Sumak Kawsay

Andean Church of Well-Being

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy, framed in the Sumak Kawsay paradigms, makes us a community that shares a way of life that leads us to an awareness of coexistence with diversity and an approach to our own nature. The men and women who join this identity, make their lives a space to accept what is different and recognize in the diversity of this land the very presence of the creative spirit that inhabits everything.

In the sense of being a living culture, we accept within our spiritual practices everything that we have received, shared, and learned from other native peoples. Our rituals have a wide spectrum of details that require a lot of dedication for those who want to conduct and care for them. 

The Yachay, or Kurakas, healers of our church, go through very long learning processes and need to be trained not only in our ceremonies, but also to make self-knowledge a daily habit. For all healers, cultivating as a person is a spiritual practice. Coming from ancient schools, Art is the means to cultivate that self-knowledge. We are sure that art builds culture and that it is our responsibility as healers to foster the discipline that will make us better people first to assist and help others later.

The leaders in our church who assist and care for the people of their community, have a rigor formed in ancestral practices and their job is to share them with generosity, transmit them, and respect their ethical principles.

Our tradition speaks of making the human being a complete being, a person who has managed to put his mind at peace with his feelings, his feelings with his sexuality, his body with his spirit. Which opens our universe to more possibilities that will allow us a more harmonious coexistence and therefore a more permanent healthy state in our step in this life.

Coming from an Andean culture, our main medicinal plants, part of our altars, come from them. The sacred San Pedro cactus and the tobacco plant are some of the most notable examples of our culture and are the main means of communion. Corn and indigenous foods from the Andes are also part of this great spectrum of plants that are included in our practices as an essential part of our spiritual growth.