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Virtual Wisdom Council: Practical Wisdom from the Andean Indigenous Peoples

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I have to fight the traffic to get to the mall.
How am I going to cook a festive holiday meal and honor everyone’s food allergies and dietary restrictions?
In this rush to celebrate the holidays, there’s no time for us to remember what all this celebrating is for.

It’s time to find a new way to connect to what matters this holiday season.

In the month of December, almost everyone in America – and probably everyone with a “western” mindset – feels overwhelmed and more than a little disconnected.

When you get caught between “too much” and “not enough,” it can feel almost impossible to tune into what’s really important to you.

On Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM ET Eleanora is hosting a special Virtual Wisdom Council Call.

This collective time of peace and joy is something we all can revel in. It’s a time of great celebration of the light that shines even as the days grow darker. How do we shift our rhythms and rituals to mirror the joyful, authentic energy of the season?

This teaching and meditation session will give you a chance to step away from everything the holidays are “supposed” to be about. You’ll enter a space where you can tune into your own human experience in a very different way.

Learn from the ways of the Indigenous People and apply the teachings to the life you’re living right now

Doña Maria Apaza, a Q’ero elder and the last of the female Altomesayoq with Eleanora in Cusco, Peru
Doña Maria Apaza, a Q’ero elder, with Eleanora in fall, 2015.

During this free Virtual Wisdom call, Eleanora will describe how the indigenous peoples of the Andes – including the legendary Q’ero community –  move through life without being driven by ego.

You’ll learn about their relationship with the earth and the meaning they find in the stars.

Most importantly, you’ll learn how you can make certain aspects of the Andean Indigenous approach to living and giving your own.

Not because you want to appropriate another culture. Not because you’re pretending that you can move through Western life with all the attitudes of a Peruvian mountain dweller. Not because their ways are “better” than yours.

| Cusco Peru | Sacred Center Healing |Chumpi Illumination | Eleanora AmendolaraLearn how to weave these ancient teachings into contemporary life in order to strengthen your connection to the here and now. Discover how you can enter the dance between the mountains, stars, rivers and plants – and realize how that takes all the stress out of holiday shopping!

Virtual Wisdom Council


Thursday, December 10

Join us live via telephone
or register to receive the recording

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.