GUARDIANS OF WISDOM / GUARDIANES DE SABIDURÍA
- A Program by the Escuela Ancestral Colombia -
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ESCUELA ANCESTRAL / ANCESTRAL SCHOOL
We value more than ever the importance of spreading deep ancestral knowledge and preserving traditions that have helped many people to find themselves, especially in times of need. Between the Tambora Foundation and the Escuela Ancestral Colombia, founded and directed by Anthar Kharana (from Colombia), we put together a very meaningful project called the “Guardians of Wisdom.” We ran this project for almost two years with the help of many people who supported us. However, with the arrival of Covid, our project had to stop… but now we are ready to re-start the journey, which is why we need your help!
This project was created to connect the modern world with ancestral knowledge and practices, especially for the people of the cities where this essential wisdom has been undervalued and, in some cases, almost forgotten. Due to the standard way of life in the cities, many people find it difficult and nearly impossible to access this ancient technology.
The "Guardians of Wisdom" Program shares the importance of reconnecting with nature, with our ancestry and foremost, with our purpose in life; therefore is relevant for these wisdom carriers to share these ancient ways as a legacy for future generations. Hearing the old stories, ancient music, traditions and healing ways with the different kingdoms of nature, among other practices and knowledge, have supported and helped many tribes to be in tune with themselves and others for centuries. We believe these teachings can continue to thrive in these changing times, especially for people in the cities and those seeking to deepen their ancestral connection.
“Ancient wisdom helps us reconnect with nature and ourselves.”
HOWS DOES THE PROJECT RUN
* This project is a journey guided by wise Elders and practitioners of ancient wisdom from different native cultures, particularly Colombia. They share different topics of life, including understanding our roots and why it is so important for preserving life, as well as practical gatherings where the participants learn the ancient ways of healing, plant medicine making and sacred ways of building.
* We run it once a week in Bogotá (the capital of Colombia) at a meditation venue that is easy for people of the city to reach out to; however, we are aware this is an unconventional place for such ancient practices. Hence, we gather once a month outside in nature at a sacred village in the heart of the Andes where Anthar lives, The Land of the Hummingbirds, commercially known as San Francisco.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Covid has left us in a difficult situation to be able to continue running this and other projects. We need your help and support to re-start another semester to pay for all the logistics and contribute to the people involved. By helping us, you are helping to preserve all these crucial traditions not only for our people but for the broader community of the world interested in these mysteries of life.
HOW WILL YOUR KINDNESS HELP
Thanks to the donations and the fantastic volunteering work from many friends who have made the project possible, we have managed to run it for four semesters. To be able to run another semester of teachings and to make a difference where we can hopefully contribute to all of those involved, we are looking to gather £3,000, which will be used as follow:
- To continue to help the elders and guardians of wisdom who come to share their knowledge.
- To pay for all the venues, transport, general production, marketing and logistics involved.
- To contribute to the different people who are involved in this project.
If you feel this call to help us, please know that with your generous or even small donation, you are making a change and also, you are becoming an essential piece to making this work possible. Thanks to your loving heart, we will be very grateful to know we can move forward.
Thank you for Believing! / Gracias por Creer!
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Bio of Anthar and some of the Elders involved in previous chapters of the Project
ANTHAR KHARANA, a native of Ocaña, a small town in the North of Colombia, Anthar is a medicine man, ethnic music composer and professional sound therapist, founder and director of three schools of ancestry in the UK and Colombia. Anthar comes from a long family of musicians and has been guided by different elders from Colombia and America since he was 14. Anthar (45) is also a Guardian of the Chanupa, Inipi and a Sun dancer, a member of the Red Road.
In the last 20 years of traveling, Anthar has led traditional ceremonies, workshops, sacred music concerts, conferences and retreats in various countries worldwide. He is also an active music composer for several international dance and theater companies.
Anthar is the Director and founder of the Ancestral School in Colombia and both The Tambora Foundation and Tribal Sound Healing. He is also co-director of the first School of Sound Healing in Scotland, ANSU School of Sound and The Ancestral Pathways School in England.
Anthar's Music: @antharkharana (Spotify, SoundCloud)
*GRANDMOTHER MUIDOCURI is a native Elder and spiritual leader from the Pava clan and Uitoto Nipode ethnic group of the Amazon; her name means "Woman who unites the Word within the Gourd.” Her words soothe the hearts of those who listen to her and show the importance of respect for traditions and ancestral ways. Muidocuri is also a traditional dancer and knows many of the mysteries of the Amazon jungle.
*GRANDMOTHER MATI with her roots in the Muisca tradition, has cultivated the sacred medicine of the Andean people called Fapkwa, made from Corn. This medicine sweetens the heart of people and all their relationships. She says, "By having sweet hearts, we can heal our past from the seed of our parents.”
*GRANDFATHER VIDUAMA, from the Caimo clan and Uito-Nipode Muina ethnic group in the Amazons, his name means "Seed of Knowledge" and is a great wisdom carrier and guardian of traditional medicines of his people. He shares with great humility and sweetness his experiences and knowledge. He graduated as a traditional singer, knows the jungle's deepest mysteries through song and dance, and has led different projects related to preserving his culture in various Colombian territories.