Core Shamanism and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies: Interview with Susan Mokelke

Susan MokelkeFilmmaker Susan Hess Logeais’ interview and live Q&A with Foundation for Shamanic Studies president Susan Mokelke is now available for viewing on the FSS website. From The Way of the Psychonaut documentary series exploring the life and work of Stanislav Grof.

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Core Shamanism and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

View the streamed version, Core Shamanism and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies: Interview and Q&A with Susan Mokelke, with opening remarks by hosts Susan Hess Logeais and Mitch Schultz, followed by Q&A.

Susan Mokelke, J.D., describes the work of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, which Michael Harner founded with his wife, Sandra Harner. As its President, Susan works to bring the core shamanic practices Michael developed from his extensive travels and research to people interested in finding their connection to spiritual dimensions. The resulting access to one’s compassionate helping spirits provides wisdom and guidance for those who seek to be of service to the world.

The Way of the Psychonaut explores the life and work of Stanislav Grof, Czech-born psychiatrist and psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer. Stan’s quest for knowledge and insights into the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness, influenced the discipline of psychology and profoundly changed many individual lives.

In Memoriam: Alicia Luengas Gates, 1936 – 2020

Alicia with drum It is with great sadness that we inform you that Alicia Luengas Gates, extraordinary shamanic teacher and healer, and spiritual mentor to so many of us, transitioned peacefully on July 29 in southern California where she lived for many years.

Gerardo Roemer, FSS faculty member and teaching colleague, informed us that before her passage Alicia asked that we do not do shamanic work for her at this time, beyond offering love and good wishes.

About Alicia Luengas Gates

We invite you to share remembrances and thoughts about Alicia by submitting a comment below.

We are grateful for Alicia’s magnificent life and beautiful soul — and know that she will have a special place in the spirit realms.

Yours in spirit,
Susan Mokelke

FSS Holiday Hours, December 2019

The administrative office will be closed starting Monday, December 23, 2019 and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, check this website. Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2020.

Have a peaceful and joyous holiday and New Year!

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Shamanism Annual, Issue 32, December 2019

Members, look for the latest issue of the FSS journal Shamanism Annual (Issue 32, December 2019) in your mailbox soon. Download a sample, Shamanism Annual, News Summary

In this issue:

  • Thai Lersi Hermit Shamans
  • Shamanism and Power, dialogue with Michael Harner, 2016
  • Core Shamanism in Lebanon
  • Shamanism and the Spirit Mate
  • Worms, Witchcraft, and Wild Incantations
  • FSS Core Shamanism Chronicles
  • FSS Polestar
  • FSS News, Member Directory, Drumming Circles, and more

The Shamanism Annual is a benefit of membership in the Circle of the Foundation.
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FSS Presents at International Conference, July 2019, Santa Clara, CA

FSS President Susan Mokelke presented at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) 2019 International Conference July 18 – 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. On July 18 Susan facilitated an all day pre-conference workshop, “The Shamanic Journey, Pathway to Another Reality,” introducing Michael Harner’s core shamanism journeying method to an enthusiastic group. Participants had the opportunity to experience the shamanic journey using drumming to alter consciousness, enter into another reality, make contact with compassionate spirits, and gain help for their lives.

About the IONS conference: Presenters and participants from around the world will gathered on the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk, “to explore what is possible for humanity when we bring science, spirituality, and social change together to vision and co-create a thriving future.” More about the conference: