Barbara Emrys

Barbara’s Bio

Born in France as the child of an American diplomat, Barbara grew up in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. She has enjoyed a career as an actress on television, stage and film, as well as a co-producer of independent movies. Her writings today reflect both her diverse cultural upbringing and creative education.

Twenty-five years ago, she met don Miguel Ruiz and began an apprenticeship with him. Her shamanic training, as well as her many years of work as a teacher of Toltec Dreaming, have given Barbara unique insights into human behavior and an artistic approach to life. Her collaborations with don Miguel, in the classroom and in their writing, are an ongoing source of inspiration and creativity.

The two have published two books together: The Toltec Art of Life and Death and The Three Questions. Barbara has also written her own illuminating novels, including one based on her own experiences as a teenager living in Africa, titled The Red Clay of Burundi.  She has other literary projects in development and looks forward to finding more ways to share and inspire.

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