Doña María Apaza Gives Thanks in NYC and LA
The Inkarri Cultural Association community in the US hosted Doña María Apaza to offer a series of teaching and healing ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. She gathered people for a despacho (Earth healing ritual) in NYC’s Times Square as well as events in LA, including the Inkarri Day of Inner Peace. Doña María Apaza is an 88-year-old Alto Misayoc (known as “she who welcomes the Major Spirits), which is the highest degree of Andean Priestess of the Q’ero Nation of Cusco, Peru. She is on a mission to support the Earth through making offerings and uniting people through intention and practice. She offered the following advice to urban dwellers who care about making a commitment to the Earth (who she calls Pachamamma):
Connect with other like-minded people who support the ability to uplift each other.
Small actions make a difference.
Speak and take action from the heart.
Maintain the intention to reconcile with Mother Earth.
See the trees as role models—they grow upward and give to the Earth rather than destroy.
Respect the water we drink that is a gift from Mother Earth.
Endeavor to live a life of love and harmony.
Always give thanks.