Murat Yagan was born into a Circassian family in Abkhasia, located in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. He received his earliest spiritual training from the Elders of his Tradition of Ahmsta Kebzeh and later was accepted by and studied with the Bektashi dervishes in Turkey. In 1963, he immigrated to Canada where he has been passing on the ancient teachings of Ahmsta Kebzeh.
Mr. Yagan is the author of many books including: The Abkhasian Book of Longevity and Well-Being, I Come From Behind Kaf Mountain (a spiritual autobiography), The Teachings of Kebzeh - Essentials of Sufism from the Caucasus Mountains and Ahmsta Kebzeh: The Science of Universal Awe, Vol. 1.
In addition, he has translated into English, The Gathering, the mystical poetry of Sun'ullah Gaibi, 17th century Turkish Sufi Master and Selected Poems of Yunus Emre, who was a 13th century mystic.
Mr. Yagan, now an Elder himself, currently works with many Kebzeh groups in North America and abroad. He and his wife Maisie live in Vernon, British Columbia, where they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. At age 93, surrounded by students and friends, Murat continues to share, to write, and to pursue his love of carpentry.