About Arkan Lushwala
Arkan Lushwala is a rare indigenous bridge of the global north and south, carrying spiritual traditions from the Andes in his native Peru as well as being adopted and initiated by the Lakota people of North America.
About Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)
Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe) of Diné (Navajo) Nation—will generously take you through her personal journey, as a way of informing, inspiring your own.
Held in collaboration with ceremonial leaders, wisdom keepers, Pachamama Alliance friends and advisors, Arkan Lushwala (Andean and Lakota traditions) and Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe, Diné (Navajo) and Lakota traditions), this immersion in indigenous wisdom blends ancestral knowledge and practices from North and South America in the enchanted high desert ceremonial center of Arawaka and the powerful lands surrounding Taos, New Mexico. This experience is for people who are committed to using the teachings and practices shared in service of the Earth and humanity at this critical time.
The first half of the journey will take place at the Arawaka Ceremonial Center, approximately 1 hour east of Santa Fe, New Mexico and be guided by Arkan Lushwala. Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe) will join us for our final day at Arawaka and make the transition with us to Taos (2 hours north) where she will guide the second half of the journey. Arkan will make the transition with the group and spend the first day in Taos with us, ensuring a cohesive transition.
Participants in this Journey will be guided through the experience with specific teachings, wisdom and practices for using indigenous methodology in their daily lives and work.
The following elements will be incorporated into the Journey:
- Indigenous Ceremonies for deep encounters with the sacred.
- The way of the heart: non-intellectual ways of understanding; sourcing truth through the activation of feeling; and learning to know directly from the mind of spirit.
- Teachings on ancient indigenous principles, wisdom and worldview.
- Personal and Collective Awareness practices, including awareness of spirit in all forms of life, energy and activity.
- 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 (Mother Earth).
- Deep experience of connection to the land in various environments of beauty. Going beyond comfort, we invite our participants to welcome nature as She is and connect deeply with Her.
- Self-reflection and introspection in order to find truth are highly encouraged. We suggest not getting distracted with taking pictures, recording, excessive note-taking, reading, etc.
- An experience of community where we work together and cooperate with one another in a circle of human kindness and solidarity.
- Arawaka is a close-to-the-earth camping experience by design and this intimate contact with Pachamama herself is one of the significant benefits of this journey.
- Camping is available and encouraged at the charming and simple Taos lodge. There is also a large shared room, 2 single rooms and a matrimonial room (single and matrimonial rooms available for a $300 supplement per person).
- All will have access to nice bathrooms with warm showers at both locations.
- Gourmet, organic (when available) and nourishing food will be served at every meal with emphasis placed on consecrating the life that plants and animals offer to us. Vegetarian (and vegan upon request) alternatives will always be available.
Preparation: Read (or re-read) “Time of the Black Jaguar” by Arkan Lushwala.