Journey Overview

Building upon four transformational offerings and the deep partnership of School of Movement Medicine founders, Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan and Pachamama Journeys Director, David Tucker, Dancing With the Heart of the World continues the tradition of powerful Amazonian immersions to our Achuar and Sápara indigenous partners. This intensive journey, working with a variety of shamanic, movement and creative processes, will be highly participatory, appropriate for those who have both significant experience with inner personal work and a commitment to being part of the solution in these critical times.

Journey Leaders

Ya’Acov Darling Khan

From a young age, Ya’Acov has been drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites. More about Ya’Acov

Susannah Darling Khan

Susannah Darling Khan is a dancer, singer, writer and teacher whose integration of physical, emotional and conceptual awareness creates a fertile field of possibility. More about Susannah

David Tucker

As Program Director of Pachamama Journeys, David has been facilitating Journeys for over 15 years.
More about David

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday, January 1

  • Group meets at Zaysant Ecolodge at 10am for a welcome, orientation circle and an integrated Movement Medicine Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium.
  • Descend in charter bus the Avenue of the Volcanoes and waterfall-laden Pastaza River valley to the edge of the Amazon rainforest.
  • Staying at the charming hosteria outside of Puyo, briefing, drumming and dreaming circle before sleep.

Day 2: Thursday, January 4

  • Fly over pristine rainforest to Achuar Territory
  • Traditional welcome in village, hike to river, go to Ti’inkias community in canoe
  • Situate ourselves in community lodge
  • Evening Movement Medicine session and conversation by the fire

Day 3: Tuesday, January 5

  • Early morning dream sharing ritual over guayusa tea
  • Set out on a hike with our Achuar guide to learn about the extensive flora and fauna
  • Explore black water lagoon in kayaks
  • Learn about the Achuar cosmo-vision and spiritual practices by a massive Kapok tree
  • Contemplative time to connect with the forest and ourselves
  • Gentle Movement Medicine session, followed by an evening shamanic ceremony

Day 4: Saturday, January 6

  • Time for rest in the hammocks, journaling, reflection, etc.
  • Afternoon siesta and movement session
  • Swim in oasis-like natural pool and join community for a cultural exchange (bring small instruments, songs and dances for sharing)
  • Achuar feast with local foods

Day 5: Sunday, January 7

  • Artisan Market with Achuar handmade items (for purchase, in support of culture/community)
  • Goodbyes and gratitude to community
  • 4-hour relaxing boat journey down the Bobanaza and up the mighty Pastaza
  • Arrive at elder shaman’s compound, with breathtaking views overlooking the Pastaza
  • Evening invitation to participate in ancient ceremony

Day 6: Monday, January 8

  • Morning sharing with elder and his family
  • Continue by canoe 30 minutes to highly acclaimed Achuar owned/operated Kapawi lodge.
  • Time for rest in hammocks for integration and reflection in the peaceful environment
  • Afternoon hike to learn about the medicinal plants
  • Descend Capahuari in kayaks, canoes or swimming in the refreshing water
  • Evening sharing circle

Day 7: Tuesday, January 9

  • Morning bird and animal watching
  • Movement Medicine session
  • Head upriver to Achuar community of Wayusentsa
  • Achuar elder uwishin (healer) will take us to a sacred waterfall for a purification ceremony before inviting us to participate in an ancient ritual that evening

Day 8: Wednesday, January 10

  • Time in village sharing with elder and community members
  • Return to Kapawi Lodge for some quiet and contemplative time in the comfortable environment
  • Time for journaling, swimming, fishing, solo nature walks, etc.
  • Evening integration circle and gentle Movement Medicine session

Day 9: Thursday, January 11

  • Early morning bird and animal watching on river
  • After breakfast, we’ll head to local village and fly to Sápara community of Llanchamacocha
  • Traditional welcome with smiles and embraces, followed by individualized purification ceremony
  • Orientation to the Naku project and Sápara vision for future
  • Refreshing swim in Conambo River, settle into our newly designed encampment

Day 10: Friday, January 12

  • Morning dream sharing and cleansing ritual
  • Share in village activities and cultural traditions
  • Learn about the Sápara’s unique physical and spiritual connection to the rainforest
  • Hike through the pristine forest exploring the diverse flora and fauna and medicinal plants
  • Evening invitation to participate in a co-creative ritual

Day 11: Saturday, January 13

  • Morning integration, rest, reflection and quiet Movement Medicine session
  • Afternoon on river and sharing with the village including traditional foods, dances and intimate conversation

Day 12: Sunday, January 14

  • Morning dream sharing
  • Share gratitude for our new Sápara friends and then fly out of rainforest
  • Bus will take us to the cozy and inviting lodge between mountain and jungle with sweeping vistas of the active Tungurahua volcano
  • Free time for rest and reflection
  • Sharing circle Movement session to integrate the rainforest experience

Day 13: Monday, January 15

  • Immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the nearby majestic Llanganates National Park
  • Afternoon Movement Medicine session to integrate and prepare us to take what we have learned, discovered and awakened into our lives out into the world
  • Open-space forum for exploring next steps

Day 14: Tuesday, January 16

  • A day of completion, commitments and celebration
  • Final circle and ritual together and head north to Zaysant Ecolodge in a quiet natural setting not far from the airport for our farewell dinner and lodging

Day 15: Wednesday, January 17

  • Return home or on to next destination

Itinerary is subject to change

We recommend having a day or more on the front and back side of the formal itinerary to acclimate, rest, integrate and see Quito if you wish.