Religion, Spiritual Development

Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Inc.

  • Mill Valley, CA
  • www.shamanism.org

Mission Statement

Originally founded in 1979 to facilitate Shamanic training nationally and internationally. In 1987 the organization was integrated into the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, dedicated to the worldwide preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge. The FSS believes that humans have generally forgotten the true essence of who they really are, the spiritual fabric of their Being, and their connection to the natural world. Our goals are to once again reconnect humankind to these essential aspects of self, through saving vanishing indigenous shamanic knowledge; discovering practical applications of shamanism within the context of contemporary life; deepening our understanding and knowledge of basic human capabilities represented by core shamanism; and informing others by the experiential teaching and publication of these methods.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Living Treasures of Shamanism
  3. Urgent Indigenous Assistance
  4. Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory
Service Areas

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International

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies offers workshops and training programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

ruling year

1986

Founder

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Michael Harner

President

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Susan Mokelke JD

Keywords

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shaman, shamanism, spiritual, indigenous, teaching, healing

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Also Known As

FSS

EIN

06-1131090

 Number

0212638538

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (X11)

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Program 1

Reviving Shamanism in the East and West. Developing courses and offering serious training, the FSS currently offers more than 200 courses to over 5000 individuals annually. The Foundation sponsors and financially supports grassroots shamanic training in new geographic areas throughout the world. Urgent Indigenous Assistance. Helping to preserve Shamanism where it is being threatened, and assisting its revival when invited, are critical dimensions of the Foundations mission. Recognition and financial assistance for extraordinary indigenous shamans in third world countries. Shamanism and Health The Foundation studies the effectiveness of shamanic healing methods to help deal with illness and other problems in daily life through research in an effort to find how shamanic practices compliment mainstream medicine. Mapping of Nonordinary reality The Foundation is involved in a long term project to develop the world"s foremost database of cross-cultural accounts of shamanic journeys, near-death, and other nonordinary explorations.

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Living Treasures of Shamanism

Our Living Treasures designation provides an annual lifetime stipend to exceptionally distinguished indigenous shamans in less-developed countries where their age-old knowledge of shamanism and shamanic healing is in danger of extinction. Special care is given to providing the economic assistance necessary to allow these Living Treasures to pass on their knowledge to their people.

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Urgent Indigenous Assistance

Helping to preserve shamanism where it is being threatened, and assisting its revival when invited, are critical dimensions of the Foundation's mission. The FSS has a network of specialists in shamanism throughout the world to help save indigenous shamanic knowledge in imminent danger of being lost. The FSS also responds to requests from native peoples to help revive and maintain their own shamanic traditions.

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Shamanic Knowledge Conservatory

This great archive, unique in the world, is preserving endangered shamanic knowledge for future generations. Progress continues at the SKC, under the direction of Michael Harner and Sandra Harner. With the invaluable work of former FSS research associate Gizelle Rhyon-Berry, a comprehensive catalogue of detailed descriptions of items in the entire Conservatory’s Western Collection was prepared. The collection includes nonordinary reality maps, transcriptions, Three-Year student homework, general submissions, and researched data. Description of every item housed at our archive is imperative for locating them efficiently, for preservation, and for possible future interest.

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International

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies offers workshops and training programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

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FOUNDATION FOR SHAMANIC STUDIES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Founder

Michael Harner

President

Susan Mokelke JD

BIO

Michael Harner, Ph.D., an anthropologist, founder of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, has publicly taught shamanic methods since the early 1970s and written books on shamanism. He has been a professor at Columbia, Yale, the University of California at Berkeley, at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York, where he was chairman of the Department of Anthropology. He was co-chairman of the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has done fieldwork in the Upper Amazon, western North America, the Canadian Arctic, and Samiland (Lapland).

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BOARD CHAIR

Susan Mokelke JD

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