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JUNE 2011
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One of the great surprises that shamanism affords is the joy of the unknown and that the unknown is joyous. There is a sense of wholeness that proceeds from the creativity that is inherent in the shamanic journey.


Sandra Harner, in  Shamanism and Creativity 


In a noteworthy turn of events, Michael Harner's book The Way of the
Sami Drum

Photo by France Viana

, has just been translated into Mongolian, another indication of how Asian peoples are increasingly interested in Michael's work and that of the Foundation. The Foundation is receiving invitations to offer workshops in China and Indonesia, and there is interest, too, from South Korea. At the June Basic Workshop in San Francisco, a newly-made Sami-style drum (photo, right) was brought to the workshop by a participant. This was very touching to us - when Michael visited Samiland in the early eighties, drums were illegal to possess. An opening, a loosening, seems to be occurring, not just on a political level, but much deeper, in the souls of the people. Just as the US celebrates its political Independence Day on July 4th, perhaps someday the world will celebrate a spiritual independence day, where each person has his or her own personal relationship with the spirits. The continued dissemination of shamanic knowledge and the practice of the shamanic journey in a contemporary context bring the possibility of spiritual autonomy, of spiritual democracy - long a dream of Michael's - within our reach at last.

Susan Mokelke


FSS News



♦ The 1st Pacific Northwest Summertime Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Susan Mokelke, begins July 31 - August 11, 2011 in the Portland area, Oregon.

Harner Shamanic Counseling Training with April Tuck, CSC, will be held August 15 - 19, 2011 in the Boston area, Massachusetts.  

♦ The East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by David Corbin and Nan Moss, assisted by Elaine Egidio, will be held November 6 - 17, 2011, in Madison, Virginia.  

♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive with Alicia L. Gates, assisted by Amanda Foulger, will be held February 19 - March 1, 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes a session with guest Michael Harner. The Two Week Intensive, offered on the West or East Coast, is the best preparation for the FSS Three Year program.  

♦ The 8th East Coast Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with David Corbin & Nan Moss, assisted by Elaine Egidio, will begin May 6 - 11, 2012 in Madison, Virginia.


Please check the website FOR PREREQUISITES for these training programs, as some have changed.


For details and to REGISTER for any of these programs, contact Michael Flanagin: flanagin4@msn.com, (503) 282-6315.



The first FSS fundraising luncheon was a delightful and successful event. Bettina Giancana-Kane told her story about how shamanic healing cured her illness and gave back her life. Angeles Arrien gave a
Michael Harner & Angeles Arrien

Michael Harner & Angeles Arrien at the  

2009 FSS Council Gathering

heartfelt introduction to Michael Harner and spoke about the influence and importance of his life's work in shamanism. Michael shared his hopes for the future growth of the Foundation's mission and Susan Mokelke, Executive Director, talked about some of upcoming opportunities and plans to carry the Foundation's work into the mainstream. Read more about our vision. Participants enjoyed lunch, conversation, and then participated in a silent auction, with items generously donated by FSS supporters. FSS Board member Robert Lee Morris, a world-renowned jewelry designer, donated two sets of his work; Christine Holden created a beautiful drum; Joy Markgraf donated an amazing double-headed rattle; and Christina Bertea offered a powerful stone sculpture. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend and to those who contributed - you are making a difference everyday in bringing the power of shamanism and shamanic healing back into our lives and communities.



istockphoto.com/Jan Derksen

We are pleased to announce the first public offering of a new weekend workshop, Sandra Harner's Shamanic Training in Creativity. Creativity is so ancient that it is at once fundamental and complex, even a driving force in our lives. Shamanism brings a fresh approach to Westerners for cultivating their creative potential. In this workshop, based on years of research, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their creativity through the practice of shamanic methods. Selected historical and anthropological examples will illustrate connections between shamanism and creative abilities, and a variety of specific shamanic exercises will be taught that participants can apply to their personal lives. The first workshop will be taught by Sandra Harner and held August 20 - 21 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here for more information and to register online, and for a calendar of additional scheduled offerings of this new workshop.

Way of the Shaman French edition
Michael Harner's book The Way of the Shaman has recently been released in French in a new translation. This translation, La Voie du chamane, by Laurent Huguelit, who is an FSS faculty member in Europe, provides an effective rendition of this classic work. It is available from the publisher Mama Editions. In an interesting development, the book will soon also be available in Mongolian through a publisher in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


♦ The Foundation's website recently received a new look. On the HOME page, various aspects of the Foundation's mission are introduced, with links to other pages for those who would like to know more. The same depth and breadth of information is provided to support your interest in shamanism, including: articles, video clips, workshops and trainings descriptions and calendar, shamanic services listings, and the preservation of indigenous shamanism through the Living Treasures of Shamanism and other projects. Upcoming plans include more use of video and other web technologies, and a regularly updated center column with a spotlight on current happenings, shamanic news, and aspects of interest to our visitors.
♦ The Foundation is now on Facebook. Visit our site and support us in getting the word out about shamanism and shamanic healing by clicking the "LIKE" button under one of the entries and sharing with your Facebook friends.

We are pleased to welcome three additional faculty members to ourinternational team. Sarah Finlay and Peter Clark are teaching in the Canadian Maritimes. They are offering a Basic Workshop, The Way of the Shaman: Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing on July 16-17, 2011 in Chester,Nova Scotia.

Ellen Winner, who began her study of shamanism in 1984 with Michael Harner's book The Way of the Shaman, is offering the first FSS Basic workshop in Lawrence, Kansas on October 22-23, 2011. Sarah, Peter, and Ellen have studied extensively with the Foundation and are experienced shamanic practitioners.


2010 Shamanism Annual

Cowrie Shell Mask, circa 2002. Photo by Jeffrey David Ehrenreich.

Once a year, the Foundation issues its scholarly journal the Shamanism Annual. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has been offering authentic writings on the contemporary and indigenous practices of shamanism around the globe, first with Shamanism and now with the Shamanism Annual. The most recent issue of the journal contains articles on shamanism and African identity in New Orleans, contemporary shamanism in China, psychopomp practices of the Foundation's Living Treasure Tibetan shamans, shamanic journeying and the immune response, and shamanism and ecstatic union. The Shamanism Annual also provides a voluntary directory of individuals and drumming circles to help develop a worldwide community for healing and mutual help. The journal is one of the exclusive benefits of membership in the Circle of the Foundation.


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.

Articles and Information

Horse Cave Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

by Jean-Marie Chauvet DRAC


This film in 3D is an astonishing inside look at the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in southern France, about 400 miles from Paris. The limestone cave contains a wealth of early paintings, perhaps from as long ago as 32,000 years. Read the article from the New York Times online and look for the film near you. Submitted by Susan Smith, FSS Three-Year Graduate, California.


For countless generations, Altai people herded their livestock across what is now known as the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO's World Heritage Site, in Russia's southern Siberia. Today, they face a new challenge-climate change. Local shamans are convinced that only through restoring their reverential relationship with the sacred and spiritual realms can Altai people and the rest of the world restore the balance of the Earth and its climate. The shamans have been building relationships with custodians of sacred sites and their allies in order to work together to restore and sustain the sacred Web of Life. Read the article and look at the images from National Geographic online. Submitted by Timothy Flynn, FSS Three-Year Graduate, California.
Jeju Shaman Suh Sun Sil

Shaman Suh Sun Sil. Photo by Hong Sunyoung, Jeju Island native and researcher at the Center for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metro University, UK


On Jeju Island, South Korea, traditional methods of burial, bereavement, and remembrance are steeped in the indigenous shamanic religion and also draw upon the complex cultural milieu that is Jeju, blended with Confucian rituals. Read parts one, two, and three online from The Jeju Weekly. Submitted by Mark Barrett, California.

For more about shamanism as practiced on Jeju Island, follow these links to articles by Dr. Anne Hilty:
"The Passing of a Jeju Grand Shaman"
"Behind the Shaman's Mask"
"Honoring Jeju's Grandmother Creator Goddess"
"A Gathering of Grannies"


by Kun Shi, FSS Field Associate (China)
The most popular religious practice in China 3,000-4,000 years ago was the wu (shamanic) tradition, and magic and witchcraft were a part of it. The wu (shamans) were prominent religious and political figures as well as healers during the Shang dynasty (1600-1066 BCE). Read the article: Shi, Kun. "The Wu (Shamanic) Tradition in China." World History Encyclopedia, Era 2: Early Civilizations, 4000-1000 BCE. Ed. Kevin Murray McGeough. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 23 Jun 2011.

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


A Japanese monk from the Ise Shrine in Japan sent this moving prayer request.

After sunset we need strong power of prayer.
Please let me deliver the message to as many as possible.
We can stop this earthquake with our prayers, but right now the nuclear plant is in danger.

Mt. Fuji, Japan

Mt. Fuji. Gideon Davidson from Flickr, used under a Creative Commons License

Please heal the suffering, sadness, anger, worry about nuclear plants.
Please do not think that this accident will bring justice.

Please care for each other.
The energy toward conflict and fight is also fueling the things happening right now.
Please stop the conflict and stop the fight and change the worrying voice to the power of prayer.
Please pray that as many people as possible can be saved.

We will be O.K.
If our hearts start connecting with each other the earth will be healed.

There are the sounds/vibrations that can release the karma of earth.
Anyone who can make a prayer sound, anyone who can do reiki, anyone who can do long distance healing, please direct your energy to the center of Japan .
The exact location is above the Hachiro gata, Akita Prefecture .

If you can sing, please sing.
Humming is fine too.
Let the earth listen to the sound.

Please send gratitude to the earth.
If mother earth wakes up, everything will stop.
The word Song/Sing writes in Japanese Kanji - small possibilities support a big lack.
Please send your prayer to the Earth to wake up the Spirit.

I will be in meditation after the sunset.
I will pray for the light shining in the sky even in the darkness.
May everyone be safe.
Thank you for supporting my heart at this very difficult time.
Gratitude for our life.

March 2011

Submitted by Datch Baudisch, Three Year program graduate, Colorado.

For some guidance on providing shamanic healing, please see Shamanic Healing for Japan.



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, the universal, near universal, or common principles and practices of shamanism not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective. The training program has been carefully developed by Dr. Harner and thoroughly tested to provide an authentic shamanic experience and practical results.


FSS E-Newsletter



Susan Mokelke, Editor

Timothy Flynn, Contributing Editor 



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