Inspired Shamanic Practice: Essentials of Effective & Principled Shamanic Healing™

NOTE: This workshop is part of the Shamanic Healing Online Training Program. It may be taken at any time after completion of the prerequisites for it. It is required before taking Core Shamanism Healing Practice and to receive a certificate of completion for the online Shamanic Healing program.

An effective shamanic healing practice depends on a combination of factors, including authentic and rigorous training in methods and direct experience with clients. As a spiritual healing method, the pragmatic aspects of the profession may be easily overlooked, and yet can make the difference between a valuable experience and a profoundly healing one from the client's viewpoint.

A well-designed container for your healing practice that supports your clients and inspires you, can considerably enhance the effectiveness of your work. This training is appropriate for those beginning a shamanic practice who want to see what issues to consider and how to plan their future practice. It can be especially helpful for seasoned healers to dialogue with other practitioners and to help deepen their own work. NOTE: Some students who are very new to the work find it beneficial to have had more training and practice (particularly in the healing methods such as psychopomp work, extraction, and soul retrieval) before taking this workshop.

Purpose of the workshop:

  • To help you develop an ethical, effective shamanic practice that has integrity and is based in respect for all beings;
  • To offer you guidelines and ways of deciding for yourself regarding ethical issues - such as whether there is permission to do shamanic healing work in a specific situation - rather than "one size fits all" rules or answers;
  • To increase the professionalism of the practice by helping you create a supportive "container" that enhances your practice, including appropriate boundaries, safety, and freedom to practice within that container.
What will be covered: Ethical issues such as permission, talking with and screening potential clients, what to do before and after a session; brief legal considerations (not legal advice*); practicing with integrity and respect; and some pragmatic aspects of an effective shamanic practice.

What will not be covered: Shamanic healing and divination methodologies.

The online workshop combines lecture, small group discussion, interactive exercises, and journeying. Please note: This workshop does not address marketing issues.

What students say:

"This workshop was like bringing both wings of the bird together. This workshop was the wing of ethics. I felt the information and journeys provided the platform of professionalism as a shamanic practitioner. I found the information to be a vital aspect for my practice."

"Loads of material and lots of discussion from participants about their experiences (those who are in private practice from both shamanism and other fields), lots of inspiring questions/discussion. Very informative. Glad I participated!"

"Excellent. It helped me to understand my comfort level and confidence with the practice. All the journeys and group discussions were very helpful and insightful."

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.

PREREQUISITES to Shamanic Healing Online Training Program entry (available online now). NOTE: Participants must be able to successfully journey to contact at least one helping spirit from the Upper or Lower Worlds.

Take workshop #1, OR both workshops in 2. Workshop 3 is recommended, but not required.

  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
  3. Recommended* The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive (available online only)

7 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. 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. Or, use AC power. 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 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.

* Legal Considerations. Workshop content related to legal considerations is provided for information purposes only as a service to those seeking and practicing shamanic healing or divination. It is not legal advice or counsel and is provided only as general information, which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. The Foundation makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information and does not endorse or sponsor any website links provided. The Foundation does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice), which is provided or any linked sites incorporated into it by reference. The information is provided on the basis that all persons taking this workshop undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of all content. If you require advice in relation to any legal matter you should consult an appropriately qualified lawyer. See also:

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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 23-25, 2024
Southeast EDT
Apr 23 9am-12:30pm
Apr 26 9am-12:30pm
Sharon Licata
7 FSS CE credits
Sharon Licata
May 04-05, 2024
West MDT
May 4 10am-1:30pm
May 5 10am-1:30pm
Robbie Staufer
7 FSS CE credits
Robbie Staufer
Mar 26-Apr 02, 2024
Eastern Canada EDT
Mar 26 5:30pm-9pm
Apr 2 5:30pm-9pm
Catherine Hughes
7 FSS CE credits
Catherine Hughes
Apr 20-20, 2024
Central Canada EDT
Mora File
7 FSS CE credits
Mora File
Latin America

Taught in Spanish, en Español

Dec 03-04, 2024
Latin America (GMT-3)
Dec 3 7pm-10:30pm
Dec 4 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.