Event Category: Peyote
FLOWERS IN THE DESERT
During this powerful 7 day Sacred Mythic Journey we will give you the unique chance to visit and live amongst the Huicholes, a fascinating culture in the magic heart of their powerful indigenous soul homeland. On top of this we will provide you with the amazing opportunity to experience for yourself a part of the same sacred 400-mile pilgrimage journey from the waters of the Pacific Ocean in the west, to the Wixárika symbolized birthplace of the Sun in the north-east of the country. This is the same sacred route that has been travelled by the Wixárika people, by both the parents and the children themselves, every year for the last few hundred decades during their long quest to the desert in the east, to gather their sacred ‘peyote’ teacher plant medicine (flowers in the desert) and bring it home back to their villages in the west!
THE LAND IS ALIVE
In the rugged Sierra Madre mountains of north-western Mexico, the Huichol or Wixáritari people, who it is believed are descendents of the Aztecs, are still living as they have done for thousands of generations, in communion with nature and with each other. Never conquered by outsiders, their sacred traditions and connection to the Gods have remained intact. They are one of only a handful of existing indigenous cultures with such a continuous heritage. It is estimated that there are approximately 15,000 members of this last-known tribe of indigenous Indians in the Americas.
THE SPIRIT OF THE BLUE DEER
The Huicholes lives centre around ancient rituals and tradition, everything from planting corn to embroidering clothes, all done in a sacred way, their artwork alive with their experience of the Divine. The Wixárika (meaning “the healing people” in their native Huichol language) are known for their colorful clothing and famous for their vivid and elaborately designed ‘yarn paintings’ and beadwork. Together their cosmology and shamanic tradition form and define a unique and highly structured way of life, which is expressed in every facet of their lives.
VISIONS OF OUR ANCESTORS
Their distinctive visionary art, in the form of these yarn paintings, embroidered clothing, bags, beaded gourds, masks, jewelry, and sculpture, all derives from their shamanic visions whose symbols form the basis of their work and their lives. The work is all hand-made by individual artists who are taught by their elders, and who then pass on the artistic techniques to their children. And so it goes, from generation to generation. Originally all the artwork was made as “offrendas”, prayer offerings to the Spirits left at places of power along the Pilgrimage route.
AN ANCIENT 400 MILE PILGRIMAGE
The “mara’akame”, the shaman, still leads pilgrims on a yearly journey retracing the path of the Gods and Goddesses when they first appeared in this middle world and travelled on a sacred pilgrimage to find its centre. The Pilgrimage culminates in a night-long ceremony around ‘Tatewari’, Grandfather Fire, a meditative retreat during which shamanic plant medicine ceremony using a button shaped cactus called peyote or ‘hikuri’, induces a visionary state by which the Wixárika People find their lives and the power, the ‘kupuri’, to follow their heart path to completion.
-Comfortable accommodations throughout the journey
-All in-country local ground transportation
-Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices and herbal teas
-Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal
-Local national park entrance fees
-Transformational workshops and/or ceremonies
-Inspirational facilitators, guides and shamans
-Private one-on-one consultations (if requested)
-15% of your total contribution goes towards supporting local indigenous communities
What’s NOT Included:
-International and in-country domestic flights
-Personal travel and medical insurance (optional)
-Essential kit list items
-Private taxi to/from local airport before and after the journey
-Extra personal expenses (e.g. snacks & drinks in-between meals, clothes washing)
Terms & Conditions
-Cancellations made more than 2 months from the journey start date will be fully refunded but excluding a 50% cancellation fee.
-Cancellations made within 2 months of the journey start date are fully non-refundable.
UP AND COMING JOURNEY DATES
Full Moon of the 23rd March – Last Quarter Moon of the 29th March 2019
New Moon of the 25th March – First Quarter Moon of the 31st March 2020
First Quarter of the 21st March – Full Moon of the 27th March 2021