Inka Medicine Wheel
(Chakana)


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Medicine Wheel
Background
Philosophy
Teachings
Program
General Itinerary for the Medicine Wheel Intensive
General Itinerary for the Weekend Series of Medicine Wheel Trainings
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Description and Details 

 

Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel is a way of walking through life in a manner that is in balance and harmony with all levels and aspects of a person's Being. It is Whole Being integration on all of the levels of human existence - the literal, symbolic, mythic, and energetic. It has been described as a "tool of self-realization and divine communion". We call it Depth Psychology at an experiential level.

The Inka Medicine Wheel is not a physical structure that is laid out on the earth, as is the case for many North American tribes. Instead, the Inka Medicine Wheel is an internal model - still utilizing the concepts of the four directions and the center place - that starts with very personal work to free ourselves and builds to a place of co-creation in our world. Its concepts and power align with some of the latest findings of quantum physics and the philosophies of some of our greatest modern thinkers. At the same time, it is also so pragmatic that is is easily utilized in our everyday lives, if we so choose.

Learning the principles and practices of the Medicine Wheel completely changes the quality of one's existence. It is:

• an elegant model for moving through life in a more conscious and connected way,

• a tool that can be used at any time to work with challenging situations in one's life,

• a wisdom-based way of being that puts us back in charge of our own lives and shows us the possibility of co-creation on all levels - personal, collective and planetary.

 

Background

Centuries ago, in the wake of the Spanish invasion and persecution, the Inka were called to the Mountains to live for the purpose of preserving the Wisdom of the Ancients. Today, their population is around 450, spread throughout five "villages", four in the high Andes, and one in the Rainforest. They were to remain there and hold the teachings sacred until, according to their prophecy, the time of the "Pachakuti" arrived, or the period of the world turning upside down. At such time, they have been tasked with coming down out of the mountains and bringing the teachings to the world through those who were spiritually aligned with them.

We are in the middle of that time now, and the Wisdom of the Ancients is once again being brought to human consciousness.

As Mesa Carriers in the Inka tradition, we are part of that process, assisting all who are called to connect with the ancestors and their wisdom and knowledge.

 

Philosophy

All indigenous cultures have a basic philosophy of life existing in a circular way. Around the outside of the circle are the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit (energy) aspects of a person's Being. If any of these are out of balance, it affects the others. If they are brought into balance and then placed into service to one's individual core, then a person becomes a fully functioning human Being in balance and harmony.

The Inka Medicine Wheel is represented by the Chakana, the symbol at the top of this page. Still circular in nature, it represents balance, the four directions, the journey around the wheel, the three layers of worlds and the center place. Once the Medicine Wheel is known and experienced, one can be in the center and go in any direction that Spirit calls. The Chakana is an important symbol for living a shamanic life.

 

Teachings

Understanding comes from reading and listening. Knowledge, however, can only come from direct experience. The Medicine Wheel Teachings, through the use of instruction, symbolism, mythic engagement, and energetic healing, provide a depth of experience that leads to a knowledge that transforms the very fabric of one's life. This is done in each of the directions, and ultimately with the Medicine Wheel as a whole.

Very briefly and simply, in the South we address unresolved grief and learn how to let go of attachment to our stories from the past, thereby changing our relationship to them. In the West, we go beyond our fears, even the fear of death. We also explore our generational, karmic and past life influences. With our stories and fears transformed, we are free to move into the North, where we learn to create our destiny and dream our personal world into being. That is the stepping stone to the East, where we participate in creation by dreaming the world into being. And from there we turn inward to the center, where we step outside of time to reconnect with the vital life force of the Universe.

Once the process of the Medicine Wheel is known, it can be traveled in an instant for any life circumstance.

 

Program

Within this program, participants will receive physical representations of their personal work in each of the four directions as well as the center, primarily in the form of stones. Each of the directions has specific psychological issues that are addressed on the literal, symbolic, mythic, and energetic levels. Each of these stones is placed in a "birthing" cloth/pouch, the totality of which is called a mesa. Each participant will take their mesa with them as a life-long tool with which to work their own personal wheel and interface with the Universal whole. They will become "Full Mesa Carriers" in the Shamanic Tradition.

There will be ceremonies, rites (energetic transmissions), and rituals specific to the four directions, the center place, and the wheel as a whole throughout the training. We will reconnect with ourselves, with the Creator, with Mother Earth, and with the elemental aspects of our world. We will rediscover the mystery and blessings of human existence, and the power we have to dream ourselves and our world into being.

Two training options are available for the Inka Medicine Wheel. Both include the full program described above, but offer different timeframes, costs, depth of training and convenience for participants. The first option is a 6-day intensive, which covers the entire Medicine Wheel and goes each day from morning until early/late evening. Participants will experience the teachings and progression through a deep immersion. The second option is a series of four weekend trainings (approximately one per quarter), with one direction of the wheel being taught each weekend. This allows for a more in-depth teaching and experience, with time between each direction for integration into daily life. Both of these trainings are taught by Terry and Rose.

In addition, Terry offers individual Inka Medicine Wheel Teachings, which still cover the entire wheel, but are more personal and are geared to the specific needs of the client. When a particular direction is completed, Terry is joined by his wife, Rose, and together they administer the rites in the traditional Inka way.

 

General Itinerary for the Medicine Wheel Intensive

 The "Journey to the Center of the Wheel" workshop is an intensive 6-day experiential workshop. It will start each morning at 9:00 am and end some evenings at dinner time. Other evenings, we will reconvene after dinner for fire ceremony and Inka rites. Lunch will be served at the venue, and dinner will be on your own.

Following is a general outline of each day (subject to change):

    Day 1

        Introductions
        General Medicine Wheel philosophy
        Schedule for the week/instructions
        Lunch 
        Start the teachings of the South direction
        Dinner

    Days 2-4

        Check-in
        Teachings of the South direction (Day 2),
        the West direction (Day 3),
        and the North direction (Day 4)
        Lunch
        Experiential work of the direction
        Dinner
        Rites (each evening) and Fire Ceremony (evening 3 only)

    Day 5

        Check-in
        Teachings of the East direction
        Lunch
        Experiential work
        Rites
        Dinner
        Free evening

    Day 6

        Check-in
        Teachings of the Center of the Wheel
        Lunch
        Rites
        Final integration

 

General Itinerary for the Weekend Series of Medicine Wheel Trainings

The Inka Medicine Wheel Weekend Trainings will be a series of 4 weekend workshops, spread over a period of several months. Each weekend training will be for one direction of the Medicine Wheel (South, West, North, East and Center). The weekends will provide in-depth teachings and experiential explorations of the Inka philosophies, including their relevance to our lives today. There will be Inka rites (energetic transmissions) given at the end of each direction and homework suggestions for the months between the weekends. This will allow people to work with the concepts in their everyday lives and deepen their understanding and experience. At the end, participants will be "mesa carriers" in the Inka tradition.

Each weekend training will start early afternoon the Friday before and will end around 6:00 pm on Sunday. We will provide light snacks late afternoon on Friday and lunches will be provided Saturday and Sunday, with dinner on your own Saturday evening before coming back for evening work.

 


Facilitators:
Terry and Rose Stout

Terry and Rose Stout live in the beautiful mountains near Durango, Colorado. Friends for 18 years before they were married in 2002, they have developed a passion for the wisdom of the Inka Medicine Wheel and its power to change individual lives (and consequently, the world). The Inka prophecy says that now is the time to bring the indigenous wisdom of the elders down from the Andes and to the people of the world. The elders are doing this, and Terry and Rose have studied with them and have lived their philosophies. They bring the uniqueness of their individual and combined spirits to this teaching and work.

Terry has a Doctorate of Metaphysical Science in Psychology, two master's degrees, and licenses/certifications as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Pastoral Psychologist, Grief Recovery Specialist and EMDR Practitioner. He has been in private practice as a Psychotherapist for over thirty-five years.

His primary job for 38 years (airline pilot) has taken him all over the globe and has made him a "citizen of the world". Always fascinated by ancient traditions, he learned the wisdom of the circle from the Inuit and the Hopi and experienced the power of ceremony. After being drawn to and trained in the Inka Medicine Wheel, he realized that this ancient wisdom was true depth psychology and whole being integration. The Medicine Wheel and its associated rites have since been an integral part of Terry's teachings and practice, both personally and with clients.

Rose Stout graduated with a bachelor's degree in Math and spent twenty-eight years working with highly specialized computer information systems in California. She did volunteer work with the Center for Attitudinal Healing (working with people before and after their loved ones passed on) and at a major hospital (working with babies in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit). She knew she was missing a fulfillment of the heart in her work life, so after marrying Terry and moving to Durango, Colorado, she followed several callings that have brought her closer to her heart's desire and her life purpose.

She trained as a Massage Therapist and Healing Therapy practitioner and is certified in both modalities. No longer practicing (due to an injury), she is currently developing her interest in and knowledge of the eight Celtic seasons, offering celebrations and ceremonies in honor of each unique season and the meaning that it has in the natural world and in our lives. This has deepened her appreciation of and connection with the cycle of nature, with ceremony and with community.

In 2001, Terry and Rose started their training in the Inka Medicine Wheel. In 2002, they were married by Inka elders in Peru on the Winter Solstice. They have traveled several times to Peru, trained with the elders, and spent time with them, by invitation, in their village high in the Andes. Terry and Rose are full Mesa Carriers in the Inka tradition (the equivalent of Pipe Carriers in the North American tradition). They have pursued additional training in a Masters program for the Medicine Wheel (the Path of the Sage). Rose and Terry have a passion for doing this work together and giving the Inka rites. They have become attuned to recognizing the universal truths that are found in indigenous cultures worldwide. Over the past several years, Rose and Terry have participated in the International Gathering of Shamans - in Ireland, England, Molokai, Greece and Iceland. In 2018, they led a group of people to Peru, visiting sites in the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. In 2019, they co-led a  group of people to Japan, for an “East Meets West” cultural and spiritual sharing of Inka wisdom and Shinto/Buddhist wisdom.

They practice the principles of the Medicine Wheel in their daily lives and have a passion for bringing the ancient wisdom and the rites to others in the true spirit of Ayni (unconditional giving) and Munay (Love), which are the guiding life principles of the Inka.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Journey to the Center of the Wheel
~ Bringing the Inka Medicine Wheel to Life ~

An intensive 6-day experiential workshop that teaches the depth psychology and absolute relevance of the ancient Inka Medicine Wheel to our lives today. Discover how to dream your personal (and our collective) world into being.

Sunday, October 17 - Friday, October 22, 2021
Venue: Durango, CO (venue is located on 14 acres of ponderosa pines and gambel oaks)
Times: 9:00 am to early/late evening
Cost: $750 (includes all lunches)

Deposit and Refund Policy: A deposit of $200 per person is required to hold space in the workshop. A full refund will be given if cancellation notice is received within 7 days of the workshop. If notice is less than 7 days, the deposit will be forfeited. Payments may be made by check, money order, credit card or cash.

To register: stout@durango.net
or call (970) 946-1438

 

Inka Medicine Wheel Weekend Trainings
~ Journey to the Center of the Wheel ~

A series of 4 weekend workshops, one for each direction of the Medicine Wheel. A more comprehensive study and experience of the depth psychology and absolute relevance of the ancient Inka Medicine Wheel to our lives today. Discover how to dream your personal (and our collective) world into being.

Friday, March 26 - Sunday, March 28, 2021  (South Direction)
Friday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16, 2021  (West Direction)
Friday,
July 30 - Sunday, August 1, 2021  (North Direction)
Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10, 2021  (East and Center Directions)

Because this is a journey that unfolds and builds as it progresses, participants cannot sign up for a direction without completing the previous directions.

Venue: Durango, CO (venue is located on 14 acres of ponderosa pines and gambel oaks)
Times: Early afternoon Friday to ~ 7:00 pm
9:00 am Saturday to late evening
9:00 am Sunday to 6:00 pm

Cost: $300 per weekend (includes light snacks late Friday afternoon and lunches Sat and Sun)

Deposit and Refund Policy: A deposit of $100 per person is required to hold space in each weekend workshop. A full refund will be given if cancellation notice is received within 7 days of the workshop. If notice is less than 7 days, the deposit will be forfeited. Payments may be made by check, money order, credit card or cash.

To register: stout@durango.net
or call (970) 946-1438

 

Testimonials

"The Medicine Wheel Training, with Terry & Rose Stout, supported me to make a major consciousness shift.This shift now nourishes my life on all levels. I couldn’t be happier that I made this commitment to myself. The Medicine Wheel Training has been a psycho-spiritual metamorphosis; a re-education into what it means to be human - the responsibility and potential we hold to affect our experience of life. This training is educational, healing, challenging, encouraging, beautiful, sweet, interesting and fun! Come ready to deeply connect with your innermost wounds, fears, and hopes - and to reorganize your thinking to better your own life and the planet.

The Medicine Wheel Training helped me remember the precious sacredness of my life and the interconnection of all things. Come prepared to be led directly to the door of your heart; the place of wisdom, knowing, healing, being, and love. Through this process, I have shed layers of long held grief. I have returned to the sanctuary of my heart. I now see myself as the embodiment of my unique dreams and gifts. Where once there were wounds, there now is strength.

I am ever grateful to Terry & Rose for their thorough and personal presentation of this sacred knowledge, and for the learning environment they create with love and compassion for their students. If you are ready to reorient yourself to your true place, both in your heart and psyche - as well as in the world - and to take responsibility for what you are experiencing in life, this training is for you! "

Elizabeth S.

"Terry and Rose guided me with kindness, compassion, and loving intent, teaching me the amazing transformative tools and medicine of the Chakana (Inka Medicine Wheel.) This ancient lineage of wisdom works well in this modern world, no matter what beliefs, griefs, or religious tradition one arrives with. The symbolism of this wheel is easy to understand and remember. The healing potential is absolutely exponential!"

David M.

"Working the medicine wheel has taught me how to face myself, my fears, and the world in a new way. By stepping out of victim consciousness, and into my own truth and authenticity, I'm learning to own it all...and am beginning to let go and surf the waves of whatever comes my way. I cannot express how grateful I am for the wisdom of Terry & Rose."

Amber D. 

 

"My experience with The Medicine Wheel and Hokseda has been one of enlightenment.  As a result of my journey around the wheel, I'm now able to put meaning to, and draw strength from events in my life.  Through Hokseda's eloquent interpretation of The Medicine Wheel, I've discovered ancient tools that have helped transform my thinking, alter the landscape of my awareness, and bring an unprecedented level of happiness and serenity to my life.  I have Terry and Rose to thank for this."

Larry H.

 

"I am still reeling from all the teachings and support I've received from you and Rose, the other students, and all the guides/teachers/ancestors...I am forever changed! I am so grateful for having been guided to work with you, mostly because of the gentleness, the genuine love, and the joy of it all. You and Rose are very special people, and what a blessing to have had the pleasure of working with you. I needed that! Thank you for your love. It is the best stuff that humans could offer one another."

Eden Z.

 

Articles

The Circle of Life (as published in New Mexico's Natural Awakenings magazine)

The New Age movement of the 1960's spoke to the triangular need for balance between Body, Mind, and Spirit - which was good. However, they didn't go far enough.

For thousands of years indigenous cultures around the globe have held to a more comprehensive model that is much more complete. According to this model, which is based on the circle, there are four aspects to the human being that have an interrelationship with each other: Body, Emotion, Mind, and Spirit (Energy).

Having the circular relationship, if any one of these aspects is out of balance, the rest (being interconnected) will also be affected. Therefore, in order for a person to be healthy, there needs to be balance and harmony around the circle.

But, that's not all.

For human beings to be healthy, they not only have to be in balance and harmony around the circle, they have to become whole and fully functional. This is accomplished by putting the four balanced aspects in service to the center, or core, of Being (also known as the Soul or Higher Self, among other things). This concept is called whole being integration and is symbolized by the equal arm cross.

The principles and practices of the Medicine Wheel are based on this principle, and are considered depth psychology at an experiential level.

The Seneca have a word for this called "Hokseda", which loosely means that which is within, without, around, and through.

Wisdom of the Ancients!

 

 Contact Us

Terry and Rose Stout
stout@durango.net

PO Box 3262
Durango, CO 81302
(970) 946-1438

 


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