The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive™

The shamanic worldview underpins the ethical and effective practice of shamanism. Experiential knowledge of this worldview leads to a profound awareness of the sacred nature of our world and an awakening of compassion, resulting in a deep desire to relieve pain and suffering and restore balance and harmony.

Using journeying and experiential shamanic methods, in this online workshop you will have the opportunity to personally explore and experience the fundamental aspects of the shaman's worldview:

  • Everything is alive and has spirit
  • Unity: We are part of, connected with, the totality of nature
  • Independent spirituality, the shaman as "one who knows"
  • The implications of these principles related to permission when doing shamanic healing and divination

What participants say:

"Awesome workshop! I learned so much more about permission and the sovereignty of the soul and the dire consequences of imparting healing done without permission. I learned to bring in/connect with an entire arena of souls: objects, known as inanimate objects, who are so far from inanimate! This connection/awareness of objects with souls has given me such a respect of and honoring for all objects. It has expanded my understanding of 'The Sacred.'"

"It was interesting and eye-opening to delve deeper into the shamanic perspective. The course reaffirmed the teaching that everything is alive and connected, but gave me a new way to truly experience that. I learned how to communicate with beings of different types, and experience this teaching in a new way with a supportive community, and through an inspiring and nurturing teacher."

"Amazing. It was extremely powerful. The most powerful and fun process was merging with inanimate objects; it was world expanding and mind-shifting in potent ways. And it was hysterically funny. Spirits are funny! Who knew? What a fine and timely addition to the pantheon of choices for shamanic training."

"This course was foundational for me. As I am just starting out on the journey of shamanic study, I found the 'worldview' discussion to be something essential. A piece of the puzzle I absolutely needed to know, but didn't know that I didn't know."

"The workshop was one of the most beautiful and enlightening workshops I ever attended."

This experiential online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing, which is free to individual users. Participants will see and hear each other and interact in pairs and small groups, as well as in the full circle. (All students must participate with audio and video and access the meeting through their own individual device.) Instructions for Zoom and workshop access will be provided by the instructor after registration. The course consists of 7 hours of training. Faculty members may teach the workshop in two 3.5-hour sessions or one seven-hour session.


  1. The Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman (in-person workshop)
  2. OR The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power AND Shamanic Divination in Practice
NOTE: Participants must be able to successfully journey to contact at least one helping spirit from the Upper or Lower Worlds.

7 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. (Link for information on how to verify acceptance of FSS CE credits with your approval board.) Completion of the entire workshop (7 hours) is required for credit.

FOR THE MEETING. Please have handy a notebook/pen for notes, a rattle, a drum (optional), and an eye covering (bandana or Mindfold) to block ambient light. Before the workshop, select a private location where you are unlikely to be disturbed to facilitate your experience and that of the group participants. Consider a comfortable chair or place to sit or lie down for journeys. Many Zoom users find that headphones or ear buds provide an enhanced listening experience. Please check the battery power on your computer/device; you will need it to last 3.5 hours. Download Zoom participant instructions and audio/video settings.

REGISTRATION. Please see the calendar listings below to find a workshop. FSS faculty members are independent contractors and register their own workshops. For registration details, please contact the instructor for the workshop you wish to attend.

Member Tuition Discount. Members of the Circle of the Foundation will receive $10 off tuition for this workshop, beginning November 1, 2020. Discount will be applied by the instructor during registration. Not a member? Join us.

Electronic recording of audio, video, and images is not permitted during the workshop.

Find The Shamanic Worldview (online) 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
May 01-08, 2024
Northeast EDT
May 1 5pm-8:30pm
May 8 5pm-8:30pm
Alex Solomon
7 FSS CE credits
Alex Solomon
Jun 01-02, 2024
East EDT
Jun 1 10am-2pm
Jun 2 10am-2pm
Dana Robinson
7 FSS CE credits
Dana Robinson
Jun 04-06, 2024
Southeast EST
Jun 4 9am-12:30pm
Jun 6 9am-12:30pm
Sharon Licata
7 FSS CE credits
Sharon Licata
Apr 19-21, 2024
Eastern Canada EDT
Apr 19 8:30am-11:30am
Apr 20 8:30am-11:30am
Apr 21 8:30am-11:30am
Mira Chen
7 FSS CE credits
In Mandarin
Mira Chen
Latin America

Taught in Spanish, en Español

Aug 21-22, 2024
Latin America (GMT-3)
Aug 21 7pm-10:30pm
Aug 22 7pm-10:30pm
Gerardo Roemer Gerardo Roemer

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.