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Lena Stevens

Lena Stevens is a Shaman who has taught nature-based wisdom internationally for 25 years.

Lena is the co-founder, with her husband Jose Stevens, of Power Path Seminars and the School of Shamanism.

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Bernie Morin

The first Shaman that I worked with and truly connected with was Bernie Morin who is also a Reiki Master.

I was introduced to Bernie by a friend of a friend.

After a heart attack in 2004, Bernie introduced me directly to Shamanic Practice by doing a long distance Soul Retrieval session with me. It was a life-changing event.

Bernie lived in Peterborough and I was in Toronto so seeing him wasn’t going to work.

Bernie introduced me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and my path of Shamanic study was begun.

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Jeannette McCullough

Jeannette McCullough was a healer, teacher, Shaman, gifted human being and a dear friend. I spent many hours receiving healing from Jeannette and studying with her. What a blessing.

Jeannette McCullough with World Drum

I had met a number of shamans over the years when they had come to give workshops in the store I had co-owned, The Reiki Store, but I had never really spent much time with them or attended their workshops.

Jeannette McCullough came into my life a few months after I had a heart attack. The heart attack was in September 2004.

As I was recuperating from the heart attack it came to me that I needed more than the support of my medical team. I began trying to connect with a Reiki Master and Shaman that a customer of The Reiki Store had talked about. Not sure why he came to mind. However, I did manage to connect with Bernie Morin.

Soul Retrieval with Bernie

Bernie introduced me directly to shamanic practice by doing a long distance Soul Retrieval session with me. He was in Peterborough, Ontario and I was in Toronto, Ontario. It was a life-changing event.

As Bernie lived in Peterborough and I was in Toronto working with him and attending his workshops wasn’t going to work as I recovered from the heart attack. Therefore, Bernie Morin introduced me to the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and they, in turn, introduced me to Jeannette.

Medicine for the Earth with Jeannette

I’m not going to go into detail here about the work that I have done with Jeannette. However, my work began with her with a Medicine for the Earth Workshop based on Sandra Ingerman’s book “Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins”.

I was one of her students until she died. I have seen profound changes in my life as a result of the work that I have done with her. Sometimes a few words from her can really open up a whole new world. A truly thoughtful and caring human being.

Following are the words that I have lifted directly from Jeannette’s website previous website shamansong.ca. Why re-invent the wheel?

In Jeannette’s Own Words

Jeannette McCullough is a Registered Nurse and Shamanic Practitioner who has experience in many diverse health care settings including medical cardiology, orthopedics and addiction treatment. As an educator, she developed and taught courses in Pharmacology, Human Growth and Behaviour, Psychology, Life Skills and Addictions for George Brown College. Jeannette helped to establish, and successfully managed, a fundraising operation for Bayview Community Hospice.

She started training in 1996 with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, an international organization dedicated to the preservation, study and transmittal of shamanic knowledge and practice. She is a graduate of the Foundation’s Three-Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing. Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman are her teachers. And she has completed Sandra Ingerman’s Two-Year Teacher Training Program.

Jeannette has been offering approaches to health and healing from a shamanic perspective in her independent practice since 1998. She feels she has found her true home in her shamanic work.

Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group

Jeannette is also a founding member and served for three years on the executive of the Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group which represents the growing number of nurses who practice complementary medicine in Ontario. The group was officially recognized, and given special interest group status by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario in September of 2002.

Spirituality in Health-Care Network

As well, she is on the steering committee of the Spirituality in Health-Care Network. The network was founded in December 2000 by Yvonne Kason MD and John Thornton MD and is dedicated to integrating spirituality with psychotherapy and health care.

Integrative Health Care Round Table

Jeannette served for two years on the Integrative Health Care Round Table as a representative of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The Round Table is an affiliation of conventional and complementary organizations established in 2004 to promote the development of integrative health care in Ontario and beyond.

Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

She is a past board member and a lifetime member of the Friends of Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), a community of professionals and consumers who provide credible information and education about complementary and alternative medicine. FACT was founded in 1998 by the psychiatrist, Dr. Ted Lo.

Jeannette served to foster community, healing, and empowerment through her work and in her life. And she still does, even though she has died, through her many students.

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Michael Harner

Dr. Michael J. Harner was the the founder and president of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Michael Harner pioneered the introduction of Core Shamanism and the shamanic drum journey to contemporary life and is recognized as the world leader in this movement.

Michael Harner - Shaman

His books The Way of the Shaman and Cave and Cosmos are fundamental reading to learning about Core Shamanism. The books are also guides to shamanic journeying.

Perhaps Dr. Harner’s greatest contribution has been his pivotal role in bridging the worlds of indigenous shamanism and the contemporary West through his fieldwork and research, experimentation, writings, and original development of the core methods of shamanism.

By introducing these methods to the West, he started the movement that is returning shamanism and shamanic healing to the spiritual life of peoples throughout the planet.

“What Yogananda did for Hinduism and D.T. Suzuki did for Zen, Michael Harner has done for shamanism, namely bring the tradition and its richness to Western awareness. Michael Harner is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost authority on shamanism and has had an enormous influence on both the academic and lay worlds,” say Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob, in their recent book, Higher Wisdom.

Core Methods of Shamanism Worldwide

In his half century of anthropological fieldwork, cross-cultural studies, experimental research, and firsthand experience, Michael Harner arrived at the core methods of shamans worldwide. The applicability of this core shamanism to contemporary Westerners has been substantiated by the experiences of his thousands of students. The experiential methods are simple, safe, and have been used successfully by them with positive life-changing results.

Honoring the oral tradition of indigenous shamans, for the last quarter of a century Dr. Harner has conveyed his shamanic knowledge first-hand through teaching and experiential work rather than through writing. Today he and his staff annually teach thousands of students internationally who, in turn, introduce thousands more to shamanism.

Authentic White Shaman

Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman, observes the distinguished transpersonal psychologist Stanislav Grof.

Michael Harner began learning about shamanism in 1956-57 while studying with the Shuar (Jívaro) tribe of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and started practicing shamanism during his 1960-61 stay with the Conibo people of the Peruvian Amazon. He subsequently returned to the Shuar for additional practical training in shamanism.

Widely Recognized as a Shaman

He became recognized as a shaman by the indigenous shamans with whom he worked, including ones belonging to the following peoples: the Conibo and Shuar (formerly Jívaro) in South America; the Coast Salish, Pomo, and Northern Paiute in western North America; the Inland Inuit and the Sami (formerly Lapps) in the Arctic; and the Tuvans of central Asia.

In Russia, assembled Siberian shamans of the Buriat people publicly declared Michael Harner a great shaman upon witnessing his shamanic healings in 1998 (the word, shaman, comes from Siberia). They also said he proved that one could do both science and shamanism.

Education

Michael Harner received his anthropology Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at various institutions, including UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Yale University, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York, where he was chair of the anthropology department. He also served as co-chair of the anthropology section of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Honours

He left academia in 1987 in order to devote himself fulltime to shamanism. In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements in shamanic studies.

In 2009, he was honored by California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health & Healing with the “Pioneers in Integrative Medicine Award.”

He also received special academic recognition through the presentation of sessions dedicated to him at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Philadelphia. Three organizations of the AAA joined together to recognize him for his “pioneering work” in shamanism “as an academic and advocate” and for his role during the last forty years in the “exponential growth in anthropological studies of the importance and significance” of shamanism.

Foundation for Shamanic Studies Shamanic Training Workshops

He developed the FSS (Foundation for Shamanic Studies) shamanic training workshops and courses now taught worldwide.

These workshops are offered worldwide and I recommend them.

Publications

Michael Harner’s books include The Way of the Shaman (Harper & Row), Hallucinogens and Shamanism (Oxford University Press), The Jívaro (University of California Press), and a novel, Cannibal, which he co-authored.

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