Event Category: San Pedro (Huachuma)
OUR ANCESTORS SPIRITS LIVE ON
This epic 7 day Sacred Mythic Journey begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru and eventually guides you onto the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire and was formed by the Urubamba River, also known as Wilcamayu which in Quechua (the still spoken language of the Inca Empire), means ‘the Sacred River’. It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges of the Andes mountains, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages.
The presence of numerous temples and ritual structures ascertains that Machu Picchu held spiritual significance for the Inca. To the Inca, the world and its environment were sacred. Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. These structures, carved from the gray granite of the mountain top are wonders of both architectural and aesthetic genius. Many of the building blocks weigh 50 tons or more yet are so precisely sculpted and fitted together with such exactitude that the mortarless joints will not permit the insertion of even a thin knife blade.
A COMMUNICATION NETWORK WITH THE STARS
One of Machu Picchu’s primary functions was that of astronomical observatory. The Intihuatana stone (meaning ‘Hitching Post of the Sun’) has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. The Intihuatana (also called the Saywa or Sukhanka stone) is designed to hitch the sun at the two equinoxes. At midday on March 21st and September 21st, the sun stands almost directly above the pillar, creating no shadow at all. At this precise moment the sun “sits with all his might upon the pillar” and is for a moment “tied” to the rock. At these periods, the Incas held ceremonies at the stone in which they “tied the sun” to halt its northward movement in the sky. There is also an Intihuatana alignment with the December solstice (the summer solstice of the southern hemisphere), when at sunset the sun sinks behind Pumasillo (the Puma’s claw), the most sacred mountain of the western Vilcabamba range, but the shrine itself is primarily equinoctial.
MACHU PICCHU IS MUCH MORE THAN IT SEEMS
Shamanic legends tell that when a sensitive person touches their forehead to the Intihuatana stone it opens their vision to the spirit world. Intihuatana stones were the supremely sacred objects of the Inca people and were systematically searched for and destroyed by the Spaniards. When the Intihuatana stone was broken at an Inca shrine, the Inca believed that the deities of the place died or departed. The Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, even though they suspected its existence, thus the Intihuatana stone and its resident spirits remain in their original position.
OPEN YOUR HEART TO LIFE
San Pedro, locally known as Huachuma, is a cactus that grows all along the Andes (and now North America as well). The earliest recorded shamanic use of this plant available to us dates back over 3000 years, and there are reasons to believe its use is much more ancient than that – both the physical and psychic fabric of this part of the world is informed with the energy of this plant teacher. San Pedro is used for healing as well as mystical purposes. Its energy opens up one’s channels, allowing one to connect deeply with oneself as well as the entire cosmos and other spiritual dimensions.
A BRIDGE WITH THE SPIRIT WORLD
Ayahuasca is known in the Amazon jungle as “la purga” (the purge) and is essentially a medicine that cleanses one on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The process is one of healing and letting go of what no longer is helpful for our journey on this planet and the resulting clarity that allows us to see what is the next step ahead for us. The energy of the medicine supports this process and helps one reconnect with one’s deepest truths and sense of purpose.
-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 extras (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 18th July – Last Quarter Moon of the 24th July 2019
First Quarter Moon of the 24th July – Full Moon of the 30th July 2020
First Quarter Moon of the 19th July – Full Moon of the 25th July 2021