Meet the Instructor

 
 
 
 

Robbie Staufer is a native of California, who came to Colorado in 1979. She has lived in Boulder since 1988. She has an MS in Computer Information Systems, and an MA in German Medieval Literature. She has done extensive doctoral work in medieval studies, specializing in art history, literature and philosophy at U.C. Irvine, U.C.L.A., the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Yale.

 

Robbie is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensive and the Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. As a member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies faculty for many years, she taught the basic and advanced weekend workshops in Colorado, and was the assistant faculty for the two-Week and three-Year programs in the Bay Area.

Robbie is the Administrative and Co-Program Director at the Boulder Center for Conscious Community (BC3), and founder of the Spirit Canoe School of Shamanism. In her private shamanic practice, Spirit Canoe Shamanic Healing, she works with clients for healing both in person and long-distance, and has a growing number of individual advanced students. Robbie is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and also loves watercolor painting.

Words from Robbie about her path with shamanism:

My interest in shamanism began as a simple desire to understand power animal medicine. Disaffected with my experiences of organized religion, I wondered whether a form of spirituality existed that would feel as natural to me as the air I breathed. When I read in Michael Harner’s seminal book, The Way of the Shaman, that shamanism has been practiced nearly universally across the globe and throughout time, I suddenly felt that, spiritually speaking, I had come home. I felt surrounded by a host of ancestors, and determined to learn all I could from them.

At first, I received much personal healing in my life, through journeying and deepening my relationships with my helping spirits. In time, I began to recognize my calling to offer this powerful healing work to others. I began my formal training in shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ introductory workshop, The Way of the Shaman®, with my honored teacher, Alicia Luengas Gates. With time, an understanding of my spiritual path grew, and I pursued advanced training with the FSS. I subsequently graduated from the Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensive and the Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing.

Since then, I have remained deeply involved in learning from my spirit teachers and power animals, and from life and the world around me. I also express abiding gratitude to my human teachers, Michael Harner, Alicia Gates, and Amanda Foulger.

Words from Robbie’s students:

Robbie is a teacher of deep integrity and compassionate power.

Robbie is gentle, quiet, and thorough. She is really good at this -- well-prepared and relaxed, non-judgmental and very knowledgeable.

Robbie's two greatest assets as a teacher are her superb organization of the experiences and material and her compassionate, clear responses to participant's questions. Outstanding!

Robbie's two greatest assets as a teacher are her superb organization of the experiences and material and her compassionate, clear responses to participant's questions. Outstanding!

I'm so struck by your dedication to all of your students. Thank you so much for believing in me ... and for the compassion and thoughtfulness you put into your work. It is so powerful.

Robbie is a fantastic teacher. She's very knowledgeable and communicates information skillfully.

Robbie gave us the foundation, but did not build the structure for us -- she allowed us to build our own.

Robbie was amazing. She is obviously a gifted teacher and experienced spiritual leader.