As we were performing an offering ritual, an woman master healer from Cusco once told me "Uyarikuway Francisco, Pachamamanchiswan tusurikusun, kay pachapin, tukuy pachakunapin, noqanchis paypaqta sonqonchisqa haywarishanchis, riyki"
"Listen closely Francisco, we are dancing with Pachamama, here in this very moment, and in all of the worlds and moments, we are delivering our hearts to her, can you feel it?". As it usually happens with the aboriginal masters, as I hear the Quechua words they sink deep in my heart, so full of a meaning that goes back to the ancestors of these lands, so many years, so many places.
Above all, the andeans hold a deep respect for the Earth and its beings; and this master was reminding me to listen closely, because Pachamama has a rhythm, a tune, one that plays through the mountains, the lakes and rivers, the animals and plants, and the stars.
The tune of Pachamama invites us to dance, she was saying, and trough each element you place in the offering, through each sacred word that you whisper to the spirits, you are dancing as well.
She said "in this world, and in all of the worlds, you deliver your heart". What she meant was: the moment you open your heart, your intention in this ritual, then you are unavoidably creating a channel that connects you to life in the different realms of existence.
The andean people walk (and dance) in the three pachas, the three worlds. Their bodies inhabit the Kay Pacha, the world of the surface where valleys and mountains are; but their awareness is always connected to the other two: the "Hanaq Pacha", the world above, and the "Ukhu Pacha", the world within. This is what the master meant , the constant relation through rituals, prayers and celebration, allows them to participate in the bigger rhythm. "Noqayku ama qonqaraykuchu Francisco, qimsa pacharuna kaykun" " We never forget, we are beings of the three worlds".
"Beings of the Three Worlds" is a three weekend intensive online workshop with the guide of Andean "Hampeq" healer Vilma Pinedo. Each weekend we will understand one of the 3 Pachas and its beings, allowing Vilma's stories, rituals performed in the group, prayers and meditations to connect us with the energy and the teachings of this specific world.
Vilma will guide us gently in this journey, but a deep connection might mean leaving some of our western intelectual expectations at the door. For the Andean way is about learning to listen to the subtle worlds, in a subtle way.
For more information on the schedule and contents of this program please keep reading below...
The program consists of 3 weekends of work.
1st weekend. January 2023/ Saturday 28th Sunday 29th
2nd weekend. February 2023/ Saturday 4th Sunday 5th
3rd weekend. February 2023/ Saturday 18th Sunday 19th
Time for all weekends (USA EST or EDT, -3 PT, +6 France, Germany, Italy)
Saturday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm/ 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm/ 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Please consider it is important to be present in most of the live zoom meetings, to be able to follow the energy work that we are doing. In case you can’t attend some of the meetings, you will have the option to watch the recording and be ready for the next meeting.
The work with Vilma in these kind of programs involves listening to her teachings, performing live rituals and meditations and also being open to listening to the experiences of the group and sharing your own.
1st weekend. January 28th and 29th
From within the earth comes the Source of Life we see in the surface, and since long the andeans have respected and nurtured their communities and crops with the energy of Ukhu Pacha.
The ideas that came from the west saw the underworld as a place of mostly negative entities, but long ago for the Andean Tradition this was not the case. Many different kinds of beings inhabit the 3 worlds, both benevolent and not; and according to the masters teachings, we have to be able to recognize, feed and keep a balanced relationship with them.
As Vilma Reminds us:
"The Ukhu Pacha is special because it is the world of darkness. Dark not as evil, but as the absence of light. And in this atmosphere very interesting physical and ethereal forms of life thrive. Our ancestors used to build underground labyrinths to always communicate with this world. Ukhu Pacha also holds the energy of the seed and the 'Paqarina' our place of birth, it is like our mother's womb and always nurtures us through its mouths and waters".
In these first series of meetings we will understand and connect to the energies of Ukhu Pacha (inner or under world). With them we will develop a connection to the depths of the Earth, to our past, the ancestors and our own inner world, letting go of certain fears and blockages.
Some of the energies we work with are:
-The guardians of the "Chinkanas" (underground labyrinths).
-Pukyu (the beings of the water springs).
-The Ancestors and the Mallki.
-The beings of the night time.
2nd weekend. February 4th and 5th
As humans our bodies walk the world of the surface everyday. It is the most familiar to us and the one we naturally perceive the best. In the Kay Pacha we access the elements of the Earth, the plants, the rivers, animals, and these we can see clearly. What we frequently forget is that many other spirits inhabit this realm and also coexist with us.
Vilma says: "Pacha means both a moment in time, and also a place, when we translate it we say "a World". Kay Pacha then means the world of here and now: to truly live in the Kay Pacha means to be absolutely present, aware of the richness of life around you. In this world the Mountain spirits, the Apus and the Ñustas are our guardians. They sit still at the top of the Earth reminding us of the eternity of our existance.
In these second series of meetings we will understand and connect to the energies of Kay Pacha. With them we will open our hearts and vision, remembering the importance of our breath and how we relate to the elements of the surface.
Some of the energies we work with are:
-Apus (mountain guardian spirits)
-Ñustas (female spirits)
-Spirits of the rivers.
-Sacred Animals of the surface.
-Ñaupa Runa (the ancient ones)
3rd weekend. February 18th and 19th
For the Andeans, the skies guide our present and past in a constant wheel of life. For them in order to survive as communities we must always keep our ties with the cycle reflected in the light of the sun and the stars. Often they will look for signs of fate in the shades projected by the sacred rocks during the day, or in the stars reflected in the lagoons and water mirrors during the night. The sky is alive and always watching.
"When you learn to read and respect the energy from above, you become closer to understanding your own destiny. In the Andes a "Istrilla" a star, is not only in the sky, but a greater energy that guides us in Life. Our connection to hanaq Pacha has to remain pure so that the path is always open"
In these third series of meetings we will understand and connect to the energies of Hanaq Pacha. With them we will feel our origin and direction. So that these spirits that can also help us heal energetically, phisically and emotionally.
Some of the energies we work with are:
-The Sun and the Moon.
-The star and the Hatun Mayu (the river in the sky).
-The Lightning and the Hail.
Vilma Pinedo was born surrounded by the Apus, powerful mountain spirits from Cusco, Peru. Her initiation into the path of the healer arrived before she was even born. When her mother was pregnant with her, she was struck by a lighting that almost kills them both. In the Andes this is a strong sign of being called by the spirits, that’s why from a young age the eyes of the community were set on her to learn the “curandera” way.
Vilma grew among her grandfathers and grandmothers, whom through day to day labour and sharing, taught her the traditional healing rituals. And since she was 12, she help them, reading the energy in the coca leaves, gathering the natural elements for the healings and offerings and using her intuition to advice the patients.
She comes from a lineage of renown healers in Cusco, amongst them her father Martin Pinedo, her mother María Sanchez, her grandfather Benito Qorihuaman and her great-grandfather Melchor Deza. The latter two, made known to foreigners by the masters Don Juan Nuñez del Prado and Américo Yabar, and respected by a world-wide community of practitioners of the Andean Spiritual Tradition.
By studying at the university, Vilma did something that was new to past generations, allowing her to learn different languages, accessing and understanding more of the western and modern mindset.
Currently, she dedicates her time to her family, to helping her community, and assisting people in their spiritual paths, their own relations, families and businesses. She works with different subtle natural energies, using the methods received from her ancestors, like the making of offerings, the use of healing plants and sacred Andean rituals. She always remarks that when she works with people it’s the their faith what gets the job done. And that each one of us knows what we truly need, it’s just up to us to open up, listen, talk, and walk the path.
Vilma has a special connection with the Apus, guardian spirits of her land and culture. Like the Apu pachatusan, Manuel Pinta or Wiraqochan. They guide her in her works, and this is why she is considered as channel to the elders who still inhabit the high mountains in Cusco. “Sometimes you don’t see them, but they see you for sure, and they take care of you”, she says.
Vilma loves her family and the healing ways that bring balance to our bodies and our relationship with the living earth. She was called to accompany the Dalai Lama when he visited Cusco, and she uses her gift as a tool for health, peace and unity.
What participants of online programs with Vilma had to say
“Vilma knew how to read our words, faces and personal energy bubbles through this journey of healing our energy eyes. I’m grateful for her listening carefully to what we had to say, and her deep reflecting on each of the individual processes shared online.
She knows the messages that travel in between worlds, reading the signs embedded in our dreams and the synchronicities the universe presents us with. She is a bridge between her holy land of Cusco and the holy lands of each of the participants summoned to this path. As she says: ‘Be humble, you are made of earth and stardust’.”
Francisca C. /Spain
My experience with Vilma has been a profound one. While I have been studying the Andean path for a number of years with Juan and Ivan, this experience has taken me much deeper and opened new spaces for me. A deeper embodied awareness of the Andean medicine and pachamama that will help me in my endeavors. As I am a shamanic healer and work with the Andean medicine, Vilmas perspective is very valuable because she has a direct connection to the Huascar lineage and works with these energies as a healer. I know without a doubt that she is a clear channel to this lineage and transmits a deep awareness of it.
Anthony P./ U.S.A.
“I feel so moved when I find masters this pure. The wisdom expressed shakes the heart and soul, and everything we have experienced was knowledge given generously, I’ll hold dear down my path. Thank you Vilma, Francisco and Yandy.”
Karina G. / Argentina
“Vilma brings a subtle yet intense energy into her works. You can tell she is constantly connected to the group process. Personally, this experience has helped me to find puzzle pieces of my life, to open up beatiful praying sacred spaces and to understand how the energies move through your body. I feel that what I discovered here will talk to me through time and space.”
Silvia M. / Sacred Valley in Cusco.
“Vilma’s teachings are so subtle and healing, I’m so grateful. I liked the space in between meetings that allowed me to digest and apply what I had learned.”
Martha A. /France
We are Karpay, an organization based in Perú and dedicated to sharing the Andean Spiritual Wisdom. Founded by Yandy Huaranga (pshychologist) and Francisco Victoria (International Relations major) who having learnt with different original masters decided to present their work and knowledge to people from all over the world in a respectful, honest and practical way.
We have organized several retreats, travels, online courses and events with renown Andean masters such as Américo Yábar, Juan Nuñez del Prado, Vilma Pinedo, Don Martín Quispe, among others, and masters from different traditions such as Bön Buddhist Lama Tenzin Wangyal.
We will be happy to help and guide you through this series of beautiful meetings with our dear friend and master Vilma.