What is Ancestral Knowledge Retreat?
"Every tree, every plant, has a spirit. People may say that the plant has no mind. I tell them that the plant is alive & conscious. A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit in it that is conscious, that sees everything, which is the soul of the plant, its essence, what makes it alive. The channels through which the water & sap move are the veins of the spirit"
- Pablo Amaringo
At Ancestral Knowledge Retreat we return to ancient knowledge and Plants of Power and humbly open ourselves to receive instruction, clarity and healing for our life.
This retreat was created out of gratitude for the immense healing that we have received from Plant Medicines and the sincere desire we have to share them with those who would like to receive the blessings of the Medicine in a safe, loving and traditional environment.
Ancestral Knowledge Retreat is completely unique in its essence because it combines a variety of ancient traditions and wisdom for Integral wellbeing that has been used for centuries by the most ancient civilizations of the Earth to live harmoniously within all aspects of themselves and everything that surrounds them.
Our modern life has brought us many comforts and ideals of wellbeing, but has pulled us away from the natural world, a life of introspection and true connection with ourselves and our surroundings. Now more than ever, we need to return to the ancient practices, regain balance and acquire long-lasting wellbeing so we can truly begin to live the life we dream of, in harmony with our essence and all of creation.
“As within so without”, we have heard this before. Plants of Power reveal to us the most profound aspects of our being, things hidden in our subconscious and habits that no longer serve us. They cleanse us of all the things that stand in the way of our purest, most authentic self, which is an expression of true Love. Plants of Power show us our interconnectedness with all of creation and the immense gift that is life, along with the great power that we have to create anything we sincerely desire and evolve each time closer to Love and an eternal sense of wellbeing.
To aid us in our purpose of true evolution and expansion in Love, we need every tool we can get. Luckily we have been given the tools by Spirit through the Ancestral Altars that are available to us. It’s an exciting time to be alive, since the keepers of this knowledge are coming out into the world and sharing their wisdom and medicine.
At Ancestral Knowledge Retreat we believe in the Power and Wisdom of the ancient practices of our Ancestors and seek to carry on their lineage in a clean and transparent manner, so these Ancestral Altars can continue to Bless us and bring well being to our lives and those we love, as they have done for generations.
This is not a mystical trial of the new age, but a real and true continuation of ancient practices that have been conserved in their original manner for hundreds of years.
Ancestral Knowledge Retreat is for those who seek profound healing, clarity and wellbeing for their life and are willing to approach the Medicine in a humble and respectful manner.
Support in Your Journey
Yage is the vine of the Gods. It is a sacrament of the rainforest that has been used by indigenous people for hundreds of years to bring integral healing, a profound understanding of life and a connection with the Power that has the entire universe in harmonious movement.
We will receive the Medicine from the hands of an experienced Medicine man from the Cofán indigenous tribe of the Colombian Amazon who have been custodians of this medicine for hundreds of years. The Cofán Healers who attend our retreat have been drinking Yage their entire life and so have their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, thus bringing their entire ancestral lineage with them to support the ceremony. They truly do come and bring blessings from the astral.
The Sweatlodge is one of the most ancient ceremonies that has existed on this Earth. It has been practiced by indigenous communities of Mesoamerica for centuries. The Sweatlodge is the womb of Mother Earth and shows us the blueprint of how the entire universe is designed, helping us align ourselves within our natural rhythms and go through life more fluidly. Additionally, it helps us cleanse our physical bodies and gain a deeper awareness of ourselves and our relationship to Mother Earth. After each Yage ceremony, we will be grounded and centered through the prayers and songs of the Inipi Sweatlodge. This ceremony will help us ground the visions and insights we have received during the Yage Ceremony in a clear and loving manner.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a holistic approach that treats at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. We bring acupuncture into AKR to support your nine-day journey with us. Acupuncture will help you detox, calm your mind, renew and strengthen your energy level, relax your nervous system, boost your immune system, enhance the functions of your organs, and connect with your soul.
As a result of yoga or sustained, focused attention, the Self, or Seer, is firmly established in its own form, and we act from a place of our own true, authentic Self. —Yoga Sutra I.3
The practice of Yoga brings a space of profound attention with ourselves and what is moving within us. This ancient practice combines breath and movement in a state of meditation or non-judgemental awareness so you can reach your truest self, the observer, that goes beyond good or bad, but is connected to the essence of life itself. During the retreat we practice light Yoga, which nourishes our physical, emotional and mental selves and helps us integrate further what moves with the Medicine.
We are a family. This gives a special kind of solidity and union to Ancestral Knowledge Retreat, as we know the importance of making change, praying for all of our relations and the future generations. We involve our children in what we do and have them learn a Sacred way of life.
Alex is an artist specialized in Ancestral Art and its influence on the psychology and spirit of people. Alex is a member of the council of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan in Colombia and the world. In his life, Alex has inhabited and learned from various indigenous tribes such as the Cofans and Cogis of Colombia and the Aymara of Bolivia. He has also received deep instruction on traditions of the North American Indians. He has blessings to and carries various Ancestral Altars and Ceremonies with Sacred Plants. At Ancestral Knowledge Retreat, Alex leads the sweatlodge ceremonies and shares his natural wisdom on how to live a more joyful and harmonious life by learning how to truly follow your Heart.
Laura is an art lover, spiritual practitioner with a love for the Earth, its people, children, traveling and ancient wisdom. She studied Psychology and Art at the University of Virginia and after graduation moved to her homeland, Colombia, South America, to live and travel with her husband - Alex.
Laura first learned about plant medicine from her mother Patricia after she participated in a series of ceremonies that changed her life forever. Laura witnessed first hand the impact of the medicine in her mother’s life and became intrigued to attend a ceremony with her brother and mother at the age of 18. It was an experience that changed her life and opened her consciousness in Love, which brought clarity and purpose to her life. Ever since then she has explored a variety of indigenous cultures and worked with different plant medicines from the Brazilian and Colombian rainforest. Within her spiritual path, she has practiced various forms of Yoga, Meditation and singing.
Patricia is an Acupuncturist with great passion for every type of therapy or practice that promotes healing. Patricia worked in the I.T. field as an Engineer for many years but the seed - mainly planted by her father – to be connected to her spirit and help others, remained in her. Patricia started working with Plant Medicine in 2009 and her own journey took her back to school to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Patricia practices Acupuncture in the Washington D.C. area. Since the beginning of her journey, and because the huge impact these medicines had in her live and in the life of her love ones, Patricia’s dream was to create a space where people receive these medicines from the hands of healers coming from a strong lineage and tradition, and with that providing a secure, safe and loving environment for the benefit of each of our participants.