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Pressroom Podcast: An elephant in the room

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann holds a copy of her new book, “Swimming with Elephants,” in the space where she conducts healings. Her book is about her journey from practicing traditional medicine as a doctor at Essentia to becoming a shamanic healer and life coach. (Steve Kuchera / / 2
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She was a pathologist for 20 years before shifting her focus to shamanic healing. Duluthian Sarah Seidelmann recently released her third book "Swimming with Elephants," which “tells the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother and wife undergoing a bewildering vocations shift from physician to shamanic healer.”

In this episode, Seidelmann, whose sister is well-known comedian Maria Bamford, explains what Shamanism is, how she got into shamanic healing, and how she has found it to help others.

“Shamanic healing really gets at the spiritual aspect of whatever is going on and helps to bring balance to the person and the situation,” says Seidelmann.

What we are into this week: The TV series The West Wing, Low’s 2015 release Ones and Sixes, the hot new novel “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng, and local artist Shawna Gilmore’s work.  

More: Podcast host and News Tribune features reporter Christa Lawler recently wrote an article about Seidelmann. You can read that here

Tune in every week to hear Duluth News Tribune reporters Brady Slater, Christa Lawler and Tom Olsen talk about current Duluth and Northland happenings. You can email us at, call our podcast line at 218-382-NEWS or follow us on Facebook. The podcast is produced by Samantha Erkkila.

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