PANCHE COMMUNITY - a family of many cultures united.
The word Panche means noble people, this village was born in the center of Colombia in a department known today as Cundinamarca.
One origin story speaks of two creators: mother Ushuami or Tukuima and father Tukui or Diyaru, these two created the first pair of panche humans who were called Yanisan (the woman) and Yarucan (the man), they populated their territory and with time grew into different clans. Along with the arts they were also given the magic-spiritual knowledge of the sacred plants and the connection with the spiritual world through rituals and ceremonies. Many of these rituals was forgotten for a long time but have for the past 15 years been recovering and are being practiced once again.
It is said that the territory was a mandatory
bypass for indigenous communities in the south
and north in their trips to make exchanges of
medicines, foods, fabrics, ceramics and other
implements, as it is located in the center the
Panche people became knowledgeable in many
Some of the medicines that were passed on to
their people were mambe, ambil, poporo,
ambira, yopo, ayahuasca,
it is even said that medicines arrived
from further away, such as the peyote,
temazcal and san pedro.
The native sacred plant medicines
of the terretory is tobacco,
coca leaves, mushrooms and tongo.
About 20 years ago, the Panche community began to rise again with the support of several elders from different indigenous communities. The ancient language, the customs and the handling of their different medicines have been recovered. Today we have spiritual guides in the community and guardians of different medicines such as yopo, tobacco, ayahuasca, rapé, poporo, ambira, and coca.
The community has about 60 members and more than half live in the territory where we work and plant the land and do spiritual work all in community, we also have several sacred temple stones, waterfalls, lagoons, rivers, caves and mountains where we perform ceremonies to sustain the harmony and the connection with our ancestors, our main temples have stones carved with our language, symbolism and writing.
Every week different activities and ceremonies are carried out in communion, such as diets, ceremonies with ayahuasca, tobacco, rapé, mambe, yopo, temazcal, word, sharing and singing circles, etc.
The community is internationally recognized each year. People from different continents visit us, we participate in different international congresses of indigenous peoples and part of the history of origin speaks of a prophecy where it says that the Panche people will rise and beings from all over the world will be a part of weaving this fabric of love and to remember their ancestors, some will be part of this community and others will support in different ways, we will be part of the new rainbow race where people from all over the world will come to heal and reconnect again with their spirit.
The community have the honor to be guided by Mamo Lorenzo Izquierdo and Felizia Villafaña, both from the Arhuaco people of the Sierra Nevada in north Colombia. They have had a great part of the political and spiritual organisation of the Panche community. They travel all over the world sharing their wisdom but he and his family lives in Sasaima and hold an active role in the growth of the community.
Each year hey host two 9-days spiritual retreat were we do active praying work for the healing and growth of humanity. They are the caretakers of two big "thinking houses" were gatherings of elders of many different tribes are conducted.
Taita Isidro Lucitante
Curaca (traditional healer) from the A'indekhû (Cofan people) of the Avié Community in the jungle between Colombia and Ecuador. The name of the tribe translates “Jaguar people''
From early childhood Isidro was taught by his father and grandfather in the art of the ancestral wisdoms. Learning how to heal both physical disease and spiritual and emotional processes with power plants.
He has dedicated his life to healing and spiritually guidening many people both within and outside of his community.
Taita Isidro is the leader and spiritual guide of his community, a wisdom keeper of very ancient, pure and deep wisdoms of the jungle. Wisdom that is only obtained by many years of strict diets and difficult challenges.
The Cofan people together with the Sionas and Coreguaje were the first tribes that received the sacred plants. In these tribes the ancient teachings are transmitted through the generations so that the original traditions and wisdoms are not lost and kept pure without change. This is how their millenary traditions live on and are kept in purity.
Taita Isidro makes very deep personal healings due to his clairvoyance and deep and pure connection wise spirits of the jungle.
He passes on the heritage of Guillermo, Elias y Esteban Lucitante who all were keepers of supernatural powers and teachings such as physical transformation to Jaguars and other power animals. Physically flying and turning invisible.
Isidro lives in a humble way with his wife and family in the community where they have managed to rescue 55000 hectares of native jungle through their indigenous organization. He is a very loving, caring and respectful man that is very deeply dedicated to his work, which you can see reflected in this family.
The Palchukan Family: William & Mallku Palchukan y Sandra Tautas are good friend of ours that we continuously work with in both Europe and Colombia. They are a medicine family with native indigenous origin of the Pasto and Kamet'sa communities around the Valley of Sibundoy in Putumayo and in Nariño, Colombia.
Since childhood they have learned and worked hand in hand with their grandparents, traditional medical healers and spiritual guides.
Keeping the culture and tradition of their ancestral heritage alive.
Professional musicians, all of their music have been delivered spiritually through the sacred plants. Their ceremonies are something extraordinary, the first part of the night they play traditional instruments like flute and drum and sing icaros from the jungle, the second part of the night they use more instruments like guitar and charango and share their wonderful medicine songs in spanish, it is a deep healing that takes place in this beautiful musical atmosphere. Even if you don't understand the language you will feel the healing message. William Palchukan is the composer of the music of “Grupo Putumayo”, formed in 1985. Both Grupo Putumayo and Hermanos Palchukan have earned several awards for their music, for example for best Andean musical group.
Sharing here a beautiful musical video that we recorded together on the ancient sacred site of the "Stones of Ale" in Skåne, Sweden in 2019.
Taita Alex Lucitante
Curaca, medicine musician, environmental activist and protector of the indigenous rights. He is the son of Taita Isidro Lucitante and have walked the path of the sacred plant medicines since birth, taught by his father, uncles and grandparents. He does a beautiful job together with his father during the ceremonies. Alex also does deep healings and brings joy to the ceremonies with his singing from the heart with the guitar.
These are just some of the wisdomkeepers we have different projects with.
We are always in gratitude to these warriors of truth that choose to live and share with the world the traditions of the ancestors. Walking the path of the heart.
What we have learnt on this path is that it is a path of many challenges and sufferings, powerful and hard teachings that at the and of the day is worth it all.
The work of a shaman consists of feeling the pain and suffering of the people. It is not a path of only love and light, the shaman stands in the center, between light and darkness, and with years of patiently being in service, learning with the elders the shaman is able to develop ways of practice to transform this suffering. Communing in the spirit world and send the pains to the places they belong. The healing that occurs in the people we work with is nourishment to our souls and makes it all worth it. Knowing that you are walking a path of truth. Knowing that with the love that is true, anything can be transformed and healed. And seeing people waking up to their inner gifts and life missions is a pure blessing.
Many of the young indigenous people are no longer interested in their traditions and have a strive to live as in the modern world, that's why we see it as important to send back a message to all these young people that the work of their traditions are something highly valued and needed in the western world.