It's good to be home, sort of. I have just returned from about six weeks in Peru with my wife and three sons, and then with nine participants in a shamanism workshop. My family and I spent about two weeks with one of my teachers in his new home in Lurin, a suburb of Lima. We then went on a family retreat to the high (about 5,800 feet above sea level), Central Jungle of Peru where Oxapampa was our base camp, and then to the Andean highlands (about 12,000 feet above sea level) where the mining town of Jauja became our base camp. We used both base camps as our jumping off spots for getting out into nature. My three boys are all teenagers now so they were old enough to enjoy the trip and be good explorers.
Once I felt well grounded and centered I met nine shamanism students at the international airport in Lima for a five-day retreat and energy transmission. It is winter in South America and winter in Lima is pretty mild with temperatures in the mid 60's most days. The temperature in Cuzco is considerably cooler at wetter this time of year.
Obviously, because we didn't go to Cuzco, we didn't visit Machu Pichu this time. Rather, we spent a day exploring the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac near Lurin and held a ceremony on the top of the Temple of the Sun looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.
The ocean is very "bravo" (high waves) this time of year but we spent two days, one near the beginning of our workshop and one at the end, on the beach feeling the power of the ocean spirits and building our connection with the force that covers covers more than 70 percent of the surface of our planet. It's hard to imagine, but about 97 percent of the Earth's water can be found in our oceans. Another 2 percent is frozen up in glaciers and ice caps.
Here are two more pictures of Pachacamac:
What else did we do? Well we went to a local market at everyone selected and purchased their own aguayos (pronounced "awayo") to use to hold their mesa and to serve as their altar cloth. The picture to the right shows two of the aguayos that I bought for my collection. That done we spent a day collecting objects for our mesas, consecrating them, and then performing individual ceremonies with our mesas.
Other workshops topics included:
Sound like fun? Our next trip will be during the winter (Northern hemisphere), summer in South America and so we will return to Cuzco and Machu Pichu. Contact me for more information. I'm still negotiating prices with hotels in Cuzco so I don't have price information yet, but that will come.
It's good to be back, although I did notice for about a week (that's how long we have been home) that my legs felt like I was walking through goo. I think that the energy level here is much, much more dense and heavy than it was in Peru. I miss the light energy.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft and contemporary shamanism.