Note that the following information is about Native Voices' ceremony and teachings from previous years, which we have left posted here for background information.
Information about this year and next year's possibilities (2012-2013) both in North America and in Peru will be posted later.
Don Mariano Quispe, beloved Q'ero Paqo will return to the USA this summer. We are delighted to invite you to share his journey to North America and to participate in either (or both) of two workshops in North Carolina, July 1-3 and July 7-9, 2011.
In the July 1-3 weekend, Ñusta Blossoming, don Mariano will build directly upon the Ñusta Karpay teachings that he first brought to North America last year. (For more information see the additional notes below.)
In the July 7-9 (Thursday-Saturday) workshop, Nature Spirits & the Kanchis Wara, don Mariano will share the ancestral Q'ero understanding of working with the energies of nature as we explore navigation of the Kanchis Wara ("Seven Layers" of consciousness), as understood in the mystical and healing realms of the Andes.
About don Mariano Quispe:
Don Mariano has served his community as a Paqo (the Quechua word for their ceremonialist/healers) since he was a teenager. Although he describes himself as "just a paqo", he has been formally recognized by his community as a Kuraq Akulleq, an elder, healer and visionary seer of the highest level.
A few years ago, his dreams and visions led don Mariano to expand his idea of his community beyond his own mountain village. He began to work with people from North America and Europe who traveled to Peru, called there by their own dreams.
After apprenticing with don Mariano for several years in Peru, three years ago we were finally able to help him bring his teachings for the first time to North America. The mountains (and perhaps also his own curiosity, sense of adventure, and affection for the gringos he had met in Peru) called him here. He felt a responsibility to share what he knew of ways to honor and care for our own sacred places and to connect with the spirits of the earth and sky. He once told us very simply, "Your mountains are hungry. You need to learn how to feed them."
The teachings don Mariano will bring to the USA this summer offer a beautiful opportunity for apprenticeship in an ancient path of loving service to Mother Earth -- and ways to awaken our heart-connection with all beings who dwell upon, within and above Pachamama's sacred body.
July 1-3, 2011 ~ Highlands, North Carolina
The Ñusta Blossomingworkshop is open to anyone who has previously received the Ñusta Karpay. Don Mariano will work directly with the powerful energies that were awakened during the Ñusta Karpay last year. It is his intention to support you in deepening your connection with these immensely powerful forces by facilitating a rebirth and expansion of the power of the Ñustas within. Under don Mariano’s guidance, we will work in time-honored ways with medicine tools and practices of the Andes, learning traditional Q’ero practices that support you, following your initiation with the Ñustas.
Don Mariano will bring with him to North America an extraordinary new mesa created specifically for these teachings. He has brought together this sacred medicine bundle through pilgrimage journeys to the Apus (holy mountains) and other sacred sites in Peru, where he met and gathered together the khuyas that wish to be part of this new Ñusta Mesa to help support these teachings.NOTE:
If you want to read more about the Ñusta teachings and initiations, we have left information from last year's teachings posted below (in the 2010 blog entries). If you feel strongly drawn to the Ñusta Blossoming workshop this summer but did not participate in the Ñusta Karpay workshops here in 2010, let me know. We will try to connect you with someone who can offer you the teachings and initiation (in a weekend workshop in late May or early June).
If you complete the Ñusta Karpay ahead of time, you will be welcome to register to participate in the workshop “Ñusta Blossoming” with don Mariano July 1-3, 2011. If that will not work for you, there is no prerequisite for the second workshop (described below), which is open to all. Experienced practitioners and newcomers are both welcome!
Nature Spirits & the Kanchis Wara
July 7-9, 2011 ~ Canton, North Carolina
In this exploration of the profound resonance between human consciousness and other parts of the natural world, we will align with natural energies and forces of Nature while learning how to harness and work with those energies for healing at all levels. Don Mariano will share powerful ways to call upon the spirits of nature and to connect with the Kanchis Wara, the “Seven Layers” of consciousness embodied in the Mountains (Masculine/the Father), Earth (Feminine/the Mother) and the Heavens (the Kingdom within your own physical body).
In the visionary living universe as it is understood in the Andes, the Paqos (medicine people) see layer upon layer of both simple and complex interconnections. Nature energies are correlated with layers of earth and heaven and simultaneously are connected with layers of self.
Don Mariano is bringing these teachings and ceremony to North America for the first time in this new workshop, Nature Spirits & the Kanchis Wara (Seven Layers), which he offers with the intention that we all walk in clarity, balance and great beauty upon Pachamama, our Mother Earth. Sharing this experience of immersion in Andean wisdom teachings will offer each of us the possibility for a profoundly expanded experience of relationship with our world.
Don Mariano preparing kintus for a Despacho, Photo by Anita Stewart, Peru 2006
Welcome to Native Voices!
Hatun Munay ~
Traveling a path of heart
with Don Mariano Quispe
from the Andes of Peru
to the sacred places of North America
Some of the Previous Workshops:
Last summer's workshops, ceremonies and other events across the USA in 2009 offered an experience of apprenticeship and immersion in wisdom teachings that have been kept alive for millennia in the remote mountains of Peru. This summer, the beloved maestro, healer, and ceremonialist Don Mariano Quispe, will travel for the second time from his Q'ero village high above treeline in the Andes to North America.
Called here by a series of dreams, in June 2010 Don Mariano will again share teachings and ceremonial experiences based in the expression of Munay, as the Quechua language describes the powerful energy of deep, compassionate Love. Join Don Mariano to share part of his pilgrimage, experiencing an awareness of expanded possibilities for profound personal and planetary healing.
The deceptively simple, yet immensely powerful practices of the Andes, transcend cultural differences between the Andes and the Western world. As you expand your own skills and abilities, you will find your heart opening into a vivid awareness that you are part of the living universe, moving into a profound sense of alignment with the natural forces of our world. The rich array of practices that have been preserved and kept alive in the remote villages of the high mountains of the Andes offer the possibility of transforming our relationship with ourselves, with each other and with the fast-paced modern world in which we live.
Itinerary: Don Mariano's Journey to North America, 2009
Don Mariano's pilgrimage in 2009, his first journey to the USA, included not only the Southeastern mountains and Atlanta, but also the west coast, Colorado, and the northeast.
In the Great Smoky Mountains
Wet cliff at Clingman's Dome, Photo by Anita Stewart 2009
About Don Mariano Quispe
Don Mariano Quispe, a beloved elder of the Q'eros people of Peru, has served his community as a pampamesayoq (a healer-ceremonialist who works with despachos and other natural elements of the earth) since he was young. He was recognized by his community four years ago as a Kurak Akulleq, a title reserved for only the most highly esteemed of healer-ceremonialists, in recognition of his clear spiritual vision and healing gifts.
A maestro of the ceremonies of haywarikuy (more often known as despachos), don Mariano is also well known for skillful diagnosis as part of traditional healing practices; he primarily uses coca divinations and expert reading of the body's multiple pulse points to determine what is out of balance in the patient's body and life.
Don Mariano with stone for apacheta, Peru 2007, Photo by Anita Stewart
Traditional Q'ero Teachings: From the Andes and into the Modern World
Don Mariano speaks eloquently of the need for the ancestral wisdom teachings and ancient prophecies to move down from the high Andes, where they have been preserved and guarded for centuries, into the cities and the faraway modern world. Since a few years ago when he began to come down from the mountains and to meet people from other parts of the world, don Mariano has been remarkably generous in offering his ceremonies and teachings to visitors whose homes are far away from his isolated home village in the Andes.
Machu Picchu after rain
Machu Picchu after rain, Peru 2006, Photo by Anita Stewart
From the Andes to North America
Don Mariano's Connections with the Mesa Community:
You may have had the opportunity to experience a taste of Don Mariano's beautiful ceremonial work at The Heart of the Healer Foundation's international gathering in the Sacred Valley of Peru in 2007, where he was an invited elder representing the medicine path of the Q'ero people of the high Andes.
Or you may have met don Mariano through the ceremonies he has offered during trips to Peru with our longtime, gifted teacher, Oscar Miro-Quesada, whose Pachakuti Mesa teachings have brought so many together as part of a heart-centered shamanic community.
We also want to add a special "Thank you" for all that don Mariano has so generously offered as one of the principal teachers who accompanied us on Native Voices' series of "Hummingbird" journeys. These trips offered participants a chance to deepen their apprenticeship in Andean healing and ceremonial ways working closely and directly with our own indigenous teachers -- traditional healers, medicine people and ceremonialists -- while experiencing the beauty of some of the most powerful sacred places in the heart of the Andes.
Don Mariano's First Journey to the USA
This summer's visit to the United States will be don Mariano's first trip to North America, which several of us have joined together to help to sponsor and support. See the description to the left for more details and who to contact for information about events in different regions.
We all are excited and honored to be part of bringing to life don Mariano's long-held vision of ceremonially feeding the great mountains, the Apus of North America ~ and invite you to weave yourself into this pilgrimage, giving yourself the gift of learning from and spending time with this warm, humorous and powerful teacher, as he experiences the United States for the first time.
Let us know if you would like to know more about the journey of Don Mariano Quispe to the United States this summer, or if you are interested in exploring the possibilities of workshops or apprenticeship journeys to the sacred places of our planet.
(Additional information to be added soon)