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“Pachakuti” means “world reversal” and refers to the time of transformation we are living now. A mesa is an altar for self-exploration, transformation and personal growth in which we create a new paradigm of one’s relation to the Self and the Universe. This tradition, in all its richness, is an evolving practice of inner and outer activities that restore balance and harmony to our relationships with All That Is.

The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Cross-Cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal is a five- part series of intensives in the shamanic arts of restoring harmony, health, and earth stewardship. This workshop series aligns the traditional shamanic arts of Peru and the wisdom of its heritage with the needs of the present day, a transformational moment of planetary and human history.

Participants will cultivate a deeper relationship with nature and the unseen world, and receive multiple opportunities for self-exploration, empowerment, and profound personal growth. This apprenticeship series is open to all people who desire to be of service, whether they are long-time mesa carriers or new to this tradition.

Part I: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past)

This apprenticeship workshop initiates participants into the Pachakuti Mesa, a powerful and sacred altar. Students learn how to create their own mesas and work with them for self-empowerment, transformation, and helping others. Through shamanic journey and visionary states of consciousness, participants will explore the three worlds of the Andean cosmovision, sacred reciprocity with all that is, the core ingredients of ceremonial mastery, sacred sound and ritual language, healing and curanderismo, and the inner world of the ukhupacha.


Part II: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present)

During this workshop intensive, participants will apprentice in the center of the mesa, traditional Peruvian healing practices, and the kaypacha, the middle world. They will explore the kaypacha’s elemental matrix and magico-spiritual power, and learn about the moon’s presence in the middle world, mapping the cosmos on Earth, and celestial death and rebirth.

Part III: The Condor’s Quest (Creating the Future)

This workshop is an initiation into the paqokuna, the Andean Shaman/Priesthood mystical path, the lineage of the sacred mountains, and the five virtues of the mesa. Participants will also journey to and experience the hanaqpacha, the upper world beyond the physical, work with the unseen world there and deepen their connection to their own spiritual resources.

Part IV: The Hummingbird’s Ascent (Living the Mystery)

In this apprenticeship workshop students will experience the upper world and learn about its lightning bolt of mystical illumination and the flow of kamasqa, the power of Creation. They will work with the elements, the forces of the universe, the body of Mother Earth, and sacred healing objects. In sacred reciprocity participants will create despachos to honor Mother Earth, the sacred mountains, the elements, the unseen world, and prepare for a paqowachu, a sacred pilgrimage.


Part V: The Shamanic Self (Serving the Earth)

This workshop deepens participants’ experience of soul and spirit through ritual process, including the spiritual creation, activation and care of an apacheta. Students will work with the power of creation in the kaypacha or middle world, dimensionality and time, as well as with the three suns, and the hampikamayoq process (ancient breathing techniques for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being and transformation). Participants will be further empowered by evoking both seen and unseen sources of cosmic awareness within their mesa, sacred objects and own being, and initiation into the lineage of this revered tradition.

"I am so glad I did this! I could not have imagined how empowering and integrative this teaching has been to tie up so many pieces of the Great Mystery puzzle in my life and understanding of life. thank youto all who have brought this to my consciousness!!! I would highly recommend this to everyone!" - Kathie P Nelson, BC

Nelson, BC Dates 2021 - 2022        Hoop 1            Hoop 2

Part I: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past)                          July 30-Aug 1st, 2021          August  6-8th, 2021

Part II: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present)          November 5-7th, 2021         November 12-14th, 2021

Part III: The Condor’s Quest (Creating the Future)                April 1-3rd, 2022                April 8-10th, 2022

Part IV: The Hummingbird’s Ascent (Living the Mystery)       July 8-10th, 2022               July 15-17th, 2022

Part V: The Shamanic Self (Serving the Earth)                     November 11-13th, 2022       November 18-20th, 2022

"I felt deeply nourished, unravelled with joy, gratitude, sadness and love throughout this PMT Apprenticeship. This has been an evolving process and continues to provide more conscious support in my life. Thank you to Robin and Darcy for their endearing compassion, love and kindness. Deeply grateful for there presence, wisdom and support." - D. Taylor, Nelson, BC

Testimonials of from the last 5 years of Pachakuti Mesa Apprenticeship in the Kootenays!!


"This incredible infusion of cross cultural traditions has changed my life. It has brought a deeper connection to myself, my relationships to others, the natural world and spiritual worlds. I am so grateful for the wisdom of the ancient ones that has survived and continue to evolve through this apprenticeship. Robin and Darcy are such empowering, generous and devoted teachers that carry you deeply into this wisdom."- Dana


"I am so very grateful for the ancient, and timeless, life-way teachings embodied in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. It’s been an honour to be guided by Robin and Darcy during the five-part apprenticeship series. They are very skilled teachers and facilitators. With deep humility, sensitivity and joy they are adept at sharing knowledge and experiences in ways that have supported me to explore these teachings and practices first hand, helping me to develop my own relationship with this living tradition. These teachings and earth-honouring practices have become a central and guiding light for me. Much gratitude for this opportunity!"- Tim


"I am unable to name the number of things that has changed in my life since studying PMT with Robin and Darcy. My life now has a quality to it that I couldn’t have imagined to exist prior to the training and my continued daily practices. A huge part of this is being connected to a powerful, light hearted Chaska Mayu. Robin holds the space with severe clarity allowing the ritual and the sacred to arise and deepen. Her humour is an invitation to show up and join in. Darcy, always deeply present and penetrating, is a master at journeying work and stabilizing the group allowing for integration of the incredible, always present mystery." -Nancy


"When I first received the invitation to apprentice in the Peruvian Pachakuti Mesa Tradition I was reluctant, resistant and down right pooh poohed the idea. I had tons of judgements about white new agers carrying indigenous traditional paraphernalia. But, something drew me into the first workshop, not knowing what to expect and yet for some reason I was excited. I am so thankful for that invisible pull that brought me to the Mesa despite my resistance. From the first weekend workshop I realized this was the synthesis of all the indigenous spiritual studies I had studied for years. The Mesa brought alive the means to travel into spiritual dimensions to seek guidance, healing and communion with powerful spiritual forces and guides. What has been of most value to me, in the growing depth of these practises, is my enriched relationship with nature. This tradition has taught me to live in constant acknowledgement of the infinite gifts we receive constantly from the spirit of the universe.  To live in a state of receiving, balanced with the joyful expressions of gratitude by RE-giving.  "AYNI", is the backbone of all Peruvian spiritual traditions,  AYNI is the practise of sacred reciprocity, the joyful participation in the sacred hoop of receiving and giving, of breathing in and out of life and death.

 As they say in Peru,

'AYNI, nothing ever goes one way.'

As my practise deepens so does my joy."- Jan


" The particular genius of ancient Andean traditions was to place high value on the cultivation of individual spiritual experience as an essential service to the whole of creation. The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition is a beautiful and empowering heart practice, guiding and supporting each person into the deepest indigenous spiritual practice of all times…connecting and making direct relationship with the forces of nature. Both loving and empowering, this practice invites the participant not only into direct and very personal experiences that serve to guide one’s own life but also, encourages one to notice how one’s own experiences is a meaningful contribution to the whole community. This tradition is not about dogma but rather about a practice of endless discovery."- Carol