Renee Baribeau, known as “The Practical Shaman,”is a wind whistler, soul coach, author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and workshop leader. She is known and respected for her down-to-earth approach. During her life, the wind gods have steered Renee’s course in many directions. A former chef, in 1987 she opened the first farm-to-table restaurant in Central New York, Brown Bagger’s, in Syracuse. In 2005, Renee established the Desert Holistic Network in Palm Desert, California, an online regional resource directory. Renee served as the Resident Shaman at We Care Spa in Desert Hot Springs. Since 2013, Renee has worked for Foundations Recovery Network, a national system of residential treatment facilities. Her current role is Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator.
As a writer, Renee is a featured contributing blogger for Elephant Journal. She has also contributed chapters to the anthologies Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now (Hierophant Publishing, 2012) and The Five Principles of Everything (Five Birds Publishing, 2012). She makes her home on the West Coast, and Whidbey Island. Renee is also the author of “Winds of Spirit,” due to be released in early 2018, by the prestigious Hay House Publishing Co.