How to create a ceremonial offering to feed the forces of nature (Despacho)

Creating a Despacho is an earth honoring tradition that comes from the Andean Region of Peru and Bolivia. It is an ancient ceremonial offering to the Earth, the mountain spirits and all the unseen beings that help guide us through the maze of life.

A Despacho is composed of items called Recados, that are infused with prayers, then ceremonially arranged in a beautiful pattern on a large piece of paper. The mandala like creation is folded into a bundle and ritually offered to the fire or to the earth. This Despacho will be built to honor the New Moon of March. It is our way of acknowledging and saying thank you to our Earth Mother, the Moon, the Sun and all the forces of nature for sustaining life and the beauty therein, that is a process of earth regeneration and sacred reciprocity (ayni)  to Nature, for all that we receive.

Items to build a despacho will be provided but you can bring personal items if you wish (these will not be returned): animal products (fur, teeth, fat etc): plant products: Mineral products (sand, small crystals etc); a poem and or something else, hand made: a shell or something else that represents the oceans etc. Lets get imaginative and create something of beauty that feeds your soul and the Earth.

In this meetup, Shamanic healer, Patchakuti Mesa Carrier and Ceremonial Leader Alan Waugh will teach you the fundamentals of setting up a Despacho and rituals to honor your true potential as a healer of yourself and the planet. See his web site www.alanwaugh.com

$10 is requested to pay for materials and space rental

 

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  • emaia

    It was a wonderful ceremony & the center was beautiful. The Despacho making was sacred, the people were in one spirit & the songs and didgeridoo playing was hypnotic and healing. I know the spirits were happy!

    June 30, 2013

    • alan w

      Thanks Emaia. It was lovely to meet you: I hope our paths cross again soon.

      June 30, 2013

  • Shirley

    This was a great gathering on an interesting topic. This form of offering was new to me, and I enjoyed learning more about this shamanic tradition.

    June 30, 2013

    • alan w

      Thanks Shirley. It was great to sit in circle with you again. See you soon

      June 30, 2013

  • emaia

    Beautiful and healing

    June 29, 2013

  • Kristina I.

    I am saddened that I can not make this event but will keep an eye out for another offering like this one! Have a beautiful time everyone!

    June 28, 2013

  • rashidah

    June 28, 2013

  • Shirley

    Thanks for offering this topic--it's very interesting and right in line with the core of shamanic practice.

    June 27, 2013

  • Tamara

    Im sorry...I wount be able to go this time.

    June 27, 2013

  • Richard H.

    I'll be there ! ! ! & Angel !

    June 24, 2013

  • Jenn E.

    Sorry I can't make it, I was really looking forward to this event!

    June 22, 2013

  • Jenn E.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 15, 2013

  • Tamara

    Thank you! :)

    June 7, 2013

  • Richard H.

    I'll be there !

    June 4, 2013

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