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What is shamanism?


Shamanism is thought to be one of the oldest spiritual systems of mankind. Although the archaeological proof is not fully clear, we know that shamanism is very old, probably several thousands of years. Shamanism holds the key to better understand where we come from, our common spiritual beliefs, our deep connection to nature and our search for the meaning of life. If you ever met a shaman or medicine woman, you read about them or watched a video, you probably experienced a sense of deep understanding and wisdom that radiates from these people.

The often eccentric and unorthodox appearance of shamans – at least by Western standards and the big religions - and their so-called trance has been the base for many mystic, romantic, and outride futile ideas of what shamans do and what shamanism is. Actually, it is not that difficult to be described although more difficult to get. The easy part is what shamans do: they basically heal and divine for their society. The more difficult part is to describe how they do it. Shamans know how to alter their consciousness to get connected with their spiritual helpers, with the help of drumming or rattling. This specific shamanic consciousness, facilitated by ancient practices, is what distinguishes a shaman from other healers, mediums and religious practitioners.
Shamanism is based on an animistic world view, which means that everything has a soul, i.e. animals, plant, rocks, rivers, mountains, the wind, the rain and even daily objects. Shamans are experts in communicating with these diverse groups of spirits on behalf of their clients, family, tribe or society.

The American anthropologist, prof. dr. Michael Harner (1929 – 2018) worked with many different shamans around the world. Based on his experience, he developed the so-called core shamanism. Harner also founded the Foundation for Shamanic Studies – FSS, which authorizes trainers to teach the methods of core shamanism.

In the basic workshop you will learn about the shamanic worldview and how you can use traditional shamanic methods such as
-to alter your consciousness into other realities, the lower and the upper worlds
-learn techniques that can help you discover your spiritual guides and your helpers or power animals
-learn the basics of shamanic healing and divination
-discover your hidden spiritual resources, transform your life, and learn how to help others.

After completing the basic workshop, you can participate in FSS advanced workshops. Mental and physical health is prerequisite for participation. The workshop is alcohol and drug-free. You participate at your own risk.

Place: Online via Zoom or
Era Nova book store („sali“) Kasarmikatu 2, 00140 Helsinki

Workshop hours:
Workshop fee:
Trainer: Kai Goerlich
Assistant: Annika Ritari

Workshop language: English (interpretation to Finnish and Swedish if necessary)

More information about FSS: https://www.shamanism.eu/

E-mail registration to Annika: Annika.Ritari(at)gmx.net
or to Kai (in English or German): Kaigo(at)gmx.net

Last day of registration / payment of the workshop fee:
The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent the day before the workshop.


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