cpan is just not working for you and you feel lost, the Catalyst community would love to help you out. The best place for questions is the #catalyst IRC channel at irc.perl.org. Users, developers, and other helpful people monitor this channel and are happy to answer Catalyst-related questions.
For longer questions, e-mail is probably a better means of communication. Catalyst has an English-language users list that you can sign up for at http://lists.scsys.co.uk/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/catalyst.
As Catalyst becomes more popular, new lists are being created for other languages. Catalyst-de was recently created for German-speaking users, and there's interest in creating a Japanese-language mailing list. Many readers of the ...