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Spirit Keepers Series
2017

Waiki Circle in Peru

Tat Apab'yan Tew in AZ

Tat Apab'yan Tew in UT

We are pleased to bring you our Spirit Keepers Series on a donation basis — unless otherwise noted — to support future sponsored events, with no one turned away for lack of funds. However, you must register in advance due to space limitations. For more information, see the Registration section. To donate online, go to the Donate page.

In these times there are a number of Spirit Keepers who are emissaries of ancient and living indigenous traditions, acting as a bridge, straddling both worlds, uniting cultures. In the Quechua language of the Andes, a person who undertakes this sacred role is called a chakaruna. They help us remember what we already know.

Chakaruna's Offering is an introductory talk on the sacred message of the Spirit Keeper's wisdom ways. These Friday evening presentations are held 7:00-8:30 PM at North Mountain Visitors Center, 12950 N. 7th St. in Phoenix, AZ; telephone: (602) 335-1962 unless otherwise noted in the entry below.

The Spirit Keeper's Circle is a follow-on Saturday gathering led by the Spirit Keeper with more in-depth opportunities to experience the rituals, cosmology and practices that inform the spiritual consciousness of their native people. Circles are held 10:30 AM-3 PM at North Mountain Visitors Center, 12950 N. 7th St. in Phoenix, AZ; telephone: (602) 335-1962 unless otherwise noted in the entry below. Light snacks provided.

Tat Apab'yan with Water CeremonyTat Apab'yan Tew
K'iche' Maya Day Keeper and spiritual guide

Returning by popular demand to North Mountain Visitor Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Friday, April 28, 2017
from 7-8:30 PM
The Chakaruna’s Offering Talk:
The Maya World

Tat Apab'yan Tew will offer an introduction on Maya worldview and speak eloquently about natural laws and other guiding beliefs. Included will be insights into the meaning and usage of the Maya Cholq'ij Calendar in traditional present-day communities in Guatemala. Tat Apab'yan invites questions for discussion.*

Saturday, April 29, 2017
from 10:30 AM to 3 PM
The Spirit Keepers Circle:
The Water Ceremony

Everything has a purpose. It's what the K'iche' Maya Grandmothers and Grandfathers from the highlands of Guatemala say. "Everything is sacred," they add. The Water Ceremony consists of an inner search, led by the voice of the spiritual guide, through the observation of water. 'Enchanted or magic water' serves as a conduit and mirror to oneself and to the Sky and the Earth, the Universe. Nearly extinct, the ceremony is presented to anyone interested in self-knowledge and spiritual quest. — Apab'yan Tew, Ajq'ij

Note: Registration with Kenosis Spirit Keepers must be received in advance no later than April 21.

Note: Participants may bring items to include on an altar for blessing. As examples: These may be photos of loved ones, medicine bundles, power objects or other sacred items.

Tat Apab'yan photo Apab'yan Tew is an Ajq'ij (Day Keeper), spiritual guide, dancer, musician and midwife of the sacred K'iche' Maya tradition from the village of Nawalja' in Sololá of the Guatemalan highlands. His ceremonial work most often takes place in caves, engaging the resident energies of the natural site and timing of the Cholq'ij calendar in conjunction with needs of communities or individuals. During these times he becomes a living mirror and spiritual conduit. He also holds an associate professorship at Universidad Maya Kaqchikel teaching Maya textile art and philosophy. Sought after as a speaker and consultant, we are fortunate to have Tat Apab'yan as translator of Maya traditions in a way we may experience them deeply.

     * Tat is an honorific title meaning Father used in the K'iche' language for a Maya spiritual teacher.

 

Tat Apab'yan Tew
K'iche' Maya Day Keeper and spiritual guide

A special two-day ceremonial gathering in Zion Canyon, Springdale, Utah, honoring K'iche' Maya traditions and the work of Tat Apab’yan Tew. Co-sponsored by Zion Canyon Spirit and Kenosis Spirit Keepers.

Tat Apab'yan with Fire CeremonySaturday, May 6
from 9 AM to 6 PM
Maya Worldview and the Fire Ceremony

Everything is alive. Everything has a form of communication. Everything has meaning and belongs to a natural system.

The Maya ceremony consists of preparing a ceremonial pyre. It is called a gift but also a payment in the sense of reciprocity. The K’iche’ ceremonial pyre is not a bonfire; it does not burn a long time. It does not need to last. The importance has to do with what happens while the fire is active: There must be a dialogue.

When the fire starts to burn, the sky and the earth begin to speak. The clouds are speaking. The wind speaks. The birds talk and sing. Everyone... everything... participates in that moment.

— Apab'yan Tew, Ajq'ij

For millennia selected specialists dedicated to maintaining culture and spirituality have continued the work of consultation, healing and reading messages of the form of intelligence that is not human. It is translated through what is seen in the moving flames, not in a human scale. What is hidden in the past, present and future can be accessed by the cadence of the voice and poetry of the ceremonial language.

Ajq'ij is the name given to the specialist, woman or man, devoted to the study of time measurement and time as a substance.

Sunday, May 7
from 9 AM to 2 PM
The Spirit Keepers Circle:
Maya Worldview and the Water Ceremony

Everything has a purpose. It's what the K'iche' Maya Grandmothers and Grandfathers from the highlands of Guatemala say. "Everything is sacred," they add. The Water Ceremony consists of an inner search, led by the voice of the spiritual guide, through the observation of water. 'Enchanted or magic water' serves as a conduit and mirror to oneself and to the Sky and the Earth, the Universe. Nearly extinct, the ceremony is presented to anyone interested in self-knowledge and spiritual quest. — Apab'yan Tew, Ajq'ij

Must register in advance by April 28. Offering for this 2-day ceremonial gathering is $175 in reciprocity to Tat Apab’yan and to cover travel expenses. Registration: Betina Lindsey, threehummingbirds@yahoo.com or 435-772-0778. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.

On May 5 and 8 (prior to and after the weekend), a limited number of private Maya calendar readings with Tat Apab’yan are available to registered participants of the gathering. For first-come reservations and for more information, contact Betina Lindsey, threehummingbirds@yahoo.com or 435-772-0778.

Note: Participants may bring items to include on an altar for blessing. As examples: These may be photos of loved ones, medicine bundles, power objects or other sacred items.

Tat Apab'yan photo Apab'yan Tew is an Ajq'ij (Day Keeper), spiritual guide, dancer, musician and midwife of the sacred K'iche' Maya tradition from the village of Nawalja' in Sololá of the Guatemalan highlands. His ceremonial work most often takes place in caves, engaging the resident energies of the natural site and timing of the Cholq'ij calendar in conjunction with needs of communities or individuals. During these times he becomes a living mirror and spiritual conduit. He also holds an associate professorship at Universidad Maya Kaqchikel teaching Maya textile art and philosophy. Sought after as a speaker and consultant, we are fortunate to have Tat Apab'yan as translator of Maya traditions in a way we may experience them deeply.

     * Tat is an honorific title meaning Father used in the K'iche' language for a Maya spiritual teacher.


To view information about past Spirit Keepers Series, visit the Spirit Keepers Series archives page.

Photos used with permission. All rights reserved.

Registration

Advance registration is required due to space limitations. To reserve your space, email info@kenosisspiritkeepers.org or call 928-778-1058.

Our Spirit Keepers Series is offered on a donation basis in order to continue bringing you future events. Unless otherwise noted, the recommended donation for our Friday night talks is $10 with $50 for Saturday experiential circles. To donate online, please Donate page.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information:
Contact Kenosis Spirit Keepers at 928-778-1058 or send an email message to info@kenosisspiritkeepers.org.

Kenosis Spirit Keepers is a volunteer-run, grassroots non-profit organization working for preservation of Indigenous traditions in danger of decimation.

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