My first visit to Takiwasi, the center for the treatment of addiction that utilizes the methods of Amazonian shamanism along with Western psychotherapy, and its host town, Tarapoto, was many years ago, in a quieter age.
My partner at the time, a therapist, had arrived long before me, and developed a strong affinity with the work of the center – its compassionate approach to treating addicts, its commitment to the study of the native, traditional medicine of the rainforest, and the unique character of its founders, the doctors Jacques Mabit and Rosa Giove. When I had joined her there, she was working as a therapist in the ample, tree shaded grounds of the center, doing her dissertation research, and soaking up the accumulated knowledge of traditional plant medicines and shamanic techniques utilized at Takiwasi to heal. Continue reading “Shamanic Archaeology at Chavín de Huántar”
Chavin de Huantar is the lodestone, the morning star, the birthplace of the great spiritual and indigenous consciousness of the Andes, and South America as a whole. A ceremonial complex at 10,425 feet above sea level, located at the confluence of the Mosna and Wacheksa rivers and at the geological and cultural crossroads between the mountains, jungle, and sea, Chavin flourished as a sacred site for 500 years (800-300 BCE), as a place of pilgrimage, healing, and oracular activity.
Chavin is no ruin, however. Beneath the superficial ravages of time, its ceremonial heart remains intact. Facilitated by the sacred plants that were integral to its cultural awakening, it is possible to conduct a sort of “shamanic archaeology,” encountering the realm of visions and healing within its great portals, labyrinths, plazas, and before the Huaca, nicknamed the Lanzon, that still abides in the center of the site.
Continue reading “Chavin de Huantar Pilgrimage May 30th to June 13th 2017”