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By Travis Bodick, Dec 8 2016 11:39PM

We recentlyt posted some new videos which include discussions of icaros and how they work as well as comparing the differences of drinking plant medicines on your own compared to with a shaman. There are also some original songs performed by Travis here. Hope you enjoy!


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By Travis Bodick, Aug 17 2016 07:07PM

We were lucky enough to take some beautiful videos during our retreat this year. These videos feature Louis Q'espe from the Q'ero tribe performing a limpia cleansing and also a dispatcho offering. The limpia cleansing is always included in our San Pedro ceremonies and while everyone on our retreat usually comes for the San Pedro and Ayahuasca ceremonies, the dispatcho is possibly the most powerful ceremony of our retreat.


Working with the Q'ero is really a special priviledge. They are the only Andean culture not altered by contact with the Spanish and Catholic culture - when the Spanish arrived they hid in the mountains and kept their culture and spiritual practices intact and unaltered from ancient times.


Q'ero Limpia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kdNLxLbI0s&feature=youtu.be



Q'ero Dispatcho:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVRB3kFgmu4&feature=youtu.be

By Travis Bodick, Aug 12 2016 07:37PM

About a month ago I was backpacking in the mountains with my wife Tasha and we were chewing lots of coca. We had a beautiful hike and both had a great time connecting with this powerful plant teacher. During this trip I had many insights from the plant and many new realizations.


Coca is a wonderful plant with many benefits. Besides being one of the most nutritious plants on the planet, it also provides very gentle euphoria, energy and spiritual insight. It encourages hard work, compassion and love, and teaches awareness and receptivity to the world around you. In Peru it has been used daily as a food source and energy source, and its daily use by the local people has taught them to be some of the most hardworking and loving people on the planet (despite living in one of the harshest environments around).


The benefits of coca are often very subtle and gentle, and this is part of why they are so beneficial. The energy boost isnt much noticed like the jittery boost you get from caffeine - instead you just find that you dont tire as easily from hard work and it is easier to push yourself hard. The euphoria isnt as pronounced as that from cannabis or alcohol - instead of getting disoriented you just have a slight boost to your joy and compassion. Because these boosts of energy and euphoria are so gentle they do not cause any crash or any dependence - just enough of a boost for great benefits.


Coca also opens you up gently spiritually. For thousands of years healers in Peru have used coca to help them connect to the spirits in the land all around them. But this isn't an instant opeing of the spiritual senses like you might experience with Ayahuasca or San Pedro - this is a gentle and mild opening that helps you build deep relationships with the spirits around you over time. Coca doesn't help you do these things overnight - she helps you learn to do these things through your hard work and dedication. This allows for slow but steady and strong development of your charactor and practice.


Imagine the development of a hardwood tree. In many spiritual traditions hardwood trees are considered to have some of the most powerful medicine and wisdom. Because they grow so slow they grow really strong. They don't grow the fastes - but they take the time to spread deep roots and slowly build each new inch on a powerful foundation carefuly laid before it. This slow and steady development takes time and hard work, but it pays off in lessons learned and integrated, and in strength and stability. Development with coca is similar to this - it doesn't open you up right away like Ayahuasca or San Pedro does, but it opens you up slowly over time and requires you to learn how to meet the plants half-way - your work and dedication is required to get to the destination.


I think this is why the Q'ero healers we work with are so powerful and dependable. They took a lot of time to slowly develop themselves and perfected each stage of the process. Nothing came easy or quick to them, but because they learned the hard and slow way they are true masters. This works perfect in their society because they have many other healers to take care of their society while they train and perfect their practice. There is no shortage of healers because they have a continuous line teaching the next generation.


Sadly in our society we do not have the benefit of time to develop this way. Our culture is killing the planet and many of us have suffering health or depression. We need help now before things get worse. This is why San Pedro, mushrooms or Ayahuasca are so helpful and important for us - they are helping us get back on the right page and helping us save ourselves quickly before it is too late. We need to shift fast, and we need these faster acting medicines. But coca can still help us return to stability and focus when we listen to her - she is always there waiting to teach us her wisdom.


In many ways I think coca is the perfect plant medicine. Great nutrition, pleasant euphoria which encourages compassion and love, and a energy boost that encourages hard work. Slow but steady development that comes to those willing to put in the time and effort. Some of the medicines that allow faster development also offer temptations of power or can build up our ego's.... But coca reminds us to be humble and hard working, and to appreciate the little things we have in each moment. I think if the whole world could benefit from one daily habit - coca might be my first recommendation.


Munay - and much love from the heart of Mama Coca!



By Travis Bodick, Aug 11 2016 05:13PM

We are back home from another magical journey to Peru - we couldnt have had a more perfect trip! We had a wonderful group for the retreat and all felt like family within a few days. I was also very blessed to have my father and new step-mother along for the trip - so this was certainly a family affair and very tight-knit group!


Ceremonies with Lesley were amazing as always - I was especially struck by her ability to open hearts with her words. When she talks it is like an angel speaking, and this causes others to really open their hearts and speak their own truths as well. So much emotion and connection happens in her garden - and I think this is a large part of why she is such a successful healer. She really helps people believe in themselves and she is such an inspiration. I came away from her ceremonies with a lot of insights about how to use my words more wisely and how to express myself more deeply.


Ayahuasca with Kush was also a special treasure. Kush would make music with his wife Erika and his 3 apprentices and together the 5 of them were like a sound-wave straight from the jungle. Singing, flute, singing bowls, rattles, leaves (chacapas), rain sticks, drums.... All at the same time in a way that mimicked sounds of the jungle and helped us dive deep into the medicine. Mid-ceremony Kush and Erika would stop by each participants mat to ask if we wanted specific healing. Erika would channel messages and advice from the medicine while Kush would add his perspectives and sing personal songs to us - everyone was getting really powerful stuff! We all learned a lot about ourselves with their help.


We also had a great time with the Q'ero tribe and I was even lucky enough to get some videos of Louis Q'espe in action! I am hoping to get the videos uploaded sometime in the next week to share with you!


We met many new friends, deepened connections with old friends, and we saw a new side of Peru as well. No matter how many times I come here there is always more to learn and experience!


Thank you to everyone who helped make this retreat happen! We couldn't be more blessed to have you in our lives!


BTW - we have confirmed dates for next years Stream of Miracles retreat! We will be back in Peru with the medicine July 2nd-July10th with an optional add-on afterwards to see Machu Pichu again. This retreat will include 2 San Pedro ceremonies with Lesley, 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies with Kush, 2 limpia cleanings with the Q'ero as well as a dispatcho offering to Mother Earth, 2+ rappé ceremonies, and of course visits to sacred temples and workshops! The extension this year will include Machu Pichu as well as an optional mushroom ceremony at Temple of the Moon. I will post all the details as soon as I can confirm the exact pricing which will probably be another week or so..... I will send out updates in our newsletter then.



By Travis Bodick, May 17 2016 02:58PM

Two days ago we hosted a Rapé workshop in the woods near Seattle. We had an excellent time sharing Rapé and songs with everyone. There was about 20 or so people and we did 2 rounds of the Rapé for everyone.


One participant was thoughtful enough to record a few of the songs on his phone and I am happy to share it with you! These arent all the songs that we sang, but just 3 songs we played in a row after serving the last round of Rapé. The 1st 2 songs are Quechua medicine songs and the 3rd song is a Sanskrit song which we also sing the english and spanish translation of - hope you enjoy!


http://picosong.com/B2DD/


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