Inspired Shamanic Practice: Essentials of Effective & Principled Shamanic Healing™

This workshop combines lecture, small group discussion, interactive exercises, and journeying.

An effective shamanic healing practice depends on a combination of factors, including authentic and rigorous training in methods and direct experience with clients. As a spiritual healing method, the pragmatic aspects of the profession may be easily overlooked, and yet can make the difference between a valuable experience and a profoundly healing one from the client’s viewpoint.

A well-designed container for your healing practice that supports your clients and inspires you, can considerably enhance the effectiveness of your work. This training is appropriate for those beginning a shamanic practice who want to see what issues to consider and how to plan their future practice. It can be especially helpful for seasoned healers to dialogue with other practitioners and to help deepen their own work. NOTE: Some students who are very new to the work find it beneficial to have had more training and practice (particularly in the healing methods such as psychopomp work, extraction, and soul retrieval) before taking this workshop.

Purpose of the workshop: To help you develop an ethical, effective shamanic practice that has integrity and is based in respect for all beings; to offer you guidelines and ways of deciding for yourself regarding ethical issues—such as whether there is permission to do shamanic healing work in a specific situation—rather than "one size fits all" rules or answers; and to increase the professionalism of the practice by helping you create a supportive "container" that enhances your practice, including appropriate boundaries, safety, and freedom to practice within that container.

What will be covered: Ethical issues such as permission, talking with and screening potential clients, what to do before and after a session; brief legal considerations (not legal advice*); practicing with integrity and respect; and some pragmatic aspects of an effective shamanic practice.

What will not be covered: Shamanic healing and divination methodologies; marketing issues and strategies.

Participants must be able to successfully journey to contact at least one helping spirit from the Upper or Lower Worlds.

Zoom Video Conferencing Instructions

This experiential online training taught by FSS faculty members is offered via Zoom video conferencing. Participants will see and hear each other and interact in pairs and small groups, as well as in the full circle. All students must participate with audio and video and access the meeting through their own individual device.

Before your online training you will receive instructions from the workshop instructor for joining the session using Zoom. Meanwhile, we recommend you download these Zoom instructions including information on audio and video settings.

Before the workshop, select a private, comfortable location where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Please consider the use of headphones or earbuds for an enhanced audio experience, and the use of a computer or tablet for an enhanced video experience. We recommend you connect your device to a power source prior to the workshop, or fully charge your device's battery.


NOTE: In addition to the above required courses, the online The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive™ is highly recommended.
Legal Considerations. Workshop content related to legal considerations is provided for information purposes only as a service to those seeking and practicing shamanic healing or divination. It is not legal advice or counsel and is provided only as general information, which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. The Foundation makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the information and does not endorse or sponsor any website links provided. The Foundation does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice), which is provided or any linked sites incorporated into it by reference. The information is provided on the basis that all persons taking this workshop undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of all content. If you require advice in relation to any legal matter you should consult an appropriately qualified lawyer. See also: Ethics and Legal Considerations.


  • Rattle and/or drum
  • Notebook and pen for note-taking
  • Blindfold, eye covering, bandana, or Mindfold®
  • Computer, tablet, or smartphone (for Zoom videoconferencing)
  • Headphones, headset, or ear buds (recommended)


  • 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 meet prerequisites required for more advanced workshops. Please arrange your schedule so that you can be present at all sessions of the training.
  • Electronic recording, including audio, video, photographic or otherwise, is not permitted during the workshop.
  • Tuition discounts for online workshops are available to FSS Members (provided during registration): 7-hour ($10); 10.5 hour ($15); 14-hour ($20). Not a member? Join us!
What Participants Say
"This workshop was like bringing both wings of the bird together. This workshop was the wing of ethics. I felt the information and journeys provided the platform of professionalism as a shamanic practitioner. I found the information to be a vital aspect for my practice."

"Loads of material and lots of discussion from participants about their experiences (those who are in private practice from both shamanism and other fields), lots of inspiring questions/discussion. Very informative. Glad I participated!"

"Excellent. It helped me to understand my comfort level and confidence with the practice. All the journeys and group discussions were very helpful and insightful."

Workshop calendar

Inspired Shamanic Practice (online)

DateLocation / TimeInstructorContact

Aug 14—Aug 21, 2024

East EDT

Aug 14 5pm-8:30pm
Aug 21 5pm-8:30pm

Alex Solomon

7 FSS CE credits

Alex Solomon

Details & Registration

Aug 20—Aug 22, 2024

Southeast EDT

Aug 20 9am-12:30pm
Aug 22 9am-12:30pm

Sharon Licata

7 FSS CE credits

Sharon Licata

Details & Registration

Sep 14—Sep 15, 2024

East EDT

Sep 14 10am-2pm
Sep 15 10am-2pm

Dana Robinson

7 FSS CE credits

Dana Robinson


Dec 3—Dec 4, 2024

Latin America (GMT-3)

Dec 3 7pm-10:30pm
Dec 4 7pm-10:30pm

Gerardo Roemer

Gerardo Roemer


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.