Munay-Ki: The Great Rites Of Initiation

“The Munay-Ki is your invitation to dream an entire new world into being.”

~Alberto Villoldo

The Munay-Ki, literally translated “The Power of the Heart”, are rites of passages practiced by the shamans of the Andes and the Amazon. They are a series of nine energetic transmissions that help return our energy field to its original vibration and reconnect us with all of the natural world.

Who is it for?

Anyone can receive the Munay-Ki Transmissions.It is a great gift for us to be allowed to receive these Rites. Therefore, we must approach the process with a pure heart, in the spirit of Ayni, and with great reverence toward the Medicine People and Lineages who practice these traditions. I offer the Munay-Ki as I was taught by my shamanic teachers: Dr. Alberto Villolldo, the Four Winds Society staff, Linda Fitch, and Wake Wheeler.


The Munay-Ki are structured into 3 Foundational Rites and 6 Lineage Rites. Foundational Rites are given to help individuals with their connection to nature. Lineage Rites are energetic transmissions that are given as initiations toward specific life paths. For a more thorough description and additional resources, please refer to the Munay-Ki website.

Foundational Rites include:

  • Kawak Rites – Seer Rites
  • Chumpi Rites – Bands of Power Rites
  • Ayni Karpay Rites – Harmony Rites

Lineage Rites include:

  • Hampe Rites – Healer Rites
  • Pampa Mesayok Rites – Daykeeper Rites
  • Alto Mesayok Rites – Wisdomkeeper Rites
  • Kurak Akuyek Rites – Earthkeeper Rites
  • Mosoq Karpay Rites – Starkeeper Rites
  • Taitanchi Rites – Creator Rites

GRADUATION CEREMONY: A Community Medicine Bundle (Mesa) Blessing

The Munay-Ki Rites are offered in retreat format.

Each Training group will be capped at 12 participants.

What to Bring:

  • A journal and pen
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Any sacred items that you use in your current profession or personal practice
  • 13 stones you have a connection to and a cloth that they can be carried in
  • Dress comfortably and bring layers as temperatures may vary

I will email more information prior to the training.

Next Steps:

Please email me for more details, or to book your private or group retreat.

A message from the Munay-Ki website:

“Rites of passage and initiation have been practiced for millennia by all peoples in the Earth. The rites of the Munay-Ki are based on initiatory practices of the shamans of the Andes and the Amazon. They are stripped of all trace of the indigenous cultures they come from. I did this to respect the native traditions, and to avoid the idea that persons from the West can become traditional shamans or Indians. I offer these rites with full permission from my teacher, don Manuel Quispe, who was the last great medicine man of the Q’ero Inka nation. Any fault or flaw in their presentation is exclusively my own.

The Seers rite is practiced among the North Coast peoples of Peru, (the descendants of the Chimu and Moche cultures), and by the seers and trackers of the Amazon.

The Harmony Rite comes from the lowland Q’ero, the Huachipayre people from the edge of the Amazon. I learned it from don Alejandro Cahuanchi, a renowned healer.

The Bands of Power were transmitted by Juan Victor Nuñez del Prado, a friend and colleague, whose father was one of the discoverers of the Q’ero nation.

The Healers Rite is known as the Hampe blessing and comes from the highland Q’ero people.

The Daykeepers Rite is known among the Andean Paqos as the Pampamesayok, referring to the lowlands and valleys of the ‘pampa’, and to the mesa or altar.

The Wisdomkeepers Rite is known among the Andean Paqos as the Altomesayok rite, referring to the high mountains of the Andes. Don Manuel Quispe was the great Altomesayok of Q’ero.

The Earthkeepers Rite is known among the Andean Paqos as the Kurak Akuyek rite, referring to the elder who ‘masticates’ the wisdom to nurture the young ones who follow.

The Starkeepers Rite is known as the Mosoq Karpay, which means the ‘new rite’ in the Qechua language. This rite announces and prepares one for the ‘time to come.’

The Creator Rites are known as the Taitanchis rite. The word Taitanchis literally translates as ‘God.’

These rites are not only stages of initiation, but perhaps steps for the evolution of humanity. As nations fight for bits of territory and battle over land, we must find the wisdom to create peace among all peoples. As our space telescopes show us images of a vast and immeasurable Universe, we must find a human story that is inclusive of the stars. And as our ability to destroy the world increases, we are called to step up to the task of assuming stewardship for all creation.

In essence, the rites are about stewardship. They are not ego-awards or recognition of any kind of achievement, nor do they make anyone special. On the contrary, they make one uniquely unimportant. Only then, from a position of no-ego, can we truly be of service.”