Wednesday, May 29, 2019


September 13-15, 2019
at The Mountain Learning and Retreat Center

Mateo Magee, 
author of Peruvian Shamanism: The Pachakuti Mesa, 
speaker, retreat leader,
ceremonialist since 1998

Divination and Healing: The Ancient Practice of Qatipay and Its Role In Shamanic Healing

Life, when seen through spiritual eyes, is a performing orchestra of divinatory phenomena.  This weekend retreat is an invitation to dive into the heart of the divinatory process, to unlock its language, and to explore its role in shamanic healing and ceremony.  Participants will be exposed to several forms of divinatory practice from Peru including leaves, shells, and charcoal divination. These techniques will be presented in a way that unlocks and demystifies the symbolic language of divination, making other forms of divinatory practice more accessible/universal.  We will also learn how this ancient spiritual language can be utilized in conjunction with various forms of shamanic healing and ritual to deepen your practice, discern the best course of action within the organic structure of ceremony, and to gain insight and clarity while navigating your personal life/spiritual path.  

Registration details for the weekend will be available by June 15.

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author of PERUVIAN SHAMANISM: The Pachakuti Mesa,
speaker, retreat leader, ceremonialist since 1998

Wednesday Evening,  July 24, 2019 
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Veda Studios  
(across from Steinmart at 853 Merrimon Avenue)

Free event. Donations accepted
We are excited to welcome Mateo Magree back to WNC at Veda Studio for a free event! Mateo
will lead us in an evening of heart-centered ceremony from the Sacred Valley of Peru.

Matthew holds degrees in Behavioral Medicine and Spirituality from Lesley University, a degree in Deaf Culture and Freelance Interpretation from Northern Essex, and has been trained as an outdoor guide through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS/University of Utah). Yet, he feels his true education was derived from the years he spent living and working alongside native peoples in both North and South America.

We encourage you to open your heart/mind connection in this evening of deepening and lifting, as
Mother Earth calls us to use our love and energy to support the planet.

Please come, and invite your friends. This event is open and free to all who love the earth.

Saturday Day Workshop,  July 27, 2019
Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs, NC
Rituals of Purification will take us deep into Shamanic Techniques for Cleansing Self, Others, and Spaces. This day-long intensive is an invitation to learn ancient ritual practices that support our growth and healing. Learn how to bring powerful practices into your daily life – practices that give you the support you need to stay strong and support your community.

The Laughing Heart Lodge site has strong spiritual history and energy since 1892, a powerful labyrinth, and is nestled in incredibly beautiful nature just a few steps from the Appalachian Trail. Lodging is available on site and nearby. Restaurants are nearby. We encourage car-pools from Asheville.  Sponsored by the Asheville Earth Healing Collective and Ancient Mountains Ayllu.

Registration will be posted soon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

REMEMBERING Walker Calhoun

Many of us gathered together in Cherokee, North Carolina for "Returning to One: The Art of Ceremonial Communion with Places of Sacred Power" where we had the honor of meeting and being in the presence of one of the great elders, Walker Calhoun.
From the newsletter of the

       In Memoriam: Walker Calhoun 1918-2012

Walker Calhoun, 93, passed away on March 28.  He was known as a traditional elder. He was born in Big Cove, where he grew up speaking the Cherokee language. He was a veteran and served in World War II.  He learned about Cherokee traditions and dances from his uncle, Will West Long. Some of his knowledge of traditional songs and stories was recorded on the tape and CD “Where Ravens Roost,” a reference to the Cherokee name for Big Cove, Kolanvyi or raven place. In 1988 he created a traditional dance group with his family, the Raven Rock Dancers.  In 1989 he and his family created a traditional stomp grounds where the fire was brought from Oklahoma.  In 2002, he helped form the group the Warriors of AniKituhwa, singing dance songs until he was no longer able to travel with the group for health reasons. He helped teach Cherokee language classes at the Museum beginning in 2003.
    Calhoun received many awards for his work in preserving and passing on Cherokee traditions. In 1988 he received the Sequoyah Award from the Eastern Band and Cherokee Nation.  He received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1990, and in 1992 Calhoun was presented a National Folk Heritage Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian prior to its opening in 2004.  He received the Mountain Heritage Award in 2004. He will be missed by many. 

I invite you to go to Mingo Falls in your sit in silence by the water, to rattle, to offer prayer for this honored grandfather who taught so many to remember...