I wish more people would take advantage of the retreats we have and be able to experience the “magic” that seems to happen on a daily basis here.

Two gals called and ask about doing a Despacho retreat.  I was intrigued and honored by the request when I learned more about this ancient Peruvian ceremony.

Here’s one link to more information on Despacho ceremonies: http://www.inkawisdom.org/articles/despacho.html

I knew this would be a special night, but didn’t realize how special until just before sunset when we had an extraordinary experience. A lone fawn ran through an open area by the bonfire right in front of us.  We were awed at the sight and wondered not only why he/she was alone, but what seeing her/him during a time of ceremony could signify.  Here’s our answer:

The meanings associated with the deer combine both soft, gentle qualities with strength and determination:


Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace

Being in touch with inner child, innocence

Being sensitive and intuitive

Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly

Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries

“Being in touch with life’s mysteries” is the way an herbalist lives.  We all have the ability to be one.   Herbs are readily available and anyone who wants to benefit from their healing power can use them.  Listen to their wisdom and learn their mysteries.  They have much to teach us.