How Shamanism Can Benefit Health


Karen Lawson, MD has studied Shamanism for 20+ years. She gives a one hour conversation about the positive benefits of Shamanism to wellness. She teaches about this topic at the University of Minnesotta's medical school.

“The presentation was excellent. It was inspiring and valuable.” -Marilyn Schmidt, Licensed Psychologist

Shamanism and shamanic philosophy and practices can radically help in recovery for those facing challenges with the stresses of today’s world—including depression & anxiety.

This 65 minute webinar with Dr. Lawson is for anyone interested in improving mental health.

You will learn: 

  • essential elements of the non-biomedical shamanic “life-way” at the foundation of all shamanism. 
  •  shamanic beliefs about the individual’s role in life, community, and the universe. 
  •  how shamanic approaches may be used with contemporary healing practices and for personal growth.


Karen Lawson, MD, ABIHM, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, is the Director of Integrative Health Coaching and a teaching faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing ( ). Dr. Lawson is board certified in both Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine. She is the Past-President of the American Holistic Medical Association, and a founding Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (now part of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine ). Dr. Lawson holds undergraduate degrees with honors from Michigan State University in Biochemistry and Physiology, completed her medical training at the University of Michigan, and Family Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has received additional training in mind-body techniques such as mindfulness based stress reduction, yoga, dance/movement therapies, nutrition, homeopathy, and a 20+-year study of shamanic practices.

In her current position, Dr. Lawson is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, leading the areas of Integrative Medicine, Health Coaching, and Well-Being. She founded and directs an MA program in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching. Karen is a co-founder and executive leader of the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching ( ) which is working to establish national standards for education, practice and research in that new field. Karen has taught a UMN graduate course in Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing since 2003.

Dr. Lawson is a published author and researcher, and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of holistic health care practices, and the role of spirituality in health and healing. She is also a dancer in body and soul, and has practiced yoga for over 25 years. Dr. Lawson loves the out of doors and any activities around the water, including wilderness canoe camping. She has a passion for working with groups using ceremony and ritual for healing and life transitions.

Dr. Lawson teaches a Global Healing Traditions course.

2 reviews for How Shamanism Can Benefit Health

  1. admin (store manager)

    “The presentation was excellent. It was inspiring and valuable.” -Marilyn Schmidt, Licensed Psychologist

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Antonio Adelson Piñón Rial (verified owner)

    Galicia, Spain

    5 stars! You´ll learn a lot about this ancient wisdom and how it can improve and enrich your life.

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