The Spirit Paths™ Program
Spirit Paths™: The Quest For Authenticity is an intensive and experiential exploration of contemporary shamanic wisdom for living authentically.

Take a look at the award-winning book!The program is an immersive series of 12 afternoon workshops for 6 months. It begins with a two-part (Saturday and Sunday afternoons) overview of fundamental shamanic practices, The Way of the Warrior, and then expands into five sections in which you will learn:

  • Serpent: The Path of Awareness
  • Wolf: The Path of the Hunter
  • Buffalo: The Path of the Soul
  • Tribe: The Path of Community
  • Eagle: The Path of Spirit

The program is led by two facilitators experienced in personal development, shamanic practice, and group dynamics: Gerry Starnes, M.Ed. and Cecilia Zúñiga, Ph.D. See what past participants have to say about the program...

Take a look at the new video about the Spirit Paths program and book by the program developer and author.

If you feel "not quite ready," or are new to shamanic practice, you might consider The Shaman's Journey series. In addition to providing experiential grounding in shamanic practice in general, it is an excellent preparation for Spirit Paths!

2017 Workshop Dates
Way of the Warrior
March 11-12, 25 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Serpent: Path of Awareness
April 8 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
April 22 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Wolf: Path of the Hunter
May 13, 27 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Buffalo: Path of the Soul
June 10, 24 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Tribe: Path of Community
July 15, 29 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Eagle: Path of Spirit
August 12, 26 ~ 1:00-6:00 pm
Completion Gathering
September 9 ~ 1:00 to 4:00

Deposit: $200
Monthly: $150
(Total cost: $1100)
The book Spirit Paths: The Quest for Authenticity is included.

Clear Spring Studio
605 Copeland Street
Austin, TX 78704
Map and Directions
Note on Parking at Clear Spring

Please note that not everyone applying for the program will be accepted. Contact Gerry Starnes or Cecilia Zúñiga for an interview prior to registration.
Gerry's Appointment Calendar
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From Past Participants
Spirit Paths showed me a new view of the world around me. I discovered for myself a journey that I can authentically travel, that is based on my own strengths, beliefs, wishes and prayer. We each go through life with an unconscious belief that we cannot be authentic...
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It is hard to put into words the impact that the Spirit Paths program has had on my life. This process was truly “Life Changing”... Spirit Paths knocked big holes in my shell, and the pure light of Spirit started to pour in. Spirit’s light is now reflected in everything I see and experience every day. It is amazing how different the world looks.
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Fundamentals of the Program

The Spirit Paths™ program was designed as an experiential program in contemporary shamanic practice. You are provided daily practices and support to help you change and enhance your life, to see your place in the unfolding of Spirit, and to facilitate the development of your awareness of how you can be a positive force in the world. Your commitment is to participate fully.

In addition to attending all 6 sections,
  • Do the daily and assigned practices regularly
  • Attend Austin Shamanic Community Journey Circles (cost included)
  • Assist in creating community space for workshops and journey circles
Each Section includes:
  • 2 5-hour workshops  
  • Dedicated group email list & Facebook Group for support
  • 1 personal session with the facilitator of your choice
  • Gerry's award-winning book, Spirit Paths: The Quest For Authenticity
  • A discount on Cecilia's book, The Six Sacred Gifts

The Way of the Warrior
Choosing Freedom
Two-day initial workshop on Saturday and Sunday.
The Warrior's Way puts your feet solidly on the ground to prepare you for the Journey. This section represents a form of Vision Quest, during which you focus on your personal power, intention, and preparedness. Begin daily practices to dismantle old habits and establish new ones.

Serpent: The Path of Awareness
The Art of Being Fully Present
The Body has direct connection to the whole of the energy field. When you cultivate a relationship of trusting what your Body feels and knows, you come more fully into your own power and your own Being. You can be more real with yourself and others. When you then stand on the base of realness in your own Body, you are more capable of accessing your inner wisdom and power. You learn to stop running from discomfort, and can better distinguish your own truths from external "shoulds". It is from that base that you are capable of making change.

Wolf: The Path of the Hunter
The Art of Stalking
This Section explores intentional living, being present in every moment, infused by the focus of Intent. The Hunter uses more than instinct, though instincts are part of the Art. Observation, evaluation, planning are required. The Way of the Hunter also requires clearing the Past of old patterns and wounds, to recover access to lost energy and power.

Buffalo: The Path of the Soul
The Soul's Timeless Journey
Expanding perception beyond one's own life and times offers a clarifying perspective. Each moment emerges from the past, not only our personal history, but the influences of our ancestors in a line that goes back thousands of years. And spread before us is our future, our children and their children, to the seventh generation and beyond. Recognizing that the present is informed by the past and reaching forward into the future brings a wider view so you can make inspired choices in your life.

Tribe: The Path of Community
The Art of Relationship
You are connected to the greater context of community, and you are an important part of your Tribe. As you follow your quest for your authentic self, you begin the process of discovery that shows you the gifts and value that you bring to the Circle - to the Tribe - and beyond it to the world. Through the process you can begin to see how your gifts can be used for the greater good of the communities in which you participate.

Eagle: The Path of Spirit
Where Everything is One Thing
The Eagle soars in the highest places, and sees both the curve of the Earth and a mouse on the ground. From this perspective, everything is as it should be: balanced, perfect, and in need of nothing. This connection to Spirit brings everything into clear focus, and you can see your place in the whole of life. Eagle supports you in remaining true to the vision you have of your destiny in the Web of Life..

Recommended Resources  

Here are the books recommended, not required, in the program, in addition to the Spirit Paths book included. They are available at Audio books are also available at

Spirit Paths, Gerry Starnes, M.Ed. (Kindle and audio editions)
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Six Sacred Gifts, Cecilia Zúñiga, Ph.D
Animal Speak, Ted Andrews
Animal Wise, Ted Andrews
The Shamanic Journey, Gerry Starnes, M.Ed. (Kindle and audio editions)
Power Animals, Gerry Starnes, M.Ed. (Kindle and audio editions)


Gerry Starnes, M.Ed., originator of the Spirit Paths™ program in 2008, began his practice in the mid-1970s, using both psychological and medical treatment models. Finding the results of these modalities limited, he began a 20-year journey through energy healing and other alternative methods of healing.

In the 1990s he encountered shamanism, and found it to be the most powerful methodology for healing in all the realms. As a contemporary shamanic practitioner, he now offers group and individual sessions, holds regular classes, and presents a variety of workshops in Texas. He is a Founding Member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners.

Cecilia Zúñiga, Ph.D., co-facilitator of the Spirit Paths program since 2012, is passionate about integrating the wisdom of energy healing into her work with clients today. Following years of advanced training and practice in psychology, counseling and educational psychology in the 1980s and 90s, she chose to leave her career behind after a series of events led to a personal awakening. She then focused her attention on expanding her knowledge and practice of natural and holistic health and medicine, spirituality, shamanism, energy healing, yoga and other more intuitive ways to balance and awaken the Being.

Cecilia works with private clients, offering Life Balance Coaching, Shamanic and Energy Techniques and Kundalini Yoga/Meditation guidance in confidential sessions for personal and spiritual growth, to heal old wounds, and to release emotional baggage. Her methodology is the culmination of decades of formal study combined with personal experience that evolved into a pathway of service to others. In her service, she offers support to release obstacles emanating from deep emotional wounding, grief and trauma, and to move through blockages related to relationship stress, sexuality and personal/spiritual growth. She serves communities from New Braunfels to Austin,TX.

Interview About Shamanism and the Spirit Paths program
Lois Wetzel, The Indie Spiritual Book Award, interviewed Gerry Starnes regarding the book and program on the EPIC Internet radio show on August 18, 2014.
Listen to the interview archive... (2 hours)

More Information
Gerry Starnes, M.Ed.

Cecilia Zúñiga, Ph.D.

Phone: 512-924-1659

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