First Steps Course

First-Steps in Therapeutic Shamanism: An Online Course

This low-cost and eye-opening course introduces people to rich and amazing world of Therapeutic Shamanism. The course is experiential, and covers the basics of shamanic practice.  No prior experience is necessary.

You will learn:

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The course consists of a mixture of videos, live sessions, theory talks, question-and-answer sessions, group discussion, experiential exercises, and practice. This is delivered in 8 online sessions. Each session is between 1 to 1½ hours long, making the course a total of between 8 to 12 hours in length. The exact content of each session will vary to some extent, as tutors will tailor it to the needs and wishes of the participants. However, the basic structure is as follows:

Session 1

After watching a pre-recorded talk – “What is Shamanism” - given by Paul Francis, the founder of the college, a chance for students to ask the tutors any questions that they have. Then a tutor-led guided journey to the shamanic lower-world.

Session 2

A tutor-led Power Animal retrieval journey. Or, for those who already have a Power Animal, a journey to receive healing.

Session 3

Exploring what a Power Animal is, and how to work with them, in more depth.

Session 4

“Domestication and the Fall” a pre-recorded talk by Paul Francis, on why we nearly lost shamanism and why we need it back. Then a chance to ask tutors questions.

Session 5

Developing what is known as a “hollowing-out” practice – how to make sure that your shamanic journeys are grounded, authentic and Spirit-led.

Session 6

How to do a shamanic healing for someone. Includes looking at interpersonal skills and ethical considerations.

Session 7

Grounding practices. Doing a shamanic “burial” journey to connect to Mother Earth.

Session 8

How to develop your shamanic practice – ideas and practical suggestions for exploring further.

Between sessions, participants will have the option of joining private peer-led online groups, to offer each other encouragement and support, ask questions, and share ideas and experiences. Participants also can submit questions to the course tutor(s), to be answered at the next online session.  

Course Requirements

Online Access

Participants will of course have to have an internet-enabled device (computer, tablet or smartphone) and wi-fi access to take part. The platform we use is Zoom meetings – help will be available for getting set up if needed.

Mental Health

Shamanic work can be of great benefit with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. However, shamanic work does require a reasonable degree of mental robustness and groundedness, and emotional resilience. As such, like meditation and other similar practices, it can be contra-indicated in mental health issues such as psychosis, mania, severe depression, or disassociative disorders. So, if you have any mental health issues (current or historical) which you feel may impact on your ability to journey safely, then please do discuss this with the relevant course tutor prior to booking on the course. Any discussion will, of course, be treated confidentially.

Course Dates & Details

Sessions will usually be offered at weekly intervals – either one a week for 8 weeks, or two a week over 4 weeks. For details, see the dates below.

Contact us to find out more about the course or with any other questions. 

Jan - Feb 2022


Jan 16, 23, Feb 6, 20 – Sundays, 10am start (UK time)

Delivered over 4 online meetings, with two of the sessions (above) covered in each meeting. Each session is between 3 and 4 hours long.

May 2022


May 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturdays, 4pm start (UK time)

Delivered over 4 online meetings, with one of the sessions (above) covered in each meeting. Each session is between 3 and 4 hours long.

Sept - Oct 2022


September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Saturdays, 10am start (UK time)

Delivered over 8 online meetings, with one of the sessions (above) covered in each meeting. Each session is between 1½ to 2 hours long.

More dates will be added at regular intervals.  Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed of new dates and courses.

Meet the team

The college’s founders, Paul Francis and Cat Anderson, deliver the online meetings. Additional experienced tutors are brought in to assist as needed, depending on student numbers.

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