Thank you for your many emails and calls in support of bringing Q'ero maestro, don Mariano Quispe back to the USA this year!
It is wonderful to stay in touch with all of you. We have loved hearing from all of you ~ those who have travelled with us on apprenticeship journeys to Peru and all who have worked with don Mariano and other traditional Andean elders or with us here in North America. It is also exciting to connect with those of you who may describe yourself as "new" to these traditions, yet who feel a deep and ancient soul connection to these earth-honoring ways of awakening.
We are still working toward bringing don Mariano back to Georgia (Atlanta and the north Georgia mountains) and to western North Carolina, to re-visit sacred places near where he first offered ceremony and teachings with us on his first trip to North America three years ago.
We hope to be able work out a visit this year, possibly in September-October, 2012. His next journey will include teachings for those who have worked in these traditions for a long time, for newcomers, and also may offer some limited opportunities to work with don Mariano on an individual basis.
Please check back with us regularly in the next few weeks for more news about studying with don Mariano and with other powerful and heart-centered traditionally-based teachers ~ and also for developing news about some apprenticeship and creative travel possibilities that are beginning to unfold for 2013!
In addition to the email address posted on this site, for additional information, you can also email us at: samanita at mindspring.com
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)