The power of a Despacho


A despacho is an ancient ritual from the Peruvian Andes that is still being used today by locals.  It is a colorful ceremony where we give thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Apus (mountain spirits) and the Nustas (water spirits) for all what has been and all what will be. Ayni - holy reciprocity - has an important role, as well as coca leaves.  The different ingredients used for a despacho are linked to the kosmos and each has its symbolism and intention.  A despacho is made for healing the earth, but also for healing a person and for initiation. It connects our heart with the Universe.

My first despacho offering was in 2005 with Don Sebastian and Dona Paulina, a tawantin (shaman couple) that used to live within the Q’ero community. I had been deeply touched by the accuracy of the coca reading and by the ritual itself. Years later, in 2009, I will experience another despacho with that powerful couple. I had a burn-out and a despacho helped me purifying my body (releasing hucha or heavy energy) during 2 days. I felt more energetic afterwards. Wonderful experience of the power of “Intent”. Forever grateful!