"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying
for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the
spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors,
avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced
when following classic journey methods using a drum."

—Michael Harner

Shamanism Workshops and Training Programs
Core Shamanism — Shamanic Healing — Shamanic Initiations

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies integrated series of workshops and advanced shamanic training programs are widely recognized as unparalleled in the world. Originated, researched and developed over nearly 50 years by anthropologist Michael Harner—the pioneer of contemporary shamanism—the Foundation's training offers students the opportunity to learn and practice authentic, powerful, and effective shamanic healing methods to high ethical standards. By taking workshops in a flexible weekend format, students can advance step-by-step in their training. Five-day and longer advanced residential programs, such as the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive and the Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, include profound and life-changing shamanic initiations. The Foundation's experienced Harner-trained practitioner-faculty help to ensure a high-quality, rich, and transformative learning experience. The Foundation's programs are based in decades of practical experience. Whether you are looking to improve your life or to practice shamanic healing in your community, we look forward to assisting you on your shamanic path. Read the article in Prevention magazine.

Quick Index to Workshop Descriptions and Schedules

What Is Core Shamanism?

Core shamanism consists of the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds, a distinguishing feature of shamanism. As originated, researched, and developed by Michael Harner, the principles of core shamanism are not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective. Since the West overwhelmingly lost its shamanic knowledge centuries ago due to religious oppression, the Foundation’s programs in core shamanism are particularly intended for Westerners to reacquire access to their rightful spiritual heritage through quality workshops and training courses.

Important Workshop Information

To register, obtain additional information, get fees and/or locations for any workshop, contact the person or organization listed in the schedule. The Foundation does not typically register participants for its courses and will refer you to the workshop contact for registration, fees and additional information.

The Basic Workshop - The Way of the Shaman® is the prerequisite for all advanced workshops and trainings. You must complete the Basic Workshop with an authorized FSS Faculty Member before registering for any advanced workshop.

All Foundation workshops and training programs are offered for teaching purposes only and not for healing or treating any student or participant for any physical or mental condition or illness.

All FSS workshops and training courses are copyrighted and were originated, researched, and developed by Michael Harner (except as otherwise noted).

Certificates of Completion are available for FSS training. Check requirements or request a certificate:

Certificates of Completion


FSS Europa. For workshops throughout Europe in many languages including German, French, Italian, and English, visit FSS Europa: www.shamanicstudies.net.

Talleres y Programas de la Fundación de Estudios Chamánicos de Michael Harner en España: www.formacionchamanica.com.

Workshops in Japan

FSS Workshops in Asia
Workshops in Asia