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We provide reference articles, books and other information on this page as philosophical and background information in support of our mission.

Writings by Carla Woody


What Is Renewal?
Explores a question posed to Carla during a global renewal conference in Bali. The question was: Do you think it's time for some traditions to die...? This is an important question. Carla's answer reflects core values regarding the intent of our work.

The Signs of Our Times
Discusses the Eagle and Condor Prophecy and how it manifested through the Summer 2007 Spirit Keepers Journey in Peru.

Describes how, on the 2008 Spirit Keepers journey in Peru, a Hopi elder saw ancient symbols that validated the geographical origins of his tribe, the nature of offerings he made, as well as his feeling of connection to the Mollamarka and Q'ero people.

Wanderings and Inspiration
Introduces you to Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico, the Lacandón Maya and their advocate Trudi Blom.

Discusses the decimation of the Lacand—n Maya culture and spiritual traditions by outside pressures. Alternatively, click to download a PDF version of this article by Carla Woody from the September 2009 issue of Earth Odyssey Magazine (1.8 MB).

Na Bolom LogoA Humble Connection
Tells the poignant story of Hopi Harold Joseph's meeting with Don Antonio Martinez of the Lacand—n Maya and how tragedy opened a doorway.

For more information on the Lacandón Maya and the work of the Bloms visit Na Bolom online.

The Seeds of Compassion: The Transmission of Spiritual Strength from a Hopi Elder to His Lacandón Maya Brother
Shows how creating a space for healing has far-reaching and powerful effect in this progressive story of connection between the Hopi and Lacandón Maya.

Sharing from a Shuar Healer
Relates traditions as told by Anank Nunink Nunkai, a Wisdom Keeper of the Shuar Tribe of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Click the title to download a PDF version of this article by Carla Woody from the February 2010 issue of Earth Odyssey Magazine (362 KB).

The People of Mollamarka: Preserving Old Ways in the Peruvian Andes
Recounts Quechua healing rituals and folkloric traditions at the ancestral home of Don Amˇrico Y‡bar. Click the title to download a PDF version of this article by Carla Woody from the March 2010 issue of Earth Odyssey Magazine (2.9 MB).

Intent and Collaboration: How a School Was Built in the High Andes of Peru
Tells the tale of a message, projected on the wind, from a tiny remote Q'ero village and the unfolding of global collaboration by those who answered.

The Nature of True Community
Offers an understanding of ayni and what Westerners can learn by this Quechua practice.


Calling Our Spirits Home: Gateways to Full Consciousness

Standing Stark: The Willingness to Engage

Writings by Oakley Gordon

The Real Heart
In the Andes a research psychologist finds a new way of understand the world around him, a profound heart-connection with Nature.

Andean Mysticism and Healing the Planet
This is a transcript of the presentation given at the May 2, 2008 benefit event in Salt Lake City, Utah. Oakley discusses elements of the mysticism of the Andes, their rituals and why the work of Kenosis Spirit Keepers is important.

Paqo: Shaman or Mystic?
Delineates between the Quechua term "paqo" and "shaman" or "mystic."

Articles about Kenosis Spirit Keepers

Kenosis Spirit Keepers: One More Step in a Journey of Healing
by Debbie Stewart, Prescott Woman Magazine, April 2009 (1.6 MB)

Other Publications

Finding Fredy tells the story of a Peruvian musician living in South Africa and his journey to find the high-altitude Q'ero village of Cochamocca to put funds directly into the hands of Fredy Flores Machacca, whom he'd never met, to help build a school. Click the title to download the e-book by Xavier Saer. Archived here with persmission. (3.3 MB)


Carla has been interviewed on radio. Click a title to hear the interview in your computer's media player. (If you have Safari on Mac OS X, you must right-click the link and choose Download Linked File and then open the .m3u file separately to open iTunes.)

  • Sacred Reciprocity: Preserving Indigenous Traditions
    Radio show host Teresa Maijala interviews Carla Woody on Ancient Medicine Today on November 23, 2009 about the importance of preserving Indigenous Traditions, and what Kenosis Spirit Keepers is doing to make that happen. Teresa's show is regularly broadcast on Mondays at 2 PM CST from KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas and streaming on www.koop.org.

  • The Healing Power of Intent
    Part Two of Carla's interview by Teresa Maijala on Ancient Medicine Today originally broadcast on November 30, 2009. This segment sharing the importance of community and intent in healing.


Video content available here is co-produced by Carla or produced by others about the work of Kenosis and Kenosis Spirit Keepers.

Documentary film One World Wisdom explores the compelling question: Is it time for some traditions to die...? The answers given reflect core values — a common thread running through Indigenous cultures. Written by Carla Woody and co-produced with Bradley Burak, this half-hour film examines the meaning of healing, community and sacred reciprocity toward global renewal. Features the traditions of the Hopi, Lacandón Maya and Quechua peoples. This YouTube version is a video introduction of the film (4:24).


Kenosis Spirit Keepers Cultural Exchange Program Q'ero (Peru) and Hopi (Arizona)
Interview from 2007 recorded by Jacob Devaney of Culture Collective. 07:54 minutes.


In 2008, professional clown Gumbo Wobbly from Arizona and performance artist Christin-Chirin Cibis from Berlin put on a show for the children of Mollamarka, a first of its kind in this small village. Watch the villagers' delight and hear Hopi Harold Joseph describe the importance of clowns. This videoclip (02:56) provided by Jacob Devaney of Culture Collective in memoriam to Chirin who passed away unexpectedly in August 2009.

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