The Annual International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing was founded in 1984 by Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze to preserve and further the integrity of shamanism and share the latest insights in the field of alternative healing.
Notes from Shamans of the Twentieth Century, by Ruth- Inge Heinze, p. 144- 146, explains how the Shamanism Conference started: Conference History
Each year for the last 24 years scholars of a wide range of disciplines--shamanism, anthropology, comparative religions, ethno-medicine, folklore, Western medicine, philosophy, sociology, psychology--and practitioners of reiki, qi gong, yoga, and other modes of alternative healing have compared notes and discussed future cooperation. The conference is a unique opportunity to test the results of past year’s work in discussions with colleagues, be confirmed, and also be stimulated by the work of others.
Since the passing of its founder, Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze, a team of former
participants has been carrying the work of conference preparation.
“Shamans play an important role in society today, by removing imbalances and restoring the connection between the sacred and the
secular. They continue to ritualize the process of transformation.”
Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze passed away July 20, 2007
The Annual Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing was founded in 1984 by Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze.