The Spirit Canoe School of Shamanism was created to support practitioners and students of core shamanism1 during a time when the normal course of in-person study with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies is on hiatus due to the coronavirus. Centered around the new and developing FSS online workshops, the SCSS Initial Program provides a year-long program of monthly two-day workshops and bi-weekly practice groups in a community of fellow students, group facilitators and mentors.

Please note: All coursework, groups and mentoring sessions are designed to be conducted either in person or online, so that the programs can be flexible and responsive to public health protocols at any time.

As the SCSS continues to grow, I envision two separate programs: Shamanism for Personal Empowerment (SPE), and the Shamanic Apprentice Program (SAP). The SPE is designed for people who want to study shamanism primarily for their personal practice. It begins with an introduction to shamanic journeying as taught by the FSS, followed by three months of in-depth practice. The program continues with explorations of four major areas of everyday life, which can be deepened and enriched through shamanic practice.2

The SAP is designed for practitioners with FSS training in the basic core shamanic healing techniques, who want to deepen their practice, and receive advanced mentoring to support their work with clients.3 In the following year, the program continues with a six-month course in facilitator training for people who want to lead the SCSS practice groups, or drumming circles in their communities. The second half of the year is devoted to advanced individual mentoring, to support participants to go deeper in their practice, and in their relationships with their helping spirits.

The SCSS is currently accepting applications for the School of Shamanism Initial Program. Please click on the link below to learn more.


School of Shamanism Initial Program

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  1 Core shamanism is a phrase coined by Michael Harner, Ph.D. and defined in Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality (2013, pg. 2,46) as consisting of "the universal, near-universal and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds, a distinguishing feature of shamanism."  
  2 These four areas are inspired by the work of the FSS, and based on research by Michael and Sandra Harner that is in the pubic domain. They include shamanic divination, a study of nature spirits, shamanism and dreams, and shamanism and creative expression.  
  3 The prerequisites for entering the Shamanic Apprentice Program are these in-person FSS workshops: The Way of the Shaman®, Shamanic Extraction Healing Training, Shamanism, Dying & Beyond, and Power Soul Retrieval. When online versions of these workshops become available, they will also meet the requirements for the SAP.