Privacy Policy

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS)

The privacy of our membership and visitors to the FSS website is important to us. This privacy notice is intended to assist you in understanding our policies and procedures. This page will be updated from to time to time.

Website Usage
For every visitor to our website, our server automatically logs the domain name or IP address of the user. We may also collect browser version and system platform information, the referring page, requested pages, and the date and time of page requests. This information is used solely for generating statistics that help us in improving the site usability.

Security and Privacy of Personal Information
FSS is a membership organization and in order to provide you with exclusive member benefits, we must collect certain personal information from you. We will never share this personal information with others without your express permission.

In order to sign up as an FSS member online, or to use the Members Circle (members-only area of our site) or FSS Members Forum, we require a valid email address and/or valid financial information. FSS does its utmost to protect your security in the collection and transfer of sensitive financial and user information using widely accepted standards of data collection and encryption. FSS adheres to strict industry standards for payment processing, including:

The FSS website is registered with the Authorize.Net Verified Merchant Seal program.

Your email address will be used to send you the FSS E-News (3-4 times a year). If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, you may unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the newsletter or by sending an email message to You will also be emailed periodically about course offerings and special events, new membership benefits and opportunities, and other information of interest to the shamanic community. You may remove yourself from the email list by sending a request to

Public Areas of the Website
The Drumming Circle Directory, Certified Harner Method Shamanic Counselors Directory, Shamanic Services Directory, and the Member Profiles pages are all voluntary public listings. Any information disclosed in these venues is public information, thus caution should be exercised when disclosing personal information. Be aware that it is possible for someone to collect email or contact information of other users. FSS strongly condemns this practice, and reserves the right to bar individuals who violate any implicit or explicit terms of use from using our website.

Like many websites, our website may place a small file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. We use cookies to save information you may give us so that you do not need to re-enter it every time you visit our site. We may also use cookies to personalize content you receive, or to make navigation easier. Please check your browser software for information on how to manage cookies on your computer. If you choose not to accept cookies when visiting our site, you may experience diminished access to content.

FSS does not accept advertising on our website, nor do we share any user information with advertisers.

Other Websites
The FSS website contains links to other websites and many websites contain links to the FSS website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any such linked sites.

Contact Information
Foundation for Shamanic Studies
PO Box 1939
Mill Valley, CA 94942 USA Telephone: 415-897-6416

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