an ancient living organism that are predecessors to the human kingdom, which depends on them to survive for food, breath, medicine, fire, shelter, and more. Through their intimate daily relationships to humans for many centuries, they have acted as vessels of ancestral, elemental, and *cosmic* knowledge, folklore, culture, history, and memory, and have been utilized to support the spiritual and earthly well-being of humans for many generations.
They are our ancestor's ancestors, amongst the earliest and most ancient beings whose livelihood, sacrifices, and brilliance has made human & animal life possible upon this Earth.
Through intentional and reciprocal cultivation and respectful relationship with these diverse and multi-dimensional allies, humans have been able to access the masterful and mysterious healing miracles and deep wisdom afforded by these highly intelligent ancestors, towards greater alignment with our own authentic purpose, greater wholeness, peace, and balance with the natural order of the universe that ensures and sustains all life. This wisdom of “plants as ancestors” is practiced and tended by Indigenous and traditional peoples from all over the globe, rooted in and passed down by the original ways of our ancestors.
Terminology coined by Layla Kristy Feghali
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Within the Cemanahuac we see how Sacred Copal and Tobacco are. These two plants are the pillars of healing and ceremonial spaces for the people of the Anahuac. Long before the invasion, there was sacred and ceremonial cultivation to the relationship of these plants. These two plants specifically bring healing, enlightenment, and deepens prayers. Join us in the exploration of this relationship as we cultivate one with Copal and Tobacoo in its original use.
What prayers are you elevating lately?
Live Calls with Guardians of Tobacco and Copal
Self-reflective questions and practices along the way
Community Group Chat
Live call recordings
Our Weekly Gatherings
July 2- July 30th
2 Live Calls per Week:
Tuesdays 5 pm CT & Sundays 10 am CT
Our Bi-Weekly calls are organized into:
Informative and material overview
Integration & meditation and opening up space to share our process with the week's topic.
Sessions range from 1.5-2 hours
Concepts of our Container:
Recognizing + honoring Indigenous Knowledge in the Right Relationships
Earth-based relationship to life and the soil + Earth
Defining what is Sacred
Decolonizing Tobacco and Copal
The history and medicinal uses of these two plants
The ancient legends of how Tobacco and Copal come to be on this earth
The Ancient Relationship of Cultivation and "Domestication"
Mapping the relationship to the present day
The Global repercussions and current sovereignty efforts in the Anahuac
Live calls from Guardians of these sacred plants will also be a part of our container.
This Journey is for you...
If you feel the call to reconnect to the sacredness of plants
If you feel the call to discover the true story behind Tobacco and Copal
If you have been curious about the traditions of ceremonies that are tied to these two plants
If you'd like to relate to tobacco and copal again from their origin and hear the stories from their original carriers
If you would like to uncover the essence of Tobaccoo and Copal
If you are trying to cultivate a more spiritual and intentional connection to these two plants as medicine
All beings welcomed,
Come as you are.
Meet your guide
Mariana Bandera Marin carries with her a deep curiosity about what makes us human on earth and has an affinity to ceremonies around the world that help preserve wisdom and remembrance. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist who has worked in California, Mexico, Menorca, Texas and New York, protecting the sacred lands of the people who have guarded them for millennia.
Under the guidance of her Mexica and Mayan mentors, she offers Cacao ceremonies and life story interviews for those who want to share their wisdom and heart with their family and loved ones as a form of Rite of Passage.
In studying different cultures' Rites of passage, what surprised her is that they all have something in common. Their rituals to mark transformation are expressed in various forms, but at the root of it all, we see the same fundamentals-this is where the truths lie as blueprints.
With a humbled heart, we welcome you to join us on this magical journey in exploring our own soul's voyage.