Building upon 18 years of experience leading transformative journeys to Ecuador, this offering was created to provide access and the opportunity to experience powerful earth-based indigenous traditions and teachings in the North.
Our partner on these Journeys in the North is ceremonial leader and teacher, Arkan Lushwala. His mastery at translating and sharing indigenous wisdom will accompany us every step of the way during this seven-day experience.
Arawaka is a ceremonial center and spiritual community in the high desert of New Mexico. Through ceremony and sharing in other activities with their members, you’ll discover how indigenous principles can be powerfully implemented where you are.
The cost for this Journey is $1795
For a summary of the journey and what you will experience, please visit the following:
Arawaka was conceived and designed as a ceremonial center in service of the Arawaka community, gatherings of indigenous peoples from around the world, and to our mother Pachamama herself.
The Pachamama Alliance has a received an invitation to participate with this special community and land through our friendship and collaboration with Arkan Lushwala.
Rather than follow a set agenda or itinerary, spiritual guidance will be received in order to weave the following offerings throughout our time together.
1. Indigenous Ceremonies for deep encounters with the sacred.
2. The way of the heart: non-intellectual ways of understanding and growth; sourcing truth through the activation of feeling; and learning to know directly from the mind of spirit.
3. Teachings on ancient indigenous principles, wisdom and worldview.
4. Continual Awareness practices for both personal and collective awareness, as well as the awareness of the presence of spirit in all forms of life, energy and activity.
5. Sacred Nourishment: the practice and observation of how prayer and sacred energy influence the quality of our food, our most immediate and daily form of communion with the spirit of Pachamama.
6. Deep experience of connection to the land. Going beyond comfort, we invite our guests to welcome nature as She is and connect deeply with her.
7. We suggest not getting distracted with taking pictures, recording, excessive note-taking, reading, etc., in order to activate other centers of awareness where we record our experiences.
8. Arawaka offers a full and joyful community experience where we all work together and cooperate with each other in a circle of human kindness and solidarity.
Note: This will be a rustic, close to the earth camping experience. All will have access to nice bathrooms with warm showers.
Natural food will be served at every meal. The diet at Arawaka is omnivorous with emphasis placed on consecrating the life that plants and animals offer to us. Vegetarian alternatives will always be available.
Preparation: Read “Time of the Black Jaguar” by Arkan Lushwala (or for 2nd time).
These will provide you with many of the logistical details about Pachamama Journeys, and answer specific questions about this Journey in the North.
We trust that people are called to this experience. If you are unsure, longtime Pachamama Journeys Director, David Tucker, can support you in looking to see if this is the right experience. Our Travel Coordinator, Pat Jackson, has supported hundreds of traveler’s prepare logistically for Pachamama Journeys, and is available to offer any assistance as well. Most importantly, trust your heart.
Before the journey, we recommend you to read “Time of the Black Jaguar” by Arkan Lushwala. If you have read it already, review it again!
You will meet some members of the group at the Albuquerque airport at times we will specify.
Arawaka is in the high desert. This will be a rustic, close-to-the-earth camping experience with healthy and delicious organic food. All will have access to nice bathrooms with warm showers. This contact with the natural elements and Pachamama herself is by design and one of the significant benefits of this journey.
Yes, please bring a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping cushion.
There can be mosquitoes at sunset and natural repellents work well: “Herbal Armor” made by All Terrain, “Buzz Away” made by Quantum, and “Herbal Insect Repellent” made by All Around the World. Please bring organic or biodegradable products for the rest of your toiletries.
It will be warm during the days (in the 70′s and 80’s °F) and cooler at night (in the 50’s and 40’s °F). Rain and thunderstorms are possible.
Bring comfortable clothing for camping and hiking paying particular attention to layering to accommodate changing temperatures and conditions. For the sweat lodge, we will honor the Arawaka traditions where men wear shorts and women wear dresses or skirts (for ceremony, too). For women, we encourage dresses or skirts for the sweat lodge and for ceremonies.
Arawaka is a solar facility. As such, there are limited laundry facilities in the center. Please plan to bring sufficient clothing for the week and include three towels in your bag: one for the sweat lodge, another one for swimming in the river and another one for your showers.
Yes, details to be confirmed.
Besides our online form, you can register by downloading a registration form (PDF) and faxing or mailing it following the instructions inside.
A $500 deposit per person is required to hold a reservation, of which $250 is nonrefundable. Full payment is due 6 weeks before departure date along with all paperwork.
In the event you cancel:
- 6 weeks or more before departure: your entire payment will be refunded less $250.
- Between 6 weeks and 30 days before departure: 50% will be refunded.
- 30 days or less before departure: No refund will be granted.
Pachamama Journeys reserves the right to cancel a scheduled journey at any time. In the event Pachamama must cancel the journey you have joined, your full payment will be refunded to you.
If you have any additional questions about the itinerary, the traditions with which we’ll interact or our partner in this unique journey, please fill out the contact form.