Further reading

Shamanism Made Easy: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within - Christa Mackinnon 2018

Further reading

Classics and overviews

Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, Librarie Payot, Paris, 1951; English edition, Princeton University Press, 1964

Michael Harner, The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing, Harper & Row, 1980

Christa Mackinnon, Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2012

John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, William Morrow, New York, 1932; annotated edition State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 2008

Christina Pratt, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, Vols I & II, The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., New York, 2006, 2007

Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, Minnesota, 2007

World regions

Tom Cowan, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1993

Sidian Morning Star Jones and Stanley Krippner, The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man’s Wisdom for Walking the Red Road, Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont, 2012

Sarangerel Odigan, Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, 2000

Malidoma Patrice Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual and Community, Jeremy P. Tarcher, New York, 1999


Sandra Ingerman, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide, Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado, 2004

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval, Hay House, 2005

Dance and drumming

Michael Drake, The Shamanic Drum: A Guide to Sacred Drumming, Talking Drum Publications, Salem, Oregon, 2002, revised edition 2009

Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan, Movement Medicine: How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams, Hay House, London, 2009

Gabrielle Roth, Sweat your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice, Jeremy P. Tarcher, New York, 1997

The medicine wheel

Jamie Sams, Dancing the Dream: The Seven Sacred Paths to Human Transformation, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999

Sun Bear and Wabun, The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology, Prentice Hall, 1980


Ted Andrews, Nature Speaks: Signs, Omens and Messages in Nature, Dragonhawk Publishing, Jackson, Tennessee, 2004

Bill Plotkin, Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, New World Library, Novato, California, 2008

Plant medicine/consciousness

Graham Hancock (ed.), The Divine Spark: Psychedelics, Consciousness and the Birth of Civilisation, Hay House, London, 2015

Terrence McKenna, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution, Bantam Books, New York, 1992

Terrence McKenna: A very good collection of his talks and interviews can be found at: www.ayahuascacommunity.com/terrence-mckenna/

Ralph Metzner, PhD (ed.), The Ayahuasca Experience: A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits, Park Street Press, Rochester, Vermont, 2014 (first published as Ayahuasca: Human Consciousness and the Spirits of Nature, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999; reissued as Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca, Park Street Press, 2006)

Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, Broadway Books, New York, 2002


Sergio Magaña, The Toltec Secret: Dreaming Practices of the Ancient Mexicans, Hay House, London, 2014

Stanley Kippner is one of the leading experts on shamanic dream practices. His website is: http://stanleykrippner.weebly.com.