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2012, The Wheel Of Time, And The Great Q'ero Initiation

Event Details

Q'ero Shamans & Special Presenters 
Two Day Retreat 
Menla Mountain Retreat--Phoenicia, NY (Catskills) 
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 At 05:00 PM  
Please follow the link below to register online. If you cannot attend the entire program or have an unusual registration request, please email menla@menla.org or call 845.688.6897 ext.0 
Tibet House members receive a 10% discount on program tuition. 

About the Event

2012, The Wheel of Time, and The Great Q'ero Initiation
Q’ero Shamans, Eric Greenberg, Victoria Johnson, Phakyap Rinpoche, & Robert Thurman
October 2 – 4, 2012

According to numerous wisdom traditions, 2012 marks a time of great transformation and renewal for our world.  Most people are now aware that the Mayan long-count calendar ends this year, but few are aware that the ancient Incan calendar also ends in 2012. Both peoples have similar prophecies regarding this long-awaiting transition into the next world (also known as the next “Sun” or “Great Age”). What do these ancient prophecies mean, and how do they relate to our modern world? Why is this transformation happening now, and what is our part in it?

Four shamans of the Q’ero Indians, the last of the Incas and prophecy keepers of the Andes, are travelling to the United State at this very auspicious time to perform a “live reading” or Great Initiation based on their prophecies to help us form a new destiny for ourselves and our world. Menla is proud to announce that we will be hosting one of their five North American initiations.

This participatory, experiential program will focus on two great initiation ceremonies (Despacho)—the Despacho for the Self and the Despacho for World Blessing and Repair.  The initial fire ceremony will teach us how to cut the energetic cords that bind us to our past and to the nightmare of our collective history.  During the second ceremony, we will receive energetic transmissions from the Q’ero that will awaken brain pathways and the biological matrix that will help us to grow a body that heals and ages differently, and allows us to dream our world newly into being.

Joining the Q’ero shamans for this extremely rare and precious event will be Phakyab Rinpoche and Robert Thurman. Thurman will speak about the Kalachakra or “Wheel of Time”, a concept found in several religious traditions and philosophies, notably religions of Indian origin such as Hinduism and Buddhism, which regards time as cyclical and consisting of repeating ages. Many other cultures contain belief in a similar concept--notably, the Q'ero Indians in Peru, as well as the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Phakyap Rinpoche will join Thurman on Thursday morning to lead a Tibetan Medicine Buddha puja in order to heal both the mental and physical sicknesses and diseases of sentient beings at this specific cycle of time.

Q’ero Shamans
For 500 years the elders of the Q’ero, the Quecha-speaking indigenous Andean people of south-central Peru, preserved a sacred prophecy of a great change or “Pachuti” in which the world would be turned right side up, harmony and order would be restored, and chaos and disorder ended.  Don Francisco, don Humberto, dona Bernardina, and Wilbert are travelling from the high Andes of Peru to share these initiation ceremonies that will help to transform the self and to usher in a new era.

Eric Greenberg
Eric is a businessman, author, and philanthropist. A serial entrepreneur, Eric was a pioneer in establishing the commercial internet. His award-winning 2008 book Generation We became a rallying cry for the 95 million strong Millennial generation.  Yet his most passionate calling emerges from a chance encounter with a shaman, which led to a seven-year journey of healing and learning.  Among his teachers were Amazonian, Andean, aboriginal, Taoist and Kabbalah mystics. As his friend and mentor Alberto Villoldo says, “Rare is the person who takes it to the farthest extreme.  But Eric did, and was gifted with a deeply visionary message in the process.”

Victoria Johnson
Victoria is a seasoned practitioner of shamanic arts and a senior member of the faculty of The Four Winds Society, an international shamanic training and research organization established by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.  She facilitates Light Body workshops in North America and co-facilitates the Munay Ki program internationally.  She also supports Power Up Your Brain Personal Intensives with the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, Florida. 

Phakyap Rinpoche
Rinpoche is a ranking Tibetan Buddhist lama in the Gelugpa order. In 1994, he was recognized as the eighth reincarnation of the Phagyab lama, a renowned Buddhist teacher from Eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is a powerful exemplar of the potential we all have to cultivate the life of the Bodhisattva or spiritual hero. He brings humility, cheer and boundless compassion to his teaching, and his personal story of self-healing from several severe medical conditions vividly demonstrates our inherent potential to heal ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally. His radical healing has astonished his doctors, friends and students alike and serves as a vivid reminder that we all have the ability to transform obstacles into resources for spiritual awakening.

Robert Thurman

Robert is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness.

PLEASE NOTE: Commuters have the option of registering for the entire event (Tuesday through Thursday), Wednesday only (arrive after breakfast, depart after evening talk), or both Wednesday and Thursday (arrive after breakfast, depart at end of program each day). Please see commuter fees and commuter-specific tuition below.


Entire Event
:  $290 (per person);  $261 (Tibet House members)
Wednesday - Thursday
$250 (per person);  $225 (Tibet House members)
Wednesday Only (Commuters Only)$175 (per person);  $158 (Tibet House members)
Thursday Only (Commuters Only)$125 (per person);  $113 (Tibet House members)

Commuter fees – fees cover designated meals and use of facility.

Entire Event (dinner Tuesday through lunch Thursday, no breakfasts):  $150 (per person)
Wednesday - Thursday (lunch and dinner Wednesday, no breakfast Thursday, lunch Thursday):  $100 (per person)
Wednesday Only (lunch and dinner Wednesday):  $65 (per person)
Thursday Only (lunch Thursday):  $40

Two Day/Night Accommodations – Arrive Tuesday, depart Thursday at 6pm. Accommodations fee includes housing and gourmet vegetarian meals.

Room with Queen Bed and Private Bath:
  $450 (per person); $275 couple (per person)
Room with Queen Bed and Shared Bath$380 (per person); $250 couple (per person)
Room with 2 Twin Beds and Private Bath$320 (per person)
Room with 2 Twin Beds and Shared Bath$296 (per person)
Room in Private House with twin beds or twin bunks and shared bath$270, 250, 230, or 220 (per person), depending on whether you book a single, double, triple, or quad, respectively.  Please note that beds in Private Houses are on a first come first serve basis. We cannot assign specific beds on registration.
Campers- Includes facility use and all meals:  $190 (per person)

Cancellation Policy

- If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the program, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $35 cancellation fee.

- If you cancel one full day to two weeks prior to the program, you will not receive a refund but instead you will receive full course credit, minus a $35 cancellation fee, which can be applied to any other Tibet House sponsored program at Menla. This credit is valid for one year.

- If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or do not show up for any reason, you will receive neither a refund nor a credit.

Tibet House US/Menla Mountain Retreat reserves the right to cancel any program at any time for low enrollment or circumstances beyond our control. Should this happen, a full refund will be offered.

Local Restaurant Recommendations (Thursday evening)

1. New World (Saugerties)
2. Peekamoose (Shandaken)
3. J Rocco's (Shandaken)
4. Ricciardella's (Phoenicia)
5. Brio's (Phoenicia)
6. Alamo Cantina (Phoenicia)

Tuesday, Oct 2

3 - 8  p.m.              Check-in

6 - 7 p.m.               Dinner

7:30 p.m.               Welcome and Introductory Discussion

Wednesday, Oct 3

7 a.m.                    Morning Yoga

8 - 9 a.m.               Breakfast

9:30 a.m.               Q'ero Initiation I

12 - 1 p.m.             Lunch

1 - 5:30 p.m.          Q'ero Initiation I Cont'd

6 - 7 p.m.               Dinner

7:30 p.m.               Evening Discussion with Robert Thurman

Thursday, Oct 4

7 - 8 a.m.               Breakfast

8:15 - 11 a.m.        Tibetan Blessing

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Lunch and Check-out

12 - 6 p.m.             Q'ero Initiation II

** Schedule subject to change at any time

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