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Fall/Winter 2017

In trying times, it is important to find sources of inspiration, whether it be through a good book or poetry, a story of forgiveness, redemption or transformation, or time spent communing with nature. Often our relationships with animals can restore us, reminding us that compassion and unity are real and a part of who we are as a species. These human-animal relationships shine brightly, lifting our spirits even in the dark times. May this short video help you remember that love, too, lives in our hearts.   

In gratitude,
Susan Mokelke
Advanced residential training offered in 2017-18:

♦ The East Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Nan Moss, will be held October 22 - November 2, 2017 in Madison, Virginia.  Download information-application
♦ The 11th East Coast Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, taught by Nan Moss, will begin April 29 - May 4, 2018 in Madison, Virginia. Download information-application. 
♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Amanda Foulger, will be held June 10-21, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Calfornia.  Download information-application  
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). 
Way of the Shaman movie  
The new documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner was released for free online streaming July 22, 2017. The film is an informative and inspiring look at the people behind the evolution of core shamanism, the groundbreaking spiritual healing methodology that honors and builds upon the ancient knowledge of the world's shamans. Through these methods, thousands of students have discovered hidden spiritual resources, transformed their lives, and learned how to help others and our precious Earth.  
A viewer says:
"This is an absolutely wonderful film about the incredible contribution of Michael Harner to shamanism/preserving cultural shamanism."
Nicholas Breeze Wood, editor of Sacred Hoop magazine writes:
" Made up of a series of interviews with Michael and Sandra, along with friends and colleagues - and interspersed with film clips of workshops being taught, and traditional shamans in practice - this film not only shares the history of Michael's work, but is also an excellent 'stand-alone' basic guide to modern Western core shamanism in its own right."  
Read the full review on shamanism.org (scroll down on page)...  
German, French, and Spanish translations coming soon, as well as English closed captioning.
New Workshop: Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice. This two-day Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice, designed to provide students with advanced FSS training the opportunity for hands-on healing practice using multiple core shamanic methods, had a very successful initial offering in July in the San Francisco Bay Area. Taught by Susan Mokelke, the training provided students the opportunity to "put it all together" by practicing multiple core shamanic healing methods for a client. Participants also enjoyed a rare chance to exchange information and discuss shamanic healing with other advanced practitioners. Additional offerings in the Bay Area and other locations are expected in the coming year. Information and schedules...  
Susan Mokelke with drum Susan Mokelke, president of the FSS, was recently interviewed about shamanism by Eileen Nash for her online/TV program Restore Your Caring Soul on the RHG TV Network. The 30 minute interview provides a clear and helpful introduction to contemporary shamanism. View the video: "Core Shamanism Explained by Susan Mokelke." 
We are pleased to welcome 12 new interns from the US and Canada to the 2017 FSS Faculty Intern Program. Interns must complete the FSS Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive and the Three Year Program in Advanced Shamanism, as well as taking FSS weekends multiple times. Several training meetings by live video conference are included in the program. Learn more about the intern program...
The 2017-18 Circle of the Foundation membership benefits are now available. Join the Circle online and receive a free gift MP3 download "Ram Dass and Michael Harner in Dialogue." Listen as two of the great thought leaders of our time share some of their personal stories and insights regarding gurus, yogis, and shamans in this wide-ranging discussion about the ego, the soul, and consciousness. Members also receive the annual journal Shamanism, store discounts, live video webinars, access to exclusive Members Circle content, and more. Circle benefits...   
The Foundation offers Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours/Credits (CEUs) for its workshops and training programs in the USA and Canada. Learn more...
Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner Kirkus Reviews named Michael Harner's Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality, as the Nonfiction Indie Book of the Month: "Harner's rich compendium gives many ways to consider and explore a powerful and inspiring view of the cosmos."
Translations available: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish. Upcoming: Czech. Cave and Cosmos is available in paperback directly through the Foundation, as well as online and in local bookstores. Paperback and e-book editions may be obtained online from Random House and Amazon.com. At Michael Harner's request, all royalties from Cave and Cosmos go to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in support of its work. Learn more... 

Uncontacted tribe 
Uncontacted Indians in the Brazilian Amazon filmed from the air in 2010.
©G.Miranda, FUNAI/Survival
We are deeply saddened by reports of the massacre of more than 10 members of an uncontacted tribe in a remote area of western Brazil. Agents from Brazil's indigenous affairs agency, FUNAI, confirmed details of the attack to Survival International, a global organization that works to protect tribal people in many parts of the world. Read Survival International's report of this tragic situation, along with more about their organization, including how to support their efforts to protect indigenous people.  A recent article in The Guardian provides context about the ongoing political and environmental threats to Brazil's indigenous people.
In a recent documentary - Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique of Painting with Thread - textile artist Missy Stevens talks about her extraordinary thread paintings and how her deep connection with spirits through shamanic journeying inspires the work. Missy Stevens is a graduate of the FSS Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, and the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive. For more about shamanism and the creative process, see Sandra Harner's article Shamanism and Creativity or check out the FSS advanced workshop Shamanic Training in Creativity.
The FSS provides news articles and links as a service to the shamanic community; no endorsement is implied. Visit shamanism.org for articles, media, and more about the Foundation's work in shamanism.   
The Cloud People  
by Robbie Staufer   
Shamanism teaches us that everything has a spirit and that if we listen and open our hearts, we can connect with and be healed by the miraculous unity of all things. In this essay, shamanic practitioner and FSS faculty member Robbie Staufer shares her own moment of joy and healing through an encounter with "the cloud people."  
--NC, assistant editor
My Labor Day weekend got off to a rocky start on Friday. I'd only been up for a few minutes, when I realized I was feeling terrified. It was all the usual things we can find ourselves scared about on a given day - money, work, love, relationships - that day, I was feeling it all! I called on my helping spirits for support the way I do every day, knowing that support can come in many forms, and I sent an S.O.S. out by text to a few friends at the Boulder Center for Conscious Community, where I have my practice. I got some encouraging suggestions back, and a few great 'heart' emojis, and the sense of connection began to break the spell. It did not prepare me for what happened next.
Clouds over mountains  
I looked out my west-facing living room window, and noticed a band of storm clouds gathering over the foothills. It's a common enough sight in Colorado, brilliant blue sky, billowing white clouds with gray bellies full of rain, but suddenly something extraordinary happened. A feeling of exhilaration welled up inside me. It came from nowhere and broke through the knots of fear that had me in their grip. It felt amazing, and I caught myself scurrying to tamp those expanded feelings back down. "Not a good idea to feel that great, Robbie," I heard my brain telling me. "Remember the world's a sad and scary place!"
But in that moment, I made the choice I don't always make, to give my brain a rest, let my heart open, and just feel good about feeling good. And that was when I knew that those weren't "just" clouds, they were the Cloud People. They were living beings with spirits, just like me, and they were offering me the chance to connect, and to share in the same miraculous aliveness that sent them soaring over the mountains towards me. I remembered that until we open our hearts, we're separate. We can forget one of the most essential principles of shamanism, that everything is alive and has a spirit that we can learn to connect with. I chose to let myself experience that connection, and let it heal me...
From "The Cloud People" by Robbie Staufer. Robbie is an FSS faculty member and shamanic practitioner from Boulder, Colorado. She can be contacted through her website: http://spiritcanoe.org  
Tuvan Petroglyphs

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, 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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