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Spirits of Nature, Shamanic Dreamwork, 8~18 May 2017

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

Four 2-day Core Shamanism Courses:

Shamanic Spirits of Nature, Advanced Divination, and Shamanic Dreamwork

Bali: 8~18 May 2017

        Shamans are often called “seers” or “people who know” in their tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It’s based on personal experiments conducted to heal and to get information. In fact, if shamans don’t get results, they will no longer be used by people in their tribe. 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, author, The Way of the Shaman, and Cave & Cosmos

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The Way of the Shaman basic course: 8-9 May 2017  During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature. Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. They are also provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.

ADVANCED COURSES (The Way of the Shaman basic course is prerequisite)

Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature: 11-12 May 2017  From ancient times, shamans have worked with the spirits of nature for healing, survival, and knowledge. By learning from the plants and animals, from the rocks and mountains, from the winds and waters, and from the sun, moon, and stars, shamans helped their peoples live in harmony with the universe. In a world now out of balance, the way of the shaman can teach how again to respect nature, our Planet, and its inhabitants at a deep spiritual level. As our ancestors everywhere once knew, our survival depends on the survival of the other species. By working together intensively through shamanic journeys and other spiritual experiences, we will dedicate ourselves to working in both non-ordinary and ordinary reality to restore and maintain a living Planet.

Advanced Shamanic Divination: 14-15 May 2017  One of the classic tasks of the shaman is to journey into non-ordinary reality in order to obtain answers to questions, both at the request of others and for oneself. Participants in the workshop have the opportunity to engage in divination journeys for each other as well as for themselves and to gain experience in using various time-tested shamanic divination techniques. In the shamanic search to become persons of knowledge, they learn, as shamans have from time immemorial, how to converse with plant and animal spirits, how to learn about the use of quartz crystals, and how to seek and receive revelatory knowledge from visionary sources.

Shamanic Dreamwork: 17-18 May 2017  In this unique experiential workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the nature, meaning, and use of dreams among shamanic peoples, with dreamwork practices from a range of cultures. Researched and developed by Michael Harner, subjects to be covered include shamanic dream theory and big dreams, as well as dreams and the soul, spirits, shamanic journeys, the Dreamtime, and the vision quest. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge to contemporary life, including the use of dreams in divination, health, and healing. *(This course works with dreams shamanically; it is not a how-to-remember-your-dreams program, though memory may improve during and after the course). Bali 3yr Ocean GazeboBali 3yr villa ocean front Bali 3yr PoolBungalow 2Bali 3yr Hall 2 Bali 3yr HousingBali Pool Ocean wide

The Director for Asia of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) is your guide for these exciting days of shamanic initiations. Course-only fees: US$250 per 2-day course. Discounts: US$950 for all 4 courses.  All participants stay at the retreat (only those with an Indonesian resident visa or other long-stay visas may stay outside). The basic course is required to attend the advanced workshops. Only a deposit can hold your space. The courses are held in a seaside retreat center in northern Bali. Info & registration: www.shamanism-asia.com/schedule

*** These 4 courses can fulfill the minimum requirements for application to the 2nd FSS Asia Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healingnext year, as long as one completes Extraction Healing Training before June 2018. This program meets for 12 days each year in June, 2017-2019. INFO

More information about Core Shamanism & The Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS):  http://www.shamanism-asia.com/shamanism/

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Advanced 3-Year Shamanic Initiations June 2017~2019

FSS Asia’s 2nd Three-Year Program: Michael Harner’s

Advanced Initiations in Shamanism &

Shamanic Healing™

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BALI, INDONESIA   June 2017~2019

2nd Three-Year: 12~23 June 2017, 12~23 June 2018, 12~23 June 2019

(3rd Three-Year Program starts 16~27 September 2018)

Taught by the FSS Director for Asia

“The Three-Year Program has changed my life on a cellular level. It has been the best experience of my life!”

Originated by Michael Harner and based upon his decades of research and experimentation, this course is the most advanced training in shamanism and shamanic healing offered by The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. It is widely considered as unparalleled in the world. It involves intensive extended training in progressively higher levels of very advanced shamanism, including initiations into rare and little-known practices and principles.

“I love my life now. Since I’ve been doing this work, I have a deep sense of my purpose on this planet. That is not something I thought I would ever have. My life is deep, purposeful, profound and fun!”  ~Three Year Program Participant

In this residential program, the same group of participants meets once a year in mid-June for 12 days each, over 3 years (2017~2019) in Bali, Indonesia, with practical assignments between meetings. The program is devoted to advancing the participants’ knowledge and practice as far as possible during the three sessions. Enrollment is limited. Sessions are held at a retreat center; on-site lodging and meals will be arranged after acceptance.

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PREREQUISITES: The FSS basic Way of the Shaman course, Shamanic Extraction Healing Training, and two other advanced FSS two-day workshops of your choice. For an application, please contact us by e-mail: info[at]shamanism-asia.com  Application is a two-step process. Each application will be evaluated individually by the Foundation Review Committee; program acceptance is limited to 34 persons. Those who successfully complete the Three-Year program are entitled to receive the Bronze Certificate of Completion, issued upon request by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

*This is an advanced practitioner’s training program, not a teacher’s training program (though one may apply to teacher’s training after completion of the 3-Year program).

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Sky Shamans of Mongolia: now available!

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Praise for Sky Shamans of Mongolia

Sky Shamans of Mongolia is a fascinating and serious work that is an important contribution to shamanic knowledge. A must–read for anyone wishing to learn about Mongolian shamanism and to understand its place in the world.”  —Michael Harner, PhD, author of The Way of the Shaman and Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality

“As one who has worked and taught alongside Mongolian shamans, I find this book by Kevin Turner has illuminated much about this stunningly powerful and mysterious form of shamanism. He shares what he has learned firsthand, and he frames it in a rich context of multiple dimensions of shamanism, including neuroscience, and rolls it into a vision of shamanism as personal evolution with a vision of the future. Read this book!” —C. Michael Smith, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue and Psychotherapy and the Sacred
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“Kevin Turner’s marvelous fieldwork describes shamanism and shamanic knowledge as it really is in Mongolia.” —Luvsanjav Chuluunbaatar, PhD, professor of linguistics at National University of Mongolia

“Kevin Turner’s Sky Shamans of Mongolia covers a subject few authors have investigated in depth. In this wonderful and well-written text, Turner explores shamanism in the kind of detail only an initiate could communicate. Not only does Turner speak to the cultural role of shamans, but he reveals the experiential cosmos in which they journey. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Asian shamanism.”
Larry Peters, PhD, author of Tibetan Shamanism: Ecstasy and Healing

“Turner’s unique qualifications make this book an immensely valuable resource
for Westerners interested in Mongolian shamanism, or shamanism wherever
practiced. An American living in Asia, speaking several Asian tongues, himself
a shamanic practitioner, Turner possesses not only the gift of understanding
but the gift of putting that understanding into clear, readable language. Unlike
academics attempting to describe shamanism from the outside, Turner knows
it from the inside, and the same familiarity that gained him the confidence of
the shamans enables him to be a sure-footed interpreter for the reader.”
Frank DeMarco, author of The Sphere and the Hologram

“A fascinating and compelling account of contemporary shamanic practice, based
on firsthand experience and simultaneously an exercise in religious anthropology
and cultural ethnography, this work explores a sacred tradition whose deep impact
on the West is gradually being rediscovered and interpreted anew.”
Paul Bishop, PhD, author of The Archaic: The Past in the Present

“Kevin Turner is an explorer of the inner worlds, a researcher of the deep meaning
of life. His book, in addition to being an anthropological text, is also a travel
story, full of surprises, between blue skies and green landscapes without boundaries,
the songs and costumes of the shamans, their miraculous healings and
visions, and the sterile discussions among academic scholars described with
fine irony. [A] trip to real but extraordinary experiences.”
Guido Ferrari, journalist and director of Tao: The Watercourse Way at Wu Yi Mountain

“Kevin Turner brings a rare combination of skills and tools to the table, which
in Mongolia opened doors and hearts normally closed to Western researchers
of shamanism. He is a linguist, a teacher, and a practicing shaman. As a Western
shaman, he had to endure much skeptical probing before being accepted
by the Mongolian shamanic community and invited to their gatherings and
healing ceremonies. Writing Sky Shamans of Mongolia from the perspective
of a shamanic practitioner himself, Kevin Turner offers his readers a rare in-depth
overview of the history and current practices of Mongolian shamanism,
which after a period of persecution and decline is experiencing a revival of
astonishing proportions.”
Sabine Lucas, PhD, Jungian analyst and author of Past Life Dreamwork

“Sky Shamans of Mongolia provides authoritative and extensive coverage of a little-known tradition. The writer’s personal encounters enliven the account, furthered by his position as a practitioner of ‘universal shamanism’ which enables
him to enjoy privileged access. There are moments when the reader is so drawn in
by the firsthand descriptions that it feels as if one were actually there.”
John Dougill, author of Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan’s Ancient Religion

“The dramatic resurgence of shamanism in Mongolia, as detailed in this beautifully written study, is testament to the indomitable nature of the soul’s healing powers. Kevin Turner gives us both a window into shamanism as a worldwide phenomenon and a detailed account of ancestral Mongolian shamanic practices. Most interesting of all, Sky Shamans is that rare glimpse into the shamanic psyche, transmitted through these accounts.”
Jeremiah Abrams, author of Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature

“An enjoyably written introduction to Mongolian and Inner Asian shamanisms
that is based in experience and filled with knowledge. Recommended.”
Jeremy Narby, author of Shamans through Time and The Cosmic Serpent

“Author Kevin Turner has brought something of great importance to those
seeking to understand and practice shamanism: a valuable contribution to the
understanding and practice of shamanism in the West and a richly rewarding,
fascinating study of Mongolian shamanism. The author’s adventures in the
land of the shamans brings much food for thought and great insight.”
—Nicholas Breeze Wood, editor of Sacred Hoop magazine

“Sky Shamans of Mongolia is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in
understanding one of the world’s oldest shamanic traditions with an abundance
of detail to satisfy a curious reader or a serious student of global shamanism.”
Robert Thé, medical anthropologist

Now available from North Atlantic Books, Penguin Random House, Amazon, Book Depository, and other booksellers: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/531075/sky-shamans-of-mongolia-by-kevin-turner/

 

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Shamanic Training, Bali: 6-16 Sept 2017

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies:

Four 2-day Core Shamanism Courses in Bali!

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Bali, Indonesia: 6~16 September 2017

Shamans are often called “seers” or “people who know” in their tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It’s based on personal experiments conducted to heal and to get information. In fact, if shamans don’t get results, they will no longer be used by people in their tribe. 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, author, The Way of the Shaman, and Cave & Cosmos

The Way of the Shaman® – Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing

Four 2-day Programs of Core Shamanism in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Way of the Shaman basic course:  6-7 September 2017

In the Basic experiential workshop participants are introduced to core shamanism, the near-universal methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature. You are also introduced to shamanic divination and healing, and methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in today’s world.

∆ ADVANCED COURSES (The Way of the Shaman basic course is prerequisite)

Shamanic Extraction Healing Training: 9-10 September 2017

Participants are initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense, and remove localized illness and pain connected to spiritual factors. This is an important part of shamanic healing training. You will also learn how shamanic practitioners can work in partnership to increase the effectiveness of this work. The Extraction Healing Training workshop is designed exclusively for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. It is not designed for people looking for personal healing.

Shamanism, Dying & Beyond:  12-13 September 2017

Participants explore dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences to be undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, tracking a person using shamanic journeying, completing unfinished business, and helping a person to cross over or transition into transcendent realms (classic psychopomp work).

Power Soul Retrieval:  15-16 September 2017

Soul Retrieval is one of the most powerful shamanic healing practices. We’ll learn to return portions of the soul that may have moved away or dissociated as a result of trauma or any situation in which we were unprepared to feel the associated emotions. Shamans believe that soul loss is a common source of illness, depression, and chronic fatigue, as well as a variety of mental and emotional disorders.  In this advanced course, we will learn how to find and retrieve these portions for clients in a healing session.  **Both Extraction Healing and the Shamanism, Dying & Beyond advanced courses are prerequisite..

The Director for Asia of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) is your guide for these exciting days of shamanic initiations. Course only fees: US$250 per 2-day course; discounted to $950 for all 4 courses. *The Way of the Shaman basic course is prerequisite for all other courses.

The course location is in a secluded area northern Bali. A deposit will hold your space. The courses do fill up, so please register soon here: http://www.shamanism-asia.com/schedule

**FSS 3-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing: These courses in June fulfill the prerequisites for application to the FSS 3-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, currently due to start 16-27 September 2018. This program meets for 12 days in each Sept of 2018, 2019, and 2020. INFO

More information about Core Shamanism & The Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS):
http://www.shamanism-asia.com/shamanism/

 

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Taiwan: April 2017 Shamanism

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies ASIA

Core Shamanism Courses in Taiwan: April 2017

Power Soul Retrieval Training, Taipei, Taiwan: 8-9 April 2017   中文

Soul Retrieval is one of the most powerful shamanic healing practices. It aims to return portions of the soul that may have moved away from us as a result of trauma or any situation in which we were unprepared to feel the associated emotions. Shamans believe that soul loss is a common source of illness, depression, and chronic fatigue, as well as a variety of mental and emotional disorders.  In this advanced course, we will learn how to find and retrieve these portions for clients in a healing session. **Extraction Healing  and the Shamanism, Dying and Beyond advanced courses are prerequisites for this course.

The Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism, Taipei, Taiwan:  15-16 April 2017  中文

During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.  Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. They are also provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet. Saturday-Sunday: 9:30am-6:30pm.

Register here: www.shamanism-asia.com/schedule/

力量靈魂復元訓練工作坊  Power Soul Retrieval 台湾台北:2017年4月8日〜9日

靈魂復元療癒是非常有力量的薩滿療癒方法之一,目的是回歸因創傷或經歷無法處理之情緒而解離的靈魂碎片。 薩滿相信靈魂碎片是疾病、憂鬱症、長期疲累、以及其他精神與情緒障礙的常見源頭。 在這進階課程裡,我們學習如何找尋以及歸回個案的靈魂碎片。 1961年哈納博士在跟著亞馬遜叢林的 柯尼波 (Conibo) 族一起 居住時學會了靈魂復元療癒, 然後將這療癒方 法帶回了現代社會裡。 核心靈魂復元療 癒是薩滿療癒方法,不加入任何心理學的運作。*先修課程:1) 薩滿之道:薩滿旅程,力量及療癒 (基礎) + 2) 薩滿祛除療癒訓練 + 3) 薩滿, 死亡, 與超越工作坊:  (星期六) +  (星期日) 9:30am – 6:30pm   (英文/中文)開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 費用: NT$11,000/人 開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 有中文翻譯:索取報名表格: mcychen [@] hotmail.com

薩滿之道: 薩滿旅程, 力量及療癒  The Way of the Shaman 台湾台北:2017年4月15日〜16日

在 基礎工作坊中,參加的學員將會了解什麼是核心薩滿 ——這是用薩滿們共同或是幾近相同的基本方式,來進入非尋常世界,探查問題並且療癒它。此基礎課程特別強調傳統薩滿的旅程,以不可思議方式讓人們去探索, 除了在神話及夢境中才出現的隱藏宇宙。伴隨著鼓聲及其他的技術,學員開始了薩滿之旅程,去經驗薩滿意識及喚醒內在靈性能力,例如與自然溝通的能力。在課程 中,學員將會互相分享探索旅程的經驗,以及介紹一般薩滿占卜及療癒;並實踐典型薩滿的教導,藉由旅程的方式,在非尋常世界中認識並與自己個別的指導靈學 習。學員將學習如何利用旅程去恢復靈性力量及健康,以及如何應用薩滿教導在日常生活中來療癒自己、他人以及地球。開課日期與時間:  (星期六) +  (星期日) 9:30am – 6:30pm   (英文/中文)開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 費用: NT$10,000/人 開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 有中文翻譯:索取報名表格: mcychen [@] hotmail.com

Previous courses:

Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond: 5-6 November 2016

Participants learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences to be undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, tracking a person using shamanic journeying, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, and classic psychopomp work.

薩滿、死亡、與超越工作坊  台湾台北:2016年11月5日〜6日 (English/中文)

學 員將從薩滿的角度學習如何處理死亡以及靈魂宿命的議題。 課程內容涵蓋熟悉死亡之後的疆域、利用薩滿旅程尋人、完成未了心願、協助他人跨越、以及典型的靈魂引領(psychopomp)的工作。 此工作坊適合那些對此議題有興趣,或者是想要協助病危或已過往者的人。先修課程:薩滿之道:薩滿旅程,力量及療癒 (基礎)   (星期六) +  (星期日) 9:30am – 6:30pm   (英文/中文)費用: NT$11,000/人 開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 有中文翻譯:索取報名表格: mcychen [@] hotmail.com (Michelle Chen)

薩滿之道: 薩滿旅程, 力量及療癒  台湾台北:2016年9月3日〜4日 (English/中文)

在 基礎工作坊中,參加的學員將會了解什麼是核心薩滿 ——這是用薩滿們共同或是幾近相同的基本方式,來進入非尋常世界,探查問題並且療癒它。此基礎課程特別強調傳統薩滿的旅程,以不可思議方式讓人們去探索, 除了在神話及夢境中才出現的隱藏宇宙。伴隨著鼓聲及其他的技術,學員開始了薩滿之旅程,去經驗薩滿意識及喚醒內在靈性能力,例如與自然溝通的能力。在課程 中,學員將會互相分享探索旅程的經驗,以及介紹一般薩滿占卜及療癒;並實踐典型薩滿的教導,藉由旅程的方式,在非尋常世界中認識並與自己個別的指導靈學 習。學員將學習如何利用旅程去恢復靈性力量及健康,以及如何應用薩滿教導在日常生活中來療癒自己、他人以及地球。開課日期與時間:  (星期六) +  (星期日) 9:30am – 6:30pm   (英文/中文)開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 費用: NT$10,000/人 開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 有中文翻譯:索取報名表格: mcychen [@] hotmail.com (Michelle Chen)

薩滿祛除療癒訓練工作坊 台湾台北:2016年10月29日〜30日 (English/中文)

參 加的學員將學習祛除的療癒方法,包括如何看、感覺與移除心靈因素導致的局部性病痛與疼痛,這是薩滿療癒訓練中很重要的一部分。學員也會學習如何與夥伴合作 來加強工作上的效率。祛除的療癒訓練是專門為想要將薩滿療癒帶入團體練習的人所設計的,這訓練並不是設計給尋求自我療癒的人. 開課日期與時間:  (星期六) +  (星期日) 9:30am – 6:30pm   (英文/中文)開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 費用: NT$11,000/人 開課地點: 台北市(報名後通知詳細地址) 有中文翻譯:索取報名表格: mcychen [@] hotmail.com (Michelle Chen)

Shamanic Dreamwork,  16-17 April 2016

In this unique experiential workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the nature, meaning, and use of dreams among shamanic peoples, with dreamwork practices from a range of cultures. Researched and developed by Michael Harner, subjects to be covered include shamanic dream theory and big dreams, as well as dreams and the soul, spirits, shamanic journeys, the Dreamtime, and the vision quest. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge to contemporary life, including the use of dreams in divination, health, and healing.

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Testimonial from a Medical Anthropologist

Testimonial from Robert Thé:

I am a Medical Anthropologist, specialising in the Amazonian shamanic healing tradition both as a researcher and an active practitioner. I am also engaged in ongoing training in FSS Core Shamanism. I have attended the basic and five advanced Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) courses run by Kevin Turner, and look forward to signing up for the three-year training to be held in Asia at some point in the near future [June 2017].

The main value of the courses and training is to have a very strong foundation to develop deep understanding of what traditional shamanism actually is and what practices and skills are needed to become confident and accomplished as a shamanic practitioner. The courses are coherently and expertly presented and Kevin draws upon years of deep training in not only Core Shamanism but also other profound spiritual lineages and modern psychic technologies, and is able to easily present complex information in a very lucid and enjoyable manner.

If you are looking for solid and grounded training with ample opportunity to hone your knowledge and skills, the Foundation provides one of the best frameworks to learn and develop in a structured and steady way, and Kevin Turner is a rare combination of highly experienced practitioner and masterful communicator and teacher.

I highly recommend both the Foundation’s courses and Kevin Turner as their teaching representative.

Robert Thé, Spirit of the Amazon

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Drumming Circles in Asia

Journeying Circles in Asia

Journeying Circles, also known as Drumming Circles, are voluntary meetings where participants, who have completed at least the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) basic Way of the Shaman course, can practice the shamanic techniques they have learned and continue to explore and deepen their relationship to the Spirits.

We are now coordinating  Journeying Circles in Bali, Singapore, Phuket (Thailand), Taipei, Hongkong, Tokyo, and Osaka. Please let us know if you would like to host or join a Circle in your area. We can then put you in contact with others in your area. Contact us here: http://www.shamanism-asia.com/en/contact/

Please also review this fine article about how to have Effective Core Shamanic Drumming Circles by Susan Mokelke, the Executive Director of FSS:  http://www.shamanism.org/articles/article14.html

Download Drumming MP3s here

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FSS Newsletter: December

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VOLUME 7  ISSUE 4 WWW.SHAMANISM.ORG DECEMBER 2013
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“The shaman’s arduous routines and the ceaseless demands of their communities have led some Western observers to wonder why anyone would want to shamanize…. What the outsiders miss, not having experiential knowledge of shamanism, is the great spiritual joy and ecstasy one commonly experiences working with the spirits and helping others who are suffering or in pain.”

Michael Harner

Cave and Cosmos

From Chapter 4:

Our World:

Shamans and Spirits

Michael Harner

Dear Shamanic Practitioners,   

Crane Snow Trees As we close another year and a new one full of promise opens, we wish to express our deep gratitude to you for your participation in the work of the Foundation. View our holiday greeting.

This past year has seen many changes, as we look forward to building a vibrant future for the Foundation.

Some of the highlights of 2013 include:

We look forward to 2014, to a grand New Year of working together to bring shamanic wisdom into our world. From our hearts, we thank you!

Michael Harner   Sandra Harner   Susan Mokelke   Noelle Burch

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FSS News

 

2014 RESIDENTIAL AND ADVANCED WORKSHOPS

♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Alicia L. Gates, will be held March 23 – April 3, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay area, California.

♦ The 9th East Coast Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, taught by David Corbin and Nan Moss, begins April 27 – May 2, 2014 in Madison, Virginia.

♦ Harner Shamanic Counseling Training with April Tuck, May 18 – 22, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.

♦ Harner Shamanic Counseling Training with Sandra Harner, July 14 – 18, 2014, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern Marin.

♦ The East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by David Corbin and Nan Moss, will be held October 26 – November 6, 2014 in Madison, Virginia.♦ The 14th West Coast Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Amanda Foulger and Alicia L. Gates, will begin October 26 – 31, 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Please check the website for PREREQUISITES for these advanced shamanic training programs.

For details and to REGISTER for the above programs, contact registrar Michael Flanagin: flanagin4@gmail.com, (503) 282-6315.

2014 MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
New benefits for the 2014 membership year are now available. Members of the Circle of the Foundation will receive discounts on online purchases from the FSS shamanic store, as well as access to articles, audio, video and the annual scholarly journal, Shamanism, and other benefits. Sponsoring and Council members benefits include workshop discounts and access to period live interactive webinars led by Susan Mokelke, with FSS faculty and special guests. Check out the new benefits and join with us in the Circle.


DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF SHAMANISM RELEASED  

The latest issue of the annual journal Shamanism has just been mailed to the FSS membership. This issue contains several fascinating articles, including Part II of “When Shamans Climb Trees” by Kevin Turner; an excerpt from Sandra Harner’s new book Ema’s Odyssey: Shamanism for Healing and Spiritual Knowledge (release date January 7, 2014); images of “A Gathering of Souls,” spheres that appeared in photos taken at night during healing rituals held by FSS Living Treasure Bo Bair Rinchinov (Buriat shaman, Siberia); the international member’s phone directory, and much more. If you wish to receive this year’s journal and are not a member, join the Circle of the Foundation and you can still get a copy.

EMA’S ODYSSEY – NEW BOOK BY SANDRA HARNER
Harner Shamanic Counseling Follow the fantastic shamanic journeys of one woman as she explores otherworldly realms, encountering power animals and teachers who provide her with life-changing guidance and healing. Ema bravely decides to expand her self-knowledge by embarking on a spiritual adventure with author Sandra Harner initially leading her through sessions of Harner Shamanic Counseling. By the end of her sessions with Harner, Ema has discovered her own innate ability to find answers to pervasive personal questions, overcome inhibitory fears, and acquire self-confidence and wisdom. Ema’s sixty-four journeys are shared with us here, thanks to taped recordings of her simultaneous narration. Ema’s Odyssey: Shamanism for Healing and Spiritual Knowledge (release date January 7, 2014)

CAVE AND COSMOS
Cave and Cosmos continues to receive enthusiastic reviews from many sources,including Parabola (magazine Fall 2013 and parabola.org online), Watkins Mind Body Spirit, and New Dawn magazine.

“Michael Harner, more so than Carlos Castaneda, Gordon Wasson, Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Abbie Hoffman or Timothy Leary, has perhaps done more than any other to enlighten the West on the truly global nature of shamanism — a cultural and spiritual heritage that seems to unify every archaic and indigenous culture around the world.”
— Marc Star, New Dawn (July – August 2013).
Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner
The German edition has just been released. French, Italian, Norwegian, and Slovenian editions are coming soon. Cave and Cosmos may now be purchased in paperback directly through the Foundation, as well as through online and local bookstores. It is also available as an ebook from online booksellers such as Random House and Amazon.com. At Michael Harner’s request, all royalties from Cave and Cosmos will go to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in support of its work.

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION

Certificates of Completion are available to graduates of many of the FSS advanced residential training programs in shamanism and shamanic healing, including Harner Shamanic Counseling. Certificates of Completion acknowledge the considerable time and effort involved in the completion of FSS advanced trainings in core shamanism, such as the Two-Week Intensive and the Three-Year program. (Please note that these do not certify a person as a shaman.) Find out more and request your HSC, White, Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates online.

ARTWORK OF MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE OF THE FOUNDATION
Members of the Circle, we invite you to share your work with us by submitting a photo of one of your creative works related to shamanism.

Buffalo Man by Liisa Barden.

Periodically, we will select a few of these photos to post on the FSS website. Photos of works might include paintings, sculpture, drums/rattles, weavings, and photos of shamanic places. (Submissions must follow the guidelines below.) View the slide show Artwork of the Membership.

Guidelines for submission of photos of shamanic artwork:
1. Must be a member of the Circle of the Foundation; 2. Must be the creator of the work submitted and hold the copyright; 3. No photos of people, please, unless you have a written, signed release to publish the photo; 4. One photo only per person. Please include your name and the title of the work, with a few words description. Send the photo as an email attachment to the Editor, Susan Mokelke.

Articles and Information

TRADITIONAL HEALERS IN AUSTRALIA
The work of Aboriginal traditional healers called ngangkari is becoming increasingly recognized in mainstream health in Australia. Read the article by Emma Sleath, from abc.net.au. There is also a book, which includes first person narratives of over 20 ngangkari, Traditional Healers of Central Australia.
SHAMANISM IN MONGOLIA HELPS TO REWRITE HISTORY
Manduhai Buyandelger, author of Tragic Spirits and an anthropologist from MIT, finds that after Soviet domination, a rebirth of shamanism helped Mongolia rewrite its own history. Read the article by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office. Submitted by Michael Oddo, FSS Three Year graduate, Columbus, Ohio.
SOUL RETRIEVAL BY CURANDEROS  View a video with a 1-2 minute description of soul retrieval done by curanderos for “susto” (fright). This is part of a TED talk, “Connecting Modern Medicine to Traditional Healing,” by Cheo Torres, a professor at University of New Mexico, who runs a cross-cultural shamanic event there every summer.In the practice, in the presence of family, friends and neighbors for support, they sweep the patient’s body with rue, basil and rosemary three times a week for one month on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, asking the patient’s spirit to return. Cheo says it worked to cure his cousin, suffering with PTSD from Viet Nam. View the video (for the soul retrieval segment, start watching the video at about 5:20 minutes in). Submitted by Ellen Winner, FSS Three-Year graduate and faculty member, Boulder, Colorado.

NOTE: Each issue we plan to post on the website or provide a link to an article or other media with useful information about shamanism or shamanic healing. Check the Articles section for several varied perspectives on shamanism and shamanic healing, many from past issues of Shamanism and the Shamanism Annual, the Foundation’s scholarly journal – one of the exclusive benefits of the Circle of the Foundation.

Healing Words

GRANDMOTHER SAKI
Psychiatrist Dr. Rieko Hagihara reports from Japan that respected Ainu Elder Grandma Saki has not only recovered from her illness but is even healthier and more powerful than she was before her illness. Grandma Saki collapsed while visiting Tokyo from Hokkaido last year, and she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. There was great concern among the Ainu community as she is one of the last Ainu myth-song keepers, and she had no students interested in inheriting her tradition. The Ainu in her region of Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, prayed continuously for her recovery, and her eldest son even flew to Tokyo to bring her an Ainu spirit carving. Nevertheless, she showed no improvement, and spent months back and forth from death’s door.

Grandmother Saki
Grandmother Saki with blue corn.

Dr. Hagihara invited FSS Director for Asia Kevin Turner to accompany her to the hospital to visit Saki on November 4, after completing a Way of the Shaman basic course in Tokyo. Her worried family led them into the hospice room.

Kevin explains:

“Saki was very weak and only partially conscious when we arrived. She was in a room with several other patients of advanced age, few of whom were expected to survive. I sensed ancestor spirits about, perhaps waiting on her departure. I was inspired to offer a healing to make the eventual transition easier. Saki gave her approval. There, in midst of the doctors, nurses, and other patients, I shook my rattles, sang an invocation song, and performed a gentle extraction. Divining no further course of action, I felt compelled to simply pass healing power to her. An unfamiliar cool and gentle rush of power flowed from behind, through my arms, and into her shoulders. Saki gently swooned into a restful sleep.”

Two days later Grandma Saki’s relatives telephoned Dr. Hagihara to report that upon awakening the next morning, Saki exploded at a nurse, I’m Ainu and I will not be defeated! Saki then told her family that she had dreamt of her (deceased) husband chanting sutras, and of fighting against the shamo (the Ainu derogatory word for the Japanese). A new specialist doctor arrived shortly later, and found her condition to be completely benign. Saki dramatically improved throughout the day, and was released from the hospital the following day, much to the surprise of all. Grandma Saki has no memory of the healing, nor even of Dr. Hagihara and Kevin visiting, but gave her blessing to report this. Her doctors can only attribute her recovery to initial misdiagnosis.

In March this year, Dr. Hagihara visited Grandma Saki in Hokkaido with an Okinawan medium (kaminchu). The kaminchu divined, Saki’s mission is to teach the next generation how to live. Saki now has five young students that she teaches at monthly meetings with elders (fuchi). She calls her helping and protective spirits regularly, and always gives prayers to the mountain spirits before searching for mushrooms. She explains to plants that she needs them for food and medicine and asks permission before cutting. Dr. Hagihara learned to weave spirit offering baskets from her, and is learning to make preserved Ainu foods. She also gave Grandma Saki some blue corn from the Hopi in Arizona, which she was able to sprout and grow herself in Japan (see photo above).

It remains unclear what led to the Ainu elder’s miraculous recovery, but it is Kevin’s opinion that Ainu Helping Spirits wish Grandma Saki to stay in this world until she passes her knowledge to the next generation, and that he was probably only a coincidental intermediary for the healing to occur.

the editor (S.M.)

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Internationally renowned anthropologist Michael Harner pioneered the return of shamanism and the shamanic journey to contemporary life. In 1979, Michael and Sandra Harner established the Center for Shamanic Studies, the precursor to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, which took over the function of the Center in the mid-eighties. FSS is dedicated to the preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge for the benefit of the Planet and its inhabitants. Join the thousands of people each year who take the Foundation’s rigorous training in Core Shamanism, which consists of the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds, a distinguishing feature of shamanism. Originated, researched, and developed by Michael Harner, the principles of core shamanism are not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective.  The workshops and training programs have been carefully developed by Dr. Harner and thoroughly tested to provide an authentic shamanic experience and practical results.
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Core Soul Retrieval: June 15-16, 2013, Kyoto

Core Soul Retrieval Training™

15~16 June 2013: Kyoto, Japan

The Foundation is pleased to announce that beginning in 2013, the FSS will offer a new advanced weekend workshop in Core Soul Retrieval Training developed by Michael Harner.

Soul Retrieval is one of the most powerful shamanic healing practices. It aims to return portions of the soul that may have left us due to any situation in which we were unprepared to feel the associated emotions. Shamans believe that soul loss is a common source of illness, depression, and chronic fatigue, as well as a variety of mental and emotional disorders.  In this advanced course, we will learn how to find and retrieve these portions for clients in a healing session.

We are the fortunate heirs of a great and venerable spiritual tradition, shamanism, many thousands of years old, with core principles and practices that are universal or common for one simple reason: they work. Among them is soul retrieval, found widely in shamanic cultures.

Dr. Harner learned how to do soul retrieval in 1961 while living among the Amazonian Conibo and brought it to the West. The Conibo taught him that every part of a person had its own soul, and that soul retrieval could be done for any portion of the person that had been injured or traumatized. In The Way of the Shaman (pages 71 – 72, 93, 99), he wrote of recovering “vital souls” to heal comatose persons and persons suffering from traumas, noting that this method can also be used “to heal patients by retrieving lost portions of their vital souls.”

Michael began training students in soul retrieval at least as early as June 25 – 27, 1982, as part of an Intermediate Workshop (no longer existing under that name) inside a cave in Grottoes, Virginia. Among the 31 students in that memorable location was Dana Robinson, now a longtime FSS faculty member, who recalls:

“In Grottoes, we did a considerable amount of shamanic work inside a large cave that we walked into a couple of times each day. During one session in the cave, you taught us a soul retrieval technique, and we helped a young man who had spent some time in a mental institution years before.I remember other events from that weekend 30 years ago, but the soul retrieval journey, the beauty of that cave, and the great teacher that we had stand out the most in my memory.”

The training in core soul retrieval to be offered by the Foundation is based on principles and methods that have been used successfully not just by the Conibo, but cross-culturally. Core soul retrieval is a shamanic healing method and does not involve the addition of Western psychological practices.

33,000 yen.

*Shamanic Extraction & Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond advanced courses are prerequisite.

REGISTRATION

Email: info [at] shamanism-asia.com

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Singapore: Way of the Shaman, Oct 5-6, 2013

The Way of the Shaman: Shamanic Journeying, Healing, and Power

5-6 October 2013,  SINGAPORE

The Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism from The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter non-ordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.  Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. They are also provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in non-ordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet. Course design by Michael Harner. Instructor: Kevin Turner, Director for Asia, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Course fee: S$525. ** Early bird registration and payment by Sept 5: S$490!

Location: Wessex Estate at Portsdown Road (MRT stations Commonwealth, or One North).  Course times: Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am~6:30pm.

Limited registration, so please register and make a deposit here soon to hold your space:

http://www.shamanism-asia.com/schedule/

* More about Core Shamanism and The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

The Way of the Shaman basic course Comments

  • The course was everything I hoped it would be. I look forward to practicing what I’ve learned, and I feel I received a lot. Kevin’s approach was great. He made us all feel confident as we undertook the journeys. He’s humble yet very knowledgeable, and offers a gentle but sure atmosphere. I look forward to advanced courses soon.
  • Eye-opening, super-effective, and gave me confidence and trust. Kevin’s explanations made me feel that it was easy to access the Upper and Lower Worlds, and it was!  I’m definitely registering for advanced courses.
  • I was amazed at how easy it was to enter the Lower and Upper Worlds. Kevin is full of humor and patience. His explanations were thorough and with examples pulled from a wide variety of spiritual disciplines.
  • Wonderful – new levels of experience came one after the other.
  • Nice flow overall, and good balance of theory and practice. We got right into the work!
  • I made connections to worlds I hadn’t known before.  I could relax and have fun.
  • Kevin’s answers to questions were not just replies but rather full of rich clues to understand the nature of shamanism more deeply.  I look forward to applying these principles in my life.
  • A great workshop. Kevin displays a deep knowledge of the Spirits. I look forward to learning more in advanced workshops.
  • Kevin’s explanations were clear, comprehensive, easy to understand and supported by his own rich experience. I feel he’s a wonderful person in both knowledge and humanity.
  • To know the existence of the Upper and Lower Worlds alleviates much of the distress here in the Middle World. I feel much lighter. Fascinating talks – I now feel like I’ve read several books on shamanism as a result of this course.
  • Learning and practicing shamanism in a shrine is the best of all locations – it had an immense effect on me.
  • Kevin’s maintained a very high quality of course material throughout the duration of the two days – I felt his sincerity.
  • The many practical exercises were fun, exciting, easy to learn and understand.
  • Kevin is very knowledgeable and makes challenging concepts easy to understand. Very enjoyable.
  • A very substantial course. Everything worked beautifully. The practices and explanations were profound.
  • The course was an amazing experience for me – my first time to experience the Lower and Upper Worlds!
  • Kevin knows his material thoroughly, and his sense of humor helps us all relax and feel comfortable.
  • Learning to have experiences of my own has been just essential and this workshop succeeds in offering participants their own experiences.
  • I felt a wonderful unity in the group, and the shrine in which the course is held is a very holy place.
  • Informative, precise, with lots of laughter and stories to explain the principles. I believe this course is the best way shamanism can be offered.
  • Enlightening – a good mix of theory and practical exercises. The light-hearted approach worked well.
  • I feel inspired and want to study shamanism more! Exciting, interesting. Kevin was just great, and the shrine was the ideal place to practice.
  • Learning the essence of shamanism at such a low price is amazing!  “Core Shamanism” is just great – it bypasses the ritualistic and religious baggage.
  • I now have an overall understanding of shamanism, and what can be achieved with these techniques.
  • Kevin has a very thorough knowledge of his subject, and I feel fortunate to have had him as my instructor. I look forward to advanced courses with him soon.

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Suggested reading: The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

ADVANCED COURSES IN BALI, INDONESIA: 2013 November

  • 18~19 November, Bali, Indonesia, Shamanic Extraction Healing Training, $250 (discounts for 3+ courses)
  • 21~22 November, Bali: Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond (Psychopomp Training), $250 (discounts for 3+ courses)
  • 23~24 November, Bali:  NEW Core Shamanic Soul Retrieval Training, $250 (discounts for 3+ courses) *Prerequisites: both Shamanic Extraction, and Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond advanced courses.

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