PACHAMAMAS WISDOM: Ceremonial Insights From Behind The Mesa, w/Mateo Magee


Sat Jan 07 2023 at 10:00 am to Sun Jan 08 2023 at 05:00 pm


The Alembic | Berkeley, CA

The ancient traditions had incredibly effective and efficient ways of passing on wisdom. They were masters at distilling thousands of years of knowledge, and conveying it in a way that addressed the whole person, not just one’s intellect.
In Peru, to this day, these teachings remain intact, and are passed down lineally through rituals and ceremonies using an altar-like configuration of items known as a Mesa.
The items on a traditional Mesa are more than symbolic representations of a sacred landscape, they are the rivers, and mountains, and lagoons... and the medicines that grow there. And they are embodiments of the healing energies these places inherently possess.
Working with a mesa allows the individual to access all of these forces and energies directly to address the many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the community.
Few mediums are more effective than ritual and ceremony when it comes to passing on the distillation of wisdom that nature offers. The ancient traditions from Peru knew this well, and have been refining their resources of guidance from Pachamama for thousands of years. And through these ancient rituals, human beings move rapidly into experiences of reconnecting, remembering, and reemerging.
This day-long intensive is the first in an ongoing series of deep dives into the context and experience of Peruvian ritual teachings. In this series, participants will have direct access to the insights occurring behind the scenes, from the facilitator's perspective. And as the series unfolds, each new session will reveal more and more of what this tradition has to offer.
Some topics include: Abriendo el portal (the creation of sacred space), limpias (ritual cleansings), karpays (transmissions of healing energy), and florecimientos (flowerings of dormant potentials), etc. Participants will also be exposed to a variety of healing modalities through the use of a Mesa (personal healing altar), and all of the tools that this system employs, such as: varas, khuyas, illas, istrillas, etc., (see more below). All of these teachings will be passed on in the same way they have been for thousands of years, through an activated ceremonial container.
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January 7th & 8th, 10am - 5pm
Matthew “Mateo” Magee has been serving communities around the world as a spiritual teacher, ceremonial guide, and expedition leader for 24 years. His book, Peruvian Shamanism: The Pachakuti Mesa (2002) was the first written account of an ancient lineage that has been refining its Earth-based forms of wisdom for thousands of years. Mateo holds several University degrees, yet feels his true education was derived from the years he spent living and working alongside First Nation Peoples of both North and South America.
His current spiritual work revolves around postures of receptivity in nature, stillness in motion, and a deep relationship to silence in solitude. Years of his life have been spent alone in the wilderness, studying the ancient conversations that live there. One of Mateo’s great gifts is his capacity to make complex and elusive spiritual concepts accessible and palatable, building bridges between ancient cultures and modern-day truth seekers. He considers himself a perpetual student, and his humble, inclusive teaching style creates a safe environment for every soul to enter and stretch out in.

Where is it happening?

The Alembic, 2820 7th St,Berkeley,CA,United States, Berkeley, United States

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USD 333

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