About the Apprenticeship
The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition™(PMT): Cross-Cultural Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Renewal is a series of immersive intensives that aligns the traditional teachings of Peru and the wisdom of its heritage with the needs of the present day.
Providing a comprehensive foundation and profound initiation into the living heart and soul of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, this apprenticeship ensures participants cultivate a deeper relationship with nature and the unseen world, receiving multiple opportunities for self-exploration, empowerment, and personal growth.
This powerful series is open to all people who desire to be of service to themselves, their families, their community, and Mother Earth, whether they are long-time mesa carriers or new to this tradition. The Pachakuti Mesa was originated by Oscar Miro-Quesada, known world-wide as a Peruvian kamasqa curandero.
“To be a carrier of medicine you must know that there is no separation between altar ground, power item, tutelary animal ally or service vision and one’s self, aware that self and the universe are one and the same.”
– don Oscar Miro-Quesada
Benefits of the Apprenticeship
Who is this Apprenticeship For?
- Part I: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past)
Participants will be initiated into the Pachakuti Mesa, a powerful and sacred altar. Each student will learn how to create their own mesa and work with it for self-empowerment, transformation, and helping others. Through shamanic journey and visionary states of consciousness, participants will explore the three worlds of the Andean cosmovision, sacred reciprocity with all that is, the core ingredients of ceremonial mastery, sacred sound and ritual language, healing and curanderismo, and the inner world of the ukhupacha.
- Part II: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present)
An apprenticeship in the center direction of the mesa, traditional Peruvian perspectives on the flow of energy through the realms, focusing on the kaypacha, the middle world. Students will explore the kaypacha’s elemental matrix and magico-spiritual power, and learn about the sun and moon’s presence in the middle world, mapping the cosmos on Earth, and celestial death and rebirth.
- Part III: The Condor’s Quest (Creating the Future)
This initiation is a deep dive into the paqokuna, don Benito’s contribution to the PMT. The Andean Shaman/Priesthood mystical path, the lineage of the sacred mountains, and the five virtues of the mesa come alive in this intensive, including how to make a desapacho (earth offering). Participants will also journey to and experience the hanaqpacha, the upper world beyond the physical realm, work with the unseen world there and deepen their connection to their own spiritual resources.
- Part IV: The Hummingbird’s Ascent (Living the Mystery)
Participants will be initiated into the healing arts of this tradition and learn about the lightning bolt of mystical illumination - the flow of kamasqa - the power of Creation. They will work with the elements, the forces of the universe, the body of Mother Earth, and sacred healing objects. In sacred reciprocity participants will create despachos to honor the sacred mountains, the elements, the unseen world, and prepare for a paqowachu, a sacred pilgrimage.
- Part V: The Shamanic Self (Serving the Earth)
An experiential intensive into soul and spirit through ritual process, including the spiritual creation, activation and care of an apacheta (stone altar). Students will work with the power of dimensionality and time, the hampikamayoq breathing techniques, and be exposed to ancient hermetic wisdom. Participants will be further empowered by evoking both seen and unseen sources of cosmic awareness within their mesa, sacred objects and own being, and initiation into the lineage of this revered tradition.
In-Person Foundational Apprenticeships with Sanctioned Teachers
Zephyr, ON, Zephyr, ON
Denver, CO, Denver, CO
Palm Beach County, FL