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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.
FSS E-Newsletter

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Susan Mokelke, Editor

Timothy Flynn, Contributing Editor

ABOUT THE FSS E-NEWSLETTER

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies E-Newsletter is issued several times a year and contains information and articles about shamanism, shamanic healing, and the Foundation’s activities. It is designed to offer interesting and practical information for shamanic healers, students, and those interested in shamanism. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Please contact the Editor, Susan Mokelke.

NOTE: You are receiving this email from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies because you are a member-donor or have taken a Foundation course or otherwise indicated your interest. For environmental and economic reasons, the FSS primarily communicates electronically. To ensure that you continue to receive emails from us, including course schedules and information relevant to the practice of shamanism, add info@shamanism.org to your address book today. You may also update your email address by clicking on the Update Profile/Email Address link below. Thank you!

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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.

REGISTRATION

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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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:

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.

REGISTRATION

Suggested reading: The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

ADVANCED COURSES IN BALI, INDONESIA: 2013 SEPT/OCT

  • 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)

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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: http://spiritual-tv.com/

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

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).

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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~

http://www.a-advice.com/osaka/

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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

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

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