for, longed for, many confusing, suffering misguided years of my life. I found my way through this work. When Sandy works with me I feel safe, cared for, held. She knows how to create and hold a healing space for whatever presents. She has done and continues to do her own work which is crucial to be an excellent facilitator and healer.     ~Patricia, RN, Maryland

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Many thanks for the space that is created for growth and healing explorations!   -AJ, NC

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I sought out Sandy’s expertise when I was grieving after my daughter’s death. That loss awakened in me a desire to explore my spirituality. Sandy has helped me to begin that journey, and I feel complete trust in her abilities and desire to help me further.  ~SB, NC

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