Andean Arts &

Earth Based Traditions for Sacred Activism


About Karen Weinman, your facilitator:   

Although I have been a teacher and facilitator in Western healing arts for 27 years, Peru has called me since I was a child. This tradition is like home for me, as I also see for many of my students who simply follow their hearts and find a beautiful connection.

I have just returned from Peru (2018), where I asked to go to the next level. As a result I worked again with the Qeros, this time learning the Nusta Karpay’s from Don Mariano, the Altomesayoq who holds this feminine school. And I initiated as a Teqse Paqo – Universal, 4th Level Paqo.

Teqse Paqo’s, like a Spirit Warrior, are focused on raising consciousness around the Globe, interacting with Universal Energies to bring balance to individuals & the collective. Service to higher consciousness, as opposed to country or cause. We all have our part to play in raising consciousness, clearing our wounds, healing, growing and expanding our true Soul’s expression- right! And so with great passion, I assist this – as it a dance done not only with humans, but with Pachamama, the earth, the Mountains, Nature Spirits & all of Divine consciousness. It is very much a heart centred path that I feel incredibly grateful to be on- and to share with you.

For the Western world, those of you who like titles & accolades etc, (it’s not something that holds much weight once you are humbled by nature & Q’ero’s)- I am also

  • A Pampamesayoq: a priest who works mainly with Pachamama, carries a Mesa (medicine bundle) & facilitates healing or connection etc
  • A Chakaruna (literally ‘bridge’ person)
  • and of course a facilitator of the Goddess Rites: Nusta Karpays as mentioned above, as well as Munay Ki

After 4 years on this Andean path as a simple Paqo, I was invited to pilgrimage with the Qeros high in the Andes to Sacred places & to receive rites, to be the light for Africa. After much purification & learning, I was initiated under Apu Ausengate, the ‘Great Teacher’ Mountain of the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, held in high esteem by the Qero nation as an Apu that is Universal – he holds space for the Planet!

And without being aware, I organically became a Chakaruna – a bridge person, connecting the energy of the Andes with that of the West, supporting people to travel from the mind to the heart. A Chakaruna is always exploring this reality to connect with the beauty & perfection of creation. We help people connect to the spirit world.

I was called to a deeper commitment when I was hit by lightening…a sign from Nature which called me to this path of service as a mystic/priest/shaman.

 I am constantly guided & learn from within, under the guidance of Pachamama & her nature Spirits: the Apus – mainly Apu Ausengate, & many other Apus. Now the Andean Goddesses too, amongst many others.

I have trained with a few teachers (not going to list them all), the main ones for me to mention are Donna Maria Apaza; Adolfo Condori Ttito; via Joan Wilcox Parisi & Juan Nunez del Prado receiving authentic teachings from Don Benito Qoriwaman, Don Melchor Desa, Don Andres Espinosa & Don Manuel Q’espi. (to name a few)….the list goes on- and on including a few lineages. All which shape, guide and call the path for me.

This covers my Andean background. In the Western world, I am a Kinesiologist & Energy worker for over 27 years now. I have taught mind-power programmes, facilitated Findhorn’s Transformation Game, & all kinds of ceremony and ritual workshops. www.karenweinman.com. I lived at the Findhorn Foundation, and worked as staff for 5 years, which really developed my love for Nature, working with Spirit as the centre of my existence – alongside the rest of the spiritual community. 

I truly love what I do, & have been very fortunate to have found my purpose young. It does not mean it’s been an easy path. No I have had my share of serious illness, immigrating from my country of birth: Zimbabwe to South Africa (where I am currently based), living through civil war, family loss, miraculous divine support and much transformation in my life.

It is my path to not only practice what I preach before sharing it, but with a foot in each the physical & spiritual dimensions to act from the heart, in balance with all.

We live in exciting times, where these ways of being are no longer theories, but ways to live. I’m a big fan of watching people grow to become healthier & happier versions of themselves. But under all of that, I feel truly blessed to serve & have such a deep personal relationship with Pachamama.