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Spreading Shamanic Knowledge Worldwide

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS), a public charitable 501(c) (3) organization, has worked to preserve, research and teach shamanism globally for more than three decades. Started in 1979 by anthropologist Dr. Michael Harner, this nonprofit organization’s three-fold mission supports several important programs aimed at spreading shamanic knowledge worldwide.

To preserve shamanic knowledge, the FSS assists indigenous shamans whose knowledge is in danger of being lost with annual lifetime stipends through the Living Treasures Project. When invited by indigenous people, the Foundation helps recover and revitalize shamanic practices via the Indigenous Assistance Project. Lastly, the FSS documents and records irreplaceable shamanic knowledge and practices with the World Archives Preservation Project.

To study and research shamanic knowledge, the FSS programs include the Library Accessibility Project, the Research & Publication Project and the Mapping of Non-Ordinary Reality (MONOR) Project. You can learn more about these vital programs by visiting the Foundation’s website.

To teach shamanic knowledge, the FSS offers workshops in core shamanism globally. The Foundation currently teaches more than 200 courses annually to thousands of individuals in cities and countries around the world. The Foundation for Shamanic Studies even offers courses in Tucson.

The next Tucson class, The Way of the Shaman is offered April 6 to 7. This Basic course introduces participants to core shamanism, allows them to experience the shamanic journey and shamanic state of consciousness for themselves, and much more.

To register for the course or for more information, call Dr. Melissa Dawahare, Foundation for Shamanic Studies Arizona Faculty, at 480-993-8249, email [email protected] or visit

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