On April 19th we began our Yachay (Wisdom) Tour with our 3-day Seminar at Boston University. We engaged in cross-cultural conversations on the Amazonian cosmovision, their medicine and sacred plants; we learned about the Andean values of ayni (reciprocity), minka (collective labor) and ayllu (community); we delved into the significance and meaning of major Andean symbols in art and locations like Machu Picchu; and we hosted the worldwide premiere of Voices That Heal. We are grateful to our volunteers and the Pardee Latin American Studies Program at BU for making the Yachay Seminar possible.
For the following 10 days, we traveled throughout the northeast sharing the new documentary Voices That Heal, the books The Code of Wira Qocha and The Secret Code of Machu Picchu, and answering questions about the histories, ways of life, and lessons of indigenous communities from Latin America. We’re grateful to those at Boston College (MA), Wesleyan University (CT), The Quechua Collective (NYC), and local restaurants and community centers in New Jersey (Peruvians for Progress, Pasión Peruana, Hermandad del Señor Muruhuay, and the Peterstown Community Center), East Boston (Maverick Landing) and Lawrence’s APU (MA) for hosting us along the way.
The 2 weeks of the tour passed by quickly, but through the tour we were able to bring Latin America to immigrants who are not able to travel back home, we re-engaged youth who were estranged from their culture or hungry to be more connected and learn, we welcomed people from diverse backgrounds into one-of-a-kind dialogue with indigenous leaders, and we healed and brought hope to families dealing with sickness.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who joined us along the way, fed us, hosted us in their homes, and supported us in getting visas for our guests. Our teachers left with their hearts full and with excitement to continue bridging and learning from each other. We are excited for them to come back in the future.
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