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Hong Kong: Way of the Shaman, Sept 20-21, 2013

The Way of the Shaman:

Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing

Hong Kong:  20-21 September 2013

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. Hong Kong tel: 9485-3773.

Course fee: HK$2900. Location: Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (near Causeway Bay MTR station). Course times: Friday & Saturday, 9:30am~6:30pm.

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

* 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.


Suggested reading: The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner


  • 26~27 Sept, Bali, Indonesia, Shamanic Extraction Healing Training, $250 (discounts for 3+ courses)
  • 30 Sept~1 Oct, Bali, Indonesia, Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature , $250 (discounts for 3+ courses)
  • 2~3 October, Bali, Indonesia, Shamanic Divination Training, $250 (discounts for 3+ courses)


Kevin on Spiritual TV

Hi Friends,  Kevin will be chatting about Shamanism on Spiritual TV (Internet TV) with Teddy Koizumi on Weds night, this week, April 25, 2012 from 8pm (90 minutes).

Tune in to learn more about Shamanism:


New! Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature

Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature  

A Foundation for Shamanic Studies Advanced Course

Kyoto, Sakyo-ku, Foot of Mt. Hiei: May 26-27, 2012  (just 2 spaces left!)

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. 33,000 yen (+11,000 yen for meals & overnight) 

Mt. Hiei in Kyoto

* Last day for registration is Tuesday evening, May 22nd.

*Prerequisite: The Way of the Shaman basic course (offered in Kyoto, May 19-20, 2012).


Kevin speaks at Iyashi Fair Osaka 25/3/2012

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies-Asia will have a booth

at the Osaka Iyashi Fair, 24-25 March 2012

Kevin will also give a Shamanism talk on Sunday, 25 March from 2:30pm~


Kevin speaks at Council Meeting, Jan. 28

Kevin will be speaking on Mongolian shamanism at The Foundation for Shamanic Studies Annual Council Meeting, Saturday morning, January 28, 2012


Autumn Newsletter

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies – Asia

Autumn 2011 Newsletter

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

~ Albert Camus

  • Kevin spent July on assignment in Mongolia where he represented FSS at the Ataa Tenger Conference of International Shamanic Studies. Kevin spoke on Core Shamanism in Asia, and met a number of researchers involved in central Asian shamanism. Kevin also personally interviewed 6 remarkable shamans for research purposes. He gave a one-hour talk on Core Shamanism at the largest bookstore in the capitol city of Ulaanbaatar in honor of the new Mongolian translation of The Way of the Shaman, as well as a 5-minute Mongolian television interview. There is significant interest in FSS’s work in Mongolia, and Kevin may be returning to offer the first FSS courses next year. We look forward to further collaboration with Mongolian shamans and Mongolian shamanic researchers in the future. You can view some photos from Kevin’s expedition here:
  • We are offering a basic Way of the Shaman course in Kyoto this month, Sept 24-25, and another in Tokyo, October 29-30. Repeating participants may attend for half-price.
  • Journeying Circles are now forming in Kansai and Kantoh areas, please let us know if you’re interested in practicing your skills with other graduates of the FSS basic course.
  • Kevin gave the first FSS basic course in Taiwan in Chinese language in August this year. Thank you Michelle and Nina! Participants are excited for more, so another basic is planned for November 5-6, and an advanced course, Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature is planned for the following weekend Nov 12-13, high in the mountains near Taipei.
  • We are once again offering our special Tokyo 2012 Golden Week 6-day Shamanism course next spring April 30-May 5, 2012 that will include the basic and two advanced courses at a discounted rate, if registered in advance. See the website for more details:


Japan Tsunami and Psychopomp work

Our heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in the tsunami tragedy last week, and our prayers to those who continue to suffer the loss of their homes and livelihoods.

In these times of chaos, crisis, and hope, shamanism is a reservoir of wisdom amassed over thousands of years of experimentation that is as relevant to our survival today as it was to our forebears hundreds of generations ago.

– Michael Harner, President and Founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

If you have training in Psychopomp work (afterlife transition assistance) in either the Shamanic tradition or the Monroe tradition, please allow the Compassionate Spirits to take the lead in such assistance, and remember the Shamanic Code of Ethics: we must have permission from those who are we are attempting to assist, and allow them the choice of realms to which they wish to go, and respect those choices. We continue to keep all those suffering from aftermath of the Tsunami in our hearts and prayers.



January 2011 Newsletter

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies – Japan

January 2011 Newsletter

  • Happy New Year of the Rabbit 2011! As the year ends and a new one full of promise begins, we wish to express our gratitude for your participation and contributions to our work — preserving ancient shamanic wisdom and helping to make the power of shamanism once again available in our lives.
  • New 2-day Advanced courses will be offered in 2011, including Shamanic Dreamwork and Shamanic Divination Training. We also plan to offer the advanced workshops Shamanism & the Spirits of Nature, and Shamanism & Creativity later this year. The workshop schedule is always being updated, so check in regularly with our schedule page for the latest course offerings.
  • Anyone repeating any two-day course in Japan may do so at a 50% discount.
  • Drumming circles are now organizing in Kansai and Kantoh. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor or join a practice circle in your area. This is free of charge and organized by local practitioners.
  • English-speakers requesting courses with no translation are now having their wish come true! The 6-day Golden Week 2011 Shamanism course in Tokyo will be held in English only.  The 3 sequential two-day courses may be taken separately, but discounts go to those who register for 2 or 3 courses. A perfect opportunity to get full immersion into shamanic practice. Join us over Golden Week for this rare event!
  • Kevin will be speaking for 45 minutes on the progress of Core Shamanism in Japan at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Council Meeting in San Francisco, January 29.
  • Kevin is regularly seeing clients for shamanic healing at his healing space near Demachiyanagi Station, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.  As explained in the courses, the Spirits are more apt to help us when we work out of compassion rather than for fees. This is why I work on a donation basis. However, many persons unfamiliar with this approach have expressed a desire to know the appropriate range for donation: in this case, if you are satisfied with the session, I suggest offering whatever you might pay for a similar session with a counselor or spiritual healer. See healing feedback comments at the Shamanic Healing page of our website.


(日本語) 10月財団ニューズレター

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