Dreaming of Cupcakes



Book: “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing” by Jennifer Engrácio

Part autobiography and full of ancient and modern knowledge, Dreaming of Cupcakes follows a woman’s yearlong journey to heal a lifelong addiction to food, utilizing the shamanic medicine traditions she was trained in, her inner resources, and her community of support.

Press Release:

CALGARY, Alberta — “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing” (published by Balboa Press (http://www.balboapress.com/) follows Jennifer Engrácio on her yearlong journey of healing from food addiction.

Desiring to support others in their recovery, Engrácio uses journal entries to document her process. In addition to chronicling her progression from food addict to recovering addict, this book shows Engrácio utilizing the shamanic medicine traditions she was trained in, her inner resources and her community of support to heal.

“This book appeals to anyone who wants to know more about how to heal from addictions utilizing a wholistic, shamanic medicine approach, balancing body, mind, spirit, heart and life force energy in the process.”

An excerpt from “Dreaming of Cupcakes”:
Much of the pain of the human condition is caused by our lack of awareness and ability to direct our attention. This takes lots of practice and mentors who know how to teach these methods with skill and care. Many of these traditions have been lost and many have been revived.

Available at Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Engrácio is a certified teacher who has worked in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach and practitioner, reiki master and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics.

Jennifer self-published three books:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

More information is available at: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Testimonials from folks who have read the book:

“Jen trances readers by laying out her personal journey so we can all go along with her.”
-Greg Leach

“I found this book thought provoking. I went from: ‘Hmm, interesting, but I don’t have an addiction to food’ to ‘Hmm, I can relate to some of the mindlessness of what and how I eat.’ Making it personal meant that the author wasn’t telling the reader what to do or think, and as a result, I started to think about my own patterns, thoughts and emotions to food. I liked this.”
-Verena Gibbs

“’Dreaming of Cupcakes’ is a powerful book that lends understanding and compassion to the addiction healing journey. Whether you have an addiction or not, anyone can benefit from reading this book. Jen’s journal entries provide a vulnerability that is really engaging and impactful. The combination of shamanic knowledge and quotes from other authors’ writings brings the possibility of new perspective to the reader. Addiction is a societal issue, not just and individual issue. As a recovering addict, it brought me to a deeper level of looking at my patterns. Jen’s courageous journey can help open the door to changing your life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!”
-Cheryl Traxler

“’Dreaming of Cupcakes’ is very readable and captivating. I learned a lot about the potential of treating my addiction to stress, overwhelm and anxiety as such. I have become more aware of my own relationship with food.”
-Darcy Kaltio

“Don’t be misled by the title – Jen’s story is not just about food. At the core, it’s about who we are and how we live, and it’s something that we all need to talk more about. When I embarked on reading her story, my intent was to dive into the book, learn a few things along the way and be ready to interview her. Instead I was given a good lesson in not having expectations. I didn’t realize that by reading this book, I would receive healing. It took me months to finish it, and with good reason. Each chapter opened my heart, more and more, and I found myself looking within, becoming increasingly aware of the courage and commitment it took for her to go to the source of an addiction – from a spiritual/emotional perspective. I needed to pace myself, to give space to the emotions I was feeling as I read her words. It was like I was beside her, healing an addiction I didn’t have. I’ve walked with people who are on that path, and have deep compassion for their journey, as well as their families and friends. My hope is that this book might find its way to those who are looking for a different perspective for healing addiction. This book is not only for people recovering from addictions but also those who love them.”

-Marielle Smith

“Jen has an easy, open, natural way of writing. I anticipate that this book will touch many people.”
-Marilyn Keffer author of Shamanic Ceremonies for a Changing World

“This is a ground-breaking new book by my shamanic teacher colleague… We are living in a time when multiple addictions are wired deeply into our culture and family systems. Someone bravely and candidly sharing her own journey: how she used all the shamanic means available to her to heal from food addiction, is an important book for our time! And it does not only apply to food addiction – those methods can be used in engaging with any addiction. Thank you for writing this Jennifer Engracio!”

-Imelda Almqvist author of Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life

To listen to radio interview with Jen, click: “PAGE Media Project” on Healing Addiction with Shamanic Medicine

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