The Way of the PaqoA Deep Exploration into the Peruvian Shamanism 

of the Inca Descendants

Asheville, North Carolina.   

Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, 2021

What We Will Explore

Join us for a deep exploration into Peruvian shamanism with Quechua elders don Mariano Quispe Flores and Wilbert Salas Atasi.  Together we will really get into the concepts of Ayni (sacred reciprocity), LLankay (great energy), Munay (great love) and Yachay (great wisdom).  With our new insight and tools, we can become empowered to break the stranglehold of greed, selfishness, and apathy in our modern world. 

Over this three day workshop, we’ll expand our connection as a community in Ayni, while cultivating and practicing LLankay, Munay and Yachay.  We will honor these sacred traditions with four unique and beautiful despacho ceremonies.  We will learn the meaning of the sacred numbers 1 through 7 in the Quechua villages of the high Andes.  And we’ll celebrate our gratitude with a scared fire ceremony.  These three days are just the beginning of the magic, mystery and beauty that will continue to flow and expand all around us in the coming days.

Who are the Paqos? 

don Mariano is a Peruvian paqo (shaman) of the highest level, a Kurak Akulleq. He is a supreme ritualist and most highly regarded healer, recognized as the elder spokesperson for the ancient traditions of the Q'ero culture by “westerners” of North America and Europe. He co-presented at the Power of Shamanism summit hosted in 2018 by Sounds True along with Sandra Ingerman, Malidoma Somé and other top wisdom teachers from around the world. don Mariano's work inspires more awareness of our interdependence and connection to each other and to nature. He believes that our disconnection from the natural world, our communities and our families has created weakness and suffering, and that global healing will come with honoring Pachamama, our Mother Earth. While his energy, love and wisdom are apparent to everyone he meets, he also radiates a divine sense of warmth and a playful sense of humor.  He is truly an indigenous spiritual leader who resonates with all cultures and people.

Wilbert is a Peruvian paqo of the third level.  He has recently authored a book, The Andean Way, detailing the practices and traditions of the people of Colcha, the small village south of Cusco where Wilbert was born and raised.

He is a specialist in opening, cleansing and activating the six energetic gates, which are similar, but not identical to the seven chakras of Eastern traditions. Wilbert mixes a cosmopolitan world view with a folksy charm and a powerful deep joy for ritual. 

Workshop Location and Time Details

The workshop will be held at Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805.  Workshop hours are 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday.  Registration fee is $315.  Registration is limited to 30 people.  Please click on the link below to register for the workshop.

Introductory Talk

An introductory talk will be offered on Monday, September 13th at Haw Creek Commons.  Admission is free, and donations will be gladly accepted.

Private Sessions with a Paqo

One-hour private sessions, on a very limited basis, will be available during the day on Monday the 13th through Thursday the 16th for $125.  If you are interested in a private session, please contact us at with some info about your prior shaman association or background, and what you are seeking.  We cannot guarantee that a private session will be available.  If you are accepted for a private session you will be given a password that will allow you to select and register for your private session. When you receive your password click on the link below.

Workshop sponsors

This workshop is brought to you by Awakening Asheville, a subsidiary of Rainmother LLC.  Rainmother is Gayle Mair ( ) and Roger Wheelock (  Please contact either of us if you have any questions or concerns. 100% of the receipts from this workshop and sessions will return with don Mariano and Wilbert to Peru.  Peru and particularly the Quechua people of Peru have been devastated by the COVID pandemic.  Their recovery will be long and difficult.  We encourage your support.


As Wilbert says, The Andean Way is a philosophy whose time has come.