4th Festival of Medicine Music, Sacred Valley, Peru
For more information about the festival, please see the SHOWS section of the website. Truly, this is the big show, the biggest show of the year (or 2) for me... it is an event that takes place every 2 years in support of a local education initiative, The Winaypaq Intercultural School here in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru, close to the town of Pisac. The festival features some of my favourite artists and people, and I am honoured to be invited to play once again. This festival centres not only around medicine music, but a medicinal way of life, a holistic vision, and is rooted in the heart of love. There will be workshops, community performances, good people, good food, and a chance to use these days as an exploration into how to live in alignment with the development of consciousness. It is also a drug and alcohol-free event, and child-friendly...
UPDATE FROM THE JUNGLE
Don Javier / Un Pajarito Muy Lindo
Update from the jungle
Dear Friends, I am happy to report that Don Javier is recovering well from his stroke, and would like to extend thanks to all who supported the single, Un Pajarillo Muy Lindo. It is good to know that he is still smiling and laughing. His speech is improving, as is his mobility.
This single was released as a fundraiser to enable Don Javier to access better quality medical and trauma recovery care after he suffered a stroke in September 2019. To date the single has raised nearly $1000 US, and still it grows. Thankyou from the heart of Peru to the heart of you. It may be some time until Don Javier is back to full health and strength, but we pray this comes to pass.
I am happy to be able to assist a little with the process, and to make some time available to support in the centre in the jungle if and when it is needed. For me, the centre has been a key feature of my life, a place of learning, of healing, and a place of work; the energy there feels good and wholesome. My recent visit hit home the depth and integrity of this place and work, and inspired fresh love, remembrance of all that has taken place there for me and a stronger connection. For more information about the centre, please write to me and I will share more; space continues to be open for dieta, healing, learning, ceremonies, and reconnection, under the guidance of the expert team who work there alongside Don Javier. This team includes Don Jose, who has over 55 years of working as a curandero (jungle healer) and vegetalista.
*This photo was taken back in 2016, and is not representative of the present moment, but it is a very joyful memory and moment that we shared on the boat from his jungle home to the big city, one fine day...