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Ulchi Shamanism is not a specialized technique but a holistic way of life that stretches back to their ancient Neolithic roots.

In 1993, they were invited to come and to the United States and speak about their culture but more specifically about the Art of Classical Siberian Shamanism. For the next 25 years, they taught this course to their students of the West.

They presented their programs at the University of Washington, Burke Museum, Folklife festivals, Opera Houses, and to the general public in various seminar and workshop presentations throughout the United States.

As of 2020, the wisdom keepers and shamans, that I assisted, have all passed away. Currently, I am working with members of the Ulchi tribe to safeguard all of the information that I collected from over 25 years serving as an interpreter and assistant to their last remaining shamans. These historic archives exist in audio and video documentation and will be preserved for future generations of their culture. The Ulchi elders are the authors of this program. These are their words and teachings, not mine. I have translated their instructions as clearly and succinctly for interested students.

This is a program of mastering your drum skills, entering into and out of liminal states of consciousness, dream work principles found in Manchu-Tungus societies, singing the journey, and the nature of spirits. Course and practice materials are provided through video and audio formats.

Access to the course includes the following:

  • Introduction to the Lineage of Teachers and the Ulchi people
  • The Drum as teacher, protector, and partner
  • Shamanism, trance, the nature of spirits and dreams
  • The Classical rhythms of nature
  • Learning the Bear rhythm and vocals
  • Learning the Shaman rhythm and vocals
  • Learning the Trance rhythm and vocals
  • Language of the Song and Drum
  • Listening to Shaman Songs
  • Taking the Journey

You will also have access to the Ethnographic Library, which contains original audio and video recordings. books, and ethnographic films of Siberian and other Asiatic groups. The information provided in the library will help to expand and augment your knowledge of the art.

Course Requirements

  • You must own a Native American or Siberian style handheld drum
  • You must own or have access to the book Spirits from the Edge of the World, Classical Shamanism in Ulchi Society.

This is a 3-month program. You may choose the time you begin. If you wish to join this program or have further questions please contact me.

What makes this course different than other online classes?  

Most online classes in shamanic journeywork fall into a category known as neo-shamanism.

Those teachings combine a patchwork of notions and techniques borrowed from disparate groups from unrelated tribes and adapted for students in Western societies.

Although they are helpful in encouraging people to reexamine their connection to the natural world, the premise that shamanism can be boiled down to a series of techniques and psychological overlays miss the mark. This course provides the original teachings given by the people who gave the word shaman to the world.

You can't learn the art in a weekend workshop nor truly understand its deep mysterious layers in a year's time.

The Art of Classical Siberian Shamanism is a lifetime practice where you approach, experience, and examine the teachings from a place of patience and respect.

"Learn the principles of nature, spirits, dreams, and traditional drumming and start from there. The shamanic road will be revealed in time."
― Grandmother Nadia Duvan.

System Requirements

Broadband Internet access is essential due to the streamed video content. We recommend Chrome, Safari, or Firefox (with Javascript enabled) browsers for use with the web site. Videos are compatible with all desktops and notebooks which includes Apple and Android tablets

Time-Zone Friendly

There are no set class times. Participants from all over the world can attend. Audio/Visual material is pre-recorded and streamed. You can replay the class instructional sessions as often as you need for three months. Practice MP3s are available for download but all other videos and audio recordings are under copyright.

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