When I was 11 years old, I remember reading a book on auras. I came across the word "shaman" in the text. I didn't know who these people were or what they did, but I knew with all my heart that's what I wanted to be when I grew up! As I grew up, this memory was long forgotten.
Then, in 2002, I was in the middle of a gratitude meditation and this memory came flooding back to me. I immediately got on the internet and researched shamanism. I found a Basic Workshop with the Foundation that very weekend and booked an airline ticket to San Francisco to begin my studies with Michael Harner and the Foundation. The rest is history!
"Dr. Melissa Dawahare is unique from other workshop instructors I have had because of her willingness to explain in things in different ways and to turn any comment or shared experience into a learning situation for all present. Through her we learned from each other. During the FSS Basic Workshop in core shamanism I felt welcomed and supported. I left with knowledge of how to listen to guidance I have sometimes received in random ways and not fear it. I left feeling more 'whole' than I have for a long time. Thank you Melissa!"
– Anne Marie Freeman
"After taking the FSS Basic Workshop in core shamanism with Dr. Melissa Dawahare, I would absolutely recommend the class and her to others. It was a respectful, safe, friendly, and caring atmosphere to be introduced to an ancient and powerful tradition. Melissa is compassionate and tolerant yet leads in a firm and clear way. She makes everyone's experience 'normal'. She was unique from other instructors I have had because she was open and accepting yet had really good boundaries about the practices she was teaching and the running of the workshop. She is likeable and believable. Melissa's instructions were precise and easy to follow. After the workshop, I felt empowered, excited, focused, and grateful. I learned to journey. I learned divination skills. I received a spiritual practice to go home with. I glimpsed a new way of being in the world." – Cynthia Savage
Melissa Dawahare has studied shamanism with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Alicia Luengas Gates, and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 2002, and teaches for the Foundation in Arizona. She is a naturopathic medical doctor, a registered nurse, and shamanic practitioner who has over 12 years of clinical experience in mainstream and alternative healthcare. She is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Iowa. Melissa is the author of several books including, The ND Survival Guide for the Acupuncture Board Exam and House Call: How Ordinary People Have Extraordinary Health. She is also a public speaker and educates people about naturopathic medicine and shamanism.