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 in and around Taos and be guided by Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe). The second half of the experience will take place at the Arawaka Ceremonial Center, approximately 1 hour east of Santa Fe and be guided by Arkan Lushwala. The wisdom keepers will join together at the midway point for some shared teachings and to ensure 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 reread) “Time of the Black Jaguar” by 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. His eloquence, as both an author and speaker, give expression to a timeless wisdom in a refreshingly simple and digestible way. A skilled medicine man, and founder of the Arawaka ceremonial center and community in New Mexico, Arkan has been a close friend, ally and advisor to the Pachamama Alliance for several years and is a strong advocate for our work with the indigenous people to permanently protect the sacred headwaters of the Amazon basin.
Weyakpa Najin Win – Woman Stands Shining – Pat McCabe is a Diné/Navajo medicine woman, international speaker, teacher and ceremonial leader. Her parents were part of the government forced boarding school program resulting in an upbringing of strict western academia. She rediscovered and reclaimed her indigenous identity as a young adult, largely with the support and guidance of elders in the Lakota tradition, and has gone on to be one of the most well respected indigenous leaders in North America. Pat’s keen understanding of the western intellectual way combined with her full embodiment of the indigenous worldview make her a treasured resource for our time. She is a longtime friend and ally of the Pachamama Alliance and was the first indigenous person trained to facilitate the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium nearly a decade ago.