Join don Zane Curfman author of Inka Mountain Magik for an experience of a lifetime, starting April 17, 2020.
The Katari apprenticeship program was created by, don Zane Curfman, and is a cross-cultural shamanic tradition heavily based on the Paqo kuna traditions of the Peruvian Andes.
Delve deep into the mystery of shamanism over seven intense weekends filled with journey work, healing, ceremony and more.
This shamanism apprenticeship program was created for those who feel the call to heal and is a series of weekend retreats, designed to give you all the tools you will need to practice and create your own unique medicine way.
We recently sat down with Zane and asked him some questions about the upcoming shamanism apprenticeship. Here is your chance to find out more about this unique and spiritual journey.
Why is it called an apprenticeship rather than just a workshop?
It is an apprenticeship because there is a deeper level of commitment in place on each person’s development and mastery of the spiritual art.
The nature of this apprenticeship is a process of personal spiritual development and as we move through the program deeper layers of limiting beliefs and obstructions that have been keeping us from living authentic and empowered lives slowly get brought to the surface to be worked through.
This requires at times support from the group, for this support there is a Facebook group dedicated to our hoop. This is for support as we move through these challenges.
Do I need any previous training to step into learning this tradition?
Absolutely not, as an apprenticeship we start with the basics and as a group become initiated to the deeper mysteries and practices.
Is this a strict religion?
No this is not a strict anything least of all a religion. This is best seen as a spiritual art, it is something based on your own perceptions and with practice, you get better at it -as such it is open to those of any religion.
There are practitioners of this art from all the world’s religions and also practitioners that are of no religious affiliation. This is a mystery school where we learn the lesser and greater mysteries of our creation.
How does it differ from northern Native traditions?
Well, every indigenous tradition in the Americas has its unique differences. Many of the northern Native traditions were decimated, destroyed in part by the colonists, those that did survive some more whole than others, the deeper mystery teachings are often reserved Only for members of that tribe.
These spiritual arts are living tradition that has survived since time immemorial, passed from one generation to the next in a place so remote that the modern world has had little impact on them. The people who have kept this tradition alive believe that this spiritual art is the birthright of all humans and have freely shared it with the outside world.
Other differences are we do not hold sweat lodges or sacred pipe ceremonies.
How long have you been in this tradition?
I have been learning this tradition for about 18 years and was given permission to teach and share it in 2003 I have been teaching the tradition for a little over 16 years.
How did you get started?
By following my heart is the short answer.
The longer, though not complete answer is that I come from a very spiritual family – my father was a Baptist Missionary Preacher and Freemason who studied many of the world’s religions. His mother practiced the craft and read the cards. My mother was a gifted psychic (a gift passed through her linage) and her mother used to build altars in the woods for prayer and the healing of others.
Both sides of my family come from the Mountains and hollows of Appalachia where the ancient traditions of the water witches, Granny witches, and root working were part of the way of life. All my life I was prone to mystical experiences and served my friends as a type of spiritual advisor. So, in a sense I was raised as a spirit worker this is just how it unfolded in my life.
What do I do with all that I learned after the apprenticeship ends?
Where you take this work after the apprenticeship is up to you, there are many avenues open – Some take the skills they have learned and set up practices as healers, ceremonialist, or spirit workers. Some want to continue learning to become someone who can teach the tradition and initiate others. There are many paths one can follow after the apprenticeship.
What if I’m leery about having to learn a new language?
There is no requirement to learn a new language, this art works just as powerfully in any language. There are a few Quechua terms used during the apprenticeship but they are fully explained in English.
I don’t want to offend anyone, is this cultural appropriation?
Cultural Appropriation is the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.
This tradition was passed to me by my teachers in the high Andes for the betterment of all humanity. We acknowledge where and who this tradition comes from and the cultural understandings of the tradition, one of which is inclusiveness.
Eight months seems overwhelming, do I have to attend all eight months?
There is no requirement to attend for the full eight months. You can take a class or two this year and class or two next time or at another location, I am offering it. It is cheaper to commit and pay for the entire program but there is an option to take it one class at a time.
That being said it is important to point out the classes are a modern representation of an ancient process of personal development and must be taken in order, you cannot skip around.
What would a typical weekend of the shamanism apprenticeship look like?
I am a bit limited on what I can say but the typical weekend starts with an opening ceremony on Friday night, Saturday we gather early and go on a field trip to local power spots where we receive traditional initiation, empowerment, and instruction.
Sunday is often dedicated to anchoring the mystical and spiritual experiences into the prayer Mesa as medicines to be used practically for personal growth, healing, and magic.
Will I be a certified shaman by the end?
No, you will receive a certification of completion.
No matter what you may have been told there is no such thing as a certified shaman. Terms like shaman and shamanism are used as generic catch-all phrases for any practice that has elements of animism, altered states of consciousness, ritual healing and magic.
The word Shaman comes from the Tungus Siberian region and the practitioners of this region are the only true shamans. When the west discovered the new world the learned peoples and priests noticed the similarities between the spiritual practices and world view of the indigenous new world and those of the Tungus Siberian peoples that they were more familiar with and labeled them “Shamans”. Each tribe has its own words for their spirit workers, in this tradition we are called Paqo Kuna meaning nature mystic.
Will I need fancy items and tools?
There are a few items needed for the building of the prayer Mesa, these items are very basic a piece of cloth, a candle, some stones, a sea shell, and a feather. Outside of the prayer Mesa we make use of some perfumes, herbs, and minerals all available and relatively cheap.
How can this shamanism apprenticeship help me grow spiritually?
The shamanism apprenticeship follows an ancient process of personal spiritual development. As we grow in the art we learn how to interact with the spiritual world, we apprentice arts such as spiritual protection, healing, and magic we discover how to safely develop relationships with nature beings, spirits, and ancestors.
I’ve finished the apprenticeship; how do I keep learning?
At this point, you have been taught all you need to practice this spiritual art. As an art, it is based on your perception and you will get better at it through practice you will learn much from practicing this art.
In addition to your own practice, there are other opportunities to learn through additional classes, reunions, and occasional trips to Peru to work there.
For more information and full details of the apprenticeship, please go to https://www.hhhexpos.com/classes/shaman-apprenticeship