Online Shamanic Healing Training Program

Effective shamanic practice depends upon knowledge of the spirit realms and how to access them to build strong relationships with the compassionate helping spirits. Powerful shamanic healing requires training, discipline, and experience. Shamanism, Spirits & Healing is the first workshop in this program.

This program includes the fundamental shamanic healing methods: power animal retrieval, extraction healing, psychopomp work with the spirits of the deceased, and power soul retrieval. It also incorporates enrichment experiences designed to provide a depth of knowledge essential to an effective shamanic healing practice.

To begin this program you must have successfully completed either the Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman® (in person)
the Knowledge & Power Series workshops Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power™, Shamanic Divination in Practice, and The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive™ (recommended but not required).
Workshops are specifically designed and tested to be effective in an online format.

Our faculty is experienced at forming a safe and sacred circle at the beginning of each workshop. They will discuss important privacy and permission issues for personal interactions during and after the training.

Training is given 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 device.

Since 1985, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies has been offering authentic, effective, and powerful shamanic training in its internationally-recognized in-person workshops and advanced residential programs. FSS training is based in core shamanism, as originated, researched, and developed by anthropologist Michael Harner (1929 – 2018) over many decades.


Shamanism, Spirits, & Healing™

This workshop sets the context for the online Shamanic Healing Training Program. As such, it is the prerequisite for other workshops in this program.

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

  • The three worlds of the shaman (Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds) and the qualities of ordinary and non-ordinary reality;
  • The nature of the spirits of the three worlds;
  • Middle World non-ordinary reality spiritual aspects and their relationship to illness and wholeness.

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

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.

This workshop can be taken at any time after completing prerequisites; however, it is required to receive a Certificate of Completion for this program.

The Shaman as Psychopomp™

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.

Shamanic Extraction Healing Method™

Shamanic extraction healing is a powerful practice for treating localized pain and illness resulting from spiritual factors. “The shaman works to remove things that interfere with the health of the body, such as spiritual intrusions, and extract them. This is not done through journeying. It’s done through working here in the Middle World in an altered state of consciousness.” —Michael Harner

Power Soul Retrieval Method™

Soul loss due to trauma – such as emotional pain and shock, accidents, long term illness, constant stress, overwork and even the loss of connection with nature – is a spiritual illness, recognized by shamans cross-culturally. A missing soul portion can be thought of as part of a person’s vitality and essence that they can no longer access, leaving them diminished and lacking in power. Soul retrieval is a classic shamanic method in which the practitioner, with the assistance of their helping spirits, in an altered state using rhythmic drumming or rattling, makes a shamanic journey to locate and return any missing portions of a client’s soul.

Core Shamanism Healing Practice

Review and practice of the primary core shamanic healing methods, as taught in the in-person weekend workshops and the Online Shamanic Healing series: extraction healing, power animal retrieval, psychopomp work, and power soul retrieval. Participants will have the opportunity to “put it all together” by applying multiple core shamanic healing methods in a solo session for another participant in the role of the client. Those who are beginning a shamanic healing practice, as well as seasoned practitioners seeking to increase their proficiency, can benefit from this training.