A Despacho…what is it?
I call it a living prayer. A way to send our gratitude and wishes out to the Universe!
An Andean ceremony to bring balance, transformation & change into our lives, & to the planet.
In the Andean Mountain traditions of Peru important transitions or beginnings are often marked by a prayer bundle, offered to the Earth (Pachamama) and Divine spirits. For those who live in close connection with nature, the Despacho is a communication with those forces they love and respect: Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Apus (Mountain Spirits), guardians of the spirit world who provide for you, your family & the community, etc.
There are many types of Despachos. Some offer ayni (balance), while others offer to remove the negative energy in one’s life, others offer love & prosperity – or connection. They connect us with the rhythms of our earth- Solstices or full moon. They are offered at weddings, as blessings on a person, a home or land. Each is a powerful way to bring about transformation & change, to set your intentions & let them go.
A Despacho, also known as Haywarikuy, is a beautiful offering, blending prayers & gratitude, honouring the Four Directions, Earth & Stars etc, to create a sacred mosaic of all that can be possible in our lives. This colourful, multi-layered bundle is made up of natural, biodegradable or burnable materials that represent the mountains, the earth, crops, plants, animals, the sea, angels & other aspects of nature.
What does it offer you? A chance for connection to all realms of nature. To say thank you -we don’t do it often in our Western lives….to Andean Paqos it is build within their everyday reality. It is an opportunity to speak to the ‘Gods’, send love, and manifest our intentions – regardless of of how big or small.
Built by a Pampamesayoq – an Andean ‘priest’, Karen interacts with these Nature spirits & powers whom she has built close relationships, connecting them to the issue at hand. Sending gratitude, and asking for blessings or whatever has been requested etc.
Once built, the Despacho will either be burned to release the prayers quickly to Spirit so they can begin manifesting, or buried so that the prayers are released slowly to the Earth, grounding them gracefully, to communicate with Pachamama.
Using a piece of paper that represents the plane we live on, elements like soil, quinoa, flowers etc are placed in a mandala, that represent nature, animals, abundance, the richness that the earth, sky, stars, sun, water and all elements give us. ..etc….
Then each person enters their own wishes by breathing their prayers into something from nature. This is placed into the despacho, which is then closed up and either buried or burnt. Releasing the prayers….creating abundance and manifestation.
Most participants walk away feeling heart-filled, peaceful and grounded. Or notice the energy has shifted or feels different: calm or peaceful on the land that has been held in focus.
Despachos can be done for Indiviuals, specific groups, or public events.
Click here to find out when the next public event is for Full Moon, Eclipse or Solstice, etc.
Or continue below for private Despachos & house clearings.
On the Andean Shamanism page you will see I offer group Despacho’s for full moon, eclipses or Solstice passages etc. It is a service to community.
Despachos & Haywarikuys are also offered for private individuals for:
*Blessing on a new project
*Weddings or events
*Anything you choose
They can be done at my offices, or on your property.
Custom made for whichever focus you choose. So contact me to create a beautiful ceremony or ritual.
Our home is our sanctuary & should be a place of peace & love; a place where we can relax & enjoy ourselves. Since everything is energy, our home absorbs & holds onto our emotions – and the emotions of those who have lived there before. Energies from all kinds of experiences collect & become stagnant. Sometimes we can’t explain it, it just feels uncomfortable in a certain place. Many times when we move into a home, we clean the house physically; scrubbing the floors and wiping the walls. But forget about the energetic levels. The new home has old energy of the previous beings who have resided there, and so it is a great idea to do an energetic Cleansing on the property. And if we have lived on the same property for a while, it may be time to bring flow back in to the home, have a clearing & house blessing.
By offering a Despacho
we can cleanse the energy of the past,
ask for blessings,
and set the energy for what you want out of the property going forward.
House clearing costs cover my time, ingrediants for Despacho and travel. Of course, it also depends on the size of the property and your needs. Just ask me how.
Bulding relationship with your land and the beings who reside there, creates a spiritual ‘family’ within which, you can live harmoniously.