Shamanic Practitioner and Arts Counsellor

Cacao and Rose Ceremony: With Peruvian Curandera Doña Vilma Pinedo

17may7:30 pm10:00 pmCacao and Rose Ceremony: With Peruvian Curandera Doña Vilma PinedoVilma Pinedo will invoke the “Ñustas”, female divine spirits from the land, to guide us in an inner journey of connection and healing.

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A warm invitation to join us in a circle as we celebrate the time of Beltane in the peaceful surroundings of the Sussex National Park.

17th May: 7.30 pm at Barn Croft, Rodmell

This is a ceremony working with the spirit of Cacao and its Ruru. Invoking the “Ñustas”, female divine spirits from the land, to guide us in an inner journey of connection and healing. Asking for support to nourish our hearts, our path, and our communities. We will also have sacred sound with sound healer Joanna McEwen.

  • Created and held with the greatest of love and care by Doña Vilma Pineda, Francisco Victoria, and Ali Rabjohns, this will be an immersive and beautiful evening of:
  • Guided meditation and circle work
  • Cacao and Rose Ceremony
  • Delicious self-connection
  • By the end of this experience, you will have had plenty of time in a safely held space to prepare for the summer days ahead, exploring and deeply reflecting upon the themes of love, clarity, and balance in your own life.

In the traditions of the Andes mountains, each one of us is seen as the holder of a special Seed. The word in Quechua is “Ruru”, the seed that will eventually become a fruit. This spiritual seed is nurtured through every relationship we create with the elements, the sacred spirits, and the people around us.

Vilma Pinedo, Curandera shares:

Our Ruru, our spiritual Seed, is in constant transformation. The moment it touches the water of the lakes, it is caressed by the wind of the high mountains, or it dances around a fire built by the community, it is invited to change

The Andeans are constantly sowing their “Kawsay” the living energy, asking Mother Earth to give them her strength in return.

Andeans also create their relationship with everything around them, visible or “invisible”.

People from the west come to the ancestral traditions with a calling from their souls. Many of them feel like they don’t belong or are always searching for something they can’t seem to find. And so we walk nature and ask the spirits to bring strength to them, for we can see that their inner seeds sometimes lack connection to the earth, and they become like big trees without their roots…

We ask for balance and clarity in their path, and through ritual, we connect the seeds to the sacred spaces and portals that have been conceived for these purposes. For only this way, exchanging energy in Ayni, reciprocity, we will open its full potential

Wilma Pineda

  • We understand the importance of ceremony as a powerful act of self and planetary care. Ceremony brings people and communities together, provides spiritual nourishment, and deepens our connection to the earth and the wheel of the year as it turns. This helps us to stay strong in turbulent times and empowers us to move with more joy and grace through the changing seasons of our lives.
  • Spaces are limited, and booking is essential. All adults are welcome at this affordably priced community event. We ask for an investment of £30; concessions are available on request. There is a special bundle offer of £150 to book both the Cacao ceremony and the 1-day workshop.
  • Please fill out a registration form to book, and click the PayPal link to pay, many thanks.
  • Any Questions? Drop us a line at enquiries@alirabjohns.com. It’s also possible to pay via BACS. We are so looking forward to seeing you!

About us:

  • Vilma Pinedo was born surrounded by the Apus, powerful mountain spirits from Cusco, Peru. Her initiation into the path of the healer arrived before she was even born.

When her mother was pregnant with her, she was struck by lightning that almost killed them both. In the Andes this is a strong sign of being called by the spirits, that’s why from a young age the eyes of the community were set on her to learn the “curandera” way.

Vilma grew up among her grandfathers and grandmothers, who through the day-to-day work and sharing, taught her the traditional healing rituals. Since she was 12, she helped them, reading the energy in the coca leaves, gathering the natural elements for the healings and offerings, and using her intuition to advise the patients.

She comes from a lineage of renowned healers in Cusco, and by studying at the university, Vilma did something new to past generations, allowing her to learn different languages, and access and understand more of the Western and modern mindset.

  • Francisco Victoria has a major in International Affairs. He has studied and practiced the spiritual and energetic traditions of several communities and lineages from the Andes for almost a decade. He founded Nunawana, an organization that focuses on the transmission of this wisdom and has organised retreats, pilgrimages in South America, North America and Europe, online courses, and training workshops. He travels with Vilma supporting the work of her lineage and bringing the knowledge he has integrated.
  • Joanna McEwen is a qualified and experienced Sound Practitioner who has worked with music medicine for over 10 years. Through the use of therapeutic sound, Andean Energy Medicine, Kundalini Yoga, breathwork, dance, ritual, and silence, Joanna weaves together a moment in time for you to come home to yourself. A qualified youth worker and Special Educational Needs practitioner of over 20 years, she supports individuals and communities to connect to their deepest selves and each other, the world around us, and the abundant and loving universe.

  • Ali Rabjohns MBACP (Accred.) is a Shamanic Practitioner of Andean Energy Medicine, an Arts Counsellor, and an Artist. Ali has been initiated as a Fourth level healer in the Andean Mystical Tradition. Her lineage is from the Q’ero nation in the High Andes. She works 1:1 or in small groups and runs regular creative shamanic workshops, retreats, and events from her eco-shamanic lodge near Lewes, East Sussex. “We dream our world into being through the land of the mythic. Shamanism is about having a foot in both worlds, the real world, that we live in, and the world of spirit” ~ Ali Rabjohns. https://alirabjohns.com/ Organiser Facebook Profile “alirabjohns.paqo“. 

N.B: Compost Toilets are available onsite.


Please pay by PayPal (Friends and Family Option Please), or contact Ali directly to pay via BACS (enquiries@alirabjohns.com).


17 May 2024 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


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  1. dalziel douglas says:

    I would love to come to this

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