FOUNDATIONS OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL: online weekly class.
Series 7 TBA!
This programme has been so popular that we will be starting the seventh series in the autumn.
Our Monday Foundation Class evenings have become an anchor point in our week and in our practice, and a wonderful way to stay connected with like-minded souls. We hope you’ll join (or rejoin!) us! No two series are ever the same. We will have dates for you in the coming weeks, but you can also follow us on Eventbrite to be notified when tickets go on sale, and we’ll see you there.
Here is a taster of what previous series have looked like - and we have offered this series in translation and to suit different timezones, too, including Romanian, and now, French. As always, more details and booking are via Eventbrite.
MAP OF THE INCA MEDICINE WHEEL
The ancient peoples left us maps to guide us and teach us how to stay in balance and harmony with all of creation, so that we would be able to hold a still note and a vision of the future within the turmoil and upheaval of the present. Tonight we invite you to step with us into this map and discover this unique and powerful tradition that has inspired our own souls journey into wholeness. You will learn how to open sacred space, and we'll guide you on a journey around this beautiful medicine wheel that is a bridge (chakana) from where you are now, to where you would like to be.
THE FOUR ARCHETYPES
This week, Chris takes us on a journey with the Archetypes that we work with: Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird, and Eagle-Condor, which represent for us the four unifying principles of creation. These allies hold energetic principles for us, so that, as we grow our personal relationship with them, they can help us to transform our world, both inner and outer; we change our perception and watch the world change. You’ll also learn a meditation to help shift your perception using these archetypical forces.
HOW TO DISENGAGE FIGHT/FLIGHT
In a world full of external stimulus over which we have little or no control, we can find ourselves caught in fight/flight/freeze/faint response. When we are on red alert, we become hypervigilant and we have a tendency to either over react to situations, or 'check out' energetically. Or, if we go to freeze/faint mode we might put our head in the sand, and disappear ourselves. All of these strategies are useful up to a point, but long term they use up too much of our available energy, it's no wonder we can often feel exhausted by life! This week we will share with you a practice that disengages that fight/flight reflex when it's switched on, using two of the archetypical allies that we work with, Jaguar and Eagle/Condor. You’ll learn how to come back into your body after a shock or trauma; how to bring yourself and others back into a calm and peaceful state; and how to bring yourself into right relationship with the earth.
RITES & RITUALS and THE POWER OF THE MESA
This week, we focus on the importance of working at the mythic and how this helps us to stay out of the emotionally laden limbic brain. Chris tells the story of the energetic transmissions that we receive on our journey around the Medicine Wheel and how we grow our medicine through the mesa, the medicine bundle that becomes our altar of peace and stillness. We will end the evening with a meditation that connects us with (or grow if you already have them) the Bands of Power and Protection, vital protection and support that we can rest in as we navigate these uncertain times. These bands not only support our journey through life, but also align us with the five elements so that we know with certainty that we are safe and held.
SANDPAINTINGS and how we deal with our issues
This evening, Chris shares this powerful practice that you can do at home - as well as demonstrating once again the importance of working at the level of the mythic. When we have the experience of being ‘triggered’, when something rattles or upsets us, we have an opportunity to do something about it! Sandpaintings are the landscape upon which we work with our personal issues; they help us to keep out of the dramas that are ever present in our world, and teach us how to stay balanced and centred.
KUYA LIMPIA cleansing our energy field
This week, we learn stone cleansing. In this tradition, we work with stones - the record keepers. Our stones help us to keep the energy body clear of heavy energy, and this process helps to remove pain and discomfort from the body. Chris explains everything you’ll need to know in order to do this process for yourself and for those you share your life with.
All bookings are via Eventbrite.
TESTIMONIALS FOR THE ONLINE SERIES:
"The Medicine Wheel foundation has been a wonderful exploration. Something beautiful to look forward to on a weekday evening. Connecting with likeminded souls in such a safe and nourishing space.
"Chris is an inspirational, yet down to earth teacher who imparts her wisdom in a gentle and clear manner that infuses the heart and soul even before it reaches the brain. “I have found the experience of sitting in this circle quite remarkable and mesmerising as loved every minute.
“With a perfect mix of practical tools and spiritual grounding... this is just where I needed to be. “In fact it has been such a welcome part of my week that I chose to re-take the course. As I would again, as it has given me the opportunity to absorb more of the teachings. And instead of it feeling repetitive it has felt a continuation, a solidifying.
“Who knew that zoom could be used in such a powerful way?
"Thank you Chris, Liz and team Spirit of the Inca for your ingenuity and willingness to try new ways to impart your open hearted wisdom. ♥️” (EW)
“I am delighted with the Medicine Wheel foundation sessions. They have far exceeded my expectations. Chris is a potent shaman, generous and gentle with the depth and breadth of wisdom shared. I connect easily with the nature based traditions and have found the sessions both grounding and helpful to enhance my resilience through current challenges in personal and work situations. If you have a flicker of interest to attend the course, just sign up and do it, you will not be disappointed.” (JD)
BEFRIENDING OUR SHADOW (online
Time: 12noon-5pm GMT
This 3 part course helps us to understand how we relate to ourselves and others, why we prefer attachment to authenticity, why we do the strangest things as humans (that bring us the very things we don't want!) and most of all how we can reclaim the very things that have stopped us from living life to the full and having deep and meaningful loving relationships that are authentic and real. As we dive into our shadow aspects we will discover the gold that lies within, our passion, our creativity have been waiting in the wings, for a chance to take centre stage in our lives, and, as our sovereign self begins to shine through, we discover the kind of connections and the kind of life that our hearts really yearn for. Shadow work is what Carl Jung calls Holy work, I believe it to be the work of the Heart Warrior. During this 3 part course you will learn some powerful tools and techniques for reclaiming your shadow aspects... learning to own them, to accept them, to befriend them, even if you do not wish to love them! We will shine a light into those places where we are holding ourselves back, where we are sabotaging ourselves, where we are judging ourselves and labelling each other, and where we come into conflict with ourselves and others. When we make peace with our shadow self then we can finally end the war with the enemy who lives within (and without) .. and focus on becoming ALL that we could be.
Part 1: HEROES AND VILLAINS:
12 - 5pm (GMT)
A dynamic that creates havoc in all our relationships, even our relationship to life itself, this is one of the foundations of shadow work. The Triangle of Disempowerment is how we have learned to relate to ourselves and to others. We are all susceptible to what seems to be this universal and very compelling dynamic: victim, perpetrator, rescuer. Even without realising we can find ourselves drawn into these dramas over and over again. In this session you will experience how much of our personal power is tied up here , and you will discover ways to shift this.
Part 2: SHADOW & THE BLACK BAG:
12 - 5pm (GMT)
This is where we metaphorically hide all those parts of us that we deem unacceptable. These orphaned aspects of us do not go away, they show up as people we can judge, enemies we can hate, heroes we can worship. And they show up over and again in the dramas that we play out personally in our relationships, and collectively in our society. When we give away aspects of our original psyche in order to be loved, accepted, valued, acknowledged we end up wearing a mask, and disguises that make us feel valued, but at the same time we know somewhere in our psyche that this is not the truth of us, we end up feeling like an imposter or a fraud, because there's so much of authentic self that is hidden away. Those hidden parts are waiting to be reclaimed. Till then we wear outward signs of 'goodness', but inwardly feel 'unworthy' or inadequate in some way. In this session you will experience the power of lifting the shame filled parts of our psyche into the light of compassion and understanding. Deep, transformational and empowering... but come prepared to have some fun too!
Part 3: RECLAIMING OUR SOVEREIGNTY:
2022 12 - 5pm (GMT)
We all have 'gremlins' whose main reason for being is to keep us safe and to protect the most vulnerable part of our hearts. But deep in our psyche lies the gold that we have been hiding. The metaphor of the fire breathing dragon is in many cultures, and in those old stories we have to slay the dragon in order to regain our power. This is an old story that follows the path of war and conflict that for eons has been our 'modus operandi'. There's a new story, a different myth emerging, and in this session we discover that by 'naming' the dragon we witness with incredible compassion the release of our gold onto the waiting world. The return of our sovereign self.
Other classes & workshop series:
TRAINING: MEDICINE WHEEL - UK & ROMANIA
To join our 2023-24 training in Romania or the UK, please contact Chris.
This is the greatest healing journey that you will take. Together with a group of committed students and trainers, we journey around the medicine wheel, experiencing and practicing the powerful and beautiful healing tools and techniques of the Inca tradition. Every few months we spend a week together in one of the four directions, building our skills in each module, healing the past so that we can step fully into who we came to be. Powerful, transformative, creative, experiential learning at a deep level takes place here. Over the years I have learned that the way to work with groups is in a collaborative way, and we have worked together to create a courageous team of facilitators who are dedicated to bringing this healing work into the world.
SACRED JOURNEY TO PERU2023: Wed 17 May - Thu 1 June 2023
Through the Sacred Valley and up to Lake Titicaca
Please do get in touch or sign up to the newsletter if you would like to be kept informed of Peru journey announcements.
A journey of a life time. Travel with our shamans to the heart of the Sacred Valley, sit in ceremony day after day, healing, connecting to the sacred mountains, learning a new way of living on Mother Earth, travel upwards to the sea at the top of the world, Lake Titicaca, where the light is luminous, and your heart will be filled with the light of Father Sun. Making memories that will last a life time. A journey that takes us back to the heart of who we truly are. Life changing! For more details or to register your interest in oir 2023 journey, visit our Peru Journeys page or email Chris.
MASTERCLASS: MUNAY KI
Online with Chris Waters in the UK and Don Pascual Apaza Flores in Peru:
Visit our Eventbrite homepage for more details and to join us!
In-person in Peru 2023 & online in August-September 2022.
Immerse yourself in the deep healing gifts of these 9 Great Initiations known as the Munay Ki in the land where they were downloaded, from the Q'ero, the medicine men and women who called them into being. Join us on our journey through the Sacred Valley and receive these rites with us.
MASTERCLASS: FREEING THE SHADOW SELF
Dates: Fri 18 - Mon 21 November (UK); Fri 1 - Mon 4 December (Romania)
Discover the gifts in the shadow... a 4-day diving deep course for students who are truly serious about discovering what lives in their shadow. When we set out to live our purpose and be the best version of ourselves that we can be, we can be sure that our 'saboteurs' will surface, with all their good reasons why we should stay safe, small and invisible! This weekend we find their gift, retrieve the gold that's been waiting for us. A very powerful and life affirming masterclass!
MEDICINE WHEEL PRACTICE DAYS: ON-GOING SUPPORT FOR PRACTITIONERS
This is a regular opportunity for students past and present of Spirit of the Inca to re-visit with the healing tools and remind ourselves of the sheer power and beauty of this work. We will deepen our practice of what we already know, working towards mastery of our skills, reminding ourselves of the Medicine Wheel practices that are the shaman's personal work. Bring with you beginners mind, your questions, your Mesa, and your willingness to learn more and take the next steps!
DATES AND TIMES MAY VARY
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EVERY WORKSHOP, MASTERCLASS, COURSE, AND JOURNEY HAS AT ITS HEART A DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD.
THE GREAT TURNING
The shaman call this time we are in the Pachakutti... the world turning the right way up again.
There was a time when we all believed that the world was flat and that if you sailed off beyond the horizon you would fall off the edge of the world and be lost forever! Great civilizations have come and gone, great cycles of time have taken place on this earth. Much information is lost and we have pulled together the threads and woven a tapestry that fits our thinking and our beliefs about our world and how it works. But now we are at a time of immense change: science and technology are allowing us to create a whole new world. The question is what kind of world are we creating? It seems to me that we are sitting right at the edge of a great turning time where we could take an evolutionary leap into a new future.
First though we must look at our creation and take responsibility for what we have already dreamed into being. We have been educated to become consumers rather than creators. Consumers feed into the system so that the 'system' feeds and sustains only itself... it is self perpetuating, self reliant, self interested and uses fear, lack and scare-city to keep the wheels of the system oiled and turning. If we could see the movement of energy, it would be from the outside inwards towards the centre.
Creators, on the other hand, have a tendency to be autonomous, free thinking, outside of the box individuals... they may also be self interested but their creations are mostly new and exciting and if we could see the movement of energy it would be from the centre outwards... sharing their creations with the world, each creation a giving birth to something new. Mostly creators want change, dont want to 'fit' into the system, and they want to make a difference in the world rather than keep the system in place.
The system is threatened by creators!
We now have the science and technology for everyone to become creators. We can find out everything we need to know on the internet via computers, tablets and our phones. We can make music, films, entertain, learn and inform each other. But because we have also created this culture of consumerism we have become addicted to consuming rather than creating: we have TV that perpetuates the consumer system, computer games that perpetuate war, alcohol and drugs (pharmaceutical as well as recreational) that keeps us 'asleep' to our greatness, shopping for more and better 'stuff' that keeps us wanting more. As a society we actively encourage these addictions; everything is available to us, everything is on show, its cheap and easy, and requires nothing from us.. except more consumerism.
We have created and fed a system that does not want change, otherwise we would not be trying to shore up the banking system, and keeping systems in place at huge social, financial, and ecological cost to the planet. Educating our children to become creators will rock the system and we have to do it! We don't need people who 'behave'... what behave means is 'do as you are told, or else'. Neither are 'rebels' much use to our world as they simply create guerilla warfare.. which is more of the same.
At Spirit of the Inca we believe that what we need in our world right now are people who have learned what it means to be authentic; to be led by values and ethics, and to be doing what they love and in service to our humanity. Not creating tsunamis or tidal waves, but simply creating; contributing their unique gift to the world.. this way everyone benefits and the world is a better place because each one of us is living a purposeful life, and the effect of that is felt everywhere, like ripples on the pond that ripple outwards and eventually come back to meet us.
We believe that we can create a world where our children are considered to be the future possibility... where we make decisions based on the impact of our actions on the world that we are creating. Where we treat our children and all beings with respect. and we all take responsibility for what we are creating... yes, even war and poverty. We cannot tell ourselves it has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with what we have come to believe, what we tell ourselves, the story and myths that we live by. And when we don't question our thoughts, our beliefs and our actions then we re-create what was.. over and over again. Like we continued to think the world flat until just one person came back and mapped it as round!
This Great Turning time requires us all to show up, to challenge and change our old patterns and to embrace a new story of who we could be as a human species here on planet earth, we are here to become the best version of us that we can be. This is our collective vision here at Spirit of the Inca, it's what we do, and what we personally, individually and collectively work towards. Together, as a team of individuals, our gift is to encourage all those beings who know there is another way to live to find what's in their heart, their essence, and live that fiercely and wholeheartedly in the world. We are here to make a difference!
- Freeing the Shadow Self
- Living & Working in the Mythic Realm
- Fire Ceremony
- Introduction to Shamanism