Support Indigenous Craftsmen this Holiday: Buy Peruvian Cloths Direct from the Weavers

Every journey to Peru is full of new sights, tastes, smells, and sounds. It’s also an adventure into texture and touch.

The solid roughness of stone at Machu Picchu. The sturdy softness of the horse that carries you up the mountain. The nubby fibers in a piece of handwoven cloth.

Yes, a trip to Peru is about experiencing a different world and getting to know yourself in a new way. But, it’s also about shopping!

Every time I return home from my twice-yearly adventures to the city of Cusco the surrounding mountains, my bags are full of new treasures. Custom-carved Chumpi Stones. Majestic crystals. And so many textiles.

The people and the dedication behind the art of Andean Weaving

Weaving Andean Cloth | Cusco Peru | Sacred Center Healing |Chumpi Illumination | Eleanora AmendolaraThis fall, I had the privilege of visiting Dona Maria Apasa Machaca, a Q’ero elder who now lives at the edge of Cusco.

In addition to carrying the wisdom of the mountains, Dona Maria is a master weaver. She and her cousin Benito, himself a healer and shaman, gave me their precious handmade cloths to sell to the members of the Sacred Center community.

Each cloth is a humble masterpiece. A small cloth – one that you might use for your mesa or personal altar space – takes one to three months to complete.

Would you believe that a poncho can take up to a year of steady work to finish? Talk about wearable art!

A special invitation: Purchase these one-of-a-kind Peruvian cloths

Through December, I will be selling Dona Maria and Benito’s work as well as several pieces I have collected in my two decades of Peruvian travel.

Prices range from $55 to $350. Below, you’ll find selected images the cloths. Please contact me for specific prices and dimensions. You can pay by check or credit card and I will mail them to you if you cannot come to the Sacred Center in Warwick, NY to pick them up.

React or Respond: Which approach creates your reality?

React or Respond: Which approach creates your reality?

You feel as if you have lost your ability to choose your own way…

It’s no wonder. Between the media bombardment and constant impressions from the outside world, the mind is paralyzed by the all the information and choices offered out there.  

We’re barraged with advice on how to eat, parent, meditate, detox, exercise. Everywhere you look, there’s advice on how to live.

So much of this advice is well meaning and can actually help you when you mindfully apply it to your own experiences, but how do you integrate these ideas and still hold on to who you are and what you need?

Create Your Own Song

If I had one wish for you, it would be that you can use all of the tools and concepts out there to write your own song.

It’s easier said than done, I know, but it begins with how you receive the input that comes your way. It begins when you understand the difference between emotions and feelings.

Let me put that another way: I want you to be able to recognize when you’re reacting and when you’re responding to a situation.

Emotions and feelings, reactions and responses — there’s a big difference between them


Emotions and reactivity go hand-in-hand. Both are historical. When you’re reacting with emotion, you’re influenced by what you remember from the past instead of what is actually happening in the present moment.

When you’re trapped in an emotional response, fear and old programming heavily influence how you behave.

Feelings and responses, on the other hand, are both transitory. Feelings can pass through you like water – they don’t leave a mark.

When you respond to a situation, you are fully in the experience itself. Your old stories and memories won’t derail you in the present moment.

How can you learn to respond rather than react?


This advice is almost seems to simple to follow – but then, most of the deepest wisdom is like that.

In order to train yourself to respond rather than react you simply need to slow it down.

The difference between a reaction and a response is found in two deep breaths.

While you fill your lungs and press the virtual pause button, you are making a conscious choice about how to be in the situation. You are determining how to respond rather than succumbing to an unconscious reaction.

Enough words: experience it!


In this post, it sounds like I am recommending that you become more mindful. That’s exactly what I’m doing – but I don’t want you to depend on your mind to make it all happen.

An over-reliance on the mind is exactly what keeps us from simply feeling things and moving on. After all, all the memories and stories that keep you trapped in reactivity live inside your head. Trying to think your way out of that trap isn’t going to work.

Instead, as a healer who seeks to integrate the vibrations of individual human cells with the resonance of the highest spiritual frequencies, I want you to create your own song using every tool in your physical, mental, and spiritual toolbox.

In a recent Virtual Wisdom Council teaching, we explored all of these ideas and then we entered a shared meditative space to tap into the power of the body, mind, and spirit. The goal was to really experience what it means to shift out of reactivity and into healthy, grounded responsiveness.

I invite you to listen to the recording and discover how you can embody this wisdom.

When you’ve registered to hear the Transcending Reactivity call, you’ll also get access to past and future Virtual Wisdom Council events (for free!).


join The Virtual Wisdom Council

Journey to the Stargates of Peru

In April of 2015, Eleanora led a group of adventurers into the sacred peaks and through the deepest jungles of Peru.

This one-of-a-kind video experience offers you a first person perspective of the journey.

Scale the walls of Machu Picchu. Look down on the circles of the Incan site at Moray. Emerge yourself in a sacred lagoon. Connect to the soul of the universe in a kaleidoscope of stars.

Eleanora is putting together her next group journey, set to take place in April of 2016. Sign up to get updates on the itinerary.

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Want to heal? Learn to adapt


When you’re adaptable, you have the flexibility to change and attune your energy to the situation. 

To be adaptable doesn’t mean you’re constantly changing yourself in order to fit in. Instead, you root firmly in the core of who you are. The only thing that changes is your attitude.

When you enter a situation prepared to shift your attitude to your environment (rather than “sticking to your guns”), you’re able to harmonize with the collective vibration. This creates an opening for healing instead of posing a challenge the presenting reality.

CHILL: an evolutionary healing modality that empowers you to adapt

Chumpi Illumination is a system for healing and transformation that has ancient roots in Andean wisdom and mystery traditions from across time and space. At the same time, CHILL has been developed to offer the 21st century seeker the tools she needs to meet the conflicts of modern life.

At the Sacred Center, we sit in counsel with Guidance, channeling energies that are expansive and freeing. But what about everyday life? 

The intention of the healing training is to help you carry those energies from the sacred space into every space.CHILL is designed to serve you in all aspects of your life so that you can keep your own vibration high and elevate those around you.

It may take a little time to master this shift, but it is possible. This expansiveness and freedom is your natural state of being.

Bringing the CHILL teachings to a new space: The New York Open Center

Eleanora will be leading a special four-hour class about Chumpi Illumination called Illuminate Your Reality, Activate Your Soul on Saturday, August 8.

It’s important to bring the CHILL teachings from their origins in the Andes and from their peaceful home at the Sacred Center in Warwick. It proves the versatility and adaptability of CHILL. Even in the heat of a busy New York City summer day, you can flow with the rhythm of the cosmos and connect with the stars.

At Illuminate Your Reality, Activate Your Soul you can expect to:

  • Learn about the Andean Chumpi Stones and get the basics of how to use these sacred tools
  • Discover how you reflect the architecture of the universe – and use this knowledge to solve your everyday problems
  • Sample a Chumpi Illumination healing and get a chance to work with these hand carved Peruvian artifacts

Join us!

Saturday, August 8, 2 – 6 PM
Open Center
22 E. 30th Street, New York City

$55 in advance. $65 at the door.

Enrollment is limited. Get details and registration or call 845-987-7846.

Enter the Portal that Opens this Summer Solstice

Painted chumpi stone | Sacred Center Mystery School and Healing Center


Even as the plants unfurl their blossoms and people make plans for warm weather adventures, our planet is actually entering a moment of profound stillness.

Today is the Summer Solstice in our northern hemisphere. This is the longest day of the year, the day when the sun appears to be stand still as it reaches its highest point in the sky.  

How profound and how very necessary that we are entering a period of mindful stillness in the midst of the summer hubub. This is when the light of the sun illuminates the unseen, the unnoticed, and the hidden.

The ancients revelled in the earth’s great pause, this time of great luminosity… How will you bring the light into your life today?

A Great Portal Opens for You

At the heart of the Sacred Center work is Chumpi Illumination, so this solstice celebration of light seems especially relevant to the work.

Healing crystal | Sacred Center Mystery School | Warwick NYDuring a CHILL healing, we create a personal portal with the Chumpi stones. We lay the Chumpis around the body in a shape that reflects the architecture of the universe. Sometimes it’s a cross, sometimes a square. Occasionally, it’s a star.

Each shape has a different vibration. They all hold the individual and connect them to a more expansive reality where profound healing takes place.

If you have Chumpi stones or a set of CHILL wisdom cards, take a moment to use them to create your own portal for yourself today.

Set an intention to try to live as if every day is the solstice. What happens when you dare to admit you know you don’t know?  What becomes possible when you’re willing to journey into the unknown and the unseen?

An Invitation to Carry the Solstice Energy Forward

Next Saturday and Sunday (June 27 and 28) we’re offering an Intro to Chumpi Illumination at the Sacred Center in Warwick, NY. There are still a couple of seats available – I’d love to have you with us.

This class is your first in the Mystery School. It’s your chance to learn muscle testing and begin working with the Chumpi stones in hands on healings.

Please forward this link on to a friend who might be interested in finding a new way to find stillness and cultivate a relationship with Spirit.

Discover Chumpi Illumination at the Open Center in NYC on Aug. 8

Shell and chumpi stines | Sacred Center Mystery School Healing Center Warwick NY

Illuminate Your Reality,

Activate Your Soul

You know there’s more to life than the daily routine.

There’s a deeper mystery that connects body, soul, and universe – you’ve felt it, but you can’t always access that expansive energy.

You can open a door to this Greater Reality and access your greatest potential. A pioneering approach to healing and transformation called Chumpi Illumination will open a portal to the cosmos – and into your own true self.

A unique opportunity to CHILL in New York City at the Open Center on August 8

Mesa Sacred Tools Sacred Center Crystals Chumpi Stones

Join master healer, teacher, and alchemist Eleanora Amendolara as she guides you through the portals of the stars and into your own immortal spirit to shift your physical and emotional reality.

This four-hour introduction to Chumpi Illumination combines South American indigenous tradition with modern approaches to health and well-being. Learn advanced spiritual practices as well as hands-on healing techniques.

You will learn about the traditional origins of these sacred tools. The majority of the event will be devoted to the art of using the Chumpis to soothe the conflicts of daily life.

You will have a chance handle the stones and use them in a healing. Intuition is part of the alchemy of Chumpi Illumination, but so is the skill of muscle testing. Eleanora is a certified Health Kinesiology teacher and will train you in the basic principles of asking questions and getting a clear answer from the body.

Why is this the time to experience the healing power Chumpi Stones?

Eleanora Amendolara | Sacred Center | Journey to Peru Eleanora acknowledges that people have many choices when it come to healing modalities and spiritual practices, but she explains how Chumpi Illumination is unique:

“Certainly we’re using the Chumpi stones in a way that no one else in the world does. We’re blending wisdom gleaned from the sacred sites pf Peru with insights from global mystery traditions. And then we ground that knowledge in the practical, embodied truths that come through the pairing of intuition and muscle testing.”

Inspired by the indigenous wisdom of the Andes and the study of universal mystery traditions, CHILL focuses the power of human consciousness. Chumpi Illumination is a 21st century creation, devised as a response to exactly what contemporary Western people need right now – a direct connection to the earth, the cosmos, and to their own highest potential.

Register today for this unique healing workshop 

Saturday, August 8, 2 – 6 PM
Open Center
22 E. 30th Street, New York City

$55 in advance (via PayPal, check or, credit card. $65 at the door).
Enrollment is limited

“CHILL offers totally grounded and playful access to the stars and to stellar consciousness.”
– Barbara Hand Clow, author of Alchemy of Nine Dimensions

How do you know if the journey you’re on is taking you somewhere?

“There are two ways to fail on the road to Truth…
The first is to never start out 
and the second is to not go all the way to the end.”
— The Buddha

I love this wisdom from the Buddha because I think it speaks directly to where we are in 2015.

You hear about “your journey” all the time whether it’s the spiritual journey or the creative journey or your journey to health. With so many options and so many offers of support at least in those first steps, it’s relatively easy to get started. The more challenging part may be getting “all the way to the end.

“What does “the end” really mean? If you’re looking to lose a few pounds or earn a professional certification, you can name your destination and celebrate when you get there. But I think some of the most profound journeys don’t have a clear cut conclusion – and that is a wonderful thing.

The Greatest Journey Is Into Yourself. How Will You Get There?

The teachings of Chumpi Illumination help you uncover who you really are. When you use a CHILL form – when you lie in a certain formation of Chumpi stones – you are creating a doorway for your own divine self to come through.

But what makes CHILL unique?

Certainly we’re using the Chumpi stones in a way that no one else in the world does, blending Andean wisdom and insights from the stars with the practical, embodied truths that come through the pairing of intuition and muscle testing.

Another singular factor is the concept of Twelve, that sacred number that echoes through all of creation. There are twelve facets of human consciousness and each Chumpi is keyed to one of them.

We heal and transform by finding ourselves in relationship with all twelve of those facets. It’s an endless weaving of energies that nevertheless brings us to some greater Truth with every CHILL experience. All greater truths dissolve lesser ones and continual growth becomes effortless and attainable.

One Way to Truth: The Mountains & Jungles of Peru

Right now, I am still reflecting on my most recent journey to Peru with a group of adventurers, some of whom experienced the Andes for the first time.

Sacred Center Peru Journey 2015 Manu National Park TreeTogether, we also visited the jungle and the cloud forest. This was an unprecedented opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life and to tune into another reality – literally into the reality of ants and monkeys who seemed to be living their lives as they have since the beginning of time.

They seem to be blissfully unaware of their own facets of being. Theses animals and plants have their own way to Truth, and they can teach the modern, hyperconnected citizen of the world so much by simply being.

Another Way to Truth is Much Closer to Home

As I reintegrate with my daily routine here at home, my mind is on the Mystery School, deepening the training of returning students and making room for new people to take their first steps into the work.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 the next CHILL Introduction, Illuminating Your Greater Reality will be your chance to begin the journey into your own Sacred Center.

You still have a month to make plans to spend the weekend in Warwick, NY. Perhaps this is the time to invite a friend or loved one to walk this new path with you? Get more information and register here.