Advanced Shamanic Depossession Healing™

For graduates of the FSS Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healing

Shamanic Depossession Healing* is concerned with the souls of deceased humans remaining in the Middle World, either because they are unable to pass out of this realm, or have chosen to stay for their own reasons. These souls are often suffering, lost, or confused and may form connections with living people, which can vary in degree from minor influence to feelings of compulsion on the part of the living person. Thus, both the living person and the influencing spirit need healing.

Because depossession healing is very advanced work, this workshop is reserved for graduates of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' Three-Year Program. To practice depossession safely and effectively requires maturity, knowledge of shamanic methods and the spirit realms, and power gained through shamanic healing practice and strong relationships with the compassionate helping spirits.

Participants will be trained in and practice the essential elements of shamanic depossession healing, including:

  • Discussions of the wide variety of situations that can be encountered, both with clients and with influencing spirits
  • Learning how to work with your helping spirits to discern the presence of influencing spirits
  • The importance of spiritual power and compassion to effective depossession healing
  • Navigating potentially complex ethical situations in negotiating with influencing spirits to receive their permission for healing
  • Practice with other participants offering and receiving shamanic depossession healing

NOTE: Participants must be proficient in psychopomp healing. If it has been some time since you studied psychopomp work, it is recommended that you retake one of the workshops in #2 below.

  1. Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healing
  2. AND any one of the following trainings (a, b, or c):
    a. Shamanism, Dying & Beyond (in person)
    b. The Shaman As Psychopomp (online)
    c. Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive

13 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available. (Link for information on how to verify acceptance of FSS CE credits with your approval board.)

WHAT TO BRING. Please bring a rattle and a drum. Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring an eye covering (mask or bandanna), cushion and/or blanket (if the sponsor does not provide cushions), and a pen and notebook to record your journeys. Electronic recording, audio, video, photographic, and the use of computers are not permitted during the workshop.

*This advanced training was developed by FSS Three Year Program instructor Robbie Staufer, from her years of experience teaching and practicing shamanic healing, including the method taught in this workshop. It is based in Core Shamanism principles as originated and developed by Michael Harner.

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United States
Jul 13-14, 2024
Novato, California
Robbie Staufer
13 FSS CE credits
Robbie Staufer

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