"What's really important about shamanism is that there is another reality that you can personally discover...we are not alone."

— Michael Harner

Over tens of thousands of years, shamans developed a time-tested system of healing, using journeying and other practices. Michael Harner uncovered and synthesized these methods, enabling a breathtaking and personal access to the spiritual realms that is available to everyone. These teachings make possible nothing short of union with the entire cosmos. Learn more...

CORE SHAMANISM

Based on years of research and experimentation, core shamanism consists of the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds.... Comprehensive, practical, life-changing. Learn more...

WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS

In a safe and comfortable workshop environment, study locally with Harner-trained faculty who are also experienced healer-diviners.

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Michael Harner, the founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, pioneered the introduction of shamanism to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement. Learn more...


"What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D.T. Suzuki did for Zen, Michael Harner has done for shamanism, namely bring the tradition and its richness to Western awareness."

— Walsh/Grob

"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum."

— Michael Harner

Shamans are often called "seers" or "people who know" in their tribal language because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on first hand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It's based on personal experiments conducted to heal and to get information. Learn more...

People ask me, "How do you know if somebody's a shaman?" I say, "It's simple. Do they journey to other worlds? And do they perform miracles?"

— Michael Harner

OUR WORK

The three pillars of the Foundation are preserving, researching, and teaching shamanic knowledge. These aspects of the Foundation's work are being carried out through various projects, such as the Living Treasures of Shamanism, the educational training programs, and the Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory. Learn more...

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