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Aya Despacho Ceremony


The signature ceremony of The Living & Dying Consciously Project is the Aya Despacho, which has been practiced for hundreds of years in the high Andes Mountains of South America. In this ceremony, participants build a rainbow bridge to assist one who has died to more easy navigate the afterlife.   


A despacho is a prayer bundle that is created by the paqos of the high mountains of the Andes in South America. It is an offering to the mountains, the earth, and our guiding spirits. During a traditional despacho ceremony, participants build a despacho together by assembling various ingredients (each representing a symbolic element) and adding their own individual prayers of gratitude.


There are many types of despacho ceremonies, each unique in form and intention. While some elements are common to all despachos, the particular healing intention of the individual ceremony, such as bringing harmony and balance to the earth, honoring new beginnings, or overcoming illness, determines the unique design of the offering, its contents, and even the way it is assembled. 


An Aya Despacho is created to assist the deceased in their journey into the afterlife. In ceremony, participants create a seven-layered rainbow bridge to ease the process of crossing over. This ceremony provides a safe environment for friends and family to process their grief together, connecting to the ancient wisdom of this indigenous tradition rooted in archetypal energies.  


Creating Your Own Aya Despacho


The Living & Dying Consciously Project has produced an Aya Despacho Guide that provides instructions to produce your own Aya Despacho ceremony.  


Visit our Donation page to order an Aya Despacho Guide in electronic or hard copy format.


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