Held in February 2013 in Ecuador. Auyankey (age 2) and his Mom with Janet Evergreen as he redoes his Ceasarean Birth at Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito. Andina University has generously sponsored events for several years bringing together indigenous elders and shamans with western alternative medicine healers and doctors to share knowledge and wisdom. Narration (with translation) at INEPE's Facebook Page in the album Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Toddlers. Photos taken by Kalie Ilana, Luna 13 Photography
The highlight of my time in Ecuador 2006-2015 is being with the INEPE school teens. In this video you will also see some friends who accompanied us over the years: Ninni Baeckstrom-Mosaic Artist, Dr. Nancy Union-Acupuncturist, Kalie Cassel-Feiss-Photographer, and Sonya Ullrich-Somatic Educator.
Photos by Kalie Cassel-Feiss and Diego Falconi.
A 3 day meditation retreat for the INEPE teachers and staff (60 people attended). We taught HIP (Help Increase the Peace) to the INEPE youth, then CST Part 1 and Part 3 to the professional community with our Quito team. We joyfully listened to a music concert by INEPE youth expressing gratitude for the new music rooms, the community support for music and the 3 silver flutes and 2 violins we brought. We were blessed to spend time with friends at Casa de Cultural Peace Center and the Permaculture Farm and Education Center. Explored Itchimbia Park, an ancient Ceremonial Solstice and Equinox Site and delighted in the hikes and baths at Papallecta Hot Springs.
Zakira Beasley volunteered with Howito and Janet for this trip to support INEPE teachers, youth, and community. We began the trip with a Birth Process Workshop held at a Permaculture Farm. Then at INEPE, staff and school teachers enjoyed a three day meditation retreat. Youth learned Vagus Touch Skills, bringing more class harmony, and the community came together for five days of Vagus System and Organs Class, including several women leaders of indigenous tribes. As always, we ended our adventure at Papallacta enjoying organic gardens, hiking trails and relaxing in hot springs.
El Encuentro-The Nature of Mind Retreat
Held July 26—August 4, 2014 in Ecuador.
A 10 day silent meditation retreat in the bountiful and lush jungle of the "El Encuentro" reserve near Pedro Vicente Maldonado. We enjoyed living by the confluence of 2 rivers in a rustic simple lifestyle close to the earth. A beautiful group attended including students and friends of the INEPE school, health care professionals from Quito, and Caroline and Janet from Charlottesville, VA. Our intention to is have this be an annual retreat.
A five day training where we were warmly hosted and well-cared for in a beautiful family home in Tumbaco, a small town in a valley near Quito. Some were new to learning with Janet, others have trained for 5-10 years and were part of the team of assistants. Everyone was moved by the depth of the work and especially by the two families who came bringing babies to demonstrate how CST supports families.
These photos were taken at a basketmaking workshop at The Abundant Seed Camp in Shuyler, VA.
It was beautiful to be a part of a group of elders and youth creating and sharing together.