Advanced Shamanic Depossession Healing™

For graduates of the FSS Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healing

Shamanic Depossession Healing* is concerned with the souls of deceased humans remaining in the Middle World, either because they are unable to pass out of this realm, or have chosen to stay for their own reasons. These souls are often suffering, lost, or confused and may form connections with living people, which can vary in degree from minor influence to feelings of compulsion on the part of the living person. Thus, both the living person and the influencing spirit need healing.

Because depossession healing is very advanced work, this workshop is reserved for graduates of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' Three-Year Program. To practice depossession safely and effectively requires maturity, knowledge of shamanic methods and the spirit realms, and power gained through shamanic healing practice and strong relationships with the compassionate helping spirits.

Participants will be trained in and practice the essential elements of shamanic depossession healing, including:

  • Discussions of the wide variety of situations that can be encountered, both with clients and with influencing spirits
  • Learning how to work with your helping spirits to discern the presence of influencing spirits
  • The importance of spiritual power and compassion to effective depossession healing
  • Navigating potentially complex ethical situations in negotiating with influencing spirits to receive their permission for healing
  • Practice with other participants offering and receiving shamanic depossession healing


NOTE: Participants must be proficient in psychopomp healing. If it has been some time since you studied psychopomp work, it is recommended that you retake one of the workshops in #2 below.

1. Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism & Shamanic Healing
2. AND any one of the following trainings:
Shamanism, Dying & Beyond (in person)
The Shaman As Psychopomp (online)
Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive


  • Rattle and/or drum
  • Notebook and pen for note-taking
  • Blindfold, eye covering, bandana, or Mindfold®
  • Comfortable clothing and warm socks
  • Blanket and/or cushion (optional)
  • Packed lunch (optional)


  • 13 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits are available.
  • Completion of this workshop with an authorized FSS Faculty Member qualifies participants to take more advanced FSS workshops. NOTE: You must complete all sessions of this workshop to qualify for further FSS training. Please arrange your schedule so that you can be present at all sessions for both days of the training.
  • Electronic recording, including audio, video, photographic or otherwise, and the use of computers, tablets or cellphones are not permitted during the workshop.
  • Tuition Discounts are available to FSS Members. Please see our FAQ (#19). Not a member? Join us!
*This advanced training was developed by FSS Three Year Program instructor Robbie Staufer from her years of experience teaching and practicing shamanic healing, including the method taught in this workshop. It is based in Core Shamanism principles as originated and developed by Michael Harner.

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Our workshops are widely recognized as unparalleled in the world.

Originated, researched and developed over nearly 50 years by anthropologist Michael Harner, the pioneer of contemporary shamanism.

Our training offers students the opportunity to learn and practice authentic, powerful, and effective shamanic healing methods to high ethical standards.

For Educational Purposes

All Foundation workshops and training programs are offered for teaching purposes only and not for healing or treating any student or participant for any physical or mental condition or illness.


All Foundation workshops and training courses are copyrighted and were originated, researched, and developed by Michael Harner (except as may be otherwise noted).

Electronic recording of audio, video or images is not permitted.