For 40 years Wilbert Alix has explored the ethnology of world culture and its impact on human evolution. His principle interests include cross cultural shamanism, entheogenics, brain/mind science and human sexuality.
Wilbert Alix is a master teacher who has earned international recognition as a contemporary healer and teacher of progressive psychology and neo-shamanism. A prominent figure in the emerging science of body-centered psychology his presentations are accentuated with intellectual depth and a unique insight into the relationships between traditional shamanic healing, progressive psychology and modern science.
Wilbert Alix is a 5th generation native of New Orleans, born into a culture rich in ritual trance, sacred music and ecstatic dance. Musically influenced by his community’s Black Indian culture, Wilbert spent his formative years experimenting within the vibrant worlds of rhythm and rituals that originated in a complex marriage between Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and Native American Indian traditions. Also a trained academic, he explored eastern transformational mysticism (Osho), contemporary psychotherapy, western medicine and cross-cultural shamanic ritual healing techniques… all beginning in 1968.
Throughout his 40+ year career, Wilbert Alix has created numerous social, medical, mental health and alternative therapy approaches to cultivating physical and emotional well-being. Wilbert began his career as an inner-city community organizer in the turbulent 60’s. He served on the training staff of the National Center for Youth Outreach Workers, researching and developing intervention techniques still used in alternative therapies and therapeutic communities. From 1977-86 his work at Baylor College Of Medicine (neuroscience), the Lions Eye Bank (eye/vision regeneration), and the University Of Texas Health Science Center ranged from cardiovascular development to organ procurement for cornea transplantation. He was a faculty/staff consultant on the Project Orbis International Sight Restoration Project – “Flying Eye Hospital” (see video below). From 1990-1993 he served as president of the Capital Area Mental Heath Center, one of the largest not-for-profit psychotherapy programs in the United States. Wilbert is the creator and director of the Common Ground Project, a conflict management program that successfully brings together opposing groups through innovative use of transformational therapy, an education in the principles that govern spiritual integrity and training in creative problem solving techniques. His popular TV show ‘Awakening The Mind’ has aired on public television since 1988.
Beginning in 1981 Wilbert served as director of the Natale Institute International, founded by Frank Natale (1941-2002), a worldwide network of education and training programs that have empowered tens of thousands with the ability to transform their intentions into reality. The Natale Institute curriculum is based on principles of humanistic psychology. Wilbert continues to re-create the institute’s tri-level curriculum that emphasizes the enrichment of body, mind and soul. For more than 30 years participants have learned to achieve greater self-esteem, to communicate more effectively, to transform stress and anxiety into positive energy and to transform goals into concrete results. In 1990 this program expanded into the mystical worlds of shamanism, organic healing and transformational music. CDs such as Shaman’s Breath, Medicine Trance, Rites Of Passage and Spirit Animal were created to help facilitate Trance Dance as a viable tool for spiritual healing… and introduced thousands to the world of shamanic healing through movement. Wilbert has established ongoing Trance Dance programs in approx. 40 countries around the world.
Wilbert continues to explore the professional application of Trance Dance and other contemporary shamanic techniques as legitimate healing and therapeutic tools. He conducts annual trainings and retreats around the world. Wilbert frequently appears at professional conferences as well as teaching educational mind/body science programs to individuals and corporations.
“My intention is to bring into simple and clear focus the enormously complex worlds of mysticism, psychology, shamanic spirituality and science for the purpose of clear direction and achievement”.