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Our workshops are designed to support you in the challenging work of self exploration, in partnership with some of the leading minds of the day. Join us in discovering the next frontiers of individual and societal transformation.

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We are in a place in our human journey where we need guidance and support. As we navigate world events, the pandemic, climate change, and our own individual traumas, our goal is to not only survive, but thrive and live powerful lives we can be proud of. Ayni is the Quechua word for sacred reciprocity, and the way in which we humans can be in right relationship with the world around us. These are the times indigenous prophecies have spoken about.

Join us for two days of ceremony with the Earth wisdom teachings from Mesoamerica and Peru as we reconnect, heal, and nourish our hearts. We will work with our ancestors to build our spiritual support team and partake in a plant medicine ceremony with Cacao. We will learn how to make specific offerings to the land that help you create magic in your life.

Being at Esalen provides a special opportunity to be in connection with the elemental spirits of the native coastline and the sacredness of the land where the sweet and thermal waters meet the ocean.  

During our time together…

  • We will learn the ancient Peruvian philosophy of Ayni — how to live in sacred reciprocity.
  • We will learn how to make an ancestral altar for us to connect and have a team of support.
  • We will be supported by the sacred plant medicine of Cacao in a ceremonial space that supports our emotional release and healing.
  • We will experience the power of community healing.

Our weekend will feature two guest faculty, who will bring their magic to enhance our understandings over the course of the week…

Kyle McBride is an international chef, food justice advocate, ferment and wild food enthusiast. He draws inspiration from the abundance and diversity of nature and seeks to honor our sacred connection to the earth through his food.

Marisa Anita Reyes is a community leader and medicine woman who uses her voice, the charango, harmonium, frame drum, and crystal bowl to take people on a journey to open their hearts, meet their ancestors, and connect to Spirit.

Come and share a weekend of Earth-based practices in community with love, support, and guidance as you learn about the Quechua and Mazotec traditions that have honored living in right relation with the Earth for thousands of years.

Ancestral Plant Medicine and Ceremony: Living in Ayni to Heal our Connection with Self and Earth
July 22–24, 2022
July 22–24, 2022
July 22, 2022
Ancestral Plant Medicine and Ceremony: Living in Ayni to Heal our Connection with Self and Earth
with Xochitl Ashe
We need the medicine of joy and magic and fun.

These are the times that all indigenous prophecies have spoken about. We are in a place in our human journey where we need guidance and support the most while we navigate world events, the pandemic, climate change, and our own individual traumas. Humanity is longing for community connection, healing, and ceremony with the Earth more than ever.  

Join us for a week of ceremony with the Earth wisdom teachings from Mesoamerica and Peru as we reconnect, heal, and nourish our hearts. We will work with our ancestors to build our spiritual support team and partake in a plant medicine ceremonies with Cacao. We will learn various daily spiritual practices that include offerings to the land to help you create and connect to the magic in you and your life.

Our week will feature two guest faculty, who will bring their magic to enhance our understanding over the course of the week…

Kyle McBride is an international chef, food justice advocate, ferment and wild food enthusiast. He draws inspiration from the abundance and diversity of nature and seeks to honor our sacred connection to the earth through his food.

Marisa Anita Reyes is a community leader and medicine woman who uses her voice, the charango, harmonium, frame drum, and crystal bowl to take people on a journey to open their hearts, meet their ancestors and connect to Spirit.

During our time together we will…

  • Learn and embody the ancient Peruvian philosophy of belonging to ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
  • Create an ancestral altar to connect with the ancient energies of the land.
  • Engage in practices to support the ancestral connection beyond your workshop.
  • Offer daily Earth-based ceremonies to deepen your connection to Earth and the land you are on, including foraging for fresh ingredients to create a sacred meal that we will share.
  • Be supported by two sacred plant medicine cacao ceremonies in a safe space that supports our heart wellbeing and healing.
  • Experience the power of healing in community.

Being at Esalen provides us a special opportunity to be in connection with the elemental spirits of the native coastline and the sacredness of the land where the sweet and thermal waters meet the ocean.

Life as Ceremony: South American Indigenous Wisdom for Healing and Connecting With the Earth
July 25–29, 2022
July 25–29, 2022
July 25, 2022
Life as Ceremony: South American Indigenous Wisdom for Healing and Connecting With the Earth
with Xochitl Ashe