Sunday, June 28, 2009

Registration Information for 2009: Ceremony & Teachings with Q'ero Maestro, Don Mariano Quispe in the Southeast

Please note:

Below is last year's (2009) schedule; we are leaving information posted her for general information and to share a sense of what came before, during don Mariano's first trip to North America in 2009.

Summary of Scheduled Events in Atlanta and North Carolina with Don Mariano

Teaching and Ceremony in the Southeastern USA in 2009:

Different teachings will be shared at each workshop. There will be little overlap, in case you are interested in participating in more than one of these experiences with don Mariano.

(1) Atlanta: One-day workshop - July 26, 2009.

One-day workshop in Atlanta will include teachings with don Mariano on Andean philosophy and understanding of energy, the healing practices of the Q’eros, despacho offerings and their place in the ceremonial and healing cycles of life and of the seasons. A potluck dinner will follow the workshop to allow participants and ayllu members to share a meal and some informal time with don Mariano and Dennis.

(2) Mt. Mitchell, NC: One-day workshop - July 30, 2009.

We will spend a day together on the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Some traditional dowsers and indigenous people say it is the center of the main energy grid of Eastern North America, running up and down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains and radiating outward – similar to the Andean ceque system.

The day will include teachings, time in nature, and a despacho ceremony for “Black Dome,” a translation of an old indigenous name for Mount Mitchell. Lodgings are over an hour away in Asheville or closer in Burnsville, NC.- let us know if you need a recommendation. For the workshop, we have reserved a spacious indoor meeting room near the summit because of the capricious nature of Mt Mitchell’s weather - the event will be easily accessible to all, rain or shine.

(3) Highlands, North Carolina: Weekend workshop, July 31 – August 2, 2009.

This weekend workshop will be the most in-depth and comprehensive opportunity for apprenticeship offered here by don Mariano during the 2009 visit to the Southeastern USA.

He will share despacho ceremony, introduce teachings on traditional Q’ero practices of healing, diagnosis, divination, the reconciliation/reintegration of lost aspects of ourselves, how to honor and communicate with Pachamama and the Apus, how to create and use the traditional Andean mesa ~ and more!

Weekend at The Mountain Retreat Center near Highlands, NC. Join us in this lovely retreat center on top of Little Scaly Mountain for a respite from the summertime heat and a retreat in the midst of a rare mountain ecosystem that includes a magical forest of ancient windblown oak trees. Camping is available a few miles away or you may reserve a room at the retreat center.

Translation: Don Mariano’s native language is Quechua. Translation into English for workshops and individual healing sessions will be by Dennis Alejo, our longtime friend, native of the Andes, and a gifted teacher in his own right. He has worked with don Mariano for years, has a deep understanding of traditional Andean ceremonial work, and will be accompanying don Mariano from Peru and throughout this journey in the United States.

The Highlands area: This area of North Carolina is beautiful in the summertime. If you would like to add a few days to your trip to create a retreat or mini-vacation, let us know and we will be glad to offer some suggestions about highlights of the area.


There will be an extremely limited number of individual sessions with don Mariano. If you are interested let us know as soon as possible.

To request a personal session with don Mariano, contact Anita or Sam in advance to see if space is still available and to discuss the possibilities for different types of sessions. Don Mariano will be assisted by Dennis Alejo, who will also serve as translator during your individual session. If you are unclear about this deeply personal healing and work, which don Mariano sometimes describes as “clearing your way” or “opening your path,” please call us to discuss possibilities.

If you have questions about other types of work with don Mariano and have apprenticed with him previously or if you seek to deepen your experience of apprenticeship on the Andean path, call and we will be glad to discuss other possibilities.

Ayni ~ On sacred reciprocity and finances:

It is our intention to be able to completely cover the substantial costs of bringing don Mariano and Dennis Alejo to the United States, to offer donations in ayni for their teachings, and to send them home with additional funds to help with some of the urgent needs of the Q’ero villages, especially for the children.

We would like to help you to participate in as much as possible of don Mariano’s pilgrimage. While balancing the financial costs of the pilgrimage, we also are dedicated to making this experience open to as many participants as possible, so are offering these workshops on a suggested donation basis.

Gifts for don Mariano, Dennis, or the Q’ero community:

Some of you have asked about sending items such as clothing or school supplies back to the Q’ero villages. Thank you for your warm-hearted generosity – yet because of airlines’ baggage restrictions and excess luggage fees, sending bulky items is not practical at this time.

By attending the workshops you are already supporting don Mariano, Dennis, and the Q’ero community. Donations you may offer for personal healings and readings also contribute.

Some of you have also asked about giving ceremonial or medicine gifts as a way to say an extra “thank you” to don Mariano or Dennis -- We suggest that if you choose to give such items, the gifts should be small, lightweight and portable.

Native Voices, 2107 N Decatur Rd. #263, Decatur, GA 30033.

Newcomers and friends who walk other spiritual paths are welcome! Thank you in advance for sharing this invitation with others who may appreciate and benefit from immersion in the healing energies of the Andes through don Mariano’s ceremony and teaching, as we anchor this experience of wholeness and beauty here in our own land.

Once again, we thank you from the heart for your loving and steadfast support and your creative co-dreaming of don Mariano’s vision of pilgrimage.

We are deeply grateful for your presence in our lives and for the many ways you help to bring to life the dream of a world where all are together in love and service to Pachamama and all of her children.

Many blessings,

Anita and Sam

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