Mapping the Magic of PachaMama

Tucker Walsh
23 min readJan 7, 2022

A recipe for aspiring transformational communities around the globe.

Deep in the seductive jungle…

…far, far away, there’s magic that manifests in a portal of Soul-shaping transformation. This gateway is both a glimpse of humanity’s future potential, and simultaneously, a present reality available right here, right now. This imperfect protopian ever-evolving project is called PachaMama. It’s a home, a village, a community, a sangha, a transformation center, a vortex, an ethical cult. Above all, it’s a place where souls come to die and be reborn. It’s a doula for endings and a womb for beginnings. A microcosm of the entire Universe. At the same time, it’s profoundly human.

Over the past two years, I’ve had the gift and privilege of spending six months at PachaMama. I want to emphasize something right from the start: PachaMama is not a perfect place. It’s a living experiment two decades in the making. Like life itself and the humans who find themselves here, it’s in a constant state of transformation. I’ll speak to what I see as some of the community’s shadows later in this essay.

Despite its imperfections, actually, because of its imperfections, PachaMama is truly a sacred mirror for our own divine humanity in all its beauty and blemishes. What makes PachaMama remarkable, in my eyes, is the depth at which my soul is able to swim and the heights my spirit soars. It’s a place where extreme highs and lows are grounded in the deep roots of community and the edenic earth it’s home to.

Let’s take a step back. What is this place, and what is the goal of this essay?

Community meditation at Osho Hall

PachaMama is an intentional spiritual transformation center located 30 minutes from Nosara, Costa Rica. It was founded 22 years ago by a small group of Osho-inspired seekers led by a nondual Israeli spiritual teacher named Tyohar. They purchased a large plot of mostly dead, over-farmed land. Two decades and thousands of planted trees later, PachaMama is a lush jungle brimming with life, including the lives of over 100 residents, many of whom now have children attending the on-site Waldorf-inspired “Jungle School.”

Jungle School students at PachaMama

In addition to the residents, the central lifeforce energy of PachaMama are the 100+ guests and Work Exchangers who stay on average for 1–3 months. Shorter stays are possible, but one of the gems of PachaMama is that most people are here for at least a month, meaning you really get to know people and feel a sense of community. And this isn’t the typical “getting to know people” that most of us are familiar with. “Hi, I’m Tucker. What do you do for work?” The friends I’ve met at PachaMama are soulmates. They truly feel like family, even those whom I’ve only had brief interactions with.

Perhaps this is because, at PachaMama, a day feels like a week and a month feels like a year. At the same time, a week feels like a millisecond and a month feels like a moment. Simply put, the illusions of time and space are ever-presently more clearly just that: illusions.

To learn more about PachaMama and its offerings, you can visit the website and watch the video below.

This essay is my attempt to map the magic of this community, illuminating the secret sauce and its delicious potential for pollinating possibilities of human transformation in a time of collective shapeshifting.

I recognize the irony of attempting to map magic. No map like this can ever come close to describing the territory, but I can paint a picture of Consciousness’ creation. In doing so, the community of words that make up this essay might just cast a glimmer of a spell that glimpses the gratitude thousands upon thousands of humans have for this place, including me.

So here we go. What makes PachaMama magical, and how can this recipe become a blueprint for aspiring communities around the globe?

The Four Cores

1. A Charismatic, Ethical Leader

Tyohar DJing during a Rock Odyssey Ceremony

Tyohar, the cofounder of PachaMama and Osho-inspired spiritual teacher, is very different from Osho himself. My projection/observation of him is a reserved, gentle soul. A seemingly regular dude who is brimming with wisdom, serving it with humility and humor. He dresses in “normal” clothes and steers away from New Age spirituality, sticking to the core nondual teachings that transcend any one philosophy or school of thought. Much like Osho, Tyohar synthesizes many belief systems into simple, pragmatic and relatable teachings.

Tyohar on embodying the unique creation that we are

Despite there potentially being a communal shadow of conspirituality, I’ve been grateful for Tyohar at times taking a firm though balanced and occasionally minority stance in the community on political issues as well as COVID, inviting us to look inward at the source of anger and resentment rather than projecting it outward onto others. Tyohar also avoids the all too frequent New Age trap of spiritual bypassing, in part by maintaining his lifelong activism, spending his free time capturing nature photography around the globe to raise awareness around the impacts of climate change.

Though solely my limited and partial perspective as a visitor, from everything I’ve seen, heard and experienced of him, I’ve never sensed any red flags. In this Cancel Culture moment we’re in where leaderless or leader-full communities are in the collective zeitgeist, I experience PachaMama as a refreshing example of how vital and sustaining an inspiring, ethical and visionary leader can be.

2. Life As A Ceremony

Community ceremony at PachaMama

One of the residents wrote what I found to be a beautiful book called A Ceremony Called Life, which I feel captures the essence and heartbeat of PachaMama. The tantric philosophy that all of life is a manifestation of Spirit and therefore should be celebrated, including the darkness and all of life’s challenges, is fully present in the community’s offerings. PachaMama has a long tradition of dancing our way to Enlightenment, which for many is a powerful antidote to the stubborn workaholic monotony of modern life. But this isn’t conventional party dancing. It’s movement as a prayer to Source, an opening of our vessels, inviting a larger intelligence to move through each of us individually and our collective WeSpace. Simply put, after experiencing sober bliss, it’s hard for me to even imagine returning to drinking nightlife culture.

Living life as a ceremony means embracing joy as a vehicle for transformation. What I’m referring to isn’t necessarily “happiness”, though that’s evidently more present here relative to urban life. Rather, it’s capital “J” Joy, which embraces grief, sadness, pain and darkness. All of life is seen as a wave to ride in its fullest expression, surrendering to the ocean of God while simultaneously crossing the threshold of fear and taking that leap into our next evolution. That’s where community is key: we take the leap together. It’s an individual journey held in a collective container. We let go because we trust the community to catch us if we fall. This is a huge responsibility, especially when psychedelics are involved. Frankly, I feel there’s room for PachaMama to grow here, as I’ll expand on later.

The Joy of transformation held by the PachaMama container is unlike any place I’ve experienced. It’s a home where seemingly everyone is leaving their former homes (both literally and metaphorically), and trekking through their Hero’s Journey. PachaMama is an Ally that helps souls surrender to their new “authentic self.” It’s a place where it’s not uncommon to hold someone’s hand as they call their boss to finally quit their corporate job after years of being unhappy. It’s a place where sons and daughters call their parents expressing forgiveness and gratitude after releasing anger and dissolving trauma from childhood wounds. It’s a place where seeing people tear up at the beauty of existence is so common that it’s remarkably easy to forget that most people in the Western world don’t frequently experience this, let alone show it. It’s a place where people are grateful for grief and see the light in darkness. It’s a place where caterpillars consciously cocoon so they can be reborn as butterflies.

This is what happens when life is treated as a ceremony. It’s sacred Joy. Embracing all. Dancing darkness into Light. Together, as one.

3. Welcome To The Jungle

I often wonder if and how I can bring the essence of PachaMama back to the United States. One of the unique features hard to replicate is the exotic, enchanting and enlivening jungle that PachaMama helped Mother Nature regenerate, a wildly unique juxtaposition from the urban, modern locations that guests often arrive from. This contrast is a mirror for the vast inner transformation that’s possible. Part of the Hero’s Journey is leaving home (psychologically and often physically) and venturing into new inner and outer landscapes. As Carl Jung reminds us, nature becomes a tool for us to project our inner world onto, seeing our fears in spiders and transformational potential in shedding snake skins. The rivers and trees become elders transmuting wounds into gifts through the transmission of “divine downloads.” Whether one prefers the esoteric New Age framing or the Depth Psychology approach, all roads lead to the same essence: renewal.

Like the land that was alive and then died and then came back to life again with the help of community, souls come to PachaMama to be reborn, restored and renewed in the loving arms of community, a big part of which often involves communion with our larger Mother named Earth. The stars here seem a little bit brighter, the flowers a bit more vibrant, the monkeys a bit more…well, there’s monkeys here! And they’re not in zoos!

The exotic factor of this foreign land is, I suspect, an often overlooked ingredient in the transformational magic that’s seemingly elixired into the water. Perhaps it’s why so many Western spiritual seekers travel to Bali, India and Costa Rica — they’re looking for a place that’s as different from home as possible. Some are conscious that what they’re truly seeking is a new inner home. Others only discover this when a waterfall of wonder washes away any possibilities of returning to their former selves. Those are the moments that PachaMama masterfully yet unassumingly breathes life into. So fair warning, once you come, there may be no going back. Metaphorically speaking… mostly ;)

4. An Integral Ecology of Practices

The six pillars of PachaMama: Meditation, Emotional Healing, Physical Rejuvenation, Red Road, Ecology, Music

PachaMama is a full-being transformation: Mind, Body, Soul, Spirit. There’s daily, weekly, monthly and annual practices, workshops, ceremonies, rituals, celebrations, events and spontaneous gatherings that are medicinal in all the dimensions of human existence. As students of Integral Theory are familiar with, there’s a constructive model called Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up. By my accounting, PachaMama checks all these boxes and more.

Waking Up refers to awakening spiritually to our True Nature, which is the core of Tyohar’s teachings via daily community meditations and silent retreats, satsangs, plant medicine ceremonies and studying Osho’s recorded lectures.

Growing Up refers to healthy ego development, expanding our ability to hold multiple perspectives and increasing our capacity for compassion and care. PachaMama’s culture is what Integral Theory and Spiral Dynamics would call a quintessential “Stage Green” or postmodern community, and in my opinion an overall very healthy and beautiful expression of one. Many folks coming to PachaMama are transitioning out of Stage Orange, representing modernism, the predominant culture that the Western world finds itself sinking in. In this way, PachaMama is not only a place for people to get a glimpse and embodied taste of their future individual potential but also our society’s. I sense and pray that by the time my children are my age there will be a PachaMama-like community in every town in America. I hope this essay can be one small seed in this collective evolution.

A brief overview of Spiral Dynamics

Cleaning Up refers to healing our childhood wounds and traumas, shedding light onto our shadow, integrating our internal parts. PachaMama offers an abundant number of trauma-informed workshops and support circles throughout the year focusing on healing and wholing via a holistic, multidimensional approach. Meaning a body cleanse is not just about the physical body, rather equally as much emphasis is put on the emotional and spiritual bodies. A singing workshop is not just focused on the voice but about healing past wounds to reclaim our power and a sense of belonging. There is no separation between the spiritual and the human — they’re treated as interpenetrating and co-creative expressions of consciousness. One must evolve with the other in order for healthy development to unfold. PachaMama, I sense, understands this essence even if few people are aware of philosophies like Integral Theory, perhaps thanks in part to Osho who advocated for integrated approaches.

Supporting an emotional breathwork session

Showing Up is about bringing our gifts to the world as a form of service, an offering of our singularly unique expression to the cosmic kaleidoscope. It’s about transmitting our Sacred Wounds into our Core Gifts, and then inviting Creator to create from our soul’s center. PachaMama itself is one of those creations. It was the literal blood, sweat and tears of a ragtag group of international seekers with a crazy idea to create community by bringing their unique offerings to the collective while simultaneously surrendering to the larger unfolding. The same people that once built the buildings we eat, sleep, shit and celebrate in are now the very people helping to empower others to find their own unique ways of serving humanity and our planet.

At the same time, there’s a recognition that before we can focus our full presence on serving others, we often need to offer that healing and support to ourselves. If that’s where we’re at, it, too, is just as much of a gift. Seeing someone fully open and vulnerably share from their heart is just as much if not more transformative than anything the facilitator might say. If there was ever a place to witness how everyone showing up exactly how they are is a gift, it’s PachaMama. Even if that means showing up as an asshole, it’s a place where it wouldn’t be strange for someone to feel deeply grateful for that “gift” as it catalyzes their own healing via following the trigger back to its source.

The pinnacle “Showing Up” offering that PachaMama offers is their Vision Quest program, a four year commitment, which I have not personally experienced. Compared to the one I participated in with Animas Valley Institute, PachaMama’s quest sounds quite intense and strongly community-centered. I’ve heard some powerful tales!

Micro Spells

The four core ingredients above can be broadly boiled down to what Joe Lightfoot calls “the four Ps” of community: Person, Philosophy, Place, Practice. However, let’s not allow these to overshadow the vast number of micro spells that go beyond these central pillars. A few of the most potent examples:

1. Home Sweet Home

Casita cabin in the jungle

Everyone has their own sleeping accommodations ranging from camping to beautiful homes large enough for an entire family. This is important for two reasons:

First, people can have their space. When someone is triggered or in a process, they have a quiet place to go away from others. Many intentional communities do not have this luxury, which from my observation often leads to a lot more community conflict. In the six months I’ve been at PachaMama, I’ve witnessed very few tensions between people that were anything more than minor tiffs. I’m sure it happens, but when it does, there’s places to go for people to cool off and find their center. And of course, there’s plenty of community support.

Secondly, there’s a huge range of economic backgrounds of the guests at PachaMama. Some are broke backpackers just scraping by. Others, like me, made a lot of money in the “real world” only to find money doesn’t buy happiness (shocker) and came to PachaMama to look for a so-called deeper, more meaningful way to experience life. This economic diversity is unique from most spiritual communities I’ve been to, which, along with age diversity, creates a true village feel.

2. Connectivity

There’s only WiFi in one place called the “Internest” as well as in some of the higher-priced housing options. This means, for the most part, people aren’t distracted on their devices. Just today I was in a nearby town and met some New Yorkers, and I was shocked by how often they were checking their phones. People at PachaMama are simply more present with one another. This is partly because most people come to the community with the intention of connecting deeply, but it’s also because the WiFi is strategically limited to certain areas. The amount of 2–3 hour conversations I have at Wild Treats (the cacao bar and central socializing hub) without anyone being anything other than fully present is truly remarkable in this day and age. Often people pay for a professional therapy session because they simply want someone to hear them from a heart-centered, present place. PachaMama is a beautiful representation of the collective healing that’s often subtle and easy to overlook, yet undoubtedly felt.

3. Neotribal

There are so many people from so many different countries at PachaMama that I often forget how unusual it is to be around so much diversity of cultural backgrounds and languages. There are times when I snap into a remembrance that the person I’m speaking with is from Uzbekistan or Uruguay or Utah. It’s a beautiful expression of Postmodern and Aquarian Age possibilities where all humans are living as one family while embracing our unique backgrounds and expressions. Of course, there’s generally a shared worldview that unites the tribe as well as a collective intention centered on spiritual growth and healing. In this way, PachaMama represents the possibilities of a neotribal future where humans re-engage with communal, land-based living centered on shared values while still being connected to the larger world and its diversity of human expressions.

4. Breaking Bread

Everyone eats together for three meals a day. The food is incredibly delicious and nutritious, part of the PachaMama medicine. But what makes the food even tastier is the company in which we break (yuca) bread. As Blue Zone researchers have shown — which PachaMama’s land is geographically a part of — one of the keys to living a long life is sharing meals with friends and family. It’s the part I miss most about PachaMama when I’m not there! The conversations shared are often key to integrating intense experiences during the day, or to just be silly and have a good laugh. Or to eat alone with a “Silence” badge to practice being present with the food, some of which is grown on the land, the majority from nearby farms. Because it’s all organic and mostly locally sourced, it is rather expensive. Visitors should expect to pay between $9–14 for dinner, priced by weight, while Work Exchangers get lunch and dinner for free.

In between meals, everyone congregates at Wild Treats which functions as the best coffee shop on the planet during the day and the coolest bar in the world at night (in my humble opinion). But instead of coffee and alcohol, they serve cacao and coconut water. And not just any cacao — the most delicious cacao products I’ve ever tasted. Basically, people learn to upgrade their addictions to “crack-cao”, a mild stimulant and heart-opener that certainly is reflected in the vibes.

5. Gathering of the Tribe

PachaMama’s “White Night” Ceremony

Each month there is at least one communal ceremony that brings together nearly the entire tribe, including the children who sleep in tents nearby and grace us with their joyous presence with the waking sun. Often these gatherings involve a plant medicine, though the ceremonies themselves range from 1960s-inspired Rock Odysseys, to Santo Daime-inspired Ayahuasca ceremonies, to traditional Indigenous ceremonies filled with rituals dating back thousands of years. These ceremonies provide a potent and often deeply transformative container for collective initiation, trauma healing, mystical encounters and ecstatic, rapturous bliss. They’re like putting the entire community through a collective car wash, clearing psychological blockages and opening portals to the Divine.

There is a collective hum that reignites the community in the days and weeks following the ceremonies, a bond created on the deepest levels of our being that unite us all in a feeling of timeless, boundless eternal communion. But here’s the catch: these ceremonies are simply a mirror reflecting the larger cosmic unfolding of what’s already happening at PachaMama on a daily basis. And, from another perspective, what’s also happening in the world at large. They bring to life with vivid expression Ecstasis, Catharsis, Communitas, which Jamie Wheal eloquently captures in Recapture The Rapture.

As someone who grew up in an atheist family, the rebirth of the Magical and Mythical structures of consciousness that have been all too drained in the modern world create a life-altering collective rite of passage. A threshold that we walk together as sacred sacraments lead the way into a state of transcendence that evaporates any notion of being a separate self while at the same time illuminating our singularly unique individual expression in this Cosmic dance.

The topic of plant medicine ceremonies and psychedelic usage at PachaMama deserve an entire essay as there’s much to explore including some of the shadows, which I touch on below. The key point I want to make is this: there are new and ancient psycho-technologies that catalyze transformation, cultivate Joy, create healing, and connect communities in a form of ceremonial Communion. Often this is as simple as sitting together around a fire singing songs in nature, a primal practice that is indigenous to every human from every culture and time period in all of existence. PachaMama is a powerful reminder of the simplicity of magic and the reclamation of the very humanity so many often feel out of touch with. It doesn’t take a blast off to God Consciousness, though that’s sometimes a pathway, too. It simply takes a humble devotion to a collective (and perhaps Cosmic) unfolding, a letting go of letting go, a surrendering to Source. Actually, the truth is, it doesn’t take us doing anything. It’s taking us. PachaMama teaches us to let go and enjoy the ride. Even when the journey goes into some of the darkest tunnels of the psyche, the sun will always rise.

6. Miracles & Magic

The last ingredient that I’ll touch on in this essay is that which is beyond words, for it is as elusive yet ever-present as God. It’s the magical cosmic fairy dust that creates a portal-like vortex in which time and space collapse into that which is right here, right now. The entire Universe revealing herself in each fractal of synchronistic Perfection that feels nothing short of a full-blown Miracle. This is my interpretation and experience, but I can safely speak on behalf of most people who come to PachaMama that there’s simply something special about this place that is beyond rational, logical reasoning. I can describe to you all the ingredients that go into making a delicious soup, but nothing can truly capture that first slurp when time stands still and every pore in your being tingles in orgasmic delight. PachaMama tastes like this, even when the “soup” is sometimes sour and makes you purge.

Shadow & Opportunities For Evolution

I recognize that reading everything above might leave a pretty delicious taste in your mouth. Before you salivate more, let’s sober up with some brief yet important examinations of what I perceive as shadow elements at play in PachaMama.

1. Psychedelic Integration Support

If I could change one thing about PachaMama, I would want there to be a more formal process in place for integration support. Currently their model is basically, “If you need help, ask for it.” There are certainly plenty of residents who have lots of experience with the medicines and are there to support if sought out, but what about the people who have wounds around asking for help? What about those who might feel shy, insecure or afraid to seek support, especially when trauma arises, a common occurrence with psychedelic usage? Certainly when people are visibly struggling during ceremonies, there are more than enough people to jump in to support. My desire is for additional post-ceremony integration beyond the one 30 minute sharing circle they have in which maybe only 15 out of 200 people have time to share in front of the entire community, which is often terrifying for those who may still be shaken from their experience. Offering smaller sharing circles post-ceremony and having dedicated psychotherapists and trained integration coaches available for one-on-one support is, in my view, an ethical must for any community offering these powerful experiences during this rapidly-evolving Psychedelic Renaissance. Right now, PachaMama falls short, though several of my friends are attempting to change this. I hope and pray the community leaders invite this next evolution forward.

2. Retreat Center and/or Intentional Community?

PachaMama is a somewhat unique hybrid between an intentional community and a retreat center. Many of the full-time residents have been here for 20+ years and reside in homes on the hillsides surrounding “downtown,” infrequently interacting with the guests and Work Exchangers. Trust me, I get it. It’s absolutely exhausting to be continuously meeting new people, especially when many will be gone in a week, a month or even a year. The reality this creates is that there’s sometimes a feeling of different universes happening simultaneously at PachaMama. The residents are doing their thing while visitors and Work Exchangers are finding their own way.

The challenge is that self-organizing at PachaMama is often not encouraged, so guests need to conform to the structure of the community instead of helping to make it their own. For example, this year there was a desire to create a weekly Men’s Circle. The resident leaders got word and asked us to not proceed, instead waiting for the official PachaMama-run Men’s Circles which only meet once a month, often less, which somewhat defeats the purpose of having a Men’s Circle in the first place without the consistency and intimacy of frequent meetings. The struggle that PachaMama faces is that if they open the floodgates to hundreds of people starting x, y and z, the community risks losing its core principles and honed-in structure which has been humming along for over two decades. There’s a level of conforming to the collective that I view as healthy and necessary.

On the other hand, if they don’t allow for some level of self-organizing and co-creative collaboration between the residents and shorter-term guests, they will alienate and push away the next generation of leaders who are looking to bring their gifts to the community. The worst-case scenario is that PachaMama dies out because the old guard doesn’t let down their guard, and fresh faces won’t feel welcomed to fully blossom under the deeply rooted structure. It’s a tough tightrope to walk, and I have full faith PachaMama will find their way. I hope these words can help further initiate that conversation.

3. Conspirituality

Conspirituality is a term used to describe the confluence between conspiracy theories and New Age spiritual culture. During the Trump era and COVID, this phenomenon has taken off like wildfire, thanks in part to a hyper-fracturing of our information ecology via the Internet in which everyone can have their AI-curated pinhole perspectives on the world without exposure to varying opinions, data and worldviews. Certainly this phenomenon is widespread on all sides of the political spectrum, and PachaMama is no exception.

My first year at PachaMama in 2020 during the height of COVID, I would occasionally encounter conversations about Bill Gates trying to implant microchips in our veins and alien agendas that we’re all falling victim to. Putting aside the perspectives themselves, what was evident to me was that they were birthed from a source of deep distrust that is both highly justified and simultaneously coming from what I sensed was a projection of internal trauma onto our external systems and their leaders. Which is beautiful and certainly understandable, highlighting the inseperable interconnection of society and our psyches. These folks (whom I’m proud to call friends) came to a transformational healing center to get the core of these internal pains. One challenge, however, was that the bubble of PachaMama became an echo chamber for the most sensational perspectives, a literal “social network” where beliefs would be reified purely off intuition at the expense of rationality and logic. As I reflect on in this essay, I’m all for intuition, but perhaps let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater…

Tyohar, when asked, took a sobering viewpoint on topics many were inflamed by. I recall him saying at a satsang last year that if someone is bitterly angry about having to wear a mask when going into the grocery store, they should probably focus their attention on the internal source of that anger rather than revolt against the store clerk. He also gave a long talk about Trump shortly after the 2020 election in which he went through each of the core values of PachaMama and showed how they were fully at odds with everything Trump stood for. There were a few Trump supporters in the community who were not happy and many who felt politics had little place in a spiritual community. Like most, I was grateful he reified the values and ethics of PachaMama during a time of great political unrest.

So, yes, PachaMama, like all New Age communities, has a complex relationship with alternative theories, as most who find themselves here are in a process of deeply questioning pretty much everything they’ve ever been told. This rebellion is a healthy and necessary part of evolution, but at times the collective bubble can float off and perhaps somewhat detach from reality. This year, fortunately, I’ve noticed many of these bubbles have popped, and people seem to be operating from a much more emotionally balanced place when discussing political issues, perhaps in part due to collective COVID exhaustion…the one thing that likely unites the entire globe right now.

4. Privilege

Of course, anyone who can take a week, a month or a year off from responsibilities back home and fly to Costa Rica, do yoga and drink green juices all day has some level of privilege relative to many humans on Earth. Despite there being a diverse spectrum of cultures present, most people here are white and have some access to resources.

“I’m So Spiritual” parody — PachaMama remix

Some might go as far as to say people are too easily spiritually bypassing the world’s challenges. There are certainly parts of me that return to Los Angeles and walk past 50 homeless people on one block and wonder if I, too, am just a self-absorbed privileged white dude hiding out in the jungles of a country I don’t even belong to while spending money I made in advertising on coconut “bliss balls.” My response to this: yes, that is a perspective, and like all perspectives, there’s some truth to that. Another perspective, however, is that there is no place else on Earth that I’ve experienced (other than perhaps 12 Step meetings and an ISTA training) which so vividly catalyzes individual and collective transformation on an almost minute-by-minute basis. Osho, after all, was famous for rounding up homeless folks and bringing them to live at his community in Oregon, an ultimately disastrous idea despite good intentions, as depicted in the Netflix series Wild Wild Country.

Evolution always happens in waves, and often those who are first to step into a new way of being are seen as privileged relative to the masses, which is true. Nearly everyone I’ve befriended at PachaMama recognizes that with this privilege comes the lifelong responsibility to turn around and help lend a hand to others. The recipe for those of us that are here now is pretty simple: be here as fully as possible, which makes the community as transformative as possible, which leads to profound inner and outer healing, which leads to thousands of people every year going through a death & rebirth process, then returning home to all corners of the globe, spreading PachaMama’s seeds through subtle and overt means as a form of collective transformation. Is life way more complex than this simple process? Probably. Nonetheless, it’s a start. And from what I’ve witnessed, it’s a damn good one.

The End (of the beginning)

Alright folks, that’s a wrap. I hope this mapping of magic helps weave an impression of an impression that might match an impression of your impressions. As someone reminded me yesterday, there’s not one PachaMama experience. There’s 200+ at any given time. And yet, we’re all a part of this one Cosmic dance. So go on, don’t be shy, come dance your way to Enlightenment with us! You might just discover that the Miracle you were looking for the entire time is that which you’ve always been: the energy of Life, the silence of Presence, the fullness of Nature, the communion of Community, and the joy of Joy. Welcome home to Home.

Pura Vida.

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Tucker Walsh

Community Weaver & Co-Founder of Constructing Consciousness