The Shaman As Psychopomp™

IN THE Shamanic Healing Online Training Program

Shamans are concerned with the human soul, with healing during life and assisting the soul's passage out of the Middle World after death. Familiar with the realms of the dead, a shaman can act as a psychopomp - a conductor of souls. A trained shamanic practitioner is able to guide the soul of a deceased person out of the Middle World to a place where the soul can receive help in taking the next step on its path. The focus of this training is on learning and practicing the psychopomp method.

In this fully experiential workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore what happens for human souls from a core shamanic perspective after they leave the body - the "destiny of human souls" in the Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds
  • Learn and practice the psychopomp method to help the souls of the deceased out of the Middle World to a better place
  • How to locate a soul in the Middle World that may be stuck and in need of help
  • How to obtain the soul's permission to offer shamanic assistance
  • How to guide the soul to a place in the Upper or Lower World where it will be helped to continue on its journey

What students say:

"This was a fantastic workshop. Wow-whee, did day one take many of us to a really deep embodied place! I came into this workshop without much expectation, since I've never seen souls of the dead. I just wanted to take the next course. But I felt so moved by what I saw and experienced, and how easily things flowed with the protocols we were given. I feel so much more connected to a larger world and a deeper opportunity to serve."

"It was awesome, inspiring, and very informative. Got me thinking there is something I can do, no matter how small, to help out with our current world situation."

"This workshop was really amazing! Full of content and the journeys were so deep, it is one of my favorites! And I'm so impressed that we can reach out so far through Zoom, it is incredible!"

"Very deeply satisfying. Gained a visceral understanding of what it means to be doing good work, which I did not expect. Really developed my relationships with the helping spirits in new directions."

"This exploration into psychopomp work had a deep emotional impact on me and opened up compassionate feelings I've not had in many years."

This online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing. 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 10.5 hours of training. Faculty members may teach the workshop in three 3.5-hour sessions or one seven-hour and one 3.5-hour session.


Note: Participants must be able to successfully journey in the Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds, and have a strong relationship with a Power Animal and/or Teacher from the Upper or Lower Worlds.

A. The Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman (in-person workshop)
B. OR, The following online workshops:

  1. The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power
  2. AND Shamanic Divination in Practice
  3. AND Shamanism, Spirits, & Healing (available online only)
Recommended, not required: The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive (available online only)

10.5 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. Completion of the entire workshop (10.5 hours) is required for credit.

FOR THE MEETING. Please have handy a notebook/pen for notes, a rattle (required), a drum (optional), and an eye covering (bandana or Mindfold) to block ambient light. You may also want to have drawing materials (optional). 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. AC power is recommended, or a fully charged battery that can last a minimum of 3.5 hours. Please download the latest version of the Zoom app the day of the workshop so you can fully participate. 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 $15 off of tuition for this workshop. Discount will be applied by the faculty member during registration. Not a member? Join us.

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

Find The Shaman As Psychopomp (online) in Your Area

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

United States
Jul 17-31, 2024
East EDT
Jul 17 5pm-8:30pm
Jul 24 5pm-8:30pm
Jul 31 5pm-8:30pm
Alex Solomon
10.5 FSS CE credits
Alex Solomon
Aug 12-16, 2024
Southeast EDT
Aug 12 9am-12:30pm
Aug 14 9am-12:30pm
Aug 16 9am-12:30pm
Sharon Licata
10.5 FSS CE credits
Sharon Licata
Latin America

Taught in Spanish, en Español

Sep 03-05, 2024
Latin America (GMT-3)
Sep 3 7pm-10:30pm
Sep 4 7pm-10:30pm
Sep 5 7pm-10:30pm
Gerardo Roemer Gererdo 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.