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  • Girl In Alpaca Poncho

    Poncho Pondering: Why Alpaca Is The Best

    Alpaca:  Gift of the Gods The next time you sink into the luxurious folds of an alpaca poncho during the cooler in-between-seasons, let your mind wander to the role this storied animal played in…

    March 12, 2019
  • rainbow-mountain-shamanism-peru

    Rainbow Connection in Shamanism

    It takes both rain and sunshine to make a Rainbow. Proverb When that loveable green Muppet Kermit the Frog sang “The Rainbow Connection,” he asked the musical question “Why are there so many songs…

    February 15, 2019
  • japanese forest-bathing-shinrin-yoku

    Healing With Shinrin-Yoku – Japanese Forest Bathing

    “The forest responds the same way you call.” Niin metsä vastaa kuin sinne huudetaan – old Finnish proverb When I first came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku, an image of wandering around the forest…

    January 1, 2019
  • The 2nd Andes Summit

    The 2nd Shamanic Andes Summit – June 15th – 23, 2019 – Ecuador  Discover centuries of deep wisdom for transforming your energy, expanding your vitality and creating a new heart-centered way of experiencing our…

    December 31, 2018
  • The Shipibo – Shamanically Based Indigenous Group

    On a layover before one of his pilgrimages to Peruvian sacred sites and study retreats, Bryan Bigelow noticed, in amazement, at a woman struggling to drag a behemoth bag across the Lima airport terminal…

    September 17, 2018
  • Angels in Shamanism

    Angels have captivated the imaginations of most of us at some time. Called the messengers of God, these special spiritual guides are numerous and known by many different names. Among the four best known…

    August 29, 2018
  • Healing Journeys – Reflections on the film VOICES THAT HEAL

    With good reason, the Peruvian Magazine Caretas called the film “audiovisual therapy”. Co-directed by Delia Ackerman and Heather Greer, VOICES THAT HEAL brings us into the life of a traditional Shipibo shaman, Herlinda Agustín,…

    July 21, 2018
  • Seven Goddess Initiation Rites – Ñusta Karpay

    High in the Andes, the beauty of ancient ceremonies and wisdom embodied in living ancestral languages of word and ritual hold a blueprint for creating a heart-centered life within a living universe. The people…

    May 21, 2018
  • Abelardo Receives the Nusta Karpay

    Recently our good friend and master shamanic artisan, Abelardo Mirano Chara, created a new Nusta Khyua (sacred initiation stone) to honor the feminine huacas (sacred places) of Peru & Bolivia after receiving the Nusta…

    May 21, 2018
  • Seven Other Names for Mother Earth

    Revered and personified as a deity or goddess, Mother Earth has many names and faces. The underlying belief is that earth is a life-giving and nurturing motherly entity. She crosses many traditions, not confined…

    April 23, 2018
  • 12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    In most shamanic traditions, the earth is respected and honored. Call her Mother Earth, Planet Earth, Pachamama, or Gaia, shamans recognize that all life support here on earth starts with her. Ever wonder how…

    April 23, 2018
  • Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy

    A little llama. A wise old man. A country steeped in Andes mysticism. And the eternal question of “Who am I?” These are the ingredients of Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy…

    February 19, 2018
  • Yantras – Ancient Instruments for Evolution

    Yantras are geometric forms of deities, planets, and principles of spiritual evolution, deriving from the ancient Tantric traditions of India. The earliest Yantras discovered date back at least 11,000 years. Western dictionary definition for…

    January 11, 2018
  • Landing in the Island of Gods

    “Om swastiastu!” He begins his story with a Balinese greeting which roughly means “Peace and Greetings from God” or “May Health be Upon You.” According to him, it was love at first sight when…

    November 21, 2017
  • The Power of Despacho Ceremonies

    The Q’ero, a Quechua-speaking indigenous people of south central Peru, believe that everything in nature is animate and in the concept of ayni, or reciprocity.  Andeans practice this principle within their communities, as well…

    September 20, 2017
  • In Perfect Balance

    Those of us who have been walking our spiritual paths for many moons understand the significance of the equinox as a cosmic-spiritual event, the equal duration of day and night, as a time for…

    September 20, 2017