Last Sunday, I hosted my first meetup for Sacred Food & Ceremony in Santa Cruz. It was an amazing day of sacred community prayer. I created a despacho ceremony where participants were invited to share their intentions and prayers for personal and global relationships to food.
Despacho ceremonies are regular occurrences with the Andean shamanic lineage that I work with. They are beautiful, mandala-like prayer bundles made from organic materials like rice, sugar, flowers, spices, beans, corn, chocolate, and so on. Prayers are placed in the despacho through the breath of all ceremony participants. The despacho is later burned, offering our prayers to spirit.
It was such a beautiful day! The group that gathered was full of love, gratitude and smiles. It was an absolute honor to share this with my new community. I’m planning on hosting a meetup like this each month, so please join us if you’re local!