Sacred Ceremony of the Despacho: A Guided Blessing Ritual at Luminata

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Luminata Books and Gifts invites you to join local shamans and herbalists Natalia Karoway and Rob Somers on Friday, August 24, 7:30pm-8:30pm, as they lead us in a traditional Andean blessing ritual known as a "Despacho." This ancient sacred ceremony has been practiced for centuries in the Andes mountain range of Peru. All are welcome. There is no fee, but love offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Despachos are beautifully and thoughtfully crafted mandala offerings full of flowers, herbs, symbolic objects, and prayers. They are created in thanks to Pachamama, our mother earth, for all that she has given us, and in honor of the healing and wholeness we wish to create for ourselves and our community.

The Despacho ceremony is a way to lift the darkness while collectively drawing in positivity and hope. The Despacho teaching and ritual aims to give you practices to assist you and others during trying times. The sacred ceremony is a powerful way to set strong intentions and to plant seeds of our dreams.

Natalia Karoway and Rob Somers are practicing shamans who have trained at the Four Winds Society, with shamanic teacher Jose Luis Herrera, and at the Boston School of Herbal Studies. Natalia is the author of Living Sacred Ceremony: Earth Inspired Practices for Transforming and Celebrating, available at Luminata. She will be signing copies of her book this evening.

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631 Cass St
Monterey, CA 93940