RESONANCIA – whole life integration retreat – Jan 25th – 31st

RESONANCIA
(RESONANCE)

JANUARY 25th – 31st, 2015

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ZUBUYA
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico

A dedicated transformational retreat offering traditional eastern and western teachings, practices and disciplines to support and encourage a healthy, mindful lifestyle.

This retreat is intended to create an environment for people to learn and practice various traditions and disciplines and learn how to integrate them into an ongoing personal routine. Its easy to acquire knowledge, but not always simple to integrate and practice what we learn.

“Resonance” is an event which was initiated in Ontario, Canada during the mid 90’s, it was presented as a very intentional, spiritually focused gathering dedicated to nurturing community and providing participants with an alternate experience to typical events. Resonance was about wellness, integration, expression, art and music.

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In honor of the 7:7:7:7 gatherings that took place in Nayarit from 2006-2013, we wish to continue this vision and collective initiative of sharing wisdom and medicine through more 7 day retreats. People in Ontario still talk about and revere the Resonance gatherings, as do people in Mexico about 7:7:7:7.

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Let’s not lose the magic, medicine and special relationships which have formed during these memorable gatherings, it is my intention to launch a new annual series in both Mexico and Canada to revive and continue this. Resonancia in Mexico will happen each January at “Zubuya” in San Pancho, Nayarit, while Resonance will take place in Haliburton, Ontario each summer during late June.

If you have any inquiry’s about the event, please send a private message to Chris Cauac via this website or through the FB event page … the program and additional retreat info will be released on this page ongoing, as its confirmed.

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A dedicated transformational retreat offering traditional eastern and western teachings, practices and disciplines to support and encourage a healthy, mindful lifestyle

Un retiro de transformación dedicada ofrecer enseñanzas tradicionales orientales y occidentales, las prácticas y disciplinas para apoyar y fomentar un estilo de vida consciente saludable
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This retreat is intended to create an environment for people to learn and practice various traditions and disciplines and learn how to integrate them into an ongoing personal routine. Its easy to acquire knowledge, but not always simple to integrate and practice what we learn.

“Resonance” is an event which was initiated in Ontario, Canada during the mid 90’s, it was presented as a very intentional, spiritually focused gathering dedicated to nurturing community and providing participants with an alternate experience to typical events. Resonance was about wellness, integration, expression and art.

In honor of the 7:7:7:7 gatherings that took place in Nayarit from 2006-2013, we wish to continue the vision and collective initiative of sharing wisdom and medicine through more 7 day retreats. People in Ontario still talk about and revere the Resonance gatherings, as do people in Mexico about 7:7:7:7.

Let’s not lose the magic, medicine and special relationships which have formed during these memorable gatherings, it is my intention to launch a new annual series in both Mexico and Canada to revive and continue this. Resonanicia in Mexico will happen each January at Zubuya in San Pancho, Nayarit, while Resonance will take place in Haliburton, Ontario during late June.

If you have any inquiry’s about the event, please send a private message to Chris Cauac … the program and additional retreat info will be released on this page ongoing, as its confirmed
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Este retiro tiene por objeto crear un entorno para que las personas aprenden y practican diversas tradiciones y disciplinas y aprender a integrarlos en una rutina personal continuo. Es fácil de adquirir conocimientos, pero no siempre es fácil de integrar y practicar lo que aprendemos.

“Resonancia” es un evento que se inició en Ontario, Canadá, durante mediados de los años 90, se presenta como un encuentro muy intencional, espiritualmente centrado dedicada a la crianza de la comunidad y proporcionar a los participantes una experiencia alternativa a los eventos típicos. Resonancia era sobre el bienestar, la integración, la expresión y el arte.

En honor a las 7: 7: 7: 7 reuniones que tuvieron lugar en Nayarit 2006 a 2013, queremos seguir la visión y la iniciativa colectiva de compartir la sabiduría y la medicina a través de más de 7 retiros diarios. La gente en Ontario todavía hablan y veneran las reuniones de resonancia, al igual que la gente en México aproximadamente 7: 7: 7: 7.

No perdamos la magia, la medicina y las relaciones especiales que se han formado durante estos encuentros memorables, es mi intención de lanzar una nueva serie anual, tanto en México y Canadá para revivir y continuar con esta. Resonanicia en México va a suceder cada mes de enero en Zubuya en San Pancho, Nayarit, mientras que la resonancia se llevará a cabo en Haliburton, Ontario a finales de Junio.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta es sobre el evento, por favor envíe un mensaje privado a Chris Cauac … el programa y la información de retiro adicional se dará a conocer en esta página en curso, como su confirmados
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RESONANCIA
~ Retreat Program ~

We welcome you to participate in this journey of integration and transformation, a 7day retreat offering ancient traditions and practices from eastern and western cultures. Each day will consist of a basic schedule outlining practices, traditional teachings and workshops. Some programed rituals and practices will remain at the same time every day. Teachings and workshops will be outlined in the schedule below with basic descriptions and links to the teachers and facilitators.

Your exchange for this event is $200 CAD/USD if you are a foreign visitor, $2000 pesos for Mexicano’s. This includes an honorarium to our elders, teachers and facilitators, vegetarian breakfast and dinner each day (not vegan), 7 days of daily practices, teachings and workshops, plus camping and use of the facilities.

We will be arranging our volunteers in advance of the retreat, these positions will be granted primarily to those who require a financial scholarship, who need to exchange energy for their retreat fee.

Foreign participants are asked to show their commitment by offering their financial exchange by Paypal or email exchange by January 10th.

You can communicate by email (Chris Cauac) regarding any specific questions you may have for your trip or about the retreat. Please do take the time to thoroughly read the information online before emailing questions… Your advanced show of commitment and registration offers us a clear idea of how many people we will be accommodating and facilitating the event for. The more accurate count we have, the better we can serve you during your experience.

The location is called “Zubuya” it is a private residence and teaching facility offering classes on sustainable building and super adobe construction. The owners are a young family who are very aligned with the ideals of the retreat and are honored to host Resonancia.
We will be given an ongoing, daily super adobe and dry toilet construction workshop by Marciano which will be included in the program. People can freely get involved each day when there is nothing scheduled.

Zubuya is located 2 km’s north of San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit. From (PVR) Puerto Vallarta airport, you can take a taxi or “Pacifico” bus to San Pancho. From there you may either need some time to connect with the beach, grab a bite, some supplies or come directly to Zubuya. You can get a taxi from San Pancho for 50 pesos, its just 2km’s north on the right hand side.
It’s recommended to arrive on site no later than January 24, in order to claim your campsite and participate in the full program beginning at sunrise (Jan. 25), the following day. We ask you do NOT bring in any fear, drugs, alcohol, glass, plastic bottles or unnecessary garbage. We will be providing 2 meals and water, any other garbage you bring in is your responsibility to recycle and take out. This will be enforced as part of a conscious initiative to make us accountable for the garbage we produce each day as a person. We are asking you leave the site more beautified than when you arrived.

https://www.facebook.com/Zubuya?ref=br_tf

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The following routines and rituals will remain scheduled at the same time each day.

* SUNRISE
– the conch sounds once sunlight graces the land, a collective invitation to start our day together
– a small gathering each morning offering salutations and gratitude to the sun, the earth, the elements, all life

* MEDITATION
– silent meditation of your choice is welcome for a period of roughly 1 hour

* YOGA
– your choice to do your own practice in a more private setting or participate in a group class with a scheduled teacher… we will have Hatha, Kundalini, Pranayama, Bhakti, Vinyassa or Yoga Nidra.

DAILY TEACHINGS AND WORKSHOPS
(duration approximately 2 – 3 hrs)
* mornings – 10am
** afternoons – 2pm

DAY 1

~ morning ~

* Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you can learn to consciously relax, and is a systematic method of increasing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Yoga Nidra means ‘sleep with a trace of awareness’ and is often referred to as ‘Psychic Sleep.’ It is the state of mind in between wakefulness and dreams. This is one of the techniques and teachings being offered by Tanya LeBlanc during the week.

http://www.tanyaleblanc.com/#!yoga-nidra/c1x43

** Opening ceremony, greetings, event logistics

*** Super Adobe
Structural building workshop with Marciano The first introductory workshop which will be continuous throughout the week, welcoming everyone to take part as a team building experience each day.

~ afternoon ~

* The Return Path
Chris Cauac shares the messages, teachings and traditions of the Hopi, their messages and warnings. This journey unveils the commonalities and shared traditions between many indigenous nations across the America’s and throughout our world. This web of practical, humble approaches to living life in balance is what many of the wisdom keepers and medicine people are sharing. Over 10 years of study, hands on apprenticeship and experience.

http://chriscauac.com/return-path/

DAY 2

~ morning ~

* Uol Pua
Yogha Maya with Dario Lopez – an introduction to Mayan philosophy, pratices of Uol Pua (Mayan Yoga), practices snake awareness and merkaba meditation.

http://vimeo.com/73207285

** Conscious Breath
Sacred Breath reminds us of our most basic, practical self healing gift by taking us into a transformational experience which unwinds stress, unlocks the emotional body, detoxifies the blood through hyper-oxygenation while creating a deep state of inner peace. This journey of self healing and acceptance will be facilitated by Chris Cauac.

http://chriscauac.com/service-teachings/

~ afternoon ~

* Super Adobe workshop continued … with Marciano
This will be one of the most involved days and we encourage everyone’s participation in co-creating a Team Building experience.

** Kirtan and medicine songs at the beach (Sunset)

DAY 3

~ morning ~

* Classical Hatha Yoga
Classical Hatha yoga consists of asanas, mantras, meditation, pranayama, mudras and Yoga Nidra, integrating the physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of yoga into each practice. This is a second part to the introductory Yoga Nidra class presented by Tanya Leblanc the previous morning

http://www.tanyaleblanc.com/#!yoga/c7ax

** 13 Moons – The Path to Cosmic Consciousness
A positive and inspiring teaching around the 13 Moon calendar, Maya Cosmovision, natural time and the science behind the Law of Time. This teaching will be shared by maestro Luis Zavala, a long time friend and dedicated student of Jose Arguelles.

~ afternoon ~

*Temazkal’s (Sweat Lodges)
– includes teachings of basic science and structural design, ending with sweats for men and women. We will start the fire for our first sweat at midday and commence the teachings and ritual once the stones are ready.
– we will organize the women’s sweat first with the men serving and then the men’s sweat with the women serving once the stones have been re-heated.
… we also have sweats on DAY 7 as well for those who miss this or wish to wait

* offerings of loose tobacco, cacao, sage and sweetgrass are appreciated

DAY 4

~ morning ~

*Groovalicious Ceremony – facilitated by Tanya LeBlanc
A combination of conscious dance, meditation, movement and ritual, that allows us to open and experience our chakras by sending us on a journey into the many dimensions of our mind, body and soul.

http://www.tanyaleblanc.com/#!groovalicious-ceremony/c22v2

~ afternoon ~

*Yoga Nidra
This will be the second session facilitated by Tanya Leblanc, except this one will be extra special because we will go to the beach and do as part of a sunset ritual.

http://www.tanyaleblanc.com/#!yoga-nidra/c1x43

DAY 5

~ morning and early afternoon ~

** An introduction and immersion into Wixarika Culture and Sacred Traditions

We will receive first hand teachings from 2 marakame elders who are highly honored in the Wixarka (Huichol) nation. Marakame is a word which traditionally describes the medicine men or women of the community, the shamans of the nation. Both these elders are teachers of mine, I have apprenticed with them for many years and wish to continue sharing their traditions by bringing them to retreats like Resonancia and 7:7:7:7. They will be present with their families for the majority of the retreat and we will share the honor of a traditional ceremony with them the night of DAY 6.

Don Jose Luis Ramirez is the international spokesman for the mining crisis in Wirikuta and elder featured in the documentary, “Huicholes; The Last Peyote Guardians”. Don Jose holds the honor of being an international ambassador of the Wixarika people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_umAUErxN8

Don Eustolio (Custodio) Rivera de la cruz, revered as a “peregrino” in the Wixarika nation, he is a grandfather of the grandfathers, he initiates many marakame’s when they begin their medicine paths and is a chief among his community.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMeGxA2RLUQ

~ late afternoon ~

*Kakaw Sana – Cacao Ceremony
Paola I’x and Gustavo Ik will guide us on a sacred journey into the plant medicine of sacred Cacao, also traditionally referred to as Kakaw. They will share the medicinal properties, traditional uses and ceremonial practices, as well the science and sacredness of the plant.

http://kakawsana.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/un-super-alimento-para-una-super-salud/

https://www.facebook.com/kakawsana

DAY 6

~ morning ~

*Yoga Loves Cacao – facilitated by Paola I’x and Gustavo Ik
A mindful yoga and meditation practice including a ceremonial sharing of momma Cacao

http://kakawsana.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/yoga-loves-kakaw/

~ afternoon ~

*Traditional Dance – East meets West
We will share a fantastic group experience of prayer and movement as we participate in traditional dances from India and Mexico.

We will have Don Jose and Don Custodio’s families with us as well sharing Wixarika music and dances.

In addition we will have a group of local Aztec and Sun Dancers with us to share rain, fire and serpent dances.

Tanya LeBlanc is a traditionally trained and initiated Odissi dancer, a tradition of Temple Dance dating back to over 2000 years ago, danced and embodied by the Devadasis. ‘Deva’ meaning God and ‘Dasi’ meaning wife, the Devadasis were the wives or servants of God and lived in service to Lord Jagganaut, the representation of God as ‘Lord of the Universe’. She will be sharing some of the prayers, basic movements and expressions, including the sacred science behind the dance.

* Musica Prehispanica – live performance from Bolon Ben (Dario Lopez)

… followed by a sound healing experience co-facilitated by everyone including Chris Cauac, Dario Lopez, Tanya LeBlanc and our Wixarika elders

DAY 7

~ morning and early afternoon ~

* Temazkal’s (Sweat Lodges)
– we will organize the women’s sweat first with the men serving and then the men’s sweat with the women serving once the stones have been re-heated.
… we will offer first priority to those who didn’t get to sweat on DAY 3
– we will be setting our intentions in the lodges to seal and integrate our intentions for the retreat, while purifying and praying for a good ceremony at night

* offerings of loose tobacco, cacao, sage and sweetgrass are always appreciated

~ afternoon ~

* Ceremonial Preparations
Preparations for the Wixarika ceremony is the shared responsibility of all who plan to attend and participate. We will need help gathering supplies, wood and preparing food for the morning. Everyone who chooses to participate is asked to offer a minimum 300* Peso donation prior to entering the circle. This will be put towards ceremonial supplies, the elders travel costs, an honorarium for their families and a contribution for the costs associated with finding and harvesting the medicine.

** Closing Ceremony beginning at sunset, ending at sunrise **

*Meals*

Breakfasts will be served each morning (following our daily practices), it will consist of a buffet serving of fresh fruit, juices, nuts, breads, granola and yogurt.

Dinners will be served each afternoon (4pm) before sunset as many people will likely wish to take in the incredible sunsets at the beach. This meal will also be presented as a buffet.

Your breakfast and dinner meals are included as part of your registration fee. If you require or wish to have additional snacks, we recommend you bring them or purchase them as needed in neighboring San Pancho each evening after dinner. We will have the event catered to ensure quality, consistency and hygiene. Each person is responsible for cleaning their dishes after each meal, not the caterers. We encourage you to bring your own camping dishes such as a plate, bowl, cup, thermos, knife, fork and spoon. We will try to have enough for people as back up, but can’t guarantee we will have one of everything for every person.

We apologize but we cannot custom make food for those with intolerances or allergies. If you are flexible enough to eliminate certain foods from your meal from the menu being served, we can help to accommodate this with proper notice.

FOR FURTHER UPDATES, RETREAT DETAILS AND INFORMATION, PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH VIA OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE OR EMAIL / PRIVATE MESSAGE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1453108454967585/

Pilgrimage to Wirikuta – January 11th – 17th

Pilgrimage to Wirikuta

January 11th – 17th, 2015

This is a journey to Wirikuta mountain in the desert of San Luis, home to the stories of the first one’s and sanctuary to the sacred peyote cactus. Wirikuta is a very precious place for the Huichol people of Mexico, it holds the history and beginnings of how life began, how the earth and her inhabitants came to be. Traditionally the Huichol people hike on a pilgrimage from the Pacific coast to Wirikuta mountain each year bringing their gifts, offerings, prayers and gratitude for life, asking for health and abundance for their family and community.

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We will meet and travel together with our first group convergence in San Pancho, Nayarit on the evening/night of January 11th. The following morning we will gather and begin our pilgrimage to Wirikuta.

As traditions go we will begin in the state of Nayarit at the Pacific ocean and start our pilgrimage by gifting offerings to Haramara (Mother Ocean) to ask permission to enter the desert. Once we have presented our offerings and intentions, we will collectively make our way to the state of San Luis by bus, arriving first in San Luis Potosi, then Matehuala where we will catch our final bus connection to Real de Catorce to stay the night. Up til 40 years ago, the Wixarika would walk that pilgrimage, taking 2.5-3 months.

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After resting and reassembling our group, our second day in the Wirikuta area will provide us an opportunity to venture around, check out some ancient sites, the towns of Real de Catroce, Wadley, Estacion Catorce and Las Margaritas where we will stay for our second night. The following day we will make our way out to the desert at sunrise to discover the magic of the desert and hunt for our teacher, el “Venado Azul” (the Blue Deer). Our Huichol elder and guide Don Custodio will share the customs and traditions around respecting and harvesting this sacred medicine. After exploring the desert and receiving our medicine, we will make the final journey of the pilgrimage by climbing what is referred to as El Quemado or “The Burn”, which is a direct accent up Wirikuta mountain to the Wixarika altar. Our intention here is to give prayers, gratitude and offerings while our medicine receives the blessings of the ancestors and gods. Following our climb up Quemado, we will complete our day and pilgrimage by spending the night in a private, secured location to share medicine with a traditional ceremony facilitated by Custodio and his family.

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Ideally international participants will fly in and out of Puerto Vallarta (PVR). We will be returning to the same location we left from (San Pancho) when beginning our pilgrimage. This will be a final day/night to chill and integrate while reconnecting with Haramara and the element of water.

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All participants will be required to make reservations by making advanced payment no later than Dec 20, 2014. You are asked to contact Chris Cauac by private message in order to arrange payment and receive final directions on how to prepare yourself for the experience. We cannot accept you clicking “Going” as your confirmation to attend, your participation must be confirmed by contacting Chris and making payment.

** All travel and accommodations expenses including; flights, buses, taxi’s, hotel/motel rooms are under the participants responsibility **

Everyone will be flying into Puerto Vallarta the same day and/or leaving the same day. When we travel by bus together we will buy our tickets from bus station ticket vendors or directly from the drivers, in any case we will be traveling as a group. When we book rooms in hotels/motels in either San Pancho, Real De Catorce or Las Margaritas, we will again book as a group.

I am asking $300 per person for the week in addition to your travel and accommodations expenses. This fee includes my time to organize this pilgrimage, a contribution to Custodio and his family for their time and expenses to come, plus whatever is remaining to cover expenses for the ceremony. If you feel you are in a place to be more generous, please do so, otherwise this is the basic cost for each participant.

This is a very special experience we are manifesting. Custodio is one of the most revered and respected medicine men in Mexico, he’s what Huicholes refer to as a highly honored Marakame. I have had the privilege and honor to have apprenticed with Custodio for close to 7 years, and in my experience I see no better way to introduce you to these customs and traditions, than to have you experience them first hand with Custodio and his family. I have been granted his permission and received his blessings as a peyote carrier or “Peyotero”. I have taken numerous groups to the desert, however I prefer to have my elder with us to share his magic and medicine since he’s available and willing.

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Peyote is ILLEGAL in Mexico. The only people who are allowed to publicly handle or possess peyote is Huichol people. The only person(s) within the Huichol nation allowed to harvest and carry medicine, legally in Mexico, are Marakame’s. This is why we will be making this pilgrimage with Custodio and while with him he will be carrying our medicine and representing us to avoid any challenges and conflicts with authorities. This medicine represents the Grandfather, his loving, nurturing, warm guiding energy and wisdom, helping to motivate us to heal, remember our truths, to overcome our challenges and beliefs, to live more in our hearts and forgive.

This medicine can help, spiritually and physically. It cures over 1000 diseases and is the most potent alkaline plant on Earth. It is my intention and hope that through this experience you will gain your reverence and respect for this sacred and endangered plant, including the traditions and medicine ways of the Wixarika people.

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Hope to hear from you personally when you decide whether you can join us on our pilgrimage. Ideally we would really appreciate having the majority of our participants booked and confirmed by the beginning of Dec, however Dec 20 is indeed the latest we can allow.

There are 20 spots available for this journey. I will update the number of participants as they are confirmed.

There is a 7 day retreat scheduled for the following week in San Pancho called “Resonancia” which everyone is welcome to attend, this retreat is entirely separate from our journey to Wirikuta, so participate if you feel inspired to stay….  https://www.facebook.com/events/1453108454967585/

Thank you for taking the time to read this thoroughly, I feel there’s no better way to know this medicine or culture than to journey out to its natural habitat and share it with its guardians.

FLIGHTS
~ relevant depending on where you are flying from, everyone will be arriving in Puerto Vallarta… in “most cases”, round trip flights from Toronto are $600, Vancouver $500, Seattle $400, L.A, $300-$400

ACCOMMODATIONS
~ people are welcome to stay where they wish, we will have a schedule to adhere to and meet up on each morning, some will choose to stay in hostels, some hotels… a hostel is roughly $200pesos/night and hotels are roughly $400-$600 pesos/night
… we will be seeking accommodations the night of Jan 10 in San Pancho, Nayarit, also in Real de Catorce the 11th and possibly the 12th, in Las Margaritas the 13th / 14th, then again on the 16th in San Pancho to conclude our journey the morning of the 17th with a closing ceremony and circle.Those who choose to stay in hostels will spend about $1000-$1400pesos, people staying in hotels $2000-$3000pesos.

BUSES
~ all bus fee’s are the same for all travelers, we will be riding premium class coaches, Mexican buses are like limo’s compared to the U.S or Canada… they average $100pesos / hr … it will cost each person roughly $1800-$2000pesos to go from San Pancho to Wirikuta in San Luis, *return

FOOD
~ you can expect to pay, on average, about $70pesos – $150pesos per meal
… some places may be cheaper and some more, but this is the average of what you’ll pay per plate to eat something decent
Pamparios! Ometeotl!.. with Love

Chris

**UPCOMING EVENTS **

~ Mexico – January 2015 ~

Pilgrimage to Wirikuta

January 11th – 17th

This is a journey to Wirikuta mountain in the desert of San Luis, home to the stories of the first one’s and sanctuary to the sacred peyote cactus. Wirikuta is a very precious place for the Huichol people of Mexico, it holds the history and beginnings of how life began, how the earth and her inhabitants came to be. Traditionally the Huichol people hike on a pilgrimage from the Pacific coast to Wirikuta mountain each year bringing their gifts, offerings, prayers and gratitude for life, asking for health and abundance for their family and community.

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We will meet and travel together with our first group convergence in San Pancho, Nayarit on the evening/night of January 11th. The following morning we will gather and begin our pilgrimage to Wirikuta.

As traditions go we will begin in the state of Nayarit at the Pacific ocean and start our pilgrimage by gifting offerings to Haramara (Mother Ocean) to ask permission to enter the desert. Once we have presented our offerings and intentions, we will collectively make our way to the state of San Luis by bus, arriving first in San Luis Potosi, then Matehuala where we will catch our final bus connection to Real de Catorce to stay the night. Up til 40 years ago, the Wixarika would walk that pilgrimage, taking 2.5-3 months.

 Real-de-catorce-vista-2-cc-bmv

After resting and reassembling our group, our second day in the Wirikuta area will provide us an opportunity to venture around, check out some ancient sites, the towns of Real de Catroce, Wadley, Estacion Catorce and Las Margaritas where we will stay for our second night. The following day we will make our way out to the desert at sunrise to discover the magic of the desert and hunt for our teacher, el “Venado Azul” (the Blue Deer). Our Huichol elder and guide Don Custodio will share the customs and traditions around respecting and harvesting this sacred medicine. After exploring the desert and receiving our medicine, we will make the final journey of the pilgrimage by climbing what is referred to as El Quemado or “The Burn”, which is a direct accent up Wirikuta mountain to the Wixarika altar. Our intention here is to give prayers, gratitude and offerings while our medicine receives the blessings of the ancestors and gods. Following our climb up Quemado, we will complete our day and pilgrimage by spending the night in a private, secured location to share medicine with a traditional ceremony facilitated by Custodio and his family.

PeregrinajeWirikuta-LauraCarmenMagaña-1024x682

Ideally international participants will fly in and out of Puerto Vallarta (PVR). We will be returning to the same location we left from (San Pancho) when beginning our pilgrimage. This will be a final day/night to chill and integrate while reconnecting with Haramara and the element of water.

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There is a 7 day retreat scheduled for the following week in San Pancho called “Resonancia” which everyone is welcome to attend, this retreat is entirely separate from our journey to Wirikuta, so participate if you feel inspired to stay.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1453108454967585/

All participants will be required to make reservations by making advanced payment no later than Dec 20, 2014. You are asked to contact Chris Cauac by private message in order to arrange payment and receive final directions on how to prepare yourself for the experience. We cannot accept you clicking “Going” as your confirmation to attend, your participation must be confirmed by contacting Chris and making payment.

** All travel and accommodations expenses including; flights, buses, taxi’s, hotel/motel rooms are under the participants responsibility **

Everyone will be flying into Puerto Vallarta the same day and/or leaving the same day. When we travel by bus together we will buy our tickets from bus station ticket vendors or directly from the drivers, in any case we will be traveling as a group. When we book rooms in hotels/motels in either San Pancho, Real De Catorce or Las Margaritas, we will again book as a group.

I am asking $300 per person for the week in addition to your travel and accommodations expenses. This fee includes my time to organize this pilgrimage, a contribution to Custodio and his family for their time and expenses to come, plus whatever is remaining to cover expenses for the ceremony. If you feel you are in a place to be more generous, please do so, otherwise this is the basic cost for each participant.

This is a very special experience we are manifesting. Custodio is one of the most revered and respected medicine men in Mexico, he’s what Huicholes refer to as a highly honored Marakame. I have had the privilege and honor to have apprenticed with Custodio for close to 7 years, and in my experience I see no better way to introduce you to these customs and traditions, than to have you experience them first hand with Custodio and his family. I have been granted his permission and received his blessings as a peyote carrier or “Peyotero”. I have taken numerous groups to the desert, however I prefer to have my elder with us to share his magic and medicine since he’s available and willing.

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Peyote is ILLEGAL in Mexico. The only people who are allowed to publicly handle or possess peyote is Huichol people. The only person(s) within the Huichol nation allowed to harvest and carry medicine, legally in Mexico, are Marakame’s. This is why we will be making this pilgrimage with Custodio and while with him he will be carrying our medicine and representing us to avoid any challenges and conflicts with authorities. This medicine represents the Grandfather, his loving, nurturing, warm guiding energy and wisdom, helping to motivate us to heal, remember our truths, to overcome our challenges and beliefs, to live more in our hearts and forgive.

This medicine can help, spiritually and physically. It cures over 1000 diseases and is the most potent alkaline plant on Earth. It is my intention and hope that through this experience you will gain your reverence and respect for this sacred and endangered plant, including the traditions and medicine ways of the Wixarika people.

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Hope to hear from you personally when you decide whether you can join us on our pilgrimage. Ideally we would really appreciate having the majority of our participants booked and confirmed by the beginning of Dec, however Dec 20 is indeed the latest we can allow.

There are 20 spots available for this journey. I will update the number of participants as they are confirmed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this thoroughly, I feel there’s no better way to know this medicine or culture than to journey out to its natural habitat and share it with its guardians.

Pamparios! Ometeotl!.. with Love

Chris

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RESONANCIA
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JANUARY 25th – 31st

ZUBUYA
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico

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A dedicated transformational retreat offering traditional eastern and western teachings, practices and disciplines to support and encourage a healthy, mindful lifestyle.

This retreat is intended to create an environment for people to learn and practice various traditions and disciplines and learn how to integrate them into an ongoing personal routine. Its easy to acquire knowledge, but not always simple to integrate and practice what we learn.

“Resonance” is an event which was initiated in Ontario, Canada during the mid 90’s, it was presented as a very intentional, spiritually focused gathering dedicated to nurturing community and providing participants with an alternate experience to typical events. Resonance was about wellness, integration, expression, art and music.

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In honor of the 7:7:7:7 gatherings that took place in Nayarit from 2006-2013, we wish to continue this vision and collective initiative of sharing wisdom and medicine through more 7 day retreats. People in Ontario still talk about and revere the Resonance gatherings, as do people in Mexico about 7:7:7:7.

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Let’s not lose the magic, medicine and special relationships which have formed during these memorable gatherings, it is my intention to launch a new annual series in both Mexico and Canada to revive and continue this. Resonancia in Mexico will happen each January at “Zubuya” in San Pancho, Nayarit, while Resonance will take place in Haliburton, Ontario each summer during late June.

If you have any inquiry’s about the event, please send a private message to Chris Cauac via this website or through the FB event page … the program and additional retreat info will be released on this page ongoing, as its confirmed.

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Why Is “Tradition” So Important?

Over a span of 15yrs or so, I have experienced a lot of magic and received some very potent teachings. When I first began to study and apprentice, I often became overwhelmed and anxious about whether or not I could remember and then duplicate what I was being shown or taught. More specifically with regards to participating in traditional ceremony, how would I recall all these precise steps, offer the same meaningful words or carry forth the same structure? It was very nerve racking to say the least. For the life of me, I had no clue how I would remember these teachings when its crucial, while in ceremony?… what if I screw up and forget something?

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I learn through observation. I’m not the kind of person who absorbs information and wisdom through books, for me it needs to be more hands on and practical. If I live it, then its within me and not easily forgotten. However there were so many expressions and specific procedure, a format which was precise at each ceremony, that one needed to learn. I was getting it, slowly, practice makes perfect they say. So I practiced, listened, observed and practiced some more. Slowly I found myself beginning to host intentional gatherings and spiritual events, thus putting myself in somewhat of a leadership position and facilitating a lot of ceremony. I was becoming the teacher, gradually witnessing others experience my journey as I aligned more with my destiny. To be fair, being a leader wasn’t the scary part, it was the responsibility of carrying the teachings and sharing them accurately and authentically that was causing me anxiety. Why anxiety, why be so concerned? I was anxious because I hold integrity as a very high value, to me if you don’t have any integrity, your word, actions or intentions really don’t mean much. I do my very best every day to be integral. So when I was eventually struck with the notion of carrying and passing forth such medicine or teachings, I began to question my abilities and intelligence.

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The big part for me is respect and that is a major part of integrity itself. Practicing, sharing and teaching traditional medicine ways comes with a great deal of respect towards the culture, the people, the ancestors, the medicine itself and most importantly, the alchemy or magic that has been cultivated over centuries. I went to my teachers and eventually asked “how do I remember all this, how do you recall all these words, this structure, these movements, the tools..” They told me, there is a basic direction and format for each type of ceremony or teaching which has been followed and shared accurately since it came into form, these parts are crucial. Aside from this, what we say, communicate and express during ceremony is not rehearsed or practiced, is from the heart and offered spontaneously, like improv, except we’re not acting.

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Wheew! That seemed to have taken a load off, this wasn’t as intense as I perceived it to be. The thing that was very important to recognize, was the alchemy. After a few years of teaching, I found myself getting a lot of flack from people who were attending ceremony out of curiosity. They’d challenge me and ask, why is conducting the ceremony or ritual so engrained in doing so “traditionally”? They’d ask “as long as we’re operating from a clear place of intention, why can’t we add our own spin, flavor or interpretation, we’re all teachers and healers?”. Partly true. The questions would make me cringe, I would never have thought to ask or challenge my teachers in this way, but I was being challenged about this often, so I needed to formulate a consistent and acceptable response. Eventually, my response was and still is, its all about respect and the alchemy. I say “when medicine people developed these practices and medicine ways, they did so out of the highest honor and prayer, they weren’t putting on an act or show for anyone, they were performing their rites, to create magic and medicine. They believed their actions would be met by Spirit and those actions would positively benefit others through healing. They offered this so others could enjoy a more balanced life while calling forth the assistance of past ancestors to help. Those same teachings and ways have been given and past down for eons, the same way, with the same methodology, regalia, tools, format, etc. All these factors and practices, shared ritualistically, precisely, the same ways over and over eventually takes a form. That form of energy is magic.

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Magic is another word for alchemy. We create form through alchemical process by practicing, repeating and mastering something until the formula is reliable and consistent. The main formula for alchemy is; thought, intention, followed by action. So when we continue with the same practice, approach and consistency that has been shared and built upon for centuries, we continue the alchemy that has been set before us, therefore the magic just keeps getting stronger. When the magic gets stronger, so does the healing and the medicine. At the same time, I explain, if we choose to alter, change or manipulate the tradition into our personal interpretation simply because we’re lazy or don’t want to conform and surrender, we shift the alchemy and innately change or reformulate the magic. It is no longer the same if we change it, therefore it lacks the potency and presence of energy which was created within it. I have found it both challenging and comical when participants of the younger generations say; “we’re the new generation, the rainbow warriors, we’re all medicine people, as long as we’re operating from the heart, change is OK as long as its done with love.”… I hear this, but I do not compromise.

A big part of learning and practicing traditions is about surrender and allowing. When we share medicine and ceremony, we are only facilitators. We are facilitating a ceremony by directing the flow and format, by injecting the intention and soul we create the magic. When we offer wellness or healing, we are not the “healer”, we are a conduit or medium for allowing the energy and magic to pass through us, for it to be received by the participant if they are open and ready. The recipient is the healer, they will not receive the medicine if they are not ready, nor will they heal if its not within their karma or will to experience it.

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Following tradition is important, an important lesson in humility and faith. Building on the magic rather than manipulating it is a benefit to all beings, while changing it only serves the ego. Honor traditions always and do your best to respect them and all of those who preserved them for you to receive.

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In La’kech

Integrated Man – Nov 22, 23, 24 – Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada

“Men’s Circles and Personal Integration Supporting the Sacred Journey Within”

Chris has apprenticed with elders and medicine people from various indigenous nations for over 15yrs. Integrated Man presents Men with an intimate guided experience sharing traditions and practices from both eastern and western cultures…
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The workshops and teachings associated with the retreat will provide participants with examples of self healing and disciplined practices that can be taken from the experience and applied at home, integrating them into everyday routine. Integrated Man shows us how we can align with our authentic self, offering empowerment and encouragement towards a healthy and vibrant way of living. We will share everything from basic meditation and yoga, non violent and compassionate communication skills, purification techniques through transformational breathing and cleansing, ways of tuning into our personal calling while learning to embrace our path, methods of opening the heart to give and receive love, while recognizing the gifts of forgiveness and gratitude. Traditional teachings will include; smudging, setting protection and healthy boundaries, energy clearings and attuning our auras, crystal healing, toning and chanting, sound healing, earth speak, animal medicine, dream interpretation, the power of prayer and communing with Spirit.

This retreat is aimed at helping Men to align with their higher, empowered being. To adopt healthy, mindful, conscious practices to maintain a vibrant, balanced lifestyle. It is Chris’ goal to ensure each man leaves the experience feeling he has integrated the medicine necessary to carry on a personal discipline throughout his life.
– See more at: http://chriscauac.com/integrated-man/

The Teacher Finds The Student When The Student Is Ready

The beginnings of my medicine path unfolded in a very unique way. Initially, the first several teachers who I came to know and learn from were women. In the fall of 1999 I was invited over to Deborah Skye’s home in east Vancouver by a friend who insisted I check out her work. Sobey was convinced I would be amazed by the energy and healing that he had experienced and really wanted to share this with me, so I obliged. Skye (as I call her) was offering healings and clearings which at the time were specifically known as “Energy Healing”, color vibrational attunements. The moment I walked into the house, I knew something profound was going to be experienced as the energy in the space knocked me back a few steps. As I peered around the corner and saw Skye at work, I knew the moment I saw her she would change my life forever, and she did. I waited my turn patiently to experience the magic I was called to witness and once I was up, Skye sat me down and without hesitation suggested a “clearing of acceptance”, reflecting that I had yet to accept myself and the potentials I held. The clearing was deeply moving and profound, all my childhood experiences, visions, experiences and messages of who I am, why I returned in this lifetime and the path I had been called to walk all came back and I was being asked to accept this. From this moment forward I began the dedicated journey I would later refer to as the Red Road.

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In the spring of 2000 I was introduced to the work of Jose Arguelles, better known as the Dreamspell. This calendar and integrated whole system provided me with a glimpse of my soul essence by revealing my “galactic signature” or what some would refer to as my Galactic Mayan astrological archetype. I am a Lunar Storm in this particular system, meaning I carry the elements of wind, rain and lightning and as a Storm, I catalyze and move energy. The Lunar aspect refers to stabilizing the yin/yang, male/female, shadow/light dualities. It resonated with me deeply. After diving into the Dreamspell for a few moons, I soon came to the realization that this system was not just based on a calendar of 13 Moons and 28 days, it was a whole system way of viewing our reality and was inclusive of many different world traditions and spiritual beliefs, illustrating the common threads between all of them. Time is Art was the message and it became evident that the calendar and clock humanity was following had been a major cause in our chaotic, unbalanced way of life, severely influencing our deviation from nature, disconnecting us from natural time. A friend suggested, “why don’t we bring Jose up to Vancouver to share these teachings?”, and with my background in promoting special events, my response was, “sure, why not?”. And so it was, in February of 2001, I brought Jose and Lloydine Arguelles to Vancouver, BC to launch the global “Campaign for The New Time” which later lead to me initiating 4 yrs of caravans from Vancouver, down the U.S west coast and throughout Mexico. The intention being, to share the teachings and message of natural time and the 13 Moon calendar while bringing together like minded people within the collective dance communities and those who were spiritually oriented and ready to embrace change.

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During these caravans I met many, many beautiful beings who have now become some of my closet friends. Some of these friends and acquaintances are now my teachers. I was introduced to various indigenous elders in the U.S and Mexico through friends and acquaintances I met through the caravan gatherings. The elders I speak of were inspiring to me, really capturing my interest and seeding a special place in my heart. Why, how? By paying close attention to their work, their medicine and the integrity they exuded. One by one as I was introduced over the course of 4 years, I created deeper and more authentic connections with them and then as I was called to, I approached them, humbly requesting I study or apprentice with them to receive and learn their medicine ways.

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Its important to note, not once did I pursue these teachers or elders, we were introduced in a neutral way as friends, and friends we were, first and foremost. But as I resonated more and more with their practices and traditions, witnessing the potency and significance of the medicine, I became very intrigued and approached them. The main attractive qualities for me were their authenticity in their being and most importantly their integrity with their work and how they presented themselves in a consistent way. I know within myself that I cannot develop a respect and admiration for someone, especially an elder or teacher if they fail to “walk their talk” and do so with deep integrity. They must be the example and emanate what it is they are sharing or teaching, otherwise its just an act to me and something I cannot accept as truth or medicine. They did walk in integrity and did accept my request to apprentice with them, and so from that point our friendships deepened and our relationships broadened into the student-teacher roles, which is how I eventually came into alignment with the medicine and path I walk and share today.

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I did not seek, I was not looking for this medicine or these teachers. I was dedicated. I was listening as Spirit directed me. Each day, from place to place. In various cities, communities, through introductions, ceremony, throughout the journey, they were there, waiting and available, I just needed to accept my inner voice and calling and simply listen, to get out of the way and allow it.

I am grateful for my journey and the medicine I carry, doing so with honor and humbleness. Life is a beautiful thing, full of magic and synchronicities, all we have to do is observe, listen and allow it. Listen to your heart, listen to that inner voice.

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give but don’t allow yourself to be used,

love but don’t allow your heart to be abused,

trust but don’t be naive,

listen to others but don’t lose your own voice…

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Manifest your reality, awaken in the dream!

Welcome and thank you for visiting,

The intention of this site is to share my personal journey and medicine with you. My prayer and hope is that you gain inspiration from what you read here, perhaps it may help you to align with your soul purpose and path.

My 2 biggest lessons along this path were “acceptance and surrender”. To accept myself, the deeply rooted core calling of my soul, including the visions, dreams and experiences presented at an early age, my path and purpose. Once acceptance was clear, I had to learn to trust and surrender, simply get out of the way and allow Great Mystery to guide.

Life is a bounty of magic and unlimited potentiality, as are you. When we make a conscious choice to surrender and allow the universe to speak through us, anything and everything is possible. We are doubly infinite beings being both finite (carbon) and etheric (angelic), experiencing what it is to be both human and omnipresent. Therefore we possess unlimited potentiality, no limits!

If I may offer some humble and helpful advice… listen … listen to your inner voice, that flutter in your heart, the pulse in your gut. You may be quite pleased to realize that all the intuitive abilities, cognitive insight and telepathic communique is available to you when you choose to allow it. You are a supernatural being, are you ready to accept yourself and surrender? chris-c

My medicine and treatments are available to both individuals and groups. You may also choose to participate in one of my retreats, sacred journey’s or transformational events. Perhaps we will connect in ceremony.

Watch for my upcoming weekly updates and articles reflecting the experiences, teachings and events I am being asked to share.

Aho Meg we’ch,
Chris