Amy Mermaid Isakov

Amy Mermaid Isakov is an innovative dreamer, passionate about connection, spirituality, music, ritual arts, and how the Divine can manifest in all its forms. Having left the traditional education path, she has studied in-depth with shamans, bodyworkers, evolutionary thought leaders and green builders since 2001. While working at The Shift Network, she hosted and managed all of don Oscar’s courses, while having the privilege to host and learn from many of the world’s leading mystics, dreamers and visionaries. She is a Pachakuti Mesa Sanctioned Teacher, writer, singer and mother — among other things — and looks forward to helping as many people as possible return to the truth of interconnection in this time of dire beauty. She regularly leads gatherings in her region and beyond, subscribing to the truth she recognizes in Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching “The next buddha will be a sangha.”

Pilgrimage to Huascaran: Part 5, the Grand Finale

Walking down did have its easier aspects, and I felt some hope that I would be able to ride a horse for part of it. Going down, I could lean into gravity rather than fight it which meant that I could move faster than climbing upwards – at least at the start.

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Pilgrimage to Huascaran: Part 4

It had been blessedly cloudy for most of the day which meant protection from the great and powerful Inti, and that the likelihood of rain was great. I suppose this is why Martín decided we should eat first, and rest, and then climb up, just 1 hour, he promised.

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Pilgrimage to Huascaran: Part 3

Revitalized by the magic of Royal Hummingbird, I loyally followed my guides up the mountain once more. This part of the trek had us going into some new terrain. When the climb was too vertical, Crisolo would take my pack for me. We climbed past places where there were anchors in the rocks for climbing ropes — but they just lent me a hand and up I went.

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Pilgrimage to Huascarán: Part 2

I kept thinking I would adjust, acclimate, hit a stride. I could hardly look around. I used every technique I knew to make it easier – every coping mechanism or trick I’d picked up in a chi-running or yoga class. I tried listening to...

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The Mesa as an Anchor of Soul in Rough Times

“Batten down the hatches!!” She cried out in her mind. The world had gone rough and she needed help. Well, sometimes the best help to be had is in just riding out the storm — batten down your hatches and turn into the wind. The Wind had been...

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Ritual is a Technology

The power of the ritual is calibrated by our ability to surrender. When we do the steps, even if we have resistance, we’re letting go more. It rewires us. Ritual is a technology? Yup. Technology rewires us? Yup. There are studies that show how being...

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