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FSS Europa Announces New Leadership

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

After the recent passing of Paul Uccusic, FSS Europa has announced that Roland Urban has been named Chairman of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe. Michael Hasslinger will continue as Vice Chairman and Roswitha Uccusic as Coordinator.

All of Paul Uccusic’s scheduled workshops will take place as announced. Dates and venues will not change. See the calendar of FSS Europe for the new workshop leader and, in a few cases, a new sponsor. This also applies to the 3-Year-Programs, hosted directly by the FSSE.

Detailed information will be provided by the respective faculty member.

For information about workshops in German and other languages throughout Europe, visit the FSS Europa website.

IN MEMORIAM: Paul Uccusic

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dear Friends of the Foundation,

This is to advise you that our close friend and colleague Paul Uccusic passed on in Vienna August 2nd, with his wife Roswitha at his side and surrounded by his family.

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe has posted the statement and obituary below on its website, as we are doing.

Under Paul and Roswitha’s leadership, as Paul wished, Roland Urban and Michael Hasslinger are prepared to continue the work of FSS Europe. For the present, Roland will be the contact person for FSS Europe matters. FSS Europe website:

The world has lost a truly wonderful person. Our deepest sympathies to Paul’s family.

Michael and Sandra Harner
Susan Mokelke

Paul UccusicPaul Uccusic (1937-2013)
The Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe is mourning its director Paul Uccusic. Paul passed away on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 in Vienna. He was in his 77th year. Two days before, he had collapsed in his home following a heart attack and suffered irreversible head injury. Paul Uccusic was born in 1937 in Vienna. After studies of chemistry, physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna, he became a journalist and served in leading positions in different daily newspapers in Vienna. In 1971, he got in touch with parapsychology and spiritual healing. He is the author of several books about healing. In 1981, he met Michael Harner, the Founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, in Alpbach in Tyrol. The Core Shamanism formulated by Michael Harner became Paul’s central field of interest. He made study visits to the US, Latin America and Siberia. In 1985, Paul started to teach for the Foundation in German-speaking countries. In 1991, he published his book The Shaman In Us (in German). Until his death Paul Uccusic served as Director of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Europe. Building up the Foundation in Europe and spreading Core Shamanism in Europe and beyond were his life’s work.

July 2013 FSS Enewsletter

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Read the latest Foundation news, including Michael Harner’s announcement for a vibrant future for the Foundation, the latest on Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality, shamanic news, new books on shamanism, healing words, and more. Read the issue.

Michael Harner announces steps for a vibrant and successful future for the Foundation

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May 20, 2013

Dear Friend of Shamanism,

I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to the summer.

Harner-Web6-11-left1As you know, along with Sandra Harner, I led the activities of the Foundation and its predecessor, the Center for Shamanic Studies, for more than 34 years. In that time, thanks to participants like you — donors, FSS Circle members, students, and graduates — the Foundation has had a tremendous influence on our world, making shamanic healing and wisdom available once again in contemporary society. Sandra and I owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude.

With the publication of Cave and Cosmos, the fundamental tenets of core shamanism and a significant portion of what I have taught the last several decades is now preserved in writing for future generations. But the work is far from done. It has always been my intention, as stated in our mission statement — the preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge for the welfare of the Planet and its inhabitants — that the Foundation continue to grow long beyond my lifetime until humankind finally recognizes that there is another reality that people can access shamanically to help us solve the problems of humanity and the planet.

After her advanced FSS shamanic training, in 2006 Susan Mokelke was invited to the Foundation to assist Sandra Harner and me, with an eye toward a sustainable future for the Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation, Susan was a successful businesswoman, worked in non-profit management and education for more than 25 years, and has a law degree. She has impressive computer skills, with the knowledge and abilities required today to maintain a powerful presence for the FSS on the web and make full use of electronic communications.

For the past seven years, Susan has gradually assumed the management of the Foundation’s day-to-day activities, as well as working with Sandra and me to consider and plan for the years ahead. Susan’s unique qualifications, talents, knowledge of shamanism, and hard work have made her a truly outstanding executive director, shamanic practitioner, and teacher of shamanism.

Susan has a deep love and respect for our mutual work and is fully committed to the future success of the Foundation. For some time now, she has taught her very successful new summertime Three Year Program in the Pacific Northwest and has co-taught with me in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also maintains her own shamanic healing practice. Those of you who have interacted with her know of her balanced, cooperative, and optimistic approach, her intelligence, sense of fairness, willingness to listen, and generosity of spirit.

Now that I have published Cave and Cosmos and turned 84, it is time to advise you of steps recently taken to assure a vibrant and successful future for the Foundation, its faculty, and for the Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory. At my initiation, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in their April 20th meeting voted unanimously to elect Susan Mokelke President effective July 1, 2013, to give me time to raise funds for the Foundation’s future. Sandra Harner, co-founder of the Foundation, has kindly agreed to continue as Vice President.

The Board has designated me “Founder” and elected me Vice President for Development. In that capacity, I will work with Board members and benefactors to seek increased funding for all aspects of Foundation’s tasks, with significant support of teaching activities and the unique archive preserved in the Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory. Toward that end, your continued participation and financial assistance are essential to the sustainability of the Foundation’s workshops and programs.

At its meeting, the Board of Trustees also elected two new members, both of them dedicated supporters. The Board now consists of ten members with a variety of experience in anthropology, finance and fundraising, psychology, core shamanism, the arts, business, and non-profit management, who are well qualified to lead the Foundation into the future. This next phase promises to be one of continued expansion as we work together to help bring the wisdom and compassion of the spirits into our world through the Foundation’s trainings and other activities. I ask you to give Susan full support during the years ahead. With your help and that of the members of our Board of Trustees, we can make this promise a reality for many decades to come.

I look forward to having more time to interact with you and other enthusiasts of shamanism. I also plan to support our FSS community in a new way by engaging in two-way video conversations (Skype), beginning with students in the advanced residential programs.

You have helped make the Foundation the premiere organization in the world for the safeguarding and teaching of shamanic knowledge. I wish to express my gratitude to you for your commitment. With your support and that of the helping spirits, our Foundation can continue to lead the way into a new era, where the wisdom and assistance of the compassionate spirits of another reality are accessible to all.

With warm regards and my profound thanks,

Michael Harner

Cc: FSS Board of Trustees

December 2012 FSS E-Newsletter Released – Michael Harner Recognized by Anthropology of Consciousness

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

The year-end FSS E-Newsletter has been released. Michael Harner was recently recognized for his life’s work in shamanism by his peers, with an essay in his honor in Anthropology of Consciousness (American Anthropological Association). Read the latest Foundation news, plus the year in review, links to news articles, FSS holiday and New Year video, healing words, and more. View the issue

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September 2012 FSS E-newsletter

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Tsaatan Shaman of Northern Mongolia.
Copyright 2011 John Lawrence.

Read the latest Foundation news in the September 2012 issue of the FSS E-News. Read about the new workshop Shamanism Practicum: Guidelines for a Healthy Shamanic Practice; Snuff-jaguar shaman Mandu da Silva, shamans of Northern Mongolia, articles and news about shamanism, healing words, and more. Subscribe to the FSS email list (go the the HOME page and scroll down to the “FREE E-NEWS” box in the right-hand column) and get the next issue as soon as it is released or become a member of the Circle of the Foundation and receive both the E-news and special benefits that support your interest in shamanism.

Latest Foundation News – FSS E-Newsletter March 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Mongolian shaman

Mongolian Shaman Zagdaa at the Council Gathering

Read the latest Foundation news in the March 2012 issue of the FSS E-News. Read about the January 2012 Council Gathering with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Michael Harner, reports from Mongolia, and a visit and healing demonstration by a Mongolian shaman. Announcing a new workshop, Shamanism Practicum: Guidelines for a Healthy Shamanic Practice; articles and news about shamanism, healing words, and more. Subscribe to the FSS email list (go the the HOME page and scroll down to the “FREE E-NEWS” box in the right-hand column) and get the next issue as soon as it is released or become a member of the Circle of the Foundation and receive both the E-news and special benefits that support your interest in shamanism.

New Issue of Shamanism Annual Journal Released

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Issue 24, December 2011, of the Shamanism Annual is now available. Members of the Circle of the Foundation, look for your copy in the mail soon. This issue highlights Mongolian shamanism with articles by FSS Field Associates, who made two separate expeditions to Mongolia this year, and a discussion by anthropologist Dr. Frank Lipp of shaman-kings, using Mongolia as an example. In addition, there is a fascinating account by jaguar-shaman and FSS Living Treasure Mandu da Silva of his shamanic apprenticeship, told in his own words. The telling is from FSS Field Associate Dr. Robin Wright’s new book, Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Highlights of the Year in Pictures

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

FSS - 2011 in Pictures

From the December 2011 Shamanism Annual.

January 2012 Gathering of the Council

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Members of the Circle of the Foundation: The annual Gathering of the Council, January 27 – 28, 2012 in Mill Valley, California.

Council images

The gathering begins Friday, January 27, 2012 with a special evening presentation with FSS Field Associate Leslie Conton, Ph.D. All members of the Circle of the Foundation are invited, as guests of the FSS Council membership.

Leslie will share with us her work over many years with nine remarkable Tibetan shamans in exile in Nepal, including three FSS Living Treasures. There will be a screening of her inspiring video Tibetan Shamans: Protectors of All Living Beings.

On Saturday, January 28, Council members will gather for an all-day session of presentations and activities, including lunch. Presenters include audio-visual reports by two FSS Field Associates who this year made separate expeditions to Mongolia to discover the state of shamanism there. Special guest Brother David Steindl-Rast will join Michael Harner for a dialogue about Christianity and shamanism, followed by discussion with Council members.

For all members of the Circle of the Foundation,
as guests of the Council:
Friday, January 27, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

For Council members:
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Gabe Harris and Rhythm Village players

Not a member? Join or renew now as a regular or sponsoring member and attend the Friday evening presentation and video on the Tibetan shamans.

To attend the Saturday gathering, join or renew as a Council member by December 19, 2011 (join/renewal date extended) and receive an invitation to both the 2012 and the January 2013 Council sessions.

More details and invitations will be sent out in December.

Join us for the festivities – we hope to see you there!

Photos: Top, center, Brother David Steindl-Rast (by Verena Kessler); Top, right, Michael Harner with Sami-made drum – (c)2011 France Viana; Bottom, right, Kevin Turner at Mongolian conference; Bottom, left, FSS Living Treasure Tibetan shaman Pau Dhondup (by Sarah Sifers); Left, Mongolian shaman ceremony (by Kevin Turner).