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The administrative office will be closed startin g Monday, December 23, 2019 and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. Visit shamanism.org for  info during that time. Email will be checked on a limited basis.
December 2019

Warm holiday greetings to you.  
We hope that you have a delightful Solstice and holiday season. May 2020 bring you health, meaningful relationships and work, and much happiness. From our hearts, we thank you for your participation and support.
In gratitude,
Sandra, Susan, Noelle  
and the FSS Board of Trustees
View our   holiday greeting to you.  
Hood Canal Sunset 
We look forward to meeting again in 2020!
Susan Mokelke
If you are making plans for 2020 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 2020
♦ The 12th East Coast Three Year Program, taught by Nan Moss, will begin May 17-22, 2020 in Madison, Virginia. Download information-application.  
♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Amanda Foulger, will be held June 7-18, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download information-application.  
Harner Shamanic Counseling, taught by April Tuck, will be held August 3-7, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Non-residential.) Download information-application. 
♦ The 17th West Coast Three Year Program, taught by Amanda Foulger, will begin October 18-23, 2020 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Request application.
♦ The East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, with Nan Moss, will be held October 18-29, 2020, in Madison, Virginia. Request application.  
Click on the links below to the FSS News Blog or download a print version (PDF) of the Foundation news section from the December 2019 issue of the journal Shamanism .

We began the year in January with an inspiring in-person gathering of the membership of the Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. The theme of this year's meeting was "coming together to help create a vibrant future for our community and the planet." Susan Mokelke, FSS President set the context for the gathering and spoke of the relevance of shamanism today. Sandra Harner reported on progress made with the Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory library. Duane Elgin, social visionary, internationally recognized speaker, and author spoke to the importance of shamanic wisdom in a universe where everything is alive. There was an informative talk by Kevin Turner, FSS Director for Asia, on the Thai Lersi Hermit shamans. Opportunities for small group discussion and experiential sessions with FSS faculty members were offered. The program ended with the Dream Dance, with participants consulting the ancestors about creating a vibrant future.  Visit the FSS News blog for details and to see videos with Duane Elgin, Susan Mokelke, and Sandra Harner. 
The FSS Polestar column was launched this year on the FSS blog. FSS Polestar highlights some of the questions we are frequently asked about contemporary shamanic practice. "Polestar" is defined as "something that serves as a guiding principle." It reflects our commitment to helping practitioners stay oriented to authentic shamanic methods and ethics, while maintaining their own independent spirituality, which comes from learning directly from the compassionate spirits.  
Core Shamanism Chronicles also was introduced, featuring brief personal shamanic healing accounts and practical applications of shamanism in daily life. "By sharing our inspiring stories with each other, we hope to reveal the power, effectiveness, and beauty of shamanic practice."       
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 was offered in April in the San Francisco Bay Area, to enthusiastic reviews. It was offered a second time in Germany in September at the request of FSS Europe, who invited Susan Mokelke to teach it in Bavaria for faculty and students. Several FSS faculty in the USA and Canada are in training to teach it in 2020. 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. Read more.
FSS President Susan Mokelke presented at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) 2019 International Conference July 18 - 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. On July 18, Susan facilitated an all day pre-conference workshop "The Shamanic Journey, Pathway to Another Reality," introducing Michael Harner's core shamanism journeying method to an enthusiastic group. Read more.
The latest FSS print journal Shamanism Annual (Issue 32, December 2019) is at the printer. Members, look for the issue in your mailbox soon. Not a member? 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.   
You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. 
Thich Nhat Hanh 
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.  

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Susan Mokelke

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