About JoAnne

“There are no words that can touch the Beauty, Peace, Wisdom, Depth, and Love of your work.” -M.C.

“Thank you for the Light you so beautifully carry for us all.” -J.H.

JoAnne Dodgson is a kala keh nah seh in the lineage of Ka Ta See, a tradition from the Eastern Andes. She is a healer, teacher, and ceremonial guide in these ancient medicine ways.

JoAnne has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She has been on staff in college counseling centers and trauma healing centers, offering services as a therapist, outreach educator, and community activist. She taught in university settings in transpersonal psychology, women’s studies, and holistic health programs. Earlier in her career, JoAnne was a teacher in public schools and residential treatment programs for adolescents. She also served as the director of a women’s shelter program.

JoAnne is a medicine-storyteller and the author of several books including Spirit of Chocolate: A Woman’s Journey to the Rainforest in Search of Her Dreams and UnLeashing Love.

She lives in the enchanted lands of Taos, New Mexico.


My life and work are centered in the ways of Ka Ta See and the path of the kala keh nah seh – healer, teacher, ceremonial guide, medicine storyteller, and weaver of webs of balance.

Ka Ta See is a tribal way of life that has been lived and protected for tens of thousands of years. As an oral tradition, the teachings and tools of Ka Ta See have been passed along generation to generation through story and ceremony, apprenticeships, healing arts, and experiential first-hand learning.

Chea and Domano Hetaka, elders and lineage-carriers of Ka Ta See, made their way from the Eastern Andes to North America in the 1970s. They were on a quest to share their traditional medicine ways. The elders understood the world was spinning out of balance, that people were buried in stress, judgments, addictions, and fears. The elders trusted in our ability to wake up, to remember the beauty and truths of our humanness, to weave the web of life with balance, harmony, and love.

When translating their ways to English language, the elders chose the word Song to describe the whole self, your genuine and natural way of being, the knowing of who and what you really are. Everything is alive and everyone has a Song – every tree, rock, river, cloud, bird, animal, insect, plant, and human.

Remembering your Song, living and being your Song, is in the heart of the Ka Ta See ways.

“Thank you SO much, JoAnne, for the beautiful re-minder of who we are and where we really fit in the magical wonder that is our Life!!!” -C.R.

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