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The Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies was founded in 1986 by Jonathan Horwitz and Annette Høst for teaching and practicing shamanism, humanity’s 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. While we work independently, our courses build on each other, and students can move freely between them. Our teaching focuses on how to use shamanism in our everyday life, shamanic healing, and how to find power and vision in nature. Find out more


Annette has studied and practised shamanism since the early eighties. She has been teaching in Denmark and Northern Europe for more than two decades, and co-founded the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies with Jonathan Horwitz in 1986. In her work, Annette has especially explored the legacy of earlier Scandinavian shamans, folk healers and wise women. She is considered an authority on seidr, the old Nordic shamanic tradition. Born 1951, and with a background in art and occupational therapy, Annette lives and practises in a green village community in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is author of the book Jorden Synger, on the power of nature in Nordic tradition.

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Jonathan Horwitz

Jonathan has been working with shamanism since 1972, and has a master’s degree in anthropology. In 1986, he founded the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies together with Annette Høst and has been teaching internationally ever since. Jonathan is known for his grounded, present and warm teaching style. He has travelled extensively, and from 1984 to 1993 he worked with Michael Harner as a teacher and field researcher at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Jonathan is a frequent contributor to Sacred Hoop magazine and is European Editor for Journal of Shamanic Practice. He lives and practices with his partner Zara in the woods of southern Sweden at Åsbacka.

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Zara has been working shamanically since 2005, and joined the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies team in 2010. Originally from Sweden, Zara spent nearly 30 years living in the UK, where she trained with a range of different spiritual organisations. As well as teaching shamanism and working as a shamanic counsellor, she has helped to set up and run the International Shamanic Community. She is also a writer and filmmaker, and has published two books on creative writing. She has a deep interest in the role of story as a spiritual and healing tool that helps us to hear the Spirits and connect to magic. She lives and practices with Jonathan at their retreat center Åsbacka, in southern Sweden.

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