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Resources for learning shamanism
What is Shamanism?
From our Blog:
- The Shamanic Journey – a journey to the three shamanic realms
- Working with Human Guides in shamanic journeys
- Hollow bone – master hollowing out for true, Spirit-led journeys
Interview session with Paul Francis: Shamanic journeying – entering the shamanic realms
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Discover links to interesting podcasts, videos, articles and websites that will help you learn shamanism. Also below are links to recommended shamanic practitioners, free shamanic drumming MP3 downloads, and more.
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In this guide, I share insights and practical tips on how shamanism can help you connect with your inner wisdom and the healing power of the natural world. It presents a comprehensive approach to shamanism, covering a range of topics such as animism, shamanic journeying, finding your Power Animal and more.
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Interview session with Paul Francis: What is shamanism, and how can we make it relevant for the present time
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The Hive Podcasts with Nathalie Nahai:
- Shamanism, Service & Power – Paul Francis
- Ecopsychology, Meaning & the Journey of Transformation – Mary Jayne Rust
- Storytelling & the Mythic Imagination – Dr Sharon Blackie
- Culture, Indigenous Wisdom & the Power of Community – Bruce Parry
- On Reclaiming Soul, Beauty and Our Sense of Purpose – Gill Coombs
Embodiment Matters Podcasts with Erin and Carl Rabke:
- Embodiment and the Journey of Soul Initiation with Bill Plotkin
- Embodiment Matters Featuring Sharon Blackie
- Grounded Spirituality with Jeff Brown
- Animal Body, Deep Time, and the Thing We All Long For – Josh Schrei
- On Mycelium, Compost, and Animate Sensibilities – Sophie Strand
- Stretched Between Gratitude and Grief – Francis Weller
- A Response To Our Times – Francis Weller
- Remembering our Animal Senses and Sensuous Relationship with the Living World – David Abram
Free Shamanic Drumming MP3 Downloads
A free, downloadable 10-minute shamanic drumming MP3 with call-back (16″ Remo Buffalo Drum, played by Paul Francis)
A free, downloadable 15-minute shamanic drumming MP3 with call-back (16″ Remo Buffalo Drum, played by Paul Francis)
Best Books About Shamanism
In terms of recommended shaShamanism Booksmanism books, perhaps not surprisingly (!) the main books we recommend are the Therapeutic Shamanism series. The first book is an introduction and a practical guide:
The next volumes in the series can be read in any order, just bear in mind that they do assume some prior knowledge and experience in shamanic journeying. The first two books form an in-depth exploration of the shamanic Lower-World:
The fourth book in the series (due out some time later in 2022) will be an in-depth exploration of shamanic spirituality and the Upper-World:
Other Shamanic Books
In terms of wider reading around shamanism, some of the better books include:
Bran, Zoe. Where Shamans Go: Journeys into Extra-ordinary Reality.
Crockett, Tom. Stone Age Wisdom: The Healing Principles of Shamanism.
Day, Kenn. Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways.
Deatsman, Colleen. The Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism.
Eliade, Mircea. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy.
Harner, Michael. Cave and Cosmos. And The Way of the Shaman.
Harrell, S. Kelley. Gift of the Dreamtime: Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma.
Ingerman, Sandra. Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation. And: Mending the Fragmented Self. Also: Soul Retrieval.
Kahili King, Serge. Urban Shaman.
Matthews, Caitlin. Singing the Soul Back Home.
Pratt, Christina. An Encyclopaedia of Shamanism, Volumes One and Two.
Stevens, Jose and Stevens, Lena S. Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power Within You.
Villoldo, Alberto. Shaman, Healer, Sage. Also: Mending the Past and Healing the Future.
Walter, Mariko Namba, and Fridman, Eva Jane Neumann. Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, Volumes One and Two.
In terms of wider reading around shamanism, including animism, anthropological and historical context, the links with psychotherapy and so on, here are some good books:
Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. And: Becoming Animal.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak. And: Animal-wise.
Bloom, William. Psychic Protection.
Boehm, Christopher. Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior.
Brown, Jeff. Grounded Spirituality.
Caplan, Mariana. Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path.
Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years. Also: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Diamond, Julie, and Jones, Lee Spark. A Path Made by Walking: Process Work in Practice.
Earley, Jay. Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, a New, Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy. Volumes 1-3.
Forbes, Jack D. Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism.
Griffiths, Jay. Why Rebel. And: Wild.
Halifax, Joan. The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom.
Hanh, Thich Nhat. Love Letter to the Earth.
Harari, Yuval Noah. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. And: Sapiens A Graphic History – Volume 1: The Birth of Humankind; Volume 2: The Pillars of Civilization.
Harding, Stephan. Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia.
Harvey, Graham. Animism: Respecting the Living World.
Heying, Heather, and Weinstein, Bret. A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life.
Hollis, James. Living Between Worlds: Finding Personal Resilience in Changing Times. Also: Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.
Jensen, Derrick. The Myth of Human Supremacy.
Jordan, Martin. Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
Levine, Peter. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.
Levy, Paul. Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil.
Macy, Joanna, and Johnstone, Chris. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy.
Macy, Joanna and Young Brown, Molly. Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.
Masters, Robert Augustus. Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters.
Macfarlane, Robert. The Wild Places. And: The Lost Spells. Also: The Lost Words.
McKay, Julie. The Insightful Body: Healing with SomaCentric Dialoguing.
Mindell, Arnold. Earth-Based Psychology: Path Awareness from the Teachings of Don Juan, Richard Feynman, and Lao Tse. Also: The Year 1: Global Process Work: Community Creation from Global Problems, Tensions and Myths. And: Working on Yourself Alone.
Nelson, Melissa K. (editor). Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future.
Plotkin, Bill. Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche. And: The Journey of Soul Initiation: A Field Guide for Visionaries, Evolutionaries, and Revolutionaries.
Quinn, Daniel. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit. And: Providence. Also: The Story of B.
Roberts, Llyn. Shamanic Reiki.
Rogers, Carl. A Way of Being. And: Client-centred Therapy. Also: On Becoming a Person. And: On Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact.
Rothschild, Babette. The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma & Trauma Treatment.
Roszak ,Theodore. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind.
Ryan, Christopher. Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress.
Salzgeber, Jonas. The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness.
Schwartz, Richard C. Internal Family Systems Therapy. And: No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model.
Scott, James C. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States.
Seed, John, Macy, Joanna, and Fleming, Pat. Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings.
Stone, Hal. Embracing Our Selves: Voice Dialogue Manual.
Taylor, Steve. The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era.
Tolan, Janet and Cameron, Rose. Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Turner, Toko-pa. Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home.
Waal, Frans de. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Walker, Peter. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma.
Weiss, Bonnie. Self-Therapy Workbook: An Exercise Book for the IFS Process.
Weller, Francis. The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief.
Wohlleben, Peter. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate. And: The Secret Network of Nature: The Delicate Balance of All Living Things.
Wolynn Mark. It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle.
And for some light relief, if you are into fantasy/sci-fi, some books that have some shamanic/animist themes:
The Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel.
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver.
Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card.
Pennterra by Judith Moffett.
The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Knitty Bear by Jane Allighan
For information on what to expect and what to look for in a shamanic practitioner, see our Practitioner Competencies.
The following recommendations are restricted to people who either are, or have been, tutors at the college. All offer distance work if needed (usually by Zoom).
Cat Anderson (also trauma-release work, including IEMT).
Sarah Knight (Sarah no longer offers shamanic healing, but is a psychotherapist and Internal Family Systems Therapist with a strong background in Therapeutic Shamanism).