2016 East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive Oct 23 – Nov 3

January 25th, 2016

Nan MossEast Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, October 23 – November 3, 2016, 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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New Issue of the Journal Shamanism December 2015

January 20th, 2016

The new December 2015 issue of Shamanism (Annual) is now available. This print journal contains articles practical articles that support your interest in shamanism, including information about indigenous shamanism. (Cover image and table of contents below.) Shamanism is available as one of the many benefits of membership. Not a member? Join the Circle of the Foundation.



Shamanism Table of Contents, December 2015

Shamanism Table of Contents, December 2015

Shamanic Training in London February 2016 – Special Series

January 15th, 2016

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe is pleased to announce a series of core shamanic workshops in London in February 2016. This is a great opportunity to experience and learn about different aspects of shamanism and healing in a concentrated and comprehensive format. The workshops will be taught by an international team of the faculty of FSS Europe: Roland Urban, Andreas Hirsch, and Marta Niccolai. The special series will also include opportunities to practice as well as optional ceremonial work. You may book the whole series or individual workshops.

Please contact Roland Urban, Director of FSS Europe, for more information and to register: office@shamanicstudies.net

Website: http://www.shamanicstudies.net/?Language=English

Prerequisite to take the advanced two day workshops: The Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman(R) with an authorized FSS Faculty Member (this workshop begins the series).

The series includes (workshop descriptions below):

  • February 15 and 16 (prerequisite for all other workshops): The Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman(R)
  • February 17 and 18: Shamanic Extraction Healing Training
  • February 19, Half-Day of Practice
  • February 20 and 21: Shamanism, Dying and Beyond

Schedule of Workshops:

Day 1: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm; ceremonial work (optional), 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Day 2: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm; half-day of practice, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm


Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman(R)

  • During this workshop you will be introduced to basic techniques in core shamanism, the universal and near universal methods used by shamans:
  • How to journey to non ordinary reality
  • How to meet and communicate with your Spirit helpers
  • How to ask for help and healing
  • How to retrieve information for yourself and for the benefit of others
  • How to communicate with Nature for divination purposes

Shamanic Extraction Healing Training

Participants are initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense, and remove localized illness and pain connected to spiritual factors. This is an important part of shamanic healing training. The training includes learning how shamanic practitioners can work in partnership to increase the effectiveness of this work. The Extraction Healing Training workshop is designed exclusively for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. The training is not designed for people looking for personal healing.

Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond

Participants learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help people affected by a terminal illness or those who have already passed on. Additional learning will include how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, following a person’s spirit using shamanic journeying, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, and classic psychopomp work.

FSS E-News December 2015

December 18th, 2015

Check out the December 2015 issue of the FSS E-News: Thanks and holiday greeting; highlights of 2015; new Living Treasure of Shamanism Grandmother Nadia Duvan, brain research on shamanic consciousness, healing words of hope, and more. Visit the FSS E-News archive for back issues.

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Foundation

December 10th, 2015

Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyous New Year!

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In Memoriam, 2015: Nancy Glaze Friedrich

October 21st, 2015

friedrich-webWe are deeply saddened to announce that Nancy Friedrich, our friend and FSS faculty member for Hawaii, passed in the early morning of October 16 after a struggle with cancer.

Nancy’s daughter Celia Doss posted this on Nancy’s Facebook site:

“My beautiful mom Nancy Friedrich [link to Nancy’s Facebook site] rallied for a family visit Tuesday afternoon. She passed away peacefully this morning at 2:40 am with my dad Jimmy and me comforting her. She was the best mom, wife, sister and healer to all of us blessed to know her. Sunny Ananda [daughter] arrives Monday. We appreciate all the love from friends and family.”

Many friends and family have posted comments on Nancy’s Facebook site. The FSS posted:

FSS for Nancy Friedrich

Dear friends and family of Nancy Friedrich,
An amazing soul has transitioned. Nancy was such a fine person: gentle, wise, kind, ethical, and giving. It was a privilege working with her as part of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies faculty and being her friend. She carried a quiet peace within that touched us all. We send our deepest sympathies for your personal loss. We, too, will greatly miss her.

Kind regards,
Michael Harner, Sandra Harner, and Susan Mokelke

Nancy was a wonderful healer, teacher, mother, grandmother and friend.


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 August 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 Three-Year Program Begins October 2016 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

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