Through a strange turn of events, I finally decided to meet with some local shamans for a medical issue. Prior to my visit, I did a little digging around on the web. I found that they teach an apprenticeship course. I toyed with the idea before my visit, but was not completely convinced. After the visit, during which I mentioned the idea, I received a call about the rapidly approaching class. After some discussion and coaxing by two particularly wise women in my life, I decided to enroll. I am sure there will be a few posts about this too.
So, now you are as up to speed as I can get you without completely driving you away screaming in bored agony.