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Michael Harner's

"The Three Year Program has changed my life on a cellular level. It has been the best experience of my life!"

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.

About the Three Year Program:

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Students say:

"It is hard to grasp that just one week ago I was passing through one of my life's transformational moments. Well, there were quite a few to be honest. The work of the Three Year Program was remarkable and awesome. It blessed me and continues to feed me, to change me, and to make me laugh (and sometimes cry!). I am so truly grateful. The spirits are singing and dancing like never before! I feel like I have a 'band of brothers and sisters' with my helping spirits and am getting more and more acquainted as the days pass." --Pete Hatherell

"I love my life now. Since I've been doing this work, I have a deep sense of my purpose on this planet. That is not something I thought I would ever have. My life is deep, purposeful, profound and fun!" --Three Year Program Participant

In this residential program, the same group of participants meets for a week twice a year (usually May and October) for three years, with practical assignments between meetings. There is also a summertime program that meets once a year for two weeks (two back-to-back sessions) over the span of three summers. The program is devoted to the objective of advancing the participants' knowledge and practice as far as possible during the three years. Enrollment is limited. Sessions are held at a retreat center; on-site lodging and meals will be arranged during registration.

PREREQUISITES: The FSS Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman and either: 1. The FSS Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive; or 2. At least six days of advanced FSS workshops, including Shamanic Extraction Healing Training and two other advanced FSS two-day workshops of your choice. Special consideration will be given by the Review Committee to those who have completed the Two-Week Intensive, but many exceptions will be made, and each application will be evaluated individually by the Foundation Review Committee. Do not be discouraged from applying if you have not had the Two Week course. For special offers such as delayed final week tuition payment for the Three Year Program for those completing a recent Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, click on the "MORE INFORMATION" link below and download the program info/app.

ONLINE PREREQUISITES OPTION: You may also choose to meet the prerequisites for the Three Year program online or with a combination of online and in-person workshops. Complete all of the following ONLINE 7-hour or 10.5-hour workshops.*

*NOTE: You must take all of the online workshops listed above unless you have also completed some of the FSS in-person weekend workshops. As part of registration/acceptance, after the FSS considers the in-person and online workshops you have taken, you will be notified what more you need to do to meet the required prerequisites.

56 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available annually for three years; 168 CE credits for the program. (Link for information on how to verify acceptance of FSS CE credits with your approval board.)

Note: Those who successfully complete the Three Year program are entitled to receive the Bronze Certificate of Completion, issued upon request by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. This workshop is one of the prerequisites to receive the FSS Silver and Gold Certificates of Completion.

Find Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing™ in Your Area

The workshops calendar is updated frequently with additional offerings. If this workshop is not currently being offered in your area, check back again soon or check for other workshops now being offered in your area.

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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).

United States
Apr 09-14, 2023
Northern California
Robbie Staufer
17th West Coast Three Year Program
28 FSS CE credits
2nd meeting
Course closed to new enrollment.

May 07-12, 2023
Madison, Virginia
Nan Moss
12th East Coast Three Year Program
28 FSS CE credits
3rd meeting
Course closed to new enrollment.

May 21-26, 2023
Northern California
Robbie Staufer
16th West Coast Three Year Program
28 FSS CE credits
5th meeting
Course closed for new enrollment.

Aug 06-17, 2023
Seattle area, Washington
Susan Mokelke
NEW PROGRAM 6th Pacific Northwest Three Year Program
56 FSS CE credits
Journeywork Institute
Debbie Oliver
Fax: 707-639-1221
Sep 24-29, 2023
Northern California
Robbie Staufer
16th West Coast Three Year Program
28 FSS CE credits
6th meeting
Course closed for new enrollment.

Please note that on rare occasions the dates and locations of listed programs may change, depending upon the availability of facilities and faculty. FSS reserves the right to change or cancel any program if necessary. In such cases, enrolled participants will be notified promptly and deposits refunded or applied to another program.