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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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