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Q'ero Elder Don Mariano Quispe Flores 

Coming to Brewster, New York


Sherman, Connecticut

 April 10 to 24, 2024

About Don Mariano

Private Sessions, Rites & Workshops

Please note that all proceeds from these events are going directly to Don Mariano, Odon and family after covering their necessary expenses. None of the hosts are taking any profits from these services or events provided by Don Mariano.

We are very excited and honored to announce that Q'ero Elder, Master Healer & Kuryek Akuryek, Don Mariano Quispe Flores and his long-time ally, friend and translator, Odon Medina Calsin, will be coming to the New York / Connecticut area (primary location in Brewster, NY area) for 2 weeks (April 9 to April 24, 2024). Don Mariano will be offering a variety of opportunities to work with him, with his genuine, heart-centered and humble approach, including personal healing sessions and karpays (energetic rites and blessings), personal and group Despachos, and two workshops. The main workshop is called "The Nine Temples of The Heart" which will be offered on April 13 &14 (including optional pre-workshop on 4/12), in Sherman, CT and a one day workshop on April 20 for Mesa carriers and experienced Andean healing practitioners to learn the workings of the Mesa directly from Don Mariano, and to receive the Munay Karpay, a powerful infusion of heart-healing energies and blessings.



Don Mariano Quispe Flores was born and raised in Peru, in the high Andes, in the Q'ero village of Charcapata.


He has served his community as a Pampamisayoq (Andean Priest/Healer and Earth Keeper, Community Elder) since he was young. His community recognizes him as a Kuraq Akullaq, a title reserved for the most highly esteemed elders. He specializes in offerings to Mother Earth, healing sessions in the deep mystical traditions of his ancestors, coca readings, and pulse diagnosis. He has been studying and practicing as a healer for well over 60 years.



Don Mariano specializes in cleansing and balancing energy, working in a heart-centered way, in deep reverence and respect to Mother Earth/Pachamama, his ancestors and the Creator. He is expert at working with the feminine and masculine energies, as well as in the ceremony of Haywarikuy – ‘offerings to reach the earth’ – also known in Spanish as despachos. As a paqo he heals through despachos and coca leaves’ readings and he is renowned for his expertise to diagnose through reading the patient’s pulse, he also offers several initiations or traditional Andean karpays.



While often referred to as "Shamans," the Q'ero are technically "Mystical Healing Priests and Priestesses" known as Pacos. The Q'ero are an ancient tribe who originated in the Peruvian Andes just outside of Cusco, Peru. They have been known as the weavers to the Inca royalty, and became part of the powerful Incan empire.They work in full conscious connection with the world of living energies, especially Mother Earth, the sacred mountains/Apus, the Cosmos and the Divine. They do not go into trance state like traditional Shamans. Their work is very practical, hands-on, community and serviced based work, meant to reconnect us with the sacred and reciprocal relationship with Nature and the spirit world, like that of our own ancestors. And to help to heal ourselves and our communities from a place of Love/Wisdom/Service (Munay/Yachay/Llankay).



Don Mariano is a world renowned teacher, and a Maestro of ceremonies. Don Mariano is recognized for his energy; his Munay, humility and the child-like yet profound joy he shares freely with others.



Don Mariano will be accompanied by his loyal and wise companion and apprentice, Odon Medina Calsin who is fluent in English, Spanish, Qechua and many other languages, along with Don Mariano's son, Santiago who will be assisting in healing and ceremonial work.


April 11 through April 24, 2023

Healing Sessions with Don Mariano

Don Mariano works with the world of living energies, spirit guides and guardians, particularly of the Apus (sacred mountains), Nustas (sacred feminine nature beings), animal spirits, the Creator and Pachamama. He is an expert in Andean pulse reading, and cleansing the client of dense and dense energetic burdens and blockages, and bringing in blessings of calm, Munay/love, wisdom and peace. He can work support physical, mental/emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Sessions can include feather and Florida water cleansings, prayers and blessings with his Mesa/portable altar, bells, rattles and traditional songs, as well as hands-on healing.


Open to all levels of experience.


Sessions are approximately 1 hour, fee is $250. Location in Brewster, NY. Address provided upon registration confirmation.

Various dates and times offered April 11-23.

Nine Temples of the Heart 

3-Day Workshop

Friday, April 12 (optional) 11am-3pm

Saturday, April 13 - 9am-3pm 

Sunday, April 14 - 10am-5pm

This 3-day workshop is a special opportunity to spend extended time working in sacred space with Don Mariano connecting with the emotional healing and intelligence of the Nine Temples of the Heart. There will be teachings and explanations, a beautiful offering/Despacho, and energetic healing practices and transmissions. There will be time for questions and answers as well. This workshop will also include some foundational teachings of the spiritual path of the Q'ero, and the important aspects that we can all incorporate into our daily lives.


This workshop is open to those with all levels of experience including those new to the Q'ero and the Andean spiritual path.


Location will be at the JCC in Sherman, 9 CT-39, Sherman, CT 06784

We recommend you bring snacks/lunch with you as there are limited places to grab food in the area; please also bring a refillable water bottle. A fridge and microwave will be available on site as well. There should be plenty of parking on site, but if possible, car pooling is always a good idea.


Fee for this workshop is $495.

Munay Karpay and the Teachings of the Mesa - 1-Day Workshop for Mesa Carriers and Advanced Andean Practitioners only; April 21, 2024, 10am-5pm

This workshop is open to Don Mariano's existing students and those who have worked with the Andean healing traditions and built a Mesa/portable altar (or are in the process of building a Mesa already). This class will include a Munay despacho, powerful karpay (part of the Hatun Karpay) to cleanse and empower your heart chakra and bring a deep sense of peace and spiritual connection. Don Mariano will also go over his personal teachings of the Mesa, meanings of each kuya, recommended placement, healing techniques, cleansing and blessing of the Mesa, and more.


Fee for this workshop is $250. Location will be at a private residence in Brewster, NY

Don Mariano will have a variety of sacred items, mesa cloths, bags and other Q'ero items available for purchase.

Additional Offerings by Request

Limited spots are available for small group Despachos (4-6 people) and Andean Karpays (energy transmissions) or other blessings/teachings by request.


Fees range from $150-$450 per person, depending on time needed and services provided.


Contact Lori Sheffer or call 914-262-2672 for availability and to register.

A message from Deana Paqua & Lori Sheffer

We have had the honor of working with Don Mariano now for several years, both in person and on Zoom, along with several other Q'ero elder Pacos for the past several years. Don Mariano is a profoundly wise elder, with decades of wisdom and experienced as a renowned healer and teacher in his community and abroad. Don Mariano radiates this profound, contented joy and has deep, ancient ancestral wisdom to facilitate healing and spiritual awareness in a heart-centered, earth-honoring way that really is beyond description.


Their sacred connection is palpable, often taking decades to cultivate, and we have personally received deep personal healing and spiritual wisdom in their presence and with incorporating their teachings into our lives and spiritual practices. They are also very open-minded as a tribe, and several elders including Don Mariano have traveled the globe teaching their traditional ways which have miraculously survived colonization, Western exploitation, and systemic oppression within their own country. They welcome anyone who wants to learn from them with humility and respect, and especially a heart-felt desire to learn. Training with them does not make one a "Shaman,"  but it can help us become more truly ourselves and who we were meant to be, in alignment with our soul's purpose, living in sacred and joyful reciprocity with each other, Mother Earth/Pachamama and all that is.


It is a profound honor to welcome one of our long-time,

beloved teachers here to our local area,

and to share the joy of working with Don Mariano,

Odon and Don Santiago with you.


We look forward to sharing sacred space with you.


Munay and thanks,

Deana Paqua & Lori Sheffer

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