Andrew Ecker, author of the ‘The Sacred 7’ Apache “NDE”, Irish and German American. Born into an inheritance of trauma, both his parents were addicted to drugs and died very young. Mom, Kathy Lindsey from a cocaine overdose, father, Dale Ecker from HepC caused from intravenous drug use. Growing up in the height of the Reagan and Clinton “War on Drugs” policies led Andrew down a path of destruction that included cocaine and heroin abuse until he made a decision to change his life while serving a 3.5 years in federal prison for drug charges. Andrew found healing in his life through the use of ancient technologies including drumming and a ceremonial introduction process of his Native American ancestry he outlines in his book ‘The Sacred 7’.
Andrew has been able to, in over 25 years of effort, facilitate over 4000 meaningful wellness with a focus on suicide prevention, substance abuse, individual and community development. This massive volume of work has allowed Andrew the honor of working with very diverse groups of people including tribal nations, schools, governmental organizations, churches, nonprofits, businesses, festivals, hospitals and drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Some of these groups include The Havasupai Nation, The Navajo Nation, The Hopi Nation, The Pascua Yaqui Nation, The Gila River Indian Community, The Tohono O’odham Nation, Patina Wellness Center, Native American Connections,Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, NACA: Native Americans For Community Action, United States Veterans Administration, City of Phoenix, Maricopa County Public Health,United Health Care, Wellpoint , Buena Vista Recovery , Charles Schwab, Bain Consulting, Exp Realty, Cancer Treatment Centers of American, Credit Union Development and Education and many many more .
Andrew, his fiance Monica and their companies Wellness Sourcing and Drumming Sounds have focused mostly on working with hospitals and institutions labeled as memory care, behavioral lockdowns, drug rehabilitation, cancer treatment, post acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing. These are just some of the populations they work with.
Recognized by the community and through this work Andrew Ecker has been a speaker presenter at some of the largest and most influential groups in healthcare and wellness. The Arizona Senior Center Association (keynote), The Arizona Therapeutic Recreation Association, (keynote) Arizona Activities Coordinators Association,(keynote) Assisted Living Federation of Arizona, (presenter) The AZTEC awards (keynote), Spinal Cord Injury Association (keynote), National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (keynote) (keynote) Oklahoma Behavioral Health Conference (keynote).