Chapter 2 is taking place on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range
25th May – 30th May 2018
Colombia is home to 87 Indigenous Tribes, and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to the 4 Tayrona tribes: the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo.
For Chapter 2 we will be learning from these 4 tribes and primarily the Kogi people. We will also be learning from the Wayuu tribe.
The Wayuu (pronounced “wah-you”) are indigenous to the semi-arid desert region of the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia. The tribe is matrilineal, with the Mother at the head of the household, she teaches her daughter how to weave their Mochila bags.
To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence and creativity. According to legend the tradition comes from the “Wale’kerü”, a spider that taught the women how to weave their creative drawings into the Wayuu bags.
Images of Wayuu: FUNDACION TIERRA VIVA.
‘Imagine a pyramid standing alone by the sea. Each side a hundred miles long. It’s a mountain, nearly four miles high. In its folds, imagine every different climate on earth. This is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The people hidden here call the Sierra the Heart of the World.’
The indigenous tribes of the Sierra Nevada share a common belief that they are guardians of the heart of the world. The belief is that entire mountain range is a living entity and before being created by Sezhankwa the Great Mother existed in the spiritual universe.
-Ereira, Alan. The Heart of the World. J. Cape. 1990.
3 Soul-nourishing organic plant-based meals a day
Yoga, Movement & Dance
Indigenous & Cultural Learning
Ceremony, Ritual + Sacred Experiences
Soul Talk Series – with cultural & empowered educators
Skill workshops – ancestral skills
– our community space to barter, exchange and sell goods and services. Your opportunity to buy local goods, and meet the women who make them.
– a community space to give or receive healing work, agreement on exchange made between participants for monetary payment or other exchange.
*The following is to offer a guide and idea of our gathering flow…
Jan 31st – Gathering our soul seeds – Dream Seed Planting
Arrival & Information
Opening Ceremony, connecting in circle, community and with the earth.
Feb 1st – Growing with ritual, tools and learning
East of the Wheel
Youth – Learning about ceremony & ritual
Play – movement and creating
Feb 2nd – Nourishing our ideas, visions and creativity
South of the Wheel
Teenage – Blood Mysteries & Sacred Sexuality
Sacred dance & movement
Feb 3rd – Blooming
West of the Wheel
Mother – Birthing what we choose to create
Warrior voice and facing fears
Feb 4th – Celebrating fruits of labour
North of the Wheel
Ancestors – Unravelling the mystery
Feb 5th – Pollinating
Sunrise commitment ceremony and group celebration to Self