Ancient ways for a modern life

Where to start

Where do I start?

Often we get calls from people who want to learn more about spiritual practices, but do not know how to move forward with this calling or interest. In this page we will discuss 1) is this program for me? and 2) provide a program overview and explain why all students first take the spiritual foundations class.

Is this program for me?

You know if you need to take this program if:

– Sometimes your sensibility to feel is calibrated in the “too sensitive” setting

– Or you may be learning how to “feel” energies and still don’t know when to be open and close and getting too many headaches

– Or you may be absorbing too much energy making difficult sleeping at night

– Or maybe the opposite, not knowing what exactly you are doing and draining yourself without control and feeling exhausted after your practices

– Or as much as you do everything right, you are not able to feel energies, to communicate with your spirit guides, power animals. Not able to see colors, auras, etc.

If you are more “just curious” and want to know what all this is about?

We have different classes, workshops and ceremonies that you can participate in which you don’t need to be a regular student. For that, you can join our Meetup groups “Shamanism & Curanderismo” to find an event in your area (or you can go to our calendar)

 Program Overview

Our program (curriculum) is designed to encourage everyone—from beginner to advanced—to engage, participate and learn. Since we all come to share in this journey with a varying degree of experience and backgrounds, we want to make sure everyone is on the same page, and has the necessary ‘spiritual foundation’. All students, regardless of prior experiences and knowledge, all students must complete this foundation.

Spiritual Foundation consists of learning how to protect, cleanse and connect. Each is component of Spiritual Foundation is important to learn to attain a level of spiritual independence and freedom.

Spiritual Protection is learning to protect yourself spiritually and energetically as you move in and out of different spaces.

Spiritual Cleansing is learning to cleanse yourself from unwanted energies or entities that have attached themselves.

Spiritual Connection is learning to create a strong connection with the divine, spirit angels, guardians and ancestors (in other words, your spiritual crowd) to make sure you can distinguish what you impose with your mind and what is spirit.

Spiritual Foundation Classes

In our curriculum, there are two course pathways to attain a spiritual foundation: 1) Shamanism, Curanderismo and Mother Earth or 2) Spiritual Foundations Program.

Both classes include theory, how to use spiritual tools, spiritual practices and exercises. The practices are to increase your spiritual strength and to learn how to do ceremonies. After the completion of either program, students are eligible for the “Curanderismo Initiation Workshop”. This is the entry point into becoming an advanced student and practitioner. For advanced students we have classes, ceremonies and retreats all year long.

More detail of the classes offered can be found on our classes page, however in general, here is a quick overview of each of the foundation classes.

“Shamanism, Curanderismo and Mother Earth (Madre Tierra)”. Is a set of classes offered annually. In this class we start from “zero”. We learn the basics like: how to set up and altar, activate it, know when it is working or not, etc. The foundations are woven through out the class.

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“Spiritual Foundation Program” is divided in 3 workshops that are ” a must”  in every spiritual practice regardless of the tradition that you are following. The workshops are Spiritual Protection, Spiritual Cleansing and Spiritual Connection. You can take the 3 workshops or just one or two and in any order. But all three must be taken to complete do the initiation, and move forward into other classes.

Alternative Formats

What if I do not live close by? We are working to develop ways to share this information with everyone who wants to participate. We are developing an on-line foundation course, and we also offer condensed class in Retreat format, to be taken in one visit. Our retreats so far have taken place in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. If you are interested in a retreat, you can find out more information here.

Are you more of a one on one person?

Private classes, mentoring, consultations and retreats are available too. To set this up, please contact Paloma directly. 

Shamanism & curanderismo with Paloma Cervantes

Paloma Cervantes is a Mexican Shaman or Curandera born and raised into the tradition. Working as a Curandera since 1986. She writes, teaches and practices Shamanism, Curanderismo, Spiritual Herbalism and Ancient Healing Traditions. Send her an email at or or call her Cell at 559-593-8766.