ECC Begins Teacher Training Program


The 7th Eagle Condor Council Healing Intensive opened with its first Hoop in early Oct. This year's Hoop is unique in that Jeff and Ellen have initiated a new program for training ECC teachers, and they have welcomed 4 student teachers to begin their training as part of Hoop 7. This month we will profile Sheila Guarnagia and Callan Welder graduates of Hoops 5.


Sheila Guarnagia, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., Dipl.C.H., holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College, a Master of Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, and completed a three year program in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. Sheila is certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has worked and published in the fields of ecological and medical research and completed over 4 years as an apprentice home birth midwife in Arizona.

Since 2004 she has studied and incorporated Appalachian Folk Medicine and Traditional Western Herbal Medicine into her practice. In 2018 Sheila completed the Eagle CondorCouncil Healing Intensive and is currently in training to be a teacher and lineage carrier of this traditional Andean Spiritual Healing modality.

From Sheila's website - "Transformation of discomforts, "dis-ease", and difficulties into the deepest resonance of wholeness requires a holistic approach that honors, aligns, and weaves together all the elements that compose us. Too often symptoms are treated or managed to silence the Self rather than to address the well-being of the whole person. Our experience of wellness and wholeness must include the integration of experiences of all kinds - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - to contribute to our maximum blossoming. For these reasons it is my commitment to you to assist you in discovering the whole picture of your state of dynamic balance. Recognition of the innate and intimate connection between all aspects of your Self, your constitutional tendencies, the influences of your lifestyle on your wellness, and greater awareness of your interdependence with the natural world will inspire you on the adventure of profound wholeness which is yours if you desire. The ancient peoples of Asia called this Tao, the essential principle of being in harmony both within and without."


Callan Welder L.Ac. MAOM - grew up on a farm in WNC about an hour outside of Asheville. He developed a deep connection with nature and graduated from college with a Naturalist degree. The love of nature and the outdoors led him into wilderness emergency medicine and ski patrolling in Montana. 

The power of Chinese Medicine became his calling after suffering a traumatic back injury while skiing. Since then he has become a licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, as well as massage therapist. Callan has gone back to his roots and built his home on the family farm where he and his wife are raising their children. He is also a certified Qi Gong instructor and Yi Jing Consultant under Master Wu Dang Chen, Daoist priest and healer.

Callan owns Marshall Acupuncture & Herb Clinic in downtown Marshall, NC where he enjoys serving his community with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Daoist Healing Arts, and shamanic practices from the Eagle Condor Council.

Alex Villegas