Brant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. During an intensive 12 year apprenticeship, Brant became the adopted grandson and close companion of Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant was chosen by Don José to take his place in helping to carry on Huichol Shamanism. He founded the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies in 1979 and leads seminars, retreats, and pilgrimages worldwide.
Brant's work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the world. To help provide sustainable, cultural, and economic support for the Huichol tribe, Brant founded the Huichol Foundation, which continues to expand upon his more than four decades of indigenous cultural preservation projects throughout the Sierra Madre Mountains and around the globe. Alongside other dignitaries, including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin and was also a cofounder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference with the World Health Organization.
Recognized as a global thought leader and spiritual teacher, Brant has been a lecturer at the Mayo Clinic, the American Holistic Medical Association Conferences and a faculty member of the Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine. Striving to bridge the worlds of fitness and spirituality, he coauthored the award-winning book Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.