Nan Moss

Nan P. Moss, B.A., B.S., C.S.C.

"I grew up both along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and in the environs of New York City. I traveled extensively—nationally and internationally—and being of Greek descent on my father’s side, had a first-hand view of cultural diversity. As a child, the natural world was important to me. I lived with a strong sense of a greater, hidden reality connected to Nature.

With degrees in anthropology and rural education, I became a school teacher in southwestern Montana for several years. While attending graduate school, I discovered Michael Harner’s book, The Way of the Shaman. Eureka! A big dream I had a year before presaged this incredible discovery and subsequent unfolding of my future path. My growing connection with shamanism led me to new teaching audiences, including women at a state prison in Connecticut and university undergraduate and graduate students in Montana. Some years ago I served as a fire lookout in New Mexico on an isolated mountain tower over ninety feet high. My vantage point overlooked miles and miles of national forest. Day after day, I sat alone on top of this tower in the middle of sparsely populated, amazingly beautiful, rugged mountain country while experiencing "interesting" weather: snowfall, raging winds, and uncomfortably intimate lightning strikes. I regard this as perhaps my most formative educational experience beyond undergraduate and graduate school.

Today I teach the same Foundation workshops with David Corbin that fostered my path. I have a practice as a shamanic counselor and practitioner. I am currently exploring the spiritual forces of weather for a future publication and am creating an anthology of "miracle" stories within the context of core shamanism.

My shamanic path has brought me upheaval, healing, great joy, challenge, and profound learning. The compassion of the spirits encountered along the way has abundantly sustained my love of life and given me the vehicle through which I contribute to our world."

Nan Moss has been a faculty member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1996, and is certified (C.S.C.®) by the Foundation in Harner Method Shamanic Counseling. She teaches both beginning and advanced courses for the Foundation at locations throughout the Northeast, including Boston and New York City. Along with David Corbin, Nan teaches the Three Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing and the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, both on the East Coast of the United States.

"During the fourteen years I have been on my personal Shamanic path, I have had the good fortune to take many workshops on shamanism. Luckily, most of those were taught by Nan Moss and David Corbin, starting with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Basic Workshop in 1996. While their personalities and stories are wonderfully disarming, they always challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone and dig deeper for my truth. Nan and David provide a nurturing and safe environment rich in knowledge of shamanic ways. I always feel safe, supported and grateful for their teachings."
– Carolyn Armstrong Horn, Three Year program student

In addition to her training in Core Shamanism with Michael Harner and other faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Nan has also studied with indigenous healers from various cultures, including Siberian, Tuvan, Sami, Chinese, and Native American healers. Along with David Corbin, she is the author of Weather Shamanism and the divinatory card set Cloud Dancing: Wisdom from the Sky, as well as two articles on the spirits of weather, published in Shamanism, the journal of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Nan holds a B.A. in anthropology from Washington State University and a B.S. in education from Western Montana College (University of Montana), including postgraduate studies in adult education at Montana State University. She has worked as a rural schoolteacher in Montana, and as a fire lookout and forestry technician in southern New Mexico.