Catherine Hughes, BFA, BEd

Anthony Rios

I was called to a shamanic path in 2010 during a significant illness, which is often the way people find their way into shamanism. During my illness and recovery, I began to explore shamanism through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Through my work with the FSS, I was able to understand much of my past experiences with unseen realms.

My early studies with the Foundation were mostly for my own healing and curiosity. Later I chose to pursue advanced training and completed the Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, and the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive. As my understanding grew, I was drawn to share the work with others. I applied to the FSS Faculty Intern Program and was pleased to be accepted.

This work has been personally transformative, and invaluable for my role within my family. I have three children, one of whom is developmentally delayed, autistic, and non-verbal. Through my shamanic practice I have deepened my understanding of how to walk with my children and family in a healthy, meaningful way, while respecting the sovereignty of the individual, regardless of dependence. The nature of this practice is so wondrous and yet down-to-earth practical, that I wish to facilitate these experiences for others through teaching. I care deeply about my fellow human beings and am blessed to share this work, which I feel can help so many to live more well-balanced, satisfying, and joyful lives.

Catherine was involved in the arts for many years. She has a Fine Arts degree and a BA in Education, and worked as an art educator in public and private schools, and for provincial and national museums in Nova Scotia and Ottawa.

Student Feedback

"Catherine has a very gentle character and teaches with compassion, knowledge, and encouragement. I look forward to seeking further workshops with her, her authenticity and integrity is infectious."

"Very inviting, calming, knowledgeable, and compassionate when listening; forthcoming with help, assistance and understanding. Catherine creates a VERY safe space."

"I really like Catherine's presence—very calm, grounded, not showy. Catherine was very accommodating, respectful, and patient."

"She was kind, compassionate, patient and very articulate. I felt supported with each journey and sharing was encouraged and it made all the difference. She was also open to some difficult and complex questions she answered with ease and compassion."