"Living on the coast of Maine, watching eagles circle overhead, and hearing loons call seems a long way from my origins in New York City where Nature was what grew between the cracks in the sidewalk. Fortunately, we had a summer house on Long Island, where I spent idyllic days on the water and among the trees learning that Nature is good. This balanced perfectly with my winter city life where there was culture, education, and great instruction about the nature of Humanity.
My adolescence was one of exploration, seeking what we were not being taught I suspected that there was more "out there" than meets the eye. And I did get an eyeful when we began experimenting with rituals and seances (little did I know that they would really work); this was my first introduction to the world of spirits. I next turned to the study of astrology, which taught me that all things are connected.
In college I took a scientific approach, studying astronomy and physics. This proved to me that all is one, since the atoms in our body were once inside a star, whose atoms were once inside another star, and so forth all the way back to the big bang. During my graduate study in psychology, I learned about why we are the way we are and what I could do to help others. Along the way I became a computer programmer to finance all this study.
After much exploration into various spiritual systems and teachings, all of which had something to offer, but still seemed lacking to me, I discovered shamanism. This spiritual approach embodied much of what I had come to believe, and it had Michael Harner, who was making this knowledge available to anyone who was interested.
Now, along with Nan Moss, I teach for the Foundation in the Northeast, and see clients in a private shamanic counseling and healing practice. Nan and I are currently creating a space on our land in Maine for workshops and healing retreats where people can connect with spirits, watch eagles circle overhead, and listen to loons call."
David Corbin has been a faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1996, and is certified (C.S.C.®) by the Foundation in Harner Method Shamanic Counseling. He teaches both beginning and advanced courses for the Foundation at locations throughout the Northeast, including Boston and New York City. Along with Nan Moss, David teaches the Three Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing and the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, both on the East Coast of the United States.
"During the fourteen years I have been on my personal Shamanic path, I have had the good fortune to take many workshops on shamanism. Luckily, most of those were taught by Nan Moss and David Corbin, starting with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Basic Workshop in 1996. While their personalities and stories are wonderfully disarming, they always challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone and dig deeper for my truth. Nan and David provide a nurturing and safe environment rich in knowledge of shamanic ways. I always feel safe, supported and grateful for their teachings."
– Carolyn Armstrong Horn, Three Year program student
In addition to his training in Core Shamanism with Michael Harner and other faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, David has also studied with indigenous healers from various cultures, including Siberian, Tuvan, Sami, Chinese, and Native American healers. Along with Nan Moss, he is the author of Weather Shamanism and the divinatory card set Cloud Dancing: Wisdom from the Sky, as well as two articles on the spirits of weather, published in Shamanism, the journal of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
David Corbin holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of New York at Stonybrook, and an M.S. in psychology from Bridgeport University.