School of Shamanism First Year Program

Prerequisites to enter the First Year Program are the FSS online workshops, The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge and Power and Shamanic Divination in Practice, or the original in-person workshop, The Way of the Shaman®. The first part of the year focuses on developing journeying and divination skills, meeting animal spirits, guardians and spirit teachers, and exploring the non-ordinary realms of the upper and lower worlds. This focus allows participants to deepen their experience beyond what is possible in the introductory workshops alone, and helps prepare them to be more effective in their practice of shamanism. The program continues with introductions to the primary core shamanic healing methods, and concludes with explorations of two major areas of shamanism and everyday life.

Courses that are designated 'FSS' in the outline below are based on the Foundation for Shamanic Studies online Shamanic Healing Series with additional supplemental material. Students will be asked to complete a FSS registration form for each one, and will automatically receive credit with FSS for completing the workshops.


Course Outline: Two-Day Intensives


SCSS First Year Program: Intermediate Shamanic Training

  • Shamanic Journeying II
  • Shamanic Divination II
  • The Shamanic Worldview / Nature & Ancestor Spirits
  • FSS: Shamanism, Spirits & Healing
  • FSS: The Shaman as Psychopomp
  • FSS: Shamanic Extraction Healing
  • Shamanic Healing for Body & Soul
  • FSS: Power Soul Retrieval
  • FSS: Inspired Shamanic Practice
  • FSS: Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice
  • Shamanism & Dreams
  • Shamanism & Creative Expression
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Course Outline: Bi-Weekly Practice Groups


The bi-weekly Practice Groups in the Spirit Canoe School of Shamanism are designed to provide opportunities for participants to explore the subjects of the two-day intensives further. Structured similarly to core shamanic drumming circles, the groups provide a community context for the practices and experiences of the program by creating additional time for connection among participants and group facilitators.

The Practice Groups are led by people who have completed the Spirit Canoe School of Shamanism's facilitator training course, all of the FSS in-person weekend workshops, and a year or more of advanced individual mentoring with Robbie. Some of them are participants in or graduates of the FSS two-week and three-year programs.