Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, ceremonial leader, Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies, and founder of Shaman Chocolates. Brant founded Shaman Chocolates in 2002 inspired by a visionary dream to provide ongoing economic support for the indigenous Huichol Indians of Mexico. A Huichol Shaman and Healer, Brant dreamt that the people were eating chocolate and it was filling their bodies up with love, thus the idea that chocolate would be a way to help support the Huichols’ cultural survival. Chocolate is sacred to the Huichols who have used it for thousands of years in their ceremonies and as offerings to show their love for Mother Earth. Shaman Chocolates gives all of its profits to support three Huichol villages.
Brant completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don Jose Matsuwa, the renowned shaman, who died in 1990 at the age of 110. Since 1979, Brant has been the Director of the The Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies. He has worked with the World Health Organization and the American Holistic Medical Association, integrating shamanism into the world of modern medicine. Brant leads seminars and retreats worldwide, and his work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the United States and Europe.