The Shaman as Psychopomp™

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. A trained shamanic practitioner is able to guide the soul of a deceased person out of the Middle World to a place where the soul can receive help in taking the next step on its path. The focus of this training is on learning and practicing the psychopomp method.

In this fully experiential workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore what happens for human souls from a core shamanic perspective after they leave the body—the "destiny of human souls" in the Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds
  • Learn and practice the psychopomp method to help the souls of the deceased out of the Middle World to a better place
  • How to locate a soul in the Middle World that may be stuck and in need of help
  • How to obtain the soul's permission to offer shamanic assistance
  • How to guide the soul to a place in the Upper or Lower World where it will be helped to continue on its journey

Participants must be able to successfully journey in the Upper, Lower, and Middle Worlds, and have a strong relationship with a Power Animal and/or Teacher 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.


  • 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)


  • 10.5 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 was a fantastic workshop. Wow-whee, did day one take many of us to a really deep embodied place! I came into this workshop without much expectation, since I've never seen souls of the dead. I just wanted to take the next course. But I felt so moved by what I saw and experienced, and how easily things flowed with the protocols we were given. I feel so much more connected to a larger world and a deeper opportunity to serve."

"It was awesome, inspiring, and very informative. Got me thinking there is something I can do, no matter how small, to help out with our current world situation."

"This workshop was really amazing! Full of content and the journeys were so deep, it is one of my favorites! And I'm so impressed that we can reach out so far through Zoom, it is incredible!"

"Very deeply satisfying. Gained a visceral understanding of what it means to be doing good work, which I did not expect. Really developed my relationships with the helping spirits in new directions."

"This exploration into psychopomp work had a deep emotional impact on me and opened up compassionate feelings I've not had in many years."

Workshop calendar

The Shaman As Psychopomp (online)

DateLocation / TimeInstructorContact

Jul 17—Jul 31, 2024

East EDT

Jul 17 5pm-8:30pm
Jul 24 5pm-8:30pm
Jul 31 5pm-8:30pm

Alex Solomon

10.5 FSS CE credits

Alex Solomon

Details & Registration

Aug 12—Aug 16, 2024

Southeast EDT

Aug 12 9am-12:30pm
Aug 14 9am-12:30pm
Aug 16 9am-12:30pm

Sharon Licata

10.5 FSS CE credits

Sharon Licata

Details & Registration

Sep 3—Sep 5, 2024

Latin America (GMT-3)

Sep 3 7pm-10:30pm
Sep 4 7pm-10:30pm
Sep 5 7pm-10:30pm

Gerardo Roemer

Gererdo 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.