Basic Shamanic Workshop-Sept 2015

Michael Harner’s
The Way of the Shaman®
Shamanic Journeying, Power and Healing
The Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism

Led by Dana Robinson

Blue Ray of Hope Presents
Marvin Chapel, Union, WV

Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Course Description

During this experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal and near-universal basic methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is placed on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.

Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. Students are also provided with methods to discover, and study with, their own individual power animals and spiritual teachers in nonordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized for divination and to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the planet.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a rattle or a drum if you have one. Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a bandanna, cushion and/or blanket, a rough-surfaced rock approximately the size of a grapefruit (NOT a crystal), and a pen and notebook to record your journeys.(Electronic recording — audio, video, photographic — and the use of computers are not permitted during the workshop.)

Completion of this workshop with an authorized FSS Faculty Member qualifies participants to take more advanced FSS workshops. NOTE: You must complete all sessions of this workshop to qualify for further FSS training. Please arrange your schedule so that you can be present at all sessions for both days of the training.


Marvin Chapel was built in the 1860’s during the Civil War period and remains standing on charming Chapel Ridge Farm in Union, WV. Union is an historic, agricultural community located in scenic Monroe County, boasting rolling plateaus of karst farmland and picturesque valleys nestled along the lofty ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can step back in time and visit restored covered bridges, old grain and blacksmith mills, as well as various sites on the Civil War Trail or the Rural Heritage Quilt Trail. With access to the Appalachian Trail, Jefferson National Forest, Moncove State Park, and the Hanging Rock Observatory atop Peters Mountain (where hawk and eagle counts take place annually), inspirational outdoor adventures can be engaged.

About the Instructor: Dana Robinson Dana is a Certified Harner Method Shamanic Counselor (C.S.C.) and has taught well over 400 workshops for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies over the last 20 years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has explored several spiritual paths culminating in his work with the Foundation. He has studied extensively with Michael Harner and FSS, including participating in the Foundation’s Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing and various 5-day trainings exploring the work of the Brazilian Spiritists, the Tuvan shamans, and an Ulchi shaman. In addition to his shamanic knowledge, Dana brings humor, good listening skills, a solid sense of timing, and a deep love of the work to the Foundation workshops he teaches.


Weekend workshop fee is $240 per person for early registration if paid by August 1, 2015. Sign-ups after August 1, 2015 will be $260.

Tuition Deposit: A $120 Deposit is required in order to register for this workshop and will be applied toward your tuition balance. You may also submit the full fee to register.

Registration Document: You will receive a registration document via email after deposit is paid. Please return back to info@bluerayofhope.com upon receipt

Balance Due: Please send balance due by August 14, 2015 so that all tuition matters are complete prior to arriving at workshop.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be processed as follows: notification received prior to Friday, August 14th: full refund minus $60 administration fee; notification received prior to Friday, August 21st: 50% refund minus $60 administration fee. No refunds on or after August 21st, 2015. If you cancel 30 days or more before the workshop, you may apply the amount paid to another Blue Ray of Hope workshop.

The Foundation for Shamanic Studies and Blue Ray of Hope retains the right to cancel any workshop at any time for any reason. In this case all tuition fees will be refunded in full or may be applied to a future workshop.