Faculty Profiles


Gary Mills (niteshad)

Founder of Shamans Cave

About Gary Mills

Now, who is this Niteshad character and why is he saying all those bizarre things? Niteshad is Gary Mills, a 68 year old oddity in the southeastern United States. The ShamansCave.com website was written entirely by him from the variety of his experience both in learning and practice in a specific tradition passed down through his family known as the makers.

He wears suspenders and has been described variously from looking like a truck driver, to Wilford Brimley, to Jed Clampett on steroids. Fortunately, online students don't have to look at him, only listen. He holds a college degree, but not too closely and a variety of other certifications, kudos and real-world pieces of paper which have utterly nothing to do with shamanism or the practice of it. 

What he does have at this point is 62 years of experience in shamanic practice. He has translated a primarily oral and hidden tradition into modern terms and brought that back into the world through teaching, workshops and the ShamansCave.com website.

He is not a new age shaman, and rarely what people expect a shaman to be like, which perhaps says more about the perception of shamans than shamans themselves. His methods are quiet, subtle and yet effective. Over 25 years of teaching on the internet alone have allowed him to help hundreds of people spread across a number of continents. His interest is in helping those that find their life experience and reality at odds with each other and to help them come to grips with their own talents and use them as skillfully as possible to change their own lives and the world around them.