Our tour takes us to many sacred sites for numerous holy experiences. Before we start our week of discovery we will participate in a very special ceremony to cleanse, rediscover and purify the journey of our own Spirit. The power of intention; releasing of the old and setting in motion a future of our choosing all comes together in the tradition of Despacho.
In Spanish, the word despacho literally means "dispatch or shipment". In the Andean traditions of Peru, a despacho is a ceremonial offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). You could perhaps think of it as a focused, formal way to "dispatch" or "ship" your prayers off to the powers that be. Despachos also help align personal energies with the cosmic ones.
A personal despacho is an opportunity to really focus on any areas of your life where you feel you need support or would like to ask for blessings. It is quite a powerful way to set your intentions and let them go. You may be surprised to recognize in the weeks and months following a despacho ceremony that you are indeed receiving the things you asked for, though perhaps in an unexpected or unusual form, perhaps in a way more appropriate or powerful than you could have dreamed of on your own. Despachos really bring about desired change.
For a despacho ceremony, our Shaman will gather a variety of symbolic offerings such as wine, sugar, incense, gold and silver threads, red and white flower petals, grains, seeds, shells, candies and more. Each item is placed on a large sheet of paper with great care and intention, arranged in a mandala-like shape. Prayers are blown into small bundles of leaves called kintus and added to the offering as well. As participants, we too can offer up special items of our own for the ceremony
Building up the despacho can take some time, especially as we all remember more people and things we want to pray for - family, career, spiritual growth, forgiveness. But eventually the mandala is completed, the bundle is folded closed and tied up. Then our Shaman will run the whole bundle over our bodies, drawing out any heavy energy that may be lurking there.
Finally, the whole bundle is ceremonially burned, and while this happens we will turn our backs to the fire to allow the spirits to "eat" the offering in peace. The incense takes the prayers up to the Mountain Spirits, any heavy energy is turned to ash for Pachamama to consume and compost, transforming into fertile ground for new endeavors.
The intention behind a despacho ceremony can range from something as noble as world peace, to something as down to earth as offering thanks for a bountiful harvest, to something as personal as relief from joint pain. You could even include prayers for all three in one despacho! Despachos can be done in and for groups, cities, and countries and can also be done for individuals. For our tour, remember your spiritual journey and the rediscovery of you.
For more information about the Peru 2020 trip taking place the week of March 22nd, visit the event page.