III Version

Discover Ancestral Knowledge on Health and Well Being

11th to 15th of September 2018

SEYKUN, Arhuaco Reservation Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta

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What is it about?

The Dawn of a New Time is a unique gathering with the 4 indigenous peoples who inhabit the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta in Colombia, with their ancient knowledge and their sacred territory.  It will be 5 days of conversations, reflections, practices and ceremonies around Health, Human and Planetary well being.

Who guide the gathering?

This gathering will be guided by the Mamos. The Sierra Nevada’s indigenous wise men, have lived on their lands with health and well being, in perfect harmony with nature 

They have preserved this knowledge in their cultures for millennia, and now they want to share it with the world.

This is a unique opportunity to share with some of the wisest and best preserved ancestral cultures in the world.


11th of September 2018

Participants need to be in Valledupar by the 10th of September, a day before the gathering starts.

La Casa Indígena (Indian House)
Avenida Hurtado, Carrera 9ª # 3 – 69,
Barrio los Campanos, Valledupar.

6:00 AM
From there, participants will be taken by bus to Seykun.

15th of September 2018
The gathering will end after lunch. The buses will take participants back to Valledupar in the afternoon.

Participants will be back in Valledupar on the 15th of September at the end of the afternoon. We strongly recommend participants to book their flights out of Valledupar at least a day after the gathering ends (16th of September).


Our Event Coordinators are only responsible for the transportation of participants who arrive at the proper date and time with prior notice. We are not responsible for the transportation of people arriving on other dates or times.


Arhuaco Reservation Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta

The gathering will be held in SEYKUN, a very important place for the Mamos, because it’s a sacred site where the strength and energy of fire and thought are concentrated.

Seykun is the place where the spiritual father of all natural phenomena that produce energy, such as thunder, lightning and fire, was established.

Seykun is located in the lower part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a 2-hour drive from the city of Valledupar, the capital of Cesar State. The access road is paved most of the way, but the last half hour is unpaved.

The Arhuaco o iku, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo people open the doos of their territory to connect you with their Ancestral Knowledge on Health and Well Being.

For these four indigenous peoples, the Sierra Nevada is where the wealth and sustenance of the spirit can be found; it’s the temple of the spirit and the soul.

There are sites in the Sierra, which are energetically linked with other places in the world.

These connections are essential in the keeping of the balance of our planet and the universe.

It is also the place where the spiritual father and mother of water, wind, fire and earth dwell.

“The energy of our universe and Mother Earth calls upon us to reconnect as cultures, as brothers and sisters from different parts of the world; to exchange knowledge about life and well-being, to balance and harmonize ourselves in a single language of unity at “SEYKUN,” a sacred site where the forces and energies of fire and thought reside. We’re waiting for you.”
Arhuaco Mamos


Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada, located in the Colombian North Coast, is the highest coastal summit in the world and covers an area of ​​12.600 km2.

Due to the variation in its geographical elevation, this area has almost all the climatic zones that can occur in tropical America, which is conducive to a wide range of biodiversity from the sea below to the snow peaks above. Four indigenous peoples live there, all with a similar vision of the world. They are the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

For these four indigenous peoples, the Sierra Nevada is where the wealth and sustenance of the spirit can be found; it’s the temple of the spirit and the soul. There are sites in the Sierra, which are energetically linked with other places in the world. These connections are essential in the keeping of the balance of our planet and the universe.

Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada, is like the eldest human being of the world.

It is also the place where the spiritual father and mother of water, wind, fire and earth dwell.

Whenever there is disharmony in the Sierra Nevada, it’s because in other parts of the world the sacred sites are not being taken care of. For this reason it’s very important for the Mamos to keep the balance in other places of our planet.

The gathering, from Mamo’s Cosmological perspective, needs to take place in the Sierra Nevada because Creation was sparked with spiritual energy in this space.

This gathering has been called upon, based on this creation principle: that the sacred energy is calling us to get together and defend our right to live with health and wellbeing.

Stemming from that principle, the Mamos will open the door of spirit for the rest of the participants, so we can understand each other on this physical plane.

From the Mamo’s perspective all beings that exist in the universe, which are the manifestation of the sun, were originated in this space.

The Dawn of a New Time in numbers


“Cosmic energy and spiritual forces converge with the movement of the stars and plants to become the Law of Universal Life.”
Arhuaco people

Special guests from other
indigenous communities of Colombia

Taking into account the ethnic and cultural richness and diversity of Colombia, we have invited a grandpa and a grandma from other indigenous communities to share their knowledge and ceremonies.

Mamita Pastora, Camëntsá people

Mamita Pastora Jansasoy, healer of the Camëntsá people, from the Sibundoy Valley in the Putumayo region of Colombia.

Grandma Pastorita  is a midwife and a healer, she knows the secrets of the medicinal plants and the ancestral songs of her tradition.

Taita Juan Yaiguaje, Siona people

Taita Juan YaiguajeTaita Juan Yaiguaje, elder of the Siona people from the Putumayo region of Colombia. He is a traditional medicine man, a connoisseur and guardian of the sacred plant of  Yagé or Ayahuasca. Taita Juan is recognized throughout the Amazon for his knowledge of  medicinal plants and for his life-long work in preserving traditional medicine and indigenous cultures.

Mamita Pastora will teach us how to prepare ointments and other recipes with medicinal plants and Taita Juan Yaiguaje will share the Yagé or Ayahuasca medicine in a traditional Siona ceremony.

During the gathering participants who wish may have private healing sessions with grandma Pastora, Taita Juan or some mammos. These sessions have an additional cost as well as the Yage ceremony.




Transportation between Valledupar and Seykun (gathering site),

Accommodation for 4 nights at Seykun.

Food at Seykun.


Airfare to Valledupar.

Lodging or food in Valledupar.

Not specified expenses.

Special discounts

10 % for couples or family.

The economic resources obtained in this gathering will be destined to contribute in the strengthening of the traditional education, which helps in the cultural and spiritual permanency of these ancient peoples.


The money collected will be used to cover the costs of the organization of the event, locative adjustments, logistics and the high costs of transporting and feeding about 200 indigenous people from the Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo. The remaining money will be delivered directly to the corresponding spiritual and traditional authorities, in order to support the processes of traditional education of children, which guarantee the cultural and spiritual permanence of these ancestral peoples.

Any additional donation that you would like to make after the gathering can be made through the Aluna foundation, which will deliver it to the traditional authorities of the indigenous peoples directly.

Registration and payments

Participants must pay 100% of the gathering fee to reserve a place, registration deadline: August 15, 2018. This event has limited spaces, the sooner you make your reservation, the greater the chance of securing your space.

Once the payment is made, please send us the scanned consignment receipt to eventos@aluna.com.co, including your personal data.

To complete the registration process the gathering fee must be paid in full.

Space is limited! Make your reserve soon and secure your participation.

To fill in the Registration Form please click here:

International payments

NAME: Fundacion Aluna
ADDRESS:  Maracay Ciudad Campestre, casa 31 sur
TELEPHONE: +57 313 6617732
CITY: Pereira
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The hosts of this gathering are the Arhuaco people. We will be staying for five days in one of their communities, where approximately 200 men, women and children live. We will have the company of around 90 Mamos, Sagas (Wise Women) and traditional authorities of the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

Mamos and Sagas want to share their vision and ancestral knowledge and ceremonies on health and well-being, their understanding of why we get sick and how we can recover our health, and the relationship that exists between harmony in nature and our health.

During the gathering, there will be various activities and ceremonies:
• Opening and closing ceremony.
• The Elder Mamos, will share their words and wisdom.
• Ceremonies at sacred sites.
• Traditional dances and songs.
• Cultural exchange.
• Formation of an alliance and establishment of commitments to maintain balance on mother earth.

“Cosmic energy and spiritual forces converge with the movement of the stars and plants to become the Law of Universal Life.

On NIWI UMUKIN or Mother Earth, two moments mark the manifestation of this law: From January to June comes the period of renewal, the awakening of wisdom and period of germination when all beings are preparing to give life and bear fruit. Then, from June to December we have harvest time, a period of restitution to the Mother for all that she has given.

Spiritual brothers and sisters,  let us be together to share the sacred time of restitution for all we have received as material, natural, spiritual and cosmic beings; our Father Sun and our Mother Earth are waiting for us in SEYKUN, a sacred space of positive forces and spiritual wisdom.”
Arhuaco people, Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta


If in your heart you feel the call to be part of the dawn of a new time

Accompany us in this III version!


During the event we will have this accommodation options:


There is an option of staying in the classrooms of the school on mattresses on the floor. Each room can hold up to 8 people. Participants should bring sleeping bags and whatever elements they need for their comfort. The event will provide a mat and a mosquito net.


Participants can choose to camp. For this option it is required that they bring all the necessary camping equipment, including the tent.

School House Room space is limited and will be filled first-come/first-serve after which only tent space will be available.

If someone requires sleeping on a bed due to their age, or physical condition, please let us know in advance in order to respond to your requirements.


We will have a team of local people with experience taking care of meals during the gathering.

Food will be natural, balanced and prepared with love. Participants will have the possibility to taste typical dishes of the region.

Vegetarian meals are also available; please let us know in advance.

Those with especial requirements in their diets, we suggest you bring your own food, as we are not able to meet  specific demands.


Drinking water will be available in containers during the gathering. We recommend that each participant bring their thermos or personal bottle to be refilled to reduce the use of plastic bottles and disposable cups.


It is important that participants know that this is not a luxury trip. Mamos and indigenous authorities of the Sierra Nevada have invited us to have an experience with them in their territory and according to their way of life.

In an extremely generous way they have opened their culture and spirit to us.

Their way of life is simple, based on a deep contact with nature, so we will be sharing this experience in the same manner, again, in conditions similar to their lifestyle.

It’s important to note that there are no luxuries. We guarantee a basic setup for a comfortable and safe stay that sits within the existing conditions in the Reservation. This means sleeping in tents, hammocks or on mats on the floor.

  • The community of Seykun is located 582 meters (1909.45 feet) above sea level and has a temperature between 16 and 23 degrees Celsius (60.8 – 73.4 fahrenheit), in the day it can be hot and at night it can be cold.
  • There is electricity and running water in the village and participants will have access to shared toilets and showers.
  • The organizers request participants who come from abroad to have travel insurance.
  • We are confident that these conditions will make this event an unforgettable experience.


In 2011, the first version of the “Dawn of a New Time” was held in the Arhuaco community of Ikarwa, on that occasion given the climatic conditions of the site several foreign participants had difficulties with high temperatures and mosquitoes.

Taking this situation into account, this year’s gathering will take place in a completely different location at a higer altitude, surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers with a cool climate. However, it is important to keep in mind that there may be insects, because we will be in an indigenous settlement, in the middle of a mountain.

  • Comfortable and warm clothing. During the day the weather is warm. At night the temperature drops

  • The paths can be muddy so it is important to bring comfortable and waterproof shoes or boots.

  • Poncho or waterproof jacket (it can rain)

  • Flashlights with spare batteries

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Sun screen

  • Hat / cap (the sun may be strong during the daytime)

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping Mat

  • Bathing suit

  • Towel

  • Personal hygiene items (there are no stores!)

  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermos for water.

  • Arhuaco bags will be for sale during the gathering, so bring colombian pesos


Most international flights arrive in Bogota, from there participants should take a plane to the city of Valledupar.

In the following links you will find the airlines that travel from the Bogotá to Valledupar:


People can also travel to Santa Marta, a historical and touristic city on the Atlantic coast, and from there take a 4 hour bus ride to Valledupar.

Santa Marta is a good place to explore before or after the gathering. From there you can visit the Tayrona National Park, one of Colombia´s finest National Parks and enjoy forests, crystal clear rivers, an ancient Tayrona settlement and exotic beaches.

Avianca and Latam also fly between Santa Marta and Bogotá.


The gathering includes accommodation for 4 nights in Seykun. Accommodation in Valledupar, before and after the gathering is  responsibility of each participant. The organization of the gathering is not responsible for these reservations.

Valledupar has a wide range of hotels for being an important tourist destination during it´s famous Vallenato festival.

In the following link you can find a wide variety of options for different tastes and budgets:


When this gathering is over continue your jorney and be part of…

Where the sea, the Sierra Nevada and de Ancestral Wisdom come together

After living an enriching experience on The Dawn of a New Time on it’s III version, we invite you to continue exploring and enjoying the beauty of the Sierra Nevada, a unique place with an exuberant biodiversity, a great cultural richness and landscapes that will take your breath away.

The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta is a unique place with an exuberant biodiversity, a great cultural richness and landscapes that will take your breath away.

We invite you to continue exploring and enjoying the beauty of the Sierra Nevada and the power of its sacred places. Join us and live an experience of deep rest, renewal and connection with nature and with the ancestral cultures that inhabit this magical place.

It will be 4 days during which we will have time to rest on the beach, enjoy the refreshing breeze of the Caribbean Sea rocking in a hammock, bathe in rivers of crystal clear water that come down from the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and visit in the Tayrona National Park accompanied by the Kogui Mamos, a sanctuary of biodiversity,  archaeological remains and paradisiacal beaches. We will trek ecological trails of tropical rainforest until we reach the sacred site of Chayrama, an ancient settlement of the Tayrona culture, where we will perform ceremonies with the mamos, connect with the energy of the site and a do deep energy work.


16th of September

Address to be announced.
The group will be picked up at 7:00 am in the city of
Valledupar and taken by bus to the town of Palomino in the state of La Guajira.

19th of September at 10:00 am.


We will be hosted in a comfortable, beautiful and quiet Natural Reserve on the beach of Palomino, in the Guajira state, right on the Caribbean coast.

We will have shared accommodations in cabins for 8 people. These are fully furnished, built of wood and palm leaves, have a private bathroom, a terrace and hammocks.

There is no electricity in the cabins. They are lit with candles creating an environment difficult to find these days. However, there is access to electricity and the possibility of charging cell phones and other devices as well as Wifi service at the Front Desk.


All food will be made with fresh ingredients to take advantage of the great variety of fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood available in the area. Vegetarian and vegan menus are also available.

End of the retreat

The group will be taken by bus to the city of Santa Marta and people can choose to stay there for a couple of days and enjoy the Colonial City Center (recommended) or take their flight back to Bogotá right away.

Please be aware when making your travel plans and reserving your flights, that the arrival to the “Dawn of a New Time” gathering needs to be to the city of VALLEDUPAR while the departure at the end of the “Tayrona Retreat” needs to be from the city of SANTA MARTA. Both cities have several flights to and from BOGOTÁ the capital city of Colombia, which in turn has several national and international connections.


The cost of the Retreat is $750 American dollars 


  • 4 days and 3 nights with shared accommodation in cabins for 8 people and meals.
  • Transportation: Valledupar – Palomino, Palomino – Tayrona National Park Palomino, Palomino – Santa Marta
  • Teachings with Kogi mamos
  • Entrance to Tayrona National Natural Park and ceremonies with Kogi mamos.
  • Accident insurance during the visit to the Tayrona National Park.
  • Fire Ceremony and Medicine Circle.

Special discounts

10% for people who are attending the Dawn of a New Time Gathering and the Tayrona Retreat.

Space is limited! Make your reserve soon and secure your participation.



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