About Redtail

Greetings fellow travellers

My name is Jim Collins.  Most people call me Redtail.   It is a name given to me many years ago by a revered elder of the Lakota, who was my first spiritual teacher.

I am driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness.  Blending the ancient wisdom of indigenous America and Polynesia with the leading edges of neuroscience, epigenetics and energy medicine, I teach people how to heal their wounds, release their fears, transform their limited beliefs, uncover the deepest truths of their soul and purpose, and integrate them into their daily life, thus doing their part in transforming the world!


I have been a psychologist, shamanist and transformational coach for nearly four decades.   I have led hundreds of workshops on a variety of topics related to personal transformation, from meditation and altered states of consciousness to Native American philosophy, as well as inipi (“sweat lodge”) ceremonies, spiritual retreats and vision quests.  

Through my extensive training and experience as a therapist, teacher, coach and shamanic practitioner, I have come to understand that the most powerful form of activism is healing your past and expanding your own awareness; for by doing so, the world around you also transforms dramatically.  Such work not only uplifts YOU as an individual, but everyone around you as well.

Over and over I have seen it with my clients and students, who come to realize that they can stop trying to change anyone or anything else. All we really need to do is uplift ourselves.

That’s where the magic is!

Uplifting yourselves is not a selfish act as some suppose; it is an act of love. To the extent that you lack self-love,  your capacity to serve others and give love is likewise impaired. The fact is that, if we do not engage in this work of personal upliftment, we cannot really help anyone else either.
It is impossible to fill anyone’s cup with an empty pitcher. If you want to transform the world, you must begin with yourself!

Many of us are frustrated, both with the direction of our lives and the way things seem to be moving these days in our culture.  Many are those who would like to be able to impact the world in a positive way, to create more happiness, more love, more cooperation, more peace, more fulfilling relationships and abundance in our lives.

It is difficult to do this by yourself.  Often we are stuck in patterns and limited beliefs learned long ago that no longer serve who we are becoming or what we desire to express in our lives.  I have been stuck there myself, uncertain how to move forward and have broken through those learned limitations with the mentorship of others who have gone before me and helped me blaze a new trail.  Hence, I now offer mentorship for those who are ready to change and create a new destiny.

Many of us are blocked by fears, wounds and disappointments of the past that hold us in bondage, like computer programs endlessly repeating the mantra “I am not good enough.”  You might be surprised by how common that is.

Even if others believe we are kind, generous and worthy, we never quite believe that about ourselves. It is the biggest challenge most people face.  No matter how much we do or how much we give, most of us feel inadequate. Sound familiar?

Whatever it comes from, wherever you learned it, most of us secretly hold beliefs which makes us impotent to effectively change anything, dooming us to repetitive struggle. It is an epidemic in our culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

The truth is you ARE already enough! In fact, each of us is extraordinary. And powerful beyond anything you have ever known. But most of us live as pale shadows of our true selves, blind to our gifts and possibilities.

My work is to help people understand and tap into just how uniquely amazing and powerful they are.

What I have learned from guiding hundreds of people to finding their wings is that YOU have the power to change the world by clearing the blocks and limiting beliefs that have kept you trapped in old patterns. Enlightenment and abundance comes automatically when you do this because it is your natural state and your soul is already there!

Once you clear what holds you back, you can probably do just about anything you set your mind to!

If you are feeling stuck, wanting to break free from all that has blocked you  from the life you seek and the impact you would like to make, or simply committed to uplifting yourself further, I offer coaching and mentoring, as well as workshops, retreats, vision quests, transformational ceremonies and spiritual initiation opportunities for those who are committed to results.

I am accessible in-person (in Northern California) or by telephone and e-mail (everywhere else).

Contacting me is easy.  Just click here and fill out the contact form. 

I check in every day except when I am at a retreat or event in a remote location beyond telephone contact, in which case I check back as soon as I return.  If you do not hear back from me immediately, that is why.  I will contact you as soon as possible.

Thanks for dropping in.

Be well!