FSS E-News September 2015

September 23rd, 2015

Check out the September 2015 issue of the FSS E-News: World Health Organization acknowledges traditional medicine, FSS special shamanic training in London, shamanic news and links to articles, healing words, and more. Visit the FSS E-News archive for back issues.

World Health Organization Acknowledges Traditional Medicine

September 20th, 2015

WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy CoverIn an exciting development, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released its Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, with a focus on complementing Western medicine with traditional approaches, including strategies to improve safety and quality. The Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO wrote the foreword (excerpted below) and notes that “much has changed…” and that “governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines….” This is great news not only for indigenous shamans and healers, but for contemporary shamanic healers as well.

Excerpts of the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 Foreword:

Across the world, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery or serves as a complement to it. In some countries, traditional medicine or non-conventional medicine may be termed complementary medicine (CM).

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 sets out the course for TM and CM (T&CM) in the next decade.

T&CM is an important and often underestimated part of health care. T&CM is found in almost every country in the world and the demand for its services is increasing. TM, of proven quality, safety, and efficacy, contributes to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. Many countries now recognize the need to develop a cohesive and integrative approach to health care that allows governments, health care practitioners and, most importantly, those who use health care services, to access T&CM in a safe, respectful, cost-efficient and effective manner. A global strategy to foster its appropriate integration, regulation and supervision will be useful to countries wishing to develop a proactive policy towards this important – and often vibrant and expanding – part of health care.

Much has changed since the previous global strategy was published in 2002. More countries have gradually come to accept the contribution that T&CM can make to the health and well-being of individuals and to the comprehensiveness of their health-care systems. Governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines, and are now beginning to consider aspects of T&CM practices and practitioners and whether they should be integrated into health service delivery.

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 will help health care leaders to develop solutions that contribute to a broader vision of improved health and patient autonomy. The strategy has two key goals: to support Member States in harnessing the potential contribution of T&CM to health, wellness and people-centered health care and to promote the safe and effective use of T&CM through the regulation of products, practices and practitioners. These goals will be reached by implementing three strategic objectives: 1) building the knowledge base and formulating national policies; 2) strengthening safety, quality and effectiveness through regulation; and, 3) promoting universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services and self-health care into national health systems.

I am very pleased to introduce the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023. It is my conviction that it will be a valuable tool for governments, system planners and health practitioners and – most crucially – will benefit individuals seeking the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time.

Dr. Margaret Chan
WHO Director-General

Complete report WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/92455/1/9789241506090_eng.pdf?ua=1

Harner Shamanic Counseling Training with April Tuck, August 1 – 5, 2016, San Francisco Bay Area

September 14th, 2015

“The HSC work is among the most powerful I have encountered, not only for myself at the training, but in use with clients afterwards. With regard to the training itself, I really loved it. I came away, not only with insights and new practices for myself, but a method I can use to help clients develop their own disciplined work and connection to helping spirits,” says Susan Rossi.

This five-day course provides intensive preparation in a highly effective system of personal problem-solving and guidance for those who wish to use the methods for themselves or professionally for others. Harner Shamanic Counseling (HSC) was originated in the early 1980s by Michael Harner based on his earlier devised core shamanism.

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NEW 15th West Three-Year Program Begins October 23 – 28, 2016 – taught by Amanda Foulger in the San Francisco Bay Area

September 14th, 2015

Michael Harner’s
15th West Coast Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing
Begins October 23 – 28, 2016
Northern Marin – San Francisco Bay Area


Occasional live interactive video with guest Michael Harner are planned.

“The Three-Year Program has changed my life on a cellular level. It has been the best experience of my life!” – A Recent Graduate

“I love my life now. Since I’ve been doing this work, I have a deep sense of my purpose on this planet. That is not something I thought I would ever have. My life is deep, purposeful, profound and fun!”
– Three Year Program Participant

Originated by Michael Harner, this course is the most advanced training in shamanism and shamanic healing offered by the Foundation and generally is considered unparalleled in the world. It involves intensive extended training in progressively higher levels of very advanced shamanism, including initiations into rare and little-known practices and principles.

In this residential program, the same group of participants meets for a week twice a year (usually May and October) for three years, with practical assignments between meetings. The program is devoted to the objective of advancing the participants’ knowledge and practice as far as possible during the three years. Enrollment is limited. Sessions are held at a retreat center; on-site lodging and meals will be arranged during registration.

For more information, as well as prerequisites required

For registration information, fill out Workshop Interest form.

Contact: Debbie Oliver
Journeywork (R) Institute
fax: 707-639-1221

10th East Coast Three Year Program – Initiations in Advanced Shamanism & Shamanic Healing with Nan Moss, Begins May 15-20, 2016

July 20th, 2015

Nan MossBegins May 15 – 20, 2016

Madison, Virginia. 10th East Coast Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healing taught by Nan Moss, assisted by Elaine Egidio. [First meeting.]

Originated by Michael Harner, this course is the most advanced training in shamanism and shamanic healing offered by the Foundation and generally is considered unparalleled in the world. It involves intensive extended training in progressively higher levels of very advanced shamanism, including rare and little-known principles. More about the program

Foundation for Shamanic Studies in the United Kingdom – Special Series Shamanic Healing Training February 2016

July 20th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that beginning in the Fall of 2015, workshops will be offered in Great Britain with experienced FSS Europe (FSSE) faculty members. There has been a reorganization of Foundation trainings in the United Kingdom, which will now be under the direction of FSSE.

The Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman(R), Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing is scheduled in London on September 26-27, 2015 and November 7-8, 2015. Shamanic Divination Training will be offered January 9-10, 2016. Please visit www.shamanicstudies.net for details. Contact email: office@shamanicstudies.net.

Susan Mokelke - Roland UrbanSPECIAL SHAMANIC INTENSIVE TRAINING. In addition, there will be a very special series training event held in Great Britain February 15-21, 2016. Susan Mokelke, President of the FSS, and Roland Urban, Director of the FSSE, will co-teach three workshops (the Basic Workshop; Shamanic Extraction Healing; and Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond). The training in London is expected to include a day of practice and various evening activities. Details will be posted on the FSS as well as the FSSE websites. This concentrated shamanic healing series is a great opportunity to begin or deepen your training in core shamanism methods. Visit www.shamanicstudies.net for details.

Live Video Webinar April 14, 2015: Q&A about Harner Shamanic Counseling Training with Instructor April Tuck

April 1st, 2015

Join instructor April Tuck for a LIVE VIDEO webinar discussion and Q&A about the training. Hosted by Susan Mokelke. April 14, 2015, 9:30 am Pacific time; 12:30 pm Eastern time. Click here to REGISTER.

Details about the training.

March 2015 FSS E-newsletter

March 26th, 2015

The March 2015 FSS E-newsletter is now available. Read about the latest Foundation happenings: Council meeting summary; new Asia Three Year program; Cave and Cosmos released in Spanish; links to articles like the friendship between a bear and a wolf, healing words, and much more.

Check the FSS E-newsletter archives for more news about shamanism.

Q & A with Susan Mokelke – Video Conference Recording: Three Year Program Advanced Shamanic Training

March 21st, 2015

Susan Mokelke videoThis video recording of a Q & A session with Susan Mokelke may answer some of your questions about the Three Year program of Advanced Initiation in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing.

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Find out more about the Three Year Program.

East Coast Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensive October 18-29, 2015 with Nan Moss, Live Video Conference with Guest Michael Harner

March 6th, 2015

Nan MossEast Coast Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, October 18-29, 2015, Madison, Virginia. This life-changing course will be taught by Nan Moss and assisted by Elaine Egidio. A special live video interactive video conference with guest Michael Harner is planned.

Originated by Michael Harner, this intensive training in advanced core shamanism is described by former participants as “amazing,” “transformative,” “life-changing,” and “the most important experience of my life.” A variety of advanced methods are practiced in this residential program, including extraction healing, power (core) soul retrieval training, psychopomp work, divination, and work with the spirits of nature. There will also be work that is not included in FSS weekend workshops, such as selected advanced healing methods, the dream dance, explorations, and initiatory experiences.


The West and East Coast Two Week Intensives are the centerpiece annual programs of the Foundation and the best preparation for the Three-Year Programs. Enrollment is limited and early application is recommended. To assure a place in the program, please return your application promptly; acceptance will be according to priority received.

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