Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing™

Developed by Michael Harner

Originated by Michael Harner and based upon his decades of research and experimentation, this course is the most advanced training in shamanism and shamanic healing offered by the Foundation. It is widely considered as unparalleled in the world. It involves intensive extended training in progressively higher levels of very advanced shamanism, including initiations into rare and little-known practices and principles.

In this residential program, the same group of participants meets for a week twice a year (usually May and October) for three years, with practical assignments between meetings. There is also a summertime program that meets once a year for two weeks (two back-to-back sessions) over the span of three summers. The program is devoted to the objective of advancing the participants' knowledge and practice as far as possible during the three years. Enrollment is limited. Sessions are held at a retreat center; on-site lodging and meals will be arranged during registration.


Way of the Shaman® The Basics and either: 1. The FSS Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive; or 2. At least six days of advanced FSS workshops, including Shamanic Extraction Healing Training and two other advanced FSS two-day workshops of your choice. Harner Shamanic Counseling™ may be used to meet one of the advanced two-day workshop requirements (except Extraction Healing). Special consideration will be given by the Review Committee to those who have completed the Two-Week Intensive, but many exceptions will be made, and each application will be evaluated individually by the Foundation Review Committee. Do not be discouraged from applying if you have not had the Two Week course.

Online Prerequisites

You may also choose to meet the prerequisites for the Three Year Program online or with a combination of online and in-person workshops. Complete all of the following online 7-hour or 10.5-hour workshops.

You must take all of the online workshops listed above unless you have also completed some of the FSS in-person weekend workshops. As part of registration/acceptance, after the FSS considers the in-person and online workshops you have taken, you will be notified what more you need to do to meet the required prerequisites.

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What Participants Say

"The Three Year Program has changed my life on a cellular level. It has been the best experience of my life!"

"It is hard to grasp that just one week ago I was passing through one of my life's transformational moments. Well, there were quite a few to be honest. The work of the Three Year Program was remarkable and awesome. It blessed me and continues to feed me, to change me, and to make me laugh (and sometimes cry!). I am so truly grateful. The spirits are singing and dancing like never before! I feel like I have a 'band of brothers and sisters' with my helping spirits and am getting more and more acquainted as the days pass."

—Pete Hatherell

"I love my life now. Since I've been doing this work, I have a deep sense of my purpose on this planet. That is not something I thought I would ever have. My life is deep, purposeful, profound and fun!"

—Three Year Program Participant

Workshop calendar

Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing

DateLocation / TimeInstructorContact

Oct 6—Oct 11, 2024

Portland area, Oregon

Robbie Staufer

18th West Coast Three Year Program


28 FSS CE credits

Journeywork Institute
Debbie Oliver

Tel: 707-857-2522
Fax: 707-639-1221

Mar 21—Mar 26, 2025

Cordoba, Argentina

Gerardo Roemer

6th Latin American Three Year Program


Graciela Quinteiro

Tel: +54 911 5824 6146

May 4—May 9, 2025

Madison, Virginia

Elaine Egidio

13th East Coast Three Year Program


28 FSS CE credits

Journeywork Institute
Debbie Oliver

Tel: 707-857-2522
Fax: 707-639-1221

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.