Shamanism is the most universal religion in the world, and possibly the oldest. Shamans provide healing and insight to their communities by journeying to other realms and contacting the spirits and forces there. They encounter animal powers, deities, and the spirits of ancestors as a way of gaining wisdom. Over the past few decades, Westerners have been discovering the way of the shaman and practicing it themselves. Is shamanism possible for us today? Does it work, and what promises does it hold out? In the engaging presentation, Richard Smoley will address these questions and lead participants on a guided meditation to gain a taste of this tradition for themselves.