Shamanic Healing Training Program

Effective shamanic practice depends upon knowledge of the spirit realms and how to access them to build strong relationships with the compassionate helping spirits. Powerful shamanic healing requires training, discipline, and experience. Shamanism, Spirits & Healing is the first workshop in this program.

This program includes the fundamental shamanic healing methods: power animal retrieval, extraction healing, psychopomp work with the spirits of the deceased, and power soul retrieval. It also incorporates enrichment experiences designed to provide a depth of knowledge essential to an effective shamanic healing practice.

To begin this program you must have successfully completed either the Way of the Shaman®: The Basics or the online workshops Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power™ and Shamanic Divination in Practice. The Shamanic Worldview: Everything is Alive™ is recommended, but not required.

This workshop sets the context for the online Shamanic Healing Training Program. It is the prerequisite for other workshops in this program. In this experiential workshop, you will have the opportunity to personally explore the three worlds of the shaman (Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds).

Shamans are concerned with the human soul, with healing during life and assisting the soul’s passage out of the Middle World after death. Familiar with the realms of the dead, a shaman can act as a psychopomp—a conductor of souls.

Shamanic extraction healing is a powerful practice for treating localized pain and illness resulting from spiritual factors. “The shaman works to remove things that interfere with the health of the body, such as spiritual intrusions, and extract them. This is not done through journeying. It’s done through working here in the Middle World in an altered state of consciousness.” — Michael Harner

Review and practice of the primary shamanic healing methods, as taught in the in-person weekend workshops and the Online Shamanic Healing series: extraction healing, power animal retrieval, psychopomp work, and power soul retrieval. 

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.

Soul loss due to trauma—such as shock, accidents, long term illness, or constant stress—is a spiritual illness, recognized by shamans cross-culturally. A missing soul portion can be thought of as part of a person’s essence that they can no longer access, leaving them diminished and lacking in power. In soul retrieval, a practitioner, with the assistance of their helping spirits, returns missing portions of a client’s soul.

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.