WHERE & WHEN WILL THE GATHERING TAKE PLACE?

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THE DAWN OF A NEW TIME

A Gathering With the Ancestral Knowledge

on Health and Well Being

with the four Indigenous People that inhabit

the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta

 The Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

SEYKUN, ARHUACO RESERVATION ~ SIERRA NEVADA OF SANTA MARTA~ COLOMBIA

September 11-15, 2018

 

IN COLOMBIA, IN THE SIERRA NEVADA OF SANTA MARTA, THE ORIGIN, THE SPIRIT´S TEMPLE

Santa Marta´s Sierra Nevada, located in the Colombian North Coast, is the highest coastal summit in the world and covers an area of 2.600kmt2.

Due to the variation in its geographical elevation, this area has almost all the climatic zones that can occur in tropical America, which is conducive to a wide range of biodiversity from the sea below to the snow peaks above. Four indigenous peoples live there, all with a similar vision of the world. They are the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

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For these four indigenous peoples, the Sierra Nevada is where the wealth and sustenance of the spirit can be found; it’s the temple of the spirit and the soul. There are sites in the Sierra, which are energetically linked with other places in the world. These connections are essential in the keeping of the balance of our planet and the universe.

Santa Marta´s Sierra Nevada, is like the eldest human being of the world.

It is also the place where the spiritual father and mother of water, wind, fire and earth dwell.

Whenever there is disharmony in the Sierra Nevada, it’s because in other parts of the world the sacred sites are not being taken care of. For this reason it’s very important for the Mamos to keep the balance in other places of our planet.

The gathering, from Mamos’ Cosmological perspective, needs to take place in the Sierra Nevada because Creation was sparked with spiritual energy in this space.

This gathering has been called upon, based on this creation principle: that the sacred energy is calling us to get together and defend our right to live with health and wellbeing.

Stemming from that principle, the Mamos will open the door of spirit for the rest of the participants, so we can understand each other on this physical plane.

From the Mamos’ perspective all beings that exist in the universe, which are the manifestation of the sun, were originated in this space.

SEYKUN

The gathering will be held in SEYKUN, a very important place for the Mamos, because it’s a sacred site where the strength and energy of fire and thought are concentrated.

Seykun is the place where the spiritual father of all natural phenomena that produce energy, such as thunder, lightning and fire, was established.

Seykun is located in the lower part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a 2-hour drive from the city of Valledupar, the capital of Cesar State. The access road is paved most of the way, but the last half hour is unpaved.

COST OF THE EVENT:

TRIP COST: $1,088 USD (per person) - ($1,050.00 Discount if paid in full by Check or Money order).  A Non-refundable Deposit of $800.00 CC or $777 Ck/MO MUST accompany your registration OR you may pay in full to reserve your space.  Payment in full is required 60 days prior to the travel date to attend this trip (July 11, 2018). No exceptions please. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER. NO Refunds for any reason - CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED - TRAVEL INSURANCE including MEDICAL COVERAGE IS REQUIRED - Registrations may be transferred.  SPACE IS LIMITED

The money collected will be used to cover the costs of the organization of the event, locative adjustments, logistics and the high costs of transporting and feeding about 200 indigenous people from the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo. The remaining money will be delivered directly to the corresponding spiritual and traditional authorities, in order to support the processes of traditional education of children, which guarantee the cultural and spiritual permanence of these ancestral peoples.

UPON REGISTRATION YOU WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING TRAVEL, HOTEL OPTIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION.


 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE EVENT?

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The hosts of this gathering are the Arhuaco people. We will be staying for five days in one of their communities, where approximately 200 men, women and children live. We will have the company of around 90 Mamos, Sagas (Wise Women) and traditional authorities of the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

Mamos and Sagas want to share their vision and ancestral knowledge and ceremonies on health and well-being, their understanding of why we get sick and how we can recover our health, and the relationship that exists between harmony in nature and our health.

During the gathering, there will be various activities and ceremonies:
• Opening and closing ceremony.
• The Elder Mamos, will share their words and wisdom.
• Ceremonies at sacred sites.
• Traditional dances and songs.
• Cultural exchange.
• Formation of an alliance and establishment of commitments to maintain balance on mother earth.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING?

It is important that participants know that this is not a luxury trip. Mamos and indigenous authorities of the Sierra Nevada have invited us to have an experience with them in their territory and according to their way of life.

In an extremely generous way they have opened their culture and spirit to us.

Their way of life is simple, based on a deep contact with nature, so we will be sharing this experience in the same manner, again, in conditions similar to their lifestyle.

It’s important to note that there are no luxuries. We guarantee a basic setup for a comfortable and safe stay that sits within the existing conditions in the Reservation. This means sleeping in tents, hammocks or on mats on the floor.

The community of Seykun is located 582 meters  (1909.45 feet) above sea level and has a temperature between 16 and 23 degrees Celsius (60.8 – 73.4 fahrenheit), in the day it can be hot and at night it can be cold.

There is electricity and running water in the village and participants will have access to shared toilets and showers.

Because the area is a bit remote, the organizers request participants who come from abroad to have travel insurance including medical.

We are confident that these conditions will make this event an unforgettable experience.

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During the event we will have three accommodation options:

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TRADITIONAL HUTS

These huts are built in stone, wood and earth, with thatched roofs, and each accommodates 4 people sleeping in hammocks. Participants who want this option must bring a sleeping bag. The event will provide the hammocks.

 

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CLASSROOMS

There is an option of staying in the classrooms of the school on mattresses on the floor. Each room can hold up to 8 people. Participants should bring sleeping bags and whatever elements they need for their comfort. The event will provide a mat and a mosquito net.

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TENTS

Participants can choose to camp. For this option it is required that you bring all the necessary camping equipment, including the tent.

If someone requires sleeping on a bed due to their age, or physical condition, please let us know in advance in order to respond to your requirements.

 

MEALS

We will have a team of local people with experience taking care of meals during the gathering.  Food will be natural, balanced and prepared with love. Participants will have the possibility to taste typical dishes of the region.  Vegetarian meals are also available; please let us know in advance.  Those with especial requirements in their diets, we suggest you bring your own food, as we are not able to meet  specific demands.

DRINKING WATER

Drinking water will be available in containers during the gathering. We recommend that each participant bring their thermos or personal bottle to be refilled to reduce the use of plastic bottles and disposable cups.

UPON REGISTRATION YOU WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING TRAVEL, HOTEL OPTIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION.