The Stars

Foundation for  Shamanic Studies In Person Workshops

Workshop cancellation policy:  Refunds will be given, minus a $40 processing fee, up to one month before the workshop.  50% refunds will be given up to two weeks before the workshop.  Within two weeks of the workshop, no refunds will be issued.

In Person Workshops

All in person workshops are held in Derby, CT

COVID-19 policies for all in person workshops:

Vaccination and booster against COVID-19 is required for all in person workshops, and will need to be submitted to the FSS prior to attendance.  This is the policy for all FSS in person workshops, with any faculty member.  

Masks are recommended; whether or not there is a mask requirement for each workshop will be determined by the level of virus in the community at the time the workshop is held.  Please come to the workshop prepared to wear a mask.  Final instructions on whether or not there is a requirement will be send out the week of the workshop.

If you will not be vaccinated/boosted by two weeks prior to the date of the workshop, or if you are not able to wear a mask for the duration of the day, please do not register for in person workshops, and instead take advantage of our many online offerings.

If workshops are cancelled by the instructor for any reason, including due to COVID-19, full refunds will be issued.  Otherwise, please note the cancellation policy at the top of this page.  Refunds will not be given for participants who are not willing/able to wear a mask.


A rattle and frame drum

Something to cover your eyes, like a bandana

​​A notebook to record your journeys (electronics are not permitted for this purpose)

A covered water bottle

Pillows, blankets, or whatever you  need to be comfortable sitting and lying on the ground

Please dress in layers, and in a way that you are comfortable moving around the space

I am currently in the part of the year when I do not teach.  I find it's important to take time to focus on my own personal work, and winter is the time when I do that type of hibernation.

Please see below for workshop in 2023:


The Way of the Shaman

Saturday-Sunday April 15th-16th, 10am-5:30pm

During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal, near-universal, and common methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is 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. They are also provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in nonordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.

In addition to the items listed above, please have with you a grapefruit-sized rough surfaced rock (NOT a crystal) 

Cost is $275 for this workshop

Shamanic Dreamwork

Saturday-Sunday May 20-21, 10am-5:30pm


**Prerequisite: The Way of the Shaman (in person), OR The Shamanic Journey; Shamanic Divination in Practice; and Shamaism, Spirits, and Healing (online)

In this unique experiential workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the nature, meaning, and use of dreams among shamanic peoples, with dreamwork practices from a range of cultures. Researched and developed by Michael Harner, subjects to be covered include shamanic dream theory and big dreams, as well as dreams and the soul, spirits, shamanic journeys, the Dreamtime, and the vision quest. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge to contemporary life, including the use of dreams in divination, health, and healing.

It is recommended that you keep a journal of your dreams for at least one month prior to this workshop

Cost is $275 for this workshop

Shamanic Extraction Healing Training

Saturday-Sunday June 10-11, 10am-5:30pm

**Prerequisite: The Way of the Shaman (in person), OR The Shamanic Journey; Shamanic Divination in Practice; and Shamaism, Spirits, and Healing (online)

Participants are initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense, and remove localized illness and pain connected to spiritual factors. This is an important part of shamanic healing training. They will also learn how shamanic practitioners can work in partnership to increase the effectiveness of this work. The Extraction Healing Training workshop is designed exclusively for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. The training is not designed for people looking for personal healing.

In order to get the most out of this workshop, you would benefit from having good practice connecting with your spirits and having a strong journey practice. Please contact me with any questions.

Cost is $275 for this workshop

Coming later in 2023:

Shamanism and Spirits of Nature (July)

The Way of the Shaman (August)

Shamanic Divination Training (September)

Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond (October)

Shamanic Training in Creativity (November)