Teal Swan

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Teal Swan
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Born (1984-06-16) June 16, 1984 (age 34)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Pen nameThe Spiritual Catalyst
OccupationWriter, public speaker
GenreSpirituality, Psychology, metaphysics
Notable works"The Anatomy of Loneliness" (2018)
"The Completion Process" (2016)
"Shadows before Dawn" (2015)
SpouseAle Gicqueau (2016-2018)
Mark Scott (2006-2013)

Teal Swan (born June 16, 1984) is a spiritual teacher, author, and social media personality,[1] ranked 27 in Watkins' 100 Spiritual List.[2] Her teaching has garnered her the nickname "The Spiritual Catalyst."[3] Critics of Swan have called her a cult leader and, due to her unorthodox method of therapy, have nicknamed her "The Suicide Catalyst."[4]


Teal Swan was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 16, 1984.[5] According to her, she was born with extrasensory abilities such as clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience.[6] She has claimed to be an alien from the star Arcturus.[7] She claims to have been a victim of Satanic ritual abuse from the ages of 6-19, in order to cure her of her extrasensory abilities.[8][6] Part of this alleged abuse included being sewn into a corpse.[9] In particular, she has had TV interviews in 2014 regarding her ritual abuse conducted by Chris Oswalt and sent to Fox9, Kivi 6 and Idaho News.[10] Swan claims that she has memories of these events which were repressed, until a Salt Lake City based therapist helped her uncover them.[9] An investigation was opened into her claims before being ultimately shut down due to several accusations being made against her therapist, Dr. Barbara Snow, who incited Satanic Panic.[9] The experiences she allegedly experienced growing up have directed her "spiritual ministry" into helping other victims of childhood abuse.


In 2011 she released the book "The sculptor in the sky" and started her YouTube channel. After 2012, her popularity grew having followers in several countries.

The company Teal Eye, according to the website,[11] is meant to create changes in several different areas: alternative education, reforms in the global food industry, justice, animal rights and spirituality.[citation needed]

Swan has focused her ministry on healing others of their psychological ailments, including suicidal thoughts and repressed traumatic experiences.[9] She operates the Philia Center, a retreat center in Costa Rica.[12] Her followers are called the "Teal Tribe."[13]

In 2017 Teal Swan was the subject of a documentary about her life "Open Shadow: The Story Of Teal Swan".[14]


Suicide diction and allegations[edit]

Teal Swan has been quoted as saying "What suicide is, is pushing the reset button... There is nothing wrong with suicide."[15] Additionally, two of Swan's followers have committed suicide, and opponents of Swan's methods have claimed Swan led them to their behavior.[16] Her teaching methods sometimes involve participants imagining their deaths, occasionally by suicide.[16][17]

Cult allegations[edit]

Many have claimed Teal Swan is a cult leader,[18][16] a claim Swan has vehemently denied. Swan has claimed that she knows she has the perfect recipe for a cult. Paired with her ethics, this knowledge has stopped her from becoming a cult leader, according to Swan.[17]

In popular culture[edit]


  • The Sculptor in the Sky, Authorhouse 2011
  • Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of Self-Love Through Your Darkest Times, Hayhouse 2015
  • The Completion Process, Hayhouse 2016
  • The Anatomy of Loneliness: How to Find Your Way Back to Connection, Watkins Publishing 2018
  • The Connection Process, Archway Publishing 2018


  1. ^ "About Teal Swan". Teal Swan. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  2. ^ "Watkins' Spiritual 100 List for 2018 - Watkins MIND BODY SPIRIT Magazine". Watkins MIND BODY SPIRIT Magazine. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  3. ^ "Teal Swan". Teal Swan. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  4. ^ Sawyer, Miranda. "The week in podcasts: The Gateway; Bikram". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Teal Swan". Gumroad. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. ^ a b "Teal Swan | Author Biography". www.hayhouse.com. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  7. ^ Bond, Gwenda. "Teal Swan, a glam guru for the YouTube Age with controversial views on death". Salon Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Teal Swan's story of Satanic Ritual abuse". KIVI-TV. 30 Oct 2014. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  9. ^ a b c d "How Teal Swan's Therapist Instigated A Satanic Panic". greyfaction.org. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  10. ^ Idaho News (2016-10-31), Teal Swan interview with Chris Oswalt on 8/5/2014, retrieved 2018-11-30
  11. ^ "The Vision of Teal Eye LLC". Teal Swan. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  12. ^ "About". Philia. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  13. ^ "Teal Tribe". Teal Swan. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  14. ^ "Open Shadow | The Story Of Teal Swan". Open Shadow | The Story Of Teal Swan. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  15. ^ Berman, Sarah. "Yes, There Are Women-Led Cults". VICE. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Scofield, Be (2018-03-08). "The Gucci Guru: Inside Teal Swan's Posh Cult". Be Scofield. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  17. ^ a b c Brown, Jennings. "Internet Spiritual Guru Teal Swan Says She Isn't a Cult Leader But Has 'The Perfect Recipe For a Cult'". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  18. ^ "Teal Swan & The Craziest Wellness Cult Conspiracy You've Never Heard Of". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  19. ^ "Ross and Carrie Synchronize With Teal Swan (Part 1): Shadow Work Edition". Oh No Ross and Carrie. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  20. ^ "Ross and Carrie Synchronize With Teal Swan (Part 2): Two Steps Ahead Edition". Oh No Ross and Carrie. Retrieved 2018-12-16.