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Byron Metcalf

Byron Metcalf is a drummer, percussionist, recording artist, and record producer. With over 30 years as a professional musician, he has performed on gold and platinum albums in the pop and country fields and in recent years has been experimenting with the use of drums, percussion, and other sounds to induce nonordinary (altered) states of consciousness in both ceremonial and therapeutic contexts. Byron's 1998 CD release HELPERS, GUIDES & ALLIES continues to receive enthusiastic reviews in the shamanic, trance dance, and therapeutic communities, and was rated #4 in Backroads Music's 1998 Best of Year Selections in the World Music category. Byron collaborated with award winning recording artist and sonic innovator Steve Roach on the critically acclaimed 2-disc epic THE SERPENT'S LAIR (Projekt Records, Sept. 2000).

NOT WITHOUT RISK was Byron's second solo project. WACHUMA'S WAVE (Spotted Peccary, 2003), a collaboration with German artist Mark Seelig (with Steve Roach), was chosen by Backroads Music as the #1 Release of 2003 in all categories.
Byron holds a doctoral degree in transpersonal psychology, a master's degree in counseling psychology, and is a transpersonal therapist/teacher, shamanic practitioner, and an Internationally certified addictions counselor. He has trained and studied with Stan Grof, MD, Christina Grof, and Jacquelyn Small, LCSW, Angeles Arrien, PhD, and various shamans and healers from North and South America. Byron is also a certified practitioner of Holotropic Breathwork, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Psycho-Spiritual Integration. Byron has led workshops throughout the United States and has presented at national and international conferences on the therapeutic use of nonordinary states of consciousness. He has also conducted formal research studies involving breathwork and examining the healing potential of nonordinary states. Byron maintains a private counseling practice in Prescott, Arizona specializing in transpersonal and shamanic approaches. With over 2 decades of experience in the transpersonal and addiction recovery fields, and combined with a passionate interest in shamanic traditions, Byron offers unique strategies for people seeking a renewed sense of their authentic self. Byron is also an adjunct advisor at Prescott College in the Master of Arts counseling psychology program.
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Byron and his wife/partner, Shawn Cardinal live in a beautiful retreat-like setting bordering the Prescott National Forest. Together they co-founded the Center for Transpersonal Studies & Development and developed Allies: Transpersonal & Shamanic Strategies which offers alternative approaches to conventional psychotherapy, counseling, and healing. They also own and manage The Prescott Center for the Healing Arts - an office complex of healing arts professionals from a variety of disciplines.

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