Harner Shamanic Counseling Training, August 2018 in Boston

“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.” –Susan Rossi

Harner Shamanic Counseling Training
August 6-10, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
Taught by April Tuck, CSC

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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.

East Coast Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism, April 2018

Michael Harner’s
“The Three Year Program has changed my life on a cellular level. It has been the best experience of my life!”

11th East Coast Three Year Program
Begins April 29-May 4, 2018
Madison, Virginia
Taught by Nan Moss

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Originated by Michael Harner and based upon his decades of research and experimentation, this course is the most advanced training in shamanism and shamanic healing offered by the Foundation. It is widely considered as 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.

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.

New Documentary Movie – The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner

WATCH THE MOVIE (released July 22, 2017)




The story of Michael and Sandra Harner in the history and development of core shamanism, the universal, near universal, and common practices of shamanism worldwide. This documentary movie takes us through Michael’s early expeditions as a young anthropologist in the jungles of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon and his life-altering insights into shamanic power. The Harners established the Foundation for Shamanic Studies to preserve, study, and teach shamanism for the benefit of all, leading to a worldwide renaissance of shamanism and shamanic healing through the Foundation’s premiere international training programs. The film is an informative and inspiring look at the people behind the evolution of this groundbreaking spiritual healing methodology that honors and builds upon the ancient knowledge of the world’s shamans. Through these methods, thousands of students have discovered hidden spiritual resources, transformed their lives, and learned how to help others and our precious Earth.

REVIEW by Nicholas Breeze Wood, editor, Sacred Hoop Magazine, Issue 97, September 2017

The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner
Director: Coleen LeDrew Elgin
Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Online Streaming: 68 mins
You know, probably, if it wasn’t for the work of Michael Harner you wouldn’t be reading Sacred Hoop Magazine, in fact you probably wouldn’t even know the word ‘shamanism’, or what it means, and might not have idea that the spirits exist and interact with humanity.
Born in 1929, Michael was actively studying shamanism back in 1957 – the year I was born in – making you and I Johnny-come-latelies, and mere infants. He has devoted his life to bringing shamanism to the West, and created the concept of core shamanism. If you have ever learned to do a shamanic drum journey, or read a new-age book about shamanism, you have to thank Michael, he is the root of everything we – in the shamanic community – do today, whether you have worked with him, or the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, or not.
This is a lovely film, chronicling his life and work, from the 1950s, when he was an anthropology researcher in the Amazon, working with the Jívaro (Shuar) people, through his first tentative steps teaching people in the West, and on to the establishing of his organisation, the Foundation with his wife Sandra.
Made up of a series of interviews with Michael and Sandra, along with friends and colleagues – and interspersed with film clips of workshops being taught, and traditional shamans in practice – this film not only shares the history of Michael’s work, but is also an excellent ‘stand-alone’ basic guide to modern Western core shamanism in its own right. Core shamanism – which is a sort of de-cultured, extracted kernel of the essence of shamanism, hence it’s name ‘core’ – is not for everyone, but it’s a really important gateway, through which people in the West can contact the spirits. People here can’t all go and take a traditional apprenticeship with a shaman in a far away land, but through learning and practicing core shamanism, a relationship with the spirits can be developed, and through that, the spirits can lead you to who knows where. I think this film should be watched by anyone with an interest in practicing shamanism, and it is also ideal to share with people who don’t know what you are involved in, but who would like to know.