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Marc Shackman (Kumooja Banyan Tree)

Marc, also known as Kumooja Banyan Tree, is the co-founder of Sacred Mythic Journeys and cosmic journey guide. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Building Engineering from Loughborough University, England in 2002 and worked for various global construction projects for over four years. Then, after embracing and finally having the courage to follow his heart early on in life, feeling strongly that there was something more than meets the eye to the world around him, and trusting his curiosity to explore this strange feeling and mystery inside of him more deeply, he took the giant leap of faith into the unknown for himself and hasn’t looked back since.

Sixteen years later after working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, Marc realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for.

In September 2014, Marc was called to leave Central and South America, more specifically Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, that had been his main bases for over seven years, and begin his new cycle of life in Hawai’i and the United States. This he felt would accompany his love for the ocean and 15 years of very ungrounded informal training in the field of the human psyche and spirituality perfectly, and so to balance himself out more evenly between the worlds and in a much more grounded way by the end of 2016 was his goal.

Marc’s multiple near-deaths in his 20s in his shamanic vision quests and world travel adventures, catalyzed his visionary gifts as well as his desire to live life to the fullest. Since then, he has been driven by his heart and passion to inspire people, create a stable family home, find the secrets to true happiness, and to help people create better lives and a better world for themselves and for each other. See more photos and other events by this presenter

You are booking for dates: 10 Aug 2018 - 8 Sep 2018

28 Day Sacred Mythic Journey Peru and Bolivia
Hide all Accommodation Special arrangements can be made for a private room, but this is by request only and for an additional charge per night. Please contact Sacred Mythic Journeys for more information. However, in order to maximize the experience for all retreat participants, Sacred Mythic Journeys recommends highly that everybody uses the carefully selected shared accommodations. Sacred Mythic Journeys always use a selection of reputable and comfortable shared accommodations, as to maintain a family and creative team atmosphere throughout your experience. Individual lodgings and rooms will therefore usually be shared by no more than between two and four people at a time, with shared bathroom and shower facilities. Sacred Mythic Journeys Bolivia and Peru Yoga Retreat Program The Quechua Indians of the high Andes The Quechua Indians of the central Andes are the direct descendants of the Incas. The Inca Empire, which existed for a century before the arrival of the Spanish, was a highly developed civilization. The Inca Empire stretched from parts of present-day Colombia in the north, southward into Chile. The Incas had an impressive governing structure. Stepping into a different world The elders spoke of the transformation of the human species that has already begun and is well under way. It is called the Pachakuti - the world turning upside down. The current Pachakuti that the Western world is experiencing now is the returning to a way of living that is right side up so to speak. The elder shamans say that homo sapiens are becoming extinct, and that human are becoming homo luminous; and that you are the ones you have been waiting for. Doorways between worlds The Inka believe a new day is dawning. The doorways between the worlds are opening holes in time that you can step through and beyond, where human's capabilities propel them to heights never experienced before. You have the knowledge to craft new physical bodies that age differently, heal differently, and that possibly may never die. These bodies offer you the opportunity to step beyond the world you have known, where you can once again embark on your journey, returning to the stars. The Q’ero and the prophecies According to the legend, when the Q’ero first appeared at the feast of the Collor Riti wearing ponchos emblazoned with the royal emblem of the sun, and aisle parted in the thousands gathered and the elders of the medicine people welcomed them, saying, “we have been waiting for you for five hundred years.” They are the Inkas, the last original descendants of the children of the sun, and they have returned to deliver the prophecy entrusted to them foretelling of the end of time. But they have also been the keepers of a body of processes, of rites of passage that usher in who you are becoming as a people and a planet. An oasis for healing San Pedro is a cactus that grows all along the Andes (and now North America as well). The earliest recorded shamanic use of this plant available to human dates back over 3000 years, and there are reasons to believe its use is much more ancient than that - both the physical and psychic fabric of this part of the world is informed with the energy of this plant teacher. San Pedro is used for healing as well as mystical purposes. Its energy opens up one’s channels, allowing one to connect deeply with oneself as well as the entire cosmos and other spiritual dimensions. Myth and mystery intertwined According to Incan lore, after a great flood, the god Viracocha arose from Lake Titicaca to create the world. He commanded the sun (Inti), moon (Mama Kilya), and stars to rise, then went to Tiahuanaco to create the first human beings, Mallku Kapac and Mama Ocllo. These first humans, the “Inca Adam and Eve,” were formed from stone and brought to life by Viracocha, who commanded them to go out and populate the world. Thus, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the Incas, whose spirits return to their origin in the lake upon death. The Shipibo-Conibo healing songs The Shipibo-Conibo of the Amazonian rainforest live in the 21st century while still keeping one foot in the past spanning back millennia. Many of their shamanic traditions are still practiced such as ayahuasca healing ceremonies. Iqaros (sacred chants) have inspired artistic tradition and decorative designs found in their clothing, pottery, tools, and textiles. The voice of the feminine calls The Shipibo-Conibo hold the ayahuasca ceremony as art, so, although there are male Curanderos, it is the women that most often are chosen for the ancestral Icaros to be transmitted and they are the main performers at the ceremonies, transmitting through their magical ceremonial songs their nurturing feminine mother energy, their souls, and hearts. A bridge to the spirit world Ayahuasca is known in the Amazon jungle as “la purga” (the purge) and is essentially a medicine that cleanses one on all levels - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The process is one of healing and letting go of what no longer is helpful for your journey on this planet and the resulting clarity that allows you to see what the next step is ahead for you. The energy of the medicine supports this process and helps one reconnect with one’s deepest truths and sense of purpose. The serpent goddess Ayahuasca is a very powerful medicine and when approached with respect and a pure intention, it is a most wonderful healer and teacher. The jungle is the perfect environment to drink the ayahuasca brew because you are close to where the plants live and therefore where there is the greatest level of support, nurturing, and absorption ability of all the plants and earth. The jungle, even without the ceremony, is an ideal place to shed heavy energies the way the anaconda sheds its skin and to receive the fundamental healing properties of “nature’s pharmacy” on every level of your being. Itinerary Day1 Meet, introductions, and team briefing in La Paz, Bolivia. Day 2 Journey to the ancient ruined city of Tiwanaku to cleanse and purify yourself ready for the journey ahead. Day 3 Travel to the town of Copacabana by bus and have dinner by Lake Titicaca to soak in the powerful energy. Day 4 Visit by boat and hike the sacred sites of the islands of the sun and the moon on Lake Titicaca. Day 5 Ride by bus to the Sacred Valley in Peru for your shamanic plant medicine work. Day 6 Day of silence. Prepare the shamanic plant medicine yourself and native Indian sweat lodge ceremony. Day 7 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day one. Day 8 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day two. Day 9 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day three. Day 10 Sharing, relaxation, and integration day, and travel to the ancient ruined city of Machu Picchu by bus. Day 11 Pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, Q’ero Despacho ceremony, and travel back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas by train. Day 12 Heart energy medicine workshop day one. Day 13 Heart energy medicine workshop day two. Day 14 Foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop and celebration dinner. Day 15 Meet, introductions, and team briefing in Pucallpa. Day 16 Hike to local waterfalls and sacred power spots to cleanse and purify yourself ready for the journey ahead. Day 17 Travel a full day by boat to the remote indigenous Shipibo-Conibo village destination. Day 18 There will be indigenous Shipibo-Conibo village official welcome. Source the ayahuasca tea medicine ingredients yourself from the jungle. Day 19 Cook up and prepare the medicine yourself and be ready for your deep shamanic plant medicine work together. Day 20 Day of silence, flower baths, and unique Shipibo-Conibo massages. Day 21 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day one. Day 22 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day two. Day 23 Shamanic plant medicine ceremony day three. Day 24 Sharing, relaxation, and integration day. Day 25 Return to Pucallpa by boat. Day 26 Heart energy medicine workshop day one. Day 27 Heart energy medicine workshop day two. Day 28 Foundational AcroYoga expression workshop and celebration dinner. Instructors Marc Shackman Marc, also known as Kumooja Banyan Tree, is the co-founder of Sacred Mythic Journeys and cosmic journey guide. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Building Engineering from Loughborough University, England in 2002 and worked for various global construction projects for over four years. After embracing and finally having the courage to follow his heart early on in life, feeling strongly that there was something more than meets the eye to the world around him, and trusting his curiosity to explore this strange feeling and mystery inside of him more deeply, Marc took the giant leap of faith into the unknown for himself and hasn’t looked back since. Sixteen years later after working and traveling in some very remote parts of the planet such as Tibet, Nepal, China, Tanzania, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, and Brazil as a scuba diving instructor, coral reef conservation project expedition leader, and keen surfer, skydiver and snowboarder, Marc realized truly with much more clarity where his life had been leading him all this time and what it had been preparing him for. In September 2014, Marc was called to leave Central and South America, more specifically Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia, that had been his main bases for over seven years, and begin his new cycle of life in Hawai’i and the United States. This he felt would accompany his love for the ocean and 15 years of very ungrounded informal training in the field of the human psyche and spirituality perfectly, and so to balance himself out more evenly between the worlds and in a much more grounded way by the end of 2016 was his goal. Marc’s multiple near-deaths in his 20s in his shamanic vision quests and world travel adventures, catalyzed his visionary gifts as well as his desire to live life to the fullest. Since then, he has been driven by his heart and passion to inspire people, create a stable family home, find the secrets to true happiness, and to help people create better lives and a better world for themselves and for each other. Location This retreat begins on the islands of the sun and the moon on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, which represent two of the greatest natural and cultural monuments of South America, and eventually guides you onto the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. The Sacred Valley encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire and was formed by the Urubamba River, also known as Wilcamayu which in Quechua (the still spoken language of the Inca Empire), means the "Sacred River". It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges of the Andes Mountains, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The natural beauty of these places is impossible to describe. You simply have to visit them to appreciate it. The homeland of the Incas The Andes run the entire length of South America, from the humid tropics of the Caribbean to the ice fields of Patagonia. The longest north-south mountain range in the world, the Andes encompass a tremendous range of ecosystems and are home to a rich variety of plant and animal species and human communities. Peruvian Amazon Rainforest The journey will also take you to the spiraling rivers, waterfalls, and wild jungles of Amazon rainforest in Peru. You will be introduced to the tradition of Shipibo-Conibo village in its traditional modern day form. Food During your retreat, you will be served healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas. There will be also welcome celebration and farewell meals on your arrival and departure days. The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for: Gluten Free Hallal Lactose Free Lacto-ovo Vegetarian Organic Pescatarian Regular (typically includes meat and fish) Seafood Vegetarian Other dietary requirements on request (If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation) Spa treatments Included in your retreat package is a flower bath and Shipibo energy massage treatment. What's included: 2 days of foundational AcroYoga expressions workshop 4 days of heart energy medicine workshop 6 days of San Pedro (huachuma) and ayahuasca ceremonies 27 nights’ accommodation All in-country local ground transportation Flower baths and shamanic energy massage Fully guided meditations Healthy and balanced fresh food diet, juices, and herbal teas Inspirational guides and shamans Local national park entrance fees Native Indian sweat lodge and Q’ero despacho ceremony Soul creative element private consultations Spirit adventure pilgrimage to a remote indigenous Shipibo-Conibo village Spirit adventure pilgrimage to the ruined city of Tiwanaku, the islands of the sun and moon in Bolivia and to Machu Picchu in Peru Welcome celebration meal and farewell meal What's not included: Additional gear and equipment (optional) Additional healing or holistic services (optional) Airfares (if applicable) Essential kit list items (compulsory) Personal expenses (optional) Travel and medical insurance (compulsory) Treats and snacks (optional)
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