Teachers & Elders

Mayan Cacao Ceremony
with Nana Marina Cruz

Nana Marina is an “Ajq’ii” (ceremonial leader and spiritual guide) from the Tz’utujil tribe of the Lago Atitlán region in Guatemala, and daughter of the great Mayan teacher Tata Pedro Cruz.


Cacao is a sacred Master Plant, with incredible healing capacities that nourish the physical body, open the heart, oxygenate the mind, inspire the soul and activate the subtle energetic body.


This is an incredible opportunity for all of us to receive here in the North, and we are very honored to host Nana Marina on our land and have her presence and knowledge bless our community vision and nonprofit work.

Huichol Art & Tradition
with Machwima & Don Rosendo Xitakame

Netitewa Xitakame. Nekiekari Tuapurie. My name is Rosendo Xitakame and I am a Wixarika from the community of Tuapiurie in Jalisco Mexico. The people are also known as Huichol, but we call ourselves Wixarika and we are the natives of our land, located in the Sierra Madre Occidental. We are proud to be Wixarika: we keep our custom, our traditions, Teyeyeiri, following in the footsteps of our ancestors. the Kaka-Yarixi. We live humbly in the mountains, planting corn, caring for cattle and performing our ancestral ceremonies. We understand that we are part of nature and its elements are our relatives: Tatewari Our Grandfather Fire, Tayau Our father Sun, Tatei Yurienaka Our Mother of the earth, Tatei Niwetsika Our Mother the Corn. We perform ceremony to maintain good relations with the deities, the creative forces of nature, and thus achieve our well-being, and the well-being of the whole world.

Corn, deer, and el abuelo are the foundations of our tradition. They sustain us, and with the help of the shaman, the Mara’akame, el abuelo gives us messages from the ancestors advising us how to live. These elements are seen in our works of art, or Nierika, which are the visions.

Sufi Zikr Transmission

with Pir Netanel Miles-Yépez

Pir Netanel (Mu’in ad-Din) Miles-Yépez is the current head of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism. An artist, writer, and scholar of comparative religion, Pir Netanel studied History of Religions at Michigan State University and Contemplative Religion at the Naropa Institute before pursuing traditional studies and training in both Sufism and Hasidism with his pir and rebbe, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the famous pioneer of inter-faith dialogue and founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, as well as masters of various other traditions, including Father Thomas Keating. He has been deeply involved in ecumenical dialogue and is considered a leading thinker in the InterSpiritual and New Monasticism movements.


He is the translator of My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Song of Songs and Other Poems (2015), the co-author of the critically acclaimed commentary on Hasidic spirituality, A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009), the editor of various works on InterSpirituality, including Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice (2012), and a new series of the works of the Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan, annotated and adapted into modern English. 


Learn More: inayati-maimunis.org/

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