Shamanic Ceremony at the farm
Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
99Trip End Dec 10, 2009
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Yep, we had a Shamanic ceremony this week, which started by everyone taking a dose (or more...) of San Pedro (hallucinogenic īmedicineī) and then involved 8+ hours of ceremonies - followed by a day of still feeling like youīre utterly fucked. Without the excellent ceremonial elements to focus the energy and experience, it would have been utterly pointless. With it, it was without a doubt the most profound and spiritual thing i have done in my life - a real turning point. A lot of things were answered that night, but i think the (hopefully positive) changes will continue to take place as they get worked out in the weeks/months ahead. The event itself and following day was also incredible - the energy, the friendliness, the Shamans, the īsupport teamī - everything
In the other news from the farm...
...the chicken tractor is now under construction - hopefully itīll be sturdy as the 500L water tank on the roof might otherwise cause the new occupants some serious discomfort. Bri, Stefan and I went to a local livestock market to buy a cockerel and 3 pigs - one of which has been named Migelito after me :-) Aside from being an interesting experience in its own right, it was another off-the-farm opportunity to get some more meat into the system. 3 roast pork breakfasts, from the man who was also selling smoked pigs heads (only $4 each) and live pigs. We might need to go back there at some point soon. Scott the pig has since died, the dogs killed all 6 chickens and we suspect scorpions are costing us some guinea pigs. Itīs been a bad few weeks for the animals... A tepee is taking shape on the horizon, the Laguna still has holes and the hot showers are rarely hot. Always more work to do.
During an off-day in Quito, I went and scrambled up a 4700m peak with some awesome ridges. It really brought back the pre-basejump feelings and watching planes coming in to land far below me confirmed it is certainly not out of my system - far from it - but god knows when the next time will be! The ascent is supposed to take 3 hours, but despite taking a far more challenging route (i love scrambling and flat easy paths suck) i was back at the base in 4 hours. Mental note - take food and water next time!
Last night 6 of us from the farm went out for a $10 meal, a real splurge given we eat for free at the farm (or $1.50 in town) but it was OH so good. Beef with a mushroom and bacon sauce and cheesy roast potatoes. Itīs amazing how much you miss it - i literally licked the plate clean. And weīre off for steaks later - yep, itīs one of those expensive times at the mo :-)
I think iīll be leaving the farm within days - new rules mean you
can only spend 90 days a year in Ecuador and iīve set to see most of it!
UPDATE - 9/6/09
We have also started playing a bi-weekly footie game against the camioneta driver cooperative. We take turns to buy the beers and post-game food. Having packed our entire time (and subs, spectators and fans) into 2 pickups, much to the amusement of Malchingi, we lost our second game by a more respectable 6-4. Afterwards, they had found a bus to take us to the food venue (a wifeīs restaurant) - our own private bus. Awesome. The whole afternoon was great fun and a good chance to meet the locals again - the only blot on the horizon being the fact that after only playing half the time, i felt like i had been hit by a bus - i blame the altitude.