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Messages from the Heart of the Mayan Lands is now over.
We wish you could have been there with us live for this one-of-a-kind event.
It was a great success!

If you would like to Purchase MP3 Audio Recordings of the Telesummit and receive PDF Transcripts of the 5 FREE MP3 Interviews as a Bonus, click Here.

Over 3,200 people registered to hear 11 Mayan Wisdom Keepers, Scientists and Spiritual Leaders share their perspectives about December 2012 – Oxlajuj (13) B’aqtun – at a time when so many non-Maya are sharing wisdom about this topic. All of our presenters were excited to have a respectful international platform from which to speak in their own voices with their own words.

We have many more events and surprises planned for you. And, we would still like for you to have our gift of – 5 FREE Powerful Interviews – additional interviews with Wisdom Keepers that were recorded in Guatemala February 2012.

We respect your privacy. Your information will never be shared or sold.

Featured Wisdom Keepers for this Event included:

 

Tat OmeAkaEhekatl
Erick González

Aj Xol Ch’ok

Tat Pedro
Cruz

Nan Amalia
Tun Chinico

Tat Mario
Ovalle Chavez

Nan Sandra
Xoquic Cuc

Nan Marta Juana
Lopez Batzin

Tat José Angel
Zapeta García

Representatives
of Grupo Sotz’il

Juan
Skinner Alvarado

Nan Heddi
Neale

Is there anyone who has not read or heard something about the Mayan Calendar and or that the world is coming to an end in the Year 2012?

It seems to be the hottest topic in mainstream media at the moment.

We see books that have been written on the subject, hear talk show hosts interviewing experts and watch as tour operators plan to take people to Mayan cultural areas in December 2012. Many misconceptions have been created and shared by non-Mayan individuals, including anthropologists, scholars, authors and even Hollywood producers. And yet, many are looking to the living Maya to understand the hype created around this time of transition, especially as we witness more and more changes in our world.

Why did we offer an international 4-Day Virtual Telesummit devoted exclusively to Mayan Wisdom Keepers?

Because the Maya asked to share their ancestral understanding of this time
with their own voice in their own words.

Mayans call this the ‘Shift of the Ages’ – a time where we are coming to the completion of a 26,000 year cycle of life. In this great transition, we are being asked to participate in the renewal of life upon Mother Earth. We are being called to prepare and hold sacred space for ourselves, our families and our world.

Daily we see old structures and systems collapsing around us. Often associated with doomsday predictions, the Mayan Calendar provides meaningful prophecies for living during these challenging times. Throughout thousands of years, traditional Maya have maintained a sacred relationship with the Mother Earth and have held an understanding of cosmic time to guide all of us who will listen through the radical changes occurring during this precise moment in history.

Learn from Traditional Maya Who Have Carried Their Oral Traditions

As part of this unique Telesummit, we brought to you honored Mayan Wisdom Keepers, Scientists and Spiritual Leaders from Guatemala who wanted to speak about this sacred and important time for the living Maya. We specifically asked them to share with the world from their own experiences and perspective about the significance of this transition as descendants of the ancient Maya who have carried their oral traditions.

The words that came from the heart of the Maya were meant to be shared with everyone for positive change, evolution of the consciousness of humanity and to bring about healing. Everyone was immersed in a very special experience. It was a time for prayer, hearing wisdom and receiving blessings that will support us in navigating the times we are in, connecting with our souls and opening our hearts to awaken a deeper communion with Mother Earth and all of her relations.

While the Mayan Wisdom Keepers, Scientists and Spiritual Leaders were asked to teach about December 2012 Oxlajuj (13) B’aqtun, it is also part of their way to follow the guidance of Spirit and respond to the needs of the moment. So, as participants offered questions, insights and words during the calls, the subjects that were being spoken about sometimes shifted. Our goal was to provide a powerful healing, learning and awakening container in which participants could engage with the speakers and trust that Spirit would do the rest.

We were dedicated to ensuring that the entire Telesummit was available in both English and Spanish. Several speakers shared in Spanish that was interpreted into English and others shared in English that was interpreted into Spanish. All interpreting was done in a very fast, rapid fashion so that the teachings were captured in the moment with accuracy. Most all of the calls were kept to the scheduled 90 minutes timeframe.

We respect your privacy. Your information will never be shared or sold.

Telesummit Speakers

Tat OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)
Spiritual Leader of Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United

OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González was born in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was 11 years old. He was initiated into Native sacred rites over a thirty period with direct participation, teachings, and guidance from various Native spiritual elders from México, North America, Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala. In 1978, he was adopted by the Mexiko Teotlkalli Kalpull Koatlkalko and the teacher Tlakaelel and given the name OmeAkaEhekatl in 1978.

In 1994, he received his sacred bundle and spiritual mission as a Mayan Ajq’ij. In 2005, he was adopted into the T’saahl Clan, the five finned killer whale people of the Eagle Clan of the Haida, and given the name Gaada, meaning supernatural light. He has worked with Native Elders and Youth Councils throughout the Americas supporting the work of international sharing and preservation of sacred wisdom teachings since 1977, promoting increased cooperation and unity between diverse communities throughout the world.

Tat Erick is working to create two models of spiritual land stewardship: one community in Guatemala on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and one community north of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Both demonstrate how to live in harmony with and appreciate the natural and spiritual worlds, restore land and create natural food and medicine gardens, and be places for indigenous wisdom keepers to come together to share their wisdom and ceremonies. Tat Erick’s personal healing and ceremonial work can be seen in more depth through Mayan Shamanism. He is also the Founder and Spiritual Leader of the nonprofit Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United.

Aj Xol Ch’ok
Q’eqchi’ Maya, Epigrapher (Student of Ancient Inscriptions)

Aj Xol Ch’ok is Q’eqchi’ Maya, along with his wife Beatriz, has dedicated himself to the study and promotion of the Tz’iib’ Maya, or Mayan hieroglyphic writing. Together they have also written documents about Mayan knowledge and practices, both ancient and contemporary. Since the year 2000, they have given workshops for the knowledge and use of Mayan hieroglyphic writing in the Q’eqchi’, K’iche’ Kaqchikel, Mam and Tz’utujil communities. Both Aj Xol Ch’ok and Beatriz also work with non-Mayan speaking people. Their objective is that Maya and Guatemalans get to know the system of writing in which one can access the ancient history of the nations that populated Mesoamerica before the European invasion. If you would like to find out more go to http://kachochajtziib.blogspot.com.

Tat Pedro Cruz
Tz’utujil Maya Elder, Guardian of Lake Atitlan and Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Tat Pedro’s Mayan name is k’u’x’ya, meaning “heart of the lake”. He is one of the last living Tz’utujil Maya elders of Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. For 50 years, he has dedicated his life to safeguard the sacred wisdom and customs of his ancestors. He is a member of the Council of Mayan Elders of Guatemala and 2005 World Peace Ambassador. He has been leading ceremonies to unite varying Maya lineages, along with allowing westerners to be a part of some of the Maya ceremonies, bringing together a unity of all races, continents and creeds. He has been leading workshops to unite the Maya within his communities and teaching youth around the world about the wisdom of the elders and the Mayan ancestral knowledge. Through all of his experiences throughout life, his main phrase can resonate with all of us: “no matter what, always with love.”

Nan Amalia Tun Chinico
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Nan Amalia is a Kaqchikel Maya Spiritual Guide from Patzún, Guatemala who works with the Ancestral Medicines. She also teaches about the environment and works to preserve Sacred Sites. She is currently receiving her certification as a Naturopath and has attended many international gatherings bringing the wisdom and ceremonies of the Maya. She is participating in this TeleSummit along with her husband, Tat Mario Ovalle Chavez in the Mayan tradition of partnership between Male and Female.

Tat Mario Ovalle Chavez
Kiché Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Tat Mario is Kiché Maya from the Aldea El Novillero, Santa Lucia Utatlan, Sololá. His Mayan name is Tojil, and he is an Ajq’ojom (plays the sacred songs of the marimba) and an Ajpixa’b (Counselor). He also has dedicated himself to being an artist and Mayan painter. He is participating in this TeleSummit alongside his wife, Nan Amalia Tun Chinico in the Mayan tradition of partnership between Male and Female. Tat Mario has also lived in the United States.

Nan Sandra Xoquic Cuc
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Nan Sandra is Kaqchikel Maya from Sololá, Guatemala. Her training as an Ajq’ij started at the age of fourteen. She has worked with different communities throughout Guatemala for many years with the theme of spirituality, the environment, and sacred art as a way of communicating with the world. Sandra has also worked with different Mayan women’s organizations in Guatemala, specializing in issues of indigenous rights. She is studying Nutrition at the University level. Nan Sandra has traveled to various countries in the Americas, including the United States, to participate and coordinate international spiritual gatherings focusing on indigenous spirituality and preservation of the environment.

Nan Marta Juana Lopez Batzin
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Nan Marta is from Patzún, Guatemala and is an activist for the rights of women and indigenous peoples. From 1991 to 1996, she was a representative of the social indigenous movement that formulated proposals in substantive topics of the Agenda of the Government and Republic and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit. From 1996 to 2000, she was part of the Peace Commission in representation of indigenous organizations, in the Reform and Participation Commission for the implementation of the Peace Accords dealing with Identity and Indigenous Rights. Nan Marta is also the Founder of the Mayan Women’s Political Association – MOLOJ, as well as an anthropologist and political commentator. She will be presenting for the Tele-Summit along with her husband, José Angel Zapeta García.

Tat José Angel Zapeta García
K’iche’ Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Tat José is a social investigator, and program director and facilitator for development programs and projects. He has studied social anthropology, theology, and philosophy at various universities, and has investigated, edited, compiled and authored several publications on indigenous rights and Mayan social issues. Tat José has been a member or various Councils and associations dealing with Mayan social, political, cultural and religious issues, and has been a member of the Indigenous Itinerant Chair (CII) of the Intercultural Indigenous University (UII) since 1998. He is also the President and Legal Representative of the Intercultural Kemow Eta’manik Bilingual Association- AKEBI- founded in 2004 as an association of indigenous professionals specializing in bilingual intercultural methodologies and educational materials. He will be presenting for the Tele-Summit along with his wife, Marta Juana Lopez Batzin.

Together with other Mayan couples that are Ajq’ijab’, Nan Marta and Tat José formed the group Komon Ajq’ijab’ Oxlajuj B’aqtún. This group seeks a collective reflection on the meaning of the Oxlajuj B’aqtún so that they can prepare their families and groups to receive the change of time according to the Long Count of their grandfathers and grandmothers.

The entry of the Oxlajuj B’aqtún is an enormous opportunity for all men and women to recuperate our natural connection with the Mother Earth, to listen to her voice, and that together we will save the forests, springs, and biological diversity. The human beings have to return to see our origin and also the future of the new generations, strip ourselves of our ego, pride and convenience, so that we can be simple, full of values, and look for the harmony with the Mother Earth and all the other elements of the cosmos.

Juan Skinner Alvarado
Guatemalan Environmentalist and Indigenous Rights Advocate

A citizen of both Guatemala and the world, Juan was taken by Mayan elders as a child to climb volcanoes and get to know many sacred sites in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala. He has been working for over two decades to advocate for indigenous rights to a healthy lake landscape, inclusive policies, respect to their traditional resource use practices, and support to eliminate together the threats to their environment and nature. For seven years, he organized and directed the Lake Atitlán Basin Authority, as the first decentralized government institution in the country, with full participation of the indigenous leadership of Atitlán. He is also co-author of the World Lake Vision (ILEC, 2003), presented at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kioto, Japan. He is currently working with several indigenous Maya youth groups in the lake basin to rescue their ancient heritage in values and ethics towards humanity and nature. Juan also works as a professor at the Chi Pixab Institute for advanced studies in intercultural relations.

In particular during Juan’s talk, he will speak about the human relationship with nature in the Jun (1) Baktun of the New Sun, the disaster that we have created with nature in the last half of the century, our cataclysmic impact on the earth and the feeling of the elders that say that they have lost the world that they once lived in.

Grupo Sotz’il

Based in Sololá, Guatemala, Grupo Sotz’il was founded by Lisandro Guarcax González and other young Mayan Kaqchikel artists that were born during a generation surrounded by war, genocide and a resurging Maya social and political movement. Members turned to Mayan elders to learn with a goal of revaluing the ancient Mayan rhythmic arts (music, dance, theatre) creating performances that reflect a holistic blend of these arts and a spirituality that draws from, and responds to, living tradition.

Before Lisandro’s death on August 15, 2010 when he was kidnapped, tortured and killed, Sotz’il had delivered over 500 presentations within communities of Guatemala, as well as in Honduras, El Salvador, México, Venezuela, France, and Norway. After his death, the group, of which the majority of its members are cousins from the same family as Lisandro, recommitted to continue the work and legacy of its Founder. Thousands of people within Guatemala and around the world show their support and honor Lisandro as an example of someone fighting for the right to cultural identity as an important part of human development and total respect to Mother Nature and multiculturalism.

In their newest theatrical-dance performance, “Oxlajuj B’aktun,” Grupo Sotz’il engages with mythical prophecy, cultural tradition, and contemporary reality to explore the significance of the thirteenth 400-year cycle of the Maya calendar, which simultaneously closes a five-millennium epoch of civilization and inaugurates a new era of history. Their depiction encompasses both the recurring cataclysms and continual renewal of human experience.

Representatives of Grupo Sotz’il

Tat Gilberto Guarcax González
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Tat Gilberto is in charge of the coordination of Grupo Sotz’il as well as being an involved member as a musician and dancer. He has spent the past ten years investigating and recreating ancient Mayan art.

Daniel Fernando Guarcax González
Kaqchikel Maya, Musician-Dancer

Daniel is a musician and dancer with Grupo Sotz’il. He also inspires other youth to explore the arts. In addition, he helps in the creation of the ancestral instruments and the musical creation of performances.

Nan Heddi Neale
Mayan Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Nan Heddi Neale has been working to support the exchange of indigenous wisdom alongside her husband, Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González, since 1998. Fluent in Spanish, she has traveled throughout the United States, Guatemala, Canada, and Northern Europe to help organize, facilitate, and interpret for various international Councils and ceremonial gatherings with Mayan and other indigenous elders, as well as non-native peoples from all over the world. Through these experiences, Heddi has been a witness to the incredible healing and inspiration that indigenous ceremonies and knowledge brings to native and non-native people alike, and feels it is so important to healing our Mother Earth that she has dedicated her life to serve this work in whatever way possible.

In 2005, Nan Heddi received her sacred bundle and spiritual mission as an Ajq’ij in the Mayan tradition. She earned a Masters degree in Creation Spirituality from the University of Creation Spirituality/ Naropa University in 1999. Nan Heddi is also Founder and President of Tinamit Junan Uleu- Earth Peoples United; a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the natural and spiritual worlds, and bridging the wisdom of the Ancient Ones with the world of today, so that the diversity of life can flourish for future generations. In addition, since 2000, in support of Tat Erick she has coordinated healing services and ceremonies given in the U.S. and Canada through Mayan Shamanism.

Tat OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)
Spiritual Leader of Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United

OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González was born in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. with his parents when he was 11 years old. He was initiated into Native sacred rites over a thirty period with direct participation, teachings, and guidance from various Native spiritual elders from México, North America, Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala. In 1978, he was adopted by the Mexiko Teotlkalli Kalpull Koatlkalko and the teacher Tlakaelel and given the name OmeAkaEhekatl in 1978.

In 1994, he received his sacred bundle and spiritual mission as a Mayan Ajq’ij. In 2005, he was adopted into the T’saahl Clan, the five finned killer whale people of the Eagle Clan of the Haida, and given the name Gaada, meaning supernatural light. He has worked with Native Elders and Youth Councils throughout the Americas supporting the work of international sharing and preservation of sacred wisdom teachings since 1977, promoting increased cooperation and unity between diverse communities throughout the world.

Tat Erick is working to create two models of spiritual land stewardship: one community in Guatemala on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and one community north of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Both demonstrate how to live in harmony with and appreciate the natural and spiritual worlds, restore land and create natural food and medicine gardens, and be places for indigenous wisdom keepers to come together to share their wisdom and ceremonies. Tat Erick’s personal healing and ceremonial work can be seen in more depth through Mayan Shamanism. He is also the Founder and Spiritual Leader of the nonprofit Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United.

To purchase MP3 Audio Recordings of the Telesummit and receive PDF Transcripts of the 5 FREE MP3 Interviews as a Bonus, click Here.

We respect your privacy. Your information will never be shared or sold.