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December 2018

Warm holiday greetings to you.  
MoonTreesSnowHoliday18 We hope that you have a delightful Solstice and holiday season. May 2019 bring you health, meaningful relationships and work, and much happiness. From our hearts, we thank you for your participation and support. 
View our   holiday greeting to you.  
In gratitude,
Sandra, Susan, Noelle  
and the FSS Board of Trustees
Holiday Hours
The administrative office will be closed starting Friday, December 21, 2018 and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2019, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, visit shamanism.org. Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2019!
Susan Mokelke
If you are making plans for 2019 and are considering shamanic training, please visit the FSS website workshops pages on shamanism.org. There you will find course descriptions and complete calendar listings for FSS two-day workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing.
Advanced residential training offered in 2019: 
♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Amanda Foulger, will be held June 2-13, 2019 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download information-application. 
♦ The 5th Pacific Northwest Three Year Program, taught by Susan Mokelke, will begin June 16 - 27, 2019 in the Seattle, Washington area. Download information-application.
♦ The East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Nan Moss, will be held October 20 -31, 2019 in Madison, Virginia. Please check the website for more information (available after the first of the year). Request info-application, when available. 
For more about the FSS Three Year Programs and Two Week Intensives, view excerpts of two live video conferences with instructors Susan Mokelke ( view video) and Amanda Foulger ( view video). More about Harner Shamanic Counseling (audio): Q&A with April Tuck.
Click on the links below or download a print version (PDF) of the Foundation news section from the December 2018 issue of the journal Shamanism .

This has been a seminal year in the life of our work, with the passing of our beloved founder, Michael Harner, in February. Though we personally feel the loss, through the Harners' foresight and the many thousands who carry on Michael's work, the Foundation is in good heart and is thriving and growing -- fostering the current and next generation of shamanic healers and practitioners. Read President Susan Mokelke's statement about the Foundation.

The memorial celebration of the life and work of Michael Harner (1929-2018), FSS founder and originator of core shamanism, was held on April 14 in Novato, California. It was attended by about 250 friends, students, FSS members, colleagues, and family. The event was live streamed around the world. The recording of the remembrance can be viewed online on shamanism.org. Read some of the moving stories of those whose lives Michael's work impacted and leave a comment of your own. 
The documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner can be streamed free online. View the documentary.
Way of the Shaman movie 
A new two-day workshop Shamanism for Inspired Local and Global Change will be offered in April in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first offering, April 27-28, 2019, is experimental, to see how it works. It is expected that the training will be available more widely in the future. The workshop offers practical methods to gain and apply wisdom from the spirits to resolve persistent problems facing humanity, our precious Earth, and its inhabitants.
Gathering of the Circle 2019. We are excited to announce that the January 2019 gathering of the Council in the San Francisco Bay Area will be a special in-person meeting and will include our extended community of the Circle of the Foundation membership. Join us in a celebration of our shamanic community: Connect with old and new friends; experiential-interactive shamanic offerings; special guest presentations; looking toward a vibrant future, and more. Save the dates: Friday evening January 25 and all day Saturday, January 26. Registration details will be sent to FSS members soon. Not a member? JOIN US -- receive special benefits and support shamanism worldwide.   
Several interns from the 2017 FSS Faculty Intern Program have advanced to guest faculty status and are bringing shamanic training to their local areas. We are pleased to welcome: Mora File (Canada), Amara Honeck (Tennessee), Kevin Main (Texas), Anthony Rios (Texas), and Alex Solomon (Connecticut). Learn more about the intern program.
The latest  FSS print journal Shamanism (Issue 31, December 2018) is now available. Members, look for the issue in your mailbox soon. Not a member? How to Join the Circle of the Foundation
For Foundation news and information about shamanism, visit the FSS News blog and the FSS E-News archives on shamanism.org.   
Starry night and trees  
In this season of peace and renewal
Remember stillness
In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.
--Howard Thurman     
Remember belonging
We are not alone. Spirits walk beside us through the dark and lonely places. Darkness is not the absence of light. It is in the deepest shadows that the spirits' presence and wisdom are most clearly perceived.
Remember hope
Don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.
Remember love
Beneath us
The world lies dreaming,
Waiting for us to awaken to a simple truth.
Earth cannot love unless we do.
Have a delightful, peaceful holiday and Solstice and a joyous New Year!  
Your friends at the Foundation
The  Foundation for Shamanic Studies is dedicated to the preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge for the benefit of the Planet and its inhabitants. Thousands of people each year take the Foundation's rigorous shamanic training. Originated, researched, and developed by   Michael Harner (1929-2018), internationally recognized as the pioneer of modern shamanism, core shamanism  consists of the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds.  

Become part of a growing community that is working to return spiritual democracy to the individual, as well as helping to preserve indigenous shamanisms and foster this transformative and powerful method of healing and problem-solving.

We welcome your participation!
Susan Mokelke

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Editor: Susan Mokelke
Assistant editor: Narrye Caldwell

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