Faculty Intern Program

Program Goal

The FSS Faculty Intern Program is intended to train and prepare potential FSS faculty members to teach the FSS weekend (two-day) workshops in core shamanism throughout North America. FSS faculty members are experienced, highly qualified, core shamanic practitioners, who have been fully trained and initiated in shamanism and core shamanic healing methods.

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies teaching of shamanic knowledge is based on the pioneering work of Michael Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman. FSS offers time-tested authentic shamanic methods, with an emphasis on ethical practice, arising from more than 50 years of anthropological research, teaching experience, experimentation, and development. FSS programs are widely recognized as the gold standard of contemporary shamanic training.

For the power and wisdom of shamanism to be available widely and thereby to address the immense challenges facing our communities and our precious Earth, high-quality, consistent, and authentic training must be available, — clear, focused, and disciplined — as practiced by those who know how to work intensively with the spirits to bring this healing power into our world. The FSS Faculty Intern Program is designed to produce highly qualified teachers of core shamanism.

Program Director: Susan Mokelke
Program Associate: Narrye Caldwell
Program Associate: Robbie Staufer

Application Requirements

To apply for the FSS Faculty Intern Program, you must be:

  • A graduate of, or currently enrolled in, the FSS Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing
  • A graduate of, or currently enrolled in, the FSS Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive
  • Actively engaged in a shamanic healing practice, at your current level of training, based on the methods of core shamanism
  • A member of the Circle of the Foundation (Regular, Sponsoring or Council membership)

Letter of Interest

The FSS Faculty Intern Program is open to applicants from areas of the US and Canada that are currently not served by existing faculty members or where additional faculty members would be helpful to better service an area. See the Way of the Shaman® The Basics workshop calendar page to see where FSS faculty are currently teaching.

If your area is not being covered, and you meet the recommended criteria above, please submit a ONE-PAGE letter of interest that includes your location, how you meet the above Intern Program criteria, and a brief statement clearly indicating why you would be an ideal candidate for the Intern Program at this time.

Please email your letter of interest to the Susan Mokelke, FSS President,