Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies was founded
in 1986 by Jonathan Horwitz and Annette Høst for teaching
and practicing shamanism, humanitys oldest spiritual healing
path of power. Based in Denmark and Sweden, we have more than
thirty years of experience teaching courses internationally, and
encouraging shamanic community work. In 2010, Zara Waldebäck
joined us and she teaches together with Jonathan. We also offer
tailor-made events, talks, ceremonies, and one-to-one sessions.
Center is a center in the spiritual sense of the word, as the
fire in the center of a council circle. It is in this forum our
new activities are coordinated. The teachings presented on this
website are a part of our common body of work. Although we work
independently, our courses build on each other, and students can
move freely between them.
logo shows the three worlds of the shaman. You can read its story
Our way of teaching
teaching focuses on how to use shamanism in our everyday lives.
We feel that the basic essentials of shamanic practice are the
most important. The shamans craft is based on the knowledge
that all that exists is alive and has spirit power. The
shaman works by contacting this living power, asking for help
and asking for teachings. To be able to do this the apprentice
shaman must first learn to make a consciousness shift. Learning
to make this shift is easy for most people with the rhythmic beat
of the drum, chanting, dancing - and practice.
are not a school with a set program, as we recognize that we each
have our own unique way. We also aim at being free of dogma. In
our view, the real education in shamanism is something that takes
place between you and your spirit teachers. The purpose of our
work is to initiate and support this process, in an environment
of security, challenge, and responsibility.
have all done research into each of our special branches of shamanism.
Occasionally, we have been invited to lecture in universities
and other institutions, thus building bridges between living shamanic
practice and more scholarly approaches.
A living shamanic tradition
debt and gratitude is great to those shamans, folk-healers and
medicine people who have come before us, and those who have kept
the traditions alive in other cultures. Without them we would
not be here. We are now considered elders in our field. Our work
is continuously renewed and shaped by our Spirit Teachers. We
are also inspired by our many enthusiastic work partners through
the years and the great people we meet in our circles. We thank
you all. Our vision is to inspire a new generation to keep the
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