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Meet Vanessa LeMaistre of VanessaSoulXo in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa LeMaistre.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started when I had a calling that I was a shaman at the age of 21. I was told that that was my path and that I didn’t have a choice. I chose not to listen to this and fast forward to five years ago, I went through the most catastrophic thing I could have ever imagined. I gave birth to my beautiful son named Kamden who three weeks later, we found out he had a very rare fatal disease called Zellweger’s Syndrome. I was blessed to spend nine full months with him alive. He was by far the greatest gift. He also led me on my path. After he transitioned over, I realized it was important for me to follow my purpose and do what I came here to do.

After Kamden, I began to dive deeper and deeper into my spirituality and when I ended up at a crossroads, I decided to listen to my call to shamanism and since then, I have been growing my business. I have trained with Michael Harner’s Core Shamanism, I have studied more traditional forms of shamanism such as Haitian traditional religions and ancient medicinal tribal traditions such as plant medicines such as ayahuasca. I also simultaneously obtained a M.A. at Naropa University in Resilient Leadership which had a focus on sustainability and social justice. With our current global state and the trajectory of my path, this graduate program made sense to me for me to learn emerging leadership skills considering the overall importance of spirituality in an uncertain time such as now.

All of my training on my path have led me to where I am now. While I am still learning and training with a lot more to learn, it is truly a remembrance for me. This line of work comes innately to me and resonates deeply with my soul merged in a modern way.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth sailing path for me at all. I have personally experienced adversity at an early age which I’ve always chosen to look at as a blessing in disguise because that has always prepared me to handle greater adversities with grace and fortitude. Some of my biggest struggles in building my business has been lack of support, being misunderstood. For me being a shaman in a modern sense is pretty unusual and sometimes challenging for people to understand me. I’ve also experienced a great disadvantage by simply being a black, multi-raced woman in spirituality/ health and wellness. In most of those spaces, you rarely see anyone that looks like me. I have had a hard time getting my foot in doors and platforms such as speaking platforms. This has been challenging because I have a lot to share and I want to use my voice and expertise. Nevertheless, I have been able to remain steadfast in my pursuits with a good amount of faith. One of my hopes is for these spaces to be diversified with more people that look like me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the VanessaSoulXo story. Tell us more about the business.
My blog site is where you can find spiritual posts and downloadable eBooks.

I am a plant medicine advocate, a motivational speaker, a psychedelic advocate, an author, a scholar, a minister, and a healer.

Some of the healing services I offer are divination readings, mediumship, shamanic journeying, energy healing, sound bowl healing, spiritual coaching, and I facilitate transformative healing talking circles and ceremonial circles. One of my areas of expertise is in facilitating circles around diversity and inclusivity.

The shaman spends time going between both worlds: physical and spiritual. I am most known for my powerful shamanic journeys which is where the shaman can retrieve healing information to patient if you will call the person coming for healing. I am also known for doing powerful healings in this ritualistic modality.

What sets me apart is I would say my integrity. I am real and it’s sad because in my line of work there are a lot of fakes. The thing is, when one is a real shaman, they don’t choose their path… it is destined for them to be a shaman. In my family’s culture there is a saying that states “you don’t choose it, it chooses you.” I would say my genuine approach in my path and my story for how I got here is what sets me apart.

With all that’s going on right now, I started a virtual church on zoom called “Soul Church.” It is very different from a typical church. It is more of a sacred circle where conversation is held in reverence of equality and unity. It is a space where all voices are encouraged to be heard in an effort of creating a new future that is more sustainable.

I’d say I’m most proud of the charity work my business does in honor of my son Kamden. I created a series of projects under the name Kamden’s Room where I donated children’s books to underprivileged children and taught them how to meditate. If our funding provides, I also provide them with a healthy source of nutritious food. So far, I’ve been blessed to contribute in this way to children in Baltimore, India, and Haiti.

I am selling Self-Love candles, through my Instagram, that have been prayed over and set with powerful intentions for anyone that is looking for a “self-love” boost.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve been told by a few people that I was dealt a pretty hard hand of bad luck when my son Kamden transitioned over. While people from the outside might view my life as such, I am not sure if I would call it bad luck because he sent me on my purpose. Had I not had Kamden, I don’t think I would have ever followed my calling.

Overcoming my adversity with losing my son Kamden, I realized how strong I actually am. Because of him, I am who I am supposed to be and I am standing in that with true resilience.

I have at the same time have experienced great streaks of positive events in my life… some may call it luck, for me it is karma and what I have manifested.

I am still waiting for a big break in luck when I can hit big speaking platforms and get paid a fair wage for my motivational speaking.


  • Due to Covid, I am charging $100 for all private sessions.

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