Core Shamanism

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What Is Core Shamanism

From the Core Shamanism webpage:  “Started in 1979 as the Center for Shamanic Studies, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies presents the world’s foremost training programs in shamanism and shamanic healing. They are based on the pioneering work of anthropologist Michael Harner, who brought shamanism to contemporary life in the West after extensive field and cross-cultural investigation, experimentation, and personal practice. He originated, researched, and developed core shamanism, a system designed for Westerners to apply shamanism and shamanic healing successfully to their daily lives. This system is based upon the underlying universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism—together with journeys to other worlds—rather than upon culture-specific variations and elaborations.

Since the West overwhelmingly lost its shamanic knowledge centuries ago due to religious oppression, the Foundation’s programs in core shamanism are particularly intended for Westerners to reacquire access to their rightful spiritual heritage through quality workshops and training courses. Training in Core Shamanism includes teaching students to alter their consciousness through classic shamanic non-drug techniques such as sonic driving, especially in the form of repetitive drumming, so that they can discover their own hidden spiritual resources, transform their lives, and learn how to help others. Core Shamanism does not focus on ceremonies, such as those of Native American medicine men and women, persons who do both shamanism and ceremonial work.  For additional information on the education and how he came to develop Core Shamanism please read his bio: Michael Harner here: 

The Journey Workshop conducted by Calming Winds  is 3 hour workshop where you will learn how to drum using a hand drum and then learn how shamanic drumming will help induce a heightened state of awareness.  Once you learn how to relax the mind you will be assisted in how to facilitate journeying to connect you with a animal guide.

What to bring for workshop:  If you have a rattle or hand drum, please bring it.  If you do not, one can be loaned to you for the lass.  Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks and a bandanna. During the journey you will need a pillow and blanket. You’ll need a pen and notebook to record your journeys.  Electronic record, video, photos or computers are not permitted during the workshop.

Workshops are 3 hours.  Workshops can be conducted individually or in a group setting at your location among your contacts or friends.  If interested in this workshop, please contact Tonia at  The workshop is designed to give you a shamanic experience but is not intended to replace the training provided by Core Shamanism Foundation.