Founded by Elizabeth B Jenkins, our mission and purpose of the Wiraqocha Foundation is to promulgate a philosophy of life in harmony with the natural world, a way of life preserved by the Q'ero Indians of Peru, direct descendants of the Inkas, and to do its utmost to carry out the vision of the Andean prophets. The Foundation's first concern is to bring immediate relief to the Q'ero people-a tribe of 400 Peruvian Indians on the verge of extinction-while preserving their traditional culture and identity. The Foundation will also carry out projects in public education and awareness of the fundamental principals of the Andean philosophy and how it works in our everyday lives.
The current goals and values of our consumer society are making us a danger not only to indigenous peoples all over the world, but here in our own country and to our very own lives! We have much to learn from the Andean people, who say it is now time to put away fear and come together for the common good, sharing our diverse cultural achievements in an atmosphere of trust and collaboration. We need the wisdom of all peoples of the earth working together to achieve a sustainable global community.
Wiraqocha is the Andean word for God in Quechua, the language of the Inkas.
The name comes from two Quechua words meaning oil (wira), and water (qocha). The Andean God, who reigned over the enormous and diverse Inka empire, was considered so powerful that she/he could bring together two substances as disparate as oil and water. We need this kind of power and wisdom today as we confront a world of extreme diversity at the brink of ecological, political, and moral breakdown. We must remember the voices of the Ancient Ones.
In the Inka empire - an empire over nine million strong that knew no unemployment or hunger - the philosophy was one of tolerance of diversity and harmony with nature. This is ancient widsom that we must reintegrate into today's society if we are to survive this new millenium and create a truly sustainable and healthy global society. The prophets of the Andes, the holy men and women who are the seers and visionaries of their people say that the current time period, 1993-2012, is a "critical period" in the evolution of human consciousness. We have entered the time they call the Taripay Pacha, the "Age of Meeting Ourselves Again." It is an epoch in which we humans must reconcile our relationship with Pachamama, Mother Earth; and learn to truly share with our brothers and sisters.
Elizabeth B Jenkins
Elizabeth B. Jenkins, MA, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and internationally bestselling author of two books on the INKA Tradition: THE RETURN OF THE INKA: A Journey of Initiation and INKA Prophecies for 2012 (Pu`umaka`a Press, re-release 2009) and JOURNEY TO Q'EROS: Golden Cradle of the Inka (Pu`umaka`a Press, 2009). She teaches the spiritual tools of the INKA needed for transformation on the personal, community, and global levels in preparation for 2012 and beyond, and leads INITIATION TRIPS to PERU to experience the HATUN KARPAY--the Great Initiation of the INKAS. Elizabeth has taught worldwide and led trips to Peru for the last 20 years. She is also a singer-songwriter and has produced the CD INKA SPIRIT. Elizabeth lives with her mate and their two children,1600 trees, and 80 sheep on an organic orchard in Hawaii where she offers special trainings and programs with the Q'ero Indians of Peru. She is the Founder and Director of Wiraqocha Foundation for the Preservation of Indigenous Wisdom since 1996, and collaborates with native Hawaiian Kahuna, healers, and teachers as well as the fantastic forces of Mother Nature on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Juan Nuñez del Prado
Anthropologist and Andean priest. Juan has studied Andean tradition for 40 years and has trained with Q'ero priests. His father, anthropologist Oscar Nuñez del Prado, "discovered" the Q'ero Indians--direct descendants of the Inkas--in 1949 and led the first expedition to their villages in 1955. Juan met his Master, don Benito Qoriwaman (see right, top photo) --mentioned in Shirley MaLlaine's book, It's All in the Playing--, and studied with him for 10 years before receiving the Hatun Karpay Initiation in 1988. Juan has been gathering the Inka prophecies for 15 years. Trained in Anthropology and a native of Cuzco, Juan is an excellent teacher and bridge between cultures.