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Despacho Ceremony: Setting Intentions

A despacho is an offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Apus (Mountain Gods), and the four Sacred elements according to Andean cosmology. For hundreds of years, the Paqos (wisdomkeepers of the Andes) have used the despacho ceremony for a wide variety of occasions – births, deaths, to heal physical and emotional ailments, to restore balance and harmony, when there is a specific request of the spirit world and, most importantly and always, as an expression of gratitude.

Similar to a mandala or sacred creation, the despacho holds symbolic elements and the prayers of the participants. As the elements are added to the despacho, the vibration of the participants and the room raises. The despacho becomes a living prayer that brings energy shifts and healing. 

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sound healing: group healing

Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing, helping to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.

Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment, which synchronizes fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. Rhythm and frequency can entrain our brainwaves, making it possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).



This retreat will focus on connecting to the Authentic Self. Through a series of movement classes and creative intentional workshops, you will get a chance to more deeply understand how to actively participate in your experience of reality, and how to anchor in a more fulfilling life. You will take away new tools for centering, gaining clarity and inspiration, and developing self-awareness.


temazcal: sweating it out

A temazcal is a traditional steam bath, that is in many ways similar to the Native American sweat lodge. Besides promoting physical well-being and healing, the temazcal is also a ritual and spiritual practice in which traditional healing methods are used to encourage reflection and introspection. While the body rids itself of toxins through sweating, the spirit is renewed through ritual. The temazcal is thought to represent the womb and people coming out of the bath are, in a symbolic sense, re-born.

The word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs), although many of the indigenous groups had this practice. It is a combination of the words temal, meaning "bath," and calli, meaning "house." 

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ecstatic dance

Let go of all shame and fear and judgement about yourself and let your body move as it wishes. There are no rules, you just dance as you wish. We store so much stress in our physical bodies, ecstatic dance can help release it. This will be a moving meditation that induces a more-expanded state of consciousness.