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Woman's Medicine Workshops & Retreats offered:

Woman's Body, Feminine Medicine Workshop-Retreat (4 full-days)

Andean Feminine Cosmovision and Woman's Medicine full-day workshop to reconnect with our Feminine Medicine and bodies (9 am to 6 pm)    

As Women we are called to Remember together and to recover the sacredness and power over our bodies, cycles and our womanhood. We will find how to connect with the feminine force within and without, with Mother Earth (Pachamama) and Grandmother Moon and Water (Yakumama), especially through our Womb Wisdom. We will navigate thru: Andean Feminine Cosmovision, Womb medicine, Yoni & womb ecology, Anatomy of Women's Wisdom, female fertility-creativity, sacred sexuality, healing our sister relations-wounds, rites of passage, and more .. in circle and in Ceremony 

Feeling again that the fact of Being Woman and being in a woman's body is a Gift and a source of Healing in our everyday lives.

* For women of all ages

Birth and Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage: Entering the Threshold of the Ukhu Pacha (full-day workshop)

Andean culture and wisdom offers a deep and honoring approach to women's bodies and reproductive health, including Birth. Birth is considered a Rite of Passage in itself, where one will no longer be the same. Pregnancy and birth is considered to be a chakana (bridge) into maternity and an entrance to another reality: The Ukhu Pacha (Within World/Reality), where one enters her darkness, her inner world - where she finds strength and Her Medicine. In this short workshop I will share part of this wisdom from the Andean tradition of my Grandmothers, including the sacredness of female blood (including birth blood) and rituals to honor the Mothers-to-be in their journey to these threshold around Birth.

* For pregnant women, mothers, doulas, midwives, women wanting to become pregnant, grandmothers and women called to delve in the mystery of Birth

Shared by Cynthia Ingar, from Peru, following the Woman and Womb Medicine sacred ways from the Andean and North Native American traditions. 

KillaWarmi with Shilla girls and women, Ancash (Northern Andes)! Fall-Winter 2014


  • Menstrual and sexual health program for girls at Shilla school. Donation of Luneras menstrual pads (donation KW) and Lunapads (donation from Canada). Teaching of how to make their own pads ("envelope"design).  Beneficiaries: 250 girls and teens
  • Participatory workshops with women on feminine wisdom and medicine including menstruation, birth, and menopause. Special attention will be given to recovering and strengthening women's ritual, ceremony, and songs. Participatory organization of a Rite of Passage ceremony for girls around Menarque pacha
  • Community work with Shilla public health center (Ministry of Health) and local schools to bridge intercultural barries so that local Andean women and girls can be more respected based on their woman's wisdom and cultural practices
  • Sharing with rural Andean midwives, in order to learn from them, celebrate them and revitalize the honor and respect for them in the community. Thanksgiving Ceremony
  • Recovery of female medicinal plants: Organic community gardens, organic school garden, and home organic gardens with special attention to women's health herbs.
* If you want to donate for this project and/or volunteer please email: cynthiaingar@gmail.com

Intergenerational Healthy Woman Workshops (Menstrual Wisdom & Healthy practices)
12 women (3 teens) & 3 girls  

Participatory workshop on menstrual cultural practices, menstrual storytelling, health practices, vaginal care, menstrual products & health, menarque rites of passage & importance of celebration and pre-menarque mother-daughter menstrual talk, the sacredness of our female blood, menstrual retreats ..
After the workshop, 8 Luneras kits were donated to menstruating women present, along with a class on how to use them & care for them

                            Shilla women & girls after the workshop with their blue Luneras!

And for snacks, Andean Corn tortillas!! My husband and I had the idea to have local & healthy snacks, so we taught local women & men to make tortillas (not know in Peru as in Mexico): we got all the ingredients, we needed only some inspiration from our Mexican sisters! thank you :)

 Shilla friends just loved them (we prepared them with avocado, tomatoes, cheese, basil, and Sra Norma's Corn) and were excited to make them at home instead of buying white flour bread every day! (White bread has become a common staple in Peru, for breakfast and as a daily snack)

Healthy Woman Workshops in Shilla (Pregnancy & Childbirth)

Workshops on self-care during Pregnancy, giving an emphasis on the importance of nutrition for a healthy pregnancy & birth. Introduced women to the miracle medicinal plant of Ortiga (Stinging Nettle) to bring the necessary daily iron needs to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

The Birth workshops have included teaching women about their Reproductive Rights when they attend public health centers to give birth (including their right to have their husband and/or female labor partner at their birth, choosing freely birthing positions, etc). We navigated through the phisiology of birth, the importance of breathing during labor (especially during rushes or contractions), vertical positions and why laying down positions aren't good for the birthing woman & baby, caring actions for a labor companion to give to a birthing woman, the main needs of a birthing woman for a successful birth) and more ... Birth storytelling was encouraged and sharing of their embodied knowledge and Andean medicine knowledge.

Intergenerational Healthy Woman Workshop in Llipta community (Menstrual Wisdom & Healthy Practices) Saturday June 14th
12 women (between ages 15 - 20- 70)

Llipta is a community up from Shilla town, that in some aspects guards more of the ancestral Andean ways of leaving than pueblos (towns) or communities closer to the local urban center (Carhuaz town). Women here (including younger women) were especially open to reclaiming back the local Andean and woman-centered practices and knowledge around women's health and Medicine - the Woman Medicine of their Grandmothers.

Grandmothers present in the circle sharing remembered the local menstrual self-care practices widespread in their community, where women cared more for themselves during menstruation within Andean female tradition, knowing that they were on a "special" time that required special self-care practices, as with post-partum retreats. They also shared the past use of reusable cloth pads for menstruation, changing in this generation with commercial disposable pads. They associated the "modern" spread in the local area of female reproductive problems to not caring for themselves as before around their Killa (moontime) and using disposable products made of chemicals.

Llipta women with their Lunapads bases & Luneras liners (inserts) on day 2 of the workshop (Sunday 15th) on how to use their reusable pads, on the day of the Women's Center celebration, at the center's site!

* Individual Advisory & Consultations (menstrual issues, fertility, pregnancy & breastfeeding)

Menstrual Education Classes at Community School of Shilla (see next post)

More Activities 2012: Girls menstrual health education in Lima (Perú) schools, Indigenous Gathering (BC, Canada) & Women's Medicine Workshops (Mexico)

* Women's Medicine Workshop (May Lima,Perú) with Angela Brocker (one of my mentors) at Pakarii

Girls 5th Grade (June, 2012) Lima, Perú
* Girls Menstrual Health Education workshops (summer 2012), Lima - Perú: Girls 5th and 6th grade (see all with their Red Bracelets from the Red Thread dynamic) Cynthia & Mariana de la Puente (Yoga instructor and nutritionist)

* Participation in Lilloeet Indigenous Elder Gathering (BC, Canada, June 21-24): Grandmothers Ceremonies

* Woman's Medicine Sharing in: Cherryville, BC & Nelson, BC (June)

Mexico (November - December 2012)

Workshop San Cris, Luna Maya Casa de Partos: Gracias Cris otra vez por acogerme!
* Woman's Medicine Workshops (November 3-4 San Cristobal; Chiapas & December 8-9  Cholula, Puebla)

Workshop Cholula, Puebla

Workshops for Pregnant Women: "Pregnancy and Birth as a Rite of Passage: Entering the Threshold   of the Ukhu Pacha" (San Cristobal Chiapas, November: 3 workshops)
Womb Medicine Creation of one of the participants (Dynamic "Sacred Space, Power Space")


Woman's Medicine Workshops/ Retreats & more..         Summer 2013 (California & Oregon; BC, Canada): Bay Area, Los Angeles and Portland!

* Woman's Body, Feminine Medicine 4 day Retreat-Workshop (July 11-14) Portland, Oregon

Thank you beautiful women for this first amazing experience sharing a whole four day Intensive retreat (between 8-9 hours each day) and especially Kai, for putting all your energy in helping organize this!

"Birth as a Rite of Passage and sacred female blood: remembering from the Andean feminine medicine tradition" (2 hour workshop)
 at SQUATFest  Saturday August 2-4 at the historic Women's Building in San Francisco, California   

"SQUATFest was an innovative, accessible conference for birth workers of all varieties, organized by SQUAT Birth Journal at the historic Women’s Building in San Francisco. The event featured both seasoned elders and emerging voices from within the birthing community and aimed to blend the sacred, the shamanic, and evidence based aspects of midwifery as represented by the publication."

* Water Ceremonies in the Bay Area:

Women's Water Ceremony   Oakland  (Friday July 19th 6.30 pm)  Thank you Lisa Abregu for lending your house and inviting your sisters!

Yanantin Water Ceremony Berkeley  (Wednesday Aug 21st 6.30 pm) Thank you Lisa Carey for encouraging your Elder Women friends to participate in this Ceremony!

Sacred Water Ceremony * By voluntary donation

  Come join us to this Water Ceremony and pray together with YakuMama, Mother Water and reconnect with Her essence and feminine Medicine. Women and men are welcome, and encouraged to come with their mothers. This will be a sacred space for Healing and reConnection as daughters-mothers, sister-brothers, and sons-mothers - in communion with our waters and Pachamama Waters. Recognizing and connecting to the original Womb giver of all-Life. 
  Celebrating and bringing back the sacred yanantin (feminine & masculine union) in prayer and ceremony.

* Woman's Medicine 1 Full-day Workshops with Latina sisters (August 17 & 18) Los Angeles - at GraceFull Birthing Center

  • Andean Feminine Cosmovision and Woman's Medicine full-day workshop to reconnect with our Feminine Medicine and bodies (9 am - 6 pm)  
  • Birth and Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage: Entering the Threshold of the Ukhu Pacha (9am - 6pm)

Thank you all Latina women for sharing, and Elizabeth for offering your beautiful space at GraceFull Birth center! This was the first women's workshop to be held there so we feel honored to be able to hold ceremony there :)

                                               Storyteller Native American figure, GraceFull Birthing Center

* Lunapads meeting (Vancouver, BC Canada) June, 2013
Me as KillaWarmi Project had a meeting with Madeleine Shaw (co-founder Lunapads) at Vancouver to know each other and our work with girls & women. We soon were passionately sharing our visions and dreams, and had a great time together. She kindly donated KW 250 menstrual pads for girls thru Lunapads One4Her program - which found their way to Peru, being shipped to my friend Lisa's house at Berkeley and safely into my suitcase all the way to Lima, Peru! They will be given to Carhuaz Andean girls next school year 2014 as part of the menstrual health edu program KW will be giving :)