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Shayna Bracha Farber was born Joanne Sigel in Chicago, Illinois in 1955. She was also given the Hebrew name Shayna Bracha which means “beautiful blessing.”
In 1995 she was stricken with Raynauds phenomenon, a circulatory abnormality which developed into fibromyalgia and then chronic fatigue syndrome. In March of 2001 she attended a retreat with Peruvian Master-Shaman Juan Nunez del Prado to learn about energy fields surrounding the body and how to use stones and crystals to affect the chakras and remove negative energy. Shayna used these teachings in her process toward total recovery.
This was the beginning of her artistic spiritual quest; creating art was an important part of her recovery process. She noticed that her artwork was not like other artists. In her creations, butterflies, angels and lions’ heads started to appear. Shayna’s creation of art is a sacred process.
Shayna began combining these techniques and sacred Kabbalah texts with art instruction, teaching brush strokes and colors, as well as use of visualization, meditation, vocalization and aromatherapy to free the artist within.
Shayna is from the non-objective school of art. Her distinctive style is influenced by Kandinsky and Klee, and Master Artist BenTzion with a touch of M.C. Escher. Shayna’s art has been called visionary and prolific, expressing world peace and compassion from the heart.
Shayna is a Certified Sound Healer, trained by Chant Master Jonathan Goldman. She has also studied vibrational aromatherapy through Ixchel Susan Leigh, the author and teacher of Aromatic Alchemy. Shayna has studied Kabbalistic healing techniques at the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, IL as well as continuing the process of Torah study with various pious teachers.
Shayna’s passion is educating others through lectures, workshops and seminars as well as taking private students.
Shayna Bracha lives with her husband and son in Skokie, Illinois.