In Memoriam: MICHAEL J. HARNER, 1929 – 2018

April 23, 2018

Remembering Michael Harner: A memorial celebration of the life and work of Michael Harner, 1929 – 2018. A recording of the live stream of the event held on April 14, 2018 in northern California is now available to view free online.

February 3, 2018

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Michael Harner, Founder of the FSS and originator of Core Shamanism, transitioned early in the morning of February 3.

He was supported in the days prior to his passage by his loving wife Sandra Harner and his devoted family. He passed peacefully out of this world and on to the next.

Michael’s legacy lives on in this world through all of you — his tens of thousands of students and practitioners of shamanism. His work will continue into the future through the educational efforts of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

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In memoriam, “The Way of a Shaman” — from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe.

Yours in spirit,
Susan Mokelke

About Michael Harner

New Issue of Shamanism, December 2017

The new FSS journal Shamanism (Issue 30, December 2017) is now available. Members, look for the issue in your mailbox soon. Download a sample, the FSS News Section.

In this issue:

  • Transcultural Shamanic Experiences: Some Examples from Indigenous and Core Shamanism
  • The Resurgence in Mongolia: Implications for the Worldwide Revival of Shamanism
  • Universal Shamanic Tradition
  • The Old Slovenian Faith and the Old Believers
  • Shamanism in Europe: Thirty Year Anniversary of FSS Europe
  • Classic reprint: Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Shamanic Divination as Spiritual Problem Solving
  • FSS News, Member Directory, Drumming Circles, and more

The annual journal Shamanism is a benefit of membership in the Circle of the Foundation. Not a member? How to Join Us

FSS Holiday Schedule, December 2017


The administrative office will be closed starting Friday, December 22, 2017 and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, check this website. Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2018.

Have a peaceful and joyous holiday and New Year!

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Live Premiere of The Way of the Shaman Documentary

The live premiere of the new documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner took place on Friday May 19, 2017. An enthusiastic audience of about 200 FSS members, supporters, and guests were present at the Lark Theater in Larkspur, California for the first public showing. A viewer says:

“Thank you for making such a beautiful and inspiring film about the birth of the foundation. It was absolutely stunning!  Thank you Michael and Sandra for your vision and your commitment.”

The documentary will be available soon for streaming at no cost. Learn more and view the trailer

Michael and Sandra Harner arriving for the premiere.


FSS President Susan Mokelke introducing the film, with Michael and Sandra.


Sandra Harner and Michael welcoming the audience.