Weekend events - Don Francisco in Fairifeld, Iowa

Q'ero Elder, Don Francisco, comes to Fairfield, Iowa April 30-May 2

How to awaken the healer, the wise one, the light being in yourself? How to become a great healer, or teacher? How to develop the presence, the power, the wisdom to step into that role?    For apprentice healers and spiritual guides in the Andes, who trained for years to be in service in their communities, the path has included the Great Rites of the Andes, or Hatun Karpays, which have been used for millenia to transmit, activate, and awaken exalted and expanded forms of human potential.  You probably know the story of the Munay-Ki rites, and their role in raising consciousness and stewardship to the highest levels. That story continues: with each passing forward of the rites, with each fire ceremony, their energy grows not just in each of us, but in the collective as well.

Among those indigenous leaders who, in 2006, came together to present these rites, as the Munay-Ki, to all well-meaning peoples, was the Q'ero nation elder, Don Francisco Chura Flores. We are delighted that Don Francisco will join us in Fairfield, Iowa, from April 30 through May 2, 2010, as we come together to deepen our experience and understanding of the Great Rites. And we cordially invite you to join us!

Prerequiste for registration. The weekend event is open only to those that have received the first four Munay-Ki rites. If you have not yet received them, please contact us so we can arrange to give them to you.


We'll be sitting together on Friday evening , Saturday, and Sunday. On each of those days, Don Francisco will visit with us to share his wisdom, he will give each person three transformational rites, starting with the Earthkeeper Rite and culminating with the Creator Rite.  It is a rare opportunity to receive these rites directly from a shaman elder speaking Quechua words and using the indigenous form for the rites. Don Francisco brings a depth and richness to the rites that reflects the balance, harmony and consciousness that he lives and radiates.

 In the course of our time together, we will also look deeply into the way the rites are given, including
  • "the calling", or connecting to the spirit world through apus;
  • the concept of ayni or balance;
  • the traditional form of each of the rites,
  • the meaning of the Quechua terms of each.

We'll journey together and investigate together the ways in which the energies of each rite are coming forth in us. We'll consider the lineages of these transmissions and our own experience of them. The purpose of these activities is that by interacting with the rites in these different channels, we are deepening and broadening them in our own being.

Despacho Ceremony:

Don Francisco is also a master of the despacho, the traditional ceremonial means of connecting with the forces of Nature for an individual's, or group's specific needs. While in Iowa, he will be available for personal despacho ceremonies. As the Munay-Ki rites, transmitted on the energetic level, awaken and empower our greatest potentials, so the despacho awakens and empowers, for the individual and the collective, our right relation with the forces of Nature. We'll also participate, with members of the local ayllu, in a community despacho and fire ceremony on Saturday evening. There are no prerequisites for despacho.

Listen to Jeffrey and Cielle give introduction to the despacho ceremony here:http://www.freeconference.com/Recordings/ConferenceRecording-8687873-658295.mp3

1307 S. Main St., Fairfield, IA 52556, home of Jeffrey and Cielle Backstrom.

  • Friday, April 30 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 1 -  9:30 am to 5:00 pm, plus evening ceremony
  • Sunday, May 2, -  9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Monday, May 3, - 7:30 pm, fire ceremony

Weekend workshop, $210 if paid by April 15, $250 after - includes all events listed above. above events are open only to those that have received the first 4 Munay-Ki rites. Please inquire if you do not ave these rites.

If you are not able to attend  the events above, you can chose to attend one or more of the following events separately
  • Personal 1 hour despacho with Don Francisco, by appointment. These sessions will be scheduled for Thursday, April 29 through Monday, May 3. $95
  • Saturday night community despacho and fire ceremony with Don Francisco, $20
  • Monday night fire ceremony with Don Francisco, $10, (no charge for those that received private despacho)
Please note: there is an additional event open only to mesa carriers.  For details, click here:

Payment details
Checks are payable to
Cielle Backstrom
1307 S Main
Fairfield, Ia 52556

When you mail us your check, be sure to include details of what events you are registering for.

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