Begin with the introductory workshop The Way of the Shaman

Knowledge & Power Series

Shamanic Healing Training Program

Announcing the release of the documentary movie
The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner


Watch Way of the Shaman Documentary


Shamanism for Inspired Change & Transformation
with Susan Mokelke

FSS President Susan Mokelke discusses the work of Michael Harner and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and its relevance today. "Michael Harner’s genius in bringing us core shamanism, from the standpoint of preserving our future, is three-fold: Core shamanism is accessible to humanity regardless of culture; it can be learned and put into successful practice relatively quickly; practitioners of core shamanism work with fully compassionate spirits of the Upper and Lower Worlds, exclusively and explicitly for healing purposes."


"What's really important about shamanism is that there is another reality that you can personally discover...we are not alone."

— Michael Harner

Over tens of thousands of years, shamans developed a time-tested system of healing, using journeying and other practices. Michael Harner uncovered and synthesized these methods, enabling a breathtaking and personal access to the spiritual realms that is available to everyone. These teachings make possible nothing short of union with the entire cosmos. Learn more...


Based on years of research and experimentation, core shamanism consists of the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds.... Comprehensive, practical, life-changing. Learn more...


In a safe and comfortable workshop environment, study locally with Harner-trained faculty who are also experienced healer-diviners.

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Michael Harner, the founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, pioneered the introduction of shamanism to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement. Learn more...

"What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D.T. Suzuki did for Zen, Michael Harner has done for shamanism, namely bring the tradition and its richness to Western awareness."

— Walsh/Grob

"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum."

— Michael Harner

Shamans are often called "seers" or "people who know" in their tribal language because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on first hand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It's based on personal experiments conducted to heal and to get information. Learn more...

People ask me, "How do you know if somebody's a shaman?" I say, "It's simple. Do they journey to other worlds? And do they perform miracles?"

— Michael Harner


The three pillars of the Foundation are preserving, researching, and teaching shamanic knowledge. These aspects of the Foundation's work are being carried out through various projects, such as the Living Treasures of Shamanism, the educational training programs, and the Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory. Learn more...


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