About Dr. Noe

Dr. Noerena Abookire holds a Ph.D. from New York University’s School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions, and is a certified trainer with The Grief Recovery Method®As an Ordained Minister and shamanic practitioner of The Circle of the Sacred Earth, Dr. Noe offers non-religious support to help individuals identify and strengthen their spiritual development.

From deep personal experiences, Dr. Noe shares her understanding of addiction, spiritual bankruptcy and loss as she assists individuals in creating their personal path to spiritual healing and release from addiction. Her mission with The Journey With Love is to help recovering addicts connect with a non-religious and non-traditional spiritual core, designed to help prevent relapse during times of unwanted loss or change. As an award-winning innovative curricula developer with a wide range of experience in helping individuals heal loss-related wounds, Dr. Noe currently runs Grief and Loss Management classes at several sober living outpatient facilities in the Los Angeles area.


I was eight years sober when my husband Ray was given a terminal diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. It was his disease, but when I heard those words it seemed like my life was going to end.  Being face-to-face with the biggest loss and grief that I had ever experienced, I was scared, angry, and sad. Even after almost a decade of sobriety, I found myself in crisis mode.  For a short moment I actually thought drinking would be a good idea. However, because of the emotional and spiritual safety net I had built in my life, I was able to avoid a drink and all the negative consequences of walking down that path.

The things that allowed me to reject relapse and cope with the devastation were 10 Ray Noe walking back

1) my earth based spiritual practices that were part of my ongoing role as a healer and shamanic practitioner and 2) a living understanding of the Serenity Prayer that teaches there is wisdom in knowing what you can and cannot change and it requires courage to change the things you can change.

I prayed for Ray to have a peaceful death and for me to walk through this experience by his side with gratitude, grace and love leading the way.

By approaching this process as a “journey with love,” we were able to move from his diagnosis to death with grace. We faced our grief and fears in a manner that taught me the depth and power of grief and loss as an unrelenting source of pain. 

After the life-changing experience of Ray’s death, I moved across the country to work at a hospice center in Santa Monica. During my four years there, I learned first-hand about the universal principles of grief and loss as I watched how other families faced death and dying.

I then began to work for sober living facilities, and for the past three years I have facilitated almost two thousand educational groups about spiritual grief and loss management. Based on the multiple requests for my services, it became clear that my approach of integrating shamanic healing and grief therapy presented clients with the option to choose positive action during times of duress.

I offer group workshops and individual sessions in grief management and recovery. As an elder and a widow, I am happy to be able to continue my role as a spiritual coach and healer helping all individuals discover a personal higher power and spiritual safety net that helps them face grief and loss with grace.


Certificate of Specialization, Grief Recovery Network: Certified to train individuals in the Grief Recovery Method; The Grief Recovery Network is a National and an International recognized system of facing and resolving the challenges around grief and loss that has worked to help individuals for over thirty-five years. . While Dr. Noerena is certified in this program she has developed her own system of grief and loss management strategies to help recovering addicts build a spiritual safety net that can prevent relapse when facing the challenges that come along with unwanted change or the death of a loved one.

State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board:  Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist/Consultant. While in Ohio Dr. Noerena’s  Arts Educational Theatre Company received funding from the State of Ohio’s Drug Free Schools Education Program. The production received a State of Ohio Award for Innovative Theatrical Production in 1993. 

United States Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools:  Recipient of Federal Drug Free Schools grants 

Grant Evaluation and Consultant to Grantees  OSDFS is now called The Office of Safe and Healthy Students. While living in Cleveland Ohio Dr. Noerena created Arts Educational Theatre Company’s production of Baggage on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs touring company. Arts ETC received over a million and a half dollars in Federal and State Funding over a period of eight years ( 1986 – 1994)

Circle of The Sacred Earth Church, Massachusetts: Since 1996 Dr. Abookire has been an Ordained Minister and Shamanic Practitioner. Circle of the Sacred Earth supports the practice of direct spiritual revelation through Shamanic Journey and Earth-Based Spiritual practices.  

  • Fosters traditional shamanic practices such as journeying, drumming circles, spiritual healing, and shamanic counseling. It offers training, through many of its ministers, in these and other spiritual healing modalities such as Reiki.
  • Supports the Practice of Direct Spiritual Revelation through the Shamanic Journey, Shamanic Healing and Counseling, Reiki and other energy and crystal healing modes.

New York University: Doctorate of Philosophy School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions.

Club SOBA, Cheviot Hills & SOBA Recovery Center, Malibu: Grief and Loss Management Group Facilitator