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A Journal Entry: The Sacred Breath of the Four Winds Amazon Jungle Expedition

As our plane dropped just above the Amazon jungle canopy, I felt a flutter of excitement in my chest.  We lit gently on the runway and taxied to a small, open-air building,  the Puerto Maldonado airport. We walked straight from the plane to the baggage claim, enveloped by jungle fauna and parrots. Once we retrieved […]

The Best New Year “Cleanse” – Chakra Cleansing

As we begin a New Year, many of us consider “cleaning up our systems” with a New Year Cleanse – juice cleanses, detoxifiers, perhaps fasting. While these all have merits in and of themselves, I encourage you to get to the “heart” of the matter with a chakra cleansing, too. Chakras are directly connected to […]

Interested in Shamanic Studies? What’s the Next Step?

Oftentimes on our Facebook Fan Page we receive questions from people new to the teachings of Alberto Villoldo at the Four Winds Society. A recent question…

When It’s Time to Change the Healing Stones of Your Mesa

Many years ago near the temple of Moray in Peru, I sat across from don Mariano as he did a coca reading. As we finished, he blew sweetly into a natural crystal from his mesa and gifted it to me. I could feel the energy of this beautiful shaman before me as well as the […]

A Journal Entry: The Gateway of Machu Picchu

The rather rustic train rumbles alongside the Urubamba River and through the Sacred Valley towardsour destination ~ Machu Picchu. I’ve hiked in from the Inka Trail once before but I’ve always enjoyed the clatter of the train as it rounded corners of the mountain, dipped into tunnels, hen returning to the beautiful sunlight and fauna […]

How To Create An Altar

Have you ever found yourself wanting to create an altar but didn’t know where to begin?  Or even what the real purpose is for an altar? Many of you have experienced the “altars” created during a class at The Four Winds as the week’s intentions were set for our growth, transformation and healing.  A beautiful […]

Announcement: Changes & Growth For The Four Winds

Dear Four Winds Friends, Students and Graduates ~ Earlier in the spring, Alberto Villoldo, The Founder of The Four Winds Society, offered us this advice: “We are just entering the birth canal of 2012. Expect a lot of contractions and remember to breathe!” This has definitely been a year of change and growth for all, […]

Shift Your Vision for 2012 and Beyond with a Sand Painting

Sand Painting for a New Vision The creativity and expression brought forth as we develop a sand painting has no limits. We are free to break through barriers holding us back from our “becoming.” The practice of building a sand painting aids the energy transformation in a symbolic and mythic manner. As our sand painting shifts, so does […]

Shifting Out of Being “Stuck” Through Decoupling

How many times have you found yourself “stuck” and unable to make a decision or move forward in your life? When we find ourselves in “fight or flight” response it is usually the result of being traumatized, stressed or overwhelmed to one degree or another. There are some people who have been in this state […]

Emotional Healing and Shedding Your Past: The Medicine Wheel “South” Course

The setting was different; it was a different person across from me, a different day of the week, a little different story but the words and most importantly everything that was behind her was almost the same. She had tears in her eyes and her face shifted between resignation and hope, in need of emotional healing.  […]