Philippe LePelch

Philippe’s lifelong relationship to nature is at the very core of his being. For as long as he can remember, he was fascinated by the animal kingdom and mysteriously charmed by the magic of an urban moon as experienced from his birthplace and childhood stomping grounds in and around the Washington DC metro area. His early passion for nature led him on a 4-year educational path towards wildlife conservation, followed by a 20-year journey with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, where it became his civil servant mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

When Philippe joined the United States Peace Corps and was sent to the heart of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, he started down the path of self-discovery through Native American shamanism. Surrounded by majestic mountains and having plenty of free time to read books on the subject, he had his first initiation into the world of shamanism via the Earth Quest series written by the late spiritual teacher Kenneth Meadows. This led to Philippe to seeking healing from a shaman in Maryland and subsequent shamanic training programs with this teacher. Many years later, he followed his intuition based on a strong connection with don Oscar and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition’s past, present, and future lineages, and now sees this community as his arrival back home to a practice of planetary healing via a nature-honoring tradition. He resides in Northern Virginia.

Philippe retired early from his government job to re-adjust his soul’s purpose of serving Pachamama and is so honored to have the opportunity to contribute as a Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Sanctioned Teacher through the Heart of the Healer Shamanic Mystery School. He will forever be co-creating a heal-by-nature practice, providing spiritually oriented guided hikes, tours, workshops, retreats, and vision quests to natural and cultural sacred treasures in and around the Washington DC area, among the many sacred sites of Peru, and eventually other countries. Philippe is a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and is studying to be a Taekwondo instructor as he continues to pursue higher belts. He is inspired by his love for his Peruvian wife, a free-spirited daughter, two feline companions, and a wonderful community of like-minded beings.


Ancient Cultures, Backcountry Camping, Cooking, Nature Photography, Card Reading, Travel

Special Interests
Award Winning Peruvian Cuisine, Sacred Sites of Peru, Vision Quests, Plant Medicine, Drumming, Celts of Brittany France, Languages

Sacred Sites Visited in Peru
Kotosh’ Manos Cruzadas’ Temple Site, Caral Temple Site, Chimu’ Chan Chan’ Complex, Moche Temple of the Moon, Moche’ El Brujo’ Temple site of the Lady of Cao, Chincha’ La Centinela’ Temple site, Chincha’ Huancor’ petroglyph site, Nazca Lines, Huaca Pucllana, Pachacamac Inca Sanctuary, Lake Titicaca Amantani Pachamama and Pachatata Temple sites, and many Cuzco Sacred Valley sites: Qorikancha, Saksayhuaman, Chinchero, Q’enko, Amaru Markawasi Temple of the Moon, Tipon, Raqchi, Moray, Mara salt mine, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes thermal baths, Machu Picchu Inti Punku Sun Gate, Wayna Picchu

PMT Apprenticeship Trainings + Events

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