SHA 605 Ho’oponopono

Course Description:

Learn this Hawaiian spiritual counseling technique for achieving balance in relationships and situations of many kinds. Additionally, use your shamanic journeying skills to observe the results of Ho’oponopono. In the course, we will:

  • Learn basic Hawaiian spiritual concepts—establish an understanding of how the Hawaiians view their spirit worlds giving us a common vocabulary as we move through the course
  • Review the Ho’oponopono method—history, concepts, ritual, ceremony
  • Select three real-life cases—query the student for three real life situations, either from the student’s own life or a situation from someone the student knows, where there is an imbalance or where healing is needed
  • For each case:
    • Journey to the case and observe aspects of the case prior to Ho’oponopono
    • Conduct Ho’oponopono for the case
    • Journey to the case and observe aspects of the case after the Ho’oponopono method
    • Discuss before/after journey observations
    • Discuss application/integration into the student’s current shamanic practice

Required Text and Learning Materials:

Course Prerequisites:

Basic Shamanic Journeying, Must be accepted by the instructor

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Define the Hawaiian term ‘kahuna’
  • Describe the three selves and the corresponding shamanic world views
  • Define Ho’oponopono
  • Provide five examples from the student’s own life where Ho’oponopono could be used
  • Produce three papers reporting on the state of the selected Ho’oponopono topics from the student before/during/after the cermony

Course Topics:

  • What is a kahuna?
  • What is Ho’oponopono?
  • What are the inner meanings of the ceremony?
  • Experiential journeys to three situations before and after the ceremony.
  • How can Ho’oponopono be used in the student’s daily life?

Course Format:

The course is composed of audio/video presentations, conducting the Ho’oponopono ceremony and shamanic journeys.


Students will perform shamanic journeys, conduct the Ho’oponopono process, document the student’s observations and post these observations to the instructor. The observation may be posted to the Chat Tool based on the comfort of the student in sharing the material. Students will also use the Chat tool to communicate with other students and the faculty.


Students will write up their before/during/after journeys and post them to the instructor. Students will also write a brief paper describing the subjects in the Course Topics section of the Syllabus.

Course Calendar:

Self paced. Course must be completed within 12 weeks.

Mark Perkins

Mark Allen Perkins has trained extensively in both Japanese Aikido, Hawaiian spiritual practices and shamanism. He currently lives in Boulder where he conducts healing ceremonies and seminars with individuals, families, and corporations.

  • Published author, My Journey Back to Oneness
  • Trained in basic and advanced Ho’oponopono as taught by Morna Simeona and Dr. Vince Wingo.
  • Participated in advanced training workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing with anthropologist and author Hank Wesselman, PhD and transpersonal medical practitioner Jill Kuykendall RPT
  • Certified ARCH (Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing, an energy healing technique based on Hawaiian Spirituality) teacher by Laurie Grant (re-discoverer of ARCH) after three year apprenticeship
  • Conducts regular seminars on shamanism and energy healing.

Words from Mark…

“My path has been and continues to be an adventure. It includes the U.S. Marine Corps where I learned both sides of life, taking and preserving. We were trained dutifully in killing the enemy before he could kill us. I was then taught to gather information that could be used to save lives. I continued with this services-based view in the U.S. Government. I was trying to work within the system to try to make it less of a war machine and more of a benefit to all humanity.

During this time and as a logical continuation of my path, I began to study Aikido. The study of Aikido has been integral in my understanding of my “dark side.” This is part of an person that drives the ego-driven reaction to situations. It is the part that pushes back when pushed. It is the part that sees things as separate, dark and light, good and bad. Aikido has shown and is showing me that I need to understand both sides of the situation while providing a safe environment for all concerned.

In an effort to provide a safer environment to raise our children, my wife and I moved West with our toddler son. We found ourselves in an environment where alternative methods of doing things were accepted and encouraged. It was in this environment that I was offered the opportunity to study Reiki and Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing.

During these studies, the old “intelligence analyst” in me (the one who spent 15-years analyzing information and studying language/cultures for the Department of Defense) was very curious about the origins of Hawaiian healing and Spiritual practices. Therefore, I did what I know how to do best: research. That is when I found Shamanism and began to see the truth behind the practices of the elders.

Since that time, Shamanism has been a core part of my life and has led me to many more fascinating discoveries.”

For more information about Mark’s life and healing work see his recent book “My Journey back to Oneness” (2006).

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