SHA 501:

Foundations of Shamanism

Instructor: Mark Perkins

3 Credits - $299


This course studies shamanism from the perspective of anthropology, psychology, consciousness studies, and the physical sciences and gives the student a broad perspective on how shamanic studies relates to research-oriented arts and sciences plus it gives the student a broad historical perspective of shamanism.


Course Materials:

  • An Encyclopedia of Shamanism by Christina Pratt
  • Shamans Through Time: 500 years on the path to knowledge Edited by Jeremy Narby and Francis Huxley

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Define the term shamanism
  • Describe the three shamanic worlds
  • Document the student’s research findings on the history of shamanism

Course Topics:

  • What is the link between the anthropologist and the Shaman?
  • How do the worlds of the Shaman relate to the view of psychology?
  • How are new descriptions of the cosmos moving closer to the shamanic view?
  • How does shamanic history vary from culture to culture?


Students will conduct research into the history of a specific shamanic lineage, document the student’s findings and post these to the Chat Tool. Students will also use the Chat tool to communicate with other students and the faculty.

Students will write a brief paper describing the subjects in the Course Topics section of the Syllabus



Mark Perkins

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.
Mark’s path has been and continues to be an adventure. It includes the U.S. Marine Corps where he learned both sides of life, taking and preserving. He was trained dutifully in killing the enemy before he could kill us. He was then taught to gather information that could be used to save lives. He continued with this services-based view in the U.S. Government as he 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 his path, he began to study Aikido. The study of Aikido has been integral in his understanding of his “dark side.” This is part of an entity that is 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 himthe 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 his children, Mark and his wife moved West.They found themselves in an environment where alternative methods of doing things were accepted and encouraged. It was in this environment he met teacher Laurie Keako’a’ Grant. She was teaching a Reiki class that he had decided to take. When Laurie moved on to re-discover Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing, he continued to study with her.

During those years, the old “intelligence analyst”, the one who spent 15-years analyzing information and studying language and cultures for the Department of Defense, was very curious about the origins of Hawaiian healing and Spiritual practices. That is when he found Shamanism.

Mark has had the pleasure to study under Dr. Hank Wesselman, Sandra Ingerman, Gregg Braden, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Dan Millman, in addition to Laurie Grant. He continues to study shamanic teachings and employing the Ancient Rainbow Conscious Healing energies.