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Resources for learning shamanism

From our Blog: What is shamanism?

Interview session with Paul Francis: What is shamanism, and how can we make it relevant for the present time

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

E01:  WHAT IS SHAMANISM, AND HOW CAN WE MAKE IT RELEVANT FOR THE PRESENT TIMEIn episode one of The Three Ravens Sessions, we explore what shamanism is, how it differs from animism, how psychotherapy can contribute, and why we need shamanic practices back.
E02:  SHAMANIC JOURNEYING – ENTERING THE SHAMANIC REALMSIn the second episode, we dive into shamanic journeying – what it is, where we journey, how we can learn it and why it is something that can really enrich and deepen our everyday shamanic practice.

Podcasts with Paul Francis:

Recommended podcasts from other people:

Embodiment Matters Podcasts with Erin and Carl Rabke:

Other recommended podcasts:

We have created a Glossary of Shamanic Terms, so you can learn shamanism and shamanic terms through the website.

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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 Shamanic Journey: A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Shamanism

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:

Rewilding Yourself: Discovering Your Soul’s Deep Roots Through Shamanic Practices

Finding Your Deep Soul: Guidance For Authentic Living Through Shamanic Practices

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:

Soul Roots, Spirit Branches: Animist and Shamanic Spirituality, Mindfulness and Meditation Practices

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.


Related Topics

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. 

Fiction Books

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).

Paul Connery 

Tina Shaw


Sarah Knight  (Sarah no longer offers shamanic healing, but is a psychotherapist and Internal Family Systems Therapist with a strong background in Therapeutic Shamanism).

The websites of some of our students:

  • Lotus in the MudA long-established blog run by Sujatin. A treasure trove exploring the links between Buddhism (mainly Pureland Buddhism), animism and shamanism. 
  • Eric Windhost Registered psychotherapist, counsellor, coach, educator, mentor, (re)searcher, and writer. Resources on Giftedness and on being a HSP (a Highly Sensitive Person).
  • Laura Bruton Psychotherapy, counselling, and supervision. Integrative Psychotherapy tailored to individual needs.
  • Michelle Harpas Certified Empowerment and Soul Purpose Coach, ceremonial circle facilitator, and shamanic practitioner.
  • The Healing Forest Therapies Charlotte Knaggs, qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master and Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner and Advanced EFT therapist.
  • Nina Pyykkönen Jungian coaching – a growth-oriented process which combines conscious and intellectual work with deep emotional experience and contact with the unconscious. Based on the Depth Psychological approach and theory of Carl Jung. In the coaching process, creative methods, especially active imagination, are used as bridges to the unconscious.
  • Wylder Clout Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and Chakra Healing Master. Sessions in-person, via Zoom and in absentee sessions, with clients from all walks of life and from across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America. Each healing session is unique and can facilitate the release of blockages, address past or present trauma, transform recurring patterns, and contribute to the re-weaving of your soul and life journey. 
  • Bettina Hemmingsen I’m a licensed Psychotherapist and my approach is experiential, emotion-focused, trans-personal, holistic, multiplicity and mindfulness – based. My work is trauma-informed targeted towards adolescents, adults, families, and couples who are facing or going through a transition. 
  • Nurturing Wellness – Hanna Casement Yoga, Ayurvedic facial rejuvenation massage, Thai massage, HeartMath coaching, Circle holding facilitator.
  • Amy Arnold, MD Your True Story Coaching. Specializing in helping women “shift from midlife crisis to full-life freedom” via individual and group coaching, workshops, and education. Her website blog focuses on topics related to deep connection and personal growth.
If you are a student of ours, have a website, and would be interested in a link exchange and have a link to your website included here, please contact us and let us know. 

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