Step into Ceremony.
Naya Devi & Kitty Edwards
In the indigenous cultures of Peru and the High Andes, a Despacho Ceremony is an ancient, sacred practice of offering prayers to the mountains, the heavens, Mother Earth and the spirits of nature in reciprocity, right relationship and gratitude.
Literally meaning “to gift,” a despacho is a symbolic offering of love or gratitude, and serves to remind us of the connections we share with all beings, spirits, plants, and places. It uses symbolic natural elements such as seeds, flowers, shells and candies to build a colorful and sweet prayer bundle that carries our prayers back to the earth and up to the heavens.
There are infinite varieties of traditional despachos, depending upon the intent and occasion. While some elements are common to all despachos, the particular healing intention of the individual ceremony -- such as bringing harmony and balance to the earth, honoring new beginnings, or overcoming illness – determines the unique design of the offering, its contents, and even the way it is assembled.
Participants in this hands-on, one-day workshop will participate in building two traditional despachos, including:
An Ayni Despacho, for celebrating balance, harmony and right relationship;
An Aya Despacho, celebrating and bringing to energetic closure the life of someone dying or recently passed.
Plus, we'll also share the secrets to creating a successful ceremony, as well as how to adapt a despacho ceremony to commemorate or celebrate traditional rites of passage, such as birthdays, weddings or a the birth of a child.
Course Fees: Cost for the day-long workshop, including materials and supplies, is $150. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
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