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March 2015 FSS E-newsletter

Thursday, 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.

FSS Journal Shamanism Annual and FSS Enewsletter Available (December 2014)

Friday, December 19th, 2014

14Dec Cover Page ShamanismAnnual webThe December 2014 FSS Enewsletter is now available: highlights of 2014 Foundation news; information about the just released issue of the FSS scholarly journal Shamanism — with an emphasis on miracles; and a toast to kindhearted people. Visit the FSS Enewsletter archives for more FSS news, articles, and shamanic information.


“For the shaman who is intimately interacting with helping spirits, miracles are almost routine events in healing work. In fact, spirit-produced miracles of healing are probably shamans’ most celebrated feature in indigenous societies. Separate from helping shamans carry out healing activities, spirits often attempt to communicate their reality through miracles and ‘micro-miracles.’ These ‘wake-up calls’ that the spirits send, often with the help of a shaman or shamanic practitioner, are perhaps best understood as attempts to educate people about their existence.” From Michael Harner, Cave and Cosmos, Chapter 12

The new issue of the Foundation’s scholarly journal Shamanism Annual is now available. This journal has a focus on miracles from the spirits, with three articles approaching the subject from different viewpoints: teaching, shamanic healing, and personal transformation. Contents include:

  • The Shaman Unbound: A Teaching Miracle
  • An Ongoing Miracle: A Firsthand Report of Personal Experiences
  • With Love From the Moon Bears
  • Shamanic Healing Reports
  • Shamanism in Bali: Balinese Master Shaman and Shaman Priestess of Bali
  • The Reawakening of Shamanism in the West (classic Shamanism reprint)
  • Circle of the Foundation Telephone Directory (Voluntary), Foundation news, and more.

The journal is a benefit of membership in the Circle of the Foundation. Members will receive the issue in the mail this month. Not a member? Join the Circle by December 31, 2014 and you will be sent the December 2014 issue.

FSS Office Holiday Hours December 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


The administrative office will be closed starting Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, visit Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2015!

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Foundation

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyous new year! View the greeting

FSS Enewsletter October 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The October 2014 issue of the FSS Enewsletter is available. Read the latest Foundation news, including information about workshops, membership in the Circle of the Foundation, the FSS Faculty Intern Program, live video conferencing, links to video and articles about shamanism, healing words to inspire, and more.

For back issues, visit the FSS Enewsletter archives.

In Memoriam: Ailo Gaup, 1944 – 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ailo Gaup, Sami shaman born in 1944, died of complications after surgery in Oslo, Norway, September 24, 2014, while being treated for cancer. Shamanic healing work was undertaken for him with his family’s permission, and a spokesperson said that he no longer had cancer when he died. Ailo had been a student of Michael Harner and played an important role in the restoration of Sami shamanism in Norway. He was a renowned poet, author, and a nephew of the famous Sami shaman, Mikkel Gaup. Just before Ailo became ill, he published Michael’s Cave and Cosmos in Norwegian. Those who participated in Foundation courses with him will fondly remember his laughter and humor.

FSS Enewsletter June 2014 now available

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The June 2014 issue of the FSS Enewsletter is out. Read the latest Foundation news, links to FSS workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing, books, links to video and articles about shamanism, and healing words to inspire.

For back issues, visit the FSS Enewsletter archives.

In Memoriam: Angeles Arrien, 1940 – 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Angie’s gone
Or is she?
A mischievous smile
Sparkling eyes
Lighting up dark corners
Lighting up new paths
An inspiration to all
Who knew her
Or thought they did
A mysterious loving imp
Of kindness and generosity
Who perhaps can still be found
Inside our hearts

Angeles Arrien, our friend, colleague, and supporter of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies over many years, unexpectedly passed away April 24, 2014, after a period of illness. A cultural anthropologist and pioneer in the field of transpersonal psychology, she was president of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. She was a widely known teacher and author, and was beloved by thousands of students.

Angeles ArrienOn a more personal level, Sandra Harner and I were fortunate to know Angie, as we called her, for decades. She was remarkably positive, kind, and possessed of a joyful and playful spirit. When she and I conversed, hardly a minute passed by without us breaking into laughter. Often the laughter revolved about my half-serious attempts to tease out unspoken secrets from her heritage of Basque mysticism. That heritage was very strong for her, and she was quietly and privately active in the life of her people.

At the same time, she was publicly active, indeed famous, for her cross-cultural spiritual teachings and for the enthusiasm she brought to others. That enthusiasm, coupled with gentle, compassionate understanding of the human condition was one of the markers of her life. While her passing is a sad loss, it is also an opportunity to stop, remember, and appreciate her time among us and to feel our gratitude for the gentle gifts of spirit she gave our lives.

–Michael Harner

In Angie’s honor, we have assembled a few selected video clips from a dialogue between Angie and Michael recorded at the FSS Gathering of the Council in January 2008 in Mill Valley, California. This is part of a longer video of dialogue and discussion. (The audio CD version is available at View the video.

From Angie’s website: “At Angeles’ wish there will not be a public memorial. Angie herself requested that for those who wished to truly honor her over this next year, that once a month on the anniversary of her passing (the 24th of each month), that individuals would light a candle and say a prayer to honor her memory.” For more about her accomplishments and the lives she touched, visit her website:

–Susan Mokelke

Faculty Member Alicia Luengas Gates to Focus on Latin America and Spain

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Alicia Luengas Gates

May 20, 2014

After many years of extensive travel back and forth to South America and Spain to offer FSS workshops, in addition to her Three Year program, Two Week Intensive, and weekend teaching responsibilities in the USA, Alicia Luengas Gates has decided to make some changes for health and personal reasons. For the time being, she will no longer teach FSS programs in the US,* but as director of FSS trainings in Latin America and Spain, she will focus her efforts on continuing to build the FSS presence in the Spanish-speaking countries. She is looking forward to spending longer periods of time working with the FSS faculty in Argentina and Spain and teaching the FSS weekend workshops, Harner Shamanic Counseling, and the Three Year programs to the many students there eager to experience FSS trainings.

* Alicia will complete the current 5th North American Three Year Program she is teaching, as well as some of the weekend workshops she has scheduled in 2014 in the San Diego, California area and a Spanish language Basic workshop sponsored by Tim Flynn south of San Jose, California. Please check the website workshops pages for the latest calendar of workshops.

FSS Enewsletter March 2014 now available

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The March 2014 issue of the FSS Enewsletter is out. Read the latest Foundation news, links to FSS workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing, books, links to articles about shamanism, and healing words to inspire.

For back issues, visit the FSS Enewsletter archives.