Pilgrimage is a mobilization of people towards places where they come in touch with the sacred.
There are some examples of pilgrimages in Islam - the Hajj to Mecca; in Hinduism - the pilgrimage to the Kumbha Mela and the Ganges; in Christianity - perhaps the most known is the way to Santiago de Compostela; in Tibetan Buddhism to the caves of teachers such as the cave of Padmasambhava or Milarepa. In indigenous America, pilgrims travel to the pyramids, to the sea, to volcanos, to the peyote desert...
At AWE we recognize not only the importance of pilgrimage to sacred sites, known by their sacred energy and their instructor spirit, but also to living mystical cultures and authentic spiritual traditions. We see that as our societies transition into globalization, authentic mystical cultures that have managed to stay alive present great opportunities for insight and wisdom.
Initiations into Bwiti - Gabon, Africa
Deep inside the rainforest, the ceremonial site is a Pygmea, Zango, Punu, and Mitsogo village called Micodi.
Bwiti Iboga initiations are offered in the Mabangi feminine cult and Missoku masculine cult.
Sia Theci - Putumayo and Sucumbíos, Ecuador/Colombia
Singing of the black tiger (sia theci) is an eleven-day encounter in the territory of the A'i ethnic group, also known as the Cofán people. This ethnic group is made up of five communities located in the jungle of the Colombo-Ecuadorian border.
Wirikuta - México
Sacred Desert of Wixarica peyote pilgrimage- the place where the sun was born.
Hikuri Neixa - Sierra Madre, México
San Andres-Cohamiata is the largest Wixaritari (Huichol) settlement. Access to the top of the mountain is not easy, it takes time. In June, the most important ceremony of the year is celebrated - the Hikuri Neixa, the peyote dance.