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Spiritual Travel in Hopi

Going Home painting


Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2018 journey has been cancelled.
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Sacred Guardians of the World

An Immersion Experience
in the Hopi Way

A Spirit Keepers Journey co-sponsored by Kenosis and Kenosis Spirit Keepers.


Read about When Hopi Spirits Come to Life: Home Dance at Moenkopi.
See photos from previous Hopi Trips.
Read Travelers' Stories: Testimonials from Previous Hopi Trips.

Prayer Feathers Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from traditional Hopi Spirit Keepers in their home villages of Shungopavi and Moenkopi in northern Arizona while they share who they are as First People, the original commitment they made to the Creator — and some of the ways they carry out these deeply sacred responsibilities.

Our journey emphasizes lifeways and places of great spiritual significance handed down by Hopi ancestors, as it has been for thousands of years, still living today on First, Second and Third Mesas of the Hopi Nation. Visiting ancient villages of Old Oraibi, Walpi and petroglyph sites, we explore the traditional Hopi way — that holds the world together. What does daily life consist of in traditional villages? What are the roles and responsibilities? The complexities of the clan system ensure that all is balanced. How are the clans interwoven? How does "community" create the support system? What are some of the traditional healing practices and use of plants? What does the Hopi calendar predict? How are the creation stories related? What do certain symbols mean? What are their migration paths and how are they connected to the Maya and Quechua people? To build on this beautiful sharing, opportunities arrive for all to have hands-on experiences of typical daily undertakings and sample traditional foods.

Our journey is timed during the Night Dances when, in the still of late night, Katsinas appear to engage in ritual in the kivas, offering blessings to all beings and prayers for fruitfulness. We will send our own prayers on the night air to be gathered by the Katsina spirits, a powerful inclusion.


Contact us at 928-778-1058 or info@kenosisspiritkeepers.org
to arrange a Spiritual Travel journey for your group.

Charlene Joseph photoCharlene Joseph hails from the Hopi village of Moenkopi near Tuba (Tuuvi) City, Arizona where she was born and raised in a family of 4 sisters and five brothers. Unlike many Hopi youth, Charlene was fortunate that she did not have to attend a boarding school and was educated locally. As a result, she was raised with an abundance of cultural and traditional knowledge and insight, which is now a stronghold for her Hopi values and beliefs. Charlene belongs to the Coyote Clan (Iswuungwa). Iswuungwa takes on the responsibility of Protector/Guard and stands for strength/agility, as symbolized in various Hopi ceremonies.
Harold Joseph photo Harold Joseph is known by his people as Dawahafvoya. He is a member of the Snow Clan of the Hopi Village of Shungopavi. The Snow Clan is responsible for many important functions of the traditional ceremonies, which keeps the whole system in harmony. The clan is responsible for the practice of respect, loyalty, and team approach among all people, leaders, and natural things so that the cultural activities are done in harmony with the natural world. In this way, the good way of life that respects all natural things are achieved for all humankind. Dawahafvoya also works with native tribal districts in Arizona and currently serves as president of Arizona Association of Tribal Conservation District.
Carla Woody photo Carla Woody, MA, CHT... author of Portals to the Vision Serpent, Standing Stark and Calling Our Spirits Home. She has been mentoring people for more than twenty years, helping them make the leap to a life lived through their deeply held values. In 1999, Carla established Kenosis LLC to support human potential through spiritual travel journeys with Indigenous leaders and sacred sites, and programs integrating Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), energy medicine and sacred world traditions. She has many years' direct experience with the Quechua and Q'ero people of Peru, the Maya people of Mexico and Guatemala, and the Hopi people of northern Arizona, as well other Native traditions. Carla founded Kenosis Spirit Keepers, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in 2007 to help preserve Indigenous wisdom ways threatened with decimation.
Cost: Early registration discount $1397 by November 20, 2017. After November 20, $1497. Registration cost includes an automatic donation (tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers) of $50 that supports Kenosis Spirit Keepers programs to preserve Native wisdom traditions.

Tuition includes all group work with Carla Woody, instruction in Hopi ways by Hopi Spirit Keepers, visits to villages and sacred sites, attendance at noted religious ceremony. Lodging in double rooms for 3 nights at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn and 3 nights at the Hopi Cultural Center, 2 dinners/1 lunch and transportation on Hopi during formal group time. Single supplement, if available: $675.

Tuition does NOT include airfare to Arizona, or transportation between the airport and the starting/ending points (Tuba City, Arizona). Neither does it include travel insurance (minimum emergency medical/evacuation required), beverages, snacks, meals not mentioned above, tips, or personal expenses incurred at lodging or elsewhere.

Also includes a pre- or post-trip Lifepath Design session — complimentary — with Carla Woody regarding intent or re-entry. Participants of spiritual travel programs are offered a special discount for the six-month mentoring program Navigating Your Lifepath. This deep discount is not available to others but offered as an add-on to further support integration of the spiritual travel journey.

For complete details, contact us. Detailed logistics document sent upon registration. MC/Visa accepted via PayPal here.
Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of $500 made out to Kenosis LLC to hold your place. Remainder due in full by December 8, 2017. Send final payment in two checks or money orders as follows: One check for $50 made out to Kenosis Spirit Keepers and the remaining registration amount to Kenosis LLC. Mail both to: Kenosis, PO Box 10441, Prescott, AZ 86304. To pay by credit card or PayPal go here.
Cancellation: Up to 90 days prior to the trip start, full refund (less non-refundable deposit). Between 89-70 days prior: 50% (less non-refundable deposit). Less than 70 days: no refund. We suggest travelers obtain travel insurance that covers trip cancellation for any reason.
Important Note: Automatic donations from tuition for this Spiritual Travel Program will be forwarded to Kenosis Spirit Keepers, a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor and preserve indigenous wisdom and sacred cultural practices. Their programs provide cross-cultural exchange, education and community-building sponsorships for indigenous peoples, non-native young adults and others. Donations are recognized as a charitable contribution by the State of Arizona, and by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3).

When you register for our programs you are also helping to sponsor others and preserve continuity of Native wisdom traditions.
For more information: Contact Kenosis Spirit Keepers for more info. Call 928-778-1058 or send a message by email to info@kenosisspiritkeepers.org.

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