“Roberta Pughe’s “Body as Sanctuary for Soul” is dense and rich with meaning; it delivers a big message in a deceptively slender volume. Working with RP in psychotherapy gave me a deep appreciation for her compassion and generosity of spirit, her intelligence and intuition. She is a skilled and knowledgeable therapist, and a true healer. It was not until attending one of her full moon gatherings that I experienced her as a shaman, one who could “lift the veil” with her drumming, dancing and chanting. I observed her transforming the energy in the room, and transforming herself in the process – literally “shape shifting” before my eyes. As a Western–trained scientist and physician, witnessing this profound transformation convinced me of the role of shamanism in soul growth and healing”.